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FOUND: Nolvia Cubas in Rockville


ROCKVILLE, Md. (WUSA9) -- Nolvia Cubas was reported missing April 5, 2014 from Rockville, Md. Police say the 14-year-old was found Thursday safe and unharmed.


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Jewish groups ramp up security after shooting


ROCKVILLE, Md. (WUSA9) -- Security has been upgraded at Jewish institutions across the Washington region following Sunday's shooting at a Jewish Community Center and a Jewish retirement home in Kansas City.

At the Greater Washington Jewish Community Center in Rockville, Chief Executive officer Michael Feinstein says they began making preparations as word spread of the shooting. The Jewish Holiday of Passover started at sundown.

The JCC houses a pre-school and is frequented on an average day by thousands of people.

Some members who were there on Monday expressed concern about the incident in Kansas City but indicated they feel safe at the facility. Two Montgomery County police vehicles were outside and county police there and elsewhere in the region have indicated patrols have been stepped up outside Jewish Community center and Jewish Temples.

$1 million in damage after carpentry shop fire in Rockville


ROCKVILLE, Md. (WUSA9) -- Montgomery County Fire and Rescue firefighters battled a heavy fire at a carpentry shop in Rockville on Monday morning.

Firefighters responded to the one-story commercial building fire in the 1000 block of Taft Street at approximately 9:30 a.m., according to fire spokesperson Pete Piringer.

A second alarm was called to the Kevin Smith Building and Design Carpentry shop after heavy fire was seen coming through the roof. There was also a partial roof collapse.

Piringer says that everyone inside the building got out safely.

More than 100 firefighters responded to the scene and fought the fire for more than four hours.

The fire was located directly behind Maryvale Elementary School, but does not appear to be a threat to the building, Montgomery County Public Schools spokesperson Dana Tofig said.

2 adults and baby in hospital after Md. hit and run


ROCKVILLE, Md. (WUSA9) -- Two adults and an eight-month-old baby were taken to the hospital Saturday morning after their car was hit by another vehicle and caught on fire in Rockville, Md.

Police said the accident happened around 1 a.m. on Aspen Hill Road and Parkland Drive in Rockville. Firefighters were able to put the flames out quickly.

Authorities said, the driver of the car causing the accident fled the scene on foot.

We will continue to update you on this incident as information comes in.


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Montgomery County announces 2 make up snow days


ROCKVILLE, Md. (WUSA9) -- Montgomery County Public Schools has announced two make up snow days.

Under a plan approved by the Maryland State Department of Education, school will be held on Monday, April 21, also known as Easter Monday, and Friday, June 13. June 13 will be the last day of school for students.

No other snow days will have to be made up under the state-approved plan, according to school officials.

The 2013-2014 school calendar has 184 days of instruction, which is four more than required by state law. Because of the 10 snow days the county has had this year, schools are six days under the 180 days of instruction required by state law.

On Tuesday, Maryland State Superintendent of Schools Lillian Lowery granted a waiver that allows MCPS to go four days below the required days of instruction if school is held on April 21 and June 13.

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:

METRO SCHOOL of the ARTS ‘SINGING the ‘BLUES’ for AUTISM AWARENESS MONTH

METRO SCHOOL of the ARTS ‘SINGING the ‘BLUES’ for AUTISM AWARENESS MONTH

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.