Thursday, July 31, 2008

Court Monitoring Volunteers Needed

MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) will host its first Court Monitoring training session for interested volunteers on Wednesday, August 20th, 2008 at the MADD Office, 10440 Shaker Drive, Columbia, MD, 21046 (Located behind PNC Bank). The training will run from 10:00am-1:00pm and lunch will be served.

The training will include all information needed to participate as an official MADD Court Monitor. The program will be launched in Baltimore, Montgomery, Prince Georges and Anne Arundel Counties, and MADD needs committed volunteers to make the program work. Interested volunteers need to be available on weekdays during normal court hours in order to participate. Volunteers will be trained on how to evaluate judges, prosecutors, defense lawyers and court staff for preparedness, understanding the law, treatment of victims and the manner in which DUI court proceedings are held. Volunteers will also be given the appropriate monitoring materials.

Volunteers must register by August 14th so that MADD can plan accordingly. To register, or if you have questions about the program or the training, please contact MADD’s Court Monitoring Project Specialist, Ayodele Warburton at 410-964-5757 or by e-mail at ayodele.warburton@madd.org.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Mount Rainier Crime Maps

MRPD crime maps are now online! Effective July 1st, we are now a part of CrimeReports.com, a nation-wide crime mapping service. The Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention has agreed to fund this service for the department for this fiscal year.

I have created a direct link to Mount Rainier's CrimeReports.com map data under the Links heading of the Blog. Simply click on "MRPD Crime Maps by CrimeReports.com" to view our latest crime data. The default view shows all reported crime for the last 14 days. You can customize what you see by sorting the data by crime, date or distance; you can increase or decrease the amount of data displayed by changing the period; and you can view selected crimes using the Crime Type button.

A very useful feature of CrimeReports.com is that it allows you to get crime alerts sent to you via e-mail. Click on !Get Crime Alerts at the top of the page, create an account, and you can receive an alert whenever crime data is posted that is within a specified distance from your home, your child's school or your work (provided you work in a jurisdiction that uses CrimeReports.com).

You will also notice that several other surrounding jurisdictions post their crime data to CrimeReports.com, including the Metropolitan Police, Hyattsville City PD, Bladensburg City PD and Riverdale Park PD to name just a few. You can click and drag the map to view crime data in these jurisdictions.

Crime Watch: Week of July 20

07/26/08 4200 block 34th St: Open warrant served after field interview
07/26/08 4000 block 34th St: Theft under $100
07/26/08 3600 block Eastern Av: Domestic assault
07/25/08 4600 block 30th St: Attempt strong-arm robbery
07/25/08 4200 block Rainier Av: Residential break and enter
07/25/08 4300 block Eastern Av: Identity theft
07/24/08 3400 block Rhode Island Av: Citation issued for open container
07/23/08 3200 block Chillum Rd: Theft under $100
07/23/08 4400 block 31st St: 2nd degree assault
07/22/08 Eastern Av & Varnum St: Citizen armed robbery
07/22/08 4300 block Russell Av: Theft of auto
07/22/08 3300 block Buchanan St: Citizen robbery
07/21/08 3300 block Otis St: Residential break and enter
07/21/08 4300 Russell Av: Animal bite
07/21/08 3000 block Arundel Rd: Theft of auto
07/21/08 4300 block 28th Pl: Vandalism to auto
07/21/08 3300 block Rhode Island Av: Citation issued for open container
07/20/08 2700 block Arundel Rd: Theft under $100

