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Police investigating fatal Oxon Hill crash

OXON HILL, Md. (WUSA9) -- Prince George's County police are investigating a fatal crash in Oxon Hill, Md.

Officials say 27-year-old Jerry Garris, Jr., of the 600 block of Mace Drive in Fort Washington, Md., was killed early Sunday morning when he struck a tree while driving an SUV.

Police were called to the 8800 block of Oxon Hill Road at 3 a.m. for the report of the crash. Preliminary investigation reveals Garris was heading northbound on Oxon Hill Road when, for reasons which remain unclear, his SUV veered to the left, crossed the southbound lane and left the roadway.

The vehicle struck and tree and Garris, who was not wearing a seat belt, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Investigators are looking into whether speed played a role in the crash.

Police investigate possible weather-related death

OXON HILL, Md. (WUSA9) -- Police are investigating a possible weather-related death in Maryland.

The man's body was found behind a business around 10:00 am, at the 4700 block of Allentown Road. Initial evidence reveals there was no foul play. Officials are looking into if cold weather played a role in the death. 

If you have any information on this, call Police at 301-772-4710.

2 men charged in armed bank robbery

COLUMBIA, Md. (WUSA9) -- Two men face multiple charges after an armed bank robbery in Columbia this past weekend.

Howard County police say 23-year-old Calvin Abney in Oxon Hill and 28-year-old Richard Abney of Capitol Heights are charged with armed robbery, robbery, assault, theft, reckless endangerment, auto theft and a handgun violation following the robbery at the PNC Bank.

Police say one man walked into the bank in the 10400 block of Little Patuxent Parkway at approximately 9:50 a.m. He had a handgun and announced a robbery. A bank employee gave him cash and he fled, say police. Police say a second man was acting as a lookout and both men took off in a stolen vehicle.

Officers arrived in the area and searched until 10:20 a.m. when police say they found both suspects in a wooded area behind River Meadows Drive.

Both suspects are being held at the Howard County Detention Center on $750,000 bond.

Officials: Man sentenced to 105 years in prison

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (WUSA9) -- A man has been sentenced to 105 years in prison for numerous violent crimes since 1977, officials said. 

Larry Offutt, 59 was found guilty today, of 'robbery with a dangerous weapon, first degree assault, use of a handgun in the commission of a violent crime and possession of a firearm after being convicted of a disqualifying crime', police said. 

He has been involved in various crimes dating back to 1977. Last January, while robbing a Boost Mobile store in Oxon Hill, Offutt used his hand to push open the door. Detectives were able to track him down using fingerprints, police said. 

Prince George's authorities arrest arson suspect

OXON HILL, Md. (AP) - Fire investigators in Prince George's County have arrested a suspect charged with three felony counts of arson and malicious burning for a fire set in an Oxon Hill apartment building.

Authorities arrested 59-year-old Louise Blount on Friday in connection with a fire on Nov. 7. It happened in an apartment building on Alice Avenue in Oxon Hill.

Blount is charged with first-degree arson, second-degree arson and first-degree malicious burning. She is being held in Upper Marlboro on a $100,000 bond.

Md. school test exclusions raise questions

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - While Maryland public schools scored above national averages on a recent national reading assessment, the state had blocked more than half of English language learners and students with learning disabilities from taking the test.

The Washington Post reports Maryland excluded 62 percent of students in the two categories from the fourth-grade reading test. The state blocked 60 percent of those students from taking the eighth-grade reading test.

Maryland's exclusion rate was more than double that of any other state on the 2013 National Assessment of Educational Progress. The board overseeing the test has set a goal that states exclude just 15 percent of learning-disabled and English language learners.

#GiveJoy to a child for the holiday season

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- LOG ON TO http://www.wusa9.com/givejoy to donate a toy or money to children via "Volunteers of America." 

Jan Jeffcoat is out on assignment and it's a GREAT assignment! Jan's in Prince George's County helping to kick off our holiday virtual toy drive!

WUSA9 has teamed up with the Volunteers of America Chesapeake on a new one-of-a-kind holiday campaign called "Give Joy" and it gives you a chance to help needy kids and families this holiday season with the click of a button. We're calling it a JOY DRIVE and you can buy a toy, donate or just send a holiday message virtually - from home, from work, from anywhere!

Between now and mid December Jan and the whole team here at wusa 9 will be bringing you stories about the people you can help. If you follow her on Twitter @JanJeffcoat you can get live twitter updates.