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Death of NY Woman in Landover Ruled Homicide

LANDOVER, Md. (AP) - The death of a New York woman whose decomposing body was found in a trash bin in a Maryland suburb of Washington has been ruled a homicide.

Prince George's County Police say the body of 24-year-old Nicole Thompson of New York City was found in a trash bin in Landover, Md., in July. The medical examiner ruled Thompson's death a homicide. She was identified by fingerprints.

Police say detectives are trying to determine what ties Thompson had to the area but they have not identified suspects or motives in this case.

Shooting in Landover

            The Prince George’s County Police Department’s Homicide Unit is investigating a shooting that left a man dead yesterday evening in Landover, Maryland.

Maryland Cell Phone Ban Begins

Maryland residents and those residents who travel through Maryland need to know that on Friday, October 1, 2010 (this Friday) - cell phone use will become illegal while driving. The offense will be a "secondary" offense, meaning that offenders can only be cited with it if they are pulled over for another primary offense like speeding or running a red light.

Beginning on Friday, people who wish to make a call while driving MUST use a hands free device. The fine will be $40 for the first offense and $100 for subsequent violations of the law.

Texting while driving has been illegal for some time now and already carries a fine.

Maryland is following suit with several other states with cellular phone bans while in operation of a motor vehicle, but it is one of the only (if not the only) state to list the law as a "secondary" offense.

'Cold Blooded' Teen Gets 30 Years Says Ivey

LANDOVER, Md. (WUSA) -- A Prince George's County judge has ordered 20-year-old Tommy Whack to spend the next three decades in jail for what Prince George's County States Attorney Glenn Ivey called the "cold blooded murder of an unarmed man."

The robbery and murder took place in the early morning hours of October 21, 2008, in the rear parking lot of a Landover middle school. That is where prosecutors say Whack who was 19-years-old at the time along with his teen cousin lured the 40-year-old victim to his death.

Whack had offered the Temple Hills victim sex in exchange for money "apparently the arrangement was for some type of sexual liaison in the victim's vehicle," said Ivey.

Police were able to speak to the dying man who was found shot multiple times by his car. "He told police he had been robbed and gave officers a description of the assailants," added Ivey.