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Man pulls up in car, exposes himself to woman in Laurel

LAUREL, Md. (WUSA9) -- A man exposed himself to a woman after pulling up next to her while she was walking in Laurel Saturday evening, Anne Arundel County police said.

The indecent exposure happened around 6:56 p.m. in the 3500 block of Russet Green E., police said.

A 31-year-old woman was walking to a local business in the area when she saw a man, motioning her to come over to his car. She just continued to walk away from the suspect. The man then pulled up next to the woman while she continued to walk. The woman then saw the man performing a lewd act.

The man then drove off and the woman contacted police.

An officer spotted the suspect's car and made a traffic stop, authorities said. Miguel Angel Acosta Villegas, 33, of Laurel was arrested and is being charged with indecent exposure.

Firefighter injured in Laurel fire out of hospital

LAUREL, Md. (WUSA9) -- One of two firefighters transported to the hospital for injuries suffered during a fire in Laurel has been released from the hospital.

Zachary Proffen, a Prince George's County firefighter, suffered serious burns to his hands, ears and other parts of his body while fighting an apartment fire Thursday in the 11700 block of South Laurel Drive, according to Prince George's County fire spokesperson Mark Brady.

Since the fire, Proffen has gone through multiple treatments, including skin graphs, at Medstar Washington Hospital Center.

Even though he is out of the hospital, Proffen is not expected to return to active duty for an extended period of time.

4 firefighters injured in Laurel apartment fire

LAUREL, Md. (WUSA9) -- Four firefighters were injured in a fire at an apartment building in Laurel on Thursday, Prince George's County Fire and EMS said. 

Public forum held on Laurel hospital closure plan

LAUREL, Md. -- The Laurel Mayor's Office held a public forum Monday evening on Laurel Regional Hospital's plan to close by 2018.

Neighbors expressed their dissatisfaction about the decision by the hospital's owners, Dimensions Health Care, to shut it down.

"It's just incomprehensible to me. I mean what kind of a way is that to run a business? You don't do that," one forum attendee said.

Dimensions Health Care says Laurel Regional is under-used and losing money. Under the company's plan, the 106-bed facility would close completely by 2018 and be replaced with an outpatient facility.

According to the Prince George's County fire department, Dimensions Health Care plans to keep the hospital's emergency room open.

Man arrested for PCP possession near Laurel playground

LAUREL, Md. (WUSA9) -- A man was arrested Monday for PCP possession near a playground in Laurel.

According to Laurel police, officers responded to a report of a suspicious person near the playground located at Oakpointe and Oxford Drive.

At the scene, officers noticed the odor of PCP coming from a subject identified as Jamal McMahon, 31, from Laurel. A search of McMahon uncovered 8 small vials and 1 large vial of PCP prepared for sale and $1200 in U.S. currency.

McMahon was arrested for possession with intent to distribute PCP.

Laurel Mayor responds to closing of Regional Hospital

LAUREL, Md. (WUSA9) -- A major hospital in the Laurel-Beltsville region will close its doors by 2018. The plan is to replace Laurel Regional Hospital with a $24 million dollar outpatient facility.

It was made public Friday that the full service Laurel Regional Hospital will close, according to the Mayor, Craig A. Moe, and City Council of Laurel Department of Communications. The decision happened in closed door sessions and neither the community or local elected officials were involved in the final decision. It was based on a consultant's report that had no evaluation of the potential to sell the hospital and the campus, according to officials.

Laurel police deny public strip search charge

Laurel, Md. (WUSA9) -- Laurel police are denying a Prince George's County man's claim that he was strip searched in public and intentionally humiliated during an unjustified traffic stop in March of 2014.

"The City unequivocally denies that the traffic stop, which was initiated by a call about a suspicious vehicle was the result of any racial profiling, or that racism of any type was involved," said a statement issued by Laurel City Spokesperson Audrey Barnes late Thursday (see the full statement at the end of this article).