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Laurel Church Shocked By Hate Crime

LAUREL, Md. (WUSA) -- A black rag doll covered in racial slurs, obscenities and swastikas found outside the City of Zion Church in Laurel on Sunday has prompted a hate crime investigation by Laurel police. 

"It's very disturbing, especially to us, because of lynchings and things of that nature," said Pastor Gregory Strong, who along with a church worker, discovered the rag doll hanging from a cherry tree outside the church.

"There was a lot of foul language on the doll and what was even more disturbing , there were a lot of references to Obama," added Strong, who believes the doll was an attempt to "intimidate" black voters on the eve of the midterm elections.

"It was scary, nothing to really worry about, but it's a scare tactic straight  from the pit of hell," said Sheila Thompson, a church minister. 

13 Year Prince George's County Police Veteran Indicted by Grand Jury on 13 Counts

Prince George's County State’s Attorney Glenn F. Ivey today announced that Juan Diego Carter, 36, of Bowie, Maryland was indicted by a Prince George’s County grand jury late yesterday, Tuesday, October 26, 2010, on 13 counts.

Carter is charged with:

  • Six counts of misconduct in office
  • Three counts of theft over $500.00
  • Three counts of theft under $500.00
  • One count of aggregate theft scheme

If convicted, Carter faces up to 10 years in prison.

“These are serious charges and we look forward to prosecuting this case,” said State’s Attorney Glenn F. Ivey.

National Soccer Championship Comes to Prince George's Community College

For the first time in history, Prince George’s Community College will host the National Junior College Athletic Association’s Women’s Soccer Championship, Thursday, November 4, 2010 through Sunday, November 7, 2010 at the college’s Largo campus.

Eight teams will be competing to be named the best team in the country as they take to the Prince George’s Community College’s newly renovated soccer field. Students will play four games on Thursday, November 4 and Friday, November 5. Three games will be played on Sunday.

Prince George's County Counterfeiter Pleads Guilty

Shango Taylor, age 33, of Forestville, Maryland, pleaded guilty today to counterfeiting U.S. currency.

Estimated $200K in Losses From Prince George's County Fire

This story comes to us from Mark Brady of the Prince George's County Fire Department:

Maryland Early Voting

ANNAPOLIS, Maryland (WUSA)-- For the general election, early voting centers will be open starting Friday October 22, 2010 through Thursday, October 28, 2010, except for Sunday, October 24th when early voting centers are closed.

Early voting centers will be open from 10 am until 8 pm each day of early voting. Anyone in line at 8 pm will be allowed to vote.

Where can I vote early?

You can vote in an early voting center in the county where you live. From the list below, select the county where you live to find out where the early voting center or centers are in your county.

Allegany County

Anne Arundel County

FREE Scary Face Pancakes This Friday at IHOP

The following was sent to us by Amanda Kelly of Wills Communications, Inc.:

No Tricks – Just Treats As Kids 12 And Under Celebrate Halloween A Little Early

IHOP restaurants in the DC area will celebrate Halloween a little early this year, offering kids 12 and under a free Scary Face Pancake as part of a national No Tricks – Just Treats program designed to provide kids with a safe and fun Halloween event.  The “design-your-own” Scary Face Pancake includes an oversized signature buttermilk pancake with a whipped topping mouth and strawberry nose, served with two mini OREO® cookies and candy corn on the side to allow kids to create their own Halloween hotcake. 

IHOP wants to provide trick or treaters with a safe and fun Halloween celebration that they can enjoy with friends and family as part of the company’s ongoing effort to give something back to the communities in which it operates.