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The Independent Collection Maps a New Course for Destination Travel

The Independent Collection Maps a New Course for Destination Travel

Neighborhood collaborations make the getaway experience one to savor

City scenes and insider information greet guests who visit The Independent Collection’s new in-the-know websites, http://independentcollection.com. The recently relaunched sites are for a select group of hotels located in unique urban neighborhoods along the East Coast, all part of The Independent Collection. The Independent Collection, a growing collection of intimate lifestyle hotels managed by HHM, maps a course of travel for its guests that make the entire experience one to remember.

Stolen Truck, Backhoe Used In Attempted ATM Theft

POTOMAC, Md. (WUSA) -- Police say three suspects attempted a daring overnight ATM break-in in Potomac, and they used stolen construction equipment to do it.

Montgomery County Police responded to the Bank of America in the 10000 block of Falls Road just before 2:00 a.m. after being alerted by the bank's security monitoring company. Paul Starks, spokesman for the police department, says the responding units frightened the suspects who fled the scene before they could obtain any cash.  However, their efforts did cause damage to the bank property.

According to Capt. Starks, investigators believe the suspects stole a pick-up truck, and later a back-hoe from a near-by construction site. The suspects used the heavy construction apparatus to pull the ATM from the front of the building, and likely also planned to use it to load the ATM onto the truck bed.




Occasionally Cake of Old Town Alexandria needs diapers as part of the Northern Virginia Family Service Diaper Drive. Customers can drop off diapers from Sat., May 4 through Mother’s Day, Sun., May 12, and be entered to win a Mommy and Me Cupcake Decorating Class, to be held on Tues., May 14 at 5 p.m. Three winners will be chosen from a raffle drawing.  Call (703) 647-9638 or visit www.occasionallycake.com for more information.

The Mommy and Me Cupcake decorating will be taught by owner, Sabrina Campbell, mom of two daughters and soon-to-be son. She will discuss cupcake decorating techniques, creativity and tips for parent and child.

Publisher, photographer probed over topless Kate photos

Publisher, photographer probed over topless Kate photos

PARIS (AP) - French prosecutors have placed the publisher and photographer of unauthorized topless snaps of Prince William's wife, Kate, under formal criminal investigation, they said Thursday.

Caroline Chassain, spokeswoman for the Nanterre prosecutor, said that Mondadori Magazines France and local photographer Valerie Suau were placed under investigation earlier this month over possible criminal exploitation of the images, which appeared in the French Closer magazine last September.

The photos showed the duchess of Cambridge relaxing at a private villa in Provence, in southern France, sometimes without her bikini top and, in one case, her suit bottom partially pulled down to apply sunscreen.

Chassain added that Suau's employer, local newspaper La Provence, was also placed under formal criminal investigation on Monday, but she did not elaborate.

The investigation will likely take months to complete.

Police Ask For Help In Robbery Investigation

Police Ask For Help In Robbery Investigation

Bethesda, Md. (WUSA9) -- An armed bank robbery in Montgomery County is still being investigated and with no new leads, detectives are turning to the public.

Police say a suspect wearing a "dark blue jacket, a light green button up, gloves and a Halloween mask" robbed M&T bank off of Seven Locks Road on December 22, 2012 in the early morning," police said in the news release. 

The suspect walked into the bank, intimidated the teller with a small black handgun and left with an "undisclosed amount of cash," police said.

The robber is described as an "unknown race male, over 6'0'' tall, with a medium build." Investigators are urging anyone who may have tips about this incident to come forward and contact the Robbery Section at 240-773-5100, police said.

Police Look For Two Suspects in Theft/Credit Card Fraud

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Police are looking for two male suspects in connection with a stolen wallet from an athletic club in Md. 

On Wednesday, two suspects stole a wallet from the Big Vanilla Athletic Club locker room on Magothy Beach Road in Pasadena and used the credit cards at the CVS store on Magothy Beach Road, police said. 

Anyone with information is eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000. You can call Detective Eric Love at 410-222-6145.