Howard County Police arrest five men on prostitution charges

WASHINGTON, DC —  Howard County Police charged five Maryland men with solicitation of prostitution and disorderly conduct on Sunday. In an ongoing effort to combat prostitution, human trafficking, Howard County police conducted a reverse prostitution operation. Detectives placed fake ads on the website Backpage, a website known to be used for prostitution. The men who called the number in the fake ad spoke with an undercover female officer. The female officer set up a meeting location and time

New Report Grades Maryland School Lunches

WASHINGTON — (WMAL) Howard County came out on top in a first year report called the School Food Environment Grades project conducted by a Healthy School Food Maryland. Healthy School Food Maryland, a coalition of 20 local, state, and national organizations focused on the quality and safety of food for children at Maryland Public Schools, released the report in December. The School Food Environment Grades project graded all of Maryland’s 24 school systems on a 12-item rubric, which aims to cover

Redskins Offensive Coordinator to Interview For LA Rams Head Coach Position

WASHINGTON — (WMAL) According to reporters with the NFL Network, Washington Redskins offensive coordinator Sean McVay will interview with the Los Angeles Rams. The Rams, who ended their season with a record of 4-11, fired Jeff Fisher based on performance-related issues. The special teams coordinator, John Fassel, stepped in as an interim coach for the teams final three games.

Inaugural Parade Lineup Announced

WASHINGTON — (WMAL) The Presidential Inaugural Committee has announced the initial list of groups who will be participating in the inaugural parade. There will be more than 8,000 parade participants representing forty organizations in the inaugural parade, which follows the swearing in ceremony of the President-elect Donald Trump and Vice President-elect Michael Pence. Each branch of the military will be represented. Organizations participating include high school and university marching bands

Fairfax County Police Search for Missing Reston Teen

RESTON, Va. — (WMAL) Fairfax County Police are asking for the public’s assistance in finding 17-year-old Elliot Byrum. Byrum was called in as a missing person after he had failed to report for work. He was last seen at North Point Giant grocery store in Reston, Virginia at 2:50 p.m. on Wednesday. Byrum is a white male with brown hair and brown eyes. He is described as being 5 feet nine inches tall and weighs about 110 pounds. He was last seen wearing a yellow Giant grocery store shirt. Office

Six Additional Participants Announced For Swearing-in Ceremony

WASHINGTON — (WMAL) Six faith leaders will be participating in the swearing-in ceremony of President-elect Donald Trump and Vice President-elect Michael Pence on January 20th. As announced by the Presidential Inaugural Committee the Archbishop of New York, His Eminence Timothy Michael Cardinal Dolan, Reverend Dr. Samuel Rodriguex of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, and Pastor Paula White of New Destiny Christian Center will be offering readings and giving the invocation.

LISTEN: Goodwill Now Allows You To Mail in Your Donations

WASHINGTON — (WMAL) The Goodwill of Greater Washington has made it easier than ever to donate clothes, shoes and accessories through their new mail-in donation program called the Goodwill Pack & Ship Donation Service. The pilot-program is the first of it’s kind in the country and allows for donors to mail donations of clothing, shoes, and accessories to Goodwill at no cost. Goodwill is expecting the revenue from resale of the donated goods to surpass the offset of the cost of delivery. People

Gov. Larry Hogan Mourns Loss of Dog Lexi

MARYLAND — (WMAL) Maryland Governor Larry Hogan mourns the passing of his dog in a post on Facebook today. “They say that a dog is man’s best friend. That sure was true for me. For 16 years our dog Lexi has been a much loved member of our family. Through good times and bad, she was always happy, and her love was unconditional. It is hard to describe how much she meant to us and how much joy she brought to our hearts. Our family is so thankful, not only for the 16 years we got to spend with her,

LISTEN: New Report Shows That 44,000 Older Virginians Were Victims of Financial Exploitation

VIRGINIA — (WMAL) With the family gathered for the holidays, now may be a good time to check in with the elderly members of your family to make sure nobody’s scamming them. According to a report done by the Adult Protective Services of Virginia, about 44,000 Virginians were potentially scammed out of a collective $1.2 billion. Older females living in their own home are predicted to be targeted the most. About 1,000 cases come to the attention of the Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitat

