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April is Litter enforcement month in PWC

 PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, VIRGINIA . . . Did you know that dumping trash, companion animals and other stuff on a public roadway is a crime? Or that pitching lighted matches, cigarettes, cigars, etc., from your vehicle can result in a ticket? Did you know that it’s against the law to drive trucks and other vehicles that let contents drop, sift, leak or otherwise escape from them? These and many other litter and illegal dumping laws will be enforced throughout this month as Prince William County Police join law enforcement agencies throughout the metropolitan Washington region in observing Litter and Illegal Dumping Enforcement Month. This campaign is part of an effort to raise awareness of litter, illegal dumping and related crimes, as well as reduce litter by strictly enforcing existing laws.Officers will concentrate on litter laws, illegal dumping and unsecured truck load laws throughout the County.

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

Reward offered for information in Waldorf shooting

WALDORF, Md. (WUSA9) -- A cash reward is available for information leading to the arrest of a man who shot another man on April 10 in the area of Trefoil Place in Waldorf.

According to authorities, a man was driving on Tawny Drive near Thistle Place at 11:30 p.m. when he saw a large SUV blocking the roadway and several people standing around it. He drove around the SUV and continued to Trefoil Place, say authorities.

Once he parked his car, however, the SUV pulled up and several males exited the vehicle. They started arguing with him and one suspect pulled a gun. He fired at the victim, hitting him in the leg, say authorities.

The victim was transported to a hospital where he was treated for a gunshot wound.

Guardians of Rescue Begins Sting Investigations into Hazardous Internet Pet Sales

Guardians of Rescue Begins Sting Investigations into Hazardous Internet Pet Sales

As the world embraces the age of technology, everything is available online----including the sale of pets. Guardians of Rescue, a nationwide animal rescue organization, has stepped up to protect these poor animals from the cruelty of being bought and sold via the Internet. Guardians of Rescue is working with law enforcement in various states to try to reduce the amount of harm inflicted on these innocent dogs.

“Getting a new pet is always a big decision, and buying a dog you haven’t met in person is not smart,” says Dori Scofield, vice-president of Guardians of Rescue, an organization whose mission is to protect the well-being of all animals. “If you buy a dog through the Internet, you risk supporting puppy mill cruelty and being scammed out of your money. The Internet is also used by criminals to buy and sell fighting dogs, using certain understood language.”

If you looking to adopt a new dog, here are five tips to think about before you decide where to buy:



In support of Autism Awareness Month, Metropolitan School of the Arts is asking all of its studio students to ‘go blue’ now through April 30.  Students who wear blue during class, Monday through Friday in April, Metropolitan School of the Arts will donate $1 for each student that wears blue, per day. Go to www.metropolitanarts.org for a full schedule of classes and registration.

Metropolitan School of the Arts offers pre-professional dance, theatre, musical and vocal studio classes for youth and teens, as well as adult dance and fitness classes, including Metro Barre, yoga and Pilates.