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    A D.C. man pleaded guilty to trafficking a 15-year-old homeless girl to work as his prostitute, officials said. Sirron Little, 31, admitted to recruiting a homeless teenager to give him sexual favors for money in 2018, according to U.S. Attorney's Office. Little also posted inappropriate photos of the victim online and arranged dates with her...
    This content was republished with permission from WTOP’s news partners at Maryland Matters. Sign up for Maryland Matters’ free email subscription today. Gov. Larry Hogan, Howard County Executive Calvin Ball, State Highway Administrator Tim Smith and Transportation Secretary Jim Ports mark the completion of the MD 32 widening project. Courtesy Bruce DePuyt State and Howard County officials said...
    Welcome back to WTOP’s election update! After this week, we’ll return in October for the general election, unless events warrant a special edition. Local elections | Nick Iannelli Former Md. governor set to campaign for Cox Maryland’s Republican nominee for governor, Del. Dan Cox, does not have the support of Republican Gov. Larry Hogan, but...
    Dave Calkins, the owner of Brew Belly in Olney, Maryland, drove eight hours to cook meals for those effected by the floods in Kentucky. Courtesy Dave Calkins On the first day, volunteers made a couple of thousand pounds of meatballs with penne pasta out of a food truck. Courtesy Dave Calkins While...
    A pair of thieves stole hundreds of dollars of lottery tickets from a central Pennsylvania convenience store, authorities say.  The man and woman pictured, were since in a vehicle with a Maryland license plate, according to a release by York County Regional police on Thursday, August 4.  In total, the couple took approximately $230 worth...
    The entire WJA Swim Club with the kids. (WTOP/Melissa Howell) WTOP/ Melissa Howell Lindsay Alisbah, founder of the WJA Swim Club, is holding a student as he is floating backward. (WTOP/Melissa Howell) WTOP/ Melissa Howell A WJA Swim Club instructor high fives a student. (WTOP/ Melissa Howell) WTOP/ Melissa Howell A...
    Tuesday night marks the 39th annual National Night Out, and there will be events across D.C. Maryland and Virginia. National Night Out aims for the police and the community to come together to try to build bridges. According to the National Night Out website, “it provides a great opportunity to bring police and neighbors together...
    This is part of WTOP’s continuing coverage of people making a difference from our community authored by Stephanie Gaines-Bryant. Read more of that coverage. When Savannah Mitchell was a child, her favorite thing to do was to have tea parties with her dolls. Mitchell recalls coordinating elaborate parties, brunches and dinners using her finest coffee and...
    A gold watch likely gifted to Adolf Hitler on his 44th birthday has been sold at auction in Chesapeake City, Maryland, despite the protests of dozens of Jewish leaders who called the sale “abhorrent.” The Andreas Huber reversible wristwatch, which was estimated to be valued at an upward of $4 million, sold on Thursday morning...
    More victims of illegal "sleep studies" are being sought by Pennsylvania state police as of Friday, July 29.  David Clarkson McJonathan-Swarm, 74, of Waynesboro, Pennsylvania, previously of Maryland was conducting the supposed studies "imbibing (victims with) alcohol and other drugs such as melatonin," state police say.   McJonathan previously worked at the Frederick County Sheriff's Office,...
    There’s an explanation for why the viruses we have been seeing lately — COVID-19 and monkeypox — are not contained yet, said Dr. Joshua Sharfstein, former Maryland Health Secretary and professor at the Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. Sharfstein told WTOP one of the reasons that coronavirus has been so difficult to contain is...
    Welcome back to WTOP’s weekly election update! WTOP’s team of reporters will keep you informed on the latest through November on primary and election races in the District, Maryland, Virginia and nationwide. Local elections | Nick Iannelli Voters in the D.C. area are digging political newcomers It looks like the D.C.-region is trending toward candidates...
    A veteran Republican in the Maryland House of Delegates has been charged with theft, misconduct in office and embezzlement over rental payments made on a Baltimore County cottage and payments made for fundraising letters. A criminal information document filed by Maryland State Prosecutor Charlton T. Howard III in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court states Del....
    Maryland State Police are investigating a potential police impersonator in Montgomery County. The state police said in a statement that someone called them at about 4:15 p.m. Tuesday and reported that someone driving a tan Chevrolet Malibu north on I-270 was using red and blue lights to move vehicles off the road around Middlebrook Road....
    In his first speech on Saturday after winning the Democratic primary for Maryland governor, Wes Moore said his Republican opponent, Trump supported Dan Cox, represents the most extreme fringe of American politics. Democratic nominee for Maryland governor Wes Moore (L) and his GOP rival Dan Cox (R). (Associated Press) “Simply put, he is so far...
    Welcome back to WTOP’s weekly election update! WTOP’s team of reporters will keep you informed on the latest through November as primary and election races heat up in the District, Maryland, Virginia and nationwide. Local elections | Nick Iannelli Hogan will not vote for Republican nominee While Del. Dan Cox won the Republican nomination in...
