Our network

Man killed in late night house fire in Bowie

BOWIE, Md. (WUSA9) -- An investigation is underway into a late night house fire in Bowie that has left one man dead.

Assistant Fire Chief Paul Gomez, spokesman for the Prince George's County Fire Department, says crews were called to the 6400 block of Grendel Place around 10:17 Wednesday night for a report of a house fire. Firefighters were met with massive flames on multiple floors of a single family home.

According to Assistant Chief Gomez, crews were forced to evacuate the house when the extreme heat caused stored ammunition to explode. He says the ammunition is not connected to the victim's death.

The man's body was found on the second floor of the structure, says Gomez. It appears no one else was at home at the time of the incident. The victim's identity will not be released until next of kin can be notified.

Police: Man dressed as woman robs Md. bank

BOWIE, Md. (WUSA9) -- Prince George's County police need your help identifying a suspect wanted for a bank robbery in Bowie.

Shortly after noon on May 23, the suspect walked into a bank in the 4300 block of Collington Road, approached a teller and demanded cash after implying he had a weapon.

The teller complied and the suspect got away with an undisclosed amount of money.

Police say they believe the suspect is a man dressed as a woman.


One rescued from car on flooded road

BOWIE, Md. (WUSA9) -- One person has been rescued by Prince George's County Fire and Rescue crews after being trapped on a flooded road.

The rescue happened on Governor's Bridge Road where a Range Rover was stuck in the water. One person was inside the vehicle.

Streets across the DC area are flooded and closed. Please drive with caution and turn around. Do not attempt to cross a flooded street or road.

WUSA9 photojournalist Mark Bost is on the scene. Follow him on Twitter @obedienttither


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.

Guardians of Rescue Begins Sting Investigations into Hazardous Internet Pet Sales

Guardians of Rescue Begins Sting Investigations into Hazardous Internet Pet Sales

As the world embraces the age of technology, everything is available online----including the sale of pets. Guardians of Rescue, a nationwide animal rescue organization, has stepped up to protect these poor animals from the cruelty of being bought and sold via the Internet. Guardians of Rescue is working with law enforcement in various states to try to reduce the amount of harm inflicted on these innocent dogs.

“Getting a new pet is always a big decision, and buying a dog you haven’t met in person is not smart,” says Dori Scofield, vice-president of Guardians of Rescue, an organization whose mission is to protect the well-being of all animals. “If you buy a dog through the Internet, you risk supporting puppy mill cruelty and being scammed out of your money. The Internet is also used by criminals to buy and sell fighting dogs, using certain understood language.”

If you looking to adopt a new dog, here are five tips to think about before you decide where to buy:



In support of Autism Awareness Month, Metropolitan School of the Arts is asking all of its studio students to ‘go blue’ now through April 30.  Students who wear blue during class, Monday through Friday in April, Metropolitan School of the Arts will donate $1 for each student that wears blue, per day. Go to www.metropolitanarts.org for a full schedule of classes and registration.

Metropolitan School of the Arts offers pre-professional dance, theatre, musical and vocal studio classes for youth and teens, as well as adult dance and fitness classes, including Metro Barre, yoga and Pilates.