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#GiveJoy to a child for the holiday season

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- LOG ON TO http://www.wusa9.com/givejoy to donate a toy or money to children via "Volunteers of America." 

Jan Jeffcoat is out on assignment and it's a GREAT assignment! Jan's in Prince George's County helping to kick off our holiday virtual toy drive!

WUSA9 has teamed up with the Volunteers of America Chesapeake on a new one-of-a-kind holiday campaign called "Give Joy" and it gives you a chance to help needy kids and families this holiday season with the click of a button. We're calling it a JOY DRIVE and you can buy a toy, donate or just send a holiday message virtually - from home, from work, from anywhere!

Between now and mid December Jan and the whole team here at wusa 9 will be bringing you stories about the people you can help. If you follow her on Twitter @JanJeffcoat you can get live twitter updates.

CAUGHT ON CAM: Suspect wanted for robbery in DC

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Police are looking for a suspect in connection to a robbery incident in DC.

It happened on Sunday at the 500 block of 19th Street, NW, around 1:48 p.m. The suspect who is being described as a Black male in his 30's, 5'0-5'4" in height, with slim build. He was last seen wearing a gray sweatshirt with a hood, black jacket wrapped around his waist, and blue jeans. He is possibly missing an index finger and is cross-eyed, police said. You can watch him in the video here:

Caught on cam: Rats and same DC restaurants re-closed

Washington, DC (WUSA9) --  Two times. Three times.  Repeat health hazards at DC restaurants - from Dupont Circle to the Palisades - have resulted in closure orders at the same places.

Updated: To see a photo gallery with hundreds of Washington area restaurant closures since 2012 click here.

In second or third suspensions, inspectors temporarily closed: Heritage India, 1633 P Street, NW; Malgudis, 1633 P Street, NW; Chen's Gourmet, 5117 MacArthur Blvd, NW; Sawah Restaurant, 2222 18th Street, NW; Grand China, 6925 Blair Road, NW.

All the restaurants have since passed re-inspection are back in business.

Italo Ceramica Opens First US Showroom in Rockville-Grand Opening Event This Thursday

Italo Ceramica Opens First US Showroom in Rockville-Grand Opening Event This Thursday

Italo Ceramica's Grand Opening Event, which is open to the public, is Thursday, November 14 from 6-9 p.m.

Calling All Citizen Scientists: Help Track DC Bunnies

WASHINGTON (WUSA9)--  Ever wanted to be a "Citizen Scientist?" Now's your chance to help out wildlife biologists here in the District.

The District Department of the Environment is asking all residents of the District to assist in counting the number of Eastern Cottontail Rabbits. On Wednesday, the DDOE sent out a letter to Advisory Neighborhood Commissions (ANC) members to ask for help in tracking the numbers of these bunnies.

The purpose of the tracking is to help biologists figure out the numbers of the Cottontail's density, abundance and distribution throughout the District.

Police need help identifying DC theft suspect

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- D.C. police need your help identifying a suspect wanted in connection with multiple thefts.

Police say an adult male who is making a purchase hands a clerk a $100 bill, disputes the change he receives, confuses the clerk and leaves with the change and the $100 bill.

The thefts happened on the following days:

 

  • October 6 at approximately 5:55 p.m. in the 2000 block of 18th Street, NW
  • October 9 at approximately 3:30 p.m. in the 2600 block of Georgia Avenue, NW 
  • October 29 at approximately 6:30 p.m. in the 1600 block of 17th Street, NW

The person of interest in the first theft was described as being a black male with a medium complexion, 60 to 65 years of age, short hair or bald, officials said.

Haunted hotels across the USA

These hotels allegedly have observable poltergeist activity - so prepare for some chills and thrills on your next overnight stay.

The Biltmore Coral Gables, Miami: Originally opened as a playground for the rich in 1926, the Biltmore Coral Gables is not only luxurious and elegant, but is also believed to be quite haunted. The 13th floor served as a speakeasy during Prohibition, when the hotel saw its first premature death: Gangster Thomas "Fatty" Walsh was shot and killed at a crowded party. 

Years later, the U.S. government bought the hotel and converted it into a hospital for World War II soldiers. After being abandoned for several decades, the Biltmore re-opened in the 1980s as a hotel, and ever since then guests have experienced unexplained noises and visions.