    A Maryland man accused of stealing from churches in the D.C. area was arrested in Virginia. Police say that Richard Thomas Phelan, 61, stole property from churches and businesses throughout Fairfax County, Virginia, and he is being investigated for similar crimes in Montgomery County, Maryland. On June 28, Fairfax County police responded at Saint Mary’s...
    Jeff Warner wins the Republican nomination for U.S. House in Maryland’s 4th Congressional District. The Associated Press called the race Thursday morning. Warner ran against George McDermott and Eric Loeb. Maryland Primary Election Results More Maryland Primary News In the Democratic primary, Glenn Ivey, former Prince George’s County State’s Attorney, was declared the...
    This content was republished with permission from WTOP’s news partners at Maryland Matters. Sign up for Maryland Matters’ free email subscription today. One day after Del. Dan Cox declared victory over former state Commerce Secretary Kelly Schulz in the Republican gubernatorial primary, Democrats and their allies rushed to define the GOP nominee as an ideological extremist in...
    A former federal employee from Maryland will serve eight years in prison for using the wireless network at the Library of Congress to download and view videos and images showing the sexual abuse of young children. Gary Lee Peksa, 58, of Mechanicsville, pleaded guilty last December to the charge of receiving child pornography, and he...
    One person is dead and another is in the hospital after a shooting Wednesday in Gaithersburg, Maryland, that involved a Montgomery County sheriff’s deputy. It happened just after 9 a.m. near the intersection of Maryland Route 355 and Watkins Mill Road. The Maryland Attorney General’s Office tells WTOP the deputy was working with a fugitive...
    Besides the high-profile governor’s race, the results of Tuesday’s primary will also determine nominees for the position of Maryland’s top law enforcement official and top tax collector. In the race for attorney general, Rep. Anthony Brown, a three-term representative who previously served as Maryland’s lieutenant governor, is facing retired Maryland judge Katie Curran O’Malley for...
    The polls are now closed and votes are being counted in the closely watched Democratic and Republican primaries for Maryland governor. But expect the vote counting to take longer than you might be expecting. More Maryland Primary News Maryland elections officials cannot start counting the over 200,000 mail-in ballots received from voters until...
    If you’re buying some stamps in the near future, you may notice a local landmark. The “Ghost Fleet” of the Potomac will be featured on one of 16 stamps launched Aug. 5 as part of a special series featuring the National Marine Sanctuaries. Peter Turcik of Edgewater, Maryland, took the photo featured on the stamp...
    Three individuals have been convicted of attempting to traffic hundreds of grams of cocaine and marijuana from New Jersey into Maryland, the state's attorney announced. Geoffrey Raheim Brown, 29, of Bel Air, MD, Keneil Carlos Callender, 32, of Edgewater, NJ, and Danita Ginette Cromwell, 46, of Elkton, MD have been convicted for conspiracy to import...
    This content was republished with permission from WTOP’s news partners at Maryland Matters. Sign up for Maryland Matters’ free email subscription today. How different will the Maryland General Assembly look next year compared with this year? We’ll begin to get answers whenever primary results start to roll in. Thirty-two lawmakers in the 188-member General Assembly are retiring...
    A 10-year-old girl who was last seen struggling to swim in St. Mary’s County, Maryland, on Sunday evening is still missing. The U.S. Coast Guard is continuing to search for the girl who disappeared while swimming near Deep Point, not far from where the Potomac River meets the Chesapeake Bay. More Maryland News More...
    Prince George’s County Police said one person was killed in a fatal single-vehicle collision at the intersection of Kettering Drive and Kettering Place. Officers responded to the crash just before 6 p.m. More Prince George’s County News Police said five people were in the car when it reportedly left the roadway and crashed...
    This content was republished with permission from WTOP’s news partners at Maryland Matters. Sign up for Maryland Matters’ free email subscription today.  Four years ago, Marc Elrich and David Blair finished 77 votes apart in the race for Montgomery County executive. A poll released on Friday shows that — with the all-important Democratic primary just days away...
    The family of a Hyattsville, Maryland, man who died in a crash while being pursued by police is asking the U.S. Park Police and D.C. police to release whatever video footage of the incident may be available. James Darien Herndon, 29, died in the crash about 3 a.m. on June 27 in the 2700 block...
    Welcome back to WTOP’s weekly election update! WTOP’s team of reporters will keep you informed on the latest through November as primary and election races heat up in the District, Maryland, Virginia and nationwide. Local elections | Nick Iannelli Primary in Maryland is just days away Early voting in Maryland’s primary election has ended, meaning...
    This content was republished with permission from WTOP’s news partners at Maryland Matters. Sign up for Maryland Matters’ free email subscription today.  With the battle to succeed him nearing a crucial moment, Maryland’s current chief executive has been traveling throughout New Hampshire, meeting with business leaders and conducting media interviews ahead of a potential White House...
    Attorney General Brian Frosh, warns Marylanders that a “buy now, pay later,” mentality created by installment plans can rack up debt and cause other financial problems over time. Installment plans, which often offer little to no interest payments, can allow consumers to buy products that they otherwise might not be able to afford. The cost...
