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DC police seek suspect in 1st degree sexual assault

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA9) -- The Metropolitan Police Department is asking the public's help in identifying a suspect sought in a first degree sexual assault.

On Sunday, Oct. 27, at approximately 5 a.m., an adult female was offered a ride by an unknown male, which she accepted, police said. The suspect drove a short distant  to the area of the 600 block of New York Ave., NW, where he forced the victim out of his car and sexually assaulted her.

The suspect is described by police as a black male, 5 feet 7 inches tall, age 25-30, with a medium build, short hair, and clean shaven face. The suspect was driving a tan SUV of an unknown make and model.

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

Double shooting in NW DC claims one life

WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA)--One man is dead and another one sustained serious injuries following a double shooting early Saturday on the unit block of Florida Avenue NW.

DC Police say that officers responded around 1:15am to a report of a shooting in the area of First Street and Florida Avenue NW.

Police say that when officers arrived at the location they found two adult men with gunshot wounds, one of them in critical condition.  Both men were transported to a local hospital where the most seriously injured one was pronounced dead.

Police say they have the suspects in custody but would not elaborate on a motive for the shooting.

8 people injured at Howard University homecoming event

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Eight people which included two police officers were injured at a homecoming event outside Howard University, officials said. 

The incident took place at 'Yardfest', a homecoming concert when a large crowd tried to run towards the main gate. All of the eight people suffered minor injuries, officials said. 

The Washington DC Fire Fighters Association Local 36 tweeted earlier that 'mass casualty task force dispatched for multiple patients.' The location is reported to be 4th Street, NW. They also said in a tweet that 'multiple patients trampled - Use caution.'

Around 4:00 p.m., a Twitter user, @BisonHomecoming tweeted, "...And Yardfest is back on!"

Banneker soccer player commits to healthy eating at Common Good Community Garden

Reporting by Diane Roberts

WASHINGTON (WUSA 9) -- Gessika Bridgeforth is a sophomore at Banneker High School in the District.

She says playing soccer makes her feel free.

"She's very, very aggressive, very persistent and always comes back very hard," said coach Kate Mansfield.

And even though Banneker loses more games than they win, Gessika loves playing for her team, although the sport isn't her only passion. After school, Number Six trades in the soccer field for the field of food -- Common Good Community Garden -- which grows food for the city's low-income population. 

So far this year, they've harvested 4,600 pounds of food. Besides their small staff, the farm employs 16 kids as part of their fall youth program, and Gessika is one of them.

Residents furious over signs at Verizon Center

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- The streets around the Verizon Center are no strangers to the bright hustle and bustle that defines one of D.C.'s most notable entertainment districts.

But it is what now hangs above these streets that has some at odds.

"It's distracting. I find it dangerous...I am always wondering when I am crossing the streets if the cars are going to be looking at the signs," said Nanette Paris, an upset resident.

Nanette Paris lives in the area and says the new digital billboards displaying full motion advertisements for the venue's sporting teams and events are just disruptive.

According to her, they create light pollution that bounces off windows and right into her condo.

"When they are at full blast it reflects off many building blocks away," she said.

Police: Mother charged for infant's death

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Police have arrested a mother from D.C. who choked her infant son to death.

Sosefina Amoahe, 26, was arrested and charged with first degree felony murder in the death of the infant. The incident happened on the 4200 block of Harewood Road NE around 11:00 a.m. when a woman brought the young child to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. 

The cause of death by the Chief Medical Examiner was death due to asphyxiation, officials said. 


Officials: Construction worker pulled out of hole in DC

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Officials said a construction worker fell into a hole below the ground at 14th and Constitution Ave. in Northwest D.C. 

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The worker fell long distance below grade on scaffolding. He was pulled out and taken to a local hospital with life-threatening injures. 

 He was breathing and conscious when he was rescued.