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Md. man sentenced to 25 years in theft

ROCKVILLE, Md. (WUSA9) -- A burglar who left DNA at a crime scene was sentenced to 25 years in prison.

Raoul Hughes, 43, of no fixed address, was found guilty of one count of 1st Degree Burglary and one count of Theft Over $1,000 on March 13th of this year.

Officials say Hughes had posed as a telephone repair man before breaking into a Silver Spring, Md., home through a glass basement door.

"Residents of Montgomery County and beyond can rest assured that this Defendant's days of damaging dwellings, ransacking residences and burglarizing bungalows are effectively over," said Ramon Korionoff, Public Affairs Director for the Montgomery County State's Attorney's Office. This sentence sends a strong message that home break-ins will not be tolerated in the County," Korionoff said.

Man arrested for 2002 Md. murder, awaiting extradition

SILVER SPRING, Md. (WUSA9) -- Montgomery County Police confirm that a man wanted for the 2002 murder of Winston King has been arrested in New York.

The New York Post reports that federal marshals caught Kevin Reynolds at John F. Kennedy International Airport late Sunday night. According to the Post's sources, he was waiting to board a flight to Kingston.

The Post reports that Reynolds was going by the name of Dennis Graham and that he "climbed the ranks at popular reggae and dancehall music label 21st Hapilos Digital Distribution that lists offices on Madison Avenue as well as in Jamaica."

14-year-old girl missing from Silver Spring

SILVER SPRING, Md. (WUSA9) -- Montgomery County Police are looking for 14-year-old Alexandra Innis of the 4000 block of Peppertree Lane in Silver Spring. They say she was last seen on April 4.

Police describe Alexandra as a black female, approximately 5'4" tall and 140 pounds, with brown eyes and black hair.

According to police, she frequents Westfield Wheaton shopping mall on Veirs Mill Road and is very familiar with public transportation.

Police and family are concerned for Alexandra's emotional well-being.

Anyone who has information is asked to call the Montgomery County Police Family Crimes Division at 240-773-5400 or the police non-emergency number at 301-279-8000.

Guardians of Rescue Begins Sting Investigations into Hazardous Internet Pet Sales

Guardians of Rescue Begins Sting Investigations into Hazardous Internet Pet Sales

As the world embraces the age of technology, everything is available online----including the sale of pets. Guardians of Rescue, a nationwide animal rescue organization, has stepped up to protect these poor animals from the cruelty of being bought and sold via the Internet. Guardians of Rescue is working with law enforcement in various states to try to reduce the amount of harm inflicted on these innocent dogs.

“Getting a new pet is always a big decision, and buying a dog you haven’t met in person is not smart,” says Dori Scofield, vice-president of Guardians of Rescue, an organization whose mission is to protect the well-being of all animals. “If you buy a dog through the Internet, you risk supporting puppy mill cruelty and being scammed out of your money. The Internet is also used by criminals to buy and sell fighting dogs, using certain understood language.”

If you looking to adopt a new dog, here are five tips to think about before you decide where to buy:

Wires down on Dale Drive in Silver Spring

SILVER SPRING, Md. (WUSA9) -- Tuesday afternoon, we heard that a car hit a pole on Dale Drive in Silver Spring on Tuesday afternoon.

Sky 9 flew over the scene and found a snapped pole and wires down.

We hope to have more details soon.



In support of Autism Awareness Month, Metropolitan School of the Arts is asking all of its studio students to ‘go blue’ now through April 30.  Students who wear blue during class, Monday through Friday in April, Metropolitan School of the Arts will donate $1 for each student that wears blue, per day. Go to www.metropolitanarts.org for a full schedule of classes and registration.

Metropolitan School of the Arts offers pre-professional dance, theatre, musical and vocal studio classes for youth and teens, as well as adult dance and fitness classes, including Metro Barre, yoga and Pilates.

Police search for missing 86-year-old Md. man

SILVER SPRING, Md. (WUSA9) -- Police have found an 86-year-old Silver Spring man, who was last seen at his home around 7:30 a.m. Sunday.

Montomgery County Police Department said Kim Eng Chamtarit was unharmed.