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Silver Spring student with bomb book; Route 123 to close for weekend

Saturday, June 12, 2010


Student had school plans, bomb book

A student at a Silver Spring high school was caught with a bomb-making book and plans of the school, officials said Friday, but they are not treating it as a serious threat.

Several students notified Northwood High School officials Wednesday that a 15-year-old girl had a book containing information on how to construct a bomb. The police officer assigned to the school spoke to the girl, who acknowledged having the book and drawing up the plans of the school, Cpl. Dan Friz, a Montgomery County police spokesman, said Friday.

Friz said police executed two search warrants but did not find any bomb-making material. He added that the girl has a "mental health history." The Montgomery state's attorney's office is not pursuing charges, Friz said, but is steering her toward a mental health program.

Northwood Principal Henry R. Johnson Jr. sent a letter home to parents Thursday detailing the incident. In it, he said officials "do not feel that the students or school were in any danger."

-- Michael Birnbaum

Route 123 closure sure to snarl traffic

Travel in Tysons Corner will be an even bigger headache than normal this weekend as Route 123 closes at the Beltway.

Traffic on the outer loop has been shifted to a new bridge over Route 123, and the ramps have been adjusted. The old Beltway bridge is scheduled to be demolished. Route 123 at the Beltway will be closed from 9:30 p.m. Friday through 5 a.m. Monday.

Traffic in and out of Tysons Corner will be detoured. Drivers leaving the shopping areas will be directed to Route 7. McLean traffic heading into Tysons will be directed to Georgetown Pike (Route 193). Expect delays navigating the Route 123 and Interstate 495 interchange.

These ramps will be closed: I-495 North to Route 123 South; I-495 South to Route 123 North; Route 123 south to I-495 South; Route 123 north to I-495 North.

These ramps will be open: Route 123 South to I-495 South; Route 123 North to I-495 North; I-495 South to Route 123 South; I-495 North to Route 123 North.

-- Staff reports

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