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Md. driver runs from police, killed in crash


WALDORF, Md. (WUSA9) -- A 48-year-old Maryland man was killed late Wednesday when he drove his car into a tree after fleeing police.

It happened at 11:15 p.m. in the area of Smallwood Drive and Barrington Road in Waldorf, Md., police say. While sitting stationary at the intersection, a Maryland State Police trooper observed a white Nissan Altima traveling eastbound in the westbound lanes of Smallwood Drive.

The trooper attempted to initiate a traffic stop on the vehicle at the Carrington Center, located at 335 Smallwood Drive, police say.

The vehicle pulled into the parking lot, failed to stop and re-entered eastbound Smallwood Drive. The vehicle failed to stop at the red traffic signal at Smallwood Drive. at St. Charles Parkway and traveled through the intersection striking a tree.

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Charles County official sues state's attorney


ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The president of the Charles County Commissioners has filed a federal defamation lawsuit against the county's state's attorney.

Susan Burke, an attorney for commission president Candice Kelly, filed the lawsuit Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Greenbelt against State's Attorney Anthony Covington.

The case focuses on an investigation Covington conducted into Kelly relating to her acquiring a county employee's tax form. The lawsuit says Kelly requested it within the scope of her powers as a local official relating to the use of county-owned vehicles by one or more county officials.

The lawsuit says Covington abused his power by "waging a defamatory campaign" publicizing an investigation into Kelly. Covington did not bring charges.

Kristen Ayers, Covington's executive secretary, says Covington was not available Tuesday and has no comment at this point.


Man wanted for assault after woman found in field


LA PLATA, Md. (WUSA9) -- Charles County sheriff's detectives are looking for 38-year-old Stephen Dale Nolan of La Plata. There's a warrant charging him with assaulting a female acquaintance, according to sheriff's office authorities.

An officer was patrolling the area of Charles Street near Bel Alton Newtown Road at 8:45 p.m. Thursday when he observed cars stopped in the roadway and people tending to a woman who was lying in a field, say sheriff's office authorities. The officer learned the woman had escaped an attack at a house in the 10600 block of Charles Street.

The woman was flown to a hospital with severe injuries.

Detectives started looking for Stephen Nolan. So far, they have not found him.

Nolan is described as a white male, 6'3", 190 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes.

1 firefighter injured in Md. barn fire


WALDORF, Md. (WUSA9) -- One firefighter was injured by falling timber while battling a barn fire in Charles County on Monday.

About 35 firefighters responded to the scene on Vernon Road and found a tobacco barn and adjacent structure on fire. The barn is completely destroyed.

Officials say there weren't any people or animals in either of the structures.

The injured firefighter is expected to be released from the hospital Monday.

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2 charged with attempted murder of acquaintance


WALDORF, Md. (WUSA9) -- Police have arrested and charged two people who assaulted a victim and left him to die in a wooded area in Maryland.

DeAndre Campbell, 19, and Stephen Jordan, 18, have been arrested and charged for assaulting a 21-year-old man who Campbell knew as an acquaintance. It happened on April 23 around 10:30 p.m. on a dirt road by
the 3700 block of Linkins Road in Indian Head. The victim had agreed to meet Campbell, who then attacked him along with two other suspects. They dragged him into a
wooded area where he was left for dead, officials said.

The suspects also stole his shoes before leaving the scene. The victim was able to find help and was taken to the
hospital with severe facial wounds, police said.

2 women charged with kidnappings, robberies in Md.


WALDORF, Md. (WUSA9) -- Two women are charged in two recent kidnappings and burglaries in Charles County, including the abduction of a 70-year-old man and 17-year-old boy.

Charles County Sheriff's Office authorities say 34-year-old Tonya Renae Riffe and 27-year-old Lila Juanita Smith, both of Waldorf, are charged with armed robbery, kidnapping, first-degree assault, second-degree assault, use of a firearm in commission with a felony and theft.

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.