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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.

RELATED: US issues new requirements to improve defibrillator safety

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. 

Search halted for missing Md. woman

LAUREL, Md. (WUSA9) -- The search for Lisa Renee Wyche will be suspended, but her investigation will remain active, said U.S. Park police. 

This comes after six days of an intense search for the woman who went missing on Halloween.  



Time running out for missing Md. woman

Volunteers, search dogs from Chesapeake and a K-9 from Maryland State were all helping, according to authorities. They covered the same ground on Thursday and Friday.

The 46-year-old from Capitol Heights, who suffers from kidney failure went missing on Halloween after her car ran out of gas. She was last seen in the area of north of the Rt.197 exit walking in the median of the Pkwy.


Police: Children home while man used dumbbell to kill wife

LAUREL, Md. (WUSA9) -- A Laurel man allegedly used a dumbbell to kill his wife while their three children were home, according to court documents.  

Police say none of the children saw the outburst of violence allegedly committed by 41-year-old Jason Martin against his wife Carla Dee Martin. The three children are now living with Carla Martin's parents.    

At around 11 p.m. Tuesday, officers found Carla Martin, 42, in the basement of her home on Glen Ridge Drive in Laurel with multiple facial and head injuries that were consistent with blunt force trauma. She was pronounced dead at Laurel Regional Hospital.

According to police records, Jason Martin, a mathematician at the National Security Agency, admitted to a neighbor that "he thought he killed he wife" Carla Dee Martin and "admitted to using a dumbbell".

Police: Man kills his wife in their Laurel home

LAUREL, Md. (WUSA9) -- A husband is being accused of killing his wife Tuesday night in their Laurel home, Howard County police said.  

Jason W. Martin, 41, was arrested and is being charged with second-degree murder in the death of Carla Dee Martin, 42. Authorities said the cause of death was blunt force trauma.

A neighbor reported the incident to 911 around 11 p.m. Tuesday night. The caller told authorities that Jason Martin had come to their home and said his wife was injured. The man had blood on his clothing.

When officers got to the scene they found Carla Martin in the basement with injuries from blunt force trauma. Police found a dumbbell nearby, which was covered in blood. She was taken to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

Pack Light, Pack Right While Traveling by Air This Fall

Pack Light, Pack Right While Traveling by Air This Fall

Fall is a time when millions of people around the country begin to make their travel plans. In fact, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation, the busiest travel times of the year are just around the corner, which include Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s. There are some great reasons why packing light will help make your trip easier and more enjoyable. And the good news is that it’s not difficult to do, either.

“If you want to pack right when you travel then you really need to focus on packing light,” explains Tina Aldatz, chief executive officer of Savvy Travelers. “There’s much less hassle and stress when you pack light and stick to the basics. You can put your focus on your travel, rather than having all of your attention go to dragging around way too much luggage.”

Here are some Savvy Travelers tips for packing light and right for fall and holiday air travel: