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2 Md. residents plead guilty in mortgage fraud scheme

GREENBELT, Md. (WUSA9) -- Two Md. residents pleaded guilty Monday and Tuesday to conspiring to commit wire fraud in connection with a mortgage scheme involving the purchase of two properties located on North Patterson Park Avenue in Baltimore, Md.

Authorities said the real estate agent Nsane Phanuel Ligate, 42, of Ashburn, Va. pleaded guilty Tuesday and his co-defendant Cane Mwihava, 43, of Bowie, Md. also pleaded guilty to the same offense Monday.

The United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein announced the guilty pleas.

Ligate and his co-conspirators found two properties for sale located at 424 and 444 North Patterson Park Avenue in Baltimore. Authorities said during that time, Mwihava started a shell company called Xavier Engineering and Construction Company (XECC), in order to get settlement disbursements for purported home renovations.

Police: Woman with knife bit victim's leg

Police: Woman with knife bit victim's leg

MANASSAS, Va. (WUSA9) -- Prince William County police have arrested a woman who they say bit another woman's leg and pushed a police officer.

Bonnie Lu Jackson, 42, of Manassas, has been charged with attempted malicious wounding, assault & battery on a LEO, and domestic assault & battery.

On April 19 at 12:51 a.m., officers responded to the 7300 block of Castle Road to investigate a domestic disturbance. The victim, a 44-year-old woman, reported that she and Jackson were involved in a verbal altercation that had escalated, according to police.

Police say that Jackson assaulted the victim and bit her leg. At some time during the altercation, Jackson grabbed a knife and charged towards the victim. Another person was able to separate the two women.

April is Litter enforcement month in PWC

 PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, VIRGINIA . . . Did you know that dumping trash, companion animals and other stuff on a public roadway is a crime? Or that pitching lighted matches, cigarettes, cigars, etc., from your vehicle can result in a ticket? Did you know that it’s against the law to drive trucks and other vehicles that let contents drop, sift, leak or otherwise escape from them? These and many other litter and illegal dumping laws will be enforced throughout this month as Prince William County Police join law enforcement agencies throughout the metropolitan Washington region in observing Litter and Illegal Dumping Enforcement Month. This campaign is part of an effort to raise awareness of litter, illegal dumping and related crimes, as well as reduce litter by strictly enforcing existing laws.Officers will concentrate on litter laws, illegal dumping and unsecured truck load laws throughout the County.

Pedestrian hit, killed by train in Md.

GREENBELT, Md. (WUSA9) -- Prince George's County fire officials say a pedestrian was hit and killed near the MARC train station in Greenbelt Thursday evening.

MARC officials say the pedestrian was hit by a CSX freight train, not a MARC commuter train.

The train was headed from Jacksonville Florida to Ridgefield, New Jersey. The train has 52 cars, containing cargo and box cars containing loads of paper and other freight.

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Guardians of Rescue Begins Sting Investigations into Hazardous Internet Pet Sales

Guardians of Rescue Begins Sting Investigations into Hazardous Internet Pet Sales

As the world embraces the age of technology, everything is available online----including the sale of pets. Guardians of Rescue, a nationwide animal rescue organization, has stepped up to protect these poor animals from the cruelty of being bought and sold via the Internet. Guardians of Rescue is working with law enforcement in various states to try to reduce the amount of harm inflicted on these innocent dogs.

“Getting a new pet is always a big decision, and buying a dog you haven’t met in person is not smart,” says Dori Scofield, vice-president of Guardians of Rescue, an organization whose mission is to protect the well-being of all animals. “If you buy a dog through the Internet, you risk supporting puppy mill cruelty and being scammed out of your money. The Internet is also used by criminals to buy and sell fighting dogs, using certain understood language.”

If you looking to adopt a new dog, here are five tips to think about before you decide where to buy:



In support of Autism Awareness Month, Metropolitan School of the Arts is asking all of its studio students to ‘go blue’ now through April 30.  Students who wear blue during class, Monday through Friday in April, Metropolitan School of the Arts will donate $1 for each student that wears blue, per day. Go to www.metropolitanarts.org for a full schedule of classes and registration.

Metropolitan School of the Arts offers pre-professional dance, theatre, musical and vocal studio classes for youth and teens, as well as adult dance and fitness classes, including Metro Barre, yoga and Pilates.

Md. police search for suspicious man in Greenbelt

GREENBELT, Md. (WUSA9) -- Greenbelt Police need help finding a suspicious man who chased after a young child who was walking home from a school bus stop in the afternoon of March 21.

Police said the incident happened in the 8000 block of Mandan Road between 3:40 p.m. and 3:50 p.m.

The six-year-old girl said the man pulled up alongside her in a car as she was walking home, then got out of the car and started to run towards her.

The girl ran to her home and the suspect fled the scene, police said.

Police said the victim was not touched or injured.

The suspect is described as a black man with black hair and brown eyes.

The suspect's vehicle is described as a smaller black vehicle.

If you have any information please call 240-542-2137 or email daguilar@greenbeltmd.gov.