Thursday, October 18, 2012
The award was among $6.3 million given to Maryland's state and local governments by the U.S. Department of Justice.
Prince George's County has been awarded $432,311 in federal funding earmarked for violent crime reduction and other public safety activities, Sens. Barbara Mikulski and Ben Cardin announced Thursday. The U.S. Department of Justice grant is one in a $6.3 million bundle given to the state, county, and local governments of Maryland. The county's share will be used on crime prevention, community corrections, and technological improvements in four of its five public safety agencies. At the community level, Laurel was awarded $11,933 for electronic control devices and associated equipment for officers; Hyattsville, $11,143 for equipment and accessories; and Greenbelt, $15,442 for ruggedized mobile data computers. The grant funding is based on a …
Friday, September 28, 2012
Police departments around Prince George's County are participating in a Drug Take Back day.
Not sure what to do with those unused painkillers from back when you had your wisdom teeth removed, or those old antibiotics that you never finished? Get rid of them! Tomorrow, Sept. 29, municipal and county police agencies are participating in a Drug Take Back Day, in cooperation with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Anyone with unused and/or expired prescription medication is invited to bring them to the following police departments between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.: The DEA spearheads these nationwide efforts in part to combat prescription drug abuse, according to a press release. The collection is free and anonymous. The program addressed a vital public safety and public health issue, police said.
Friday, July 6, 2012
Prince George's County Police are hoping the public can help them find a suspect they believe has robbed three banks in Camp Springs and District Heights.
Police are hoping Prince George's County residents can help them identify the suspect involved in three bank robberies in Camp Springs and District Heights. According to the Prince George's County Police Department, in each incident the suspect walks into a bank and passes a note to the teller demanding money. "The note implie[d] he has a weapon and that he'll hurt people if his demands are not met," police stated. The robberies have occurred over a four-month period, since March 21, police said. On March 21, the suspect allegedly robbed the Capital One Bank at 6335 Marlboro Pike in District Heights. Then on April 25, it was the Wells Fargo Bank at 5801 Silver Hill Road in District Heights that was hit. The latest robbery was June 28 at …
Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Almost two-thirds of annual fireworks-related injuries happen in the 30 days centered on the 4th of July, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
Fireworks are a traditional part of 4th of July festivities—but can also be dangerous. Area firefighters have warned of the dangers of consumer fireworks and in Montgomery and Prince George's counties, consumer fireworks are illegal. A recently released study from the federal Consumer Product Safety Commission revealed that last year, 65 percent of all fireworks-related injuries in the U.S. occurred in the 30-day period centered on the 4th of July. About 46 percent of those injuries involved the hands, and 34 percent affected the head, face or eyes, the agency reported. Injuries to the eyes are particularly serious. According to Dr. Michael P. Grant, director of Oculoplastic Surgery and of the Eye and Orbital Trauma Center at Johns Hopkins…
Saturday, June 30, 2012
A Montgomery County resident was killed in the severe storm, authorities say.
A 71-year-old Montgomery County woman was found dead Saturday, the apparent victim of a tree that fell through the roof of her house and onto her bed during a severe storm. Montgomery County Police were investigating the discovery by Fire and Rescue workers who responded to a call for a tree downed on a home in Silver Spring. Rescue workers had to force themselves into a locked home on the 10000 block of Grant Avenue. Once inside, they discovered the woman's body, unresponsive, in a bedroom on the second floor of the house, according to police. Authorities said she was apparently killed by a large Maple tree falling through the roof of the building and onto her bed sometime during the night. Police will release more information on the …
Friday, June 22, 2012
Prince George's County Police arrested a police impersonator Wednesday after he pulled over an off-duty police officer in Upper Marlboro.
A Crofton man was charged Wednesday in the impersonation of a police officer in Upper Marlboro. Prince George's County Police said a man was driving a white truck southbound on Route 301, when he tried to pull over a Capitol Heights Police officer, who was driving his personal vehicle near Trade Zone Avenue. When the real police officer identified himself, the suspect told him he was a military officer from Louisiana, according to PGPD. The suspect tried to cite the off-duty officer for speeding, according to reports, but the officer told the suspect he did not have jurisidiction in Upper Marlboro and that the blue and red emergency equipment in his truck was illegal in Maryland. The suspect fled the scene, but was closely followed by …
Sunday, May 27, 2012
A roundup of news and information from around Prince George's County, MD.
A look at the stories that made the biggest splash this week around Prince George's County. DC Fire Lieutenant Charged With Stealing Hay From Upper Marlboro Man DC Fire and EMS Lt. Kellene Davis is facing charges after she allegedly attached a chain to a pickup truck, ripped off the doors of a shed, and stole almost 20 bales of hay in Upper Marlboro. If convicted, she faces up to 15 years in jail. Police Warn Residents to Look Out for Fake Lottery Scams A New Carrollton woman was reportedly conned into withdrawing $8,000 for someone claiming to be from Publishers Clearing House. Greenbelt Housing Co-op Passes Non-Smoking Directive GHI housing co-op members give their board the nod to come up with a proposal that would allow them to …
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Baker and several other officials and community leaders to discuss race relations and public safety with county residents.
Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker will join State's Attorney Angela Alsobrooks and other county officials and community leaders to convene a citizen dialogue on race relations and public safety on Thursday, April 26. The event will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Charles Herbert Flowers High School, 10001 Ardwick-Ardmore Road, Springdale. “In the wake of the Trayvon Martin case in Florida, I think we have an opportunity to address an issue that has long been a challenge in our county,” said Alsobrooks in a statement. “I have heard from you loud and clear and I am very concerned about the divide that sometimes exists between our public safety team and those we serve.” The event is free to the public and all Prince George's …