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DONATE COATS for SERVE at MONZA; GET $25 MONZA/CARMELLO’s GIFT CARD

DONATE COATS for SERVE at MONZA; GET $25 MONZA/CARMELLO’s GIFT CARD

Monza of Historic Manassas will be collecting gently used coats to donate to SERVE of Manassas, Va. in exchange for a $25 Monza or Carmello’s gift card and free hot chocolate and coffee on Fridays and Saturdays in January at Monza at 9405 Battle Street in Old Town Manassas, Va. For more information, go to www.eatmonza.com.

“Winter is here, and we’re all pulling out our warm coats, many of us have more than one, while the neediest of our community go without a proper coat for the coldest of days,” said Alice Pires, owner of Carmellos and Monza in Historic Manassas, Va. “Help us support SERVE by dropping off a coat, and warm up with a free hot cocoa and gift card,” said Pires.

Woman assaulted on 6900 block of New Hampshire Avenue


TAKOMA PARK, Md. (WUSA 9) -- Police are looking for man who assaulted a woman after asking her for money Saturday night.

According to the Takoma Park Police Department, at approximately 10 p.m., a woman was assaulted by a man as she was walking north on New Hampshire Avenue. The man asked the woman for money and when she ignored him and kept walking, he grabbed her from behind in a "bear hug" and started to choke her, police said.

The victim was able to fight the man off before he fled on to Kentland Avenue, police said. The victim was not physically injured and the suspect did not get any property from the victim, according to police.

The suspect was described as a Hispanic male, 5 foot 4 inches and 150 pounds. Police say he was last seen wearing blue jeans, an orange shirt, gray hoodie and white Nike tennis shoes.

FOUND: 14-year-old girl from Takoma Park


TAKOMA PARK, Md. (WUSA9) -- Police have found a 14-year-old girl who was missing since December 2014. She is safe and in good health, Takoma Park police said.

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Detectives in Takoma Park are looking for a missing 14-year-old girl.

Ashley Lemus, 14, was last seen in the 7600 block of Maple Avenue in Takoma Park, Maryland.

She is a black female, 5'2, 105 lbs., brown eyes and black/red hair. She was last seen wearing a black coat, white shoes and black pants.

Anyone who has information about Lemus's whereabouts is asked to contact the Takoma Park Police Department at 301-270-1100 and refer to case #14063816.


METROPOLITAN SCHOOL of the ARTS’ STUDENTS AWARDED for ALL-STAR CAST

METROPOLITAN SCHOOL of the ARTS’ STUDENTS AWARDED for ALL-STAR CAST

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.

Suspect wanted in Takoma Park shooting near 7-Eleven


TAKOMA PARK, Md. (WUSA9) -- Takoma Park Police are searching for a suspect after shots were fired in a 7-Eleven in Takoma Park Friday night, authorities said.

Police responded to the area of Kennwick Avenue and Kirklynn Avenue for the report of shots being fired, police said. The victim was found in the 7-Eleven located in the 1300 block of University Blvd.

The victim was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The victim and a few others were on the sidewalk in the 7800 block of Kirklynn Avenue when a man wearing a ski mask, a red jacket and a reflective white stripe, and black ski pants fired about seven to eight gunshots.

The victim suffered non-life threatening injuries from the incident, police said.

The suspect fled in an unknown direction.

LEARNINGRx OFFERS MILITARY FAMILIES 11 % OFF of BRAIN TRAINING; DONATES $111/student to SEMPERMAX

LEARNINGRx OFFERS MILITARY FAMILIES 11 % OFF of BRAIN TRAINING; DONATES $111/student to SEMPERMAX

For Veteran’s Day, LearningRx of DC Metro Area is offering 11 percent off of their brain training programs for military families Nov. 11 through Nov. 30, located at six, local centers, Chantilly, Va., Fairfax, Va., Leesburg, Va., Reston, Va., Vienna, Va. and North Potomac, Md. For each military child they train, LearningRx will also donate $111 to SemperMax, a program to enhance the morale and welfare of wounded veterans and their families. LearningRx programs have been helping traumatic-brain-injured military veterans, like U.S. Army Capt. Patrick Horan (Ret.) of McLean, Va., recover their speech and memory skills, and LearningRx is now extending brain training to military families that are looking to make learning easier or for those who struggle with learning disabilities, ADHD or autism. For more information, go to www.learningrx.com.

FOUND: 89-year-old man from Takoma Park


TAKOMA PARK, Md. (WUSA9) -- Takoma Park Police have found an 89-year-old man they have been searching for since Sunday.

Philip Wheaton after he never returned home on Sunday. According to police, Wheaton was last seen at approximately 10:30 a.m. Sunday. He was supposed to be heading to a church service in the District of Columbia and he never returned home.

At 10 a.m. Monday, police reported that they found Wheaton safe and in good health.