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Firefighters find 2 dogs out in the cold in Beltsville

BRANCHVILLE, Md. (WUSA9) -- Two dogs survived the cold thanks to firefighters who took them in for the night.

The mom and her pup are adjusting quite well at the Greenbelt Animal Shelter after being rescued from the cold.

Kitty Garner is a Lifelong volunteer and president of the ladies auxillary at the Branchville Fire Company.

Kitty and her son were driving down Rhode Island Avenue late Tuesday night when she spotted the two dogs pawing at the door to get into the Jiffy Lube for shelter. Thats when she scooped them up.


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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. 

Driver sentenced in fatal College Park hit and run

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (WUSA9) -- The driver who hit and killed a University of Maryland last January was sentenced to two years in prison Friday.

Liam Adepo pleaded guilty in November 2014 to charges stemming from the hit-and-run crash in College Park that killed student Cory Hubbard.

After his prison sentenced, he will serve three years of supervised release.

Man fatally struck by refrigerator box truck in MD

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (WUSA9) -- Information is being sought after a man was fatally struck by a refrigerator box truck on northbound I-95, south of Brooklyn Bridge Rd. overpass Wednesday afternoon.

Police said the accident happened around 1:17 p.m. and involved the 26-year-old pedestrian, Benjamin S. Stanley, of Laurel, Md. Stanley was pronounced dead at the scene after being struck by the truck on northbound I-95, authorities said.

According to the investigation, Stanley was walking in the slow lane of traffic when he was hit. The driver who hit Stanley stayed at the scene and is not being charged, police said.

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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.

PG County Police canvass College Park in murder investigation

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (WUSA9) -- Police will be canvassing a College Park neighborhood Monday evening after a man was shot and killed on January 1.

A twenty-two-year-old man was found suffering from gunshot wounds in the 9600 block of Milestone Way on January 1, according to police. Police found Stefon Powell in a parking garage. Powell was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

Authorities will pass out Crime Solvers flyers around 6:30 p.m. Monday. A reward of up to $25,000 is being offered in this case, authorities said.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the Prince George's County Police Department's Homicide Unit at 301-772-4925. Callers wishing to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477), text "PGPD plus your message" to CRIMES (274637) on your cell phone or go to www.pgcrimesolvers.com and submit a tip online.

Cole reconstruction could leave Maryland activities displaced

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (WUSA9) -- Cole's fate is expected Friday although Maryland students say they'll be upset if any changes are approved.

Melissa Seitz is a junior journalism major who enjoys working out at Cole Field House. After all, Cole is free to walk in daily. She runs steps and around the main concourse that surrounds what was formerly the home court of Maryland basketball.

Instead of a basketball court, when Seitz looks down the bowl of red seats she sees a green turf carpet. That's where thousands of students have enjoyed playing field sports during the winter months. Intramural and club sports teams have played on the field courtesy of Campus Recreation Services.