Friday, September 09, 2016

Emergency Preparedness Training Opportunity

September marks the annual observance of National Preparedness Month (NPM) when communities across the United States work to provide opportunities for their citizens to enhance personal and family emergency preparedness knowledge and awareness.

 

Please join the Prince George's County Office of Emergency Management at the 2016 Citizens Preparedness Conference on Saturday, September 17, 2016, from 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at Prince George's Community College – Largo Student Center.  This year's theme "Back to the Basics", speaks to the need to ensure that everyone – individuals, families, and community organizations understand their role in preparedness. This one day conference features hands on training, seminars, and panel discussions, at NO-COST.  Pre-registration is REQUIRED. Onsite registrants will be accepted on a first come first serve basis.   Registration includes continental breakfast and lunch.  Parking is free.

 

REGISTRATION INFORMATION:

Registration is available online at https://pgcpreparecon2016.eventbrite.comor contact Michelle Ezeofor (301-324-4435) or Eydi Reyes (301-324-4400) in the OEM Office.

 

The 2016 Citizens Preparedness Conference includes sessions on:

·         Active Shooter

·         Lessons Learned – Surviving the Virginia Tech Shooting

·         Crisis Communications and Social Media

·         Pet Preparedness

·         Faith Based Preparedness

·         Individual and Family Preparedness

·         Disaster Planning for People with Disabilities, Access or Functional Needs

·         Preparing for Common Disasters: Do's and Don'ts

·         Public Health Challenges Following a Disaster

·         School Preparedness: When Disaster Strikes

·         Volunteerism: Getting Involved

·         Save a Life! Hands Only CPR and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Training

 

 

This experience will improve individual and family disaster readiness and overall community resiliency.

Friday, September 02, 2016

Holiday Weekend Hurricane

The Capital Weather Gang made this statement on it's morning update today:

"While the storm track could shift and present a less extreme scenario, we would not recommend traveling to Virginia, Maryland, Delaware or New Jersey beaches for the holiday weekend."
See the full update here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/capital-weather-gang/wp/2016/09/02/hermine-to-wallop-mid-atlantic-beaches-serious-coastal-flooding-possible/


Thursday, September 01, 2016

SCHOOL BUS SAFETY - Maryland MVA Tips

Attention Drivers

  • When backing out of a driveway or leaving a garage, watch out for children walking or bicycling to school. Consider backing into driveways and garages so you have a better view of your surroundings when leaving.
  • When driving in neighborhoods with school zones, watch out for young people who may be thinking about getting to school, but may not be thinking about getting there safely.
  • Slow down. Watch for children walking in the street, especially if there are no sidewalks in the neighborhood.
  • Watch for children playing and congregating near bus stops.
  • Be alert. Children arriving late for the bus may dart into the street without looking for traffic.
  • Learn and obey the "alternately flashing warning light" system that school bus drivers use to alert motorists.
  1. Yellow flashing lights indicate that the bus is preparing to load or unload children. Motorists should slow down and prepare to stop vehicles.
  2. Red flashing lights and extended stop arms indicate the bus has stopped, and that children are getting on or off. Motorists approaching from either direction must wait until the red lights stop flashing before proceeding.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Police Report: July 31 - August 6

The Mount Rainier Police Department’s weekly report is not intended to be a listing of every incident or call for service handled by the police department, but merely a general summary of incidents that may be of interest to the community. Some reports may be outside the date parameters due to extended investigations or other circumstances. Some cases are not included at all due to ongoing investigations.

August 6th:

2700 block of Allison Street: Vehicle impound – 9:20am. Officers impounded a 2002 Nissan Maxima for displaying expired tags.

2400 block of Queens Chapel Road: Warrant service – 8:30pm. Officers arrested a man who had an open arrest warrant through the Maryland Transit Administration for failing to appear in court on an alcohol related charge.

3200 block of Queenstown Drive: 2nd degree assault – 9:50pm. A husband and wife were involved in an argument because the wife thought her husband was cheating on him. The female punched the man in the face with a closed fist breaking his nose. She was arrested and charged with 2nd degree domestic assault.

3200 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Traffic – 10:35pm. Officers stopped a 2002 Honda after receiviong an ALPR alert that the tags were stolen. Further investigation confirmed that the tags had been reported stolen, the vehicle was not registered and the driver did not have a license. The driver was charged with multiple offenses, the tags were seized and the vehicle impounded.

August 5th:

3400 block of Newton Street: Fraud – 1:20pm. The victim told officers that he purchased tickets to a concert from a seller on Craig’s List. When he went to claim the tickets at the event he learned that the tickets had been claimed by someone else. The suspect used a free web based phone text application for the sale and used the Newton Street address.

3800 block of 33rd Street: EPS – 2:55pm. Officers issued a man criminal citations for indecent exposure and urinating in public. While the officers were interviewing him he became aggressive and said that he had not been taking his medication for several days. Based on his actions and his appearing incoherent and aggressive he was taken into custody and transported to Washington Adventist Hospital for emergency evaluation and treatment by the hospital staff.

August 4th:

3200 block of Varnum Street: Recovered stolen vehicle – 6:05am. Officers responded for the report of a motorcycle clocking a driveway. They contacted the owner of the bike and learned that it had been stolen from his residence sometime on August 3rd. The owner responded to the scene and took possession of his bike.

3100 block of Chillum Road: Theft from auto – 8:15am. The owner of a 2008 Honda told officers that sometime after 11:30pm last night someone stole all four wheels/tires off his vehicle.

One Municipal Place: Criminal citation – 9:05am. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for failing to obey a lawful order. He had been previously warned to leave the area after officers discovered him in an intoxicated state sleeping at the bus stop.

One Municipal Place: Criminal citation – 9:25am. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for failing to obey a lawful order. He had been previously warned to leave the area after officers discovered him in an intoxicated state sleeping at the bus stop.

2900 block of Allison Street: Disorderly – 9:40am. Officers responded to the Queens Manor leasing office for the report of a former tenant who had vandalized a mailbox. While the officers were speaking to employees the former tenant came into the office screaming obscenities and disturbing the business. He was arrested, charged accordingly and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

One Municipal Place: Criminal citation – 11:15am. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for disturbing the peace by blocking pedestrian access to a bus stop bench. He had been previously warned to leave the area after officers discovered him in an intoxicated state sleeping at the bus stop.

4100 block of 33rd Street: Vandalism to auto – 1pm. The owner of a 1996 Toyota Camry told officers that she came out to her vehicle this morning and discovered that the rear passenger side window had been smashed out. Nothing had been stolen from inside the vehicle.

4600 block of 27th Street: Vehicle impound – 2:15pm. Officers impounded a 2009 Chevy for displaying tags that expired back in June of this year.

One Municipal Place: Criminal citation – 5:15am. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for failing to obey a lawful order. He had been previously warned to leave the area after officers discovered him in an intoxicated state sleeping at the bus stop.

August 3rd:

2900 block of Arundel Road: Vehicle impound – 8:25am. Officers impounded a 1997 Chevy for displaying tags that expired back in April of this year.

3700 block of 35th Street: Vehicle impound – 11:50am. Officers impounded a 1999 Toyota that had been previously marked for 48-hour towing.

4000 block of 35th Street: Burglary – 6:25pm. The resident told officers that she and her son left home at about 5pm. When they returned at about 6:20 they discovered the back door open. There were no signs of forced entry into the home, but the resident said that the door was left unlocked. Several rooms had been ransacked and an iPad, a laptop computer and a set of speakers had been stolen. Officers were able to recover latent fingerprints for examination and further investigation.

3800 block of 37th Street: Violation of a court order – 11pm. Officers arrested a woman for violating a peace order issued by the District Court.

