Saturday, October 29, 2011

PG Police Make Arrest in Mount Rainier Homicide

Prince George’s County, Maryland…The Prince George’s County Police Department’s Homicide Unit has arrested William Knight, 20, in connection with the homicide of Alonzo James Guyton that occurred earlier this week in Mount Rainier, Maryland.

On October 25, 2011 at approximately 12:02 a.m., officers from the Mount Rainier Police Department responded to the 4200 block of Kaywood Drive for the report of a shooting. Upon arrival, officers found Guyton suffering from gunshot wounds to his body. Guyton was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced deceased a short time later.

Through the course of their investigation, homicide detectives developed William Knight, of the 800 block of Kennedy Street N.E. in Washington D.C., as a suspect in the case. Detectives subsequently obtained an arrest warrant for Knight charging him with first degree murder. On October 28, 2011, the arrest warrant was served on Knight at the D.C. Jail where he was being held on an unrelated charge. Pursuant to the first degree murder charge, Knight was placed on a no bond status. Extradition to Prince George’s County is pending.

Anyone with additional information about this case is asked to call the Prince George’s County Police Department’s Homicide Unit at (301) 772-4925. Callers wishing to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411 TIPS (8477), text “PGPD plus your message” to CRIMES (274637) on your cell phone, or go to http://www.princegeorgescountymd.gov/police/ to submit a tip online.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Homicide - 4200 block of Kaywood Drive

On October 25, 2011, at approximately 12:02 am, officers of the Mount Rainier Police Department responded to the 4200 block of Kaywood Drive Mount Rainier, Maryland for a report of shots fired and a man down.  Upon arriving on the scene, officers and EMS personnel located a 24 year old male on the sidewalk in front of the apartment building.  He was suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.  He was transported to Medstar where he was pronounced dead at 12:50 am. The decedent was transported to the Medical Examiner’s Office in the District of Columbia for a postmortem examination. The Prince George’s County Police Department’s Homicide Unit is conducting the investigation.

Monday, October 24, 2011

National Take Back Initiative

The United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is sponsoring a third National Take Back Initiative for unwanted and unused prescription drugs on October 29, 2011 from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm. The Mount Rainier Police Department is a proud co-sponsor of this important initiative.

The DEA reports that over 309 tons of drugs were turned in during the last two events.

Prescription drug abuse continues to be a serious health issue among Americans.  Removing expired and/or no longer needed drugs from the home can assist in curtailing illegal and dangerous drug diversion, as well as ensure these drugs are not flushed into our waters.

Individuals can turn in their unused, expired or no longer needed prescription or over the counter drugs at the Mount Rainier Police Department located at 3249 Rhode Island Avenue this Saturday, October 29th between the hours of 10 am and 2 pm.

For further information please call 301-985-6580.

Police Report: October 16-22

October 16th:

4000 block of 34th Street: Assault on a police officer – 12:20 am. Officers stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation. When the vehicle came to a stop the driver immediately got out of the vehicle and began to urinate in public. When he finished urinating officers told him to get back into his vehicle whereupon he ran at the officers with a closed fist yelling profanity. A brief struggle ensued before officers were able to get the man under control and under arrest. He was transported to Prince George’s Hospital by fire/rescue personnel, treated for minor injuries and released. He was charged with assaulting a police officer and released to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

3600 block of Eastern Avenue: Vandalism to auto – 7:30 am. The owners of a 2000 Ford Explorer and a 2006 Ford F150 pickup truck reported that sometime during the overnight hours someone used a large piece of concrete to break the rear window of the truck and an unknown object to break the windshield on the Explorer.

3200 block of Queenstown Drive: Animal bite – 2:25 pm. Officers responded to assist fire/rescue personnel with the report of a 9 year old child bitten by a dog. A relative of the child told officers that several children were playing outside in front of the apartment building when 2 dogs approached.  One was described as a black pit bull and the other as a small white fluffy dog.  The pit bull ran to the victim and bit her on the upper thigh leaving four puncture wounds. She was taken to Children’s Hospital by Medic 855 for medical attention. MRPD officers, assisted by PGPD officers and Animal Control searched the surrounding area for the pit bull. The dog was located on Chauncey Place and attempted to attack an MRPD officer. The officer deployed a Taser weapon to stop the dog and the dog ran off down the bike path towards Brentwood. A further search of the area failed to locate the dog. The dog had not been captured or the owner identified at the time of the report.

