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Md. woman arrested for 1st degree assault

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (WUSA9) -- The Prince George's County Office of the Sheriff has arrested an Accokeek, Maryland woman who they say committed first degree assault.

According to authorities Amani Barard was driving in Fort Washington on June 17th when she saw a woman she had an ongoing feud with.

Authorities say that Barard got out of her car and attempted to start a fight with the woman. When the woman refused to fight officials say Barard took out a handgun and pointed it at the woman before driving away.

Officials report that Barard was arrested in Accokeek and transported to the Prince George's County Department of Corrections. Barard has been charged with assault first degree, assault second degree, firearm use/felony violent crime, and handgun in vehicle, officials say.

Mistrial declared in MPD officer attempted murder

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (WUSA9) -- A mistrial has been declared in the case of a Metropolitan Police Department officer indicted for attempting to kill his wife.

Officer Samson Lawrence was indicted for attempted murder after authorities say he hit his wife in the head with a metal lamp post during an incident on November 24, 2013. Samson's wife says he then held her against her will at knife point.

After deliberating for seven hours, the jury in the case was deadlocked and could not come to a unanimous decision beyond a reasonable doubt, so the judge declared the mistrial.

The State's Attorney's Office says they are surprised and disappointed but not discouraged as they plan to retry the officer for attempted murder.

4 injured in accident on I-495 near Bethesda

4 injured in accident on I-495 near Bethesda

BETHESDA, Md. (WUSA 9) -- Two Metrobus passengers are claiming injuries after the bus was involved in an accident on the Beltway Friday afternoon.

Authorities say that the Metrobus was involved in an accident with a passenger vehicle near the Old Georgetown Road exit on I-495.

Authorities report that two of the passengers in the involved vehicle are also claiming injuries.

Md. serial child sex offender convicted for abusing boy

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (WUSA9) -- Prince George's County State's Attorney announced Wednesday that a Bowie man has been convicted of three counts of third degree sex offense for abusing a boy at a community pool in 2011.

Authorities said this is Michael Brochu's third conviction for this sort of offense. Prince George's County State Attorney Angela Alsobrooks said, "Mr. Brochu is a convicted child abuser who has proven that he is a dangerous sexual predator.In addition to the more than 80 years he has already been sentenced to for his previous convictions, I am confident that this latest conviction will ensure that he is never able to abuse a child ever again."

According to authorities, Brochu molested a young boy in the showers of the Whitehall Community Pool in Bowie between June 2011 and August 2011. The boy was abused about seven times, authorities said.

PG County panel to vote on casino next week

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (AP) - A panel of Prince George's County officials will vote next week on the site plan for a casino at National Harbor.

The county's district council met Monday to hear from opponents and supporters.

About one-third of the council's members were absent, so the vote has been scheduled for next Monday in Upper Marlboro.

Supporters say the casino near the nation's capital will be a big economic benefit to Maryland and the county. But opponents say it will create traffic problems and other headaches.

The MGM casino could open in July of 2016 if it receives the approval required from local officials. It would be Maryland's sixth casino.

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Mourners gather for Wayne Curry funeral

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (AP/WUSA9) - Mourners are gathered at an Upper Marlboro church for the funeral of former Prince George's County Executive Wayne Curry.

Curry's funeral is scheduled for Thursday at the First Baptist Church of Glenarden in Upper Marlboro. A public viewing began at 9:30 a.m., with the funeral service scheduled to begin at 11 a.m.

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Curry had lung cancer and died last week at the age of 63.

Former county executive Wayne Curry lying in state

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (WUSA9) -- The body of former Prince George's County Executive Wayne Curry is lying in state at the Prince George's County Administration Building.

Curry died last week at age 63 after a battle with lung cancer. He will lie in state on Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The following road closures are in place:

  • 7 a.m. - 10 p.m. - Governor Oden Bowie Drive will be closed from Elm Street to the traffic light at Route 725
  • 7 a.m. - 11 a.m. - Main Street will be closed from Pratt Street to Water Street