Victim Fatally Struck by School Bus IDed


Victim Fatally Struck by School Bus IDed

A 55-year-old man was struck and killed by a school bus Thursday morning in Gaithersburg.

George Pezdirtz III, of the 900 block of Clopper Road, was crossing Clopper Road just east of Metropolitan Grove Road around 6:30 a.m. when he was hit by a Montgomery County school bus.

The school bus driver isn't likely to face charges. No students were on the school bus at the time of the crash.

Authorities said Pezdirtz wasn't using the crosswalk.

News4's Tony Tull reports that he saw several people illegally crossing the street to get to and from a bus stop on Clopper Road in the aftermath of the crash -- because the nearest crosswalk is approximately a quarter-mile away.

However, it's unknown whether the victim was going to or from the bus stop at the time of the crash, Tull said.

Thursday's incident is the latest in a rash of recent pedestrian accidents in the area, several of them fatal. 

Paul Starks of the Montgomery County Police offered advice on keeping safe: "Early in the morning, late at night, high noon: You've got to look both ways," he said.

"You've got to be engaged in what you're doing. If you're talking with a friend in person or on a phone, or you're listening to an iPod with the ear buds in, take the things out of your ears, put the phone down, stop talking with your friend [and] look both ways, a couple of times," he said.

The victim's identity has not yet been released.

Clopper Road was closed in both directions for several hours as police investigated the crash. 


Orioles end scoreless streak with 1-0 win in 10 innings


Orioles end scoreless streak with 1-0 win in 10 innings

BALTIMORE – The Orioles finally broke their 21 inning scoreless streak, and thanks to a sacrifice fly by Pedro Alvarez pulled out a 10-inning 1-0 win over the New York Yankees before 19,598 at Oriole Park on Thursday night. 

Hyun Soo Kim started the 10th with an infield single off Johnny Barbato (1-2). Kim advanced to third on a single to left by Jonathan Schoop. 

Andrew Miller came in to face Alvarez, who flied to fairly short center. Reimold beat Jacoby Ellsbury’s throw home for the winning run. 

The Orioles (16-11) took two of three from New York (9-17). 

Darren O’Day started the ninth with two outs, and after Starlin Castro singled, Zach Britton who hadn’t pitched since spraining his left ankle on Saturday, came in to face Brian McCann. 

On a 3-1 pitch, Britton threw a strike to McCann, and Matt Wieters fired the ball to shortstop where Manny Machado tagged Castro out to end the ninth. 

After walking Brian McCann to start the 10th and later allowing a stolen base to pinch runner Brett Gardner, Britton (2-1) struck out the side. 

In the bottom of the ninth, Mark Trumbo walked with one out, and Wieters’ fly ball was caught by a jumping Dustin Ackley in right, and pinch runner Joey Rickard was easily doubled up at first to end the inning. 

Kevin Gausman allowed just two hits in the first six innings, a single to Aaron Hicks in the third, and leadoff double to Castro in the fourth. 

Castro was on third with one out, but Gausman stranded him. 

Gausman’s motion so frustrated Yankees manager Joe Girardi that he was thrown out of the game after Castro was left on third because he argued to third base umpire Chris Guccione that Gausman was balking. 

Masahiro Tanaka allowed just four singles in six innings, and no Oriole baserunner advanced past second. 

In the seventh, Gausman allowed a single to Mark Teixeira with one out, but was immediately bailed out when Carlos Beltran hit into a nifty, shift-induced 5-6-3 double play. 

Jonathan Schoop singled with two outs in the seventh to extend his hitting streak to eight games, but he has just one hit in each game.

Gausman finished by throwing eight scoreless innings, allowing three hits and striking out four. 

Tanaka gave up five hits in eight shutout innings. 

NOTE: The Oakland Athletics begin a three-game series on Friday night. Rich Hill (3-3, 2.53) faces Ubaldo Jimenez (1-3, 5.20).

Trotz named finalist for Jack Adams Award


Trotz named finalist for Jack Adams Award

After leading the Capitals to their second Presidents' Trophy in franchise history, head coach Barry Trotz has been named a finalist for the Jack Adams Award, the NHL announced Thursday. The award is voted on by the NHL Broadcasters' Association and is officially awarded to the coach who has "contributed the most to his team's success."

Lindy Ruff of the Dallas Stars and Gerard Gallant of the Florida Panthers are also finalists.

In his second season as coach, Trotz led the Caps to a 56-18-8 record and a Presidents' Trophy. The team set franchise records in wins (56) and road wins (27) and also came just one shy of tying records in home wins (29) and points (120).

This is the third time Trotz has been named a finalist for the Jack Adams. He finished second in 2010 and third in 2011 while with the Nashville Predators. Should Trotz win, he will become the third coach to win the award in franchise history. Bryan Murray won for the 1983-84 season and Bruce Boudreau for the 2007-08 season.

The winner of the award will be announced during the 2016 NHL Awards on June 22.


Three things to know about Ravens fourth-round pick Chris Moore


Three things to know about Ravens fourth-round pick Chris Moore

Three things to know about Ravens fourth-round pick (107), wide receiver Chris Moore from the University of Cincinnati:

1. Moore’s college breakout game came against Ohio St in 2014.

Everybody in the Buckeyes’ secondary who played against Moore remembers him. Moore had three catches for 221 yards and three touchdowns, and he also had a 40-yard touchdown nullified by a penalty. On two of those touchdowns, Moore burned highly-touted Ohio St. defensive backs - cornerback Eli Apple, who was drafted No. 10 overall by the Giants, and safety Vonn Bell, who went to the Saints in Round 2.

“When it came time to play against the best talent, I performed,” Moore said.

2. At 6-foot-2, 190 pound, Moore has the frame to be more than just a deep receiver.

“I practice running every route, every single day,” Moore said. “I run all the short routes too, so I’m not just a deep threat.”

3. The biggest knock on Moore is the drops he had in college.

The Ravens coaching staff, particularly wide receiver coach Bobby Engram, will be looking for ways to improve Moore’s concentration and technique.