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HERO CENTRAL: Mobile USO Brings Food, Friends And Fun On Base

FT. MYER (WUSA 9) - Sometimes at the crack of dawn, Jenn Hall hits the road with the Mobile USO. The custom-made vehicle represents USO-Metro on wheels.

The vehicle serves food, fun and support to over half-a-million military families in the Metropolitan area.

The Mobile USO travels on dirt roads and into the "boonies," according to Hall, the Mobile USO Coordinator.

"It's cool to go to places like that. These guys are out there forever...They don't have a lot out there. Their base is very, very, very small," said Hall. The vehicle serves hotdog meals to 25 military installations for USO-Metro.

On a Wednesday, Hall drives to the Indian Head military base in South Potomac, Maryland.

Publisher, photographer probed over topless Kate photos

Publisher, photographer probed over topless Kate photos

PARIS (AP) - French prosecutors have placed the publisher and photographer of unauthorized topless snaps of Prince William's wife, Kate, under formal criminal investigation, they said Thursday.

Caroline Chassain, spokeswoman for the Nanterre prosecutor, said that Mondadori Magazines France and local photographer Valerie Suau were placed under investigation earlier this month over possible criminal exploitation of the images, which appeared in the French Closer magazine last September.

The photos showed the duchess of Cambridge relaxing at a private villa in Provence, in southern France, sometimes without her bikini top and, in one case, her suit bottom partially pulled down to apply sunscreen.

Chassain added that Suau's employer, local newspaper La Provence, was also placed under formal criminal investigation on Monday, but she did not elaborate.

The investigation will likely take months to complete.

Police Ask For Help In Robbery Investigation

Police Ask For Help In Robbery Investigation

Bethesda, Md. (WUSA9) -- An armed bank robbery in Montgomery County is still being investigated and with no new leads, detectives are turning to the public.

Police say a suspect wearing a "dark blue jacket, a light green button up, gloves and a Halloween mask" robbed M&T bank off of Seven Locks Road on December 22, 2012 in the early morning," police said in the news release. 

The suspect walked into the bank, intimidated the teller with a small black handgun and left with an "undisclosed amount of cash," police said.

The robber is described as an "unknown race male, over 6'0'' tall, with a medium build." Investigators are urging anyone who may have tips about this incident to come forward and contact the Robbery Section at 240-773-5100, police said.




Metropolitan Performing Arts Alliance raised $5,000 at their first Annual Benefit Concert to go toward construction of their new Alliance Theatre in Alexandria, Va. MFAC is working toward a fundraising goal of $100,000 to complete the theatre project. Visit www.metrofinearts.com for more information.

Metropolitan Youth Ballet, Metropolitan Youth Tap Ensemble and iMpulse Jazz Ensemble performed at the Metropolitan Performing Arts Alliance Benefit Concert.

“We are so grateful to the community for helping our dance companies get closer to our goal of building the Alliance Theater,” said Melissa Dobbs, executive director of the Metropolitan Fine Arts Center in Alexandria, Va.

Police Say It's the Season for Home Improvement Scam Artists: An Olney Man Shares His Story

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- If you have an elderly mom or dad or even an elderly neighbor or a friend, this story is for you.

Montgomery County police say a scam artist is targeting them, offering unnecessary home repairs, then taking the money, and running.

Police say you should look out for a chimney repairman with an eye on the elderly. He's not there to help, or make legitimate repairs, but, police say, to scam. 

The son of a 92-year-old victim with dementia is speaking out for his dad who can't. Joe Devost of Olney knows exactly who this scam artist is looking for, "It's the elderly, they're not knocking on my door, they're not knocking on my neighbors door, it's exclusively here." Devost is talking about his parent's home.

Sherwood Football Coach's Personal Battle With Obesity Shapes New Training Regimen

Story & Reporting by Diane Roberts

SANDY SPRING, Md. (WUSA 9) -- The United States has a growing number of overweight children. Statistics from the CDC show childhood obesity has tripled since 1980.

Chris Grier, new head football coach at Sherwood High School in Montgomery County, wants to use his own story to help combat the problem.

In March, Grier was named head coach at his Alma Mater. Now, he sculpts young bodies and molds young minds, but it's not just exercise that's important to a successful football career, it's also diet, and that's something personal to coach Grier.

"When I was in this same weight room as a high schooler, there was nobody there who could guide me as to what I had to do to get in shape and lose weight," said Grier.

The former offensive lineman's weight had been an ongoing problem.

Grier was 300-plus pounds. His wake-up call came in 2006 when a doctor told him he wasn't an athlete anymore.

5-year-old Girl Still Critical; Stable After Dog Attack in Md.

5-year-old Girl Still Critical; Stable After Dog Attack in Md.

CHARLES COUNTY, Md. (WUSA9) -- The girl, who was attacked by at least one or more dogs has been stabilized, after being taken to the hospital in critical condition on Wednesday evening in Charles County, Md., officials said Thursday morning. 

The incident took place at a home in the 8600 block of Billingsley Road in Bennsville, MD.  The child, who was said to be in critical condition, was flown to Children's Hospital in Washington, DC.

The girl was supposed to be under the supervision of her mother's boyfriend at the time of the attack.  The boyfriend lost sight of her and later found her laying face down in the backyard where she had already been attacked, according to officials. 

Charles County Animal Control has taken three dogs into custody.  A pit bull, a bulldog, and a cane corso are the breeds suspected to be involved in the attack.