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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.

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Police investigating 7-Eleven robbery in Silver Spring


SILVER SPRING, Md. (WUSA 9) -- Montgomery County Police are investigating an armed robbery at a 7-Eleven in Silver Spring that occurred on Jan. 9th.

At approximately 12:49 a.m., police say three males suspects entered 7-Eleven located at 8455 Colesville Road and threatened the store employee, who fled to the back of the store.

The suspects removed an undisclosed amount of cash from the store registers and fled the area, police said.

According to police, the three suspects have also been linked to active cases in D.C. and Anne Arundel County.

2 rescued from bucket lift stuck 100+ feet in the air


WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Two workers had to be rescued from a bucket lift when it got stuck over one hundred feet in the air early Wednesday morning.

The workers were stranded inside the atrium of a building on New Hampshire Avenue in Silver Spring, according to Pete Piringer of Montgomery County Fire and Rescue.

The lift malfunctioned stranding the workers some 105 feet in the air around 1:40 a.m., fire officials said.

Officials removed a window from the roof of the building, and rescued the works through the window. Both workers were uninjured, officials said.


DONATE COATS for SERVE at MONZA; GET $25 MONZA/CARMELLO’s GIFT CARD

DONATE COATS for SERVE at MONZA; GET $25 MONZA/CARMELLO’s GIFT CARD

Monza of Historic Manassas will be collecting gently used coats to donate to SERVE of Manassas, Va. in exchange for a $25 Monza or Carmello’s gift card and free hot chocolate and coffee on Fridays and Saturdays in January at Monza at 9405 Battle Street in Old Town Manassas, Va. For more information, go to www.eatmonza.com.

“Winter is here, and we’re all pulling out our warm coats, many of us have more than one, while the neediest of our community go without a proper coat for the coldest of days,” said Alice Pires, owner of Carmellos and Monza in Historic Manassas, Va. “Help us support SERVE by dropping off a coat, and warm up with a free hot cocoa and gift card,” said Pires.

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MISSING: Claire Duffy, 48, Silver Spring


Montgomery County Police reported on Monday that Claire Duffy has been found safe and unharmed.

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SILVER SPRING, Md. (WUSA9) -- Montgomery County Police are searching for a missing 48-year-old Silver Spring woman, who was last seen on Tuesday.

Police are searching for Claire Duffy, 48, of Silver Spring, last seen in the area of Carroll Avenue in Takoma Park, authorities said.

Duffy is described as a white woman, standing 5'3'' tall and weighing 110 pounds.She has blonde/light brown hair and gray eyes. She is often in the Silver Spring downtown area, police said.

Family and friends are worried about her emotional and physical well-being.

FOUND: Gareth Jae Graham, 16, Silver Spring


SILVER SPRING, Md. (WUSA9) -- Montgomery County Police said Gareth Graham, 16, of Silver Spring has been located safe and unharmed.

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Montgomery County Police are searching for a missing 16-year-old from Silver Spring, Md., who was last seen Thursday.

Police are looking for Gareth Jae Graham, 16, who was last seen in the 8800 block of Georgia Avenue in Silver Spring, authorities said.

Graham is described as a white male, standing 5'9'' tall and weighing 135 pounds. He has blue eyes and short, dirty blonde hair. He was last seen wearing a black North Face jacket over a black sweatshirt, dark jeans, and black, Chuck Taylor shoes.

Gas leak in Silver Spring causes evacuations


SILVER SPRING, Md. (WUSA9) -- Some buildings and more than a dozen homes were evacuated due to a gas leak in Silver Spring on Thursday, according to Montgomery County fire officials.

Construction workers struck a gas line in the 600 block of Thayer Avenue near Fenton Street, MCFRS spokesperson Pete Piringer said. He later said that there was a one-inch cut in the three-inch high pressure gas line.

EMS personnel evaluated one person.

Buses were brought in for the evacuation, according to Piringer.

At approximately 1:42 p.m., Piringer reported that the gas leak was stopped and is under control.

Residents were allowed back into their homes and firefighters have left the scene.