Friday, September 28, 2007

Crime Watch: Addition

The homicide that occurred on Saturday September 22nd in the 3500 block of Rhode Island Avenue was inadvertantly omitted from the September 16th Crime Watch list.

Crime Watch: Week of September 16

09/22/07 3200 block Queenstown Rd: Assault 2nd degree
09/21/07 36th St & Shepherd St: Citation issued for open container
09/21/07 2700 block Webster St: Theft of auto
09/21/07 3700 block Bunker Hill Rd: Theft of auto
09/20/07 3100 block Queens Chapel Rd: Destruction of property
09/20/07 4100 block Russell Rd: Stolen tag
09/20/07 2200 block Varnum St: Citation issued for open container
09/19/07 4700 block 25th St: Theft of auto
09/19/07 4500 block 32nd St: Assault 2nd degree
09/19/07 2700 block Arundel Rd: Stolen tag
09/18/07 4500 block Rhode Island Av: Citation issued for drug paraphernalia
09/18/07 3700 block 37th Pl: Theft under $100
09/17/07 4100 block Utah Av: Open warrant served after traffic stop
09/17/07 1 Municipal Pl: Disorderly conduct arrest
09/17/07 3200 block Varnum St: Assault 2nd degree
09/16/07 3800 block 32nd St: Theft of auto
09/16/07 4600 block 30th St: Vandalism to auto
09/16/07 4600 block 30th St: Vandalism to auto

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

The Pit Bull Law and Animal Control

The issue of pit bulls in Prince George’s County was settled long ago by ordinance. Pit Bulls are defined as:

* Staffordshire Bull Terrier
* American Staffordshire Terrier
* American Pit Bull Terrier breed of dogs or dogs that exhibit the characteristics of a Pit Bull more than any other breed of dog

Pit Bulls born after February 3, 1997, are illegal and must be removed from the County. For Pit Bulls owned prior to February 3, 1997, owners must provide written proof of ownership, which could include rabies certificate, veterinarian bill, or other similar documentation. Pit Bulls owned prior to February 3, 1997, must be maintained within a building or kennel at all times. When outside, Pit Bulls must be kept under control of an adult and secured by an unbreakable or unseverable leash. Violations of the Pit Bull Law will result in fines up to $1,000 or a sentence of not more than six months imprisonment. The County encourages residents to report suspected violations of the Pit Bull Law to Animal Control at 301-499-8300.

The Mount Rainier Police will respond to incidents of violent or dangerous dogs, regardless of breed. Our officers will report these animals to Animal Control, whose responsibility it is to come and assess and/or remove the dog if necessary. Animal Control’s normal business hours are from 7 AM until Midnight. After hours, their phones are forwarded to an answering service. The service will contact the on-call Animal Control officer for complaints received after normal business hours. Contrary to what we’ve been told in the past, they will respond to complaints regardless of whether or not the dog is confined. If the animal is running loose Animal Control will attempt to catch it, and failing that, attempt to locate the owner. On the other hand, MRPD officers will not try and catch a stray or loose animal. We do not have the proper tools to protect the animal or ourselves from potential injury. If we can identify the animal’s owner, we will try and notify the owner to come and get their pet. Failing that, we rely on Animal Control to corral strays and loose dogs.

Animal Control will also respond to determine if an animal is being kept illegally, i.e., in violation of the Pit Bull Law. If the animal is in violation of the County Code, the owner will be asked to voluntarily sign the dog over to Animal Control. If the owner does that, the Animal Control Officer will take custody of the dog. Should the owner refuse, the police will be called to the residence, and if the owner continues to refuse, he/she will be arrested and Animal Control will seize the dog pursuant to the arrest.

It is important to notify Animal Control whenever you suspect someone is keeping an animal illegally, or if you have reason to believe a particular animal is dangerous to the community. Certainly, if a dangerous animal is on the loose you should call our police communications center at 301-985-6565 so that one of our officers can respond to help control the situation. You may contact Animal Control directly by calling 301-499-8300.

