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Howard Univ. Homecoming events back on track

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- The roar of cars, the cheering crowds, and band after band marching down the street; these are the sights and sounds of Howard University's Homecoming weekend.

Akilah Flowers is a junior at American University.  Her family came in from Wisconsin to celebrate Homecoming weekend with her. She says, "The fact that I can have my family come be around my Howard family, it's just a lot of love!"

Others say this weekend shows the strong legacy of Howard, and it is also a great time to meet and talk with alumni.

The energetic crowd out here today quite different from the chaotic scene on Friday.

Multiple people were injured after this crowd rushed the gates during a concert known as 'YardFest'.

The venue had reached capacity and students couldn't get into the sold out event. Flowers says, "It didn't turn out how we all wanted, I was a little disappointed myself."

New lawyer for man involved in activist's death

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (AP) - A man involved in the murder of a northern Virginia activist has a new attorney after he told a judge his previous lawyer failed to show him evidence and just talked about it.

A spokesman for the Office of the State's Attorney for Prince George's County says Ivan Newman made the claim Thursday and was assigned a new attorney.

Newman originally agreed to plead guilty and testify against a co-defendant, Tyrone Lewis, at trial. But prosecutors say Newman later changed his story, nullifying the agreement. Prosecutors had anticipated he would enter a new plea and be sentenced Thursday.

Lewis was ultimately convicted of killing activist Lenny Harris of Alexandria, whose body was found in a Fort Washington well in 2012. Another man, Linwood Johnson, also pleaded guilty to being involved.

6M gallons of wastewater overflows in Accokeek

ACCOKEEK, Md. (AP) - Officials say a valve left in the wrong position led to an overflow of 6 million gallons of diluted wastewater at a plant in Accokeek.

The Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission reported the overflow late Saturday afternoon. It began early Saturday morning and lasted for more than two hours. The commission says the diluted wastewater was contained on the grounds of the Piscataway plant.

The commission says because the valve was left in the wrong position, wastewater flowed to a piece of equipment that was disabled.

Drinking water is not affected by the overflow.

Earlier Saturday, the WSSC said excessive rainfall led to a sewage overflow at a wastewater pumping station in Fort Washington.

Police: Child critically injured in accident in Md.

PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY (WUSA9) -- Police are investigating an accident in Md. in which a child was critically hurt. 

The accident involving a car and a van happened around 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday on the 11000 block of Old Fort Road in Fort Washington. The car was headed northbound on Old Fort Road when it crossed the center line and collided head-on with the van, police said.

Two adult passengers in the car were taken to the hospital and one child has been critically hurt. The driver and single passenger in the van were also taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries, officials said. 

If you have information about this incident, call Police at (301) 306-5640. 

11 injured after apparent street racing crash in Md.

BRANDYWINE, Md. (WUSA9) -- Maryland State Police continue to investigate a multiple car wreck that shut down the 15000 block of Crain Highway in Brandywine at about 2:30 p.m. on Sunday.

Witnesses tell WUSA9 it all may have been the result of drag racing.

In total 11 people were taken to area hospitals in varying conditions. Some were airlifted while others were taken by ground.

Officials have released the names of the victims involved in this accident:

Jan Jeffcoat makes her WUSA9 debut at 11 p.m.

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- You told us you wanted something different, something fast and something that spoke to you, the viewer. We listened. 

On Sunday night, WUSA9 debuted its new anchor, Jan Jeffcoat, and its new 11 p.m. show format, which reflects more viewer-friendly segments. 

We at WUSA9 are always listening to your questions and comments on www.TellWUSA9.com as well. Click the link and tell us what you think about all the hottest topics in today's news, entertainment, weather and local sports. 

Md. homicide may be linked to gang related murder

FORT WASHINGTON, Md. (WUSA9) -- Police say a homicide at a townhome in Prince George's County on Wednesday morning may be related to another murder.

Police say the victim, identified as 19-year-old Kquante Markis Fisher, was a witness in the murder of Marcus Antonio Jones, a Friendly High School student who was shot outside a house party in Fort Washington in January.

Fisher had originally been charged in the January murder but charges were dropped and he became a witness for the prosecution.

Fisher was offered witness relocation in March of this year and met with prosecutors as recently as Tuesday, officials say. 

Police say the Jones murder was gang related and that they believe Fisher was involved in a gang.

At around 9:25 a.m. on Wednesday, police responded to the 6100 block of Kidare Court.