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Second Teen From Germantown Found

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Family Crimes Division have located a missing teenage girl from Germantown.

On December 23, Sophonie Aristide, age 16, returned home safe and unharmed.

The Montgomery County Police and Miss Aristide’s family would like to thank the local media and the community for their assistance with this incident.

Holidays 2010 – ‘Tis the Season to Grow

Holidays 2010 – ‘Tis the Season to Grow

Year-end holiday stress on top of double-digit unemployment and an economy that threatens to relapse into recession has left many Americans feeling utterly helpless and hopeless.  This makes winter 2010 a perfect season for personal growth. 

We all experience key moments in both our personal and professional lives.  I define a ‘key moment’ as a triggering event or situation which presents a challenge and elicits (or demands) a response.  The important thing is not so much the moment itself, but how we respond to it.  

Because when a key moment occurs, we make an important choice to make.  Consciously or unconsciously, we will choose how we will respond.  In large measure, the quality of our lives, our happiness, and our personal effectiveness are determined by that response and how we handle the challenge of a key moment.  

Concern for Missing Germantown Woman

Concern for Missing Germantown Woman

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police 5th/6th District Investigative Section are asking the public for help in locating a missing Germantown woman. 

Margaret Anyanso, age 46, was last seen at her residence, in the 13600 block of Palmetto Circle in Germantown, at 10:00 a.m. on November 28. 

She is described as a black female, 5’03” tall, weighs 140 pounds, has brown eyes, and short brown hair.  She was last seen driving a silver 2007 Toyota Camry with Maryland registration 9CJD64.     

Police and her family are very concerned for her well-being.  There is no foul play suspected.

Anyone who has information regarding her whereabouts is asked to call the Montgomery County Police 5th/6th District Investigative Section at 240-773-6237 or the police non-emergency number at 301-279-8000.  Callers may remain anonymous.

DC, Maryland, and VA Youth Receive Scholarship Awards from Interior’s Blacks In Government

WASHINGTON, D.C.— In partnership with the Student Conservation Association (SCA),  the Department of the Interior’s Blacks In Government (BIG) Chapter celebrated the academic achievements of ten high school students from the National Capital region today during its 5th annual awards ceremony.  Robert Stanton, Senior Advisor to Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, and Flip Hagood, SCA Vice President for Strategic Initiatives, led the ceremony in which the students each received a Dr. Dorothy I. Height Scholarship from BIG and work opportunities from SCA.

“The ten students receiving scholarships today are the future leaders of our country,” said Robert Stanton. “They have demonstrated great academic and extracurricular achievement and this scholarship will enable them to continue to aim high in their educational development and careers.”

Concern for Missing Juvenile

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Family Crimes Division are asking the public for help in locating a missing Germantown juvenile.

Anthony Leonard Jr., 11 years old, of the 14000 block of Gallop Terrace in Germantown, was last seen on at 706 University Boulevard in Silver Spring, yesterday at approximately 1:00 p.m. 

He is described as a black male, 4’ tall and weighing 140 pounds.  He has brown eyes and short brown hair.  He was last seen wearing a red shirt with long black sleeves with a gray vest and black sweat pants.  He was also wearing a “76ers” basketball jersey under his shirt.

Police and family are concerned because of his age.

Anyone who has information regarding the whereabouts of Anthony Leonard Jr., is asked to call the Montgomery County Police non-emergency number at 301-279-8000.  Callers may remain anonymous.

The Biggest Loser's Sophia Franklin from Germantown Dishes About Losing the Weight

Entertainment Tonight reports: 

It was double-elimination night on last week's "The Biggest Loser," with one contestant being voted off and the one falling below the red line with the lowest percentage of weight lost automatically eliminated from the game. The bad news fell to 28-year-old Sophia Franklin, a high school counselor/cheer squad coach from Germantown, MD, who only dropped two pounds when she got on the scale. ET talks to the ousted "Loser" about why she felt she was ready to leave the ranch and how her stay has changed her life.

You said on the show that you were ready to go home, but were you really? Or was that putting a positive spin on what had to be a disappointing two-pound weight loss?

Family of Alaska Plane Crash Victim Returns to Maryland

The Associated Press reports the family of a Maryland father and son who were on board the plane that crashed in Alaska last week is preparing to return home.

Bill Phillips of Germantown, Md., served on former Sen. Ted Stevens' staff for five years and died in the crash with Stevens. Phillips' 13-year-old son, Willy, survived and remains hospitalized.

A funeral Mass for Bill Phillips is planned Friday at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church in Potomac.