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Power Companies Gearing Up for Thursday Storms

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA9) -- Myra Oppel was sitting in her office at Pepco's Headquarters when the Derecho of 2012 hit. 

She watched as the power company's outages jumped from a few thousand to almost half a million. By the time it was all over, more than two-million people in Virginia, Maryland, and the District were in the dark, and it would take nearly two weeks before all the power was restored.

Almost a year later, Oppel met with WUSA9 to discuss what Pepco's doing to prepare for this latest round of storms. 

Police: School Janitor Had Sexual Relationship With Girl

LANHAM, Md. (WUSA9) -- A school janitor has been arrested for having a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old girl, police said in a news release. 

Steven Ray Poe, 36, of Prince George's County, had "inappropriate sexual contact," with the girl between April and June of 2013, police said. 

Poe is a janitor at DuVal High School, in Lanham, police said. 

"The victim is a student there. The victim alleges that between April and June 2013, Poe had inappropriate sexual contact with her, both on and off school grounds. The victim told her mother, who then contacted police," police said in the news release. 

Poe was arrested in his home on Sunday night. He faces charges of third degree sex offense and second degree assault, police said.  

Poe remains in custody at the Department of Corrections on a $20,000 bond, police said.

Rat & Mouse Poop, Mold On Ice Machine, No Health Permits Close Restaurants

WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA9)-- In this week's Food Alert, a fine dining restaurant operating with an expired business license, another without a health permit, and then there are the mold and rodent issues.

Health inspectors shut down Taipei 101 Tokyo Cafe on Bethesda Avenue in Bethesda, MD;  Mauricio's on Bladensburg Road in Brentwood, MD;  Cups and Mugs located in the Reston Hospital Center in Fairfax, VA; ZMart on South Capitol Street in Southwest, DC; and, Rajaji Curry House in Northwest, DC.

At Bethesda's Taipei 101 Tokyo Cafe inspectors observed, "Rodent droppings throughout the facility and on food contact surfaces."

At Cups and Mugs in Fairfax, county health inspectors closed the coffee shop citing "critical health code violations."  Inspectors wrote-up the shop for not staffing anyone certified in food safety, not tracking workers' disease status, and not having required soap and paper towels.

DROP OFF DIAPERS and WIN ‘MOMMY and ME’ CUPCAKE DECORATING CLASS at OCCASIONALLY CAKE

DROP OFF DIAPERS and WIN ‘MOMMY and ME’ CUPCAKE DECORATING CLASS  at OCCASIONALLY CAKE

 

Occasionally Cake of Old Town Alexandria needs diapers as part of the Northern Virginia Family Service Diaper Drive. Customers can drop off diapers from Sat., May 4 through Mother’s Day, Sun., May 12, and be entered to win a Mommy and Me Cupcake Decorating Class, to be held on Tues., May 14 at 5 p.m. Three winners will be chosen from a raffle drawing.  Call (703) 647-9638 or visit www.occasionallycake.com for more information.

The Mommy and Me Cupcake decorating will be taught by owner, Sabrina Campbell, mom of two daughters and soon-to-be son. She will discuss cupcake decorating techniques, creativity and tips for parent and child.

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Publisher, photographer probed over topless Kate photos

Publisher, photographer probed over topless Kate photos

PARIS (AP) - French prosecutors have placed the publisher and photographer of unauthorized topless snaps of Prince William's wife, Kate, under formal criminal investigation, they said Thursday.

Caroline Chassain, spokeswoman for the Nanterre prosecutor, said that Mondadori Magazines France and local photographer Valerie Suau were placed under investigation earlier this month over possible criminal exploitation of the images, which appeared in the French Closer magazine last September.

The photos showed the duchess of Cambridge relaxing at a private villa in Provence, in southern France, sometimes without her bikini top and, in one case, her suit bottom partially pulled down to apply sunscreen.

Chassain added that Suau's employer, local newspaper La Provence, was also placed under formal criminal investigation on Monday, but she did not elaborate.

The investigation will likely take months to complete.