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Man lies to Metro officials about slipping on banana peel at station

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- A man reported to Metro officials that he had to go to the hospital after he slipped on a banana peel and fell.

Maurice Owens reported the incident on August 8 at the Potomac Avenue Metro Station located at 700 14th Street, SE. In an interview Owens said he needs $15,000 to settle his claim. He alleged that he slipped from the banana peel since nobody had cleaned it up before he entered the elevator. 

After reviewing surveillance video, officials saw that the elevator was empty before Owens entered the elevator. He then drops the banana peel, steps on it as he exits the elevator, and falls to the ground.  

Owens has now been charged with 'Felony 2nd Degree Fraud'. 

Police: Man shot by officer after he threatened police

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- A police officer shot and killed a man during a homicide investigation, officials said. 

The incident happened on Monday around 4:45 p.m. at the 4900 block of G Street, SE. A Sixth District police officer was conducting an investigation on a recent homicide. When the officer approached Robert Brown, 26 in the home, he ran away. Brown then showed his handgun outside. After the police officer asked him to drop his weapon, he did not comply. The officer then shot him multiple times, officials said. 

Brown was pronounced dead after being taken to the hospital, police said. 

Annual Ward 8 turkey giveaway

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Crowds of people lined up Tuesday to get their free turkey from a D.C. councilmember.

Counclimember Marion Barry's annual Ward 8 Turkey giveaway took place between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m. Tuesday at the Union Temple Baptist Church.

Over 2,000 turkeys were distributed to Ward 8 families on a first-come, first-serve basis.

"The Ward 8 community is a family, and family takes pride in helping each other," said Barry.  "I wish I could help families in need around the City.  We all have a responsibility to lend a helping hand to others who are in need, and I'm committed to helping my constituents in every way possible."

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Man charged in 2012 DC murder

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- D.C. Police have arrested a third suspect in connection with a 2012 murder.

Police have charged 22-year-old Lamonte Perry of Southeast with Felony Murder while Armed in connection with the death of 22-year-old Andre Jackson.

On Sunday, November 4, 2012, at
approximately 2:14 a.m. in the 300 block of Ridge Road, Southeast, officials say they found Jackson suffering from gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead on the seen.

On Tuesday, February 26, 2013, police arrested two adult males, charging them both with First
Degree Murder While Armed, according to officials.


Italo Ceramica Celebrated its First US Showroom with Grand Opening Event

Italo Ceramica Celebrated its First US Showroom with Grand Opening Event

The Italian retailer now open in Rockville, Maryland offers Versace and Bisazza tiles, among many others

Italo Ceramica, a ceramic tile retailer with 36 stores in Europe, celebrated the opening of its first US showroom located at 725 Rockville Pike in Rockville, Maryland this month. The Italo Ceramica team welcomed more than 120 design industry professionals, media and customers for a grand opening celebration with special guests Andrea Bacchini, North America Market Director for Imola Ceramica, Italo Ceramica’s partner, and artist Alexander Stefan, who exhibited his photography. Stefan also raffled off one of his works during the evening event.

Police seeking man in attempted sex assault in DC

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- D.C. police need your help locating a suspect in connection with an attempted sexual assault in Southeast.

It happened at approximately 2 a.m. Monday in the 2000 block of 8th Street, SE.

Police say an adult female was walking in the area when she was approached by an unknown male with a knife who forced her victim into his vehicle.  

Once inside, the suspect attempted to sexually assault the victim. The victim struggled and was able to escape, officials said.

The suspect is described as a black male, brown skin, facial hair, 5`9 in height, skinny, gray shirt, gray jeans, in his 30`s, black jacket, and armed with a black pocket knife.  

He was operating a black pick-up truck with a broken rear windshield which was covered with plastic.

Anyone with information should call 202-727-9099. Additionally, information may be submitted to the TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411.

Traffic cameras will catch you rolling through stop signs

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- New traffic cameras watching you in the District aren't just looking for speeders and red light runners.

The new silver boxes nestled in neighborhoods will catch drivers who are rolling through a stop sign at an intersection.

So you may be wondering, how can a camera determine if you've stopped at a stop sign long enough? 

D.C. police have a three-tier review system by a human being who will look at the tape and then finally determine if indeed a driver broke the law. 

Even though there's no legal time frame, according to AAA, a complete stop means all four tires come to a rest. 

The new cameras will also catch drivers who fail to stop for pedestrians in crosswalks, block the box or speed through the intersection to beat the light. 

Sensors will even catch oversize vehicles like trucks and big rigs cutting through some D.C. neighborhoods.