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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.

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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.

4 injured after school bus stops suddenly in Md.


SILVER SPRING, Md. (WUSA9) -- Four students are being taken to the hospital after a school bus carrying 50 passengers came to a sudden stop Thursday afternoon in Montgomery County, Montgomery County Fire and Rescue said.

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The incident happened on Georgia Avenue and Sligo Avenue in the Silver Spring area and involved Sligo Creek Elementary school buses.

The four students have non-life-threatening injuries. Several other students are being evaluated. Authorities said drivers should expect some lanes to be blocked in the area.

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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. 

Man assaults woman in Silver Spring laundry room at apartment


SILVER SPRING, Md. (WUSA9) -- Detectives need the public's help in identifying a suspect who assaulted a woman in the laundry room of an apartment building in Silver Spring, Montgomery County Police said.

The suspect assaulted a 31-year-old woman on January 30 at 10:49 p.m. in an apartment building located in the 700 block of Sligo Avenue in Silver Spring, authorities said.

The suspect went into the laundry room and closed the door, police said. The man ordered the victim, who was not facing him to turn around and face him. The victim did not do so. He then pulled out a pocket knife and went up to the victim, according to police. The woman screamed for help and fled from the laundry room.

Montgomery County Police investigate homicide


ASPEN HILL, Md. (WUSA9) -- Slumped over the wheel of parked car is how police say they found a man at around 12:35 Sunday morning in the Bel Pre-area.

Investigators are calling it a homicide and reported that 46-year-old Wei Wu of Washington D.C. died of multiple gunshot wounds.

Police said Monday that based on the evidence gathered at the scene, they do not believe the homicide was random. Wu and the suspect(s) may have known one another or had some previous association, police said.

Police said they received the 911 call from a passerby and arrived to a back Peppertree Farm apartment complex parking lot, near Weeping Willow Court and Whispering Pines Drive, to discover an Acura sedan backed into a space with the victim in the driver's seat.