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Police look for suspect in Prince George's robberies


UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (WUSA9) -- Prince George's County police are looking for a bank robbery suspect who they say is linked to several armed robberies.

Police say the suspect is responsible for a robbery in Upper Marlboro that happened Tuesday morning.

The suspect is linked to robberies at the following stores in the southern region of Prince George's County, according to police:

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Man arrested for assault after punching woman, child


UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (WUSA9) -- A Prince George's County man has been arrested for assault after an incident involving a woman and child.

Timothy Robinson, of Hyattsville, Md., allegedly assaulted a female victim, with whom he was romantically involved, by punching her in the head after breaking into her apartment in the 7400 block of Village Green Terrace in Hyattsville, officials say.

The warrant states that Robinson became upset with the victim after she told him the leave the apartment, according to officials. Robinson is also alleged to have punched a minor child when the child attempted to render aid to his mother.

Guardians of Rescue Begins Sting Investigations into Hazardous Internet Pet Sales

Guardians of Rescue Begins Sting Investigations into Hazardous Internet Pet Sales

As the world embraces the age of technology, everything is available online----including the sale of pets. Guardians of Rescue, a nationwide animal rescue organization, has stepped up to protect these poor animals from the cruelty of being bought and sold via the Internet. Guardians of Rescue is working with law enforcement in various states to try to reduce the amount of harm inflicted on these innocent dogs.

“Getting a new pet is always a big decision, and buying a dog you haven’t met in person is not smart,” says Dori Scofield, vice-president of Guardians of Rescue, an organization whose mission is to protect the well-being of all animals. “If you buy a dog through the Internet, you risk supporting puppy mill cruelty and being scammed out of your money. The Internet is also used by criminals to buy and sell fighting dogs, using certain understood language.”

If you looking to adopt a new dog, here are five tips to think about before you decide where to buy:

Family escapes 2-alarm blaze thanks to smoke alarm


UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (WUSA9) -- Firefighters in Prince George's County battled a two-alarm blaze in an Upper Marlboro townhouse community early Tuesday morning.

Fire Chief Marc Bashoor was on the scene, tweeting several pictures of two homes damaged by flames in the 11200 block of Kettering Place around 3:30 a.m. According to Chief Bashoor, crews found a significant basement fire when they arrived at the scene. Flames spread through two floors and the roof of the three-story townhouse, causing a second alarm response to be called. According to Chief Bashoor, over 50 firefighters worked to extinguish the flames, some of whom were still dousing hot spots as of 5:40 a.m.

One of Chief Bashoor's tweets confirms all residents inside the home at the time of the fire escaped, thanks to a working smoke alarm. So far no injuries have been reported.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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Md. judge denies Bellard's motion for jury if convicted


UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (WUSA9) -- Prince George's County State's Attorney Angela Alsobrooks announced Monday that a judge has denied Darrell Bellard's motion for a jury sentencing if he is convicted of the 2010 murders of two women and two young children.

Authorities said Bellard would face life without parole if he is convicted.

"We are very pleased with the judge's ruling in this instance," Alsobrooks said. "We believe that the law is clear that a defendant does not have a right to a jury sentencing if convicted of a crime punishable by life without parole and we believe the judge made the right ruling in this case."

Prosecutors Wes Adams and Joe Ruddy said that a defendant's right to a jury sentence would have to be made by law and there is no such law currently, according to authorities.

METRO SCHOOL of the ARTS ‘SINGING the ‘BLUES’ for AUTISM AWARENESS MONTH

METRO SCHOOL of the ARTS ‘SINGING the ‘BLUES’ for AUTISM AWARENESS MONTH

In support of Autism Awareness Month, Metropolitan School of the Arts is asking all of its studio students to ‘go blue’ now through April 30.  Students who wear blue during class, Monday through Friday in April, Metropolitan School of the Arts will donate $1 for each student that wears blue, per day. Go to www.metropolitanarts.org for a full schedule of classes and registration.

Metropolitan School of the Arts offers pre-professional dance, theatre, musical and vocal studio classes for youth and teens, as well as adult dance and fitness classes, including Metro Barre, yoga and Pilates.

Officer who shot armed man was 9-year veteran


UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (AP) -- Prince George's County police say an officer who shot and killed an armed man is a nine-year law enforcement veteran.

Police identified the officer on Sunday as Officer Brian Newcomer, who works in patrol in the third district.

Police say Newcomer was one of two officers who heard shots being fired early Saturday morning in Upper Marlboro. The officers approached a man and Newcomer saw him reaching for a handgun in his waistband. Newcomer fired several shots, and 24-year-old Robert Jones of Forestville was killed. Police recovered Jones' handgun from the scene.

The officers were uninjured, and Newcomer is on routine administrative leave.