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Police ID boy killed in Gaithersburg car crash


GAITHERSBURG, Md. (WUSA9) -- Police have identified the five-year-old boy who was killed in a car crash in Gaithersburg early Tuesday morning.

Daniel Dana was killed in the crash that happened around 3:30 a.m. near Fields Road and Rt. 370 or Sam Eig Highway, police said.

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Montgomery County Police say Dana's mother, Narges Shafeirad, age 33, was driving an older Toyota Corolla when she lost control of her vehicle, hopped a median and crashed in an opposing lane.

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Residents still dealing with Gaithersburg plane crash debris


GAITHERSBURG, Md. (WUSA9) -- It has been six months since a deadly plane crash right in the middle of a Gaithersburg neighborhood, and some homeowners impacted by the crash remain out of their homes.

The worst part, they say, is they're not sure why.

"The house is kind of the same way it was on December 8 when the plane hit," a woman whose home was damaged in the crash said.

Six people, including a mother and her two children, were killed and three homes were damaged or destroyed in the crash.

"I've been told this is part of the data recorder and I guess these are other pieces that never got picked up," the woman, who spoke on the condition of anonymity said.

"Nobody has come out to clean anything up yet. They've done some testing and found various levels of petroleum, I guess, but haven't really reported back to us about where to go from there."

Police investigating Gaithersburg car accident


GAITHERSBURG, Md. (WUSA9) -- Gaithersburg police are investigating an overnight car crash.

The accident happened at approximately 12:30 a.m. near the intersection of Goshen Road and Emory Grove Road.

Since the accident, crews have spent most of the time working on accident reconstruction.

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Man arrested after robbery at Gathersburg laser-tag facility


GATHERSBURG, Md. (WUSA9) -- A man was arrested Tuesday in connection to an armed robbery at a laser tag facility in Gathersburg.

Police say the man robbed Shadowland Adventures on Quince Orchard Road sometime before 2 p.m.

While investigating the robbery at the scene, police noticed a man who fit the description for the subject and made an arrest.

The man apparently lives near Shadowland and returned to the scene of the robbery, according to police. He is in custody and facing charges in connection to the robbery.

Police say their investigation into the robbery is continuing.


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'Beer Pong Rapist' sentenced to 150 years in prison


GAITHERSBURG, Md. (WUSA9) -- The man dubbed the "Beer Pong Rapist" was sentenced Wednesday to 150 years in prison for sexually assaulting 5 different men he befriended at beer pong tournaments.

Joey Poindexter of Gaithersburg, Md. was convicted of those sexual assaults that police say took place over a two year period.Prosecutors presented evidence to the judge that there may be upwards of 25 more victims dating back nearly 10 years.

Poindexter was found guilty of eight counts of sexual assault stemming from incidents in 2011 and 2012. Police say he took videos and snapped pictures of these assaults.

Residents out after Gaithersburg apartment fire


GAITHERSBURG, Md. (WUSA9) -- Several people were evacuated from an apartment complex in Gaithersburg after a fire late Wednesday morning.

According to Montgomery County Fire Spokesperson Pete Piringer, residents at a three-story building on North Summit Avenue were evacuated because of a kitchen fire on the first floor.

None of the evacuated occupants had serious injuries and the fire was under control in a short time.


Arrest made in Gaithersburg synagogue vandalism


GAITHERSBURG, Md. (WUSA9) -- An adult male was arrested Wednesday morning in connection to an act of vandalism at a synagogue in Gaithersburg, Montgomery County police announced.

Sebastian D. Espinoza-Carranza, 18, of Gaithersburg, Md. was arrested after police brought him in for an interview.

On March 7 at approximately 2 a.m., the Shaare Torah Synagogue on Main Street was defaced with swastikas and other discriminatory messages, according to Gaithersburg Mayor Jud Ashman.