Fire At MOCO Trash Incinerator Plant Continues to Burn

Dickerson, Md. — (WMAL) The Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Department remains on the scene of a fire at a local trash incinerator plant following the outbreak of a fire last week. Firefighters responded to a call regarding a fire at a resource recovery facility on December 8th where they were met with an 85-foot trash pile aflame. The fire department was able to quickly contain the spreading fire. Operations at the facility, like some nonresidential waste deliveries, have been hindered due

Woman Charged With DWI After Rear-Ending Fairfax County Police Chief

FAIRFAX COUNTY, Md. — (WMAL) Fairfax County Police Chief Edwin Roessler Jr. is back on patrol after being rear-ended by a drunk driver Monday night. Colonel Roessler was stopped at a red light on Lee Highway in an unmarked police vehicle when a drunk driver in a Nissan SUV failed to stop and struck the right rear end of his car. The driver of the SUV, 40-year-old Christie Edgar of Centreville, was taken to a detention holding center and charged with driving while intoxicated. Police Chief Roes

Panda Watch: Panda House Reopens As Bei Bei Recovers

WASHINGTON — (CNN) The Smithsonian National Zoo has re-opened the doors to their panda house on Monday following the recovery of their giant panda cub Bei Bei. Marty Dearie, a panda zookeeper at the Smithsonian National Zoo says that Bei Bei has “been doing really well for the past week, week and a half and we were just comfortable that we could open up and let his fans see him again.” The giant panda cub has been moving around more, eating at a healthy rate, and playing with his toys. Bamboo

Trump International Hotel to Violate Its Lease

WASHINGTON — (WMAL) President-elect Donald Trump may face an immediate conflict of interest on Pennsylvania Avenue the moment he takes office in January. The Chief Executive-to-be’s Trump International Hotel is housed in Washington’s Old Post Office Pavilion, which is owned by the General Service Administration (GSA). According to two former administrators with the Office of Management and Budget, the lease between the Trump Organization and the General Service Administration, which dates back

Bei Bei Is On The Road To Recovery

WASHINGTON — (WMAL) Bei Bei, the one-year-old giant panda cub at the Smithsonian National Zoo, is all smiles during his recovery from an emergency lifesaving surgery on Friday to remove a piece of bamboo lodged in his intestine. Last Thursday, Zoo Keepers noticed that Bei Bei was behaving oddly. He was sleeping more than usual, was uninterested in food, and seemed nauseated after vomiting twice. Following the surgery, Bei Bei has reported to be bright and alert. Bei Bei is being currently bein

An Ash Scattering Garden Could Be Coming To Takoma Park

TAKOMA PARK, Md. — (WMAL) Thanks to a proposal by city resident Jennifer Beman, Takoma Park may be the first city to have a designated ash scattering garden. The 54-year-old film maker has proposed what she calls a “scatter garden”, or a designated memorial area where people can scatter their loved ones cremated ashes. The proposal comes as part of an increase in cremation spaces. According to cremation industry trackers, cremation made up 49% of burial methods in 2015. Cemeteries have started

D.C. Vegetarian Society Hosts Turkey-Free Thanksgiving Dinner

WASHINGTON — (WMAL) You don’t need to eat a turkey to have a Thanksgiving Feast. The Nation’s oldest vegetarian society, the Vegetarian Society of D.C., is hosting their annual Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday. The Vegetarian Society of D.C. is a not-for-profit organization that promotes a plant based diet through education. The dinner will be from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and will feature only a plant-based menu that includes a variety of salads, vegetables, and stuffed pumpkin. Aside from the dinner,

Gas Prices Continue To Fall as Thanksgiving Nears

WASHINGTON — (WMAL) All you might need to fill up your gas tank during this years Thanksgiving travel is a crisp twenty dollar bill. The national average for a regular gas is $2.14 a gallon, but if your holiday travels take you through Maryland, Patrick DeHann with GasBuddy says you can even find some stations with gas below two dollars, “The states lowest price? $1.93 a gallon.” Nationally, we are spending $1.7 billion less in gas than we did over the past five years. According to AAA the ave
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