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Man hit by 2 cars in Md. pedestrian collision dies


TAKOMA PARK, Md. (WUSA9) -- A 32-year-old man is dead after a pedestrian collision that happened in Takoma Park Saturday night.

Police said they were called to the 6700 block of New Hampshire Avenue for a pedestrian collision just before midnight. When they arrived they found Walter Franco-Chinchilla of Hyattsville on the road.

Franco-Chinchilla was pronounced dead on the scene, police said.

The investigation shows Franco-Chinchilla was trying to cross New Hampshire Avenue when he was hit by a car. Authorities said he was not in a crosswalk.

Police said, a few moments later, another car hit him. The drivers of both cars stayed on the scene and are cooperating with investigators, police said.

Authorities said they do not believe excessive speed played a role in the crash.


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:

Missing Takoma Park man found safe


TAKOMA PARK, Md. (WUSA9) -- Takoma Park Police say they have found a missing 53-year-old man.

Robert R. Smiley is safe and in good health, according to police.

He was last seen in the area of Hudson Avenue in Takoma Park, Md. on or around March 29.

Police describe Smiley as a white male, 5'9" tall and 220 pounds.

Anyone who has information about Smiley's whereabouts is asked to call the Takoma Park Police Department at 301-270-1100 and refer to case #14014940.


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.

Police need help finding missing Md. teen


TAKOMA PARK, Md. (WUSA9) -- Detectives from the Takoma Park Police Department need your help locating a missing teenager.

Jennifer Karina Castillo, 14, was last seen on April 2 at approximately 6:42 p.m. in the 6600 block of Gude Avenue, police say.

Castillo is described as a Hispanic female, 5'7, 130 lbs., medium complexion with short brown hair. She was last seen wearing a white shirt (Cheech & Chong), blue jeans and orange shoes.

Anyone who has information about Castillo's whereabouts is asked to contact the Takoma Park Police Department at 301-270-1100 and refer to case #14014934.


Man arrested after spitting on police officer


TAKOMA PARK, Md. (WUSA9) -- Two men were arrested after one of them spat on a police officer during a call for a noise complaint.

Bryant Boyd, 36, and Leonard Navarro, 19, both of Takoma Park, Md., for second degree assault, disorderly conduct and hindering.

On March 20, at approximately 8:45 p.m., police responded to the 8100 block of Roanoke Avenue in Takoma Park, where they advised Boyd and Navarro to cease their disorderly actions, police say. Both Boyd and Navarro began yelling profanities at the officers, which drew a crowd of onlookers.