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Suspect takes Md. ambulance for 'joy ride'


MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Md. (WUSA9) -- Montgomery County Police said a suspect took an ambulance for a ride on Friday a little after midnight in the Wheaton, Md. area.

Police said the incident happened around 12:06 a.m., while the ambulance unit was on a call and was parked in an apartment complex in the 10800 block of Georgia Avenue.

The crew saw that the ambulance was missing and contacted the police. Officers found the ambulance a few minutes later, around 12:13 a.m. close by, in the 2300 block of Plyers Mill Road.

Fire Department officials told WUSA9 the ambulance was not damaged and no medication or equipment was missing. Authorities also said nothing else appeared to be missing from the ambulance.

A police spokeswoman declined to refer to the incident as a 'joy ride,' however had no information about the possible motive for taking the ambulance.

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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.

April is Litter enforcement month in PWC

 PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, VIRGINIA . . . Did you know that dumping trash, companion animals and other stuff on a public roadway is a crime? Or that pitching lighted matches, cigarettes, cigars, etc., from your vehicle can result in a ticket? Did you know that it’s against the law to drive trucks and other vehicles that let contents drop, sift, leak or otherwise escape from them? These and many other litter and illegal dumping laws will be enforced throughout this month as Prince William County Police join law enforcement agencies throughout the metropolitan Washington region in observing Litter and Illegal Dumping Enforcement Month. This campaign is part of an effort to raise awareness of litter, illegal dumping and related crimes, as well as reduce litter by strictly enforcing existing laws.Officers will concentrate on litter laws, illegal dumping and unsecured truck load laws throughout the County.

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:

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METRO SCHOOL of the ARTS ‘SINGING the ‘BLUES’ for AUTISM AWARENESS MONTH

METRO SCHOOL of the ARTS ‘SINGING the ‘BLUES’ for AUTISM AWARENESS MONTH

In support of Autism Awareness Month, Metropolitan School of the Arts is asking all of its studio students to ‘go blue’ now through April 30.  Students who wear blue during class, Monday through Friday in April, Metropolitan School of the Arts will donate $1 for each student that wears blue, per day. Go to www.metropolitanarts.org for a full schedule of classes and registration.

Metropolitan School of the Arts offers pre-professional dance, theatre, musical and vocal studio classes for youth and teens, as well as adult dance and fitness classes, including Metro Barre, yoga and Pilates.

44-year-old woman from Wheaton found unharmed


WHEATON, Md. (WUSA9) -- Montgomery County Police say a 44-year-old woman from Wheaton, who was last seen April 2, has been found safe and unharmed.

Police said Felicita Siddique was last seen in the 2800 block of Lindell Street in Wheaton by her roommates.

On Monday morning, police told media outlets that she had been located. No other details were immediately available.


Nurse shares story of the day she saved a man


WHEATON, Md. (WUSA9) -- Early Friday morning, a jury found a man guilty of attempted second-degree murder and first-degree assault in for stabbing a victim more than a dozen times in Wheaton, Md.

Jurors returned to the courtroom with their verdict at 1:30 a.m., according to officials. They found Devante McNeil guilty of stabbing another man multiple times on April 16, 2013.

Police were originally called to the scene in the area of Georgia Avenue and Reedie Drive that night for the report of a possible pedestrian struck but once they arrived, the victim told them he had been stabbed multiple times, not struck by a car. According to charging documents, the victim was stabbed in the bathroom of an apartment building lobby by McNeil.