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MD man sentenced for trying to hire hit man to kill girlfriend


GAITHERSBURG, Md. (WUSA9) -- A Montgomery County judge sentenced a Gaithersburg man to 40 years in prison for trying to hire a hit man to kill his girlfriend. Thirty-seven-year-old Ndokey Peter Enow will serve 20 years, with the other 20 suspended. Andrea McCarren was in the courtroom when the sentence was handed down.

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Enow told the judge, "I'm very sorry, I was very sick," referring to his ongoing struggle with mental illness. He'd already confessed to trying to hire a hit man to kill the mother of his child.

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MISSING: 47-year-old Gaithersburg man


GAITHERSBURG, Md. (WUSA 9) -- Montgomery County Police need your help locating a missing Gaithersburg man.

Camilo Rivera-Feliciano, 47, of Gaithersburg was reported missing by his family Wednesday, police said. He was last seen at his home at his home in Gaithersburg Tuesday. Police say officers and the family is concerned for Rivera-Feliciano emotional well-being.

Police describe Rivera-Feliciano as a 5'5'' Hispanic male, about 190 pounds, with brown eyes and short, black and gray hair. He was last seen wearing a black windbreaker jacket, jeans, black velcro sneakers and a black baseball hat, police said.

Five displaced after townhouse fire in Gaithersburg


GAITHERSBURG, Md. (WUSA 9) -- Five adults and several pets have been displaced after a townhouse fire in Gaithersburg Saturday, fire officials said.

At approximately 11:30 a.m., fire officials say firefighters responded to a townhouse on the 9200 block of Hummingbird Terrace in Gaithersburg for the report of a fire.

Upon arrival, firefighters encountered heavy fire in the first and second floors of the house. Fire officials say it took 75 firefighters 30 minutes to extinguish the fire. One firefighter suffered minor lacerations to one hand, fire officials said.

The only occupant of the home was able to get out safely, but fire officials said several pets were unaccounted for. Firefighters were able to rescue and resuscitate one cat, fire officials said.

METRO SCHOOL of the ARTS ACADEMY AUDITIONS, SUN., MAR. 1; for 2015-2016 School Year

METRO SCHOOL of the ARTS ACADEMY AUDITIONS, SUN., MAR. 1; for 2015-2016 School Year

Students interested in attending the Metropolitan School of the Arts (MSA) of Alexandria and Lorton, Va. can audition on Sun., Mar. 1 at MSA Lorton Campus at 9601 Ox Road. Auditions are required as part of the 2015-2016 academy registration. The MSA Academy audition is for performing arts students from 6th grade to 12th grade. Students should call 703-339-0444 ext.3 or visit www.metropolitanarts.org to register for an audition time. 

The audition process will give prospective students an opportunity to demonstrate his or her skills in dance, music and theater for the chairs of the respective arts departments.  Applicants must attend a live audition if they live within three geographical states of MSA.  Prospective students living beyond the three-state radius may submit a DVD audition. 

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Missing Gaithersburg woman found in police custody


GAITHERSBURG, Md. (WUSA9) -- A Maryland woman who was reported missing was found in custody Thursday after a press conference was held to bring attention to her case.

Elizabeth "Betty" Jean Queen, age 69, of Gaithersburg had last been seen on December 29th, and was reported missing on January 9th.

On Thursday, Queen's sister spoke at a press conference, hoping to bring attention to her sister's case.

A correctional officer recognized Queen a someone who had been processed and contacted police.

Further investigation revealed that Queen, a diagnosed schizophrenic was arrested and booked for disorderly conduct and assaulting a police officer in Silver Spring on December 30th, just one day after the last time she was seen.

DONATE COATS for SERVE at MONZA; GET $25 MONZA/CARMELLO’s GIFT CARD

DONATE COATS for SERVE at MONZA; GET $25 MONZA/CARMELLO’s GIFT CARD

Monza of Historic Manassas will be collecting gently used coats to donate to SERVE of Manassas, Va. in exchange for a $25 Monza or Carmello’s gift card and free hot chocolate and coffee on Fridays and Saturdays in January at Monza at 9405 Battle Street in Old Town Manassas, Va. For more information, go to www.eatmonza.com.

“Winter is here, and we’re all pulling out our warm coats, many of us have more than one, while the neediest of our community go without a proper coat for the coldest of days,” said Alice Pires, owner of Carmellos and Monza in Historic Manassas, Va. “Help us support SERVE by dropping off a coat, and warm up with a free hot cocoa and gift card,” said Pires.

Police identify pedestrian struck by train in Gaithersburg


GAITHERSBURG, Md. (WUSA9) -- A pedestrian was struck and killed by a train Monday afternoon in Gaithersburg, authorities said.

William Alexander Buendia Rodriguez, 20, of Germantown was struck and killed by a train on the tracks located in the area of the Germantown MARC station on 19330 Mateny Hill Road at approximately 1:37 p.m., police said.

Police say Rodriguez had been in the area of the tracks when he was struck by a train and succumbed to his injuries on the scene.

The reasoning for Rodriguez being in the area of the tracks is still being investigated and police say no foul play is suspected.