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Fire at gas station after car pulls down pump


LAUREL, Md. (WUSA9) -- A fire sparked after a car pulled down a gas pump at a station in Laurel, Md. is now out, say Prince George's County fire officials.

Fire spokesperson Mark Brady says a gas nozzle was still in a car that just fueled up and the car pulled the pump down as it pulled away from the Shell gas station in the 700 block of Washington Blvd. on Wednesday.

No one was injured.

All roads are now open in the area.

34 displaced after tree falls on Md. apartment

LAUREL, Md. (WUSA9) -- Severe weather Thursday afternoon caused damage around the D.C. area.

In Maryland, 34 people are displaced after a large tree fell on three-story apartment building during heavy rain in Howard County Thursday.

It happened around 1:25 p.m. in the 9100 block of Stebbing Way. The entire apartment complex, which includes 12 units, are uninhabitable.

The tree caused extensive damage to the back of the building. One person who was at home self-evacuated, and two other people with minor injuries were evaluated on the scene.

MISSING: 16-year-old girl from Laurel

LAUREL, Md. (WUSA9) -- Prince George's County police are looking for a missing 16-year-old girl from Laurel.

Ciara Capri Holquist was last seen leaving her home in the 800 block of Hunting Lane in Laurel at 7 a.m. on October 7.

Ciara is described as a white female, 5' 2", 140 pounds, with brown hair. She was last seen wearing a pink hooded jacket, pink shirt, black pants, black boots, and a cheetah print backpack, police said.

If anyone has information on her whereabouts, please call the Regional Investigation Division - Northern Region at (301) 937-0910.

Police: Suspect sexually assaulted 2 teens in Laurel

LAUREL, Md. (WUSA9) -- Prince George's County police will hand out a sketch of a man wanted for sexually assaulting two teenagers.

The suspect inappropriately touched the two victims in separate incidents the morning of Sept. 23 on Briarwood Drive at Briarcroft Lane, police said. The first one happened between 7:45 and 8 and the second at about 8:15.

In both cases, the suspect approached the victims as they walked in the area, touched them inappropriately and then ran away, according to police.

The suspect is described as a black male with a heavy build. He had dread locks pulled into a Mohawk style haircut at the time of the assault, police said.

Detectives will canvass the area of the assaults on Friday morning at 10 and pass out flyers with a sketch of the suspect.

Md. man arrested in domestic homicide

LAUREL, Md. (WUSA9) -- Howard County Police Department arrested a 46-year-old man in connection with the death of a 68-year-old man in Laurel, Md.

The incident happened Sunday morning in the 9500 block of Washington Avenue in Laurel, Md., authorities said.

The victim, Nandal Gupta, 68, and another family member, Deepak Gupta, 46 got into a fight inside of the home, police said.

Nandal Gupta started having chest pains and was then taken to Laurel Regional Hospital. He was pronounced dead around 9:30 a.m., police said.

Deepak Gupta has been arrested and is being charged with second-degree murder, manslaughter, and first-and second-degree assault, authorities said.

The investigation is ongoing.

Former swim coach sentenced for child sex abuse

LAUREL, Md. (WUSA9) -- A former Maryland swim coach was sentenced to at least a decade behind bars on Thursday for child sex abuse charges.

Christopher Huott, of Fulton, Md., was the founder and owner of the Maryland Suburban Swim Club in Laurel.

In March, police say they were contacted by a female victim who disclosed that Huott engaged her in sex acts on numerous occasions while she was a minor. According to police, the abuse started in the 1980s when the victim was seven years old, and continued for years. Huott was the victim's swim coach at the time.

The victim and her husband spoke at the sentencing, where they showed the judge pictures of the victim when she was on the swim team.

Two of Huott's brothers spoke on his behalf, saying that what happened was wrong but they know their brother is a good man.

Man indicted for 1982 murder of Md. woman

LAUREL, Md. (WUSA9) -- Thirty two years after Stephanie Watson's murder, a man has been indicted for her death.

Prince George's County State's Attorney Angela Alsobrooks says that 69-year-old John Walsh has been indicted on one count of first degree murder, kidnapping and false imprisonment. Last year, law enforcement got a DNA match and Walsh was charged with the crime.

Walsh was already in prison for a parole violation, according to Alsobrooks.

Watson was supposed to go to work on July 22, 1982 at Laurel Hospital where she worked as a receptionist on the evening shift. She never arrived and her cousin reported her missing. Four days later, her car was found covered in blood.