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Laurel Woman Who Was Set On Fire Dies

LAUREL, Md. (WUSA) -- Howard County Police say a woman who was set on fire last month in the woods in Laurel died Thursday at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center.

Thirty-seven-year-old Pamela Myers had been in critical condition since the incident.

Police are now filing murder charges against 48-year-old Richard Rodola. He was previously charged with attempted murder, first degree assault and arson.

Investigators say they believe Myers and Rodola were in a relationship and were living in a wooded area near Gorman Rd. 

A witness called police around 2:45 p.m. on Oct. 23 and said a man had set a woman on fire in the woods. Police and fire crews found Myers in the woods with severe burns.

Police say officers spotted Rodola on Greenwood Place around 5 p.m. and arrested him. 

Rodola is being held in the Howard County Detention Center.

Officer's Hearing Postponed; Chief Criticized By Family

GREENBELT, Md. (WUSA) -- An accused officer's brother says Prince George's County Police Chief Roberto Hylton "threw indicted officers under the bus" after a postponed hearing in fed court Thursday.

A detention hearing for Sgt. Richard Delabrer was postponed and the officer remains in custody.

The hearing drew more than a dozen fellow officers in a silent and solemn show of support.

Many observers were not able to attend the hearing because the courtroom was filled to capacity.

None of Delabrer's fellow officers would speak to reporters, but their presence made it clear Delabrer enjoys significant support among fellow officers despite the corruption charges against him.

Written by Scott Broom
9NEWS NOW and wusa9.com

Southbound BW Parkway Reopens After Fatal Pedestrian Crash

LAUREL, Md. (WUSA) -- The southbound lanes of the Baltimore Washington Parkway have reopened after a pedestrian was struck and killed early Friday morning.

 

Sergeant David Schlosser, spokesperson for U.S. Park Police, says a man was outside of his disabled car in the right southbound lane of the BW Parkway when he was struck by an oncoming vehicle around 1:00 A.M. Schlosser says the collision occurred just north of Route 197. An oncoming tour bus narrowly missed the accident by swerving into a muddy median, and became stuck.

 

Schlosser says other vehicles also stopped at the scene and those drivers are being interviewed to determine their involvement in the incident.

Prince George's County Cop Denied Bail

GREENBELT, Md. (WUSA) -- Federal prosecutors denied bail to one of the three Prince George's County police officers 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. They say he was caught on tape in two drug deals and bought a high-powered handgun for a co-conspirator.

The initial investigation connected Simic to an alcohol and cigarette smuggling operation focused on Tick Tock Liquors in Langley Park, where Prince George's County police officers allegedly used their power to ship untaxed cigarettes and booze across Maryland, Virginia, and even New York state lines.

2 Injured In Howard County Crash

LAUREL, Md. (WUSA) -- Two people were taken to the hospital after a single-car crash this afternoon in Howard County.

Howard County Police say the crash happened at approximately 3:11 p.m. A 1994 Honda Accord was traveling southbound on Brown Bridge Rd. just north of the Montgomery County Line. Police say the car was traveling too fast for the wet roadway conditions and slid off the road before striking a telephone pole.

Police have identified the driver as 21-year-old Fredys A. Valladares-Amaya of Silver Spring, Md. He was transported to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center and is listed in stable condition.

The front seat passenger was identified as Marvin A. Hernandez, 25, of Rockville, Md. He was also transported to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma and is listed in critical condition, say police.

Police say both people were wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash.

Prince George's County Police Chief 'Outraged' By Officer Arrests

GREENBELT, Md. (WUSA) -- Prince George's County's police chief reacted to the federal indictments against three of his department's officers Monday.

MVA: 1,300 Could Be Driving With Bad Licenses

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) -- The head of Maryland's Motor Vehicle Administration says more than 1,300 residents may be driving on licenses that could be suspended or revoked.

MVA officials reviewed more than 10,000 licenses with eight or more violation points after a state audit revealed problems with oversight at the administration.

MVA Administrator John Kuo says more than 1,300 cases drew potential red flags and are being reviewed manually. He told lawmakers Tuesday that automated software that translates data from courts into points on people's licenses was responsible for the failure to notice the problem.

Kuo says he has addressed other issues uncovered by the audit, including a conclusion that MVA electronic databases left drivers' personal information vulnerable to theft.