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Gas leak work closes road in Takoma Park


TAKOMA PARK, Md. (WUSA9) -- Westmoreland Avenue in Takoma Park is closed Saturday due to a gas leak.

Washington Gas is at the site working on the leak, Takoma Park police said.




Takoma Park Police searching for missing 14-year-old girl


TAKOMA PARK --Police need your help in the search for a missing 14-year-old girl.

Ashley Lemus was last seen in the 7600 block of Piney Branch Road, Takoma Park around 7 a.m..


Lemus is a Hispanic female, 14-years-old, 5'2, and weighs 105 lbs.

She was last seen wearing a navy blue zippered sweatshirt, light blue jeans and white sneakers.


Several evacuated after CO leak at apartment building


TAKOMA PARK, Md. (WUSA9) -- Several residents are being evaluated after a carbon monoxide leak at an apartment building in Takoma Park Friday, according to fire officials.

Around 7 p.m. Montgomery County Fire responded to the 7700 block of Eastern Avenue and discovered a carbon monoxide leak in a three-story apartment building.

Fire officials say the apartment building has been evacuated and several residents are being evaluated. At least one person has been transported to a local hospital, fire officials said.

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MISSING: 16-year-old girl from Takoma Park


TAKOMA PARK, Md. (WUSA9) -- Police have found a 16-year-old girl who was previously missing from Takoma Park.

Police say Jennifer Castillo was last seen in the 1100 block of University Blvd. on Saturday. She was dropped off to catch a bus to the mall and has not been seen since, police said.

Castillo is described by police as a 5'0" Hispanic female, 145 pounds and light brown complexion. She was last seen wearing white sneakers, dark blue jeans and a black shirt.

Anyone who has information about Castillo's whereabouts is asked to contact the Takoma Park Police Department at 301-270-1100 and refer to case #15016847.

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Woman, 21, arrested for human trafficking in Takoma Park


TAKOMA PARK, Md. (WUSA9) -- A 21-year-old Germantown woman was arrested for human trafficking in Takoma Park, police said.

Takoma Park police arrested Brittany Nicole Blanken, 21, of Germantown for an outstanding warrant through Prince George's County Police Department for human trafficking, authorities said.

Police responded to the 7600 block of New Hampshire Avenue in Takoma Park on April 3 for the report of suspicious persons. Officers found Blanken at the location.

The investigation showed that she was wanted for human trafficking. She was arrested and taken to the Montgomery County Cental Processing Unit.

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Temporary Md. tag stolen from Takoma Park


TAKOMA PARK, Md. (WUSA9) -- A temporary Maryland tag was stolen from Takoma Park Saturday, according to Takoma Park police.

At approximately 7:27 p.m., police say officers responded to the 900 block of Glaizewood Avenue for a report of a stolen automobile tag.

Police say the stolen tag is temporary Maryland tag #380956T.

Anyone with information about the stolen tag is asked to call the Takoma Park Police Department at 301-270-1100.

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Missing Keiara Raykelle Smith, 18, Takoma Park sought


TAKOMA PARK, Md. (WUSA9) -- Police are searching for an 18-year-old from Takoma Park, who was last seen on March 20.

Keiara Raykelle Smith, 18, was last seen in the 700 block of Hudson Avenue, according to Takoma Park Police.

She is described as a black female, weighing 180 pounds. She was last seen wearing a cream colored beanie cap, pink sweater and black and white shoes.

Anyone who has information about Smith's whereabouts is asked to contact the Takoma Park Police Department at 301-270-1100 and refer to case #15012896.