The Blotter for Jan. 25: Racial profiling; Falls Church, Prince George's County house fires

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Falls Church fire victim was Gallaudet teacher
One of two people killed in a Falls Church house fire Wednesday morning has been identified as 48-year-old Laura Jeanne Snyder-Gardner. Medical examiners were still trying to identify the body of a second female found in the home on 3103 Manor Road. Two dogs and two cats also died in the fire. Snyder-Gardner was a general studies instructor at Gallaudet University, a school for the deaf and hearing-impaired.

Md. State Police must release racial profiling files
Maryland State Police must turn over internal records about how authorities investigate complaints of racial profiling, the state's top court has ruled. Lawyers for the American Civil Liberties Union and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People have maintained that the state police have violated Maryland open records law by improperly withholding documents that would show whether the agency has meaningfully investigated racial profiling complaints against its troopers. Lawyers for the state argued that what the NAACP wants is accessing private personnel records. The Maryland Court of Appeals rejected that argument in a decision released Thursday.

1 injured in P.G. house fire
Firefighters extinguished two house fires in Temple Hills on Thursday, one of which critically injured a woman, officials said. About 11 a.m., firefighters went to a house on the 3500 block of Everest Drive and found fire showing from the structure's first floor. Firefighters put out the flames within 15 minutes, and they also removed a woman from the first floor of the home. The woman, who is about 60 years old, was not breathing and did not have a pulse. After paramedics performed CPR, the woman was taken to a hospital in critical condition. She was then taken to another hospital for additional treatment, said Prince George's County Fire/EMS spokesman Mark Brady. - Scott McCabe and Naomi Jagoda

-- Scott McCabe and Naomi Jagoda

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