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Baker vetoes Prince George's County park tax hike

OXON HILL, Md. (WUSA9) -- Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker Monday vetoed a 1.5% increase in property taxes passed by the County Council to fund parks and recreation.

"That's not the priority of the county," said Baker.

Instead Baker advocates that 100% of any property tax increase should go to a strategic plan to turn around Prince George's troubled school system.

County Council Chairman Mel Franklin said Baker's veto is "fiscally irresponsible" because it will cost more to end a structural deficit in parks spending if a tax hike is delayed.

Franklin predicted the veto will be overridden by the council immediately.

MISSING: 14-year-old girl from Oxon Hill

OXON HILL, Md. (WUSA9) -- Police need your help locating a missing 14-year-old girl from Oxon Hill, Md.

Police say Maria Ochoa Paredes was last seen in the 6200 block of Oxon Hill Road.

She was last seen wearing a black blouse and blue jeans, police said.


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Oxon Hill double homicide under investigation

OXON HILL, Md. (WUSA9) -- Two people were fatally shot late Friday night in Oxon Hill, according to Prince George's County police.

The victims have been identified as 24-year-old Deangelo Green of Upper Marlboro and 35-year-old Rashard Jackson of Bowie, police said.

Officers responded to the 700 block of Audrey Lane for the report of a shooting at 11:55 p.m. When they got to the scene they found Green suffering from gunshot wounds. He died at the hospital a little later, police said. Jackson was found close to an apartment building. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Police believe he ran after he was shot and then collapsed.

The investigation shows that the two men were standing outside when they were shot. Police do not believe this was a random act and are trying to identify suspects and a motive.

A reward of up to $25,000 is being offered in the case.

14 children, 13 adults displaced in Md. apartment fire

OXON HILL, Md. (WUSA9) -- Fourteen children and 13 adults were displaced Saturday after a utility closet fire in an Oxon Hill apartment building, according to Prince George's County Fire.

The fire occurred at an apartment building located at 5512 Livingston Terrace around 8 a.m. Fire officials say the fire started in a utility closet housing the heat and air conditioning unit on the balcony.

It took about 15 minutes for firefighters to extinguish the fire. Fire officials say the fire caused significant damage to the roof of the building.

All occupants exited the building safely, but fire officials said five of the building's apartments are uninhabitable. A total of 14 children and 13 adults were displaced because of the fire, officials said.

The cause of the fire is listed as accidental and officials say the estimated damage is $250,000.

METRO SCHOOL of the ARTS ACADEMY AUDITIONS, SUN., MAR. 1; for 2015-2016 School Year

METRO SCHOOL of the ARTS ACADEMY AUDITIONS, SUN., MAR. 1; for 2015-2016 School Year

Students interested in attending the Metropolitan School of the Arts (MSA) of Alexandria and Lorton, Va. can audition on Sun., Mar. 1 at MSA Lorton Campus at 9601 Ox Road. Auditions are required as part of the 2015-2016 academy registration. The MSA Academy audition is for performing arts students from 6th grade to 12th grade. Students should call 703-339-0444 ext.3 or visit www.metropolitanarts.org to register for an audition time. 

The audition process will give prospective students an opportunity to demonstrate his or her skills in dance, music and theater for the chairs of the respective arts departments.  Applicants must attend a live audition if they live within three geographical states of MSA.  Prospective students living beyond the three-state radius may submit a DVD audition. 

Warning to Oxon Hill resident: your backyard is unsafe

OXON HILL, Md. (WUSA9) -- An elderly Oxon HIll widow has been told by Prince George's County officials to stay out of her backyard and to hire a geotechnical engineer because of a mysterious seven-foot- deep sinkhole that has opened on her property

Seventy-eight-year-old WWII refugee Lucie Webner is beside herself with worry now because she says she cannot afford the help.

"I don't have no place to go," Webner said.

Neighbor Sheila Fagan asked why if officials have declared the property unsafe they won't assist Webner on an emergency basis.

County spokesperson Sue Hubbard says inspectors have determined there are no public utilities anywhere near the sinkhole which makes the situation the responsibility of the property owner.



Monza of Historic Manassas will be collecting gently used coats to donate to SERVE of Manassas, Va. in exchange for a $25 Monza or Carmello’s gift card and free hot chocolate and coffee on Fridays and Saturdays in January at Monza at 9405 Battle Street in Old Town Manassas, Va. For more information, go to www.eatmonza.com.

“Winter is here, and we’re all pulling out our warm coats, many of us have more than one, while the neediest of our community go without a proper coat for the coldest of days,” said Alice Pires, owner of Carmellos and Monza in Historic Manassas, Va. “Help us support SERVE by dropping off a coat, and warm up with a free hot cocoa and gift card,” said Pires.