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17-year-old girl missing from Germantown FOUND

GERMANTOWN, Md. (WUSA9) -- Montgomery County police say they have found 17-year-old Abigail Leann Strickland. They say she was last seen on Monday at 12:00 p.m. in the 18500 block of Kingshill Road in Germantown.

Police say family members were concerned for her well-being.

Police did not provide any details about where she was found.

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Report: tractor trailer hits bus on I-270

GERMANTOWN, Md. (WUSA9) -- Sky 9 is on the way to the scene of an accident on I-270 near Comsat in Germantown.

We are told that a tractor trailer truck rear ended a bus. Police are en route to the scene.

This appears to be a minor accident with no injuries.

We hope to have more information soon.

Restaurant closures include hospital store rodents

WASHINGTON  (WUSA9) -- A hospital gift shop shut down for rodents and a popular pizza chain closed for health violations. Those and other restaurant risks in WUSA9's Restaurant Alert.

Updated: To see a photo gallery with hundreds of Washington area restaurant closures since 2012 click here.

Md. school test exclusions raise questions

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - While Maryland public schools scored above national averages on a recent national reading assessment, the state had blocked more than half of English language learners and students with learning disabilities from taking the test.

The Washington Post reports Maryland excluded 62 percent of students in the two categories from the fourth-grade reading test. The state blocked 60 percent of those students from taking the eighth-grade reading test.

Maryland's exclusion rate was more than double that of any other state on the 2013 National Assessment of Educational Progress. The board overseeing the test has set a goal that states exclude just 15 percent of learning-disabled and English language learners.

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#GiveJoy to a child for the holiday season

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- LOG ON TO http://www.wusa9.com/givejoy to donate a toy or money to children via "Volunteers of America." 

Jan Jeffcoat is out on assignment and it's a GREAT assignment! Jan's in Prince George's County helping to kick off our holiday virtual toy drive!

WUSA9 has teamed up with the Volunteers of America Chesapeake on a new one-of-a-kind holiday campaign called "Give Joy" and it gives you a chance to help needy kids and families this holiday season with the click of a button. We're calling it a JOY DRIVE and you can buy a toy, donate or just send a holiday message virtually - from home, from work, from anywhere!

Between now and mid December Jan and the whole team here at wusa 9 will be bringing you stories about the people you can help. If you follow her on Twitter @JanJeffcoat you can get live twitter updates.

Police have found missing 24-year-old woman

GERMANTOWN, Md. (WUSA9) -- Officials have located a woman who went missing on Tuesday. 

Monali Parikh, 24, of the 18000 block of Cottage Garden Drive left her home for an appointment in Arlington at the 'Art Institute of Washington.' Officials did not know if she ever made it to the appointment and detectives suspected that she may have been in Pennsylvania on Tuesday evening and at Dulles Airport at 4:30 a.m. Wednesday morning. 

Officials have thanked the public for their help. 

1 dead in shooting with Montgomery Co. police

GERMANTOWN, Md. (WUSA9) -- One person is dead after a shooting involving Montgomery County police in Germantown, Md.

Antoine Duane Goodrum, 27, called police to say he had shot and killed his grandmother and his roommate at the house located in the 19000 block of Red Robin Terrace, Montgomery County police spokesperson Capt. Jim Daly said.

He was wearing a tactical utility vest and armed with an AR-15 rifle, confronted officers a few blocks from the scene of the original call, Daly said.

Police ordered the armed man to drop his weapon and he refused. Police tried to negotiate with him for about 12 minutes until they shot and killed him in the area of Great Seneca Highway and Grotto Lane, according to police.

Police searched the home and found no one shot inside, Daly said.