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White Flint called "beached whale" in nasty court battle


 

GREENBELT, Md. (WUSA9) -- The remains of a once-proud and innovative shopping mall on Rockville Pike were derided by a New York-based architect as an "ugly", "beached whale" during a trial pitting a hold-out department store against the mall's owners who include the Lerner family of Washington.

The testimony by architect Gene Sisco came on the final day of a trial pitting hold-out department store Lord and Taylor against the owners of the '70's-vintage White Flint Mall, who seek to re-develop the 45 acre site into a mixed use development with more than 5-million square feet of retail, residential and office property.

The store continues to operate at White Flint, even as the rest of the mall has been abandoned and demolition has begun.

"It's like a ghost town here," said shopper Anne Jackson.

Sex offender pleads guilty, sentenced to 15 years


GREENBELT, Md. (WUSA9) -- A registered and formerly convicted sex offender has been sentenced to 15 years in prison after pleading guilty on Tuesday to attempting to induce a minor to engage in sex.

Nicholas Edward Seskar, 41, plead guilty in St. Mary's County to one count of sex offense in the third degree.

In 2006, Seskar, then 30, plead guilty to having sex with a 15 year old.

On March 23, 2015, Seskar began to engage in Facebook conversations with a girl named "Tiffany" who he believed was only 15-years old. However, "Tiffany" was an undercover law enforcement officer with the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office.

Seskar became very graphic with "Tiffany" and eventually told her he wanted to meet up to have sex. On April 2, 2015, Seskar arrived at the pre-arranged meeting place and was arrested immediately.

Man charged in fatal butt injection indicted on US charges


GREENBELT, Md. (AP) - A North Carolina man charged in Maryland with murder in the death of a woman after she received injections into her buttocks has been indicted on federal offenses.

A 9-count indictment was returned Monday against 44-year-old Vinnie Lysander Taylor of Wilmington, North Carolina. The indictment alleges that Taylor sold and injected food grade liquid silicone into people to enhance their buttocks.

Prosecutors say between September 2013 and September 2014, Taylor injected at least seven women in Prince George's County with the silicone.

Taylor is being held in Maryland on state charges, including second-degree murder, in the death of a woman in March 2014 after he allegedly gave her butt injections in a hotel in Capitol Heights, Maryland.

Court records do not list a federal lawyer for Taylor.

Lightning causes apartment fire in Greenbelt, Md.


GREENBELT, Md. (WUSA9) -- Thirty six people were displaced after lightning from Tuesday's storm caused an apartment building to catch fire in Greenbelt, Md., according to Prince George's County fire officials.

Firefighters responded to the 200 block of Lakeside Drive at approximately 7:35 p.m. Tuesday for the report of a fire on the roof of an apartment building, fire officials said.

In all, 66 firefighters worked to put out the flames.

No one was injured, but people living in 22 different apartments were told they couldn't go home.

A man who spoke with WUSA said he lives in one of those apartments.

He said he felt the apartment shake and heard a "boom." All of the power went out, but he didn't realize the apartment was on fire until neighbors beat on his door.

Nucleo Vega lives in the adjacent apartment building.

DUI arrest made after car goes off BW Pkwy ramp


WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- A woman was arrested for DUI after her car went off the ramp northbound on Baltimore-Washington Parkway Monday morning, police said.

The accident happened northbound on the ramp to Greenbelt Road. The car went off the ramp and crashed into a wooded area.

WUSA9 saw the woman being given a sobriety test on chopper video. The woman stumbled and was then arrested.

US Park police confirmed this was a DUI arrest. No lanes have been blocked, according to officials.

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MD men force victims out of car at gunpoint, rob them


GREENBELT, Md. (WUSA9) -- A Laurel man was arrested for forcing two victims out of their car at gunpoint and then robbing them with the help of another suspect in Greenbelt, Md. on April 11.

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Kendrick Savoy of Laurel, Md. was arrested in connection with the armed carjacking that happened in the 8000 block of Greenbelt Road in Greenbelt, deputies said.

Man fatally stabbed in Greenbelt home


GREENBELT, Md. (WUSA9) -- Police are investigating after a man was found fatally stabbed in a Greenbelt home Tuesday night.

The victim has been identified as Kelley Wainwright Robbins, 38, of Irving, Texas, police said.

Greenbelt police responded to the 9100 block of Edmonston Road around 10:04 p.m. and found Robbins on the couch suffering from stab wounds to his neck, according to authorities.

He was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Police arrested 38-year-old, Patrick Corie Hunter on the scene in connection with the incident. The weapon used in the stabbing was recovered, police said.

Hunter is being charged with first degree murder, second degree murder, and first degree assault.

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