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56th Annual Greenbelt Labor Day festival is fun for the family and aspiring stars

WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA)-- Oh My GOFF! Angie Goff reports on the 56th Annual Greenbelt Labor Day Festival.

Locals had a blast this weekend at the 56th Annual Greenbelt Labor Day Festival as fun food, carnival rides and live performances kept the whole family entertained. 

Early Voting In Maryland Begins

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) -- Gov. Martin O'Malley is hoping early voting in Maryland for the first time will create higher voter turnout.

O'Malley, a Democrat, was the 222nd voter who cast a ballot in the primary at the Public Safety Training Facility in Baltimore on Friday afternoon, the first day of early voting in Maryland.

Former Gov. Robert Ehrlich, O'Malley's likely opponent in November, also is encouraging people to vote early, even though he's been critical of early voting and vetoed legislation to create it when he was governor.

Ehrlich says it's now the law in the state and he's going to live with it and, it is hoped, take advantage of it. Andy Barth, an Ehrlich campaign spokesman, says Ehrlich is expected to take part in early voting next week.

St. Ann's Infant and Maternity Home gets a makeover to help mothers and their babies

WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA)-- Oh My GOFF! Angie Goff reports there's a huge renovation project going on at St. Ann's Infant and Maternity HomeFirst Finish and Ritsick Design teamed up for the challenge.

MORE: Pictures of Renovation Progress

Most of the building including the bathrooms lacked privacy and have gone untouched for 50 years. Volunteers finished phase 1 recently which includes a new washroom and laundry room. The renovations include granite tops, fresh paint and brand new fixtures and lighting. The team's next goal: some millwork to create more storage and some decor to spruce up the walls.

Prince Georges County experiencing highest Foreclosure Rates in the Region

Prince Georges County has been experiencing a continued spike in foreclosures despite a new ruling that went into effect July 1. On July 1, the Maryland legislature’s “Mediation before Foreclosure” rule went into effect. Under this ruling, homeowners facing foreclosure can ask for a mediation hearing to explain their specific situation to the Judge and maybe get more time to improve their situation. Unfortunately, Judges have not been enforcing this ruling and many homeowners are still losing their homes at a rapid pace. Many of these homes now sit empty and are becoming a blight which is negatively impacting the Prince Georges housing market. Area real estate agents have no choice but to sell these homes through the short sale process which affects the housing prices in the surrounding area.

Metro Passengers Say They Were Locked In Greenbelt Station

GREENBELT, Md. (WUSA) --- Metro has begun an investigation of claims by Green Line passengers here that they were temporarily locked in the subway station on two consecutive nights this week. Those passengers had just disembarked from the last train to enter the station at the end of the day.

"We got off the train. We came up to the gate to get out the gate. The gate was locked. There were about four or five of us. There weren't too many," passenger Frances Bradley said of her Tuesday Night experience. "One of the workers came along, one of the guys in the booth. He came along. He unlocked the gate, Fine, everything was fine. We weren't there that long."

"But then, yesterday, (Wednesday Night) the train was late getting in, so when we did get upstairs to the gate or come down to the gate the gate was locked again.

Shots Fired At Prince George's Co. Police Officer After Home Invasion

PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY, Md. (WUSA) -- Shortly after 11 a.m., Prince George's County Police answered a call for a home invasion in the 4900 block of 56th Avenue.

Police say suspects armed with at least one weapon entered a home and demanded money. Police say shots were fired, but no one was hit. 

About an hour later, an officer tried to pull over the suspect's black SUV. Deputy Police Chief Kevin Davis says the officer did not know the vehicle was involved in the robbery.

Davis says when vehicle stopped, two suspects rolled down the back windows and opened fire. The officer was not injured.

Davis says police located the black SUV a few blocks inside the District, but the suspects are still on the loose.

Woman Drives Benz Into Church

BELTSVILLE, Md.   "I think the Lord it wasn't on a Sunday," said  Michael Ajayi, pastor the church a woman just plowed her car through.

Had it been a Sunday, the woman who rammed her s 500 Benz straight through the brick wall of the Life Application Apostolic Bible church,  could have hurt parishioners.
The car landed right where they sit on Sunday.

Ajayi said, "This is tragic event.  Thank the Lord no one was hurt. Property can be replaced."

The driver is a 47 year old patient at the Metropolitan cardiovascular consultants where she was headed.

Venita, a worker there said the woman said she just couldn't stop.    Venita said  she's thankful the car barreled in the other direction, "I was sitting right there.  She's blessed.  We're blessed  everybody is OK."

It appears the driver stepped on the accelerator, instead of the brake. Police have a bit of advice for people who might be in a hurry behind the wheel.