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Truck hit by gunfire on the ICC


LAUREL, Md. (WUSA9) -- A truck traveling Eastbound on the ICC was struck by gunfire on Tuesday, according to the Maryland Transportation Authority.

The bullets hit the windshield of the truck. One of the occupants of the truck was injured by broken glass, transportation officials said. The other occupant of the truck was hit by a bullet, but the bullet was stopped by his clothing.

A bullet fragment was recovered

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Nelson Tree Experts confirmed it was one of their trucks that was hit and that the truck was moving at the time.

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METRO SCHOOL of the ARTS ACADEMY AUDITIONS, SUN., MAR. 1; for 2015-2016 School Year

METRO SCHOOL of the ARTS ACADEMY AUDITIONS, SUN., MAR. 1; for 2015-2016 School Year

Students interested in attending the Metropolitan School of the Arts (MSA) of Alexandria and Lorton, Va. can audition on Sun., Mar. 1 at MSA Lorton Campus at 9601 Ox Road. Auditions are required as part of the 2015-2016 academy registration. The MSA Academy audition is for performing arts students from 6th grade to 12th grade. Students should call 703-339-0444 ext.3 or visit www.metropolitanarts.org to register for an audition time. 

The audition process will give prospective students an opportunity to demonstrate his or her skills in dance, music and theater for the chairs of the respective arts departments.  Applicants must attend a live audition if they live within three geographical states of MSA.  Prospective students living beyond the three-state radius may submit a DVD audition. 

Police to canvass Laurel in homicide investigation


LAUREL, Md. (WUSA9) -- Prince George's County Police will canvass a Laurel community Friday evening and pass out flyers in connection with a homicide that happened Thursday. A reward of up to $25,000 is being offered in connection with the incident.

The victim, Tyrone Archer, Jr. 23, of Laurel was found suffering from gunshot wounds Thursday around 3:45 p.m. in the 8200 block of Imperial Drive, police said. Archer was pronounced dead on the scene.

Police are still trying to identify suspects and a possible motive in the case.

The canvass of the area will start at 6 p.m. in the 8200 block of Imperial Drive, police said.

DONATE COATS for SERVE at MONZA; GET $25 MONZA/CARMELLO’s GIFT CARD

DONATE COATS for SERVE at MONZA; GET $25 MONZA/CARMELLO’s GIFT CARD

Monza of Historic Manassas will be collecting gently used coats to donate to SERVE of Manassas, Va. in exchange for a $25 Monza or Carmello’s gift card and free hot chocolate and coffee on Fridays and Saturdays in January at Monza at 9405 Battle Street in Old Town Manassas, Va. For more information, go to www.eatmonza.com.

“Winter is here, and we’re all pulling out our warm coats, many of us have more than one, while the neediest of our community go without a proper coat for the coldest of days,” said Alice Pires, owner of Carmellos and Monza in Historic Manassas, Va. “Help us support SERVE by dropping off a coat, and warm up with a free hot cocoa and gift card,” said Pires.

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Woman dies from injuries sustained in Md. fire


LAUREL, Md. (WUSA9) -- A woman who suffered burns on nearly half her body during a Maryland fire has succumbed to her injuries and died, fire officials said.

At about 9:45 p.m. Thursday firefighters were called to a single family home in the 7200 block of Carriage Hill Drive in Laurel. Firefighters arriving on the scene found a burned piece of furniture that appeared to have been on fire and extinguished by the 80-year-old woman living in the home, fire officials said.

The woman was evaluated and was found to have sustained burns on half her body, fire officials said. She was taken to the Burn Unit in D.C. where she succumbed to her injuries on Friday, officials said.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, but appears to be accidental, officials said.


Police ID motorcyclist killed in fatal Bowie crash


BOWIE, Md. (WUSA9) -- Police have identified the motorcyclist who died after a collision with an SUV on Monday.

The victim has been identified as Ali Blackshear, age 36, of Northeast Washington.

The accident occurred at the intersection of Laurel Bowie Road south of Powder Mill Road at 5:50 p.m., police said.

Blackshear was taken to the hospital in grave condition where he succumbed to his injuries, police said.

Preliminary investigation reveals that Blackshear was traveling southbound on Laurel Bowie Road when he veered into an oncoming traffic lane to avoid hitting a stopped car, police said. Blackshear than crashed head on with a Honda CRV that was traveling northbound police said.

Laurel police: Use of force down with body cameras


LAUREL, Md. (WUSA9) -- After two years of using police body cameras, Laurel police are now reporting use of force by police is down 30 percent.

"It holds everybody to a higher standard," said Chief Richard McLaughlin.

The department has deployed 32 cameras at a cost of about $2,000 each.

Some citizens fear the cameras violate privacy and worry that police might be able to manipulate or edit video to use against suspects.

Others applaud the cameras.

"At least whatever happens we'll be able to confirm it," said Eniola Otuvando.

Results in Laurel mirror results in other cities that have adopted body cameras. In Rialto, California, use of force is down 59 percent and brutality complaints are down 88 percent.