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Frederick Douglass HS student make blankets for homeless


UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (WUSA9) -- Dozens of students at Frederick Douglass High School did their part to keep those in need warm this winter by making blankets for the homeless.

The students made about 50 fleece blankets as part of their "Warm Wishes" project.

"At any day, at any time, we could all be in that same situation. So it's nice to give back to the community for people that could be just like you," Jhia Anthony, a student at the school said.

The students plan on handing out the blankets near the Verizon Center from noon to 1 p.m. on Saturday.

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HS football coach sentenced for having sex with student


UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (WUSA9) -- A Beltsville high school teacher and football coach has been sentenced to 10 years for having sex with a student the Prince George's County State's Attorney's Office said.

High Point High School teacher, Andre Brown, 34, was sentenced to 10 years in prison after being found guilty in September of sex abuse of a minor.

"We are pleased that Mr. Brown was given this sentence because he was in a position of power and had the responsibility to care for and protect the children in his school," said Alsobrooks. "Instead, Mr. Brown violated that trust and now not only is his life forever changed, but so are the lives of the victim and her family, as well as his own children and family."

Vigil honors Md. mother of 4 killed in murder suicide


UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (WUSA9) -- Dozens of people gathered Sunday night outside a home in Upper Marlboro where police say a woman was shot and killed by her husband after an argument.

Many of Tonya Wilkerson's mourners rode in on motorcycles and wore matching leather jackets as a tribute to the president of their motorcycle club.

Police say Wilkerson, 35, was killed by 37-year-old Antione Sullivan after an argument inside their home. After shooting Wilkerson, Sullivan, a former police officer with D.C. Protective Services, then turned the gun on himself, according to police.

At around 5:30 p.m., members of the K9 Too motorcycle club of Maryland roared through the quiet suburban neighborhood on their bikes. The club, which is made up entirely of women, believes Wilkerson's death shows the dangers of domestic violence.

PG County police investigating fatal crash in Upper Marlboro


UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (WUSA9) -- Prince George's County Police are investigating a car crash that took the life of a passenger inside of the vehicle. 

57-year old Patricia Joyce of Hughesville, Md. suffered critical injuries when the truck she was a passenger in veered off Croom Road and struck a tree. 

Police responded to the accident at approximately 12:20 p.m. Joyce was taken to the hospital and died shortly after. The driver suffered minor injuries.

No further information as to what may have caused the fatal accident has been released.

Docs: Upper Marlboro mom was stabbed while on the phone


UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (WUSA9) -- An Upper Marlboro mother was stabbed and killed while talking to her friend on the phone by a man who was inside her home waiting for her, according to charging documents. 

Police say Mitchell Cole hid inside Amanda Jones' home in the 900 block of Andean Goose Way for about an hour before he stabbed her at around 9:15 Monday evening. 

The friend on the other line heard screams and a struggle and then the call dropped.

About 25 minutes later, police say they got a call from someone concerned about Jones, 56. Officers checked her house, found nothing out of the ordinary and left, the documents say.  

The next morning, Jones' daughter found her mother's body on the basement floor covered in blood. 

Mitchell Cole, 56, of the 3700 block of Acquinsicke Place in White Plans, Md. has been charged with first-degree murder in connection to Jones' death.

Daughter of missing man has questions about disappearance


UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (WUSA9) -- On September 18, an 80-year-old man went missing from a picnic in Upper Marlboro. His family hasn’t stopped looking for him, but as they continue to search they have more and more questions for the assisted living center that was supposed to be looking after him.

When drivers pass Watkins Park they see a flashing sign telling them Lubun Phipps is still missing. A white van has also become a fixture in the park, driving through with photos of Phipps on every side. 

Phipps has dementia and since he moved to America from the Virgin Islands he's been living at the Woodmore House Assisted Living. His family says that's who he was with when he disappeared.

"When I listened to the voice message, the message said, when you get a minute, give us a call," Phipps' daughter Michelle Phipps said.

Pack Light, Pack Right While Traveling by Air This Fall

Pack Light, Pack Right While Traveling by Air This Fall

Fall is a time when millions of people around the country begin to make their travel plans. In fact, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation, the busiest travel times of the year are just around the corner, which include Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s. There are some great reasons why packing light will help make your trip easier and more enjoyable. And the good news is that it’s not difficult to do, either.

“If you want to pack right when you travel then you really need to focus on packing light,” explains Tina Aldatz, chief executive officer of Savvy Travelers. “There’s much less hassle and stress when you pack light and stick to the basics. You can put your focus on your travel, rather than having all of your attention go to dragging around way too much luggage.”

Here are some Savvy Travelers tips for packing light and right for fall and holiday air travel: