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Regional Recap, November 16, 2010

Three Prince George’s County Officers Arrested In Corruption Probe. Three Prince George’s County police officers are among nine people who have been indicted on charges that include extortion and conspiracy.Sgt. Richard Delabrer, 45, of Laurel, and Cpl. Chong Chin Kim, 42, of Beltsville, were charged in connection with the transport and distribution of untaxed cigarettes and alcohol, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.Amrik Singh Melhi, 51, Ravinder Kaur Melhi, 49, Amir Milijkovic, 39, Eddy Chen, 34, and Jose Moreno, 49, were charged with extortion along with Delabrer and Kim. Moreno is from Virginia, and the other suspects are from Maryland.That indictment “also seeks the forfeiture of $3.5 million, 25 properties, 13 vehicles and 84 bank accounts that allegedly are proceeds of crimes or were used to facilitate crimes,” Justice Department officials said.

New TSA Measures Getting Personal. Anyone planning to fly for the holiday season should be prepared for tightened security, as well as several new procedures.On Monday, Homeland security officials defended the use of body scanners and more “personal” pat downs at the nation’s airports.Some travelers said they feel the new measures are too personal and are an invasion of privacy.Stephanie Wilding said she got a pat down she wasn’t expecting on her way home to Baltimore from Salt Lake City.

5 Stabbed During Prison Fight. A Maryland corrections spokesman said five inmates were stabbed during a fight at a Baltimore prison.Corrections spokesman Rick Binetti said no officers were injured and none of the injuries to the inmates, who were taken to area hospitals, were considered life threatening.The fight broke out at about 4:30 p.m. at a dorm in the Metropolitan Transition Center, a minimum security wing of the state prison.

Man Dies After Being Hit By Train. Howard County police said an Ellicott City man died after he was hit by a train near Main Street.It happened just before 8 p.m. Sunday. Police identified the victim as Andrew Wade Pena, 28.Pena died at Shock Trauma.Police said that a firefighter who was at the scene was hurt in a fall. He was treated and released from Shock Trauma.The incident remains under investigation, but officers said they don’t expect foul play.

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