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Ashley Dejean

News Assistant

Dejean does a little bit of everything—from filing stories to keeping tabs on the latest local news. The youngest member of our news team got her radio chops interning for Houston Public Radio, where she won first place in the Texas AP Broadcasters Contest Best Feature-Light category. Dejean also interned at Washington City Paper and a local daily in Pune, India before coming to WAMU.


Articles Written by Ashley Dejean

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Prince George's County police say they've made an arrest in connection to the fatal shooting of a toddler. Police say 24-year-old Brian Ray Campbell helped Davon Wallace, the man believed to have fatally shot 3-year-old Knijah Amore Bibb, and was instrumental in the crime. Campbell has been charged with murder, manslaughter, and accessory. He is being held without bond. ...
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Residents of a Prince George's County neighborhood damaged by a landslide earlier this year say they would accept a proposal by the county government that would see six homes demolished. Under the proposal, the county would buy and demolish the six most-impacted houses in Piscataway Hills, fix the main road and allow the 22 other families to continue to live there. ...
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The Manassas Mosque has been vandalized and Muslim leaders say it might be a hate crime. According to Ibrahim Hooper of the Council on American-Islamic Affairs, a security guard found the yellow paint at the mosque Tuesday morning. "Somebody took what appears to be a can of yellow paint and sprayed all over the doors and windows of the mosque and put obscenities. A...
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In Prince George's County, a man has been found guilty of killing an honor student shot to death while walking to school almost two years ago. Eighteen-year-old Marckel Ross of Capitol Heights died from a single gunshot wound on September 11, 2012. The crime was described as senseless at the time by investigators. ...
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The death of former White House Press Secretary James Brady has been ruled a homicide by Virginia's Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. The medical examiner's office says he died as a result of the injuries he suffered during the assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan in 1981. ...
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Montgomery County police are searching for a 14-year-old teenager who they say shot an 18-year-old woman multiple times in Wheaton this morning. Police say the victim's injuries are serious, but appear to be non-life threatening. Montgomery County Police Captain Paul Starks says, "the important thing is there is a young person with a firearm still out there... and ...
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A 17-year-old has been charged with attempted murder and arson in a house fire in Woodbridge, Virginia. Investigators say the fire was deliberately set while five people were inside and are charging the teen with attempted murder, arson and manufacturing an explosive device. Prince William County Fire and Rescue responded to the blaze in Marbury Lane around 4:30 a....
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Six suspects are under arrest in Prince George's County in connection with the murder of a homeless man. A 17-year-old girl and five men between the ages of 18 to 23 are all charged with first degree murder. Police say they've all given statements admitting to various degrees of involvement. They are all charged as adults and being held without bond. Amos Milburn J...
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Maryland is reporting its first two heat-related deaths of the year. Dr. Clifford Mitchell with the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene says heat-related deaths are preventable. "One of the things we want the emphasize to people is: Don't wait for severe symptoms," Mitchell says. "If you're outside in the heat and you're even beginning to feel a little...
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Visitors can now see six lion cubs at the National Zoo. As of this weekend, four new lion cubs will be out and about starting at 11 a.m. every morning, weather permitting. They were born to mother Shera and father Luke. They're 14 weeks old and Craig Saffoe, the curator of lions and tigers, says they'll probably be in the exhibit for somewhere between half an hour ...
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A Loudoun County judge is rejecting a request for a gag order from a man wanted for questioning in the shooting deaths of three Alexandria residents. Charles Severance is in jail awaiting trial in Loudoun on an unrelated firearms charge. His attorney filed a motion to bar lawyers and...
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Dozens of people have been displaced in Prince George's County after their homes flooded. Flash floods hit Berwyn Heights hard this morning, filling the basements of about two-dozen homes with water. Mark Brady with the fire department says the homes are around the 8900 block of 59th Avenue, and it's unclear at this time exactly how many people have been displaced. ...
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Ridesharing services Uber and Lyft both say they will continue normal operations in Virginia even after the state's Department of Motor Vehicles sent cease and desist letters to both companies. Uber and Lyft allow users with smartphones to order a car ride from their phones, like hailing a cab. The department says the companies must stop operating immediately becau...
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Defense lawyers for a man who's been called a "person of interest" in three high profile murders in Alexandria don't want those involved in the case talking to reporters. Attorneys for Charles Severance have filed a motion for a gag order, according to the Loudoun County District Court. This means lawyers on both sides of the case as well as investigators would be barred fro...
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Prince William County Police are looking for a man they say could provide information on the rape a woman in her apartment in Woodbridge early this morning while children were in the home. The 34-year-old woman told police the incident happened after she awoke to an unknown man inside her bedroom. He was armed with a handgun. The two children in the home were unharmed. ...
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Two groups leading the charge against the Washington Redskins' name are sending letters to every NFL player urging them to speak out against the team's name. The Oneida Indian Nation and the National Congress of American Indians say the name of the football team is an offensive racial slur and they're taking their case directly to the players today. Jacqueline Pata...
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The U.S. National World War II Memorial in Washington is adding new technology to help connect with younger visitors to the site as the memorial reaches its 10-year anniversary. The new interactive kiosks have touch screens and feature content about women who served during the war, a group of African-American pilots called the Tuskegee Airmen, and more. Michael Bu...
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D.C. police say three recent violent robberies may be related, and are looking for a man they believed stabbed two women in the neck. In each instance a man snuck up behind a woman with a knife and robbed her. In two of them, the woman was stabbed in the neck. Two of the attacks happened Wednesday night, one near Gallaudet University and the other in the Capitol Hill n...
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In Virginia, health officials in both Fairfax and Loudon County are warning those who visited certain locations in the area that they may have been exposed to measles. Out of "an abundance of caution," county officials are alerting people who may have been exposed to a child with measles between April 23 and May ...
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A man Alexandria Police want to question in relation to three high-profile murders was brought to Loudoun County Monday afternoon after being extradited from West Virginia. According to a booking officer at the West Virginia Northern Regional Jail, Charles Severance was taken by US Marshals at 2 p.m. Monday to Virginia's Loudoun County, where he faces an unrelated gun charge...