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#GiveJoy to a child for the holiday season

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- LOG ON TO http://www.wusa9.com/givejoy to donate a toy or money to children via "Volunteers of America." 

Jan Jeffcoat is out on assignment and it's a GREAT assignment! Jan's in Prince George's County helping to kick off our holiday virtual toy drive!

WUSA9 has teamed up with the Volunteers of America Chesapeake on a new one-of-a-kind holiday campaign called "Give Joy" and it gives you a chance to help needy kids and families this holiday season with the click of a button. We're calling it a JOY DRIVE and you can buy a toy, donate or just send a holiday message virtually - from home, from work, from anywhere!

Between now and mid December Jan and the whole team here at wusa 9 will be bringing you stories about the people you can help. If you follow her on Twitter @JanJeffcoat you can get live twitter updates.

2 accidents on Route 50 result in death, injuries

GLEN BURNIE, Md. (WUSA9) -- A five vehicle accident closed a portion of Rt. 50 prior to I-97 in Maryland Thursday night. The road is now open.

Maryland State Police officials say four cars and a tractor trailer were involved in the collision on the eastbound side of Rt. 50 at around 9:20 p.m.

One man was transported to a trauma center with non-life threatening injuries, according to police. Three other people were transported to hospitals with non life-threatening injuries.

Another accident happened on eastbound Route 50 east of Rt 424 in Davidsonville at 11:30 p.m., say police. In that accident, a van hit the back of a tractor trailer. The driver of the van was flown to a trauma center in critical condition. Later, police said that 38-year-old Michael Lee Sampson died.

Missing man from Md. found

GLEN BURNIE, Md. (WUSA9) -- Officials say they have found a 21-year-old missing man from Md.

Philip Dane Kasparites was reported missing on Thursday morning. According to his family, he voluntarily left his home at 1:30 a.m. after an argument with his grandfather. 

Police did not release any details about where or how Kasparites was located. 

 

Baltimore police officer suspected in murder/suicide incident

GLEN BURNIE, Md. (WUSA9) -- Police are investigating a murder/suicide incident which left three people dead in Md. 

According to initial investigations, the suspect, who is a Baltimore police officer had a relationship with the female victim, police said. 

The incident happened at a home on Sunday at around 1:35 a.m. on the 1100 block of Armistead Road. Police found two men and one female suffering from gunshot wounds inside the home. The suspect, Christopher Lee Robinson, 37, a Baltimore police officer is suspected to have shot the two victims. The male victim has been identified as Andrew Scott Hoffman, 27 who was with the Baltimore City Fire Department. The female victim is 26-year-old, Marie Leanne Edith Hartman, officials said. 

DC school closed due to 'inoperable boiler'

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Langley Elementary School is closed Friday due to an inoperable boiler.

Seventy six people were treated for carbon monoxide exposure at a school in D.C. Thursday, officials said.

That number included 56 students and 20 adults.  Six victims were taken to the hospital as a precaution.  The incident happened around 3:00 p.m. at Langley Elementary School located at 101 T St NE, officials said. 

The preliminary investigation shows that a faulty boiler in the  basement was the source of carbon monoxide, officials said.  The boiler in the school is currently not working and temperatures are expected to be near freezing on Friday. 

 

Missing Md. sex offender FOUND

COLUMBIA, Md. (WUSA9) -- Howard County Police have located and arrested a sex offender that had gone missing.

Detectives have issued a warrant for Arthur Edward Spicer Jr., 37, who could not be located during a check of all registered sex offenders in the county.

Spicer's last known address was 6664 Dovecote Drive in Columbia, Maryland. There are two warrants for his arrest, one for the registry violation and one for failing to pay child support, officials said.

Police say they check on the registered sex offenders before Halloween to remind them that they cannot participate in Halloween.

Officers located all but one of the 104 sex offenders registered in Howard County.

Spicer was located at a friend's house in Laurel, Md., police said. 

A link to the Maryland Sex Offender Registry can be found at www.HCPD.org.

355 citations during 'Move Over' law crackdown

(WUSA9) -- Maryland State Police say approximately 335 citations and 484 warnings were issued for violations of the "Move Over" law as part of a crackdown.

Monday, troopers were out on the roads making sure that drivers approaching a stopped emergency vehicle with its lights activated to switch to another lane not next to the emergency vehicle, if it's safe to do so. If it is not safe to move over, drivers are supposed to slow down as they pass the scene.

Tuesday, state police said preliminary results revealed that troopers made approximately 1,411 traffic stops during the 24-hour period. Approximately 335 citations and 484 warnings were issued for violations of the 'Move Over' law during that time.

Additionally, troopers made 20 criminal arrests while issuing an additional 476 citations and 409 warnings for other traffic violations, according to police. Police say there were 97 repairs orders issued as well.