2400 block of Arundel Road: Trespassing (x2) – 6:50 pm. Officers responded for the report of two individuals trespassing and using drugs in the basement of the apartment building. Upon arrival the officers located and detained the two and learned that neither one lived in the building or knew anyone that did. They did however have keys to the front entrance door and officers confiscated those keys. Officers confirmed with management that neither individual had permission to be on the property so both were issued criminal citations for trespassing. They were escorted from the property and admonished not to return.

October 17th:

3800 block of 34th Street: Assault – 2:10 pm. The victim told officers that as he was walking along 34th Street he was approached by four (4) black male juveniles who began punching him in the face. He was able to get away from his assailants, flee the area and call police. He said that he last saw the four running down 34th Street towards Eastern Avenue. He was treated at the scene by fire/rescue personnel and transported to Prince George’s Hospital for further treatment of his minor injuries. A canvass of the area failed to locate the suspects.

3200 block of Chillum Road: Vandalism to auto – 7:20 pm. The owner of a 1997 Ford Escort reported that sometime between 2 pm October 15th and 9 am October 16th someone damaged her driver’s side mirror.  She told officers that she delayed contacting police because of an insurance issue.

October 18th:

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Criminal citation – 9:25 am. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for possession of an open container of an alcoholic beverage.

4300 block of Russell Avenue: Stolen auto – 11:45 am. The owner of a 2001 Volvo S80 reported that sometime during the overnight hours someone stole his vehicle.

3300 block of Chillum Road (7-11): Trespassing – 7 pm. Officers responded for the report of an intoxicated male loitering and disturbing customers. When the officers arrived they interviewed store employees who said that they had banned the man from the store numerous times and advised him not to return. The man was issued a criminal citation for trespassing and banned from the store once again.

1 Municipal Place: Warrant service – 7:45 pm. Officers assisted the victim of an indecent exposure in obtaining an arrest warrant charging him with that crime. Once the District Court Commissioner issued the warrant officers located the individual and arrested him. He was delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

3200 block of Arundel Road: Vehicle impound – 9:20 pm. Officers impounded an unregistered 1999 Ford van.

October 19th:

4200 block of 31st Street: Tampering – The owner of a 2003 Toyota Corolla told officers that sometime between 10 pm on the 18th and the time she called police someone entered her vehicle and rummaged through the glove box. Nothing was reported stolen and no point of entry into the vehicle could be determined.

4300 block of 28th Street: Theft/fraud – 10:20 pm. The victim told officers that someone had made four unauthorized charges on his credit union debit card to Sprint Wireless. The credit union’s fraud investigators instructed the victim to file an official police report to assist them in their investigation of the crime.

October 20th:

3200 block of Rhode Island Avenue (MRPD): Warrant service – 1 pm. A man walked into the police station and told officers he wanted to surrender on an open arrest warrant. The warrant was confirmed and he was arrested and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: Fraud – 4:25 pm. Officers responded for the report of a man trying to cash a fraudulent check. When officers arrived they contacted the man and upon further investigation determined that the $581 check he was trying to cash was indeed fraudulent. He was arrested, charged accordingly and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

4600 block of 30th Street: Recovered stolen auto/stolen tags – 6:35 pm. Officers patrolling using a mobile license plate reader received a hit on a vehicle for stolen tags. The tags were checked and conformed stolen from Thrifty Car Rental on Rhode Island Avenue. Further investigation revealed that the vehicle had also been reported stolen from an address in Prince George’s County on October 5th. The tags were seized and the vehicle was impounded for safekeeping.

October 21st:

Nothing significant to report.

October 22nd:

2200 block of Varnum Street: DWI/DUI arrest – 12:35 am. Officers stopped a 1999 Ford van for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that the driver was under the influence of alcohol. He was arrested, charged accordingly and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

2300 block of Varnum Street (7-11): Theft – 6:40 am. The store clerk told officers that two black males entered the store and removed two bags of chips and four tuna salad sandwiches. The suspects then passed all points of sale without making any attempt to pay for the merchandise. The suspects fled the store on foot towards the Kaywood Apartments complex.

