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Md. man arrested in domestic homicide


LAUREL, Md. (WUSA9) -- Howard County Police Department arrested a 46-year-old man in connection with the death of a 68-year-old man in Laurel, Md.

The incident happened Sunday morning in the 9500 block of Washington Avenue in Laurel, Md., authorities said.

The victim, Nandal Gupta, 68, and another family member, Deepak Gupta, 46 got into a fight inside of the home, police said.

Nandal Gupta started having chest pains and was then taken to Laurel Regional Hospital. He was pronounced dead around 9:30 a.m., police said.

Deepak Gupta has been arrested and is being charged with second-degree murder, manslaughter, and first-and second-degree assault, authorities said.

The investigation is ongoing.


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Former swim coach sentenced for child sex abuse


LAUREL, Md. (WUSA9) -- A former Maryland swim coach was sentenced to at least a decade behind bars on Thursday for child sex abuse charges.

Christopher Huott, of Fulton, Md., was the founder and owner of the Maryland Suburban Swim Club in Laurel.

In March, police say they were contacted by a female victim who disclosed that Huott engaged her in sex acts on numerous occasions while she was a minor. According to police, the abuse started in the 1980s when the victim was seven years old, and continued for years. Huott was the victim's swim coach at the time.

The victim and her husband spoke at the sentencing, where they showed the judge pictures of the victim when she was on the swim team.

Two of Huott's brothers spoke on his behalf, saying that what happened was wrong but they know their brother is a good man.

Man indicted for 1982 murder of Md. woman


LAUREL, Md. (WUSA9) -- Thirty two years after Stephanie Watson's murder, a man has been indicted for her death.

Prince George's County State's Attorney Angela Alsobrooks says that 69-year-old John Walsh has been indicted on one count of first degree murder, kidnapping and false imprisonment. Last year, law enforcement got a DNA match and Walsh was charged with the crime.

Walsh was already in prison for a parole violation, according to Alsobrooks.

Watson was supposed to go to work on July 22, 1982 at Laurel Hospital where she worked as a receptionist on the evening shift. She never arrived and her cousin reported her missing. Four days later, her car was found covered in blood.

Police look for driver who struck 11-year-old on bike


LAUREL, Md. (WUSA9) -- An 11-year-old boy seriously injured on his bike by a hit and run driver is home recovering from a head wound. Police have yet to catch the driver who ran him over Saturday in Laurel, Md.

"This is not gonna go away," the boy's grandmother, Brenda Robinson, tells WUSA9. She says she will keep the investigation going as long as she can.

Robinson says Christian Martin, her grandson, has a large head wound that has to be held together with staples. He was struck as he rode his bike behind his father on Whiskey Bottom Road Saturday evening at 6:31 p.m..

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Woman found dead in Md. pool


LAUREL, Md. (WUSA9) -- Prince George's County Police Department is responding to the report of a woman found dead in a pool located in the 7900 block of Brooklyn Bridge Road in Laurel.

Authorities responded to the residence around 2:35 p.m. A dead woman was found floating in the swimming pool, police said.

The investigation continues.

We will continue to update you as information comes in.


Police: Man tried to stab cop during traffic stop


LAUREL, Md. (WUSA9) -- Police say a man tried to stab an officer during a traffic stop in Laurel and then tried to run away. He is now charged with criminal and traffic offenses.

According to police, an officer made a traffic stop in the 300 block of Gorman Avenue after seeing a slow moving car strike a curb twice at approximately 12:38 p.m. on Sunday. The driver initially opened the door but was told to stay inside, say police.

The driver, later identified as Dianand Inder, would not put down his window and told the officer he only had a learner's permit, according to police. The officer suspected that Inder was driving under the influence and asked him to turn off his car. Inder refused the request, say police, and the officer made the request again. When Inder refused again, that is when the officer attempted to remove Inder from the car, according to police.

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.