Winter Weather Advisory Issued; Grand Jury Indicts N.C. Man in Pizzeria Incident

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Winter weather advisory issued

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for Montgomery County beginning at midnight and lasting until noon Saturday. The advisory says there could be periods of snow, sleet or freezing rain that will cause travel difficulties. Light to moderate accumulations of precipitation will make sidewalks and roads icy. Motorists should be prepared for slippery roads and limited visibility. [National Weather Service]

Grand jury indicts North Carolina man in pizza parlor incident

A federal grand jury indictment Thursday charged a North Carolina man, accused of taking over the Comet Ping Pong pizzeria in Northwest Washington, D.C., with an assault-style rifle on Dec. 4, with assault with a dangerous weapon and possessing a firearm during the commission of a violent crime. Edgar Maddison Welch, 28, already had been charged with a federal count of interstate transportation of a firearm and ammunition. Welch had told a friend he was investigating what proved to be a false story about a child trafficking ring centered at the restaurant. [Washington Post]

Metro board cuts service hours

Late-night Metro service has been cut for at least two years, after a vote Thursday by the board of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. The new schedule, which begins July 1, closes Metrorail at 1 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 11:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays. On Sundays, the system runs from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. The late-night hours will be spent on maintenance and inspections. Meanwhile, the Washington Post reported six Metro workers were fired for falsifying track-inspection reports that led to a July derailment on the Silver Line. [WAMU]

Silver Spring man’s ritual serves as reminder of Holocaust

An 80-year-old Silver Spring man celebrates Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights, by remembering the dark times his family faced in 1942 in a Romanian ghetto. He uses a small potato and adds oil and string to make a tea light that rests beside his menorah. [WUSA9]

Gaithersburg gas station sells $50,000 lottery ticket

The Maryland Lottery is looking for the player who bought a Bonus Match 5 ticket worth $50,000 in the Wednesday drawing. The ticket, purchased from Walnut Hill Exxon in Gaithersburg, matches the five numbers of 3, 9, 13, 25 and 32; the Bonus Ball was 36. The retailer, at 16425 South Frederick Road, gets a $500 bonus for selling the lucky ticket. [Maryland Lottery]

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