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UPDATED: Man and woman found dead in parked car in Burtonsville

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MCPD car MCFRS rescue vehicleMontgomery County Fire and Rescue personnel responded Thursday evening to a 911 report of a man and a woman found dead in Burtonsville; they will be transported to the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office in Baltimore and will undergo a scheduled autopsy Friday, a Montgomery County Police spokesman said.

A resident called 911 at approximately 9:56 p.m. Thursday after discovering the bodies in a parked car – with the engine still running – in a townhouse parking lot on Aldora Circle. Montgomery County Fire and Rescue personnel responded to the scene and confirmed the two occupants of the vehicle were deceased.

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Flower Branch improves one year after fatal fire

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Silver Spring fire 8 11 16This fire at Flower Branch Apartments last year cost seven people their lives. Inspectors and tenants say conditions are better one year later. FILE PHOTO  A year after the fire that killed seven at the Flower Branch Apartments in Silver Spring, things are steadily improving according to tenants, activists and politicians.

Last August’s fire brought attention to a countywide problem with code-enforcement at rental properties as the tragedy revealed the harsh living conditions in which tenants were living. Since the fire, according to tenants, things have steadily improved with stricter enforcement from the County and more attention from the management company.

“I’ve heard there are still issues going on,” said Felicia Prospere, vice president of the Flower Branch Tenant Association and resident at Flower Branch Apartments. “I know some changes have been made. There’s a new manager, he’s been very responsive to us…so far from what I heard from other tenants who have communicated with me, he has been addressing their concerns.”

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Clarksburg High dedicates student memorial

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CLARKSBURG – Clarksburg football coach Larry Hurd raised four fingers in the air Sept. 8 on the Coyotes’ home field, each one honoring the four Clarksburg High School students who died in the past year.

"Please keep the families in your minds and in your hearts," Hurd said. "They love you; we love you guys very much.”

The day before the football team’s season opener, community members gathered to dedicate a memorial to former students Jacob Dennis, Cary Greene and Patrick Shifflett, who all died in a June car wreck, as well as John DeReggi, who died after being struck by a train last September.

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