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MoCo teens share magic of robotics competition

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Wizards.exe team members Rohan Dewan, Ishaan Oberoi, Devasena Sitaram, and Arjun Oberoi show their winning robot and the trophies they earned in recent international competition. PHOTO BY SUZANNE POLLAKWizards.exe team members Rohan Dewan, Ishaan Oberoi, Devasena Sitaram, and Arjun Oberoi show their winning robot and the trophies they earned in recent international competition. PHOTO BY SUZANNE POLLAK  There was no magic involved when the Wizards.exe came home from Detroit with the First Tech Challenge World Championship Inspire Award in hand, along with their robot, which took 10th out of 6,000 teams from around the globe.

Eleven Montgomery County teenagers have been working diligently since the start of the school year to build a robot that could differentiate colors, sense distances, and pick up cardboard blocks and then assemble them into a pattern – all within two-and-a-half minutes.

Ishaan Oberoi, a 10th-grader at Richard Montgomery High School, and his younger brother, Arjun Oberoi, an eighth-grader at Takoma Park Middle School, were in the car several years ago when they spotted a billboard for a robotics competition.

It sounded interesting, and “there was nothing much like this in school,” so the boys joined, said Ishaan. Their father, Pankaj Oberoi, agreed to be their coach, and they have been going strong ever since.

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Man who threatened judge with bomb under arrest

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Car Bomb Scare 6A bomb inspector with Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service approaches and searches a car for an explosive device. but nothing was found. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER  

Police arrested a man who threatened a judge with a bomb over a domestic court case.

Units from the Montgomery County Police Department and Montgomery County Sheriff's Department were able to locate the suspect through his license plate number and pulled him over at Maryland Avenue and Great Falls Road, near Julius West Middle School. Police then placed the suspect under arrest.

According to Dan Ogrin, battalion chief with Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service, a canine unit with the County Sheriff’s Department indicated at the scene there could be something inside the car. Access to nearby I-270 was closed in both directions while MCFRS investigated the potential danger.

MCFRS dispatched a robot to search inside the car and the car’s trunk but nothing was found. MCFRS then sent in a bomb inspector in protective gear, but no dangerous materials or weapons were found.

This story will be updated as it develops.

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