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Md. man sentenced for distribution of child porn

GREENBELT, Md. (WUSA) -- A thirty-three-year-old man from Rockville, Md. was sentenced to six years in prison for distribution of child porn, authorities said Friday.

The U.S. District Judge Paul W. Grimm sentenced Michael Gaskin, of Rockville, to six years of prison, followed by 15 years of supervised release, authorities said.

Gaskin is required to register as a sex offender wherever he lives, is an employee and wherever he studies.

Authorities said Gaskin sent pornographic photos of children and toddlers to somebody he met online between December 2012 and September 2012.

A total of 262 photos and two videos were found on his computer, authorities said.

Md. investment advisor indicted for stealing $1.2M from client

GREENBELT, Md. (WUSA9) --A federal grand jury indicted a 35-year-old man from Md. for illegally transferring $1.2 million from his client's annuity account.

According to authorities, Travis Wetzel, of Frederick, Md. transferred a total of $1,282,224. His indictment was returned Wednesday and he was arrested Thursday, authorities said.

The United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; and Special Agent in Charge Stephen E. Vogt of the Federal Bureau of Investigation announced his indictment Wednesday.

The indictment was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; and Special Agent in Charge Stephen E. Vogt of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Man wanted for girlfriend's death likely fled country


NBELT, Md. (WUSA9) -- Greenbelt police say they believe a man wanted in connection with the murder of his girlfriend has fled the country, possibly to Mexico.

Police said they found the body of a critical missing 28-year-old woman from Greenbelt, Md. on Friday at 4 p.m., who was last seen on Monday in company of her boyfriend.

We're told investigators are currently working with the U.S. Marshal's service in regards to the case.


2 Md. residents plead guilty in mortgage fraud scheme

GREENBELT, Md. (WUSA9) -- Two Md. residents pleaded guilty Monday and Tuesday to conspiring to commit wire fraud in connection with a mortgage scheme involving the purchase of two properties located on North Patterson Park Avenue in Baltimore, Md.

Authorities said the real estate agent Nsane Phanuel Ligate, 42, of Ashburn, Va. pleaded guilty Tuesday and his co-defendant Cane Mwihava, 43, of Bowie, Md. also pleaded guilty to the same offense Monday.

The United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein announced the guilty pleas.

Ligate and his co-conspirators found two properties for sale located at 424 and 444 North Patterson Park Avenue in Baltimore. Authorities said during that time, Mwihava started a shell company called Xavier Engineering and Construction Company (XECC), in order to get settlement disbursements for purported home renovations.

Police: Woman with knife bit victim's leg

Police: Woman with knife bit victim's leg

MANASSAS, Va. (WUSA9) -- Prince William County police have arrested a woman who they say bit another woman's leg and pushed a police officer.

Bonnie Lu Jackson, 42, of Manassas, has been charged with attempted malicious wounding, assault & battery on a LEO, and domestic assault & battery.

On April 19 at 12:51 a.m., officers responded to the 7300 block of Castle Road to investigate a domestic disturbance. The victim, a 44-year-old woman, reported that she and Jackson were involved in a verbal altercation that had escalated, according to police.

Police say that Jackson assaulted the victim and bit her leg. At some time during the altercation, Jackson grabbed a knife and charged towards the victim. Another person was able to separate the two women.

Pedestrian hit, killed by train in Md.

GREENBELT, Md. (WUSA9) -- Prince George's County fire officials say a pedestrian was hit and killed near the MARC train station in Greenbelt Thursday evening.

MARC officials say the pedestrian was hit by a CSX freight train, not a MARC commuter train.

The train was headed from Jacksonville Florida to Ridgefield, New Jersey. The train has 52 cars, containing cargo and box cars containing loads of paper and other freight.

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: