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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:

METRO SCHOOL of the ARTS ‘SINGING the ‘BLUES’ for AUTISM AWARENESS MONTH

METRO SCHOOL of the ARTS ‘SINGING the ‘BLUES’ for AUTISM AWARENESS MONTH

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.

Woman suffers life threatening injuries in Beltway crash


(WUSA9) -- A woman suffered life-threatening injuries in a two-car crash on the Capital Beltway on Monday morning.

The woman was trapped inside her car after it collided with another car before Branch Avenue at 6:30 a.m., according to Prince George's County Fire Department spokesperson Mark Brady. She was extricated and medics transported her to a hospital.

All lanes were blocked with traffic getting by on the shoulder as emergency personnel and tow trucks were on the scene.


Man killed in collision with cars in Forestville

FORESTVILLE, Md. (AP) - Prince George's County police are investigating a fatal pedestrian collision in Forestville.

Police have identified the victim as 24-year-old Irvin William Starks of District Heights.

Authorities believe Starks was struck by three separate vehicles on Saturday evening while crossing the intersection at Pennsylvania Avenue and Donnell Drive. Police say two of the drivers remained at the scene, but one did not.

Police believe Starks was crossing near or within a cross-walk but against a no-walking signal.

PG County police seeking missing man

FORESTVILLE, Md. (WUSA9) -- Prince George's County police need your help locating a critical missing person.

Paul Prout, 55, was last seen in the 3200 block of Walters Lane on December 10, 2013 at 1:00 a.m. 

Police say Prout suffers from schizophrenia.

Prout is described as an African-American male, 6', and 160 lbs.  He was last seen wearing a tan jacket, tan pants, and carrying a green backpack.  

Investigators say they believe Prout may be attempting to travel to New York.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call the Prince George's County Police Department's Regional Investigation Division-Central at (301) 772-4911.

2 arrested for murder at Md. gas station

FORESTVILLE, Md. (WUSA9) -- Prince George's County police have arrested two suspects for a murder at a Maryland gas station.

Police have arrested 22-year-old Alex Micah Marshall of Northeast, D.C. and 19-year-old Dominick Payne of Southeast, D.C. for the murder of Dalonte Allen Jackson.

On December 2, 2013, at about 3:00 a.m., police say they found Jackson suffering from a gunshot wound at the BP gas station in the 3200 block of Walters Lane in Forestville.

He was pronounced dead a short time later at a hospital.

Preliminary investigation reveals this was a targeted shooting stemming from a drug-related robbery, officials said.

Both suspects have been charged with first and second degree murder. Payne is in custody at the Department of Corrections on a no bond status and Marshall is awaiting extradition to Prince George's County, officials said.