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Father And Son Killed In Sunday Morning Crash On I-295

Father And Son Killed In Sunday Morning Crash On I-295

LAUREL, Md. (WUSA) - Two people lost their lives early Sunday morning on I-295 in Laurel, Md.

Jae B. Ro, 67 of Herndon, Va. and Young H. Ro, 38 of Herndon,  were the two men killed in the crash. They are father and son.

United States Park Police Criminal Investigations personnel and Crash Reconstructionists continue to investigate and causative factors have not yet been determined.

US Park Police Spokesman Sergeant David Schlosser told 9News Now the accident happened about 1 a.m., between routes 197 and 198 after a car lost control, crossed over the median and struck two vehicles that were travelling in the northbound lanes.

Schlosser said two people were pronounced dead on the scene and one person was flown to the Prince George's County Hospital Center with non-life threatening injuries.

Traffic was tied up in both directions during the police investigation of the accident, but all lanes have been reopened.

Preakness Stakes In Jeopardy Of Being Canceled

LAUREL, Md. (WUSA) -- The second jewel of the Triple Crown is now on
track to be canceled in 2011 after Maryland's Racing Commission Tuesday
refused to accept a proposed operating agreement from the owners of
Laurel and Pimlico.

Without a deal, both tracks will be shut down on January 1, according to track owners.

Hopes now rest on a last minute deal, or a state bailout of the industry by taking over the tracks using imminent domain laws.

The Racing Commission sided with Maryland's horse industry which
urged members to reject a deal that proposed closing a track at Bowie
and demanded steep concessions from thoroughbred owners - with no
guarantee racing would continue after the Preakness in 2011.

Many owners consider the proposal financial suicide. "Its time to say, enough," said Allan Foreman who represents horse owners.

Preakness Stakes Saved

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) -- An aide to Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley and horse racing representatives say a tentative agreement has been reached to allow a full calendar of 146 racing days in the state and keep the Preakness Stakes in Maryland.

Joseph Bryce, O'Malley's chief legislative officer, told reporters about the agreement after meeting with horse racing representatives Wednesday morning in Annapolis.

Bryce says between $3.5 million to $4 million would be redirected from the state's slot machine proceeds to pay for operating cost.

The plan still needs approval by the Maryland Racing Commission.

The agreement was announced a day after the commission voted to reject a proposal by the owners of Pimlico Race Course and Laurel Park to conduct live racing next year, full time, with an annual economic impact of more than $1.5 billion.

Police Looking For Murder Suspect

LAUREL, Md. (WUSA) -- Police are looking for a man they believe is connected to a murder in Prince George's County.

Jamar Slade Russell, 25, of Laurel, is the prime suspect in the December 11th murder of James Lamont Tinsley, 28, of Laurel, police said.

Tinsley was found shot to death in a car on the 8800 Block of Hawthorne Lane at around 2:49 a.m., police said.

Police have an arrest warrant for Russell and they're asking for the public's assistance to find him.

If you have any information on his whereabouts, call the Prince George's County Police Department's Homicide Unit at (301) 772-4925.

Police ID Man Who Died At Md. Gravel Quarry

Police ID Man Who Died At Md. Gravel Quarry

KEYMAR, Md. (AP) -- The Frederick County Sheriff's Office is releasing the name of a man who died at a gravel quarry near Keymar.

Cpl. Jennifer Bailey said Monday that 35-year-old John Gaither of Woodsboro was found dead Friday evening at the Laurel Sand & Gravel Quarry where he worked.

She says deputies and fire-and-rescue workers responded at 7:40 p.m. to a report of a man trapped inside a piece of machinery.
Bailey says police are still investigating the death.

WSSC Statement On Hexavalent Chromium

LAUREL- (December 20, 2010): First, WSSC wants to emphasize our water is safe to drink in Bethesda and throughout our entire service area.

WSSC drinking water meets or exceeds all current standards mandated by the EPA. WSSC has never had a drinking water violation. Our Consolidated Laboratory routinely tests for nearly 200 chemical substances. If and when the EPA determines it is necessary to do so, we will test for more.

WSSC does not have the resources to test for the thousands of substances in our environment, many occurring naturally, now being detected at trace levels by new and expensive methods. That's why we continue to support research efforts by the EPA, the Water Research Foundation and other government and scientific organizations. The EPA is currently evaluating new data about Hexavalent Chromium and those results are expected next year.

Police Investigate Fatal Accident In Laurel


LAUREL, Md. (WUSA) -- Police in Prince George's County are investigating an overnight accident in Laurel that has left one person dead and two hospitalized.

Corporal Larry Johnson, spokesman for the Prince George's County Police Department, says the accident happened around 1:47 Thursday morning when a vehicle ran off Laurel Bowie Road and went into the woods at Muirkirk Road.

Johnson says three people were transported to a local hospital where one victim was pronounced dead. The other two victims are in serious condition.

Johnson says an accident reconstruction team is on the scene and the investigation is ongoing.

Right now the southbound lanes of Laurel Bowie Road are shut down at Muirkirk Road. Johnson says the lanes should reopen within the next hour.