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Snake removed from bush near Laurel apartment building


LAUREL, Md. (WUSA9) -- A Laurel police officer removed a 3-4 foot long snake from a bush in front of an apartment building where children frequently play.


According to Laurel police, PFC Jordan safely removed the snake from the bush, transported it to a wooded area and released it back into the wild.


Officials believe the snake is a non-venomous 'black racer', which is found all over the United States, primarily east of the Colorado Rockies.

Crews respond to Laurel commercial building fire


LAUREL, Md. (WUSA9) -- Crews responded to a commercial building fire in Laurel, Md. Thursday morning, according to Mark Brady with Prince George's County Fire and Rescue.

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The fire was in the 14800 block of Sweitzer Lane UPS Distribution Center. A fire on top of the elevator was put out, officials said. The smoke is being ventilated.

Man wanted in 2 separate robbery incidents in Laurel


LAUREL, Md. (WUSA9) -- A suspect is being sought in connection with two separate armed robbery incidents in Laurel, Md. early Monday morning.

Police responded to the Russett Green community for reports of the two incidents that happened around 5:30 a.m.

The first incident happened when a man was walking his dog on Oxbow Place close to Widgeon Place, Anne Arundel County police said. The suspect approached the victim, pulled out a handgun and demanded money. The suspect fled after the victim told him he did not carry valuables when walking his dog. Police say the suspect drove off in a light brown, four door, 1980's style "Oldsmobile" sedan.

Fire in Laurel engulfs townhouse


LAUREL, Md. (WUSA9) -- A fire Sunday night in Laurel completely engulfed a townhouse and left one firefighter with minor burns.

At around 7 p.m. Sunday, Howard County firefighters responded to a call of a townhouse fire in the 9400 block of Riverbrink Court in Laurel.

Crews found heavy fire coming out the rear of a 2-story end-unit townhouse with a walk out basement.

More than 50 firefighters from Howard County and Prince George's County responded to the fire, which was under control after about 45 minutes. However, the fire caused significant structural damage and parts of the first and second floors were deemed unsafe.

There were no civilian injuries, but one Prince George's County Firefighter received minor burns. They were taken to a local hospital for treatment.

Trooper injured on I-95 creates reminder to move over


LAUREL, Md (WUSA9) -- A Maryland State trooper's condition improved to serious Thursday night after he was hit by a car during a traffic stop Wednesday on I-95.

The good news? Doctors expect Trooper First Class Wing Tong will pull through. The bad news? This kind of crash is shockingly common.

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Move over if you want to prevent it. It's now the law in all 50 states, but not D.C.

If you see an emergency vehicle on the side of the road, shift away one lane – or slow way down.

Armored truck overturns in Laurel


LAUREL, Md. (WUSA9) - Crews are responding to an accident involving an overturned armored truck in Laurel Friday morning.

The accident happened at Brock Ridge Road at Whiskey Bottom around 9:30 a.m. The truck rolled over and ended up next to a tributary, officials said. The truck went into power lines.

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The hazmat team is also responding to clean up fuel that spilled into the waterway, according to officials.

Brock Ridge Road at Whiskey Bottom is currently closed.

Person accused of spray painting cars at Laurel senior center


LAUREL, Md. (WUSA9) -- Howard County police have released surveillance video of a person accused of spray painting more than 30 cars in Laurel and Columbia, including some at a Laurel senior living center.

Police say that during the early morning of June 8, 28 cars were spray painted at a senior living center on the 9800 block of Palace Hall Drive in Laurel. Not long after, four cars and two buildings were spray painted on the 9100 block of Guilford Road in Columbia.

The suspect is believed to be responsible for both cases and possibly many others. The surveillance video was captured at approximately 2 a.m.

The person in the video was seen wearing dark clothing, dark gloves and a black and white pom knit hat. Their gender and race are unknown.

The spray paint used in the incidents was white, and in some cases included the words "Jack Boys".