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Mother and daughter electrocuted in Chevy Chase ID'd


CHEVY CHASE, Md. (WUSA9) -- Montgomery County police have released the identities of the mother and daughter who were electrocuted on a stairwell leading to the home of a Chevy Chase basement.

Crystal Puderbaugh, 29, and Lily Puderbaugh, 4, were both killed Saturday afternoon on the 8800 block of Connecticut Avenue. A preliminary investigation found a sump pump in the standing water near the two victims.

The two were transported to separate hospitals, where they later succumbed to their injuries.

Police also released the causes of death for the two victims. Lily Puderbaugh died from electrocution and police say Crystal Puderbaugh died from drowning and electrocution.

There is no evidence of foul play, police said.

The deaths came as heavy rains passed through Central Maryland.

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Mother and child electrocuted near Chevy Chase home


CHEVY CHASE, Md. (WUSA9) -- A mother and her daughter were electrocuted Saturday on a stairwell outside a Chevy Chase home.

According to Montgomery County authorities, an occupant at a home on the 8800 block of Connecticut Avenue came home to find a 29-year-old woman and her 4-year-old daughter unconscious on a stairwell leading to the basement.

First responders were called to the scene at approximately 4:30 p.m. and began performing CPR on the two victims before they were transported to separate hospitals, where they succumbed to their injuries.

Investigators found a sump pump in the standing water near the victims. It is possible the pump created an electrical surge that killed the victims.

The incident remains under investigation, but police do not believe foul play was involved.

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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. 

Racial slur painted on Mont. Co. home


CHEVY CHASE, Md. (WUSA9) -- Montgomery County police are investigating a hate crime after a neighbor noticed a racial slur spray painted on a garage.

It happened at a home in the 3300 block of Glenmoor Drive in Chevy Chase. Police believe the vandalism took place between 2 p.m. on Sunday and 7 a.m. on Monday.

The victim and neighbor removed the spray paint.

"Well, looked out window, and saw it very clearly on the garage door," said a neighbor.

On a Chevy Chase home, where a black family just moved in four days ago, a neighbor saw a variation of the N word, and then, "Go Home! "

Richard and Rheta who live across the street had not even met the single mom and her kids yet, when they had to tell them about the ugly, racist message on their house.

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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.

Road reopened in Friendship Heights after gas leak


CHEVY CHASE, Md. (WUSA9) -- Willard Avenue between Wisconsin Avenue and Friendship Boulevard has reopened after being shutdown due to a gas leak Friday afternoon, Montgomery County Police said.

Less than a dozen people were evacuated
, according to authorities.


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.