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FOUND: Missing 13-year-old Fort Washington girl

FORT WASHINGTON, Md. (WUSA9) -- The missing 13-year-old from Fort Washington was found in good health and returned home on Friday, police said.

Police are searching for Kayla Corynn Claggett, who was last seen in the 1200 block of Van Buren Drive in Fort Washington on Friday around 9:40 a.m., according to authorities.

She is described as an African-American girl, standing 5'10'', weighing 250 pounds. She has a curly pony tail. She was last seen wearing a black coat, black shoes, and red pants.

Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to call the Prince George's County Police Department's Regional Investigation Division – Southern Region at (301) 749-5064.

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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. 

Fire at Fort Washington apartment building displaces 27

FORT WASHINGTON, Md. (AP) - A fire at a Fort Washington apartment building is forcing 27 residents out of their homes.

Prince George's County fire department spokesman Mark Brady says the fire Saturday afternoon damaged the top floor units and the building's roof. There were no reports of injuries.

Firefighters were called to the three-story garden style apartment building on Palmer Road about 12:30 p.m.

Fire investigators determined a malfunctioning furnace caused the fire.

Brady says 22 adults and five children from 11 apartments will be displaced. The apartment complex is working to find vacant homes for the affected residents.

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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.

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Resolution for Fort Washington homeowners after landslide

FORT WASHINGTON, Md. (WUSA9) -- Seven months after a landslide forced residents out of their homes, there's finally some good news.

FEMA has come up with about $2 million for Prince George's County to condemn the homes and pay for a major slope stabilization project on Piscataway Drive.

But there were mixed reactions from homeowners Friday.

Some think the multi-million dollar FEMA grant is a god-send since insurance doesn't cover the landslide, but others suspect that after you split it among eight different families, it will be far too little to let them start over.



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.

Police: Suspect took taxi to and from Md. bank robbery

FORT WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Prince George's County police have arrested a man wanted for robbing a bank after tracking down the taxi he rode in to get away.

William McKinley Thomas, 43, of Temple Hills, was arrested Wednesday for robbing a bank in the 10000 block of Indian Head Highway on November 7.