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Funeral being held for 2-year-old killed by van in Bowie


BOWIE, Md. (WUSA9) -- A funeral is being held for the two-year-old girl, who was fatally struck by a van in Bowie, Md. earlier this month.

Dynesti Maraj, 2, was struck and killed by a van in Bowie when she was crossing Rt. 197 at Old Chapel Road with her grandmother on March 14.





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Child killed, woman injured after being hit by van in Bowie


BOWIE, Md. (WUSA9) -- A tragic accident claimed a toddler's life while she and her grandmother were walking across the street Saturday afternoon in Bowie.

The two were crossing Rt. 197 around 12:30 p.m. when a van on Old Chapel Road made a left turn on to Rt. 197 and crashed into them.

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The child's father was getting an oil change. His two-year-old daughter and his mother crossed the street to a CVS to kill time while waiting for the oil change.

The father saw it all happen.

Bowie house destroyed in fire


BOWIE, Md. (WUSA9) -- A one story single family house in Bowie was destroyed in a fire Thursday night, according to Prince George's County Fire Department.

Firefighters responded to a house fire in the 12100 block of Rustic Hill Drive around 8 p.m. The fire was so intense that firefighters were pulled from inside the home and went for an exterior attack to extinguish the fire, fire officials said.

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The two occupants of the house and three dogs made it out safely and no injuries were reported, fire officials said.

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. 

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Bowie HS student charged for possession of gun


BOWIE, Md. (WUSA9) -- A Bowie High School student has been charged in connection with possession of a gun after bringing the weapon to school grounds Friday morning.

Bowie State High School is located at 15200 Annapolis Road in Bowie, Md.

Around 8 a.m. Friday, school security was informed that a student was in possession of a weapon on school premises. The school contacted Bowie City Police and the student was charged for possession of a weapon.

The school released a letter to the parents Friday afternoon.


DONATE COATS for SERVE at MONZA; GET $25 MONZA/CARMELLO’s GIFT CARD

DONATE COATS for SERVE at MONZA; GET $25 MONZA/CARMELLO’s GIFT CARD

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.

Police investigate fatal crash in Prince George's Co.


BOWIE, Md. (WUSA9) -- Prince George's Co. officials say a man has died in a multi-vehicle crash in Bowie.

It happened Thursday night at the intersection of Rt. 301 and Governors Bridge Road, where two cars with four people in each collided. The driver of a northbound car on Rt. 301 ran a red light at the intersection and hit the car trying to a the turn onto Governors Bride Road from southbound 301, according to Maryland State Police.

The man who died was in the passenger seat of the car that was hit.

Five additional people were taken to area hospitals. The crash remains under investigation.