29th and Shepherd Streets: Recovered stolen auto – 5:30 pm. Officers responded for the report of an abandoned vehicle. Upon arrival the officers they discovered the vehicle in question, a 2001 Ford Crown Victoria with ignition damage, parked an unoccupied. Further investigation revealed that the vehicle was reported stolen from an address in Greenbelt on October 21st. The vehicle was impounded for safekeeping.

Chillum Road and Queens Chapel Road: Warrant service – 9:15 pm. Officers stopped a 2003 Ford Focus for an equipment violation. Further investigation revealed that a passenger in the vehicle had an open arrest warrant through Prince George’s County. He was arrested on the warrant and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville. The driver was issued a safety equipment repair order and sent on his way.

4000 block of 32nd Street: Criminal citation – 9:20 pm. Officers observed individuals drinking alcoholic beverages in the gazebo park. Each was issued a criminal citation for drinking in public.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Students Can Earn Service Hours at Rocky Gorge Beautification Project

Project planned for Oct. 31 student school holiday


October 18, 2011 | 5:46 p.m.
The Laurel Leader

Students can earn service hours and help keep Rocky Gorge Reservoir beautiful at a community service day scheduled for Monday, Oct. 31, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Prince George's County public schools are closed for students that day.

County students ages 11 to 18 can register to participate in the event, which is being held by the county's Police Athletic League and Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission, which maintains the reservoir. Transportation will be provided to Rocky Gorge Reservoir at 9 a.m. from the Prince George's County Police Services Complex, 7600 Barlowe Road, in Palmer Park.

The day will end with an ice skating session at the Bowie Ice Rink.

Students can earn five service learning hours (community service hours) after completing the beautification project.

For more information or to register, call the Prince George's County Police Department's Community Services Division at 301-909-7126.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Remembering MSP Sergeant Ellsworth D. Dryden

Let us pause to remember our Fallen Hero from the Maryland State Police, Quartermaster Sergeant Ellsworth D. Dryden, lost this day in 1938 as a result of injuries sustained five years earlier in Adam Sector.

On March 4, 1933, Sgt. Dryden was assigned to a detail providing an escort for the Governor of Maryland as he returned home from the Presidential Inauguration in Washington, D.C.  As the motorcade proceeded north on Rhode Island Avenue, Sgt. Dryden's police vehicle collided with a delivery truck at the intersection of 34th Street in Mt. Rainier, Maryland.  Sgt. Dryden suffered serious injuries in the collision.  As a result of his injuries, Sgt. Dryden subsequently contracted a bloodstream infection to which he succumbed on October 7, 1938.

Sgt. Dryden served the Maryland State Police for nine and one half years and was the 14th member of that agency to make the ultimate sacrifice.  He was the second law enforcement officer and the first Maryland State Trooper to give his life in service to this profession within Prince George's County, Maryland.

At the time of his death, Quartermaster Sergeant Ellsworth D. Dryden was 37 years old.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Police Report: October 9-15 (supplemental)

October 15th (supplemental):
3400 block of Otis Street: Emergency petition – 7:45 pm. Officers received a call for a man taking off his clothes in the middle of the street. When they arrived they found the man in the process of taking off his pants. When officers tried to get him out of the street he started yelling obscenities and became violent. After a brief struggle the officers were able to get him handcuffed and under control. He was taken to Prince George’s Hospital and released to medical personnel for an emergency psychological evaluation.

Police Report: October 9-15

October 9th:

4000 block of 34th Street: Theft from auto – 9:10 am. The owner of a 2004 Jeep Liberty reported that someone entered his unsecured vehicle and stole his registration card and $5.00.

3200 block of Rhode Island Avenue: DWI/DUI arrest – 8:05 pm. Officers stopped a 1992 Toyota Camry for a traffic violation. Further investigation led to the driver taking a field sobriety test which he failed. He was arrested and transported to the Maryland State Police Barrack in College Park for a breathalyzer test. The test revealed his BAC well exceeded the legal limit. He was charged with DWI/DUI and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

October 10th:

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Criminal citation – 2 pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for drinking an alcoholic beverage in public.

October 11th:

2300 block of Arundel Road: Vehicle impound – 5:20 pm. Officers responded for the report of loud music coming from inside a parked vehicle. When the officers arrived they located the vehicle in question and requested that the driver turn down the music. While talking to the driver the officers noticed a strong odor of alcohol about his person and he then failed a field sobriety test. Officers also learned that he did not have a valid license. The registered owner of the vehicle was contacted but was unable to respond to take possession. The vehicle was impounded for safekeeping and the driver sent on his way.
4500 block of Eastern Avenue: Criminal citation – 7:20 pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for urinating in public.

October 12th:

3800 block of 34th Street: Criminal citation – 10:30 am. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for drinking in public.

October 13th:

3000 block of Queens Chapel Road: - Warrant service – 8:10 pm. Officers stopped a vehicle for driving without its headlights illuminated. Further investigation revealed that the driver had two (2) open arrest warrants through the Prince George’s County Sheriff’s Office for failing to appear in court. He was issued the appropriate traffic citations, arrested on the warrants and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

October 14th:

3200 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Criminal citation – 7:05 am. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for drinking an alcoholic beverage in public.

3200 block of Otis Street: Lost property – 12:15 pm. Officers took a report of a lost wallet that occurred on October 7th.

3500 block of Otis Street: Theft from auto – 3 pm. The owner of a 2011 Chevy Express Van told officers that sometime earlier today someone broke the driver’s side door handle to the van, gained entry and stole a silver canon camera and a Magellan GPS unit from inside the glove compartment. The suspects also broke the door handle on the left side door, gained entry to the van, and stole a black nylon DELL computer bag and a Husky tool bag containing hand tools and specialty tools used for cable and telephone installations and repairs. All items taken were the property of Cox Communications.

3800 block of 35th Street: Theft from auto – 3:15 pm. The owner of a 2006 Pontiac GTO told officers that sometime between 12 pm on October 10th and the time he called police someone entered his vehicle by unknown means and stole several items of his personal property including an XM radio from inside.

3800 block of 33rd Street: Vehicle impound – 4:40 pm. Officers impounded a 2007 Lexus for displaying expired registration plates. The owner of the vehicle was contacted and removed her personal property from the vehicle prior to it being towed.

October 15th:

3700 block of 37th Street: Attempted burglary – 12:15 am. The resident was awakened by the activation of her home alarm and immediately called police. Further investigation revealed that an unknown individual opened the back door to the home which caused the alarm to activate. The suspect, hearing the alarm fled the scene. There was no damage to the door and the suspect did not get inside.

3200 block of Rhode Island Avenue: DWI arrest – 3 am. Officers working a laser speed enforcement detail stopped a 2004 Toyota Sienna for speeding. When the officers interviewed the driver they developed a reasonable suspicion that he had been drinking. He submitted to a field sobriety test which he failed. He was taken into custody and transported to the Greenbelt Police department for a breathalyzer test. The test revealed that he had a BAC of .06. He was charged with DUI and released.

3700 block of 36th Street: Indecent exposure – 10 am. The victim told officers that a 26 year old male neighbor called her over to his front porch and twice exposed himself to her. When the victim went inside the house to report the incident to the man’s mother he assaulted her by pinning her against a wall. She was able to free herself without being injured. Officers located the man hiding in a basement closet. The victim was not sure if she wanted to file charges against the man. Officers provided her with his full identification so that she could file charges against him with a District Court Commissioner if she chose to do so at a later time.

3800 block of 34th Street: Suspicious situation/vehicle impound – 10:05 pm. Officers stopped a 2003 Hummer H2 for failing to display a front tag. Officers recognized the vehicle from a previous encounter on August 21st when it fled into DC when officers tried to stop it for the same violation. Prior to approaching the vehicle the officers observed the driver acting suspiciously and possibly trying to conceal something under the front passenger seat. Prior to questioning the driver they removed him from the vehicle for officer safety. A search of the interior of the vehicle that was within the driver’s reach revealed several bundles of counterfeit US Currency. The officers also learned that the driver’s license was suspended. Officers seized the counterfeit currency for further investigation by the US Secret Service. After issuing the driver several traffic citations he was released at the scene and the vehicle was impounded.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Police Report: October 2-8

October 2nd:

3800 block of 31st Street: Theft from auto – 10 pm. The owner of a 1992 Mercury Sable reported that sometime between 4 pm and the time she called police someone stole the rear tag (Maryland 6FVM87) off her vehicle.