August 2nd:

4000 block of 35th Street: Theft – 8:30am. The victim told officers that he came out this morning to discover that his bicycle had been stolen. He said that he had locked the bike to a railing and last saw it there on Sunday July 31st. The bike was described as a Giant brand Seek 3, black with yellow racing stripes. The victim’s bike lock was also stolen.

3200 block of Buchanan Street: Criminal citation – 8:40am. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for drinking in public.

3500 block of Bunker Hill Road: Death report – 5:35am. The mother of a 48 year old man told officers that she discovered her son unresponsive at about 5:20am this morning. EMS responded and pronounced him dead shortly thereafter. Mom said that she last saw her son alive watching television at about 2am. Officers contacted the decedent’s personal doctor who said that the man suffered from multiple medical conditions including heart failure, was in generally poor health and that he would sign the death certificate.

August 1st:

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Criminal citation – 11:20am. Officers issued each of two men a criminal citation for drinking in public.

4000 block of 35th Street: Theft – 12:20am. The owner of a blue Shimano bicycle reported that he put his bike behind his house this morning at about 5:30. When he went back for it this afternoon he discovered it had been stolen.

2700 block of Arundel Road: Criminal citation – 5:50pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for drinking in public.

4600 block of 27th Street: Attempt robbery/carjacking – 7:35pm. The victim told officers that she was unloading her van when a black male approached her, implied that he had a gun and demanded her vehicle and waist pack that contained cash proceeds from her business. The suspect kicked the victim causing her to drop a bin containing glass bottled beverages. The suspect picked up a broken glass bottle and cut the victim several times on her arm and shoulder. In fear for her life, the victim screamed and yelled for help as she ran from her vehicle. The victim’s husband and several witnesses heard the victim cry for help and attempted to subdue and restrain him but he was able to break free and flee the scene. MRPD and PGPD officers canvassed the area for the suspect and eventually located him hiding in the basement of an apartment building in the 2500 block of Arundel Road. He was taken into custody and positively identified by the victim. Officers later learned that the suspect had three open warrants through Prince George’s County charging him with theft, burglary and escape. He was charged with attempted armed robbery, attempted carjacking, 1st degree assault and a variety of other charges. He was turned over to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

3800 block of 37th Street: MIR – 9:45pm. Officers served a peace order on the owner of a home that had been obtained by the owner’s roommates.

July 31st:

4100 block of 32nd Street: Burglary (4th degree) – 7:45am. Officers responded for the report of a man seen breaking into a vehicle. Officers spoke with the victim who pointed out the man who was seen breaking into the vehicle and was later seen looking into other vehicles in the block. The man was arrested, charged accordingly and delivered to the custody of DOC in Upper Marlboro.

4600 block of 25th Street: Domestic assault – 7:25pm. The victim told officers that she and the father of her child got into a verbal argument over the phone about parenting issues. When the man got home the argument rekindled and turned physical. The man slapped and choked the victim before he fled the scene. EMS responded to check the victim for injury but she refused treatment and said she would go her own. A lethality assessment screen was completed and the victim refused help from the crisis center. The domestic violence unit was notified.

3700 block of Shepherd Street: Theft from auto – 9:10pm. The owner of a 1996 Toyota truck told officers that sometime between 5pm on the 29th and the time he called police someone smashed out the truck’s back window and stole several of his tools from inside. Officers were unable to process the vehicle for evidence due to weather conditions and no witnesses were identified.

Citizens are reminded to PLEASE call and report suspicious activity. Even if you choose not to provide your name or other personal information, we still need your help as extra eyes and ears in the community.

See or Hear Something?

Say Something!

We WANT to be bothered! Call 301-985-6565/6566.

 

Wednesday, August 03, 2016

Police Report: July 24-30

The Mount Rainier Police Department’s weekly report is not intended to be a listing of every incident or call for service handled by the police department, but merely a general summary of incidents that may be of interest to the community. Some reports may be outside the date parameters due to extended investigations or other circumstances. Some cases are not included at all due to ongoing investigations.

