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Man in hospital after serious Md. crash


BOWIE, Md. (WUSA9) -- A man was taken to the hospital with serious injuries, after a vehicle crash that happened on Route 50 in the area of Route 197 in Bowie, Md. Saturday night, according to Prince George's County Fire Department.

The accident happened westbound on Route 50 in the area of Route 197 in Bowie, authorities said. The victim had to be extricated from the vehicle, according to authorities.

Route 50 westbound in the area of Route 197 was closed due to the crash.


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Bowie man stole $350K in car loan scheme


BOWIE, Md. (WUSA9) -- A Bowie man stole more than $350,000 in a car loan scheme from June 2010 to August 2012.

Duane Akuffo, 28, applied for car loans at various credit unions with an array of fake documents. He forged fake pay stubs, information about applicants and he even lied about the type of car he was buying each time, calling it a 'luxury car,' the court documents stated.

Once Akuffo was approved for the loans, he would take the money as share it with nine others who helped him and default on the loans.

"Relying on the materially false representations, the credit unions issued loans totaling $357,356 to the applicants," officials said in a news release.

Former Metro Access driver guilty of sexual assault


BOWIE, Md. (WUSA9) -- A former Metro Access driver accused of sexually assaulting a passenger in April 2013 was found guilty on Friday.

Ezra Porter faces a maximum sentence of 20 years for the incident. He was found guilty of a 2nd degree sex offense.

On April 19, Porter was driving a female passenger home from her job when he pulled over and threatened to harm her if she didn't take off her pants, according to officials. Fearing for her life, the victim removed her pants and Porter sexually assaulted her.

Porter drove the woman home and reported the assault to police.

During the trial, the state was able to corroborate the victim's story by using the GPS on the Metro Access vehicle. It showed the deviation from the normal route and that the vehicle was stopped for the approximately four minutes the victim claimed.

Sentencing is set for September 5, 2014.

Man found shot to death in Bowie


BOWIE, Md. (WUSA9) -- Prince George's County police are investigating the early morning shooting death of a man at a home in Bowie Thursday.

Ali Amir, Junior, a long-time Metrobus driver was shot and killed at his home in the 9900 block of Chessington Way at about quarter of six this morning.

A relative reports that Amir was getting ready to leave for work and his wife, teenage son, and another teen were still asleep when the shooting happened.

"She called me and said 'there are men in the house!'" the relative said.

No one else was injured.

Police believe that this was not a random shooting and believe the murder may be drug related. Police are continuing to investigate the case and say they are looking for at least two suspects.

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4 injured in accident on I-495 near Bethesda

4 injured in accident on I-495 near Bethesda


BETHESDA, Md. (WUSA 9) -- Two Metrobus passengers are claiming injuries after the bus was involved in an accident on the Beltway Friday afternoon.

Authorities say that the Metrobus was involved in an accident with a passenger vehicle near the Old Georgetown Road exit on I-495.

Authorities report that two of the passengers in the involved vehicle are also claiming injuries.


FREE CUPCAKES AT OCCASIONALLY CAKE on SUN. JULY 20; DONATES 50% to METROPOLITAN SCHOOL of the ARTS

FREE CUPCAKES AT OCCASIONALLY CAKE on SUN. JULY 20;  DONATES 50% to METROPOLITAN SCHOOL of the ARTS

 

Occasionally Cake of Alexandria, Va. and Mount Vernon, Va. is celebrating its five-year anniversary on Sun., July 20 and handing out one free cupcake per person to all their patrons with no purchase necessary at their Old Town Alexandria shop at 207 King Street and Mount Vernon at 8859 Richmond Highway from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.  Occasionally Cake will donate 50 percent of all their sales that day to Metropolitan School of the Arts youth scholarships of Lorton, Va. For more information, call (703) 647-9638 or visit www.occasionallycake.com.

The free cupcakes will be available in Chocolate Marshmallow, Red Velvet, Snickerdoodle, Funfetti and Strawberry Key Lime flavors with other flavors available for purchase. A variety of other flavors will be available for purchase.  Occasionally Cake will offer an anniversary special of four cupcakes for $8.

Police: Man caught touching self near neighborhood pool


BOWIE, Md. (WUSA9) -- Prince George's County police have arrested a man who they say masturbated near a neighborhood pool.

Kevin Derrick Hoggard, 51, of the 11400 block of Deep Wood Drive, has been charged with two counts of indecent exposure.

On June 23, employees at a neighborhood pool told police that a man was masturbating in the upstairs window of a home located 25 feet from the pool.

Police say witnesses saw the same man naked and masturbating outside of the home on Tuesday, June 17.

Hoggard remains in custody at the Department of Corrections.