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Man pleads guilty to stealing ambulance, DUI and fatal crash


UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (WUSA9) -- A Silver Spring man pleaded guilty Wednesday to stealing an ambulance, driving under the influence and causing a fatal accident in 2014, the Prince George's County State's Attorney announced.

Pack Light, Pack Right While Traveling by Air This Fall

Pack Light, Pack Right While Traveling by Air This Fall

Fall is a time when millions of people around the country begin to make their travel plans. In fact, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation, the busiest travel times of the year are just around the corner, which include Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s. There are some great reasons why packing light will help make your trip easier and more enjoyable. And the good news is that it’s not difficult to do, either.

“If you want to pack right when you travel then you really need to focus on packing light,” explains Tina Aldatz, chief executive officer of Savvy Travelers. “There’s much less hassle and stress when you pack light and stick to the basics. You can put your focus on your travel, rather than having all of your attention go to dragging around way too much luggage.”

Here are some Savvy Travelers tips for packing light and right for fall and holiday air travel:

FOUND: Missing 15-year-old Greenbelt girl

GREENBELT, Md. (WUSA9) -- Police have found a missing 15-year-old girl from Greenbelt, Md. 


Police need your help locating a missing teens from Greenbelt, Md.

Kiera Patrice Richardson, 15, is considered a critical missing person, because police say she is without her seizure medication. She is described as a 5'6" black female, 220 lbs. with black waist-length braids and brown eyes.

Richardson was last seen wearing a white shirt and black and grey spandex pants. Police say she has a nose ring and a pierced eyebrow.

Wonnae Emani Bridgeforth, 15, is described by police as a 5'6" black female, 115 lbs. with black hair and brown eyes. She was thought to have been with Richardson, bu has since been located safe and sound.

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.