July 30th:

3300 block of Chauncey Place: MIR – 8:55pm. Officers assisted fire/rescue personnel with a forced entry into an apartment. The elderly resident called 911 after experiencing a fall. The woman was found uninjured and EMS personnel assisted her with getting safely into bed.

July 29th:

3300 block of Chauncey Place: Stolen vehicle – 9am. The owner of a 2015 Ford Mustang told officers that sometime overnight someone stole her car. No evidence/witnesses were identified.

3300 block of Chauncey Place: Stolen vehicle – 11am. The owner of a 2012 Audi told officers that sometime overnight someone stole his car. No evidence/witnesses were identified.

July 28th:

4000 block of 28th Place: Warrant service – 12:35am. Officers responded to check the welfare of a man lying in the grass. They found the man and found him to be very intoxicated. Upon further investigation the officers learned that he had an open arrest warrant through the United States Marshall’s Office (Arlington, VA) for armed robbery. He was arrested on the warrant and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

2500 block of Arundel Road: Destruction of property – 3am. Officers responded for the report of a vandalism that had just occurred. When they arrived they learned that an intoxicated man was having an argument with his wife and when she would not answer the phone he broke one of her apartment windows. He also went to the front door of the apartment building and used a car jack to smash open the front door. He was arrested, charged with destruction of property and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

4100 block of 28th Street: Vehicle impound – 8:35am. Officers impounded a 1995 Toyota truck that was displaying North Carolina tags that expired back in December of 2015.

4100 block of Russell Avenue: Vehicle impound – 9:15am. Officers impounded a 2000 Chevy truck that was displaying tags that were issued to another vehicle.

4000 block of 33rd Street: Vehicle impound – 10:10am. Officers impounded a 2004 Ford van that was unregistered and had no tags attached.

July 27th:

2500 block of Queens Chapel Road: Attempt theft from auto – 2:45am. The owner of a 2016 Honda told officers that he came out to check on his car after hearing the alarm sounding. He saw two black males who got into the vehicle after smashing out the driver’s side window, had silenced the alarm and were rummaging through the interior. When the owner confronted the two suspects they got into a white pickup truck and fled the scene. Nothing was reported stolen but the owner suspected that the two were looking for the key to the car’s locking wheel lugs so they could steal the tires and rims.

July 26th:

4200 block of 29th Street: Suicide – 2:20am. At about 10pm on the 25th MRPD officers, at the request of DC police, responded to check on the welfare of a man who owned a rental house in the block. The man had been reported missing to MPD by his girlfriend. The tenants of the house told the officers that they had not seen or heard from the owner and gave the officers his DC address which was all the info they had. At about 2:20am today MRPD officers responded back to the house after the owner’s girlfriend called back and said that he was taking medication for anxiety and was suffering from depression. While speaking with the residents officers checked the backyard shed and discovered the man hanging from a rope. EMS responded and pronounced the man dead. PGPD homicide detectives along with the State Medical Examiner responded to do a follow-up investigation. The ME determined that no foul play was involved and took possession of the body for a post mortem examination.

4500 block of 30th Street: Vehicle impound – 8:15am. Officers impounded a 2003 Toyota that had been previously marked for 48-hour towing.

3800 block of 35th Street: Vehicle impound – 8:25am. Officers impounded a 2004 BMW that was displaying tags that expired back in October of 2015.

4400 block of 28th Place: Vehicle impound – 12:25am. Officers impounded a 1999 Saab for displaying tags that were issued to another vehicle.

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: M/V collision – 2:45pm. The driver of a 1998 Toyota had stopped for a red signal just north of the traffic circle when she was rear ended by the driver of a 2005 Chevy truck. She was taken by EMS to a local hospital for evaluation of her minor injuries. Her vehicle was disabled and had to be towed from the scene.

