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31 cases of viral meningitis at University of Maryland

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (WUSA9) -- There have been 31 confirmed or suspected cases of viral meningitis among University of Maryland students, school official said in a letter Thursday.

Approximately 19 students have been hospitalized for supportive treatment, officials said.

The university is asking students to take the following preventative measures:

Woman found dead in College Park motel

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (WUSA9) -- A woman was found dead in a motel room at the Days Inn in College Park Friday evening, Prince George's County Police said.

Police are investigating after a middle-aged woman was found in the motel room located in the 9100 block of Baltimore Ave around 7 p.m., authorities said.

At this time police do not believe foul play was involved.

Authorities are investigating.

hillary brown

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (WUSA9) -- The candidates for Maryland governor are desperately trying to get people for Election Day on Tuesday, and they've been getting some help from major political players.

Chris Christie will be back stumping for Republican Larry Hogan on Sunday, and the Brown-Ulman campaign got some help from Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Thursday.

Clinton attended a rally for Brown at the University of Maryland in College Park in an attempt to transfer some of her immense popularity with young people and female voters to his campaign.

Brown is in a remarkably close race for the Governor's office in deep blue Maryland.

University of Maryland confirms cases of viral meningitis

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (WUSA9) -- The University of Maryland has confirmed multiple cases of viral meningitis on its campus.

In a letter sent to the campus on October 24th, David McBridge, Director of the University Health Center, said they were carefully tracking the cases of viral meningitis and were working with Prince George's County Health Department and the State Department.

"It is vital to note that the current infection we are dealing with is viral, not bacterial meningitis. Viral meningitis is not as dangerous as the bacterial form," the director noted.

Viral meningitis is shed in stool, and causes symptoms similar to the flu such as fever, nausea and vomiting, the director said.

3 men charged after accidental shooting at Md. McDonald's

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (WUSA9) -- Three men have been charged after a security guard in College Park, Md. shot at a suspect and accidentally hit a woman close by early Sunday morning at a McDonald's, according to Prince George's County Police.

On Sunday at 2:50 a.m. officers were called to the McDonald's in the 8300 block of Baltimore Avenue for a shooting, say police. They found a woman suffering from a gunshot wound to her wrist. They later discovered that a security guard working at the restaurant had asked three men and a woman to leave due to their disruptive behavior but the group refused to leave. One man started fighting with the security guard and during that fight the guard fired his weapon, according to police.The bullet hit the woman.

Crosswalk signal installed at deadly College Park intersection

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (WUSA9) -- A new crosswalk signal is in place at a deadly intersection near the University of Maryland. It's part of a new safety initiative called "Walk Smart, College Park".

In the past year, three students were hit and killed while walking along Route 1 in College Park. Thursday, the Maryland State Highway Administration activated a new flashing pedestrian signal at Route 1 and Hartwick Road to prevent further accidents.

A pedestrian fence was installed between Hartwick and Knox to cut down on jaywalking and direct students to a safer crossing point.

Person sought in UMD off-campus burglary

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (WUSA9) -- Police are searching for a person in connection with a burglary that happened in College Park Wednesday evening.

Prince George's County Police Department informed University of Maryland that the incident happened around 7:02 p.m. in the 4800 block of Berwyn House Road in College Park, Md.

A female University of Maryland student told police that she heard a noise coming from her bedroom on the first floor. She went into her room and noticed that the window had been broken into. A person was trying to get into the home through the window. The suspect then fled the scene, police said.

The University of Maryland Police Department offers free residential and building security surveys to our students, faculty, and staff within our jurisdiction. Please call 301-405-3555 for more information.