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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.

Man sentenced in scheme to fraudulently buy cars

GREENBELT, Md. (AP) -- A Tennessee man has been sentenced to 3 ½ years in prison for trying to buy luxury vehicles using stolen identities.

Thirty-four-year-old Flinton Newton of Bartlett, Tenn., was sentenced Thursday in federal court in Greenbelt.

According to his plea agreement, Newton and others stole identifying information, created false documents, and tried to buy expensive vehicles.

Prosecutors say Newton went to a dealership in Greenbelt in July and applied for more than $80,000 in financing to buy Cadillac Escalade in the victim's name.

Authorities say later that day, Newton went to another dealership in Silver Spring and tried to buy two Mercedes-Benzes for a total of more than $120,000.

Prosecutors say the Silver Spring saw that the victim's identifying information had been used at the first dealership and called police.

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Police: Suspect chased little girl walking home from bus

GREENBELT, Md. (WUSA9) -- Greenbelt police need your help identifying a suspect who they say chased after a young girl who was walking home from the bus stop.

Police say a six-year-old girl was walking home from a school bus stop in the 8000 block of Mandan Road on Friday, March 21 between 3:40 and 3:50 p.m. when a suspect pulled up alongside her in a vehicle.

The suspect exited his vehicle and began to run towards the girl, who ran into her residence, according to police.

The suspect fled the scene in a small black vehicle. Police say the girl was not injured.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Aguilar at 240-542-2137, or by email at daguilar@greenbeltmd.gov .

Suspect charged in Green line train incident

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Metro Transit Police charged a 22-year-old with attempted second degree murder Saturday, for an incident that happened Friday night aboard a southbound Green Line train.

Authorities said, Dionte Daniels, 22, of Glenarden, Md. was charged with attempted second degree murder assault and reckless endangerment in connection with an altercation on the Green Line.

Police said the assault happened around 9:30 p.m. while the train was in Prince George's County between Greenbelt and Fort Totten stations.

Police found a 46-year-old man unconscious with life threatening injuries when they got on the train. The man was taken to the hospital and is still in critical condition as of Saturday evening.

A man matching the photo and description, which was broadcast to MTPD officers throughout the Metrorail system, was taken into custody at L'Enfant Plaza Station on Saturday.