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Silver Spring Transit Center opens


SILVER SPRING, Md. (WUSA9) -- The Silver Spring Transit Center is officially open.

Five years later and 80 million dollars over budget, the Paul Sarbanes Transit Center opened at 4 a.m. Sunday morning with no fanfare, no ribbon cutting.

"Oh gracious we've been waiting for a long time. Frustrated at times. Sometimes it's all for the good. It's very good I just got off the 9 and crossed the street I think it's wonderful," said Bus Driver Jean Langhorne.

Some of the first commuters to come through the transportation hub got a feel for their new route.

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Map of the transit center

Years of delay, lawsuits, and defects in the concrete brought the price tag to $141 million. That's tens of thousands of dollars over budget.

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MISSING: 24-year-old Silver Spring woman


SILVER SPRING, Md. (WUSA9) -- Police need your help locating a missing 24-year-old woman from Silver Spring.

Cherell Nicole Smellie was last seen around 9:20 p.m. Friday at her residence on Staley Manor Drive in Silver Spring, police said.

Smellie is described by police as a 5'4" black female, 160 pounds with long black hair and brown eyes.

Anyone who sees Cherell Smellie or has information on her whereabouts is asked to immediately call 9-1-1.

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Pedestrian gravely injured after Silver Spring accident


SILVER SPRING, Md. (WUSA9) -- A male pedestrian suffered life-threatening injuries after he was hit by a car Friday afternoon in Silver Spring.

According to Montgomery County police, the accident happened at around 2:42 p.m. at the intersection of Langley Drive and University Boulevard. 

A preliminary investigation found that the pedestrian was crossing University Boulevard heading eastbound when a gray 2006 Honda Accord traveling northbound on University hit the pedestrian for unknown reasons.

The pedestrian was not walking in a marked crosswalk, police said.

After family members have been notified, police will release the identity of the victim.

The accident remains under investigation and anyone with information is asked to contact Montgomery County police at 240-773-6620.  

Man arrested for Silver Spring double shooting


SILVER SPRING, Md. (WUSA9) -- A 22-year-old man has been arrested and is being charged with attempted murder for a Silver Spring shooting that happened on September 10, Montgomery County police said. 

Donta Labell Pope, 22, of Silver Spring was arrested and is being charged with attempted second-degree murder for the shooting of two victims in Silver Spring, authorities said. The incident happened around 9:32 p.m. in the 900 block of University Boulevard East. A 25-year-old man and a 40-year-old man were both found suffering from gunshot wounds. Both men had non-life threatening injuries. 

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3 Silver Spring students surprised with tickets to Pope mass


SILVER SPRING, Md. (WUSA9) --Three lucky Silver Spring students, who wrote letters about why they wanted to go to the Papal Mass were surprised with tickets on Tuesday at St. Bernadette School.

A second grader, fourth grader and a seventh grader were among those selected by the Monsignor. They all had to write a letter and explain why they wanted to attend the mass.

Firefighter injured in fire at Leisure World building in Silver Spring


SILVER SPRING, Md. (WUSA9) -- A firefighter is injured and residents are displaced after a fire damaged a building in the Leisure World living complex, according to Montgomery County fire officials.

When firefighters arrived, they encountered heavy smoke and called for additional units due to fire on all three floors of the building, officials said. 

Officials said about 12 apartments were damaged, affecting about 20 people. 

They also said one firefighter suffered minor injuries when part of a ceiling collapsed on him.

Several animals were also rescued and one cat is missing, according to officials.

The cause of the fire is unknown at this time.

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Silver Spring Capitol One bank robber arrested


SILVER SPRING, Md. (WUSA9) -- A 44-year-old man was arrested in connection with a bank robbery that happened back in August at a Capital One bank in Silver Spring, police said.

Takoma Park police responded to the bank located in the 1100 block of University Blvd around 11:52 a.m.

The suspect went into the bank and passed a note to the teller. He claimed to have a weapon. Nobody was injured during the robbery, according to authorities.

Police believe this may be the same person who robbed the Suntrust Bank on Cherry Hill Road in Silver Spring on July 30.

Mitchell Sam, 44, of Lanham, Md. was arrested in connection with the robbery. He was found at a motel in Lanham and taken into custody on Thursday.

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