Tag: Maryland News

Analysis: With Md. arrest, growing concerns about domestic terrorism

WASHINGTON — The arrest of Christopher Paul Hasson is a symptom of a shift in thinking inside the law enforcement community. For almost 20 years, deep, well-founded worries about international terrorists penetrating the homeland and launching massive, catastrophic attacks like that of 9/11 have driven policies and practices. But now, there is profound concern that […]

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Threat allegations keep Coast Guard officer jailed

JUST IN @ 1:55 p.m.: A judge has denied the release request of Coast Guard Lt. Christopher Hasson, the Silver Spring man who prosecutors called a ‘domestic terrorist’ and had harbored extremist views. Federal prosecutors have 14 days to charge him with more serious charges; Hasson currently faces drug and gun charges. Read more. GREENBELT, […]

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Silver Spring man accused of plotting domestic terror plot denied release

A judge has denied the release request of Coast Guard Lt. Christopher Hasson, the Silver Spring man who prosecutors called a “domestic terrorist” and had harbored extremist views. Federal prosecutors have 14 days to charge him with more serious charges; Hasson currently faces drug and gun charges. This is a developing story. Stay with WTOP […]

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Coast Guard officer accused of making hit list of Democrats

JUST IN @ 1:55 p.m.: A judge has denied the release request of Coast Guard Lt. Christopher Hasson, the Silver Spring man who prosecutors called a ‘domestic terrorist’ and had harbored extremist views. Federal prosecutors have 14 days to charge him with more serious charges; Hasson currently faces drug and gun charges. Read more. GREENBELT, […]

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Silver Spring man accused of plotting domestic terror attack

WASHINGTON — A Silver Spring, Maryland, lieutenant for the U.S. Coast Guard in D.C. has been arrested on suspicion of a domestic terror plot to kill numerous high-profile politicians and journalists in an attempt to establish a white homeland. Christopher Hasson, 49, was arrested Feb. 15. Court documents reveal Hasson described himself as a white […]

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DC police arrest suspect in fatal hit-and-run of Bowie man

WASHINGTON — D.C. police arrested a suspect in the death of a Prince George’s County man who was struck by a vehicle in Northwest. Police arrested 36-year-old Morris Kenya Harley on charges of first-degree murder while armed. They said that on Feb. 5, the victim, 35-year-old Daniel Olaya, of Bowie, Maryland, got into a verbal […]

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Mass transit agencies cancel, change Wednesday service

WASHINGTON — In anticipation of Wednesday’s storm, local mass transit agencies are canceling or amending their services. Metro buses will run limited service on major roads only, and they could be cut back further through the morning. Many bus routes will not be operating and bus service may be canceled with little to no notice […]

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DC Presidents Day protests planned in response to Trump’s declaration of national emergency

WASHINGTON — Activists are gathering in D.C. this Presidents Day to show their disagreement with President Donald Trump’s decision to declare a national emergency along the southern border. MoveOn is mobilizing activists Monday to “defend our democracy and immigrant, Muslim, black and brown communities from Trump’s dangerous national emergency power grab,” according to its website.  The […]

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11 years in jail for ex-Veterans Affairs official in disabled vet fraud scheme

WASHINGTON — A former U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs official has been sentenced 11 years in prison for a $2 million bribery scheme involving a program for disabled military veterans. James King, 63, of Baltimore, previously pleaded guilty to one count of honest services and money wire fraud, one count of bribery of a public […]

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Lowest and highest average car insurance premiums in the region

WASHINGTON — It’s not just the cost of new and used cars that keeps going up: area car insurance rates have also continued to climb. A new study shows rates have jumped about 3.5 percent since last year, and over 10 percent since 2011. And while that’s a lot, it’s still about half as high […]

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Photos of the week: Feb. 9-16

Here are photos from stories that happened last week. Scroll through to see if you’ve missed any. “Space, Light and Sound” bathed the Washington National Cathedral in color Monday night. (Courtesy Washington National Cathedral/Danielle E. Thomas) The Associated Press contributed to this gallery. Like WTOP on Facebook and follow @WTOP on Twitter to engage in […]

