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Md. high school paraeducator arrested for alleged sex assault


POTOMAC, Md. (WUSA9) -- A special education teacher's assistant at a Potomac high school was arrested last week on sexual abuse charges, according to Montgomery County Public Schools.

Arsenio Malondras was arrested from charges that stem from an alleged sexual assault that occurred in 2004. Police say the assault involved a female family member.

Malondras was a special education paraeducator at Winston Churchill High School in Potomac, Md. MCPS say the charges were unrelated to his work.

Montgomery County Public Schools released the following statement Monday:

Vigil held for Wootton students killed in crash


NORTH POTOMAC, Md. (WUSA9) -- Hundreds of family members and friends held a vigil Sunday night for the two Wootton High School graduates killed in a car crash.

The vigil was held at the location along Dufief Mill Road where Alexander Murk and Calvin Jia-Xing Li, both 18, were killed Thursday night after the car they were traveling in flipped upside the down.


So many people attended the vigil that police had to direct traffic around it.

N. Potomac woman killed in Alaska plane crash


Two North Potomac residents were among the nine people killed when a sightseeing plane crashed in Southeast Alaska Thursday, authorities confirmed.

Glenda Cambiaso, 31, and Hugo Cambiaso, 69, were killed after their plane crashed into a a cliff in Ketchikan, Alaska, Alaskan State police said. The two were on a Holland American Cruise and took a sightseeing plane ride after getting off the boat while it was docked.

Montgomery County officials say Glenda Cambiaso was a social worker who spent five years in child welfare services in the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services.

Investigators have not determined what caused the plane crash.

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2 pedestrians struck by vehicle in Montgomery Co


MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Md. (WUSA9) -- Two pedestrians have been injured after being struck by a vehicle in Montgomery County Sunday evening.

The pedestrians were struck in the area of 11600 Regency Dr. in Potomac, Md., officials said. Both of the victims sustained minor injuries, officials said.

The driver remained on the scene.


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.

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.