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FOUND: Jelani Bates, 14, Silver Spring


SILVER SPRING, Md. (WUSA9) -- Montgomery County Police have located a 14-year-old girl from Silver Spring, Md. who had been missing.

Jelani Bates, 14, of Silver Spring has been located safe and unharmed, police said.

Her family and police were worried because she had not been in touch with her family.

Anyone with information about Jelani Bates' whereabouts is asked to call the Montgomery County Police non-emergency number at 301-279-8000 (24hrs). Callers may remain anonymous.


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School crossing guard struck by car in MD


SILVER SPRING, Md. (WUSA9) --

A school crossing guard was hospitalized after being struck by a car in Maryland on Wednesday.

The incident occurred in front of the Galway Elementary School in Silver Spring, Montgomery County Police said.

The guard was wearing her uniform and safety vest and standing in a crosswalk directing traffic when she was struck by a Ford Windstar, police said.

It was raining at the time of the incident and the driver of the vehicle told authorities that his windshield wipers weren't working properly, preventing him from seeing the crossing guard before he struck her, police said.

Body found in Silver Spring


SILVER SPRING, Md. (WUSA9) -- Police found a body in Jesup Blair Park located in Silver Spring Monday afternoon, according to Montgomery County Police Department.

Police got a call around 2:12 p.m. for the report of a suspicious situation, police said. A passerby found a body at a park located at 900 Jesup Blair Drive.

The body was found face down in a wooded area of the park wearing shorts, police said. The person is not a child, authorities said. The gender and age have not yet been confirmed, police said.

The investigation is ongoing.

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Man sought in Montgomery Co. attack of woman


SILVER SPRING, Md. (WUSA9) -- Montgomery County Police Department is searching for a suspect in connection with an attempted robbery and attacking a woman on September 29 at the Forest Park Apartments in Silver Spring, Md.

Detectives will be handing out flyers to residents in the area of the 9300 block of Piney Branch Road in Silver Spring Thursday at 4 pm.

The attempted robbery happened around 7:46 p.m. in the 9300 block of Piney Branch Road, police said. A woman was walking in the area of the apartment complex when the suspect went up to her and demanded money, authorities said.

The victim told the man she had no money and he replied, "Then you are going to die tonight." The suspect pushed the woman to the ground and stabbed her several times with a knife, Montgomery County Police said. A person in the vicinity saw the attack and contacted the police. The suspect fled the scene, authorities said.

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Fire truck responding to Md. fire catches on fire


SILVER SPRING, Md. (WUSA9) -- A fire truck responding to a fire in downtown Silver Spring Monday afternoon caught on fire, Montgomery County Fire said.

The fire truck was responding to a one-alarm fire in the 8200 block of Georgia Avenue, authorities said.

No injuries have been reported, Montgomery County Fire said.

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Police: Man asked for money before stabbing woman


SILVER SPRING, Md. (WUSA9) -- Police are looking for a suspect who attempted to rob and then stabbed a woman in Silver Spring Monday evening, officials with the Montgomery County Police Department said.

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Montgomery Co. firefighter meets baby he delivered


SILVER SPRING, Md. (WUSA9) -- A Montgomery County firefighter had a surprise run-in at a grocery store Saturday with a mom whose baby he delivered.

Firefighters Jon Merrell and Franco Martinez were picking up dinner for Silver Spring Fire Station 16 on Saturday when a mom and her child came up to them.


"I know you, you delivered my baby in the back of the ambulance," the mom said to Jon Merrell. The mom gave Merrell and big hug and thank you, Martinez wrote in a blog post.

The baby girl is now 11-months old and doing just fine!