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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.

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Frederick man faces 7 counts of child porn


FREDERICK, Md. (WUSA9) -- A Frederick man facing seven counts of child pornography has turned himself in, according to police.

James Colby Smith, 23, has been under investigation for child pornography since May 2013. Detectives searched his computer and found several images of child pornography, police said.

A warrant was issued for Smith's arrest, and he turned himself in on Wednesday. He remains in custody in the Frederick County Adult Detention Center.


Man killed, mother and baby injured in Frederick accident


FREDERICK, Md. (WUSA9) -- A fifty-five-year-old man is dead, and a 29-year-old woman and her 15-month-old son are both in the hospital after a two vehicle collision that happened in Frederick County, Md. Tuesday evening.

The accident happened a little before 7 p.m. on New Windsor Road (MD Rt 31) north of Fountain School Road in Frederick County, Md., Maryland State Police said.

Investigation shows that a 1999 Chevrolet Corvette driven by Peter Provenza, 55, of Westminster, Md. was going northbound on New Windsor Road when he lost control of the vehicle, police said. The vehicle then crossed into the southbound lane and was hit by a 2007 Saab that was going southbound.

Rachel Hiner, 29, of Frederick,Md. was driving the Saab and had her 15-month-old son in the vehicle. The mother and son were both taken to the hospital for minor injuries, authorities said.

Man sought in Frederick County armed robbery


IJAMSVILLE, Md. (WUSA9) -- Detectives are looking for a suspect who they say robbed a convenience store in Frederick County Monday morning.

It happened just after 8 a.m. at the Green Valley Convenience Store located on Lawson Rd in Ijamsville, Md., according to the Sheriff's Office.

The suspect entered the store, pointed a gun at the clerk and demanded money, officials said. He fled with an undisclosed amount of cash.

He is described as a white male, 20-30 years old, 6' 02" to 6'04", 140 to 160 lbs, with a thin build, seen wearing a maroon or black hooded sweatshirt pulled up over his head, blue jeans, and mostly white tennis shoes.

Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call Detective Chris Smith at 301-600-1872.


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Head-on crash with Frederick deputy


FREDERICK (WUSA9) -- A sheriff's deputy was involved in a head-on crash with an out of control driver in Frederick County on Friday night, police said.

It happened at around 8 p.m. at Rt. 40-A in the area of Edgemont Road, police said.

A report of a driver crashing into a guardrail and sideswiping a vehicle was reported to police.

"Instead of stopping for the accident, (Jeffrey) Crampton continued westbound. He struck a guard rail in the area of Maryland Avenue, and proceeded down the west side of Braddock. In the area of Rt. 40-A at Fern Lane, Crampton again crossed the center line. This time he drove head-on into a Sheriff's Deputy, destroying both vehicles," police said in a news release.

The driver, Jeffrey Lynn Crampton, of Middletown, had to be extricated from his car and then rushed to the hospital.

3-alarm fire on S. Market St in Frederick


FREDERICK, Md. (WUSA9) -- Residents in downtown Frederick were awakened by a three-alarm fire on S. Market Street early Monday morning.

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According to Chief Chip Jewell, spokesman for the Frederick County Volunteer Fire Service, a 911 caller reported smoke in a row house at 327 S. Market Street around 12:43 Monday morning. Once on scene firefighters found flames extending to several units and the response went to three alarms.

Frederick man arrested for crack cocaine possession


FREDERICK, Md. (WUSA9) -- Frederick Police arrested a man Friday for possession of crack cocaine and marijuana, authorities said.

Randy Lamont Brooks, 34, of Frederick, Md. was stopped for a traffic stop Friday around 6:23 p.m. in the area of Scholls Lane and Burke Street, after he did not come to a full stop at a stop sign, police said.

The officer saw Brooks throwing a napkin out of the window as he approached the vehicle, authorities said. The officer learned that the napkin had marijuana and crack cocaine in it.

Brooks was arrested and taken to the Frederick County Adult Detention Center, police said.

He is being charged with possession of crack cocaine.