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Laurel

Beginnings: Because it was situated midway between Aquebogue and Mattituck on the North Fork, Laurel was known for many years as Middle District. When Riverhead Town split from Southold in 1792, the new border ran through the little farming community, dividing it in half. Middle District later became Franklinville some time before residents formed their own Presbyterian church in 1831, and finally Franklinville became Laurel in 1890. The substitution may have been inspired by the area's abundance of laurel trees and bushes.
Beginnings: Because it was situated midway between Aquebogue and Mattituck on the North Fork, Laurel was known for many years as Middle District. When Riverhead Town split from Southold in 1792, the new border ran through the little farming community, dividing it in half. Middle District later became Franklinville some time before residents formed their own Presbyterian church in 1831, and finally Franklinville became Laurel in 1890. The substitution may have been inspired by the area's abundance of laurel trees and bushes. « Show less

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  • Police investigate after body is found in bags in Laurel

    Victim identified after body is found in bags in Laurel
    Prince George's County police are investigating a murder after officers found body parts in bags Sunday at an apartment complex in Laurel. The victim was identified Monday as Jacinto Perez, 28, of Laurel. A motive and suspects have not been determined....
  • Nonprofit organizations need volunteers

    Court Appointed Special Advocate — Opportunity to help abused or abandoned children in community. CASA recruits and trains volunteers to advocate for needs of children living in foster care. Volunteers spend about 10 hours per month visiting child...
  • Side by Side to offer parent workshops [South Laurel/Montpelier]

    Side by Side of Laurel, a faith-based nonprofit organization, which works to strengthen Prince George's County elementary schools in Laurel, is sponsoring a series of Great Start Program workshops this year in several schools in our community, including...
  • Man shot in Laurel

    Man killed in apparent murder-suicide attempt in Laurel
    A man allegedly shot and killed another man who was dating his estranged wife before attempting to take his own life in Laurel Wednesday night, Anne Arundel County police said. The victim, Howard Richard Popp Jr., 39, from Owings Mills, was found in the...
  • Record rainfall causing widespread flooding, rescues

    Record rainfall causing widespread flooding, rescues
    Heavy rain led to flash flooding that closed roads and required widespread swift-water rescues from trapped vehicles Tuesday. A flash flood warning was in effect across parts of the Baltimore region through 6:45 p.m. At Baltimore-Washington...
  • Laurel A. Oleynick, veteran and volunteer

    Laurel A. Oleynick, veteran and volunteer
    Laurel A. Oleynick, a former X-ray technician and longtime volunteer, died Tuesday of complications from a stroke at the Loch Raven VA Community Living & Rehabilitation Center in Northeast Baltimore. She was 82. The daughter of Byron Coggins, a postal...
  • Traffic: All lanes closed on MD 198 West

    Traffic: All lanes closed on MD 198 West
    All westbound traffic is shut down on MD 198 in Laurel on Wednesday due to emergency roadwork at Old Portland Road at 8:40 a.m., according to the state Department of Transportation. The eastbound traffic lane is bi-directional, DOT said. DOT added...
  • Prince George's County casino gets the go-ahead to start construction

    Prince George's County casino gets the go-ahead to start construction
    The Prince George's County Council approved construction Monday of MGM Resorts' nearly $1 billion casino complex at National Harbor. In an 8-1 vote, the council cleared MGM to apply for construction permits for the 23-acre site overlooking the Potomac...
  • Laurel Police report forced-entry burglary [Crime log]

    Laurel Police report forced-entry burglary [Crime log]
    Laurel police report felonies, arrests and property crimes. Prince George's County police report major crimes and property crimes. Howard County police report major crimes, break-ins and car thefts. City of Laurel Baltimore Avenue, 14900 block, July...
  • $2 million PowerBall ticket sold in Laurel

    $2 million PowerBall ticket sold in Laurel
    A Powerball lottery ticket worth $2 million was sold at a liquor store in Laurel, according to state lottery officials. A ticket sold at Laurel Lakes Liquors on Baltimore Avenue qualified for a second-tier $1 million prize. Whoever bought it purchased...
  • Woman carjacked outside of Laurel Walmart, police say

    Woman carjacked outside of Laurel Walmart, police say
    Anne Arundel County police are investigating a report of carjacking near a Walmart in Laurel early Sunday morning. The victim, a 48-year-old woman from Baltimore, told police a man approached her and threatened her with a large kitchen knife about 1 a....
  • Laurel Police report armed robbery [Crime log]

    Laurel police report felonies, arrests and property crimes. Prince George's County police report major crimes and property crimes. Howard County police report major crimes, break-ins and car thefts. City of Laurel Vista Drive, 14000 block, July 5....