Our network

Neighbor charged with Rockville murders waives extradition


ROCKVILLE, Md. (WUSA9) -- The neighbor charged with first degree murder for killing a Rockville couple on Mother's Day waived extradition in an Alaskan court Monday.

Dick and Jody Vilardo, ages 65 and 67 respectively, were found dead inside of their Rockville home.


PREVIOUS:

Neighbor charged with Rockville murders due in court

Community Sponsors

Personalized training and coaching for your dog.
Personalized Gifts for Babies and Children
Working with you to Solve Problems in your Muscles, and Reduce Pain

Retired cop provided crucial tip for Vilardo investigation


ROCKVILLE, Md. (WUSA9) -- The retired Montgomery County police officer who provided a crucial tip in a double homicide investigation in Rockville says the key detail came from an old investigation.

Retired Sergeant William "Bill" Preis remembers working an old case where juvenile suspects burglarized the Ridge Drive home of Dick and Jody Vilardo in 1998. In the charging documents for Scott Tomaszewski, 31, detectives noted during that burglary, the Vilardo's BMW was stolen and a subject attempted to set fire to their home.

Neighbor charged with murder in Rockville couple's death


ROCKVILLE, Md. (WUSA9) -- A neighbor charged with first degree murder for killing a Rockville couple on Mother's Day has an extradition hearing on Monday.

Dick and Jody Vilardo, ages 65 and 67 respectively, were found dead inside of their Rockville home.

Scott Tomaszewski, 31, was arrested Saturday in Juneau, Alaska as a fugitive from justice based on a warrant from Maryland, according to Juneau police. Tomaszewski was on a cruise ship docked in Juneau.

Detectives announced that Scott Michael Tomaszewski has been charged with first-degree murder.

Police search home next door to Rockville double murder


ROCKVILLE, Md. (WUSA9) -- The investigation into a double murder of a Rockville couple continued Saturday when police began searching a home next door to where the prominent businessman and his wife were found murdered.

Dick and Jody Vilardo, 65 and 67 respectively, were found dead on Mother's Day.

PREVIOUS:
Funeral for Rockville couple underway

As the days go by with no suspect or motive released, the neighborhood grows more uneasy.

Authorities have described the killings as a complicated and extensive investigation.

Community Sponsors

Personalized training and coaching for your dog.
Working with you to Solve Problems in your Muscles, and Reduce Pain
Personalized Gifts for Babies and Children

Rockville double murder happened during burglary


ROCKVILLE, Md. (WUSA9) -- Police continued their round-the-clock investigation into the Mother's Day murders of two Montgomery County grandparents Tuesday. Neighbors have grown increasingly uneasy about the unsolved, unexplained violence in their tranquil, exurban neighborhood.

A Montgomery County Police Department spokesman labeled the crime a burglary, but said it remained unclear what, if anything, was taken from the home of victims Dick and Jody Vilardo.

A source close to the investigation told WUSA9 that detectives found a large, messy crime scene indicative of a violent struggle, which made it difficult to tell what might be missing.

Outside the Vilardos' modest home in a wealthy neighborhood, detectives could be seen walking through the woods, looking for evidence until sundown. At 9 p.m., evidence collection vans arrived and investigators searched the backyard by flashlight for more than an hour.

11 transported after carbon monoxide exposure in Md.


ROCKVILLE, Md. (WUSA9) -- Eleven constructions workers were transported to the hospital with carbon monoxide exposure Monday, according to Montgomery County Fire and Rescue officials said.

High levels of carbon monoxide were reported at a construction site located at 14935 Southlawn Lane, officials said.

The likely cause of the buildup was the operation of concrete finishers inside without a vent, officials said.

The injuries are not considered to be life-threatening. In the meantime, Montgomery County Fire is ventilating the building.

RELATED NEWS:

Rockville couple found dead in home on Mother's Day


ROCKVILLE, Md. (WUSA9) -- Montgomery County police are investigating the deaths of a married Rockville couple in their sixties as homicides, after their bodies were discovered early Sunday afternoon by their adult children. The children had come to check on their parents, police say, after they had not shown up at a planned family event on Mother's Day morning.

The bodies of Richard and Julianne Vilardo, who went by Dick and Jody, respectively, were found with apparent upper body trauma, police said. One body was found in the home's wooded backyard, the other just inside. A police spokesperson said it was too early to determine the couple's cause or manner of death.

"We are investigating these deaths as homicides," Capt. Paul Starks of the Montgomery County Police Department told reporters. "But we will wait until autopsies are completed and we hear from the medical examiner."