Monday, July 21, 2008

Crime Watch: Week of July 13

07/19/08 3000 block Queens Chapel Rd: Theft of tag
07/19/08 2900 block Arundel Rd: Open warrant served after field interview
07/18/08 4200 block Russell Av: Vandalism to auto
07/18/08 2700 block Allison St: Arrest for CDS possession after field interview
07/18/08 3400 block Rhode Island Av: Citation issued for open container
07/18/08 3200 block Varnum St: Arrest while under the influence of CDS
07/17/08 3200 block Queenstown Dr: Residential break and enter
07/17/08 4500 block 27th St: Citizen armed robbery
07/16/08 4200 block 34th St: Residential break and enter
07/16/08 3700 block 36th St: Arrest for possession of CDS after traffic stop
07/16/08 2300 block Varnum St: Theft under $100
07/16/08 3300 block Buchanan St: Theft of auto
07/16/08 3700 block 35th St: Attempt theft of auto
07/16/08 3000 block Arundel Rd: Theft of auto
07/15/08 3100 block Queens Chapel Rd: Citizen robbery
07/15/08 3200 block Chillum Rd: Attempt robbery
07/14/08 3200 block Upshur St: Citizen armed robbery
07/13/08 3200 block Queens Chapel Rd: Theft of auto
07/13/08 3200 block Queens Chapel Rd: Vandalism to school property

Crime Watch: Week of July 6

07/12/08 3100 block Queens Chapel Rd: Citizen armed robbery
07/12/08 Buchanan St & Chillum Rd: Theft from auto
07/12/08 3300 block Buchanan St: Theft of auto
07/12/08 4500 block Eastern Av: Arrest for disorderly conduct after field interview
07/12/08 3000 block Allison St: Arrest for CDS possession after field interview
07/11/08 4000 block 32nd St: Citation issued for open container
07/11/08 3300 block Buchanan St: Theft of auto
07/11/08 4100 block Kaywood Dr: Theft from auto
07/11/08 4300 block Kaywood Dr: Theft from auto
07/10/08 4200 block 34th St: Citation issued for open container
07/10/08 3500 block Rhode Island Av: Citation issued for open container
07/10/08 3700 block Rhode Island Av: Citation issued for open container
07/10/08 4500 block 34th St: Vandalism to school property
07/10/08 3400 block Rhode Island Av: Citation issued for open container
07/10/08 3700 block Rhode Island Av: (4) Citations issued for open containers
07/09/08 4300 block Russell Av: 4th degree sex offense
07/09/08 3400 block Rhode Island Av: Citation issued for open container
07/09/08 4300 block 28th Pl: Theft of auto
07/08/08 1 Municipal Pl: Open warrant served after field interview
07/08/08 4500 block 29th St: Theft of auto
07/07/08 1 Municipal Pl: Citation issued for open container
07/07/08 3499 block Rhode Island Av: Theft under $100
07/07/08 3400 block Rhode Island Av: Open warrant served after field interview
07/07/08 4600 block 29th St: Domestic incident leading to property damage
07/07/08 3700 block 34th St: Purse snatching by suspect
07/06/08 3800 block Shepherd St: Arrest for possession of CDS
07/06/08 4200 block Russell Av: Theft of auto
07/06/08 3700 block 34th St: Open warrant served

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

The Possum Hunter

In the early morning hours of July 3rd MPRD officers responded to a desperate call for help at a house in the 3700 block of 34th Street. It seemed that, unnoticed by the residents, a wily possum had sneaked into their quiet place of abode and took up residence in the bathroom. They were none too happy about the situation and needed someone to remove the trespassing beast from their happy home. They were in luck - MRPD's fearless Possum Hunter was on the job!

No stranger to critter removal, MRPD's fearless Possum Hunter, a.k.a. PFC Tuk Carpenter, donned his possum huntin' gloves and went straight to work. He thoroughly evaluated the situation and, after making sure that the residents (the human residents) were safely out of the way, began his approach. He tactically stalked Mr. Possum and maneuvered himself into a position to strike. Like a crafty snake charmer the Possum Hunter distracted the marsupial with one hand; and, with one lightening-quick motion snatched the beast up by the tail with his free hand. The possum, being seriously perturbed that he had been had by a mere human, attempted to ferociously spray urine at the Possum Hunter in retaliation. The Possum Hunter, wise to the ways of opossum assault tactics, had already anticipated this move and deftly evaded the noxious attack. With his prize in hand, the victorious Possum Hunter removed the hapless beast from the residence and returned it to its proper home in the wilds of the Great City.