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2 PG County police officers indicted for separate assaults


UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (WUSA9) -- Two Prince George's County police officers have been indicted for two separate assaults on teenagers, officials announced Thursday.

One assault happened at a high school and the other assault happened at a jail, officials said. Both are captured on video and involved two young men, according to Prince George's County State's Attorney Angela Alsobrooks.

Officer Charles Pickard, a resource officer at Suitland High School, has been charged with assault, reckless endangerment and misconduct in office for allegedly assaulting a then 17-year-old student on November 12, 2013, according to officials. It happened in a hallway at the school after a verbal exchange, Alsobrooks said.

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Md. man, 21, arrested on child porn charges


UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (WUSA9) -- Maryland State Police Department arrested a 21-year-old Md. man in connection with child pornography distribution, authorities said.

Travin Deon Butler, 21 of Upper Marlboro, Md. was arrested Wednesday after an investigation led to several files of child pornography that were being distributed to online services, police said.

Police found several items of digital media to include computers, cellular telephones and CD/DVD's as a result of the search warrant, authorities said.

Butler is being held pending a hearing with the Prince George's County District Court Commissioners Office, police said.


Teen beaten in Six Flags attack has emergency surgery


UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (WUSA9) -- A 15-year-old who was beaten outside Six Flags amusement park had emergency surgery Tuesday morning to remove a portion of his skull, officials said.

Doctors had to remove a portion of his skull due to life-threatening swelling. He's expected to be in a medically induced come for some time in hope the swelling can go down enough for his brain to heal and for him to survive.

The teen was attacked during an outbreak of mayhem outside Six Flags Saturday that may have been inspired by a Hollywood movie, according to witnesses.

"They were hearing people yell "Purge," "Purge," said Zina Pierre, a spokeswoman for the injured boy's family.

"The Purge" is a 2013 movie by Universal Pictures that depicts masked characters and chaos during the "one night a year" that "all crime is legal."

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Witnesses describe chaos at Six Flags' 'Fright Fest'


LARGO, Md. (WUSA9) -- Fright Fest lived up to its name not because of how scary it was inside the Six Flags amusement Park in Largo, but because of what happened out in the parking lot.

Witnesses say fights broke out Saturday night after the amusement park closed.

Three teenagers were injured and there was a traffic nightmare outside Six Flags as police were arriving and parents frantically tried to reunite with their children.

As a result the park increased security Sunday night.

Katrina Walker was at the park to pick up her son, Caleb, who had been celebrating his 15th birthday. But that celebration she said, ended in chaos: "I heard one or two gunshots, maybe three gun shots. I heard it. They came, all the police cars."

Walker says kids ran out of the park saying there was also a stabbing, but police will not confirm that report.

PG police shut down drug market 'The Yard'


UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (WUSA9) -- A secluded open air drug market in Upper Marlboro called "The Yard" has been shut down after a police raid, Prince George's County police said.

Police started investigating the area, located at 15228 Marlboro Pike, in June after receiving a Crime Solvers tip. They say The Yard "attracted both drug dealers and buyers" and "operated similarly to an open-air drug market."

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But residents Charles and Carl Matthews who are 60-year-old twins claim the allegations of an open-air drug market are "made up".

Md. man convicted of murdering wife 42 years later


UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (WUSA9) -- A 65-year-old Maryland man has been found guilty of murdering his wife in 1972, Prince George's County State's Attorney Angela Alsobrooks announced Thursday.

James Bonnett was convicted of murdering his wife Diana in 1972. However, "received a new trial after the decision in Unger v. Maryland found that all the defendants from the 1970s whose judge told the jury that the instructions on the law were 'advisory only' could have another opportunity at a post-conviction hearing, the Office of the Prince George's County State's attorney said.

"This is a tremendous victory," Alsobrooks said. "No matter how long it takes or how hard it may be, we will not rest until we bring people to justice. Mr. Bonnett is a man with a terrible institutional record and has no remorse for what he did. He deserves to be in prison."