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Laurel police introduce speed camera prototype

LAUREL, Md. (WUSA9) -- Laurel Mayor and Police will deploy a new tool this week in order to raise awareness to speeding on City streets.

Authorities said in an effort to increase speed awareness within Laurel school zones, also known as the "Safe Kid Zones", according to the police and mayor.

Police said the City will introduce a new concept and prototype made by Brekford Corp. The research and development of the prototype device a joint effort with the Laurel Police Department.

The new speed camera will use the current speed camera platform (box) with a pole-mounted speed display sign, which will show the vehicle speed as drivers enter the coverage area, authorities said.

Authorities said the speed camera box will not be used for enforcement or ticketing purpose even though it does resemble a speed camera box.

No injuries in Laurel house fire

MARYLAND CITY, Md. (WUSA9) -- Firefighters responded to a house fire early Wednesday morning in Maryland City.

Anne Arundel County fire officials say the fire occurred in the 3300 block of Crumpton South, near Maryland City Elementary School. The fire was reported at 5:51 a.m. We're told the fire started int he basement.

Four people escaped the fire safely and no injuries were reported, according to fire officials.

Red Cross was notified to assist three adults and one child.

One lane closed both directions US1

LAUREL, Md. (WUSA9) -- One lane will be closed in both directions of Baltimore Avenue in Laurel this weekend.

The Intercounty Connector Project will close one of two lanes in both directions along US 1 (Baltimore Avenue) between Contee Road and Muirkik Road, starting at 6 p.m. Friday through noon on Sunday, March 9, weather permitting.

Authorities said the lane closures will allow the new concrete patches to cure. The project is part of the Contract D/E of the Intercounty Connector (ICC) project.

Expect delays along Baltimore Avenue this weekend, especially on Saturday. Drivers can use I-95 to the west or MD 295 to the east as alternate routes.

There will be portable signs, cones and barrels to guide motorists through the work zone, the State Highway Administration said.

If the weather is not good, the work will happen next weekend, March 14, 15 and 16.

Man killed in Laurel car crash identified

LAUREL, Md. (WUSA9) -- Police have identified the man killed in a crash involving two cars in Laurel Wednesday night, police said.

The accident happened by the 8600 block of Contee Road at approximately 8:45 p.m.

Police say both drivers were taken to the hospital with serious injuries. 32-year-old Maurice Michael Barnes of Laurel later died of his injuries. Police say the other driver is expected to survive.

Police say Branes was driving westbound on Contee Road and for some reason his car crossed into oncoming traffic and hti the second car head-on.

According to police, speed appears to be a factor in the crash.

Man arrested for stealing $20.5K from bank

LAUREL, Md. (WUSA9) -- Police have arrested a man who stole more than $20,000 from a bank in Laurel.

Police say Robert C. Williams, 52, robbed the PNC Bank at 390 Main Street on Feb. 19 at 9:30 a.m. He is charged with robbery and numerous traffic offenses.

Police say the suspect was identified by various customers and employees, and he fled into Howard County during a pursuit. The suspect wrecked his vehicle on Thunder Hill Road at Twin Knolls Road, where he exited and fled on foot. Police apprehended him a few blocks away.

A backpack containing the stolen $20,650 was recovered in the vehicle.

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Snow emergency declared in Laurel

LAUREL, Md. (WUSA9) -- Mayor Craig A. Moe declared a snow emergency for the City of Laurel as of 4 p.m. Sunday, which will remain in effect until further notice.

Mayor Moe and Emergency Operations Director, Marty Flemion, wants residents to be aware that the National Weather Service has put out a winter storm warning for the area starting Sunday evening and going into Monday afternoon.

According to forecast, there will be rain Sunday evening, which will turn into ice overnight and change to snow later on.

A major concern for the region are the potential dangers on the roads with hidden ice for the morning commute.