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Pack Light, Pack Right While Traveling by Air This Fall

Pack Light, Pack Right While Traveling by Air This Fall

Fall is a time when millions of people around the country begin to make their travel plans. In fact, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation, the busiest travel times of the year are just around the corner, which include Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s. There are some great reasons why packing light will help make your trip easier and more enjoyable. And the good news is that it’s not difficult to do, either.

“If you want to pack right when you travel then you really need to focus on packing light,” explains Tina Aldatz, chief executive officer of Savvy Travelers. “There’s much less hassle and stress when you pack light and stick to the basics. You can put your focus on your travel, rather than having all of your attention go to dragging around way too much luggage.”

Here are some Savvy Travelers tips for packing light and right for fall and holiday air travel:

2 men rob taxi cab driver in Takoma Park area


TAKOMA PARK, Md. (WUSA9) -- Two suspects robbed a taxi cab driver in Takoma Park on September 12, according Takoma Park police.

The reported robbery happened around 10:40 p.m. in the 7100 block of 13th Avenue, according to authorities. The taxi driver picked up two people from the Prince George's Plaza Metro Station. They asked to go to Takoma Park.

Police said both of the suspects sat in the back of the taxi. One of the suspects put a knife to the victim's throat and told him not to move. The taxi driver was cut when he tried to move away from the knife.

The second suspect got out of the taxi, opened the driver's door and demanded his cell phone. Witnesses saw the robbery and stated that police were on the way.

The suspects fled southbound on foot in the direction of Manor Hill Park. The area was searched, however the suspects were not found.

Crews respond to Freon leak at Takoma Park restaurant


TAKOMA PARK, Md. (WUSA9) -- Crews responded to a small Freon leak, which was first believed to be a fire at a Takoma Park restaurant Monday, Montgomery County Fire and Rescue said.

The leak happened at Mark's Kitchen located at 7006 Carroll Avenue, officials said. The leak was quickly brought under control and the building was ventilated.

Nobody was injured.

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Suspect wanted in Takoma Park burglary


TAKOMA PARK, Md. (WUSA9) -- A residential burglary in Takoma Park is under investigation after a suspect or suspects attempted to break into a home through the second story window Friday night, police said.

The burglary attempt happened in the 7100 block of Sycamore Avenue around 9:38 p.m., according to authorities.

The window screen from the window was found in a neighbor's yard, police said.

Anyone with information about this crime is asked to please call us at 301-270-1100.

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Takoma Park lane closures starting Monday due to repairs


TAKOMA PARK, Md. (WUSA9) -- Starting Monday one lane on Carroll Avenue between Flower Avenue and Jefferson Avenue in Takoma Park will be closed for repairs, according to Takoma Park police.

Maryland Department of Transportation's State Highway Administration will be making repairs to the deteriorated sections of the sidewalk on the southbound side of the bridge, officials said. The repairs will start Monday at 9 a.m. and continue each day of the week, weather permitting, Takoma Park police said. Crews are also allowed to close the southbound lane of MD 195.

There will be a flagging operation which will help guide both northbound and southbound MD 195 traffic through the work zone, authorities said.

All lanes will reopen no later than 3 p.m. every day during the week. Drivers should expect delays during the repairs.

Pedestrians will still be able to walk in the area, according to authorities.

Man hit after falling near Metrobus tire in Takoma


TAKOMA PARK, Md. (WUSA9) -- A man was injured Thursday after he fell near a Metrobus and the rear tire hit him at the Takoma Park Metro Station, according to Washington Area Transit Authority.

The accident happened after 3 p.m. when police say a man was walking on the sidewalk and lost his balance as a bus was extending its ramp for a passenger using a wheelchair, WMATA said.

As the bus was moving, the man fell onto the roadway and WMATA said the rear tire hit him.

The man suffered non-life threatening injuries, according to WMATA.

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MISSING: 17-year-old Takoma Park girl


Takoma Park police are asking for help locating a missing 17-year-old Takoma Park girl.

Police say Alei Cook was last seen Friday night at around 10:40 in the 700 block of Hudson Avenue in Takoma Park.

Cook is described as a 5-foot 9-inch black female with a dark complexion weighing 197 pounds. She was last seen wearing a crisscross top and black shorts.

Police did not provide a photo of Cook.

Anyone with information about Cook's whereabouts is asked to call Takoma Park police at 301-270-1100 and refer to case #15032610.


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