Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Ronda Lennon of local counseling provider SWANS will lead a forum on teen dating violence.
If you or someone you know is facing domestic violence—or if you're interested in learning about violence prevention—the Laurel Police Department is offering an easy way to seek information and assistance next week. On Tuesday, Feb. 5 at 7 p.m., the LPD will be joined at Partnership Hall (811 Fifth Street, Laurel) by numerous organizations committed to overcoming domestic abuse and aiding victims and survivors. Drop in for: The Laurel Police Department will also be on hand to listen to the concerns of victims about law enforcement. For more information on this event, contact Maj. Bob Althoff at 301-498-0092.
Thursday, January 24, 2013
Bryant Jersovit Jones was found guilty of kidnapping, second degree assault and false imprisonment.
Bryant Jersovit Jones was sentenced this week to 40 years in prison on multiple charges of domestic violence. The Prince George’s County State’s Attorney’s office said Jones, 23, and the victim checked into a hotel in Anne Arundel County in June of 2009. The two, who were involved in a romantic relationship, had been fighting all day. Prosecutors said Jones proceeded to tie the victim to a chair to keep her from leaving the room, though she did try to escape when he left the room for a period of time. Jones then “chased her down and threw her into the car,” and then drove around for two and a half hours beating the victim, prosecutors said. The victim was able to crawl out of the vehicle at a Bowie Exxon station when Jones stopped to …
Monday, December 3, 2012
Several other groups will be on hand to offer victims and survivors assistance.
If you or someone you know is facing domestic violence, the Laurel Police Department is offering an easy way to seek help on Tuesday night. On Dec. 4 at 7 p.m., the LPD will be joined at Partnership Hall (811 Fifth Street, Laurel) by numerous organizations committed to overcoming domestic abuse and aiding victims and survivors. Drop in to receive: The Laurel Police Department will also be on hand to listen to the concerns of victims about law enforcement. For more information on this event, contact Maj. Bob Althoff at 301-498-0092.
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
County officials hope to thwart an increase of domestic violence incidences in Prince George's County.
According to a recently released report, the number of domestic violence incidences continues to increase yearly in Prince George's County. In order to address this issue, U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD) will lead a roundtable discussion about domestic violence and the benefits of the Violence Against Women Act Thursday in Upper Marlboro. Prince George’s Sheriff Melvin High, Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Angela Alsobrooks will join Cardin along with representatives from Maryland Crime Victims Resource Center and the Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence, The House of Ruth, and other organizations involved in helping victims of domestic violence. The report, which was compiled by the county's Domestic Violence Fatality Review …
Monday, February 27, 2012
Juror: "He admitted that he did pour gasoline on her at two different times."
A Howard County juror who was part of the panel that found a North Laurel homeless man guilty Monday in the burning death of his girlfriend said Richard Allen Rodola’s own testimony helped convince the juror of the verdict. Police and prosecutors said Rodola poured gasoline over 37-year-old Pamela Myers before lighting her on fire in the woods by Route 1 in North Laurel in the fall of 2010. James Mackin was part of the 12-person jury who spent 22 hours deliberating the verdict that was issued Monday: guilty of second-degree murder and first-degree assault in the death of Myers, according to the Howard County Times. Rodola, 50, had been charged with first-degree murder and assault in Myers’ death. “It was a very difficult for us to fathom …
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Richard Rodola who was living in the woods near Route 1 is on trial for the burning death of his girlfriend.
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- Lisa Rossi
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Many of the relationships between homeless men and women living near U.S. Route 1—which includes the wooded area in North Laurel where a woman was killed after police said her boyfriend set her on fire—are violent, say advocates for the homeless. Richard Rodola, 50, is charged with first-degree murder and assault in the death of Pamela Myers, 37. She was found in the woods near the 9100 block of Washington Blvd. in North Laurel on Oct. 23, 2010. Police have said that she and Rodola were living there and were in a relationship. She later died at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore. His trial is currently underway in Howard County Circuit Court. Andrea Ingram, executive director of Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center, a…
Monday, February 13, 2012
The trial is expected to last 7 to 10 days.
Jury selection will begin Monday morning in the trial of Richard Allen Rodola, a homeless man accused of setting his girlfriend on fire in a wooded area in North Laurel. Rodola, 50, is charged with first-degree murder and assault in the death of Pamela Myers, 37. She was found in the woods near the 9100 block of Washington Blvd. in North Laurel on Oct. 23, 2010. Police have said that she and Rodola were living there and were in a relationship. She later died at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore. The trial in Howard County Circuit Court is expected to last 7 to 10 days, according to officials from the Howard County State’s Attorney’s Office.
Monday, October 17, 2011
Here's a look at some of the top news stories in the region during the past week.
Anne Arundel County Shrinking Fire Department Is Anne Arundel County looking to cut its Fire/EMS staff after diminishing the union earlier this year? According to The Capital, the county's Fire Department shed 56 firefighters earlier this month and that it will be next summer before more are hired. The president of the union represent county firefighters said that he believes County Executive John R. Leopold wants to axe one of the department's four 24-hour shifts and revert back to a three-shift system that would require about 20 percent fewer firefighters. Click here to read more. Laurel Coalition Forms to Fight Domestic Violence A coalition of state, local businesses and advocacy groups are forming a group to address domestic violence …
Sunday, February 27, 2011
We all have an opinion. You might find one to agree with here, or you might just get riled up.
Patch readers know we’re all about objective news and information. But we also like to get things off our chest and hear from readers about their opinions, too. We have a bevy of great columnists, so if you want to find out what people are talking about in your neck of the woods, read on for this week’s Columns and Community. Coaches: Keep Helmets Out of Women’s Lacrosse Women’s lacrosse coaches at Catonsville colleges say their players should not be required to wear helmets. Their position is that the women’s game is all about strategy and finesse, and helmets could change that. Catonsville Patch lays out the argument. (VIDEO) Witnesses, Victims Talk About Domestic Violence You may know someone being victimized by domestic violence but …
Sunday, February 20, 2011
The Domestic Violence Center of Howard County held a forum for locals to learn about the warning signs and dangers of domestic violence.
More than 60 people gathered at Howard Community College Wednesday night to discuss some of the most common warning signs and dangers of domestic violence. Coordinated by the Domestic Violence Center of Howard County, the event featured parents, victims, police and advocates against abusive relationships, and allowed teens and adults to talk openly about the boundaries of a healthy relationship. According to data collected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 10 percent of students in the U.S. report physical abuse from a girlfriend or boyfriend in the past 12 months. People who are involved in an abusive relationship are encouraged to call the Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-HOPE and more information can be …