Monday, February 08, 2010

Police Report & Snow Update

There was only one significant incident over the weekend and that occurred about 7 p.m. Friday night. A man was the victim of a strong armed robbery on Queens Chapel Road. He was able to provide a description of the four individuals who attacked and robbed him. We initiated a search and apprehended all of them, 3 juveniles and 1 adult, on Arundel Road at 32nd Street. They were interviewed by PGPD robbery detectives and one of the juveniles confessed to participating in this robbery and at least two others in the area. He also implicated his three accomplices in the other robberies. Hopefully these arrests will put a stop to the group robberies we have been experiencing along Queens Chapel Road.

Captain Stoots and I toured the City this morning, and all things considered, it was better than I expected. It looks like our biggest problems are on 31st, 32nd and 33rd Streets and Shepherd Street behind the old fire house. We need additional plowing to get those roads more passable. I talked to Mr. Smith and he has our one remaining plow at a repair shop to get a spring replaced on the plow blade. That should be completed shortly and he’ll be back to start clearing snow again. Only he and one other PW employee are working today. The rest of the PW staff is off getting some rest after working through the weekend. Our contractor is scheduled to be back on duty starting at 5 p.m. this evening.

As of this morning MRPD has issued 43 parking citations and impounded 19 vehicles for parking on a snow emergency route. Vehicles were towed from the following locations:

3200 block of Chillum Road: 3
3300 block of Chillum Road: 5
2300 block of Arundel Road: 1
2400 block of Arundel Road: 2
2500 block of Arundel Road: 2
2700 block of Arundel Road: 2
Russell Avenue & Arundel Road: 2
34th & Newton Streets: 1
3800 block of 34th Street: 1

Towing operations were suspended virtually all day Saturday and Sunday because our tow company’s trucks could not move on area streets and their storage lots were too snow covered to store towed vehicles.

The snow emergency is still in effect and is likely to remain so through Thursday. The NWS is predicting another strong winter storm that could bring as much as 10” of additional accumulation to the region starting mid-afternoon on Tuesday and continuing until Wednesday afternoon. Winds of 25-35 mph will also bring the possibility of more downed wires and power outages.

MRPD will continue to focus on keeping our snow emergency routes clear so plowing operations can continue. We encourage any of our residents who have 4WD or AWD vehicles and can assist with non-medical transportation to call the non-emergency dispatch line at (301)985-6566 to volunteer. Residents that require non-medical emergency transportation should also call the police non-emergency dispatch line and someone will respond to assist.

Because of the federal government closing, our records staff is off today. We have five officers on duty for day work and the night shift will be in at its normal time - 7 p.m. We have officers available to answer the phones and handle walk-ins until 5 p.m. I don’t see the need to hold any officers over tonight. We will most likely have to do that tomorrow when we get an additional accumulation.

Residents are reminded of the following emergency numbers:

WSSC - (301)206-4002
Washington Gas - (703)750-2500
PEPCO Light Outages - 1-877-737-2662
PEPCO Emergencies – (202)872-3432

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