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Man struck by van in Germantown in critical condition


GERMANTOWN, Md. (WUSA9) -- A man struck by a minivan in Germantown late Sunday night is in critical condition, Montgomery County police said.

The accident happened around 10:07 p.m. close to North Frederick Road (Route 355) and Gunners Branch Road, police said. Officers found an unconscious man on the right side of the northbound lanes at 19601 North Frederick Road.

The 37-year-old victim was taken to the hospital and remains in critical condition.

The investigation shows that he was crossing east across northbound North Frederick Road from the median when he was hit in the northbound lanes by a silver 2000 Chrysler Town and Country minivan. The van was going north on North Frederick Road. The driver of the van stayed after the accident and was cooperative with the investigation.

The driver of the van has been identified as James Kellogg McHenry of Montgomery Village.

FOUND: Missing Germantown 16-year-old male sought


GERMANTOWN, Md. (WUSA9) -- Police have located the missing 16-year-old male from Germantown, Md., who was last seen Thursday morning.

Mervin Rivas-Chang, 16, of Germantown, was last seen around 6:45 a.m. Thursday when he was dropped off at a school in Germantown, according to Montgomery County police.

He is described as a Hispanic male, standing 5'8" tall and weighing 140 pounds, police said. He has brown eyes and short brown hair. Rivas-Chang was last seen wearing a gray hoodie and was carrying a black bag pack. He is often in the area of Lakeforest Mall in Gaithersburg, police said.

His family and police are worried about his physical and emotional well-being. He has not talked to his family since he disappeared.

Multiple male suspects break into Germantown home


GERMANTOWN, Md. (WUSA9) -- A home invasion in Germantown is under investigation after several male suspects broke into the house and accosted multiple victims late Sunday night, police said.

The home invasion happened around 10:45 p.m. on Appledowre Circle in Germantown, Md, Montgomery County police said.

The victims have not been cooperative with the investigation as of now, according to authorities. It has not been determined whether or not anything was taken from the home.


Teen charged in Germantown attempted murder to be in court


GERMANTOWN, Md. (WUSA9) -- A 15-year-old from Montgomery County will appear in court Monday on attempted murder charges.

Marvin Frazier of Germantown is being charged in the shooting of a 16-year-old, police said.

At approximately 11:14 a.m. on March 9th, police say officers were called to Crystal Rock Drive in Germantown for a report of a shooting. Officers were unable to locate a victim or evidence of shooting.

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Gas dryer explosion at a dry cleaners in Germantown


GERMANTOWN, Md. (WUSA 9) -- There was a gas dryer explosion at Zips Dry Cleaners in Germantown Tuesday morning, fire officials said.

The dry cleaners is located located at 13081 Wisteria Drive in the Lotte Plaza Market Shopping Center.

Fire officials say the fire caused the sprinkler system to activate.

No injuries have been reported at this time, fire officials said.

Firefighters were able to get the fire under control and fire officials say firefighters are working to remove smoke from the building.

We will update this story as more information becomes available.

2 adults displaced in Germantown house fire


GERMANTOWN, Md. (WUSA9) -- Two adults and one pet have been displaced after a Germantown house fire Saturday night.

The fire happened at 11423 Brudridge Ter, in Germantown, Md. according to Montgomery County and Fire. The fire was in the attic and was put out.

Nobody was injured.


METRO SCHOOL of the ARTS ACADEMY AUDITIONS, SUN., MAR. 1; for 2015-2016 School Year

METRO SCHOOL of the ARTS ACADEMY AUDITIONS, SUN., MAR. 1; for 2015-2016 School Year

Students interested in attending the Metropolitan School of the Arts (MSA) of Alexandria and Lorton, Va. can audition on Sun., Mar. 1 at MSA Lorton Campus at 9601 Ox Road. Auditions are required as part of the 2015-2016 academy registration. The MSA Academy audition is for performing arts students from 6th grade to 12th grade. Students should call 703-339-0444 ext.3 or visit www.metropolitanarts.org to register for an audition time. 

The audition process will give prospective students an opportunity to demonstrate his or her skills in dance, music and theater for the chairs of the respective arts departments.  Applicants must attend a live audition if they live within three geographical states of MSA.  Prospective students living beyond the three-state radius may submit a DVD audition.