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Road closed in Laurel due to water main break


LAUREL, Md. (WUSA9) -- A water main break in Laurel has closed 4th Street and Montrose Avenue, the City of Laurel said. 

The street is currently flooded. Drivers are being asked to avoid the area. 

We will update you as we learn more. 

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Laurel man arrested in 2 back to back armed robberies


LAUREL, Md. (WUSA9) -- A Laurel man has been arrested and is being charged in connection with two armed robberies that both happened in just over two hours on Monday, police said. 

Khali Ahmad Campbell, 20, was taken into custody and is facing numerous charges, Laurel police said. Campbell went into the Pasta Plus located at 209 Gorman Avenue at 5:15 p.m. with a handgun and demanded money. Campbell then fled on foot, according to authorities. Nobody was hurt during the incident. 

Campbell then went to the Holiday Inn Express at 14402 Laurel Place around 7:23 p.m. Officers responded to the hotel and spotted the suspect at the corner of Laurel Place and Cherry Lane. Police stopped the man without any issues and took him into custody. 

Police found cash and a black bb gun. 

Woman, 19, struck and killed by vehicle in Laurel


LAUREL, Md. (WUSA9) -- A woman was struck and killed by a vehicle in Laurel, Md. Friday morning, according to officials with the City of Laurel. 

The incident happened around 6 a.m. at Rt. 197 at Cherry Lane, officials said. The driver involved in the accident stayed at the scene. The victim has been identified as 19-year-old Helene Nagassa. Her family has been notified. 

Police say the 66-year-old driver stayed on the scene and was very cooperative. 

Witnesses told police that the driver had a green light and that Nagaasa was not using the crosswalk. The accident is still under investigation. 

No charges have been filed in the case. 

 

 

Route 197 was closed for about three hours. 

Fire at abandoned D.C. children's center in Laurel


LAUREL, Md. (WUSA9) -- A fire broke out Friday night at the former site of the Forest Haven mental health facility in Laurel.

An Anne Arundel County fire spokesperson said the fire broke out at the vacant building at 8400 River Road at around 10:10 p.m.

The Forest Haven facility, which was officially known as the D.C. Children's Center, was an asylum for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. The facility was closed in 1991. 

Fire officials are continuing to investigate the cause of the fire. 

Police identify man killed after head-on crash in Laurel


LAUREL, Md. (WUSA9) -- A 66-year-old man killed  after a head-on crash Thursday afternoon has been identified, according to Prince George's County police. 

The crash happened around 1 p.m. at the intersection of Laurel-Bowie Road (Route 197) and Loblolly Pine Drive in Laurel. 

Charles Fletcher was heading northbound on Laurel Bowie Road when police said another car heading southbound crossed the center lines and struck Fletcher’s car head on. 

A child and another person were also injured in the crash. They were taken to a nearby hospital after the accident with non-life threatening injuries. 

Fletcher was killed at the scene. 

Police are still investigating how the second car crossed the center lines of traffic. 

Police and AED help save Laurel man's life


LAUREL, Md. (WUSA9) -- A 55-year-old Laurel man is alive after local police and a piece of equipment recently installed in patrol cars helped save his life.

On November 11, four Laurel Police officers responded to a suspicious activity call at 500 Eight St. in Laurel and found a man lying face down in the middle of the road. The man was non-responsive. He was not breathing and the officers could not find any signs of life.

The officers initiated CPR, but he was still non-responsive. An automated electronic defibrillator--or AED was then used on the man.

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Long-lost WWII letters make way back to family


LAUREL, Md. (WUSA9) -- For decades, a box of letters written by Amando Custodio to his wife during World War II sat unopened in an attic. 

But a few days ago, the man with the box dropped it off at a Laurel police station with some other WWII memorabilia he found in his attic. He wanted to make sure those letters got to their rightful owner.

"We started looking through it, there were some pictures, some letters Christmas cards and it all seemed to come back to one person," Sgt. Erik Lynn of Laurel City police said.  

And after some quick research, these long-lost pieces of family history have found their way back to Rita Shane and her two daughters. Letters home from World War II, from her father to her mother. 

"I never read any of this before, it's pretty exciting," Shane said.