Monday, September 24, 2007

Crime Watch: Week of September 9

09/15/07 3500 block Rhode Island Av: Homicide
09/15/07 30th & Arundel Rd: Arrest for marijuana after field observation
09/15/07 4600 block 30th St: Arrest on open warrant after field observation
09/14/07 3300 block Buchanan St: Destruction of property
09/14/07 3000 block Arundel Rd: Citation issued for open container
09/14/07 3400 block Rhode Island Av: Arrest for disorderly conduct
09/13/07 Rhode Island & 40th St: Juvenile curfew violations
09/13/07 3100 block Queens Chapel Rd: Citation issued for disturbing the peace
09/12/07 3200 block Queens Chapel Rd: Vandalism to auto
09/12/07 3200 block Queenstown Dr: Theft of auto
09/12/07 2500 block Allison St: First-degree assault
09/11/07 3700 block Rhode Island Av: Arrest for marijuana after field observation
09/11/07 3100 block Queens Chapel Rd: Residential burglary
09/11/07 2900 block Arundel Rd: Theft from auto
09/11/07 3300 block Rhode Island Av: Theft over $500
09/10/07 3300 block Chillum Rd: 2nd degree sexual assault
09/10/07 4200 block 28th St: Theft from auto
09/09/07 3400 block Rhode Island Av: Arrest for marijuana after traffic stop
09/09/07 1 Municipal Pl: Citation issued for open container
09/09/07 2700 block Queens Chapel Rd: Vandalism to auto

Monday, September 17, 2007

Crime Watch: Week of September 2

09/08/07 3300 block Chauncey Pl: Vandalism to auto
09/08/07 30th & Arundel Rd: Arrest for possession of marijuana
09/08/07 3700 block Wells Av: Open warrant served after vehicle accident
09/07/07 2300 block Varnum St: Arrest for marijuana possession
09/05/07 3200 block Varnum St: Open warrant served after domestic call
09/05/07 3800 block Rhode Island Av: Citation issued for drug paraphernalia
09/05/07 4100 block 31st St: Vandalism to auto
09/04/07 3300 block Rhode Island Av: property stolen
09/04/07 2200 block Varnum St: Commercial robbery
09/03/07 Shepherd St & 36th St: Theft from auto
09/03/07 One Municipal Pl: Citation issued for open container
09/03/07 3800 block 37th St: Vandalism to auto
09/03/07 4200 block 34th St: Theft from auto
09/02/07 32nd & Bunker Hill Rd: Attempt stolen auto
09/02/07 3400 block Shepherd St: Vandalism to auto
09/02/07 4200 block 32nd St: Victim assaulted by assailants

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Crime Watch: Week of August 26

09/01/07 3200 block Otis St: Arrest for possession of marijuana
09/01/07 33rd St & Rhode Island Av: Citation for urinating in public
09/01/07 3800 block Rhode Island Av: Citation issued for illegal tags, CDS paraphernalia
09/01/07 4500 block Varnum St: Theft from auto
08/31/07 4100 block 28th St: Residential burglary
08/31/07 3100 block Chillum Rd: Citation issued for open container
08/31/07 Taylor St: & Russell Av: Citation issued for disorderly conduct
08/29/07 3300 block Chauncey Pl: Arrest for CDS and handgun
08/29/07 3200 block Otis St: Residential burglary
08/29/07 4800 block Queenstown Dr: Citation issued for open container
08/28/07 3400 block Rhode Island Av: Arrest for disorderly conduct
08/28/07 4600 block 27th St: Vandalism to auto
08/28/07 3400 block Rhode Island Av: Theft of vehicle tag
08/28/07 3400 block Rhode Island Av: Assault on police officer after field observation
08/28/07 3200 block Rhode Island Av: Citation issued for drug paraphernalia
08/27/07 36th & Perry St: Citation issued for open container
08/27/07 2700 block Queens Chapel Rd: Theft of auto
08/27/07 37th & Perry St: Theft of property
08/26/07 3100 block Queens Chapel Rd: Theft of auto