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MISSING: Dayana Agudelo-Gomez in Gaithersburg


GAITHERSBURG (WUSA9) -- Dayana Agudelo-Gomez has been missing from Gaithersburg, MD since March 15, 2014.

She was born on November 30, 1997, she stands 5'3" and weighs approximately 125 pounds.

She was last seen wearing a black jacket and blue jeans.

If you have any information about Samantha please contact the Montgomery County Police Department at 301-279-8000.

*All info from National Center for Missing & Exploited Children


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MISSING: Ganigunt Aiemsakul in Gaithersburg


GAITHERSBURG, Md. (WUSA9) -- Ganignunt Aiemsakul has been missing from Gaithersburg, MD since March 6, 2002.

She was born on November 9, 1982, she stands 5'4" and weighs approximately 125 pounds.

If you have any information about Ganignunt please contact the Montgomery County Police Department at 301-840-2347.

*All info from National Center for Missing & Exploited Children


MISSING: Emad Ben-Mrad in Gaithersburg


GAITHERSBURG, Md. (WUSA9) -- Emad Ben-Mrad has been missing from Gaithersburg, MD since April 9, 2000.

He was born on November 22, 1996. The photo attached is an age progressed photo. He has brown hair and brown eyes.

If you have any information about Ben-Mrad please contact the FBI of Maryland at 410-265-8080.

*All info from National Center for Missing & Exploited Children


Guardians of Rescue Begins Sting Investigations into Hazardous Internet Pet Sales

Guardians of Rescue Begins Sting Investigations into Hazardous Internet Pet Sales

As the world embraces the age of technology, everything is available online----including the sale of pets. Guardians of Rescue, a nationwide animal rescue organization, has stepped up to protect these poor animals from the cruelty of being bought and sold via the Internet. Guardians of Rescue is working with law enforcement in various states to try to reduce the amount of harm inflicted on these innocent dogs.

“Getting a new pet is always a big decision, and buying a dog you haven’t met in person is not smart,” says Dori Scofield, vice-president of Guardians of Rescue, an organization whose mission is to protect the well-being of all animals. “If you buy a dog through the Internet, you risk supporting puppy mill cruelty and being scammed out of your money. The Internet is also used by criminals to buy and sell fighting dogs, using certain understood language.”

If you looking to adopt a new dog, here are five tips to think about before you decide where to buy:

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Gaithersburg among top retirement places


GAITHERSBURG, Md. (WUSA9) -- The City of Gaithersburg, Md. belongs to one of the top 25 best suburbs for retirement this year, according to Forbes.

There were no rankings associated with the list. The suburbs were just placed in alphabetical order.

In order to qualify, the suburbs had to be within 35 miles of a major city. Some of the other criteria that was looked included a median home value of $300,000 or less, a stable economy based on the unemployment rate and job growth rankings, an assessment of the state's tax climate for retirees, rates of serious crime, presence of hospitals and colleges, air quality, and access to mass transit.

METRO SCHOOL of the ARTS ‘SINGING the ‘BLUES’ for AUTISM AWARENESS MONTH

METRO SCHOOL of the ARTS ‘SINGING the ‘BLUES’ for AUTISM AWARENESS MONTH

In support of Autism Awareness Month, Metropolitan School of the Arts is asking all of its studio students to ‘go blue’ now through April 30.  Students who wear blue during class, Monday through Friday in April, Metropolitan School of the Arts will donate $1 for each student that wears blue, per day. Go to www.metropolitanarts.org for a full schedule of classes and registration.

Metropolitan School of the Arts offers pre-professional dance, theatre, musical and vocal studio classes for youth and teens, as well as adult dance and fitness classes, including Metro Barre, yoga and Pilates.

Fire rips through building in Gaithersburg


GAITHERSBURG, Md. (WUSA9) -- Firefighters are battling a two-alarm fire in Gaithersburg on Friday morning.

Sky 9 flew over the scene at Shady Grove Road and Gaither Road. Video showed heavy fire through the roof of buildings.

We're told the buildings were under construction and were not occupied.