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FOUND: 17-year-old girl from Laurel


LAUREL, Md. (WUSA9) -- The missing 17-year-old girl from Laurel has been found safe and sound, police said.

Police said Sara Whitney Onwudiachi was last seen in the 12800 block of North Point Lane on Saturday around 7:00 p.m.

She is described as a 5'11" African-American female, 150 pounds, with short hair and brown eyes. Police say Onwudiachi was last seen wearing a black jacket, pink shirt and gray pants.

Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to call the Prince George's County Police Department's Regional Investigation Division – Northern Region at (301) 937-0910.

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Missing 17-year-old girl from Laurel sought


LAUREL, Md. (WUSA9) -- Prince George's County Police are searching for a missing 17-year-old girl from Laurel.

Police said Amia Butler-Morgan was last seen in Laurel on Wednesday around 4 p.m.

She is described as a black teenager, standing 5'8" tall and weighing 200 pounds. She has straight, black, shoulder-length hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a white shirt, with tan pants and black shoes, police said.

Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to call the Prince George's County Police Department's District VI Property Crimes at 301-937-0910.


Truck hit by gunfire on the ICC


LAUREL, Md. (WUSA9) -- A truck traveling Eastbound on the ICC was struck by gunfire on Tuesday, according to the Maryland Transportation Authority.

The bullets hit the windshield of the truck. One of the occupants of the truck was injured by broken glass, transportation officials said. The other occupant of the truck was hit by a bullet, but the bullet was stopped by his clothing.

A bullet fragment was recovered

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Nelson Tree Experts confirmed it was one of their trucks that was hit and that the truck was moving at the time.

METRO SCHOOL of the ARTS ACADEMY AUDITIONS, SUN., MAR. 1; for 2015-2016 School Year

METRO SCHOOL of the ARTS ACADEMY AUDITIONS, SUN., MAR. 1; for 2015-2016 School Year

Students interested in attending the Metropolitan School of the Arts (MSA) of Alexandria and Lorton, Va. can audition on Sun., Mar. 1 at MSA Lorton Campus at 9601 Ox Road. Auditions are required as part of the 2015-2016 academy registration. The MSA Academy audition is for performing arts students from 6th grade to 12th grade. Students should call 703-339-0444 ext.3 or visit www.metropolitanarts.org to register for an audition time. 

The audition process will give prospective students an opportunity to demonstrate his or her skills in dance, music and theater for the chairs of the respective arts departments.  Applicants must attend a live audition if they live within three geographical states of MSA.  Prospective students living beyond the three-state radius may submit a DVD audition. 

Police to canvass Laurel in homicide investigation


LAUREL, Md. (WUSA9) -- Prince George's County Police will canvass a Laurel community Friday evening and pass out flyers in connection with a homicide that happened Thursday. A reward of up to $25,000 is being offered in connection with the incident.

The victim, Tyrone Archer, Jr. 23, of Laurel was found suffering from gunshot wounds Thursday around 3:45 p.m. in the 8200 block of Imperial Drive, police said. Archer was pronounced dead on the scene.

Police are still trying to identify suspects and a possible motive in the case.

The canvass of the area will start at 6 p.m. in the 8200 block of Imperial Drive, police said.

Woman dies from injuries sustained in Md. fire


LAUREL, Md. (WUSA9) -- A woman who suffered burns on nearly half her body during a Maryland fire has succumbed to her injuries and died, fire officials said.

At about 9:45 p.m. Thursday firefighters were called to a single family home in the 7200 block of Carriage Hill Drive in Laurel. Firefighters arriving on the scene found a burned piece of furniture that appeared to have been on fire and extinguished by the 80-year-old woman living in the home, fire officials said.

The woman was evaluated and was found to have sustained burns on half her body, fire officials said. She was taken to the Burn Unit in D.C. where she succumbed to her injuries on Friday, officials said.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, but appears to be accidental, officials said.


Police ID motorcyclist killed in fatal Bowie crash


BOWIE, Md. (WUSA9) -- Police have identified the motorcyclist who died after a collision with an SUV on Monday.

The victim has been identified as Ali Blackshear, age 36, of Northeast Washington.

The accident occurred at the intersection of Laurel Bowie Road south of Powder Mill Road at 5:50 p.m., police said.

Blackshear was taken to the hospital in grave condition where he succumbed to his injuries, police said.

Preliminary investigation reveals that Blackshear was traveling southbound on Laurel Bowie Road when he veered into an oncoming traffic lane to avoid hitting a stopped car, police said. Blackshear than crashed head on with a Honda CRV that was traveling northbound police said.