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Laurel hit with flooding, residents evacuated


LAUREL, Md. (WUSA9) - Waves of water rushed through the center of Laurel, flooding Route 1 several feet deep. "We had to evacuate Main Street," said Mayor Craig Moe, "about several hundred people."

"This morning was kinda hectic because police just knocked on our door," said one resident of Selborne House senior apartments downtown. Nearly 200 elderly residents returned to their senior apartments on main street after waiting out the water nearly five hours in a community center.

Thankfully, no one was hurt, but Fred Frederick suffered quite a loss. After moving more than 200 cars from his dealership nearly two dozen still got trapped in flood waters. "Those cars once they're in flood they are of no value," he said.

"I can't stress enough the dam is safe and there are no cracks," said WSSC spokesperson Lyn Riggins.

3 displaced after fire at Laurel home


LAUREL, Md. (WUSA9) -- Two adults and a child are without a home after a fire early Thursday morning in Laurel, says Prince George's County Fire Department spokesperson Mark Brady.

The fire broke out at 3 a.m. in the 11700 block of Randy Lane. The three family members were able to get out before fireifghters arrived at the scene.

Firefighters battled the blaze for an hour before it was completely extinguished.

According to Brady, the fire started on an exterior deck and spread up a back wall to the attic.

The cause of the fire is accidental, says Brady.

The fire caused an estimated $80,000 in damage.

The family members found their own temporarily living arrangements.


Accused sex abuse swim coach out on bail


LAUREL, MD (WUSA9) -- A Maryland swim coach is out on bail, one day after police arrested him on charges of repeatedly abusing a 7-year-old girl three decades ago.

Christopher Huott put up his hood and had nothing to say after putting up $50,000 in bail money and walking out of the Montgomery County Detention Center.

Prosecutors say his victim went to police alleging her then swim coach fondled her and had her perform oral sex on him starting when she was just 7 and ending when she turned 12.

Huott is the founder and owner of the the popular Maryland Suburban Swim Club at Fairland Aquatics Center in Laurel.

Laurel Police and Montgomery County prosecutors say he may have victimized other children since then. And they are urging those victims to come forward.

Police: Woman with knife bit victim's leg

Police: Woman with knife bit victim's leg


MANASSAS, Va. (WUSA9) -- Prince William County police have arrested a woman who they say bit another woman's leg and pushed a police officer.

Bonnie Lu Jackson, 42, of Manassas, has been charged with attempted malicious wounding, assault & battery on a LEO, and domestic assault & battery.

On April 19 at 12:51 a.m., officers responded to the 7300 block of Castle Road to investigate a domestic disturbance. The victim, a 44-year-old woman, reported that she and Jackson were involved in a verbal altercation that had escalated, according to police.

Police say that Jackson assaulted the victim and bit her leg. At some time during the altercation, Jackson grabbed a knife and charged towards the victim. Another person was able to separate the two women.

FBI offers $10,000 reward in Md. Walmart robbery


LAUREL, Md. (WUSA9) -- The FBI Baltimore Division is offering a $10,000 reward for anyone with information that leads to an arrest in a robbery that happened at a Walmart in Laurel, Md. in November 2012.

Authorities said the incident happened at the Walmart located at 3549 Russett Green East, early in the morning on November 14.

The robber forced the night manager into the office and had him stuff cash from the safe into a trash can, authorities said. After the manager put the trash can full of money into a van parked in front of the store, the robber shot the manager in the arm and drove off.

Authorities said the manager was not seriously hurt.

Police hope surveillance leads to liquor store burglar


LAUREL, Md. (WUSA9) -- Police in Laurel are hoping surveillance video will lead to the arrests of three suspects in two separate burglaries over the last six weeks at a local liquor store.

Police say the Laurel Park Liquor store was burglarized on April 15 and March 5. The most recent burglary saw the suspects throw a brick through the front glass window to get inside the store before stealing more than $2,500 worth of top shelf liquor.

Detectives believe the same suspects broke in to the store in the same fashion in March before stealing more than $5,000 in liquor and cigarettes.

During both burglaries, a silver Dodge Caravan or Chrysler Town and Country mini van was caught on surveillance as a getaway car, police say.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Henderson at the Laurel Police Department Criminal Investigation's Division at 301-498-8002.

Firefighters battle bus fire in Prince George's


LAUREL, Md. (WUSA9) -- Prince George's County fire officials say a small commuter bus caught fire in Laurel Monday evening.

Mark Brady with Prince George's County Fire says it happened on Laurel Bowie Road (Rt 197) and South Laurel Drive.

Brady says a tire blew while firefighters were on the scene, knocking one firefighter off of his feet and injuring his knee.

Tricia Bryan shared photos with WUSA9, which appear to show the bus melted into the asphalt and completely destroyed.