Monday, December 10, 2012
Police believe it may belong to a woman reported missing several weeks ago.
The body of a woman was found Sunday in the woods off of the 9000 block of U.S. Route 1 in Laurel, near the Savage line, authorities said. The body was later identified by police as that of Staci Marie Watkins, 49, of no fixed address. Police reported her family has been notified. According to Howard County police, a man called 911 around 4 p.m. to report that he had seen the body while walking in the woods. Officials believe it may be that of a woman in her 40s reported missing several weeks ago by a friend. There were no obvious signs of foul play, police said, but an investigation is ongoing. The cause and manner of death are currently pending the results of an autopsy, according to police.
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
The investigation involved five police organizations.
Twenty-three men were arrested in a tri-county undercover prostitution sting along Route 1 in the Jessup area involving federal, state and local police agencies, officials announced Wednesday. The men were arrested last week in the vicinity of previous prostitution stings, according to Mary Phelan, a spokesperson for Howard County police. The Thursday arrests come about two months after police arrested ten men in a July prostitution sting along Route 1 in Laurel, one of whom included a high-ranking Food and Drug Administration official. In May, police arrested eight men in another prostitution bust on Route 1. Phelan said police conducted the sting after receiving neighborhood complaints. Police organizations that participated in the …
Friday, July 6, 2012
The suspect eluded officers six times before being apprehended in College Park.
The 21-year-old gunman from Thursday night's shooting in College Park, who eluded officers six times before he was apprehended, was on PCP, according to Asst. Chief Kevin Davis with the Prince George's County Police Department. Davis identified the gunman as Andre McKoy. McKoy's mother initially called 911 at 10:21 p.m. stating her son was high on PCP, acting irrationally and armed with a firearm, according to Davis. Police have charged him with six counts. To learn more about how police finally nabbed McKoy, read College Park Patch.
Thursday, June 21, 2012
Area residents weren't too dissuaded from enjoying the outdoors during the first scorcher of the summer. Perhaps they're used to it.
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Thursday, May 3, 2012
Police charge eight men during the operation in North Laurel.
Howard County Police have arrested and charged eight men for soliciting prostitution along Route 1 in North Laurel, officials announced today. The arrests were the latest in the police department’s ongoing operation to eliminate prostitution along the Route 1 corridor. Howard County Police are continuing to utilize reverse prostitution to catch solicitors, they said. Police used female officers in plain clothes who worked undercover in areas targeted by citizen complaints. Suspects who approached the female officers and made such money offers were arrested, according to a press release. In total, eight men were arrested in charged, according to Howard County Police. Those charges include: Jose Alexis Rojas-Garcia, 23, of Laurel Enrique …
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Three adults and two juveniles were being treated after a collision that shut down Washington Boulevard at Montevideo Road Wednesday.
Five people were hospitalized and all lanes of Washington Boulevard shut down Wednesday afternoon following a crash in Elkridge that police said may have involved alcohol. Khisha Parks, 36, of Columbia was driving a Land Rover on Route 1 that struck two vehicles between Waterloo and Montevideo roads before coming to a stop at approximately 4 p.m., according to Howard County police. Parks was traveling northbound on Washington Boulevard when her vehicle hit the passenger side mirror of a Chrysler north of MD Route 175, said police. After passing through the Montevideo Road intersection headed north, police said the Land Rover crossed over the yellow line into southbound traffic on Route 1. The vehicle struck a guardrail and then collided …
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Club officials say annual fundraiser is in doubt.
Officials from the Laurel Boys and Girls Club say they are scrambling to secure funding for their summer program after an annual fundraiser at Laurel Mall was canceled because of the impending redevelopment. The club stands to lose $20,000 to $40,000 after plans to hold its annual carnival on the parking lot of Laurel Mall was scrapped, according to Levett Brown, the club’s president. Brown said he was told this spring by managers at the development that the carnival wouldn’t happen because of an impending demolition. “We were told by the developer that we can’t do it,” he said. “It’s just been up and down as to when they are going to do the demolition.” Calls to the developer for comment went unanswered as of late Monday. Demolition on …
Monday, August 15, 2011
Accident near intersection of Route 1 and Cherry Lane nearly sends motorist into stream near Laurel Lake.
A motorist involved in an accident along the intersection of Route 1 and Cherry Lane this afternoon narrowly avoided running into a stream near Laurel Lake. The incident happened shortly before 6 p.m. today. According to witnesses, a black Toyota Camry traveling east bound on Cherry Lane ran a red light and struck another vehicle knocking it into a median along Cherry Lane. The Camry, according to witnesses, veered off the road and slid down the embankment toward Bear Branch, a stream that feeds into Laurel Lake, but managed to stop feet before sliding in. A worker from America's Best Contacts and Eye Glasses store told Laurel Patch that no one appeared injured or required medical attention. This story has been modified to correct an error…
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
A batch of restaurants and businesses at the intersection of Route 1 and Route 198 are scheduled to be demolished this fall to make way for a Walgreens store.
A looming Walgreens development along Route 1 in Laurel will mean the closing of at least two popular restaurant locations and other businesses as early as November. According to the Laurel Department of Community Planning and Business Services, construction is slated to begin this year on a Walgreens store near the 600 block of 2nd Street at the Route 1 and Route 198 intersection. The site is being developed by the Ohio-based Visconsi Companies. The store’s construction would mean the demolition of the buildings that house the Irene’s Restaurant, Mango’s Grill, an Ace Cash Express store and a multistory office building. All businesses were told by the city they would have to relocate no later than late October. Karl Brendle, director of …