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Guilty Verdicts In Minnieland Child Abuse Trial

A former employee of the Woodbridge Minnieland Academy is going to prison for up to 50 years after being found guilty of 13 counts of child abuse.  Sarah Jordan was convicted today of seven felonies and six misdemeanors after she badly mistreated toddlers for six years before her arrest in 2013.  While Jordan did not show much emotion upon hearing the verdict, parents of the abused children hugged and cried in court.  Co-worker Kierra Spriggs is scheduled to be tried on child abuse charges next month.

17-Year-Old Charged In Beverly Park Murder

Alexandria Police are charging a teen in a murder in Beverly Park.  Authorities have charged a 17-year-old man, but are withholding his name due to his age.  The body of Jose Ferman Perez was discovered back in November near a playground in the popular park by a woman walking her dog.  Two other suspects are in custody for Perez’s death, but have not been charged.

Home Invasion Suspect Shot By Homeowner

Prince George’s County police say a man was shot during an attempted home invasion in Temple Hills.  It happened just before 2 a.m. at a home in the 39-hundred block of Brinkley Road.  Police say the homeowner confronted the man as he was trying to break into the house, and shot him.  The homeowner and his wife were not hurt.  The suspect was taken to a hospital.  Police continue to investigate.

Record-Setting Powerball Jackpot Drawing Tonight

Time is running out to buy a Powerball ticket.  The record-setting jackpot is up to one-point-five-billion dollars, the largest lottery prize in history.  No one has won the grand prize since early November.  Powerball fever is reaching halfway around the world.  People living in the U.S. are offering two-dollar Powerball tickets on a popular Chinese e-commerce website.

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Harold T. Fisher is a broadcast journalist and author. He is currently the host of the news/talk program, “The Daily Drum” on WHUR-FM and H-U-R Voices, Sirius/XM Channel 141. Highlights of his journalism campaigns include the aftermath of the earthquake in Port Au Prince, Haiti; coverage of the 2008 Democratic and Republican conventions; the Jena 6 protests in central Louisiana; the Midwestern floods of 1994 and hurricane Andrew in 1992.

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