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MD man wanted for 2 burglaries arrested in West Virginia

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (WUSA9) -- West Virginia police were able to arrest two men wanted in Maryland, the Prince George's County Office of the Sheriff reported.

According to the sheriff's office, Cashmere Bates of Prince George's County had a warrant out for his arrest for two burglaries in Prince George's County.

The sheriff's office reports that they were able to track Bates down in West Virginia, and discovered he was staying with another man wanted in Prince George's County, Daniel McDonald, who had a warrant out for First Degree assault.

On August 12th West Virginia State Police went to McDonald's house and arrested McDonald without incident. Bates was found hiding in a bedroom and was also arrested without incident, the sheriff's office reported.

FOUND: 80-year-old man from Upper Marlboro

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (WUSA9) -- Prince George's County police say a missing 80-year-old man has been found and returned home in good health.

James Robert Conoway was last seen in the 12000 block of Northwood Drive in Upper Marlboro around 10:30 a.m. on August 3.

Conoway is described as an African American male, 5'9", and 180 pounds. He was last seen wearing a black shirt and black pants, driving a dark green 1995 Ford Thunderbird bearing Maryland registration 4AA7259.

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

Md. police: Man assaults and robs two victims

UPPER MALBORO, Md. (WUSA9) -- The Prince George's County Sheriff's Office said they arrested a man in connection with assaulting and robbing two men on July 21 in Lanham, Md.

The Sheriff's Office said Adelo Rojas, of Cheverly, Md. robbed two men in the 9300 block of Wyatt Dr. According to the warrant, Rojas and a codefendant stole a pair of shoes, a cell phone and money from one of the victims. A total of $1,050 was stolen, the sheriff's office said.

The two suspects punched and kicked the two men, the sheriff's office said. The codefendant was arrested earlier by county police.

Rojas is being charged with theft of $1,000 to under $10,000 and two counts of second degree assault.

Opening arguments to begin in Ross murder trial

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (WUSA9) – Opening arguments will begin at 2 p.m. in the trial of a man accused of murdering a student at Central High School in September 2012.

A jury was selected Monday morning in the trial of Travon Bennett, who is charged with the murder of high school student Markel Ross.

He also faces charges for armed robbery and other offenses related to Ross' death.

Ross was shot and killed as he walked to school at Central High School on September 11, 2012.


Former General Counsel ordered to pay back stolen money

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (WUSA9) -- The former General Counsel to the Prince George's County Community Development Corporation (CDC) has been ordered to pay back all of the money he stole from the county and a friend.

Officials say that Randy McRae, former General Counsel to the CDC stole a combined $50,000 from the county and aforementioned friend.

McRae became the CDC's General Counsel in 2005. Officials say that shortly after assuming the role McRae forged the CDC secretary's name on documents and obtained Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO) status without the CDC board's knowledge.

Organizations with CHDO status are eligible for some reimbursement for operating expenses from the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Authorities: MD Woman rented out house she did not own

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (WUSA9) -- A Maryland woman will serve time for renting out a home she did not own.

According to authorities, Shannon Lee, 32, of Cheltenham rented out a vacant property that was going through foreclosure.

In May of 2013, the original homeowner stopped by the Cheltenham house to check on the property and collect the mail. According to officials the homeowner noticed a lockbox on the door and believed that the bank may have contacted a realtor to sell the home.

According to officials, the owner contacted the bank and was told that she and her husband were still the registered owners. When the owner returned to the house later that month she found that the locks had been changed and the house was occupied.

Pedestrian hit, killed by bus in Upper Marlboro

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (WUSA9) -- Prince George's County officials say a pedestrian was killed after being hit by a bus in Upper Marlboro.

It happened at the intersection of Main Street and Water Street, and involved a large bus.

Police say multiple cars were involved. Somehow, the pedestrian was hit and trapped under the bus.

According to officials the preliminary investigation revealed that the woman was struck while trying to cross Water Street. Officials believe the victim was in the crosswalk when she was struck. According to authorities he bus driver stayed on the scene. Officials are continuing their investigation into the incident.

The victim was identified Friday morning by police as 69-year-old Patsy Stokes Burton of Nelson Drive in La Plata.