Our network

A Question of Substance


Usually it’s the Supreme Court justices who get to ask the tough questions. But every so often, prominent public figures come to Georgetown, and undergraduates glean the rare opportunity to ask questions in return.

Last Wednesday, those who attended Associate Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s lecture received an index card where they could write one question for Sotomayor to answer during the standard post-lecture question-and-answer session — a Gaston Hall standard that usually fosters a candid discussion and enriches university programming. In Wednesday’s case, however, the questions were screened and posed by a university official, rather than the student or event attendee who originally wanted an answer.

Md. man arrested for drug trafficking after foot chase


LANDOVER, Md. (WUSA9) -- A man was arrested for drug trafficking after a short foot chase last Friday in Prince George's County. 

Terry Phillips of Capitol Heights, Md. was charged after police say he was on an arrest warrant for drug trafficking. 

The arrest warrant was obtained on Dec. 17, 2015 and police say Phillips was captured on Jan. 8th at a resident in 2000 block of Virginia Avenue. 

According to police, officer found 6 grams of suspected marijuana, two digital scales, a handgun, legal lease documents and over $1,100 dollars at the residence located on Virginia Avenue. On Jan. 8th, police saw someone believed to be Phillips fleeing from a bush. After a small foot chase, police say Phillips was captured. 

Man arrested for Landover shooting

LANDOVER, Md. (WUSA9) -- A man was arrested for fatally shooting a 28-year-old in Landover on Sunday, according to the Prince George's County Police Department.

James Norris III, 28, of Northeast, D.C. was charged for shooting Turrell Blake of Landover, Md.

Man dies after Md. shooting

Police respond to the Jericho Residences: Senior Communities located in the 1000 block of Brightseat Road in Landover around 5:30 p.m. for reports of a shooting.

Once on the scene, officers found Blake suffering from gunshot wounds. He was transported to a hospital where police say he was pronounced dead.

Toys for Tots distributes 1,000+ toys to PG County kids

LANDOVER, Md. (WUSA9) -- Thousands of children will have presents under the Christmas tree thanks to the Toys for Tots program.

The Prince George's County Police and fire departments and the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves partnered to distribute tens of thousands of toys on Saturday.

The line wrapped around the Prince George's County Police Department with families who stood in line the night before so their children would have presents this Christmas.

Toys for Tots in Prince George's County

Two Prince George's Co. firefighters charged after fight at fire

LANDOVER HILLS, Md. (WUSA9) -- Two volunteer firefighters in Prince George's County have been charged with assault after they allegedly attacked two female career firefighters, according to charging documents.

Sources say the fight began Tuesday after the Landover Hills and West Lanham Hills companies responded to the same on 75th Avenue in Landover, Md. 

According to fire department sources, the fire engine from Landover Hills arrived first and the one from West Lanham pulled up moments later.

The two career firefighters, one of whom is Lieutenant, were on the first engine and getting ready to put a hose line in the house when two volunteer firefighters stopped them, first by blocking the doorway then with a push, and a fist, the charging documents say.

Police recover knife, arrest 2 after FedEx Field fight

LANDOVER, Md. (WUSA9) Two people were arrested and a knife was recovered after a violent confrontation between fans caught on video inside FedEx Field during the Washington Redskins loss to the Dallas Cowboys on Monday Night Football.

"There was no stabbing. This was a fight, " Christina Cotterman, a spokesman for the Prince George's County Police Department said. 

"A knife is going way too far," said Mike Vaughn, who shot the video and posted it to his Facebook page after believing he'd witnessed a stabbing. "I didn't feel safe at all. I wanted out of there."

The victim in this incident was not actually stabbed and police said they don’t know who the knife belonged to.  Regardless, the incident raises questions about how a knife cleared security at FedEx and fan behavior and safety. 

MISSING: Elderly siblings from Prince George's County

LANDOVER, Md. (WUSA9) -- Police need your help locating a missing brother and sister from Prince George's County.

Rosa Lee Thomas, 71, and James Everrette Ward, 76, were last seen in the 7200 block of Sheriff Road in Landover on Monday around 2:00 pm.

Thomas is described by police as an African American woman, 5'8" and 185 pounds. She was last seen wearing a gray jacket, blue sweat pants, and a gray and black fleece hat. Thomas may be in need of medication. It is unclear what Ward was wearing.