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Man sentenced to life for Md. Clarion Hotel murder

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (WUSA9) -- A D.C. man was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of an employee at an Oxon Hill hotel during a robbery in 2013. 

Deandre Weems was sentenced Friday for the first-degree premeditated murder of Jessie Chavez and the assault of a hotel desk clerk. 

Man convicted of killing Md. Clarion Hotel employee

"We are pleased that Mr. Weems was given a life sentence for taking the life of a man who came to the aid of his pregnant co-worker who was in danger," said Alsobrooks, "Mr. Weems has proven that he has no regard for life whatsoever and our community is much safer without him on our streets."

Woman dead after apparent overdose at Oxon Hill park

OXON HILL, Md. (WUSA9) -- A woman has died and a man is in critical condition after what police say was an apparent drug overdose on the grounds of a community center.

At around 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Maryland-National Capital Park Police say officers responded to a 911 call at the Hillcrest Heights Community Center.

When officers arrived they found a man and a woman, both unresponsive, in the park near a playground.  

They were both transported to United Medical Center, where the woman was pronounced dead. The man is in critical condition.

Police later identified the woman as Christine Szabo, 29, of Annandale, Va. The man has not been identified.  

Mustang car wanted in Oxon Hill fatal hit and run

OXON HILL, Md. (WUSA9) -- Police are searching for a driver and a Mustang car with racing stripes in connection with a fatal hit and run that happened Tuesday night in the Oxon Hill area, Prince George's County police said.

The fatal crash happened in the 6600 block of Livingston Road around 11:30 p.m., authorities stated. The victim is a man. He was found in the road suffering from critical injuries, Prince George's County police said. The victim died at the hospital at little later. 

Investigators said the striking car may be a gray or white Ford Mustang with a racing strip. The car may possibly have front end damage. 

The investigation shows that the victim was standing in the road when he was hit by the car. Police said the car was traveling northbound on Livingston Road when the man who was not in a crosswalk was hit. The driver did not stop. The name of the victim has not been released yet. 

Pack Light, Pack Right While Traveling by Air This Fall

Pack Light, Pack Right While Traveling by Air This Fall

Fall is a time when millions of people around the country begin to make their travel plans. In fact, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation, the busiest travel times of the year are just around the corner, which include Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s. There are some great reasons why packing light will help make your trip easier and more enjoyable. And the good news is that it’s not difficult to do, either.

“If you want to pack right when you travel then you really need to focus on packing light,” explains Tina Aldatz, chief executive officer of Savvy Travelers. “There’s much less hassle and stress when you pack light and stick to the basics. You can put your focus on your travel, rather than having all of your attention go to dragging around way too much luggage.”

Here are some Savvy Travelers tips for packing light and right for fall and holiday air travel:

Jury awards woman $100,000 over bedbugs in hotel room

OXON HILL, Md. (AP) - A jury has awarded a North Carolina woman $100,000 for injuries she suffered from bedbugs in a Maryland hotel room.

This week a jury in Prince George's County, Maryland, awarded Stacey Belle of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, as compensation for bites she says she received at a Red Roof Inn.

Belle says she stayed at the hotel in Oxon Hill, Maryland, for one night in January 2014. The Washington Post reports that Belle says she woke up itching, found welts on her arms and hands, and found bedbugs crawling under her pillow.

A Red Roof Inn spokeswoman said in an email statement that the company "disagrees" with the jury's award.

Md. man accused of murdering ex-girlfriend

OXON HILL, Md. (WUSA9) -- A Forestville man is being accused of murdering his ex-girlfriend inside of her Oxon Hill home in May, Prince George's County police said.

Maurice Wigfall Jr., 26, of Forestville was arrested for murdering Latiqua Cherry, 21, of Oxon Hill on May 17, police said.

Fire crews responded to the home located in the 600 block of Audrey Lane around 5 a.m. for the report of smoke in the apartment building. The flames were put out and the body of a woman was found inside.

Authorities learned that Cherry had died from trauma to her body before the fire was set.

Wigfall is being charged with first and second degree murder and arson. He was already in custody at the Department of Corrections on an unrelated charge.

Man convicted of killing Md. Clarion Hotel employee

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (WUSA9) – A Washington D.C. man was found guilty Wednesday of killing an employee at an Oxon Hill hotel during a robbery in 2013.

Deandre Weems was convicted of shooting Clarion Hotel employee Jessie Chavez at the hotel on October 21, 2013.

Prosecutors said Weems demanded cash from an employee at the front desk. Chavez heard the employee scream and ran from another area of the hotel to help her. 

Weems and Chavez got into an altercation and prosecutors say Weems shot Chavez in the chest.

Video surveillance at the hotel showed the robbery and part of the altercation between Weems and Chavez.