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No arrests made in police chase after Olney robbery


(WUSA9) -- No arrests have been made after at least two men lead Montgomery County police on a car on the ICC and I-95 after a robbery Monday afternoon in Olney. 

Montgomery County Police say they pursued the men after an armed robbery at a Verizon Store in the 3200 block of Spartan Drive in Olney. The robbers fled the scene in a black Dodge Charge, police said.  

While on the ICC, police say the vehicle struck a Montgomery County police cruiser. The chase then continued on I-95 all the way to Kenilworth Avenue, where officers lost sight of the vehicle.  

Police did not specify exactly how many men were involved in the robbery but said there were at least two males and two handguns were displayed. The ages of the suspects were not specified.

No arrests have been made in the chase and police are looking at surveillance video from the Verizon Store to identify the robbers.  

1 child, 2 adults injured after propane tank fire in Olney


OLNEY, Md. (WUSA9) -- Three people, including one child, were injured after a propane tank caught on fire at a townhouse in Olney.

According to Montgomery County fire spokesperson Pete Piringer, a propane tank being used to heat a grill vented on fire at a townhouse on Bantry Way.

Three people were transported the hospital with minor burns. None of their injures are life threatening, according to Piringer.

The fire also caused damage to a nearby shed and fence.

A resident told WUSA9 that they were using charcoal in the gas grill, which caused the release valve to blow.

Car hits Sandy Spring post office guard rail


SANDY SPRING, Md. (WUSA9) -- A vehicle hit the guard rail of the Sandy Spring post office Tuesday morning, according to Montgomery County Fire and Rescue.

The post office is located in the 900 block of Sandy Spring Road next to Urban BBQ.

Sky9 was on the scene.

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A neighbor of the post office said a Hyundai elantra hit the guard rail. Two cars were involved in the crash and the second car had minor damages, according to the neighbor.

Part of a wall of post office was damaged and officials say the post office is still open.

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. 

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 killed in Montgomery Co single vehicle crash ID'd


OLNEY, Md. (WUSA9) -- A woman died in a single vehicle collision in Olney early Sunday morning, according to Montgomery County Police.

The accident happened around 4:11 a.m. in the 3800 block of Hines Road and Blossom View Drive in Olney, police said.

The investigation shows that the man driving, Robert Walter Lee, 29, of Gaithersburg, lost control of the vehicle.

The 2000 Ford Explore was going east on Hines Road in the direction of Georgia Avenue when it left the road just before Blossom View Drive hit a tree and the light support pole, police said.

Police are still investigating why the vehicle left the road. Lee was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The passenger, 43-year-old, Lisa Ann Smith of Olney died at the scene of the accident, authorities said.

Authorities are looking into the possibility that alcohol may have been a factor in the accident.

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.