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Officer recovering after being struck by minivan


CHEVERLY, Md (WUSA9) -- The Prince George's County officer who was severely injured when a minivan plowed into him during a traffic stop is getting better, however the 26-year-old officer remains in intensive care, in stable condition.

His supervisor was at his side reminding him that everything was going to be okay.

"We were talking with each other. Him talking to us kept us calm. I said 'hang in there, relax. We're going to get the vehicle off of you. Everything is going to be okay,' " Cpl. Arvel Lewis told WUSA9.

Lewis says Bashua Olaseha was talking while a minivan lay on top of him.

Lewis has also been there for the rest of his squad going through this tough time as one of their own remains in Intensive Care.

"It's hard but we're dealing with it we have a lot of help," Lewis said.

Prince George's officer hit by minivan serious but stable


FORESTVILLE, Md. (WUSA9) -- A Prince George's County police officer who was hit by a minivan during a traffic stop on Thursday is in serious but stable condition.

Officer Bashua Olaseha, dove into a ditch just before a minivan ended up on top of him while he was conducting a traffic stop on Pennsylvania Avenue near Walters Lane.

We're told the black minivan came barreling down the road towards three officers, including Olaseha. Two of the officers were able to jump out of the way, but Olaseha was trapped underneath the minivan for several minutes before first responders were able to free him. The minivan hit three police cruisers.

Police: Officer pinned under minivan during traffic stop


FORESTVILLE, Md. (WUSA9) -- Prince George's County police say an officer was hit by a minivan while conducting a traffic stop Thursday morning.

Julie Parker with Prince George's County police says three officers were conducting a traffic stop shorty before 9 a.m. when a black minivan came barreling down the road. Two of the officers were able to jump out of the way. The minivan hit three police cruisers.

The officer, who is assigned to the District III station in Palmer Park, was trapped under the minivan for several minutes before first responders were able to free him, officials say.

It happened on Pennsylvania Avenue near Walters Lane. Pennsylvania Avenue was shut down between Donnell Drive and Parkland Drive Thursday morning.

WANTED WEDNESDAY: Liquor store robbery suspect


FORESTVILLE, Md. (WUSA9) -- Prince George's County police are looking for a suspect in connection with a robbery in January.

Police say the suspect robbed a liquor store in the 3300 block of Walters Lane on January 22 at approximately 6 p.m.

Also in Prince George's County, police are looking for a suspect in connection with an armed robbery at a convenience store in the 3300 block of Chillum Road in Mount Rainier. The suspect is that incident is pictured below.

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.

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.