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FOUND: 63-year-old Silver Spring man

SILVER SPRING, Md. (WUSA9) -- Montgomery County police have located a missing 63-year-old man from Silver Spring.

Gary Pendergraft of the 900 block of Devere Drive was found after he went missing Tuesday night.

Montgomery County police thank the public for their help.

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Purple line backers protest indefinite delay

SILVER SPRING, Md. (WUSA9) -- Members of the Action Committee for Transit rallied Monday morning at the site of the future Purple Line station in Silver Spring to protest an indefinite delay in the metro line.

Purple Line backers could be seen at the corner of Wayne Avenue and Fenton Street in downtown Silver Spring.


This protest comes after Governor Larry Hogan announced an indefinite delay in the Purple Line. This delay endangers $1.6 billion in federal grants and low-interest loans, our editorial contributor Washington Post wrote in an article Friday.

Man charged for sexual offenses at Silver Spring daycare

SILVER SPRING, Md. (WUSA9) -- A man released on bond after inappropriately touching a five-year-old at a Silver Spring daycare, according to Montgomery County police.

Manuel A. Aguilar-Morales of Silver Spring was arrested and charged with two counts of second degree sexual offense, two counts of third degree sexual offense and one count of sexual abuse, police said.

4 escape building collapse in Silver Spring

SILVER SPRING, Md. (WUSA9) -- Four workers escaped from a house that collapsed in Silver Spring Tuesday afternoon, Montgomery County Fire and Rescue said.


The structure collapse happened in the 800 block of Easley Street, Pete Piringer Chief Spokesperson for Montgomery County Fire and Rescue tweeted. The building was being renovated, officials said. Only the porch and basement survived the collapse.

All occupants of the building were able to get out and have been accounted for. Nobody was injured.

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Former Md. music teacher pleads guilty to sexual abuse

A former Montgomery County music teacher pleaded guilty Monday to sexually abusing 15 young students while working for the school system.

Lawrence Joynes, 56, admitted to abusing students at New Hampshire Estates Elementary School and Eastern Middle School, both of which are in Silver Spring.

Prosecutors say most of the abuse took place during school hours inside Joynes' music classroom.

Joynes faces life in prison when he is sentenced in August.

Joynes taught in the Montgomery County school system for 27 years, with the last 10 at New Hampshire Estates.


One injured after truck collided with motorcycle in Md.

WHEATON, Md. (WUSA9) -- A man is suffering life-threatening injuries after a truck collided with his motorcycle Saturday in Wheaton, police said.

The driver of the motorcycle has been identified as Thomas Steven Rose, 59, of Silver Spring, Md., police said.

At approximately 9:03 p.m., police say officers responded to the intersection of Randolph Road and Bushey Drive for the report of a collision.

Police say a Ford F-150 attempted to cross Randolph Road and collided with a 2002 Yamaha motorcycle in the intersection. Rose was transported to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries and police say he remains in serious condition.

The driver of the truck has been identified as Mario Evert Carrasco Gonzales, 43, of Silver Spring, Md., police said.


Man gets 60 years for Northwest Branch trail rape

SILVER SPRING, Md. (WUSA9) -- The man charged with the rape of a jogger along a trail in the Northwest Branch Park in May 2014 was sentenced to 60 years in prison Thursday, according to a news release.

Joaquin Orellana Torres, 25, pleaded guilty to one count of first degree rape and one count of first degree sex-offense in March 2015.

Suspect arrested in Northwest Branch trail rape

On May 9, 2014, Police say officers responded to the Northwest Branch trail at approximately 4:15 p.m. to investigate the report of a rape.