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Police looking for vandalism suspects in Charles County


NEWBURG, Md. (WUSA9) -- Police are looking for two suspects in connection to a vandalism incident in Charles County.

One of the suspects allegedly spray-painted profanity and other words with red dye on the side of Wayside Store in the 13000 block of Rock Point Road early Friday morning. The other suspect appears to be watching as the incident occurs, according to surveillance footage released by police.

After officers were called to the scene, they found fresh red spray paint on the side of Old Christ Church on the 13000 block of Shiloh Church Road, as well as two county road signs.

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Man charged after Charles Co. deputy involved shooting


WALDORF, Md. (WUSA9) -- A Maryland man who was shot by a Charles County Sheriff's Deputy after he allegedly refused a command to drop the knife he was carrying has been charged with multiple counts of assault.

Lavon Chisley, 49, of Bryans Road, Md. was shot Wednesday evening by a sheriff's deputy responding to a domestic incident in the 3000 block of Charleton Court in Waldorf.

According to the sheriff's office, Chisley was in a domestic dispute with a 58-year-old woman he was having a relationship with. Deputies arrived at the house and saw Chisley and the woman fighting in the front yard.

The sheriff's office says Chisley was holding a knife and appeared agitated. Deputies commanded Chisley drop the knife, but he allegedly refused and instead moved towards the deputies.

Sheriff's deputy shoots man in Charles County


WALDORF, Md. (WUSA9) -- A man armed with a knife was shot Wednesday by a Charles County Sheriff's Deputy.

According to the sheriff's office, deputies were responding to a report of a domestic incident at around 6:45 p.m. in the 3000 block of Charleton Court in Waldorf. While deputies were on their way to the call, they were advised that the incident had turned violent.

When the deputies arrived on scene, the man and woman confronted them in the driveway. The woman then ran to the deputies for protection.

According to the sheriff's office, the man had a knife in his hand and deputies ordered him to drop it. The man however ignored that command.

3 Charles Co. K9s win medals at World Police and Fire Games


LA PLATA, Md. (WUSA9) -- Three K9 teams with the Charles County Sheriff's Office took home medals during the World Police and Fire Games in Fairfax County.

One of the dogs, Coni, a four-year-old Belgian Malinoye, won a gold medal for her quick excellence in detecting explosives in cars.

Another dog, Cooper, won a bronze medal for finding drugs hidden in cars. And the oldest dog on the force, Erno, won three medals for sniffing out drugs.

"Those dogs are what keep me going. Their enthusiasm to go out and work is what drives me everyday to go to work," Corporeal Renee Cuyler with the Charles County Sheriff's Office said.

Cooper is the most recent addition to the Charles County K9 unit. He joined the force last fall after a nearly $7,000 donation from Pittsburgh Steelers Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.

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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.

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.