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Silver Spring man accused of killing ex's new boyfriend


SILVER SPRING, Md. (WUSA9) -- Police arrested a man in connection with shooting and killing the boyfriend of the mother of his child on Monday.

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Montgomery County Police said they arrested Erick Ramirez, 24, of Silver Spring in the homicide of Jonathan Lopez, of Brentwood.

The incident happened on Monday night close to Piney Branch Road and Dale Road. Officers found Lopez, who was conscious, however was on the sidewalk suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. He was taken to the hospital where he died, according to police.

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Missing Silver Spring woman, 80, with dementia sought


SILVER SPRING, Md. (WUSA9) -- Police are searching for a missing 80-year-old Silver Spring woman who has dementia.

Dorothy Hill left her assisted living residence located in the 8500 block of Springvale Road in Silver Spring around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday. Police said she left on foot, however may have taken a cab at some point.

Hill is described as a black woman, standing 5'5" tall and weighing 120 pounds. She has short gray hair, hazel eyes, and wears glasses, authorities said. She was last seen wearing a brown coat and a gray scarf. She was carrying a red bag.

She may have been trying to go to the 1800 block of Maryland Avenue in Northeast, D.C., police said.

Anyone with any information regarding Ms. Hill's whereabouts is asked to call the Montgomery County Police Department immediately at 301-279-8000 (24 hour line).


2 suspects sought in Silver Spring Rite Aid robbery


SILVER SPRING, Md. (WUSA9) -- Police are searching for two suspects in connection with a Rite Aid robbery that happened in Silver Spring on February 23.

The robbery happened around 2:49 a.m. at the Rite Aid located at 1411 East West Highway. One suspect pulled out a handgun and pointed it at the clerk and a customer. The second suspect demanded money from the registers and took the money. The suspects then ran off.

The first suspect is being described as a black man, between the ages of 20 and 25, standing between 5'10" to 6' tall and with a thin build. He was last seen wearing black shoes, blue jeans, a black hooded jacket, and a black ski mask.

MD guitar instructor arrested for sex abuse of boy


SILVER SPRING, Md. (WUSA9) -- A Maryland guitar instructor was arrested in connection with sexually abusing a boy between 2008 and 2011 on several occasions, Montgomery County Police said.

Police arrested Jeffrey W. O'Connor, 52, of Silver Spring, on Wednesday night in connection with sex abuse of a minor.

Authorities learned during the investigation that O'Connor, a privately-hired guitar instructor had engaged in inappropriate sexual contact with a boy which started in 2008 when the victim was 12-years-old. The incidents happened at both the victim's and the suspect's home, police said.

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Victim speaks out about Silver Spring attempted rape attack


SILVER SPRING, Md. (WUSA9) -- Police say the first incident happened in a Silver Spring apartment building when a young man exposed himself to a 36-year-old woman.

Only minutes later he found another victim, but this time he attacked.

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"I realize that things like this happen all the time," said the 20-year-old woman.

You just don't think it will ever happen to you. "It was surreal," the woman stated.

Family of woman hit by car in Silver Spring speaks


SILVER SPRING, Md. (WUSA9) -- The family of a 49-year-old woman who was hit and killed by a car in Silver Spring is grappling with the news of her death.

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Vanessa Dixon of D.C. was fatally struck by a car while waiting at a Ride On bus stop on Cresthaven Drive, police said. Dixon was a mother of five with four grandchildren and had just celebrated her 49th birthday.

Dixon's sister, Velma Hibbert described her as: "She was a sweetheart, goodhearted person, very nice sister."

Another one of Dixon's sisters, Alvona Chaplin wants to know why the driver killed her sister, "That drunken driver.. that dragged her body all the way..you know and killed my poor sister going to work. You know, that's what I want to know."

Silver Spring man arrested for sexually assaulting girl


SILVER SPRING, Md. (WUSA9) -- Montgomery County police say they arrested a Silver Spring man for a series of robberies in Wheaton, and for sexually assaulting a young girl at the scene of one of those crimes.

Police say 21-year-old Melvin Calix actually helped cops catch him.

Montgomery County Police Captain Paul Starks explains, "He would enter homes through unlocked doors and unlocked windows. Many times while people were home."

Police say Calix would do it in the middle of the night, but he also did some things that might make you scratch your head.