    Montgomery County Police said a man was in the hospital after a shooting in Silver Spring. Police said it happened just after 5 p.m. on Outlet Drive near Briggs Chaney Road. More Crime News When officers arrived, they found a man with a gunshot wound to his upper body. He was taken to...
    Prince George’s County Police have arrested and charged a man in connection with his sister’s death. Timothy Edwards, 34, was charged with assault, first- and second- degree murder in the death of 38-year-old Nashanna Belnavis in the unincorporated portion of Hyattsville, Maryland. More Crime News In a statement, the department said officers responded...
    This content was republished with permission from WTOP’s news partners at Maryland Matters. Sign up for Maryland Matters’ free email subscription today. As he prepares for a tough general election against a yet-to-be-determined opponent, U.S. Rep. David Trone (D-Md.), whose entire political career has been buoyed by his personal wealth, dropped $10 million of his own wealth...
    This content was republished with permission from WTOP’s news partners at Maryland Matters. Sign up for Maryland Matters’ free email subscription today. Democrat Wes Moore led gubernatorial candidates in fundraising during the waning weeks of the 2022 campaign. Between June 8 and July 3, Moore and running mate Aruna Miller, a former state delegate from Montgomery County,...
    Share this: In the latest installment of the saga of a Brooklyn doctor who pleaded guilty to running “pill mills” out of his medical clinics, federal marshals have now taken possession of a condo he owned in Kensington. The apartment is the latest of a string of real properties seized by the government from Dr....
    Three teenage runaways from a special education school have been arrested and charged in connection with a carjacking in Rockville, Maryland. Montgomery County police said in a statement that a man was sitting in his parked SUV on Physicians Lane Thursday, July 7, at about 1:30 p.m. when someone approached and implied that they had...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The Office of Statewide Broadband has awarded $127.6 million in grants to increase high-speed internet access across the state, Gov. Larry Hogan announced Friday. An estimated 15,000 households that are unserved or underserved are expected to gain broadband access through the grants from the office’s Connect Maryland initiative, the Maryland Department of...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported an additional five monkeypox cases in Maryland, bringing the total in the state to 14. Maryland has received 682 doses of the Jynneos Monkeypox vaccine and will distribute 200 to each of the three jurisdictions with the highest risk, Montgomery and Prince...
    Welcome back to WTOP’s weekly election update! WTOP’s team of reporters will keep you informed on the latest through November as primary and election races heat up in the District, Maryland, Virginia and nationwide. Virginia and Maryland | Nick Iannelli Early voting begins in Maryland Activity is picking up ahead of Maryland’s July 19 primary:...
    AFSCME Council 3 president Patrick Moran, Rep. Anthony Brown (D), NAACP chair Willie Flowers, Sen. Cory McCray (D-Baltimore), union members and supporters speak to reporters about state employee vacancies outside the Hickey School in Baltimore County. (Courtesy Maryland Matters/Bruce DePuyt) This content was republished with permission from WTOP’s news partners at Maryland Matters. Sign up...
    Hear our full conversation on my podcast “Beyond the Fame.” toggle audio on and off change volume download audio WTOP's Jason Fraley chats with the Voltaggio Brothers (Part 1) Brotherhood is a dish best served locally. The Voltaggio Brothers have come a long way from growing up in Frederick, Maryland, to gaining fame competing on...
    Neighbors in Bowie, Maryland, gather around a fallen tree after a storm Tuesday, July 5, 2022. WTOP/Dick Uliano The National Weather Service is investigating a suspected tornado in Bowie, Maryland. WTOP/Dick Uliano A Bowie, Maryland, neighborhood surveys the damage following a storm on July 5, 2022. WTOP/Dick Uliano (1/3) Share This...
    Maryland, Virginia and D.C. use the same software company for some of its services related to unemployment benefits, and a recent cyberattack is creating an impact on people who rely on it. Geographic Solutions, Inc. (GSI) informed the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development about an “identified anomalous activity” on its network last week....
    In a move indicating it is serious about tamping down on police misconduct, Montgomery County, Maryland, has launched an online portal aimed at making it easier to file misconduct complaints against officers. The online form asks accusers to include the name of the police officer, a description of facts on which the complaint is based,...
    A 26-year-old Maryland man was arrested for leading a police pursuit across state lines into Virginia on July 4, authorities announced. Frederick Njihia fired a gun multiple times at a Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission worker and a man standing next to his truck around 9:50 a.m., bringing police to the 11300 block of Hawks Ridge Terrace in...
    A 26-year-old Maryland man was arrested for leading a police pursuit across state lines into Virginia on July 4, authorities announced. Frederick Njihia fired a gun multiple times at a Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission worker and a man standing next to his truck around 9:50 a.m., bringing police to the 11300 block of Hawks Ridge Terrace in...
    Retired Maryland Circuit Court Judge Ingrid Turner, who has had several firsts of her own during her distinguished career, describes the progress as long past due. (Courtesy, Judge Ingrid Turner) This is part of WTOP’s continuing coverage of people making a difference from our community authored by Stephanie Gaines-Bryant. Read more of that coverage. On...