October 3rd:

4300 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Warrant service – 2:10 am. Officers stopped a 2001 Mercedes for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that a passenger in the vehicle had two open warrants through the Prince George’s County Sheriff’s Office for failing to appear in court on a charge of driving without a license and for theft over $1,000. He was arrested on the warrants and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville. The officers also learned that the driver’s license was suspended and the vehicle’s registration was suspended for an emissions violation. The driver was issued several State traffic citations and released at the scene. The vehicle was impounded for safekeeping.

3300 block of Chillum Road: Arrest warrant obtained – 5:40 am. MRPD officers concluded the investigation of a hit and run motor vehicle collision that took place on September 19th. The officers were able to identify the driver of the striking vehicle and obtain a warrant for his arrest. The warrant charges him with seven (7) State traffic violations related to his failure to remain at the scene of the collision. The suspect does not live in the City and officers are working with PGPD to locate and arrest him.

October 4th:

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: Robbery apprehension – 12:05 pm. Park Police officers gave MRPD officers a lookout for four individuals who had robbed an individual on the foot bridge leading from the Queenstown Apartments and Queens Chapel Road. MRPD officers searched the area for the suspects and detained four individuals who fit the victim’s description. The victim responded to the scene and positively identified all four individuals as those who robbed him. They were arrested by Park Police detectives and transported to their station for processing.

3900 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Suspicious person – 5 pm. MRPD officers were alerted to a suspicious person by an officer from the Brentwood PD. The individual, a resident of Mount Rainier, entered a Brentwood print shop and demanded the shop print a letter containing written defamatory remarks about several ethnic groups and the President of the United States. MRPD officers were able to obtain a copy of the letter. Officers contacted agents from the FBI’s Baltimore Field office who responded and obtained a copy of the letter for further investigation.

October 5th:

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Criminal citation – 12:50 pm. Officers issued a woman a criminal citation for drinking an alcoholic beverage in a public place.

4000 block of 34th Street: Disorderly conduct – 2:35 pm. Officers responded for the report of a man screaming obscenities at a ZZ Pizza customer. Once on the scene the officers confronted the man and asked the man repeatedly to lower his voice and leave the area. He refused to comply with the officers’ commands and was arrested, charged with disorderly conduct and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

October 6th:

3200 block of Rhode Island Avenue (Thrifty Rental car): Theft of tags – 10:35 am. The owner of the business reported that sometime between October 5th at 6 pm and the time he called police someone stole the front and rear tags off of a 2008 Ford E350 van that was parked on the lot.

October 7th:

3300 block of Chauncey Place: Warrant service – 1:30 am. Officers stopped a 1998 Chrysler Sebring for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that the driver had an open arrest warrant through Prince George’s County for failing to appear in court on a charge of driving without a license. The driver was arrested on the warrant and issued six traffic citations. He was delivered to the custody of DOC in Upper Marlboro.

4300 block of Russell Avenue: Domestic – 2:45 am. Officers responded for the report of a possible domestic assault. Neighbors reported hearing the sound of a woman screaming from a second floor apartment. MRPD officers assisted by officers from Hyattsville PD and fire/rescue personnel forced entry into the apartment and discovered the male and female occupants in the shower. Neither individual was injured. Both individuals said that they had had a verbal argument earlier. Officers left the apartment after verifying that no assault had occurred.

4500 block of Eastern Avenue: Theft from auto – 9:50 am. The victim told officers that while she was pumping gas at the BP station she saw a silver Nissan Maxima occupied by four black males circling the area. She said the Nissan pulled up on the opposite side of the pumps from her and she turned around to finish pumping gas. When she turned back around she noticed her passenger door open and her purse missing from the front seat. She then saw the Nissan flee from the parking lot at a high rate of speed east on Eastern Avenue.

3100 block of Varnum Street: Theft from auto – 3:30 pm. The owner of a 2004 Honda Civic told officers that sometime between October 6th at 8 pm and 9 am today someone got into her car, ransacked the interior and stole $1 that had been left inside.

28th Place and Upshur Street: Motor vehicle collision – 10:15 pm. A Metro bus struck a parked 2001 Buick. The Buick sustained minor damage and there were no injuries.

3200 block of Bunker Hill Road: Criminal citation – 11:45 pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for possession of an open container of an alcoholic beverage.

October 8th:

3800 block of 34th Street: Loud party – 12:35 am. Officers on patrol heard loud music coming from inside a vacant store front. They also saw strobe and colored lights coming from the second floor. When officers entered the building to check for a noise permit they encountered approximately 50-60 people as well as a DJ. Many of the patrons were consuming alcoholic beverages and the lease of the establishment was not on scene and no permit had been issued. The party was shut down and officers stayed on the scene until the patrons left the building.

3300 block of Chillum Road (7-11): Theft – 2:20 am. Store employees told officers that they observed a black male enter the store while talking on his cell phone. The man then walked around the store once, entered the area behind the cash register and removed a large unknown quantity of cigarettes. The subject then fled out of the store on foot in an unknown direction. The store employees were not able to give a good description of the thief but did say that the subject was the same one who stole from them in the past.

Arundel Road and 31st Street: Hit and run collision – 5 am. The owner of a 1996 Honda Civic tol officers that sometime prior to his call to police his vehicle was struck by a second, unidentified vehicle that failed to remain at the scene. The damage to the struck vehicle was minimal.

3100 block of Arundel Road: Theft from auto – 6:40 pm. Officers responded for the report of a theft that had just occurred. Upon arrival they spoke to a witness who stated that she saw two black males taking equipment out of the back of a Ford pickup truck and loading it into a green Jeep. When she yelled at the two they finished loading what they had taken from the truck, jumped into the Jeep and fled down Arundel Road towards 31st Street. The witness obtained the Jeep’s license plate which revealed that it had been reported stolen from an address outside the City.

Friday, October 07, 2011

Mount Rainier Nature Center Field Closed

This is to inform you that due to safety concerns with the light poles at the center, the field will be closed until further notice.  During a safety inspection of the light poles on the football field at the center, it was discovered that there was major corrosion of the mounting bolts for the light towers.  In response to these concerns the Department of Parks and Recreation had the light towers lowered onto the ground.  Until the poles are thoroughly evaluated and a final determination is made as to whether these can be repaired the field will be closed.  We apologize for any inconvenience.  Please check on http://www.pgparks.com/ for further information.

Anthony Nolan
Division Chief, Natural and Historical Resources Division
The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission
Department of Parks and Recreation
6707 Green Landing Road
Upper Marlboro, MD 20772
301-627-2270 (voice)

Community in the Courthouse

Top P.G. prosecutor to hold 'community in the courthouse' events

By: Emily Babay | 10/06/11 11:31 AM
Examiner Staff Writer | Follow her: @emilybabay

The Washington Examiner

The top prosecutor in Prince George's County is planning a series of "community in the courthouse" events so residents can learn more about the judicial system.

State's Attorney Angela Alsobrooks said in a statement that participants will be able to speak with prosecutors, judges and other members of judicial community. After the meetings, people will be invited to watch court proceedings.

The meetings are scheduled for Oct. 28, Nov. 18, Dec. 9 and Jan. 27, from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.  They will take place in room M-0421 at the county courthouse, located at 14735 Main St. in Upper Marlboro.

Monday, October 03, 2011

New Texting and Cell Phone Laws

Maryland’s Texting While Driving Law took effect on October 1st. The new law prohibits all drivers in Maryland from using a text message device to write, send, or read a text message while operating a motor vehicle in the traveled portion of the roadway. This includes times where the driver is stopped at a traffic signal.

A text messaging device means a hand-held device used to send a text message or an electronic message via a short message service. This includes Twitter.

Maryland’s Texting While Driving Law is a primary offense law and a misdemeanor crime. A first offense carries a fine of $70 and a second offense fine is $110. The law does not apply to texting to 9-1-1 or using a global positioning system (GPS).

Maryland’s Cell Phone Law prohibits all drivers in Maryland from using a hand-held cell phone while operating a motor vehicle on a street or highway. Drivers under the age of 18 are already prohibited from using cell phones at all while driving.

This law is a secondary offense, meaning a driver must first be detained for another offense, such as speeding or negligent driving before he or she can be ticketed for a cell phone offense.

The fine for a first offense is $40 and subsequent offenses are $100. Points are not assessed to the first-time violator’s driving record, except three points are assessed if the violation contributes to a crash.

Police Report: September 29 - October 1

September 25th:

3300 block of Chillum Road (7-11): Theft – 12:30 am. Officers responded for the report of a theft of cigarettes that had just occurred. When the officers arrived the store clerk told them that a black male about 40-45 years of age wearing a blue jacket and a black hat came into the store, went behind the sales counter and stole 15 packs of Newport cigarettes. The man then fled the store in an unknown direction.

4200 block of 34th Street: Traffic – 4:40 am. Officers stopped a 2010 Dodge Charger for driving without headlights. Further investigation revealed that the driver did not have a license. The driver was charged accordingly and the vehicle was impounded.

2700 block of Queens Chapel Road: Vandalism to auto – 9:15 pm. Officers responded for the report of juveniles throwing rocks at passing cars. During their investigation they were flagged down by a man who said that his 2002 GMC Yukon was hit by a thrown object causing a dent to the passenger side. He said he saw several juvenile males running from the area. A search of the area for the juveniles proved negative.

2500 block of Allison Street: Criminal citation – 11:55 pm. Officers responded for the report of several individuals loitering, consuming alcoholic beverages and using drugs. When the officers arrived they detained four individuals for consuming open alcoholic beverages. All four were issued criminal citations and sent on their way.

September 26th:

2700 block of Queens Chapel Road: Vehicle impound – 9 am. Officers impounded a Chevy Impala for being unregistered and not displaying any registration plates.

3400 block of Newton Street: Vandalism to auto – 5:30 pm. The owner of a 2002 Nissan Altima reported that sometime between September 25th at 9:30 pm and September 26th at 7:45 am someone broke off the vehicle’s left-side door mirror and threw it on the sidewalk.

3400 block of Otis Street: Vandalism to auto – 5:30 pm. The owner of a 2007 Honda Pilot reported that sometime between 6:30 pm on the 25th and 8:15 am this morning someone scratched the vehicle’s right front fender and bumper.

4500 block of 30th Street: Recovered stolen vehicle – 7:30 pm. Officers responded for a complaint of a suspicious vehicle. The officers located the suspect vehicle, a 1992 Honda Civic, and further investigation revealed that it had been reported stolen from an address in Takoma Park. The vehicle was impounded for safekeeping and Takoma Park PD was notified of the recovery.

September 27th:

3500 block of Perry Street: DWI/DUI arrest – 12:20 am. Officers on patrol using a mobile license plate reader (LPR) received a hit on a vehicle whose owner had a suspended license. Officers stopped the vehicle and upon speaking with the driver they smelled a strong odor of alcohol coming from the driver’s person and also noticed that his speech was slurred. He submitted to field sobriety testing which he failed. He was arrested for DWI/DUI and taken to the MSP Barrack in College Park for a breathalyzer test. The test revealed his BAC to be .22, almost three times the legal limit. He was charged accordingly for the DWI/DUI and issued a citation for driving on a suspended license. A passenger in the vehicle at the time of the stop was issued a criminal citation for unlawful possession of an alcoholic beverage. The vehicle was impounded for safekeeping.

3200 block of Arundel Road: Stolen vehicle – 6:15 am. The owner of a 2005 Nissan Altima reported that sometime between 11 pm on the 26th and the time he called police someone stole his vehicle.

3400 block of Newton Street: Vehicle impound – 8:10 am. Officers on patrol discovered a parked 1999 BMW with expired registration plates. The owner of the vehicle was inside the vehicle at the time of discovery. Further investigation revealed that the driver’s license was suspended. The driver was sent on his way and the vehicle was impounded.

3800 block of 33rd Street: Stolen auto – 10:20 am. The custodian of a 2000 Dodge Durango reported that sometime between 1:30 am and 6:30 am this morning someone stole the vehicle. The custodian

Said that the owner of the vehicle is currently serving in Afghanistan and left the vehicle in his care and custody.

3300 block of Chillum Road: Emergency petition – 7:10 pm. Officers responded for the report of a woman walking incoherently in traffic. Officers were able to get her safely out of the flow of traffic; however she was incoherent and unable to communicate with the officers. Fire/rescue personnel responded and determined that she needed to be examined by medical personnel in a hospital. She was taken by ambulance to Washington Adventist Hospital where she was admitted for evaluation.

September 28th:

4000 block of 36th Street: Criminal citation – 1:30 am. Officers responded for the report of a trespasser. Officers discovered the man sleeping in a stairwell. The man initially failed to identify himself by giving the officers several false names, but the officers eventually obtained his real name and identification. He did not have any open warrants so he was advised against further trespassing on the property, issued a criminal citation for giving false information to a police officer and sent on his way.

35th Street and Bunker Hill Road: Motor vehicle collision – 1:15 pm. A Public Works trash truck struck an illegally parked 2010 Toyota Prius. Officers documented the collision but were unable to contact the Toyota’s owner.

3200 block of Queenstown Drive: DWI/DUI arrest – 10:25 pm. Officers stopped a 1996 Honda Civic for driving without its headlights on. When the officers approached the driver they determined that he was possibly under the influence of alcohol. He submitted to a field sobriety test which he failed, however he refused to submit blood alcohol testing. He was charged accordingly and his vehicle was impounded.

2300 block of Varnum Street (7-11): Theft – 11:15 pm. Store employees told officers that a black male described as 18 to 20 years of age came into the store and stole several items including soda, candy and chips.  The suspect was last seen leaving the parking lot in a small red four door vehicle.

September 29th:

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: Motor vehicle collision – 12:35 am. Witnesses told MRPD officers that a small silver colored four door vehicle struck a wall to a boiler room causing some structural damage. The striking vehicle fled the scene and witnesses were unable to provide any further description of the vehicle or its driver. Fire/rescue personnel responded to conduct a building inspection and deemed the structure temporally safe. An apartment complex maintenance crew was able to secure the structure. The striking vehicle sustained major front end damage; however a search for the vehicle proved negative. Surrounding police agencies were given the lookout information.

4200 block of 30th Street: Theft from auto – 6:10 am. The owner of a 2008 Honda Civic reported that sometime between 4 am and the time she called police someone broke into her car and stole a navigation system and several music CDs.

3100 block of Upshur Street: Burglary – 8:45 pm. Officers received a call for a man entering the residence using a ladder. When they arrived they were able to gain entry into the garage and found the man hiding under a table. He was arrested, charged with 4th degree burglary and trespassing, and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

September 30th:

3200 block of Chillum Road: Vehicle impound – 8:40 am. Officers impounded a 2001 Oldsmobile for being parked in violation of a yellow curb and for displaying expired Maryland license plates.

3300 block of Buchanan Street: Theft from auto – 3:55 pm. The owner of a 2002 Honda CRV told officers that sometime between September 29th at 9 pm and the time he contacted police someone broke into his vehicle and stole several items of his personal property.

4400 block of 32nd Street: Vandalism to auto – 5 pm. The victim reported that someone cut three tires on the 2010 Hyundai Sonata she had rented due to her personal vehicle being valdalized. She said that she suspects that her former boyfriend cut the tires because he has been following her. The victim applied for a protective order with the District Court by her application was denied because she did not witness the boyfriend commit the vandalism.

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Possible assault – 5:25 pm. Officers responded for the report of an assault that occurred earlier. The victim told officers that about an hour prior to his call to police a man assaulted him with pepper spray after the two bumped into each other. A witness told officers that the victim became aggressive towards the man and that’s why he was pepper sprayed. Officers did not observe any evidence that the victim had been pepper sprayed nor was the alleged assailant still on the scene.

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: Emergency petition – 7:15 pm. Officers responded for several reports of a man walking through traffic yelling and screaming. When the officers arrived they located the man in question that was disoriented and obviously under the influence of PCP. When officers attempted to take him into custody he became violent and a struggle ensued. Officers were forced to deploy a Taser weapon to get the man under control and under arrest. Fire/rescue personnel were called to the scene and transported the man to Washington Adventist Hospital where he was released to medical personnel for evaluation and treatment.

3200 block of Queenstown Drive: Criminal citation (x2) – 10:50 pm. Officers issued two men criminal citations for possession of an open container of an alcoholic beverage in a public place.

October 1st:

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Criminal citation – 8:40 am. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for possession of an open container of an alcoholic beverage in a public place.

2300 block of Varnum Street (7-11): Theft – 11:40 pm. Store employees told officers that a man came into the store and stole several containers of soup, a sub and a dessert cup. The man was last seen by employees getting into a red Toyota-style vehicle which drove off up 22nd Street towards Queens Chapel Road.