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Arrest made in murder of man found in 2 bags in Laurel


LAUREL, Md. (WUSA9/ AP) - Police in Prince George's County have made an arrest in the murder of a man whose body was found in two bags in a Laurel apartment complex.

The suspect is 32-year-old Santos Leonel Mejia-Yanes of Finsbury Court in Laurel, police said. He's charged with first and second degree murder and is being held without bond.

Mejia-Yanes has a bail review hearing on Friday afternoon. He has a preliminary hearing set for September 23rd.

Detectives also obtained a warrant for a second suspect. He's 34-year-old Bayron Cruz-Vargar also of Finsbury Court. Cruz-Vargas is charged with first degree murder as well as first degree assault and other charges, police said. He remains at large.

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Teens arrested for arson at classroom trailer


LAUREL, Md. (WUSA9) -- Four teenage boys were charged with arson after a fire at a temporary classroom in Laurel.

According to Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department spokesperson Mark Brady, three 13-year-olds and one 15-year-old boy were charged last Friday with 1st Degree Arson, 2nd Degree Arson, 1st Degree Malicious Burning, and 2nd Degree Malicious Burning for the fire at Derefield Run Elementary School in June.

Brady says that firefighters responded to a trailer being used as a classroom at the school the night of June 30. Investigators later determined that the fire was set intentionally.

If found guilty, the charges carry maximum penalties that could potentially keep the boys in a juvenile facility until their 21st birthdays, says Brady.


Take the Plunge: Join Design Army X Karla Colletto for Pool Party, Fashion Show on Friday, Aug. 22

Take the Plunge: Join Design Army X Karla Colletto for Pool Party, Fashion Show on Friday, Aug. 22

Design Army X Karla Colletto to debut their swimwear collection - Swim At Your Own Risk - on Friday, August 22 from 7-10 p.m. at Capitol Skyline Hotel

On the heels of judging the global 61st Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity in France as one of two US judges in the Design category, Pum Lefebure, co-founder and Chief Creative Officer of Design Army, just released her first swimwear collection, Swim At Your Own Risk, in collaboration with Karla Colletto. A capsule collection for Colletto’s Cruise 2015 line and Lefebure’s first venture into fashion design, the five-piece graphic swimsuits and beachwear debuted at the Miami Swim Show on July 19th.

Boil water advisory lifted in Prince George's County


LAUREL, Md. (WUSA9) -- Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) has lifted the boil water advisory for all customers affected in Southern Prince George's County.

Multiple samples collected on Wednesday and Thursday came back negative for contamination, the WSSC reported.

It is no longer necessary for customers to boil their water prior to use, WSSC said.

Read more about the advisory that had been in effect since Wednesday HERE: http://on.wusa9.com/1prIa6B


$2 million lottery ticket sold in Md.


LAUREL, Md. (WUSA9) -- A $2 million lottery ticket was sold in Laurel, Md. for Saturday night's drawing, lottery officials said.

The ticket bought was the PowerPlay option and the PowerPlay number was two. $1 million was doubled to $2 million, according to lottery officials.

The winning ticket was bought at Laurel Lakes Liquors, located at 14132 Baltimore Ave., in Laurel.


Md. robbery suspect wanted after leaving during trial


LAUREL, Md. (WUSA9) -- Police say a manhunt is underway for a suspect wanted in connection with a liquor store robbery after he disappeared from court on Tuesday.

The Prince George's County Sheriff's Office has issued a warrant for the arrest of 40-year-old Michael Anderson.

Police say Anderson left the courthouse while a jury was deliberating during his trial.

Anderson was on trial for a June 15 robbery the Laurel Park Liquor Store at 13600 Baltimore Avenue. The jury convicted him on the robbery charge Tuesday, even though he did not return to the courtroom to hear the verdict, officials say.

If you know the whereabouts of Michael Anderson, please call the Prince George's County Sheriff's Office at 301-780-8600.


4 injured in accident on I-495 near Bethesda

4 injured in accident on I-495 near Bethesda


BETHESDA, Md. (WUSA 9) -- Two Metrobus passengers are claiming injuries after the bus was involved in an accident on the Beltway Friday afternoon.

Authorities say that the Metrobus was involved in an accident with a passenger vehicle near the Old Georgetown Road exit on I-495.

Authorities report that two of the passengers in the involved vehicle are also claiming injuries.