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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.

MORE: Wayne Curry lies in state

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

FREE CUPCAKES AT OCCASIONALLY CAKE on SUN. JULY 20; DONATES 50% to METROPOLITAN SCHOOL of the ARTS

FREE CUPCAKES AT OCCASIONALLY CAKE on SUN. JULY 20;  DONATES 50% to METROPOLITAN SCHOOL of the ARTS

 

Occasionally Cake of Alexandria, Va. and Mount Vernon, Va. is celebrating its five-year anniversary on Sun., July 20 and handing out one free cupcake per person to all their patrons with no purchase necessary at their Old Town Alexandria shop at 207 King Street and Mount Vernon at 8859 Richmond Highway from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.  Occasionally Cake will donate 50 percent of all their sales that day to Metropolitan School of the Arts youth scholarships of Lorton, Va. For more information, call (703) 647-9638 or visit www.occasionallycake.com.

The free cupcakes will be available in Chocolate Marshmallow, Red Velvet, Snickerdoodle, Funfetti and Strawberry Key Lime flavors with other flavors available for purchase. A variety of other flavors will be available for purchase.  Occasionally Cake will offer an anniversary special of four cupcakes for $8.

PG County warns residents of jury duty phone scam


UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (WUSA9) -- Prince George's County Sheriff's Office is warning residents about a telephone scam that is targeting Prince George's County residents.

"We are aware of at least two such calls targeting senior citizens," said Sheriff High. "Getting information out to club members, relatives, friends and neighbors is our best defense against such criminals."

According to Sheriff High, the scam is very similar with a scam that was happening in Arlington County in Va. a little earlier in the year.

Authorities said the caller states that the victim has not appeared for jury duty and is required to pay fines or the victim will be arrested. According to authorities the caller tells the victim that fines are $3,000 and must be paid to moneypak.

Former Prince George's Co. Executive Wayne Curry dies


PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY, Md. (WUSA9) -- Former Prince George's County Executive Wayne Curry died Wednesday morning in his home after a long battle with lung cancer.

The 63-year-old Curry previously served as the top political post of executives in Prince George's County. He is credited with transforming the county, bringing in major development, reforming the police department, and convincing the Washington Redskins to relocate there.

Prince George's County's first African-American county executive, Curry of late had spent much of his time advocating against smoking. Curry had been a smoker for many years.