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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.

Officials: Gun shop may have been burglarized before fire

WALDORF, Md. (WUSA9) -- A gun shop ravaged by fire on Monday morning in Waldorf may have been burglarized before the blaze, according to the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office.

The fire was reported at Fred's Sports Indoor Shooting Range at 2895 Crain Highway at approximately 4:50 a.m., according to Charles County fire officials.

No one was injured in the fire, but one firefighter was treated and released on the scene for light headedness. The fire was under control in less than half an hour, officials said.

An investigation into the fire reveals that the cause of the fire was incendiary and there is evidence the store was burglarized before a fire was set, according to the fire marshal's office.

Tip leads to discovery of weapon, drugs at VA school

CHARLES COUNTY, Md. (WUSA9) -- A tip from a Student Crime Solver program has led officers to a student who had a weapon and drugs in his backpack at school.

On September 10th, a school resource officer at Thomas Stone High School in Waldorf got a tip through the Student Crime Solvers program. The tip alleged that a student may be keeping a gun in his backpack, the Charles County Sheriff's office said.

Upon further investigation school administrators and officers discovered an Airsoft gun in the backpack. Also in the backpack were two small bags of what authorities believed to be marijuana, the sheriff's office said.

The student, a senior at the school, was charged with possession of a weapon on school grounds, and possession of a controlled dangerous substance, the sheriff's office said.

Police seek suspect in MD store robbery and theft

BRYANTOWN, MD (WUSA9) -- Sheriff's detectives need your help identifying a man who they believe robbed and stole from the same Maryland store over the last several months.

The robberies and theft took place at the Bryantown Store in the 6400 block of Leonardtown Road in Bryantown, the Charle's County Sheriff's office reported.

The most recent robbery occurred on August 9th at about 10:30 p.m., the sheriff's office said.

At about 10:03 p.m. the suspect entered the the store, revealed a gun and demanded money, the sheriff's office said.

The sheriff's office believes that on January 1st, the same man stole cash from an open register, and is also responsible for a robbery last October, in which he pulled a gun and demanded cash.

Charles County Crime Solvers seeks fugitive

CHARLES COUNTY (WUSA9) -- Charles County Crime Solvers need your help locating a woman with several warrants out for her arrest.

Heather McDonald, 23, of Mechanicsville Maryland has warrants out for her arrest for failure to appear in court on a burglary charge, a non-support violation, destruction of property and, theft, Crime Solvers said.

McDonald is described as 4'11", 115 pounds with brown hair and hazel eyes, Crime Solver said.

Anyone with information about McDonald is asked not to approach her but to call the CSSO Warrant Unit at 301-932-2222.

Take the Plunge: Join Design Army X Karla Colletto for Pool Party, Fashion Show on Friday, Aug. 22

Take the Plunge: Join Design Army X Karla Colletto for Pool Party, Fashion Show on Friday, Aug. 22

Design Army X Karla Colletto to debut their swimwear collection - Swim At Your Own Risk - on Friday, August 22 from 7-10 p.m. at Capitol Skyline Hotel

On the heels of judging the global 61st Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity in France as one of two US judges in the Design category, Pum Lefebure, co-founder and Chief Creative Officer of Design Army, just released her first swimwear collection, Swim At Your Own Risk, in collaboration with Karla Colletto. A capsule collection for Colletto’s Cruise 2015 line and Lefebure’s first venture into fashion design, the five-piece graphic swimsuits and beachwear debuted at the Miami Swim Show on July 19th.