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County Executive Dedicates New 911 Call Center

County Executive Dedicates New 911 Call Center

UPPER MARLBORO, MD – Prince George’s County Executive Jack Johnson today joined Public Safety Director Vernon Herron and several public safety officials to dedicate the new 911 Call Center in Bowie.

“When I became County Executive eight years ago, I knew that we needed to improve our public safety communications,” Johnson said.  “With the opening of this brand new facility and our new 700 megahertz radio system, we now have the best communications system in the country.”

Construction of the 40,000 square foot, $36 million facility began in March.  Officials expect to have the entire building operational by February 2011. The new facility will increase Fire/EMS and law enforcement dispatchers from 20 to 29 and also includes 32 console positions to process 911 calls. 

Md. Pension Commission To Consider Changes Dec. 13

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) -- A state commission reviewing how to get a handle on large unfunded liabilities in Maryland's pension and health benefit system for state employees is scheduled to begin voting on recommendations Dec. 13.

Casper Taylor, Maryland's former House speaker who chairs the Public Employees' and Retirees' Benefit Sustainability Commission, said Monday he hopes the commission will be in position to vote on a preliminary report during the week of Christmas to present to Gov. Martin O'Malley and the Legislature, which convenes in January.

One major proposal under consideration includes a five-year freeze on cost-of-living adjustments for retirees. The commission also is aiming to reduce state health care costs by 10 percent.

Prince George's Top Cop Backs Probe Of Nearly 50 Officers

PALMER PARK, Md. (WUSA) -- Prince George's County Police Chief Roberto Hylton calls the fact that at least 46 of his officers are being investigated for a series of charges that range from sexual assault and theft to excessive use of force and drug possession "very disturbing."

However, he defends the investigation as a way to make sure bad cops are rooted out of his department.

"Some of these cases are being handled internally and others are being handled by other departments," stressed Hylton who  added that "the overwhelming majority of his officers are honest hard-working public servants." 

Body Found Near Laurel Park Racetrack

MARYLAND CITY, Md. (AP) -- Police say a man's body was found in the woods across from the entrance to the Laurel Park racetrack.

Anne Arundel County Police Lt. Michael Brothers says a person in the woods came across the body around 10:30 Sunday morning and called police.

Brothers says the body was found about 400 yards from the road in an area where homeless people are known to camp.
The man had suffered apparent head trauma, and homicide detectives are investigating. Police haven't identified the body.

PG Police Officer Released From Jail

GREENBELT, Md. (AP) -- One of three police officers arrested in ongoing Prince George's County public corruption investigation has been released.

Police Sgt. Richard Delabrer was released Tuesday after pleading not guilty in federal court to a charge of conspiracy to interfere with commerce by extortion. While 45-year-old Delabrer was released, he will have to wear an electronic monitoring bracelet.

Delabrer, of Laurel, was allegedly paid to use his authority to ensure the transport of untaxed cigarettes and alcohol in Maryland and Virginia. The scheme allegedly began in 2009 and continued into 2010.

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Homeless Man Indicted On Murder Charge

ELLICOTT CITY, Md. (AP) -- A homeless man accused of setting his girlfriend on fire has been indicted on a first-degree murder charge.

Police say 48-year-old Richard Rodola poured gasoline on 37-year-old Pamela Myers on Oct. 23, then used her pocket lighter to start the fire. Myers died last week at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center.

The couple had been living in a wooded area in Laurel.

Another homeless person reported the attack, and Rodola was arrested a few hours later.

He was indicted Tuesday by a Howard County grand jury.
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Information from: The Baltimore Sun, http://www.baltimoresun.com

Prince George's County Police Officer Denied Bail

GREENBELT, Md. (WUSA) -- Federal prosecutors denied bail to one of the three Prince George's County cops involved in a sting Monday, because of the weapons and drugs allegations against him. 

Officer Sinisa Simic, 25, of Woodbridge, Virginia, will remain behind bars because the feds say he illegally trafficked handguns to his accomplices on the streets.

Prosecutors also say they taped Simic buying a half-kilo of cocaine during their investigation.

The initial investigation connected Simic to an alcohol and cigarette smuggling operation, where Prince George's County Police officers used their power to ship untaxed cigarettes and booze across Md., Va. and even N.Y. state lines.

Federal Judge Charles Day said he couldn't give bail to a cop who was giving guns to the bad guys.