3700 block of 37th Street: Animal bite – 3:35pm. The victim told officers that she was walking her dog a black Lab mix dog jumped the fence of a residence and bit her. She refused medical treatment at the scene and said she would go to the hospital on her own for a checkup. The dog was contained in the basement of the residence per protocol and Animal Control was notified. Both the victim and the dog’s owner were provided with a copy of the Animal Exposure Report.

2500 block of Arundel Road: Missing juvenile – 6pm. A woman notified officers that her niece left home with an unknown Hispanic male and had not been heard from in several hours. The girl’s information was entered into NCIC missing persons files and a copy of the police report was faxed to PGPD at District I station. Officers performed a follow up at about 10pm and learned that the girl had not as yet returned home.

3100 block of Buchanan Street: Vehicle impound – 7pm. Officers impounded a 2006 Hyundai for displaying an expired Nevada temporary registration tag. The vehicle had been previously marked for 48-hour towing.

4000 block of 36th Street: Domestic assault – 8pm. Officers responded for the report of a domestic argument where the male half was armed with a knife. When they arrived they met the female victim outside and learned that the father of her child was intoxicated and assaulted both her and the child. He also accosted her with the knife and threatened to kill her. Officers were able to take the man into custody, charge him with domestic assault and deliver him to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville. Neither the victim not the child was injured. The victim was provided transportation to the court commissioner’s office to petition for a protective order.

July 25th:

4700 block of 31st Place: Vehicle impound – 9:20am. Officers impounded a 2006 Dodge for displaying an expired temporary tag that was registered to another vehicle.

2300 block of Arundel Road: Criminal citation – 11:40am. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for drinking in public.

July 24th:

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Warrant service – 8:55am. Officers patrolling the area stopped to speak with a man seen drinking in public. Further investigation revealed that there was an open warrant for his arrest through Prince George’s County for disorderly conduct. He was arrested on the warrant and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

 

Citizens are reminded to PLEASE call and report suspicious activity. Even if you choose not to provide your name or other personal information, we still need your help as extra eyes and ears in the community.

See or Hear Something?

Say Something!

We WANT to be bothered! Call 301-985-6565/6566.

Monday, August 01, 2016

Police Report: July 17-23

The Mount Rainier Police Department’s weekly report is not intended to be a listing of every incident or call for service handled by the police department, but merely a general summary of incidents that may be of interest to the community. Some reports may be outside the date parameters due to extended investigations or other circumstances. Some cases are not included at all due to ongoing investigations.

July 23rd:

2400 block of Queens Chapel Road: Traffic – 4:55am. Officers patrolling the area observed a vehicle commit a traffic violation. The officers were able to catch up to the vehicle and effect a traffic stop on Queens Chapel Road at Eastern Avenue. Before the officers were able to get the vehicle’s tag number the vehicle suddenly took off at a high rate of speed into DC. The officers followed to try and get a good tag number and saw the driver throw a handgun out of the window. A few seconds later the driver failed to execute a bend in the road and crashed into a tree. MRPD and MPD officers extricated the driver from the vehicle and performed CPR on him until EMS arrived. He was taken to a local hospital where he died from injuries sustained in the crash. MPD officers recovered the handgun and learned that it had been reported stolen from an address in Anderson County, South Carolina back in 2015.

3100 block of Buchanan Street: Vehicle impound – 11:55am. Officers impounded a 2006 Mitsubishi Gallant that was displaying tags that expired in December of 2015.

One Municipal Place: Criminal citation – 4:55pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for drinking in public.

