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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.


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.

Charles County fugitive wanted

CHARLES COUNTY, MD. (WUSA9) -- Charles County Crime Solvers is offering a cash reward for information leading to the whereabouts of a 28-year-old woman who has an outstanding warrant charging her with failing to appear in court in November on a theft charge.

Authorities said Nicole Marie Fant of St. Leonard is 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighs around 160 pounds. Fant has brown hair and green eyes. Authorities said they have received information that she may be staying in Benedict, Md.

Deputies investigate Md. reports of copper theft

CHARLES COUNTY, Md. (WUSA9) -- Charles County Sheriff's Office is investigating several reports of copper thefts, in which suspects stole copper wiring from large light poles.

Authorities said the most recent incident happened at a school around 3:30 a.m. Wednesday. An officer was doing a building check at Westlake High School, located at 3300 Middletown Road in Waldorf, when he noticed someone had tampered with light poles close to the back of the parking lot.

The officer noticed that the wires had been pulled out of the pole, cut and stolen.

In addition, copper wires were also stolen from two other schools and two business. There will be more patrols in the area and authorities ask residents to report any suspicious activity right away.

MISSING: Reuben Blackwell in Clinton, Md.

CLINTON, Md. (WUSA9) -- Reuben Blackwell has been missing from Clinton, MD since May 6, 1996.

He was born on December 29, 1992. The photo attached is an age progressed photo. He has black hair and brown eyes.

If you have any information about Reuben please contact the Prince George's County Police at 301-868-8773.

*All info from National Center for Missing & Exploited Children