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Suspect sought in College Park market robbery


COLLEGE PARK, Md. (WUSA9) -- Authorities are searching for a suspect who robbed a market on Edgewood Road in College Park on May 21.

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The incident happened around 1:30 p.m.

If you have any information on this robbery and the suspect, please call 301-772-4905 or Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS.

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UMD extends free credit protection offer


COLLEGE PARK, Md. (WUSA9) -- The University of Maryland has extended the deadline until May 31, 2014, for the offer for a free, five-year membership of Experian's ProtectMyID Alert.

Experian's ProtectMyID Alert will help find possible misuse of personal information and will provide customers with superior identity protection support focused on immediate identification and resolution of identity theft.

According to the university, individuals who would like the alert must register by May 31, 2014 in order to get the five-year free membership.

There are two ways to get the ProtectMyID credit protection through Experian.

UMD police investigating letter posted by campus org


COLLEGE PARK, Md. (WUSA9) -- The University of Maryland Police Department is looking into a letter sent by a student organization warning about a student.

The letter has been circulating throughout campus.

Police say there is no threat to the University community by the student mentioned in the letter, who police have interviewed.

Major Marc Limansky with the University of Maryland police says the chief of police issued the below statement Tuesday morning following concerns expressed by a Korean Campus Ministries. The group recently contacted police saying one of its members, a male student, hasn't been happy with the group for a few weeks because of differing views.

According to Limansky, at one point the student told one or more members of the group that he was going to buy a gun and get them, or something else in which a gun was referenced.

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.

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.