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Decline in local farmers’ production could pose DC-area food security challenges

WASHINGTON — Maryland and Virginia farmers produce lots of food that end up on your dinner table, but not as much as they used to. Analysts reporting those findings believe it could be a growing challenge for the area’s food security. “Our production is declining in things like apples, chicken, pork, tomatoes, potatoes,” said Lindsay […]

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‘Fight for old DC’ taking new meaning as NFL stadium suitors dwindle

WASHINGTON — The Washington Redskins have made no secret they wish to abandon FedEx Field just as soon as they can. Though their lease runs until 2027, the organization has been negotiating with local governments about a new site in recent years, and Maryland said this week that discussions about using land the state wants to […]

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From life in prison to published author: DC native pens ‘Master Plan’

WASHINGTON — Drug deals and gun violence were everyday realities for Chris Wilson growing up. Straddling homes in D.C.’s Lincoln Heights neighborhood and Prince George’s County’s Temple Hills community, Wilson watched his mother fall victim to both domestic abuse and drug abuse. Many of his friends were locked up or killed, including his cousin, who […]

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Cellphone data might help 911 responders find callers in emergency

WASHINGTON — The data collected by your cellphone is proving to be a rich resource for 911 call centers trying to pinpoint the location of people calling for help from mobile devices. “We are embedded in the operating systems of the devices,” Jeff Robertson, senior vice president of RapidSOS, said of partnerships with Google, Apple […]

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Lowe’s has 1,300 DC-area jobs to fill, in one day

WASHINGTON — Spring and summer are the busy seasons for home improvement chains, and Lowe’s has hundreds of jobs in the D.C.-area to fill right now. Lowe’s hopes to hire 1,300 seasonal workers for its Washington-area stores on its annual National Hiring Day on Feb. 13. The local jobs are both full-time and part-time, and will be […]

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Fight food waste, save money: ‘Ugly’ produce delivery launches in DC area

WASHINGTON — There’s a new way to fight food waste, combat climate change, save money, and increase your fruit and veggie intake — and you don’t need to leave the house to do it. Imperfect Produce, a San Francisco-based food delivery company that sources and sells oddly shaped or blemished fruits and vegetables, recently expanded […]

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Chance for wintry mix Sunday evening into Monday

WASHINGTON — Brace yourselves, D.C. — winter is back. After a few days of unseasonably warm weather, cooler air moved into the area once again with a chance of snow on Sunday night into Monday afternoon. It’s still too far out to know exactly when and what areas will feel the most impact from this […]

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Photos of the week: Feb. 2-9

Here are photos from stories that happened last week. Scroll through to see if you’ve missed any. The dawn of a new era for WTOP on Feb. 3 — the station’s first morning broadcasting out of the new studio on 5425 Wisconsin Avenue. So far, so good. (WTOP/Alejandro Alvarez) The Associated Press contributed to this […]

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Family describes road rage in fatal D.C. hit and run, vehicle found

WASHINGTON — The family of a 35-year-old man who was killed Tuesday in a fatal hit and run in northwest D.C. says Danny Olaya was the victim of road rage. Olaya’s sister, Becky Guzman, said Olaya and two friends were walking in LeDroit Park, at 1:45 a.m., when a black SUV sped past them. One […]

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Capital Bikeshare problems take many stations offline

WASHINGTON — There are problems for Capital Bikeshare users across the region, fueled by network connection problems for about 10 percent of the system’s stations. Bikeshare had already been dealing with an apparent increasing number of issues with some individual docks, but said in a Thursday afternoon message to riders that these problems with stations […]

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Behind the scenes: How WTOP moved an entire radio station overnight

WASHINGTON — You’ve most likely heard by now that WTOP has moved from its longtime home on Idaho Avenue in Northwest D.C. to new digs on Wisconsin Avenue in Chevy Chase, Maryland. But how did a whole radio station make the transition while continuously broadcasting around the clock? The switch-over happened on the night of […]

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