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Waldorf grandma shoots children's mom & new husband

WALDORF, Md. (WUSA9) -- A Waldorf grandmother was charged Thursday with shooting the mother of her grandchildren and killing the woman's new husband.

It happened in a McDonald's parking lot late Wednesday at 11025 Mall Circle, according to Charles County Sheriff's Department investigators.

The suspect, identified as 51-year-old Caroline Conway, shot the two victims before fleeing the scene. She was later arrested, but the gun has not been recovered.

The new husband, identified as Robert Michael Mange, 25, of Smithfield, Va., was killed in the shooting. His 24-year-old wife was seriously injured but is expected to survive.

"This appears to be a very bitter domestic issue," said Charles County Sheriff's Capt. Stephen Salvas.

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Mom says school shamed children with cheese sandwich lunch

WALDORF, Md. (WUSA9) -- A Waldorf mom is accusing Charles County school officials of humiliating her children by feeding them a plain cheese sandwich instead of a regular entree when the family's school lunch account fell behind by $12.

"It sets them up for ridicule and bullying," complained mother Lisa Hogan after her two children Justin and Hailee, both seven-years-old, were told to hand back lunch trays back this week for non-payment. A cheese sandwich was then substituted for the main entree.

Hogan also said that the original lunch that was served was discarded.

Children of parents who can afford to pay for school lunches but fall behind by $12 automatically receive an "alternative" lunch, explained Charles County Schools Spokesperson Katie O'Malley-Simpson.

"No student is ever denied a lunch at the elementary level," Simpson-O'Malley 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. 



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.

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Ben Cherington and Kylie Levy of Metropolitan School of the Arts (MSA) Performing Arts Academy of Lorton, Va. and Alexandria, Va. were recently recognized for All-Star Cast by the Virginia Theatre Association Conference for their performances in I Never Saw Another Butterfly. This was the first time Metropolitan School of the Arts had participated in the conference. Cherington, an 11th grader from Burke, Va., and Levy, a 10th grader from Fairfax, Va. are students at Metropolitan School of the Arts. For more information, go to www.metropolitanarts.org.

Metropolitan School of the Arts (MSA) also earned the 2014 Virginia Theatre Association Conference award for Best Costume Design and was recognized for Staging, as well as received an honorable mention for Best Play, I Never Saw Another Butterfly.

Wind hampers efforts to extinguish Md. house fire

LA PLATA, Md. (WUSA9) -- Fire officials say that strong winds hampered efforts to extinguish a fire quickly at a home in La Plata on Saturday night.

According to the state fire marshal's office, firefighters had difficulty extinguishing the fire at a two-story home in the 8900 block of Bridgette Lane at 5:42 p.m. Saturday due to the wind. The fire took 30 minutes to get under control, according to the fire marshal, and caused significant damage to the home. The fire left behind approximately $300,000 worth of damage.

No one was injured in the fire.

The state fire marshal believes that the fire, which originated in an upstairs bedroom and spread to the attic, was accidental.

The American Red Cross and family and friends are helping the family members who were displaced due to the fire.

Sheriff's Office: Men stole money from MD church

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- The Charles County Sheriff's Office is trying to identify two men who they say stole money from a church.

Sometime in the early morning hours of October 13th, two men broke in to the Potomac Heights Baptist Church in Indian Head and stole money from the church's offering, the sheriff's office said.