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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.

Woman wanted for multiple thefts

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Montgomery County police need your help locating a woman wanted for multiple thefts in D.C. and Montgomery County.

Police say 42-year-old Desha Wilkins of District Heights, Maryland, may be responsible for approximately 20 pickpocket and fraud incidents in the area.

The incidents happened in the months of October and November at grocery stores, officials said.

On November 21, police served a search warrant at Wilkins' residence in District Heights. Wilkins was not at home, but police say they found evidence linking Wilkins to the crimes.

Wilkins is described as a black female, 5'5? tall, and weighing approximately 160 pounds. Detectives believe that she is still in the Washington, D.C. area.  

Anyone with information regarding Wilkins whereabouts is asked to contact the 4th District Investigative Section at (240) 773-5475.

Md. house fire under investigation

SUITLAND, Md. (WUSA9) -- Prince George's County fire officials are investigating a house fire on Friday in Silver Hill.

The fire happened in the attic of a two story home at 2810 Sunset Lane, according to a tweet from spokesperson Mark Brady.

Officials say firefighters are performing overhaul and there were no injuries reported. The cause is under investigation.

Shutdown: Census Bureau workers picket

SUITLAND, Md. (WUSA9) -- Some U.S. Census Bureau workers took to the picket lines on Monday to express their anger with Congress. They picketed outside their offices in Suitland.

The workers shouted "Put us back to work" as they marched.

A spokesman for the group says, "We want people to know we are not invisible people. We are human beings with families."

Wednesday, the group plans to picket downtown.

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. 

PG man arrested in DC Murder case

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- A Md. man was arrested and charged with murder on Friday in a homicide that happened on Thursday, police said. 

Michael A. Smith, 33, of Suitland, Maryland, was charged with Murder One, Conspiracy, and additional related charges in connection with the shooting death of Paul Aime Tanoh Danzo, 24, of Laurel, police said. 

The shooting happened on the 1000 block of 17th Street, NW, police said. 

Police are still looking for a second person of interest associated with the murder. 

Wing of PG County Courthouse evacuated

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (WUSA9) -- A wing of the Prince George's County Courthouse was evacuated on Wednesday afternoon, after multiple people complained about headaches, police said. 

The Bourne Wing of the courthouse was tested for carbon monoxide shortly after the people complained, and the building was deemed safe of CO after the test. 

Officials are still investigating why about 40-50 people are complaining about headaches.

The entire building was investigated and officials say they found no readings of any kinds of gas or fumes. No work is going on in the building.

The Bourne Wing will remain closed until at least Thursday morning.