Monday, April 29, 2013

Scooby Snax for sale: why synthetic marijuana laws hard to enforce


By MyFoxdc.com
Video: http://goo.gl/ssTgt

It's called Scooby Snax, but it's not a dog treat. Experts say it's synthetic marijuana, a dangerous drug kids are smoking.

That's one of several types of fake marijuana FOX 5 found openly sold at gas stations and convenience stores, while federal and state bans have been hard to enforce.

The products are labeled as potpourri but laced with chemicals that mimic the effects of pot. A quick search on YouTube and you see kids and young adults smoking it and getting high. "Scooby Snax is one of my favorites," proclaims one reviewer on YouTube.

The federal government outlawed synthetic marijuana two years ago but Fox5 cameras didn't have a hard time finding Scooby Snax or a number of other products identified by experts as synthetic marijuana. There was dopey and bizzaro. Others go by names like Joker and the more commonly known K-2 and Spice. Duane Canter and his wife discovered their teenage son using it. "He felt so ill and paralyzed. He was out with some friends in the back of a car and had no feeling in his legs," Canter said.

The couple began picketing stores that sold it and campaigned to get the city of Frederick to outlaw it. In the meantime they went to stores warning they'd go after anyplace that sold to their son. "They would keep it underneath and they'd hand you a book and there was a list of all the different synthetic marijuana available and you'd pick what you want and they sold it to you," said Canter.

Earlier this month, a 15-year old in Loudoun County ended up in critical condition after overdosing on the synthetic drug. His mom said he bought it at a convenience store. "When I went in the beginning he don't recognize me first of all, after that he was so weak he couldn't walk," said Francisco Zegarra-Rodriguez.

Federal law makes it illegal but states must prosecute in local courts and need their own laws to do that. Virginia made synthetic marijuana illegal in 2011 but attempts in the District of Columbia failed. A ban passed this month in Maryland and takes effect in October. Maryland secretary of health and mental hygiene, Joshua Sharfstein said the synthetic nature of the drug makes it tricky. "The challenge is really knowing whether something is illegal. It's sometimes hard to pick it up. Sometimes it's not on the label. You have to actually do a chemical analysis to figure out what's going on," Sharfstein said.

Manufacturers continually change the chemical compounds, known as cannibinoids, making it easier to skirt the law and harder for police to enforce. Scooby Snax is now sold in a second generation and the package claims is "legal" under Florida law. But doctors warn it's not any less dangerous.

In Virginia, the first year of the ban, the state's lab tested 468 samples of synthetic marijuana. Less than a quarter contained actual banned chemicals. This year the state added more illegal compounds to its list and this month the federal government did the same. Still poison control centers nationwide report calls for overdoses in the last three years more than doubled. "It's not just one substance. It's potentially the collection of many hundreds or even more different substances, many of which have never been tested in humans before," Sharfstein explained.

One online distributor, who sells a variety of these potpourri or incense products denied they are illegal. In a statement e-mailed to Fox5, Incense Center said "Our products do not contain any substances banned by the DEA. They do not contain any chemicals that get you "high" and we specify to all of our customers that they are not for human consumption. They are simply novelty potpourri products."

Meanwhile, these types of products labeled as incense or potpourri are blamed for several deaths nationwide after people have smoked it. Patients show up in the emergency room confused, agitated hallucinating, blood pressure elevated, heart racing. Sometimes it takes multiple people to restrain them. In the emergency room at Medstar Washington Hospital Center doctors say they see at least one case involving synthetic marijuana every day and one of the biggest problems is, there's no way to test for it. "One of the reasons that I think people may try to find this product somewhat attractive is that you can't find it in a urine drug screen," said Dr. Bill Frohana, chairman of emergency medicine for the hospital.

When a patient comes in who has overdosed on synthetic marijuana, sometimes they are able to tell doctors what they ingested but sometimes they can't. In those cases doctors often times have to do their own detective work based on the symptoms. As doctors see more cases, synthetic marijuana overdoses have become easier to spot. "The altered mental status, the fast heart rate and you put the pieces of the puzzle together," Dr. Frohana explained.

The name itself, synthetic marijuana, can also be deceptive. People may believe it's similar to natural marijuana but doctors say it's far worse. "When you think about what it can do to the heart, what it can do to the blood pressure as well as cause seizures then you can kind of figure out that yes maybe this is something that could be fatal to people," Dr. Frohana said.

