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Family asks for help at murdered 22 year-old's vigil

SILVER SPRING, Md. (WUSA9) -- The family of a 22-year-old Montgomery County man gunned down in a park on Thursday afternoon asked dozens of his friends and loved ones for help finding his killer at a vigil Sunday night.

Garrett McClees was found shot to death in Edgewood Park on Thursday. The young father and 2011 Paint Branch High School grad had recently returned to Maryland after living in California for several months.

Since McClees was killed outside in a public park in daylight hours, his family pressed the roughly 80 people in attendance at a vigil Sunday night for information – tearfully arguing that someone must know something, however small, and should come forward.

Road closures after car overturns in Silver Spring

SILVER SPRING, Md. (WUSA9) -- Police are investigating an accident involving an overturned car in Silver Spring Friday.

The accident happened close to Bel Pre Road, Montgomery County police said. Nobody was injured, officials said.

Police had to shutdown Layhill Road in both directions.

We will update you as we learn more.

Two-year-old critically injured after falling from balcony

SILVER SPRING, Md. (WUSA9) -- A two-year-old boy is in critical condition after he fell from the third floor of a building Tuesday, according to Montgomery County fire personnel.

The child was medevaced after falling approximately 40 feet from the third-floor balcony of a building on Hewitt Avenue around 5:30 p.m. 

A fire spokesperson described their injuries as  severe life-threatening.  

The child possibly crawled through the railing of the third floor balcony, fire officials said. 

This is a developing story and will be updated. 

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Pack Light, Pack Right While Traveling by Air This Fall

Pack Light, Pack Right While Traveling by Air This Fall

Fall is a time when millions of people around the country begin to make their travel plans. In fact, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation, the busiest travel times of the year are just around the corner, which include Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s. There are some great reasons why packing light will help make your trip easier and more enjoyable. And the good news is that it’s not difficult to do, either.

“If you want to pack right when you travel then you really need to focus on packing light,” explains Tina Aldatz, chief executive officer of Savvy Travelers. “There’s much less hassle and stress when you pack light and stick to the basics. You can put your focus on your travel, rather than having all of your attention go to dragging around way too much luggage.”

Here are some Savvy Travelers tips for packing light and right for fall and holiday air travel:

Silver Spring Transit Center opens

SILVER SPRING, Md. (WUSA9) -- The Silver Spring Transit Center is officially open.

Five years later and 80 million dollars over budget, the Paul Sarbanes Transit Center opened at 4 a.m. Sunday morning with no fanfare, no ribbon cutting.

"Oh gracious we've been waiting for a long time. Frustrated at times. Sometimes it's all for the good. It's very good I just got off the 9 and crossed the street I think it's wonderful," said Bus Driver Jean Langhorne.

Some of the first commuters to come through the transportation hub got a feel for their new route.

Map of the transit center

Years of delay, lawsuits, and defects in the concrete brought the price tag to $141 million. That's tens of thousands of dollars over budget.

MISSING: 24-year-old Silver Spring woman

SILVER SPRING, Md. (WUSA9) -- Police need your help locating a missing 24-year-old woman from Silver Spring.

Cherell Nicole Smellie was last seen around 9:20 p.m. Friday at her residence on Staley Manor Drive in Silver Spring, police said.

Smellie is described by police as a 5'4" black female, 160 pounds with long black hair and brown eyes.

Anyone who sees Cherell Smellie or has information on her whereabouts is asked to immediately call 9-1-1.

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Pedestrian gravely injured after Silver Spring accident

SILVER SPRING, Md. (WUSA9) -- A male pedestrian suffered life-threatening injuries after he was hit by a car Friday afternoon in Silver Spring.

According to Montgomery County police, the accident happened at around 2:42 p.m. at the intersection of Langley Drive and University Boulevard. 

A preliminary investigation found that the pedestrian was crossing University Boulevard heading eastbound when a gray 2006 Honda Accord traveling northbound on University hit the pedestrian for unknown reasons.

The pedestrian was not walking in a marked crosswalk, police said.

After family members have been notified, police will release the identity of the victim.

The accident remains under investigation and anyone with information is asked to contact Montgomery County police at 240-773-6620.