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Ben Cherington and Kylie Levy of Metropolitan School of the Arts (MSA) Performing Arts Academy of Lorton, Va. and Alexandria, Va. were recently recognized for All-Star Cast by the Virginia Theatre Association Conference for their performances in I Never Saw Another Butterfly. This was the first time Metropolitan School of the Arts had participated in the conference. Cherington, an 11th grader from Burke, Va., and Levy, a 10th grader from Fairfax, Va. are students at Metropolitan School of the Arts. For more information, go to www.metropolitanarts.org.

Metropolitan School of the Arts (MSA) also earned the 2014 Virginia Theatre Association Conference award for Best Costume Design and was recognized for Staging, as well as received an honorable mention for Best Play, I Never Saw Another Butterfly.

Man charged for Rockville house fire that displaced 6

ROCKVILLE, Md. (WUSA9) -- A man has been charged in connection with a two-alarm house fire that left six adults displaced in Montgomery County Wednesday afternoon.

Twenty-seven-year-old Carlos Peralta was arrested and charged with first degree arson and three counts of reckless endangerment for the fire in the 300 block of S. Horners Lane in the Lincoln Park area of Rockville.

Montgomery County fire spokesperson Pete Piringer says that first arriving fire fighters encountered heavy fire conditions throughout the two-story house and immediately requested additional help.

Then, all firefighters were ordered out of the building and waged an exterior attack.

Teacher accused of inappropriate contact worked at 20 Montgomery Co. schools

ROCKVILLE, Md. (WUSA9) -- A substitute teacher charged with having inappropriate contact with a student is set to go before a judge later this morning.

This latest development comes in the wake of the revelation that he came into contact with kids at 20 different schools in Montgomery County. Now more students are coming forward with allegations of their own.

According to a release from Montgomery County Public Schools, Mr. Jose Pineda substituted at almost two dozen schools since the beginning of the 2013-2014 school year. He has since been fired.


Pedestrian hit on Rockville Pike dies

ROCKVILLE, Md. (WUSA9) -- A pedestrian who was in critical condition after being hit on Rockville Pike and Halpine Road southbound on November 8 has died, police said.

The accident happened around 6:43 p.m., on Rockville Pike (Route 355) at Halpine Road, Montgomery County Police said.

The victim, a 45-year-old man was crossing the Rockville Pike at Halpine Road when he was hit by a 2014 Nissan Versa that was going south on Rockville Pike, authorities said.

The victim, who has been identified as Scott Ira Magid, 45, of Rockville, was taken to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries, police said. Police said Monday, he has died from his injuries.

The driver was not hurt in the accident and stayed on the scene. He has been identified as David Dennis Irving, 75, of California, authorities said.

Former student brings gun onto Richard Montomgery high school grounds

ROCKVILLE, Md. (WUSA9) -- A former Richard Montgomery High School student was arrested Thursday for bringing a handgun to the school located in Rockville, Md., police said.

Police arrested Aaron Anderson, 18, of Gaithersburg, Md. for bringing a handgun to the school located at 250 Richard Montgomery Drive on Thursday.

He stopped by the school Wednesday and told school staff that he used to attend the school. Staff told him he was not allowed inside of the school because he was not a current student, police said. Anderson left the school without incident, authorities said.

On Thursday staff and the security team saw Anderson on the school grounds during the lunch break. Rockville officers responded to the incident and found Anderson with a handgun in his gym bag, police said. He was arrested on Monroe Street.

Mont. Co. police investigate series of car thefts at gas stations

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Md. (WUSA9) -- Montgomery County police are investigating a series of thefts from vehicles and car thefts that have occurred at local gas stations.

Police say 12 theft from vehicle incidents and six vehicle thefts have occurred at gas stations over the past three months while people have been filling up their vehicles with gas.

The most recent incidents are as follows:

  • Oct. 31, 6:36 a.m. 10211 Westlake Drive, Shell gas station. A purse was stolen from the victim's vehicle as the victim walked away from her vehicle to go into the gas station.
  • Oct. 31, 7:53 a.m. 8384 Colesville Road, Exxon. The victim's purse was stolen.
  • Nov. 4, 6:20 a.m. 7980 Georgia Ave, 7-11. Stolen vehicle. The vehicle was left unattended with the keys in it while the victim entered the store.

Crash that killed Gonzaga student under investigation

ROCKVILLE, Md. (WUSA9) -- As the investigation into Saturday's fatal teen crash continues, state police say road-side accidents are a big problem for troopers.

State police showed WUSA9 both vehicles involved in the early Sunday morning Beltway crash that killed Ganzaga College High School senior Dominik Pettey. Investigators are still awaiting the toxicology report of the opposing 24-year-old female driver to return.

In a sad coincidence, on the same night as the fatal accident, state police initiated a new effort to curb road-side crashes. The program is called, "Stay Alive, Think and Drive."