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Man Wearing Burqa Robs Md. Bank

SILVER SPRING, Md. (WUSA) - Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Major Crimes Division, Robbery Section and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are investigating an armed bank robbery that occurred Tuesday afternoon in the Briggs Chaney area of Silver Spring.

Police said the robber was wearing a long black burqa, blue jeans, and tan boots. He entered the bank, displayed a gun, and demanded cash.

Investigators said he obtained an undisclosed amount of cash and fled on foot in an unknown direction.

The suspect, who spoke with a Middle Eastern accent, is in his late 20s to early 30s, and is about 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet tall, police said.

A silver vehicle, possibly a Chevrolet, was observed leaving the scene directly after the robbery, police said.

Anyone who has information about this bank robbery and/or the suspect involved is asked to call the robbery section at (240) 773-5100.

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Star Student Gets Reprieve Days Before Scheduled Deportation

 SILVER SPRING, MARYLAND (WUSA)--A major development has unfolded in the case of Yves Gomes, a Montgomery County student due to be deported to India.  Immigration and Customs Enforcement made a big decision in his case.

The deportation is off. The young man, who came here as a baby and watched both his parents deported in recent years, can now stay here and pursue his American dream.

The news was met with shock and relief in his Silver Spring home, where the 17 year-old was days away from deportation.

"I'm really happy. I'm really excited," said Yves. "I no longer have to look towards that deportation anymore. Now I feel like this is the first step for me to move on with my life and realize my goals."

Hearing for Fired Teacher Abruptly Cancelled

Wheaton, Md. (WUSA) An unemployment appeals hearing for a fired teacher at the center of allegations of workplace intimidation against the principal at the Kemp Mill Elementary School in Silver Spring was abruptly cancelled Monday when 9news attempted to record the public proceeding.

The hearing examiner in the case told the participants that she was behind schedule and there was not enough time to conduct an proper hearing.

The case concerns former Kemp Mills teacher Dan Picca, who is among ten teachers at the school who have filed employment complaints alleging workplace intimidation and sexual harassment against principal Floyd Starnes.