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Md. 62-year-old woman collapses after shoveling snow


BOWIE, Md. (WUSA9) -- A 62-year-old woman in Bowie Maryland died today after shoveling snow, likely due to complications from a heart attack.

Tragedies like this one are an unfortunate and a reminder that shoveling snow can be dangerous, especially for those with pre-existing health conditions, the elderly or those with a disability.

If you do have to shovel snow yourself, firefighters and paramedics offer some advice.

"Stay away from caffeine, alcohol, take lots of breaks, and stay hydrated," says captain Jason Wisman with prince George's County Fire Department.

Shoveling heavy snow like today's can weigh up to 45 pounds at times. "You are using more muscles than you usually would, it's going to be tough," says Wisman.

You have to take frequent breaks.

Armed robbery suspects wanted in Prince George County


PRINCE GEORGE COUNTY, Md. (WUSA9) -- Detectives are trying to find two suspects involved in an armed robbery at a liquor store on February 17.

Robbery detectives from the Prince George's County Police Department said the robbery happened at a liquor store on Old Annapolis Road, where they forced an employee to empty the cash register and then fled the store.

Authorities believe these two suspects are linked to at least two other robberies at gas stations in Bowie.

One robbery happened on February 18 and the second happened on February 22, according to authorities. The suspects fled the gas station on a black motorcycle one time.

If you recognize these two suspects in this video, please call the robbery unit at 301-772-4905.


2 arrested in Md. puppy thefts

SEVERN, Md. (WUSA9) -- Two people were arrested after stealing two puppies from a home in Anne Arundel County on Friday, police said.

Ashley Thomas, 21, and Tennese Koffa, 22, both of Severn, Md., stole two blue pit-bull puppies from a home on Patuxent Road, police said.

The puppies' owner told police Thomas and Koffa came to the home and inquired about buying the dogs from him.

"On February 6, 2014, the victim discovered the puppies were missing from his property. On February 7, 2014, the investigation led officers to the 8200 block of Dunfield Court in Severn where the puppies were safely located," police said in a news release.

Police believe there may have been a third person involved in the thefts. Charges are pending against that third suspect, police said.

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: