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Take the Plunge: Join Design Army X Karla Colletto for Pool Party, Fashion Show on Friday, Aug. 22

Take the Plunge: Join Design Army X Karla Colletto for Pool Party, Fashion Show on Friday, Aug. 22

Design Army X Karla Colletto to debut their swimwear collection - Swim At Your Own Risk - on Friday, August 22 from 7-10 p.m. at Capitol Skyline Hotel

On the heels of judging the global 61st Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity in France as one of two US judges in the Design category, Pum Lefebure, co-founder and Chief Creative Officer of Design Army, just released her first swimwear collection, Swim At Your Own Risk, in collaboration with Karla Colletto. A capsule collection for Colletto’s Cruise 2015 line and Lefebure’s first venture into fashion design, the five-piece graphic swimsuits and beachwear debuted at the Miami Swim Show on July 19th.

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Local police officer halts traffic for blind man


ASPEN HILL, Md. (WUSA9) -- When a blind man was walking through a major Montgomery County intersection with cars buzzing by, a local police officer jumped into action to make sure he made it across safely.

In a photo captured by a passerby, a Montgomery County police officer can be seen assisting a blind man with a walking stick at the intersection of Georgia Avenue and Connecticut Avenue in Aspen Hill.

The officer is said to have held up traffic at the intersection before exiting his vehicle to escort the man through the intersection.

The person wrote in to the Montgomery County Police Department Facebook page to make sure the officer receives a proper thank you.

"Give him the recognition for being a real life hero!!!", she wrote.

Silver Spring flooding forces driver to run


SILVER SPRING, Md. (WUSA9) -- A woman ran from her van fearing for her life in Tuesday's heavy rains.

It happened in Silver Spring, Md. near the intersection of Sligo Creek Parkway and E Wayne Ave.

The driver, Alem Tolosa, told WUSA9 she had stopped near a pedestrian crossing road sign when all of a sudden, flood waters coming from Sligo Creek pushed her vehicle back a few feet.

Panicked, Tolosa called police and was advised to exit the vehicle.

She waited in the area for a friend to arrive. They both then waited for help in removing the vehicle as flood waters continued to rise.

In broken English, Tolosa told WUSA9 she was scared for her life and grateful everything turned out to be okay.

Park Police closed off the roads.


Powerdy substance found at Maryland District Courthouse


SILVER SPRING, Md. (WUSA9) -- Hazmat crews are at the Maryland District Courthouse where someone brought a powdery substance into the building, officials said.

The courthouse is located at 8552 2nd Avenue, about two blocks from the Silver Spring Metro Station.

The substance was found in the lobby of the building, which has been evacuated. The area around the building is cordoned off, officials said.

Hazmat crews are trying to determine was the substance is.


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Translator promised assistance in America receives little


SILVER SPRING, Md. (WUSA9) -- In war, there are gains and there are losses.

"I'm in a situation that I'm lost and I'm thinking of what I lost and what I gained," said Hameed, who asked to be identified only by his first name to avoid possible retribution against his family in Afghanistan.

For seven years, Hameed served as an interpreter, translator and cultural adviser for U.S. and coalition forces during the War in Afghanistan. Because of his advanced English language skills, he was assigned to the second highest command post in Kabul, Afghanistan.

"I was inspired because it was good for the country and it's still good for the country there of mine in Afghanistan," said Hameed, through his ever friendly and perpetual smile.

"America was the only country that could save us and survive us and have a peaceful end and a good life," he continued.

Water main break in Silver Spring repaired


SILVER SPRING, Md. (WUSA9) -- A water main break in Montgomery County that blocked traffic and caused low or no water pressure for the surrounding area has been repaired.

Officials say a 16-inch water main broke on Piney Branch Road at Carroll Avenue on Monday night.

Shortly before 11 p.m. Monday, officials said that water service was restored in area.


MISSING: 60-year-old Silver Spring Woman


SILVER SPRING, Md. (WUSA9) -- Montgomery County Police need your help locating a missing 60-year-old Silver Spring Woman.

Susan Decarlo Hendrickson of the 14400 block of Homecrest Road was last seen at her home on July 28th.

Authorities describe Hendrickson as a white female, approximately 5'2" and 125 pounds. Officials say she has brown hair and brown eyes.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Hendrickson is asked to call the police non-emergency number at 301-279-8000 (24 hour line).