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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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Wind hampers efforts to extinguish Md. house fire

LA PLATA, Md. (WUSA9) -- Fire officials say that strong winds hampered efforts to extinguish a fire quickly at a home in La Plata on Saturday night.

According to the state fire marshal's office, firefighters had difficulty extinguishing the fire at a two-story home in the 8900 block of Bridgette Lane at 5:42 p.m. Saturday due to the wind. The fire took 30 minutes to get under control, according to the fire marshal, and caused significant damage to the home. The fire left behind approximately $300,000 worth of damage.

No one was injured in the fire.

The state fire marshal believes that the fire, which originated in an upstairs bedroom and spread to the attic, was accidental.

The American Red Cross and family and friends are helping the family members who were displaced due to the fire.

Sheriff's Office: Men stole money from MD church

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- The Charles County Sheriff's Office is trying to identify two men who they say stole money from a church.

Sometime in the early morning hours of October 13th, two men broke in to the Potomac Heights Baptist Church in Indian Head and stole money from the church's offering, the sheriff's office said.



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.

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Officials: Gun shop may have been burglarized before fire

WALDORF, Md. (WUSA9) -- A gun shop ravaged by fire on Monday morning in Waldorf may have been burglarized before the blaze, according to the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office.

The fire was reported at Fred's Sports Indoor Shooting Range at 2895 Crain Highway at approximately 4:50 a.m., according to Charles County fire officials.

No one was injured in the fire, but one firefighter was treated and released on the scene for light headedness. The fire was under control in less than half an hour, officials said.

An investigation into the fire reveals that the cause of the fire was incendiary and there is evidence the store was burglarized before a fire was set, according to the fire marshal's office.

Tip leads to discovery of weapon, drugs at VA school

CHARLES COUNTY, Md. (WUSA9) -- A tip from a Student Crime Solver program has led officers to a student who had a weapon and drugs in his backpack at school.

On September 10th, a school resource officer at Thomas Stone High School in Waldorf got a tip through the Student Crime Solvers program. The tip alleged that a student may be keeping a gun in his backpack, the Charles County Sheriff's office said.

Upon further investigation school administrators and officers discovered an Airsoft gun in the backpack. Also in the backpack were two small bags of what authorities believed to be marijuana, the sheriff's office said.

The student, a senior at the school, was charged with possession of a weapon on school grounds, and possession of a controlled dangerous substance, the sheriff's office said.

Police seek suspect in MD store robbery and theft

BRYANTOWN, MD (WUSA9) -- Sheriff's detectives need your help identifying a man who they believe robbed and stole from the same Maryland store over the last several months.

The robberies and theft took place at the Bryantown Store in the 6400 block of Leonardtown Road in Bryantown, the Charle's County Sheriff's office reported.

The most recent robbery occurred on August 9th at about 10:30 p.m., the sheriff's office said.

At about 10:03 p.m. the suspect entered the the store, revealed a gun and demanded money, the sheriff's office said.

The sheriff's office believes that on January 1st, the same man stole cash from an open register, and is also responsible for a robbery last October, in which he pulled a gun and demanded cash.