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MISSING: Claire Duffy, 48, Silver Spring


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.

Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Claire Duffy is asked to call the police non-emergency number at 301-279-8000 (24 hour line).

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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.

FOUND:Tim Chee Chan, 81, Silver Spring


SILVER SPRING, Md. (WUSA9) -- Montgomery County Police have located an 81-year-old man from Silver Spring, Md who had been reported missing.

Tim Chee Chan, age 81, was found and reunited with family, Montgomery County Police said.

Police and family had been worried about Chan because he suffers from dementia.



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Police identify victim in Silver Spring homicide


SILVER SPRING, Md. (WUSA9)-- Police have identified the victim of a fatal home burglary in Silver Spring as 26-year-old Jonathan Edward Terril Harris.

Montgomery County Police found Harris dead after responding to a 9-1-1 report of a burglary with an adult injured on Saturday. It happened at around 10:47 a.m. near the 2300 block of Eagle Rock Place in Silver Spring.

"He {Harris} resides there with his mother. His mother is the one who called and found him," Montgomery County Police Captain Paul Starks said at the crime scene.

One neighbor off-camera told WUSA9 he only knew the victim as a young boy but that his wife is friends with the victim's mother. That neighbor said they are devastated over her loss. No one answered at the Silver Spring home on Sunday.

WANTED: Silver Spring burglary suspect


SILVER SPRING, Md. (WUSA9) -- Detectives in Montgomery County are looking for a suspect in connection with several commercial burglaries over the past two months.

Surveillance photos released Thursday show a man wearing a helmet during one of the robberies.

On October 10 at approximately 11:12 p.m., the suspect robbed a Dunkin Donuts located at 8401 Colesville Road in Silver Spring.

METROPOLITAN SCHOOL of the ARTS’ STUDENTS AWARDED for ALL-STAR CAST

METROPOLITAN SCHOOL of the ARTS’ STUDENTS AWARDED for ALL-STAR CAST

Ben Cherington and Kylie Levy of Metropolitan School of the Arts (MSA) Performing Arts Academy of Lorton, Va. and Alexandria, Va. were recently recognized for All-Star Cast by the Virginia Theatre Association Conference for their performances in I Never Saw Another Butterfly. This was the first time Metropolitan School of the Arts had participated in the conference. Cherington, an 11th grader from Burke, Va., and Levy, a 10th grader from Fairfax, Va. are students at Metropolitan School of the Arts. For more information, go to www.metropolitanarts.org.

Metropolitan School of the Arts (MSA) also earned the 2014 Virginia Theatre Association Conference award for Best Costume Design and was recognized for Staging, as well as received an honorable mention for Best Play, I Never Saw Another Butterfly.