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No criminal charges in fake Twitter "rape"

BOWIE, Md (WUSA9) -- It all turned out to be a hoax, but investigators from Georgia to here in Bowie were in an uproar this week after a series of tweets offered a blow by blow account of the rape and murder of an unconscious young woman.

A couple of Prince George's teens have now received a stern warning from police. And we have a warning for you, some of the pictures could be disturbing.

Police-involved shooting in Md.

BOWIE, Md. (WUSA9) -- Two officers shot a suspect who tried to hit one of the officers with a car, police said.

The incident happened happened around 1:41 p.m. at 2614 Kennison Lane in Bowie where the officers were walking. The suspect is in stable condition after being hit in the upper body area. The officers were walking in the area to investigate a car theft, police said. 

Both officers have been placed on administrative leave, officials said. 

AAA: Metro riders will come out ahead despite proposed fare increase

WASHNGTON (WUSA9) -- Metro General Manager Richard Sarles will present a proposed increase in Metro fares on Thursday morning at a meeting. Now AAA Mid-Atlantic says that when it comes to comparing the costs of taking Metro or driving "Despite the planned hike, some commuters will still come out ahead by continuing to ride Metro..."

AAA made the statement in a press release issued Thursday.  Metro's budget proposal calls for an increase to Metro bus fares by 15 cents, Metrorail by 10 cents and parking fees by 25 cents. The standard bus fee would be $1.75 whether using a SmarTrip card or paying by cash. Rail fees would increase by three percent on average with a maximum increase of 15 percent, according to WMATA.

Daycare closes down in 18 days, leaves parents scrambling for alternatives

LARGO, Md. (WUSA9) -- Some parents are scrambling to find a place to take care of their kids after a popular child care center in Largo informed them they're shutting down.  But the question is: could those parents have been given more notice?

The center says they told parents once they knew for sure and gave them 30 days, but time is ticking down. In 18 days, this place will close. Some parents say ChildTime knew months ago this could happen and just wanted their money.

Parents received a letter dated November 21 that said child time would shut down 12/20. It seems, Prince George's Community College needed the space, and let the center know back in March. They say the center requested an extension and got one - the lease will end December 31, 2013. The college says they even reiterated that they needed to go back in August, and also said this:

Md. school test exclusions raise questions

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - While Maryland public schools scored above national averages on a recent national reading assessment, the state had blocked more than half of English language learners and students with learning disabilities from taking the test.

The Washington Post reports Maryland excluded 62 percent of students in the two categories from the fourth-grade reading test. The state blocked 60 percent of those students from taking the eighth-grade reading test.

Maryland's exclusion rate was more than double that of any other state on the 2013 National Assessment of Educational Progress. The board overseeing the test has set a goal that states exclude just 15 percent of learning-disabled and English language learners.

#GiveJoy to a child for the holiday season

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- LOG ON TO http://www.wusa9.com/givejoy to donate a toy or money to children via "Volunteers of America." 

Jan Jeffcoat is out on assignment and it's a GREAT assignment! Jan's in Prince George's County helping to kick off our holiday virtual toy drive!

WUSA9 has teamed up with the Volunteers of America Chesapeake on a new one-of-a-kind holiday campaign called "Give Joy" and it gives you a chance to help needy kids and families this holiday season with the click of a button. We're calling it a JOY DRIVE and you can buy a toy, donate or just send a holiday message virtually - from home, from work, from anywhere!

Between now and mid December Jan and the whole team here at wusa 9 will be bringing you stories about the people you can help. If you follow her on Twitter @JanJeffcoat you can get live twitter updates.

Man gets 40 years for molesting another boy in Md.

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (WUSA9) - Fifty-three-year-old Michael Brochu of Bowie has been sentenced to 40 years in prison for molesting a boy in Bowie.

Brochu was convicted in October of three counts of third degree sex offense, one count of child sex abuse, one count of second-degree sex offense, and one count of unnatural and perverted practices.

"We are very pleased with this verdict," said Prince George's County State's Attorney Angela Alsobrooks in a press release. "This sentence, on top of the 41 years Mr. Brochu received for his first conviction, will ensure that he never harms another child again."

Brochu was indicted in August 2012 after his first victim accused him of abuse. The victim said the abuse occurred in 2011 and 2012 at Brochu's home and a community pool in the Bowie area. Brochu was convicted in that case and sentenced to 41 years in prison.