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Md. man guilty of sexually exploiting minor

GREENBELT, Md. (WUSA9) -- A 24-year-old man pleaded guilty Monday to sexually exploiting a minor to produce child pornography, authorities said.

The United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein along with other authorities announced that David Wayne Sweet, 24, of St. Leonard, Md. took 24 sexually explicit pictures of a girl.

Authorities said, the pictures were either taken while the prepubescent girl was either sleeping or naked in the bathtub.

According to his plea agreement, on September 19, 2013 the Calvert County Sheriff's Drug Enforcement Unit searched Sweet's home because of alleged drugs.

Deputies took Sweet's phone and found pictures of a young girl, which were taken between June and September 2013, authorities said.

Sweet had deleted the images, however deputies were able to get all of the pictures, authorities added.

4 men indicted for Md. armed robbery

GREENBELTS, Md. (WUSA9) -- Four men were indicted Wednesday for charges from an armed robbery of employees who were transporting over $79,0000 in an armored truck January.

The United States Attorney for the District of Maryland announced that the following men were indicted for an armed robbery that happened on January 15, 2014:

Antonio Lamar Cooper, age 27, of Washington, D.C.;

Juwan Armarni Watkins, age 21, of Washington, D.C.;

Maurice Lorenzo Foreman, age 22, of Oxon Hill, Maryland; and

Eugene Robert Watkins, age 22, of Washington, D.C.

According to authorities, the men stole a vehicle and drove it to a restaurant on Allentown Road in Morningside, Md. Two armored truck employees were transporting money from the restaurant, when one of the men pointed a gun at the employee's face, authorities said.

2 Md. robbery suspects sought

GREENBELT, Md. (WUSA9) -- Greenbelt Police need your help identifying two suspects in connection with a robbery.

It happened in the 6100 block of Greenbelt Road on December 18.

Police say the victim was selling merchandise out of his book bag in the parking lot of Beltway Plaza when two suspects approached and said they wanted to buy something.

The victim followed the suspects to a parked car and one of the suspects displayed a handgun. The suspects took four belts from the victim and fled the scene in an Acura TSX 4-door, officials said.

The first suspect is described as a black male, 5'6", 160 pounds with a light complexion, wearing a black hat, black jeans, a black jacket and tan boots.

The second suspect is described as a black male 5'8", 175 pounds, wearing jeans, a sweater, tan boots and a black hat.

If you have any information, please contact Detective Holden at 240-542-2134, or by email at mholden@greenbeltmd.gov.

Metro to unveil 4 new rail cars

GREENBELT, Md. (WUSA9) -- Metro is expected to unveil four brand new rail cars on Monday.

The 7000 series cars will be used for testing on the Metrorail system.  The data will then be sent back to the factory. If everything checks out, full scale production on new Metro cars will begin.

WMATA says a new configuration will allow 40 more passengers to ride on the eight car train. They are also expected to have automated public address systems that will be easier for passengers to understand. You will also notice new dynamic LCD route maps and video screens to track locations and street names.

Metro General Manager and CEO Richard Sarles, Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray, Rep. Steny Hoyer, Senator Barbara Mikulski and Senator Ben Cardin are expected to attend the unveiling at the Greenbelt Metro station.

1 green line station to close for weekend work

WASHINGTON (AP) - Metro will close one station on the green line for weekend work and passengers will wait longer for trains on the blue, orange and red lines this weekend.

Metro says on Saturday and Sunday it will close the green line's Greenbelt station. Free shuttle busses will be available to take riders to and from the station. Metro says riders using the bus service should add 15 minutes to their travel times.

In addition, on the blue, orange and red lines, trains will operate every 20 minutes beginning on Friday at 10 p.m. and continuing through the weekend. Between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. there will be additional red line trains between Grosvenor and Silver Spring, leading to trains every 10 minutes.

AAA: Metro riders will come out ahead despite proposed fare increase

WASHNGTON (WUSA9) -- Metro General Manager Richard Sarles will present a proposed increase in Metro fares on Thursday morning at a meeting. Now AAA Mid-Atlantic says that when it comes to comparing the costs of taking Metro or driving "Despite the planned hike, some commuters will still come out ahead by continuing to ride Metro..."

AAA made the statement in a press release issued Thursday.  Metro's budget proposal calls for an increase to Metro bus fares by 15 cents, Metrorail by 10 cents and parking fees by 25 cents. The standard bus fee would be $1.75 whether using a SmarTrip card or paying by cash. Rail fees would increase by three percent on average with a maximum increase of 15 percent, according to WMATA.

Metro is getting a makeover

WASHINGTON (WUSA9)-- Metro is about to get a makeover.

Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) is making moves to replace existing carpet with newer "slip-resistant resilient flooring" that will last longer than carpet, according to a news release.  

The change in flooring comes after Metro got feedback from customers who said they "strongly preferred"  flooring to carpet, citing cleanliness. And it's true. The dirt and spills that seep into the carpet each day will bounce right off of the new resilient flooring.  Maintenance crews will also be able to clean the new floors more easily than the carpet.  

Riders will find another benefit to the new flooring: the new floors will reflect the interior and exterior light, making your ride a bit brighter.