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UMD alerts only for current students, faculty and staff


COLLEGE PARK, Md. (WUSA9) --Since 2007, any person affiliated with the University of Maryland has been able to subscribe to UMD alert, however as of Wednesday only current students, faculty and staff will be receiving the UMD alerts.

UMD said they are committed to ensuring the safety of all members of the university community, especially during emergency situations. Due to the large number of subscribers in the past, roughly 160,000, the system had issues at times and messages were delayed.

In an effort to improve the speed of notification to the campus community, UMD alerts, both text and email will only be sent to current staff, faculty and students.

UMD said all registered students and employees will stay in the system and do not need to anything in order to stay subscribed to the alerts.

UMd. proposes conference center next to campus


COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) - The University of Maryland is proposing a $115 million luxury hotel and conference center next to campus.

The Washington Post reports that the four-star, 300-room hotel with conference space would be built on three acres by the main entrance in College Park.

University President Wallace Loh says scores of academic conferences are held in Baltimore or Washington annually because facilities near campus can't accommodate them.

Last month, the Board of Public Works declared the land surplus and in the spring the university will seek approval to sell the land to the University of Maryland College Park Foundation, which plans to lease the property to Vienna, Va.-based Southern Management Corp. Southern Management Chief Executive David Hillman says if ground is broken next spring, the hotel could open in 2017.

Md. motorcycle crash under investigation


COLLEGE PARK, Md. (WUSA9) -- Police responded to a three vehicle car crash that happened near southbound I-95 south of Rt. 212 in Prince George's County Saturday evening.

Maryland State Police said investigation shows that a 2003 Suzuki GSX-R 600 motorcycle was going at a very high rate of speed southbound on I-95.

The motorcycle then hit a southbound Volkswagen, which cased the driver of the motorcycle to lose control. Police said the motorcycle driver then landed on the travel portion of the highway. He was then hit by a tractor trailer going southbound.

Police said the motorcycle drive has been identified and is dead.

Authorities said the crash is still under investigation by the Maryland State Police College Park Barrack, the crash team and commercial vehicle enforcement division.

Prince George's County Police and Prince George's County Fire Department is also helping.

Pedestrian struck in College Park


COLLEGE PARK, Md. (WUSA9) -- Prince George's County fire and rescue officials say a pedestrian was struck late Friday in College Park.

A male in his early 20s was transported to a local trauma center in critical condition after being struck at the intersection of Route 1 and Knox Road, Prince George's County Fire spokesperson Mark Brady tweeted at 10:54 p.m.

A Prince George's County spokesperson says this was not a hit-and-run, as the driver remained on scene to talk to investigators.

We'll update as more information becomes available.


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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:

Arrest made in UMD peeping tom incident


COLLEGE PARK, Md. (WUSA9) -- The University of Maryland Police Department arrested a 21-year-old man in connection with the peeping tom incident that happened on April 2 inside a women's bathroom at the Biology-Psychology building.

Police said they arrested Ernest Attakora Marfo, of Reisterstown, Md.

According to authorities, a female UMD employee went to use the restroom, when she saw a cell phone on the floor with the lens portion pointed towards her direction inside the bathroom stall.

Police said the victim felt uncomfortable so she left the restroom right away. The employee went back into the restroom and then questioned the man who was still in the stall. He grabbed his phone and left, police said.

UMD packs 100,000 meals to fight hunger in metro area


COLLEGE PARK (WUSA9) -- Terps against hunger are packing 100,000 meals and will be distributing them to local food shelves to help fight hunger in the metro area.

Over 30,000 meals were packed as of 6 p.m. Monday.

Terps against Hunger (TAH) is a University of Maryland student-led initiative of Kids Against Hunger DC Metro which focuses on packaging easy to prepare meals of rice, soy, dried vegetables, and vitamin powder to help feed those in need in the metro area and around the world.

All of the meals will be packaged by Monday night. A total of 4,000 students from sororities and fraternities at the University of Maryland took part in the event.

They hope to host a larger event next semester and package 250,000 meals.

NewDay USA was the primary sponsor for the event.