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METROPOLITAN SCHOOL of the ARTS’ STUDENTS AWARDED for ALL-STAR CAST

METROPOLITAN SCHOOL of the ARTS’ STUDENTS AWARDED for ALL-STAR CAST

Ben Cherington and Kylie Levy of Metropolitan School of the Arts (MSA) Performing Arts Academy of Lorton, Va. and Alexandria, Va. were recently recognized for All-Star Cast by the Virginia Theatre Association Conference for their performances in I Never Saw Another Butterfly. This was the first time Metropolitan School of the Arts had participated in the conference. Cherington, an 11th grader from Burke, Va., and Levy, a 10th grader from Fairfax, Va. are students at Metropolitan School of the Arts. For more information, go to www.metropolitanarts.org.

Metropolitan School of the Arts (MSA) also earned the 2014 Virginia Theatre Association Conference award for Best Costume Design and was recognized for Staging, as well as received an honorable mention for Best Play, I Never Saw Another Butterfly.

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Four arrested in connection with Md. robberies and shooting


GAITHERSBURG, Md. (WUSA9) -- Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department have arrested multiple suspects in connection with two armed robberies that took place at Sweeney Building Services in Maryland.

The first armed robbery incident took place on August 14th at about 10:05 a.m., police said. Police were called to Sweeney Building Services on Premier Court in Gaithersburg for a report of an armed robbery.

Two suspects entered the business armed with a handgun and a taser, police said. The suspects were able to obtain an undisclosed amount of cash, police said. The victims were able to give a description of the suspects and the vehicle they used to leave the scene, police said.

The second armed robbery occurred on November 6th, police said.

Homes evacuated due to Gaithersburg gas leak


GAITHERSBURG, Md. (WUSA9) -- Montgomery County Fire and Rescue is working on a four-inch high-pressure gas line that was struck with a backhoe in the 100 block of Ridgepoint Place, authorities said.

Quince Orchard Road is closed between Kentlands Boulevard and Hillstome Rd, according to Montgomery County Fire and Rescue.

At least a dozen homes have been evacuated. This is an active leak. The gas company is now on scene and waiting for special equipment.


Man on bike killed by truck in Gaithersburg


GAITHERSBURG, Md. (WUSA9) -- A man riding a bike on Darnestown Road (Route 28) Monday morning was killed after being hit by a truck in Gaithersburg, Md., Montgomery County Police said.

The accident happened around 9:45 a.m. in the 12100 block of Darnestown Road, authorities said.

Officers saw a Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) Ford F550 truck stopped at the entrance of the shopping center and a man unconscious on the road close to a bike, authorities said.

Officers along with Montgomery County Fire and Rescue personnel started life-saving efforts, however the biker died from his injuries at the scene, authorities said. The victim was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident.

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FOUND: 7-year-old from Montgomery Village


MONTGOMERY VILLAGE, Md. (WUSA9) -- Montgomery County Police have found a missing seven-year-old boy from Montgomery Village, police said. He is safe and unharmed.

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Montgomery County police are seeking the public's assistance in locating a missing 7-year-old boy from Montgomery Village.

Kevin Jesus Jamie, of the 18400 block of Lost Knife Circle, was last seen Monday morning. He is described by police as a Hispanic male, 5'04" tall, 70-75 pounds, with brown eyes and black hair in a Mohawk. He was last seen wearing blue shorts, and a Pink shirt with the writing "real men wear pink" in black letters.

Man killed riding bike in Montgomery County


NORTH POTOMAC, Md. (WUSA9) -- Montgomery County police say an adult male bicyclist was killed Monday morning in North Potomac after being struck by a vehicle.

It happened at 9:45 a.m. near the intersection of Darnestown Road and Quince Orchard Road in front of the Shoppes at Potomac Valley, according to police.

The driver of the car remained at the scene, and eastbound Darnestown Road is shut down between Quince Orchard Road and the firehouse for investigation.

We'll update as more information becomes available.

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13 residents displaced after Md. townhouse fire


GAITHERSBURG, Md. (WUSA9) -- A child playing with matches caused a fire which displaced 13 people in Maryland on Saturday, fire officials said.

The fire occurred in Gaithersburg on Horizon Run Road in the middle of a row of townhouses, fire officials said.

Four townhouses were ultimately damaged by the fire, but no injuries were reported, officials said.

Officials estimate that the fire caused $800 thousand dollars in damage.

Officials determined that the cause of the fire was a child playing with matches in the home.

The child's 15-year-old brother smelled smoke and helped his younger sister and the family dog to safety, fire officials said. The quick and decisive actions of the 15-year-old were life saving, officials said.

The Red Cross is now assisting the 13 occupants who were displaced by the fire.