3400 block of Eastern Avenue: Warrant service – 4:50pm. Officers responded after receiving information that a woman had an open arrest warrant. The officers located her and confirmed that she had an open warrant through Prince George’s County for 2nd degree assault. She was arrested and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

3800 block of 34th Street: Non-contact shooting – 9pm. An Uber driver told officers that he just dropped off four juveniles at a party going on at 3804 34th Street. He turned his vehicle around in an adjacent parking lot and as he made a right turn to go back to Rhode Island Avenue he heard a loud bang and his driver window shattered. Upon further investigation the officers located an unoccupied parked vehicle at the entrance to the parking lot that also had bullet holes in it. It is believed that someone drove by the large crowd of juveniles congregating for the party and fired a single shot from a 12 gauge shotgun initially striking the parked vehicle. A stray round of buck shot struck the “A” pillar of the Uber driver’s vehicle causing the windshield to shatter. No suspects were identified and no one was injured. PGPD detectives responded to assist with the investigation. The party at 3804 34th Street was also shut down to permitting and safety issues. A follow-up investigation will also be conducted to determine if the business at 3804 was holding the party in violation of fire regulations (capacity) and in violation of the use and occupancy permit.

July 22nd:

2700 block of Webster Street: Vehicle impound – 3:50pm. Officers impounded a 2014 Mitsubishi for displaying a fake temporary registration tag.

July 21st:

3200 block of Varnum Street: Criminal citation – 7:45am. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for possession of an open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle.

One Municipal Place: Criminal citation – 10:20am. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for drinking in public.

3300 block of Perry Street: Criminal citation – 10:30pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for drinking in public.

July 20th:

3500 block of Bunker Hill Road: Warrant service – 10:40am. Officers responded for the report of a suspicious person. They located the man described by witnesses and a further investigation revealed that he had an open arrest warrant through the Prince George’s County Sheriff’s Office for failing to appear in court on a 4th degree burglary charge. He was arrested on the warrant and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

3400 block of Newton Street: EPS – 6:50pm. Officers responded for the report of a man lying on the sidewalk. When they arrived they found the man described by witnesses and immediately recognized that he was under the influence of PCP. He was transported to Washington Adventist Hospital and released to the medical staff for emergency treatment.

July 19th:

3500 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Traffic – 3:25am. Officers stopped a 1996 Honda Civic for failing to display a front tag. Further investigation revealed that the rear tag had been reported stolen from an address in Anne Arundel County on July 16th and the vehicle itself was unregistered. The driver was charged with possession of the stolen tags and other crimes and the vehicle was impounded.

July 18th:

4000 block of 35th Street: Theft – 9:45am. A man came into the police station and reported his Mossberg 500 shotgun stolen. He told officers that he last saw the gun in his residence on July 12th and realized that it was missing on the 17th. He was unaware of how or when the shotgun got stolen. Officers went with the victim to his home and checked for any signs of forced entry and found no evidence that was consistent with a breaking and entering. The victim said that no other items were missing and he had no further information.

4200 block of Kaywood Drive: Vehicle impound – 2:30pm. Officers impounded a 1999 Lincoln that was unregistered and had no tags attached.

4200 block of Kaywood Drive: Vehicle impound – 2:45pm. Officers impounded a 1993 Nissan 300ZX that was displaying tags that expired back in April of this year. The vehicle had been previously marked for 24-hour towing.

3800 block of 34th Street: Criminal citation – 3:35pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for drinking in public.

July 17th:

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Criminal citation – 9:40pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for drinking in public.

3300 block of Buchanan Street: Domestic assault – 12:05pm. The victim told officers that she was awakened by her boyfriend who began arguing with her over money issues. The argument turned physical and the victim sustained scratches and bruises on both arms. The boyfriend, still on the scene, was arrested, charged with domestic assault and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville. A domestic violence lethality screening was completed and the victim screened positive for assistance. She spoke with a DV counselor according to protocol and was advised of her options with a District Court Commissioner. 

Citizens are reminded to PLEASE call and report suspicious activity. Even if you choose not to provide your name or other personal information, we still need your help as extra eyes and ears in the community.

See or Hear Something?

Say Something!

We WANT to be bothered! Call 301-985-6565/6566.