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Md. club nightclub owner guilty of drug trafficking


SILVER SPRING, Md. (WUSA9) -- The owner of a Silver Spring night club pleaded guilty Friday to conspiring to distribute more than 1,000 kilograms of marijuana, the United States Attorney for the District of Maryland's Office announced.

Jason Miskiri, 39, of Silver Spring pleaded guilty after he received marijuana from several sources for distribution in the state. He was arrested in March 2009 in Texas after buying 209 pounds of marijuana that he intended on bringing to Maryland, officials said.

Miskiri was the largest customer of a drug trafficking organization led by Garfield Mullings (Mullings DTO). This organization made shipments of marijuana from California to Maryland, according to the the attorney's office.

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Crews respond to Silver Spring apartment fire, explosion


SILVER SPRING, Md. (WUSA9) -- Crews were able to put out a second-alarm fire at a Silver Spring apartment Tuesday morning, Montgomery County Rescue and Fire said.

Montgomery County Fire and Rescue crews responded to the fire located at 25 E Wayne Avenue at the Wayne Manchester Towers.

The fire was on the eighth floor, according to officials. There were reports of people being trapped inside of the building, however Montgomery County Fire and Rescue said nobody was injured.

A neighbor told WUSA9 reporter Vanessa Herring that he heard an explosion, went out to his balcony and saw flames shooting out of this apartment.

Dozens of people had to be evacuated and residents are being assisted, officials said.

Md. free-range children taken by CPS


SILVER SPRING, Md. (WUSA9) -- The Maryland parents accused of child neglect for letting their children roam freely had to retrieve their children from Child Protective Services after they were removed from a park Sunday by police.

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Montgomery County police and Child Protective Services are in a joint investigation of Danielle and Alexander (Sasha) Meitiv for possible child neglect for allowing their children to walk freely.

Gas leak in Silver Spring causes street closures


SILVER SPRING, Md. (WUSA9) -- The Wayne Ave and Fenton St. in Silver Spring gas leak has been contained by Washington Gas, Montgomery County Fire and Rescue said.

The gas leak at Wayne Ave and Fenton St. in Silver Spring caused street closures and traffic problems, Montgomery County Fire and Rescue said.

The gas leak is under control, but parts of Wayne Street, Colesville Road, Cedar Street and Fenton Street are closed. The intersection of Wayne and Georgia Avenue is also closed.

A nearby library construction site was evacuated.

We will continue to update you as we learn more.

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Teen stabs 23-year-old man on Metrobus in Silver Spring


SILVER SPRING, Md. (WUSA9) -- A female teen stabbed a 23-year-old man on a Metrobus Sunday after a fight started between the two, according to Montgomery County Police.

Around 3:30 p.m., police say officers responded to East-West Highway and Blair Mill Road in Silver Spring for a reported stabbing on a Metrobus.

Police determined that the stabbing occurred after a fight was started between two passengers who knew each other. Police say the altercation began with the 23-year-old man assaulting the female teen. She responded by stabbing the man, police said.

The man was transported to a local hospital where he is being evaluated for a single stab wound to his left side, police said. The teen was also transported with a minor hand injury.

Police say the teen admitted that she stabbed the man. No other injuries were reported, police said.

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April declared work zone safety month


SILVER SPRING, Md. (WUSA9) -- With maintenance and construction underway this spring and zone-related crashes on the rise, Governor Larry Hogan has declared April work zone safety month.

Safety partners would like to remind drivers to be aware when orange cones or barrels are on the road.

In a news release sent out Thursday, the State Highway Administration encourages drivers to drive slow and stay alert in work zones.

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Silver Spring man accused of killing ex's new boyfriend


SILVER SPRING, Md. (WUSA9) -- Police arrested a man in connection with shooting and killing the boyfriend of the mother of his child on Monday.

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Montgomery County Police said they arrested Erick Ramirez, 24, of Silver Spring in the homicide of Jonathan Lopez, of Brentwood.

The incident happened on Monday night close to Piney Branch Road and Dale Road. Officers found Lopez, who was conscious, however was on the sidewalk suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. He was taken to the hospital where he died, according to police.