Usually doctors can treat the immediate symptoms, but no one knows all the short or long term dangers. "Kids need to know that just because there may be a cartoon on the package doesn't mean it's safe, just because it's for sale in a store doesn't mean it's safe that there are products out there that can really do harm," Sharfstein warned.

In the meantime, frustrated parents are left wondering what to do if the laws can't prevent synthetic marijuana from being sold. "Why does it take kids dying to get something banned, when you know it's not for human consumption?" lamented Canter.

His son survived his scare but synthetic marijuana is not going away. One survey found it's the second most popular drug of choice for high schoolers and according to the Centers for Disease Control one in nine seniors have tried it. Despite federal and state bans, FOX 5 found stores still selling it, which means kids can get their hands on it too.

Police Report: April 21-27

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.

April 27th:

4200 block of 29th Street: Disorderly – 2:30am. Officers responded for several reports of a loud and disorderly individual. When the officers arrived they located the man and after getting him to calm down issued him a criminal citation for disorderly conduct. He was sent on his way without further incident.

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Loitering – 8pm. Officers issued a man a loitering warning notice after observing him sitting under the ‘no loitering’ sign for 30 minutes.

3700 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Emergency petition – 9:45pm. An officer on patrol observed a man running next to his police vehicle twirling his shirt above his head. Additional officers responded and they were able to get him under control and in custody. Further investigation revealed that he had been smoking “Scooby Snax Kush,” a bath salt substance that is known to induce PCP-like effects. He was taken into custody and transported to Washington Adventist Hospital where he was released to medical personnel for treatment. 

April 26th:

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Emergency petition 2:40pm. Officers responded for the report of a man standing near the traffic circle singing, dancing, swearing at passersby and taking off his clothing. When the officers arrived they immediately noted that he was under the influence of PCP and were forced to deploy an electronic control device to get him under control and under arrest. He was transported by fire/rescue personnel to Washington Adventist Hospital where he was released to medical personnel for treatment.

3700 block of 36th Street: CDS possession – 3:35pm. Officers stopped to interview a suspicious person. As the officers approached him, he discarded a black bag and started to run away. The officers were able to catch him after a short foot pursuit and were forced to deploy pepper spray to get him under control and under arrest. Further investigation revealed that he was in possession of a vial containing liquid PCP with a street value of about $1,600. He was taken to Washington Adventist Hospital for decontamination from the pepper spray. When he was released he was charged with possession with intent to distribute a CS and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

3500 block of Perry Street: Emergency petition – 7:30pm. Officers on patrol observed a man sitting on the steps of City Hall who they suspected was under the influence of a CDS. Further investigation revealed that the man was under the influence of PCP. He was taken into custody and transported to Washington Adventist Hospital where he was released to medical personnel for treatment. 

4000 block of 36th Street: Emergency petition – 10pm. Officers responded for the report of a disorderly male banging on the door of the building. When the officers arrived the located the man and immediately determined that he was under the influence of PCP. He fled from the officers when they approached and after a foot chase and an electronic control device deployment they were able to get him under control and under arrest. He was transported to Washington Adventist Hospital where he was released to medical personnel for treatment.

April 25th:

4500 block of 32nd Street: Open door – 9:05am. Officers responded for the report of an open rear basement door to a vacant house. Officers checked the residence and determined that no one was inside. The owner of the house was unable to be contacted. Mount Rainier Code Enforcement was notified of the incident.

2700 block of Webster Street: Theft from auto – 12:20pm. The owner of a 2010 Toyota Corolla told officers that she was notified by apartment management that her vehicle had been broken into. She said that she does not drive the vehicle very often because it her husband’s car and he is out of the country. She last checked the vehicle on April 23rd about 8pm and noticed no damage at that time. Further investigation revealed that MRPD officers responded to a report of two individuals breaking into the vehicle at about 5:45am this morning. At that time the officers could not locate the suspects (one being a tall black male wearing a hooded sweatshirt) or the owner of the vehicle.

3300 block of Buchanan Street: Destruction of property – 7pm. Officers responded for the report of a domestic dispute. When they arrived they located a male and a female arguing in the parking lot. During the argument the female got into her vehicle and rammed the male’s vehicle causing damage to the front bumper of the man’s vehicle heavy damage to hers. She was arrested, charged with destruction of property and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

2300 block of Varnum Street (7-11): 2nd degree assault – 11:05pm. Officers responded for the report of an assault that had just occurred. When the officers arrived they were met by an employee who said that he was cleaning a coffee machine when he was approached by a black male. Without warning the black male punched him in the chest with a closed fist and then pushed him into a stack of drinks. After the assault the suspect fled the store in a black Hyundai Sonata. After reviewing the store’s security camera footage the officers identified the suspect and a follow up investigation is underway to bring charges against him for 2nd degree assault.

April 24th:

4000 block of 36th Street: Warrant service – 2pm. Officers received a call from a concerned parent that there was a party involving several juveniles at her residence while she was not home. She contacted police and requested they remove everyone from the residence with the exception of her two daughters. Officers are familiar with the location from previous calls for service and were aware that an individual with multiple open warrants for robbery often hangs out there. When the officers arrived they were granted entry and discovered the wanted subject in question in a bedroom. He was arrested on the warrants and delivered to the custody of the youth detention facility in Cheltenham. The other partiers had left the apartment prior to the officers’ arrival and only the arrested and the complainant’s two daughters remained. A return call to the complainant was made notifying her of the outcome. 

3800 block of 31st Street: Theft – 9:50pm. The owner of a Fiance road bike told officers that sometime between 9pm and 9:45pm someone stole the bike off his front porch. The owner had left it there temporarily and had not secured it. The bike is a road style bike that is black with blue stripes and hot pink inner rims. 

2900 block of Queens Chapel Road: Possession of CDS/resisting arrest – 11pm. Officers observed a group of subjects loitering and drinking. When the officers approached the group one of them attempted to flee on foot and refused to obey commands to stop. He was apprehended while trying to dispose of suspected cocaine. He refused to submit to arrest and assaulted one of the officers as he attempted to get away. Officers were forced to deploy an electronic control device in order to get the subject under control and under arrest. He was charged with possession of CDS, resisting arrest and assaulting a police officer and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

April 23rd:

4300 block of 30th Street: Residential burglary – 12:25am. The resident told officers that she left home for an appointment and was gone from about 1pm to 5pm on the 22nd. She returned home and did not realize her home had been entered until approximately midnight when she called police. She said that she could not remember if she locked the door when she left. Officers did not locate a point of entry into the home and there were no signs of forced entry. Several items of the woman’s personal property were taken. 

2900 block of Allison Street: Attempt citizen robbery – 8:15pm. Officers responded for the report of a fight in progress. When they arrived they discovered that one of the participants was actually the victim of an attempted robbery. His assailant accosted him from behind and tried to forcibly go through his pockets. The victim resisted and sustained injuries to the right side of his face and mouth but refused medical treatment at the scene. When the suspect failed to obtain any of the victim’s property he fled the area in an unknown direction. Neither the victim nor the two security officers who were on duty a couple blocks away could provide a description of the suspect.

April 22nd:

3200 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Theft – 6:55pm. An employee of the Potomac Fish House told officers that she was approached by a man who identified himself as a Pepco employee. The man told her that her electric bill was overdue and she needed to pay it immediately. She was told to put the money on a pre-paid Visa card. She did so and gave the card to the suspect who promptly left the store. After the man left the victim became suspicious and tried to call him on the cell phone number he gave her. There was no answer on the phone. The victim did not give a description of the thief and did not notice if he left the area on foot on in a vehicle.

4000 block of 37th Street: Vandalism to auto – 9:30pm. The owner of a 2006 Dodge Stratus showed officers where someone had smashed out his vehicle’s windshield with a large rock. No evidence was recovered and no witnesses were identified.

April 21st:

4200 block of 30th Street: Possession of CDS – 7:25am. Officers responded for the report of a man sleeping in the grass. The officers located the man who, when he was awakened, said that he did not know where he was. He also said that he had been out drinking the night before and was just sleeping it off. Further investigation revealed that he was in possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. He was arrested, charged accordingly 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.

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Say Something!

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

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Boston Marathon/West, Texas Spam Campaigns

There is a new spam campaign in circulation using the Boston Marathon bombings that occurred on April 15, 2013 as a lure. Users are sent an e-mail encouraging them to a watch a video of the explosion. When the user clicks on the enclosed link to watch the video malware is installed on the user’s computer.

 

The following URL patterns have been found in these e-mails:
http://[IP-address]/boston.html 

http://[IP-address]/news.html

 

When the user clicks on one of the links the Kehlios worm is installed on the user’s system which has the capacity to send spam; carry out Distributed Denial of Service Attacks; and steal online currency such as bitcoins. Most major anti-virus vendors have signatures for detecting this malware so users should keep their antivirus programs up-to-date.

 

In addition to the Boston Marathon spam campaign, a West, Texas plant explosion spam campaign has also sprung up. This spam campaign uses similar exploitation techniques as the Boston Marathon spam campaign previously described.  Subject lines of spam e-mails have been modified to contain content relative to the West, Texas plant explosions.  The following URL pattern is included within spam emails to lure users to malicious sites. 

 

http://[IP-address]/texas.html 

http://[IP-address]/news.html

 

Subject lines used in the spam emails:

·         2 Explosions at Boston Marathon;

·         Aftermath to explosion at Boston Marathon;

·         Boston Explosion Caught on Video;

·         "BREAKING - Boston Marathon Explosion";

·         "Video of Explosion at the Boston Marathon 2013";

·         "Runner captures. Marathon Explosion";

·         2 Explosions at Boston Marathon;

·         Aftermath to explosion at Boston Marathon;

·         Arbitron. Dial Global. Boston Bombings;

·         Boston Explosion Caught on Video;

·         BREAKING - Boston Marathon Explosion;

·         Explosion at Boston Marathon;

·         Explosion at the Boston Marathon;

·         Explosions at Boston Marathon;

·         Explosions at the Boston Marathon;

·         Opinion: Boston Marathon Explosions made by radical Gays? Really? - CNN.com;

·         Opinion: Boston Marathon Explosions - Romney Benefits? - CNN.com;

·         Opinion: Boston Marathon Worse Sensation - Osama bin Laden still alive!? - CNN.com;

·         Opinion: FBI knew about bombs 3 days before Boston Marathon - Why and Who Benefits? - CNN.com;

·         Opinion: Osama Bin Laden video about Boston Marathon Explosions - bad news for all the world. - CNN.com.

Monday, April 22, 2013

The 10 Most Stolen Cars


Reprinted from GEICO Now

10. 1994 Nissan Sentra - The Sentra has changed its looks quite a bit over the years, but it remains a fairly simple vehicle that's great for day-to-day commuting.

9. 2002 Ford Explorer - One of Ford's best sellers is also one of the most stolen vehicles in the country.

8. 2004 Dodge Ram Pickup (Full Size) - One of three pickups to make the list.

7. 1999 Chevrolet Silverado Pickup (Full Size) - A big seller for Chevrolet, and another of the many pickups that thieves have targeted.

6. 1994 Acura Integra - While no longer sold by Acura, there are enough Integras on the road for them to be a major target.

5. 2000 Dodge Caravan - A great people-mover and the best-selling minivan of its generation.

4. 1991 Toyota Camry - A top passenger vehicle that continues to move well today.

3. 2006 Ford F-150 Pickup (Full Size) - Ford's popular truck continues to be the top-selling vehicle in the country, putting it in high demand.

2. 1998 Honda Civic - The Honda Accord's smaller brother comes in second. It's a fun car to drive and apparently highly sought after.

1. 1994 Honda Accord - A great, reliable family car. Thieves have picked up on its utilitarian value.

http://www.geiconow.com/home-wheels/the-10-most-stolen-cars/?utm_campaign=apr_13&utm_source=eblastBR&utm_medium=stolencars

Police Report: April 14-20

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.

April 20th:

Rhode Island Avenue and 34th Street: Hit and run collision – 1:35am. Officers were notified by the Cottage City Police Department that they had contact with victim who was involved in a hit and run collision in Mount Rainier. MRPD officers were able to locate the striking vehicle in Colmar Manor which was unoccupied. The striking vehicle was impounded and the investigation is ongoing.

3200 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Vehicle impound – 3:55am. Officers responded to assist numerous MPD officers who were chasing an individual on foot. By the time MPRD officers got to the scene the MPD officers had the individual in custody. MRPD officers learned that the suspect failed to stop for MPD as a result of a traffic offense. The vehicle operated by the suspect had license plates that were stolen from Virginia and had sustained sufficient damage to be inoperable. MRPD officers impounded the vehicle and seized the stolen tags. It is unknown if MPD plans on filing charges against the suspect.

2500 block of 25th Street: Vehicle impound – 7:50am. Officers patrolling with a mobile license plate reader received an alert on a 2004 Volvo. The alert notified the officer that the vehicle’s tags were suspended for an insurance violation and there was a pick up order on the tags. The tags were seized for return to MVA and the vehicle was impounded.

4000 block of 29th Street: Vehicle impound – 8:50am. Officers stopped a 2004 Ford Expedition for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that the driver had a suspended license. The driver was issued multiple traffic citations and the vehicle was impounded.

4100 block of 30th Street: Hit and run collision – 10:40am. The owner of a 2012 Infinity told officers that a silver Audi rear ended his vehicle and fled the scene. The owner was not able to obtain a description of the striking vehicle beyond make and color. 

3200 block of Queenstown Drive: Recovered stolen auto – 2:10pm. Officers patrolling with a mobile license plate reader received an alert on a 2001 Toyota Camry that had been stolen from an address in DC. The owner of the vehicle came to the scene and told the officers that her vehicle was recovered in DC  and that this was the third time she was told that DC police had failed to remove her vehicle’s information from NCIC files. MRPD officers took care of getting the vehicle’s information out of NCIC and released the vehicle to the owner.

2700 block of Arundel Road: Emergency petition – 3:20pm. Officer responded for the report of a possible domestic. Once on the scene the officers discovered that a female who was bi-polar was having thoughts of suicide. She was acting erratically and attempting to do herself harm. She was taken into custody and transported to Washington Adventist Hospital where she was released to medical personnel for evaluation and treatment.  

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: Criminal citation – 7:20pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for drinking in public.

April 19th:

3200 block of Arundel Road: Domestic assault – 11:50am. Officers responded for the report of a domestic assault that had just occurred. Further investigation revealed that the female half of the dispute learned that her husband was having an extramarital affair and got into a physical altercation with her husband. The woman bit the man in the face causing a minor injury. She was arrested, charged with 2nd degree domestic assault and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

4100 block of 34th Street: Domestic assault – 4:40pm. Officers responded for the report of a domestic assault that had just occurred. Further investigation revealed that a man and a woman got into an argument that turned physical. The male half choked the female half causing her to sustain a minor injury. The male half was arrested, charged with domestic assault and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

3300 block of Chillum Road (7-11): Theft – 6:55pm. Store employees told officers that two unknown black males entered the store and stole a variety of items before fleeing the store. The employees could not provide an account of what items were stolen and their value.

April 18th:

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: Theft – 8:55am. Family Dollar employees told officers that an unidentified suspect walked into the store and stole a Trak Net LG 10 cell phone. 

4400 block of 29th Street: Identity theft – 4:15pm. Officers interviewed the victim who said that he had been notified by his bank that there had been suspicious charged to his account between April 6th and April 12th. The victim told his bank that the charges were not made by or authorized by him. The bank told the victim to file a report with the local police department.

2700 block of Upshur Street: Stolen vehicle – 5pm. The owner of a 2006 BMW 750 told officers that sometime between 10:30pm on the 17th and 4pm today someone stole his vehicle.

April 17th:

4600 block of 29th Street: Domestic assault – 1:25am. Officers responded for the report of a domestic dispute in progress. When they arrived they located the female half of the dispute and saw that she was bleeding from her face. Further investigation revealed that she and her highly intoxicated boyfriend got into a fight and he struck her in the face causing her injuries. The boyfriend was still in the apartment and officers, after a brief struggle, were able to place him under arrest. He was charged with 2nd degree domestic assault and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

April 16th:

Nothing significant to report.

April 15th:

3800 block of 34th Street: Commercial burglary – 6:45am. Employees of DL Management LLC told officers that they came to work this morning to discover that the business had been broken into and ransacked. Further investigation revealed that the burglary had been committed by two juveniles. The two had been apprehended in Bladensburg a few hours earlier and were in possession of stolen property. MRPD officers linked the stolen property to the DL management burglary. PGPD detectives are coordinating the cross-border follow-up investigation and the two juveniles will be charged with at least one count of burglary.

4000 block of 30th Street: Recovered stolen auto – 9:20am. Officers met with the owner of a 2006 Ford truck and learned that the pastor of Trinity Church had called to request that he remove his truck from the church parking lot. The owner responded immediately to do so since the truck had been stolen from an address in Gaithersburg on April 13th. Officers took the recovered stolen vehicle report and also documented that a large amount of construction tools had been stolen from inside the truck.

4000 block of 31st Street: MIR – 11:40am. Officers spoke with the victim who said that he was threatened by man who believes that the victim stole his iPad. The victim said that he did not steal the iPad and wanted the threats on file with the police.

4200 block of Kaywood Drive: Theft from auto – 8:05pm. The owner of a 2012 Dodge Charger told officers that sometime between 9:30am and 6:45pm today someone stole the front license plate off her vehicle.

3300 block of Chillum Road: Domestic assault – 8:30pm. Officers responded for the report of a woman being assaulted on the bike path to the rear of the Queenstown Apartments. When the officers arrived they located the victim and learned that she had been beaten by her former boyfriend. She said that this was not the first time the man had assaulted her and she had a previous protection order against him that was expired. Officers offered to accompany the victim to the Commissioner’s Office so that she could obtain another protection order and possibly an assault warrant against the boyfriend but she preferred to have her father and brother take her. Park Police was notified of the incident since the victim’s initial attempt to report the incident using the trail’s emergency call box was unsuccessful.

3300 block of Chillum Road: Theft/possession of CDS – 9:30pm. Officers responded for the report of a theft from the 7-11 that had just occurred. The store employee told the officers that two black males that were previously banned from the store came in and stole 4, 12 packs of soda. Officers canvassed the area for the suspects and eventually located them in the 4500 block of 31st Street. Upon further investigation it was discovered that both subjects where in possession of marijuana, and the officers believe that they are selling stolen merchandise from 7-11 to trade for the drugs. Both subjects were arrested and charged with theft and possession of CDS.

3300 block of Chillum Road: Theft – 10:25pm. The victim told officers that he arranged, over the Internet, to trade shoes with a second individual. The two met and made the trade, but as the victim was leaving the suspect changed his mind because he thought the victim’s shoes were fake. The victim gave the shoes back to the suspect but the suspect refused to give the victim back his shoes and fled the area.

April 14th:

3249 Rhode Island Avenue (MRPD): Found property – 2:05pm. Officers responded to the police station to take possession of a wallet found by a citizen. The wallet belongs to a resident of the City and several unsuccessful attempts were made to return the wallet. The wallet was logged into property for safe keeping until the owner can be contacted.

4500 block of 30th Street: Miscellaneous incident (MIR) – 6:40pm. Officers responded for the report of a family argument that turned physical. When the officers arrived they learned that an adult family member was attempting to stop other family members from fighting and in the process was assaulted. Because the assault did not occur in the presence of the police, both parties were advised to seek the advice of a District Court Commissioner for possible criminal charges or other judicial relief. 

3300 block of Chillum Road (7-11): Assault/theft – 9pm. Officers responded for the report of a theft that occurred earlier. When the officers arrived they learned that two black males entered the store on two separate occasions and stole a total of $73 dollars worth of merchandise. When one of the suspects was confronted by a store employee on his second visit the suspect struck the store employee in the face before fleeing the store on foot. Officers unsuccessfully searched the area for the two suspects. The store clerk did not suffer a serious injury when he was struck.

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, April 15, 2013

POLICE CHIEFS SUPPORT BACKGROUND CHECK DEAL

The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) today announced its strong support for the “Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protection Act” (also known as Manchin-Toomey.) The legislation would increase both the coverage and effectiveness of the current background check system and help deny criminals and other prohibited purchasers easy access to firearms.

“Background checks work,” stated IACP President Craig Steckler, “Keeping firearms out of the hands of prohibited purchasers is a key factor in reducing gun violence in our communities and protecting our officers. For far too long, those who were denied the ability to buy a firearm from a commercial dealer were able to secure a weapon at either a gun show, over the internet, or some other form of ‘private sale’. Under the provision of Manchin-Toomey, we have the opportunity to finally close many of these loopholes and, as a result, reduce the level of violence faced by our officers and our citizens on a daily basis.”

In addition, to announcing its support for Manchin-Toomey, the IACP also reaffirmed its support for the “Stop Illegal Trafficking in Firearms” Act which will also be considered by the Senate in the near future. This legislation provides law enforcement officials with the tools we need to investigate and prosecute gun traffickers and straw purchasers, who buy guns for people who are prohibited from obtaining them on their own.

“Straw purchasing and firearms trafficking put guns into the hand of those that are prohibited from possessing them,” stated Steckler, “the ability to effectively target straw purchasers is critical to protecting our communities.”

The IACP is confident”, concluded Steckler, “that these provisions, combined with the enhanced background check system outlined under Manchin-Toomey, will help reduce violence and save lives in our communities.”

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The International Association of Chiefs of Police is the world’s largest association of law enforcement executives. With over 21,000 members in more than 100 countries, the IACP serves as the professional voice of law enforcement. Building on their past success, the IACP addresses cutting edge issues confronting law enforcement through advocacy, programs and research, as well as training and other professional services. IACP is a comprehensive professional organization that supports the law enforcement leaders of today and develops the leaders of tomorrow.

Police Report: April 7-13

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.

April 13th:

4600 block of 25th Street: Property damage – 11:05am. The owner of a 2004 VW Passat told officers that she came out to her vehicle this morning and discovered a dent in the vehicle’s fender that was not there previously.

April 12th:

3200 block of Queens Chapel Road: Warrant service – 1:55am. Officers stopped a suspicious person for a field interview. During the interview they discovered that the man had an open arrest warrant through Prince George’s County for driving on a suspended license. He was arrested on the warrant and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

2700 block of Webster Street: Stolen vehicle – 8:55am. The owner of a 1997 Jeep Cherokee parked his vehicle in front of his residence on April 11th. When he came out to his vehicle today he discovered that it had been stolen. There was no record of repossession or impound and the owner was not sure if his vehicle was locked.

April 11th:

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: Traffic – 12:05am. Officers stopped a 2007 Honda Accord for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that the driver’s license was suspended. He was issued several traffic citations and his vehicle was impounded.

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: Criminal citation – 4:10pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for drinking an alcoholic beverage in public.

3300 block of Chillum Road: Theft – 6:55pm. Officer responded to the police station to meet a woman who was the victim of a theft. She told the officers that she was at the bus stop between the hours of 9 and 10am this morning when she was approached by a black male. The man grabbed her cell phone out of her hand and fled into the neighboring apartment complex.  A follow up investigation is being conducted and officers believe they have identified a suspect.

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: Shoplifting – 8:25pm. Officers responded for the report of a female shoplifter at the Family Dollar store. When they arrived they located the woman who was in the process of stealing some clothing. Officers detained her, issued her a criminal citation for theft and sent her on her way.

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: Miscellaneous incident (MIR) – 9:45pm. Officers received information from a concerned parent that her son had received disturbing text messages from a classmate/friend who was depressed and was cutting himself. Officers learned that juvenile cutting himself is a student at Hyattsville Middle School and resides somewhere Hyattsville. Officers attempted to locate the juvenile to check his welfare but were unable to obtain a home address. The case was turned over to the Hyattsville City Police for further investigation.

April 10th:

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: Theft – 10:55am. Officers responded to the Family Dollar store for the report of a theft. Store employees told the officers that a subject who had been previously banned from the store came in and stole several packs of batteries before fleeing the area on foot. Officers canvassed the area for the suspect without success.

4400 block of 29th Street: Attempted burglary - 7:55pm. The resident showed officers where someone tried to break into her home sometime between March 29th and today. Those responsible moved a landscaping tie under one of the house’s windows and cut the exterior screen to try and break in. The window was properly locked and the suspect(s) failed to get into the house.

April 9th:

3700 block of Wells Avenue: Theft – 11am. The owner of Built Up Roofing called to report a theft from his business. The owner said that he received a call from the loss prevention manager at Staples regarding a Built Up Roofing employee’s attempt to purchase $800 in pre-paid Visa cards on the company’s account. The sale was denied and after a further investigation the owner learned that two of his employees had illegally used the company’s account to purchase over $20,000 in pre-paid gift cards. Officers are in the process of working with the State’s Attorney’s Office to file felony theft charges against the two employees.

3700 block of 35th Street: Disorderly – 5:45pm. Officers responded to a complaint of several males loitering. When the officers arrived they encountered the group who were sitting in chairs on a lawn and on the sidewalk blocking public passage. The group was ordered to disperse. All of them complied except for one man who began yelling and cursing. Efforts to get the man to calm down proved unsuccessful and he had to be arrested. He was charged with disorderly conduct and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

April 8th:

4600 block of 29th Street: Missing juvenile – 6:30pm. The mother of a 16 year old female reported that her daughter left home at about 9am this morning and had not returned home. The mother was particularly concerned because the girl is required to take medication for a medical condition. Officers entered the girl’s information into NCIC missing persons files.

April 7th:

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: Handgun arrest – 1:40am. Officers stopped a 1996 Nissan 200SX for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that there was a loaded handgun and a small quantity of marijuana in the glove box. The driver was arrested, charged accordingly and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville. The vehicle was impounded.

4600 block of 25th Street: Stolen auto – 11:30am. The owner of a 2012 Chevy Impala told officers that sometime between 9:45am and 11:30am this morning someone stole her vehicle.

3200 block of Queenstown Drive: Vandalism to auto – 12:10pm. The owner of a 2008 Dodge Charger told officers that sometime between 9:15pm on April 6th and the time she called police someone damaged the right front bumper and headlight area of her vehicle. Officers were unable to determine if a vehicle caused the damage or some other object. The damage had no paint transfer or other signs to identify how it occurred.

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, April 08, 2013

Police Report: March 31 - April 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.

April 6th:

2500 block of Queens Chapel Road: Vehicle impound – 7:30am. Officers patrolling the area discovered a 2006 Honda Pilot with tags that expired in February 2013. The expiration date was verified and the vehicle was impounded.

4600 block of 25th Street: Vehicle impound – 8:30am. Officers patrolling the area discovered a 2005 Toyota sequoia with temporary tags that expired in February 2013. The expiration date was verified and the vehicle was impounded.

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: Criminal citation – 1:30pm. Officers patrolling the area came upon an individual who had been previously banned from the property. The officer stopped the man and advised him again that he was not to be on the property. When he refused to leave and began arguing with the officers he was issued a criminal citation for trespassing and eventually sent on his way.

April 5th:

4200 block of Russell Avenue: Emergency petition – 12:40am. Officers responded for the report of a female running around in the rain and yelling obscenities. When the officers arrived they observed the woman in question and when they spoke to her she replied that she was a demon and hissed at them. The woman continued to scream obscenities at the officers loud enough to be heard a block away. The officers were forced to deploy a Taser weapon to get her sufficiently under control to place her in leg shackles and handcuffs for transport to Washington Adventist Hospital for emergency physical/psychological medical treatment.

4200 block of 34th Street: Miscellaneous incident (MIR) – 9:10am. Officers assisting DC Police with a juvenile runaway case learned that there may be a child abuse issue involving the runaway. Officers documented the incident and contacted PG Child Protective Services. CPS told the officers that they were aware of the situation and there is an active investigation in place.

2700 block of Allison Street: Domestic – 2:15pm. Officers responded for the report of a verbal domestic argument in progress. When they arrived they found and separated the participants. During their investigation the officers determined that there was a probability of violence. Due to their findings officers completed a domestic violence lethality assessment and made a referral to the Family Crisis Center.

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: Abandoned property – 5:20pm. Officers responded for the report of a group of individuals loitering and using CDS. When the officers arrived the individuals in question quickly fled the scene. In their haste to get away they left behind a black duffle bag containing several miscellaneous items. The bag was recovered and delivered to the property officers for safekeeping.

2900 block of Allison Street: Attempt stolen auto – 8:15pm. The owner of a 1996 Jeep Cherokee reported that sometime between 10pm on April 4th and the time he called police someone tried to steal his vehicle. Officers could not identify a point of entry by observed that those responsible damaged the vehicle’s ignition in their attempt to steal the vehicle.

3700 block of 35th Street: Disorderly conduct – 9:35pm. Officers responded for the report of a group of individuals trespassing at an abandon house. When the officers arrived they discovered 7-9 individuals, some of whom were intoxicated. One of them was in possession of an open container of an alcoholic beverage. When the officers tried to question him he became very disorderly, began cursing and yelling at the officers and refused to comply with their repeated verbal commands. When the officers told him he was under arrest he refused to comply and tried to pull away and kick them. He was subsequently subdued, arrested and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

April 4th:

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: Vandalism to auto – 10:30am. The owner of a 2013 Toyota Corolla reported that sometime between 8:30pm on March 26th and 8am on the 27th someone damaged the right front passenger side fender of his vehicle.

April 3rd:

4100 block of 29th Street: Theft from auto – 7:20am. The owner of a 2011 Honda CRV told officers that sometime between 11pm on April 2nd and the time she called police someone broke into her vehicle and stole a GPS unit. No evidence was recovered at the scene.

4300 block of 30th Street: Warrant service – 6:15pm. While investigating a sister/brother domestic officers discovered that the brother had a protective order against his sister; and, she had an open arrest warrant through Prince George’s County. She was arrested on the warrant and delivered to the custody of DOC in Upper Marlboro.

April 2nd:

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: Disorderly and trespassing – 12:10am. Officers responded to assist Queenstown Security with a disorderly female who was refusing to leave the property. When the officers arrived they were confronted by a very disorderly female. Repeated attempts to get the woman to calm down and leave the property voluntarily were unsuccessful. She was subsequently arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and trespassing.

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Disorderly conduct – 9:30am. Officers patrolling the area saw a man drinking an alcoholic beverage in public. When the officers stopped him he became very disorderly and repeated attempts to get him to calm down were unsuccessful. He was taken into custody for disorderly conduct. Officers also learned that he had previously received a loitering warning notice for the area where he was stopped. He was transported to DOC in Hyattsville where he was charged with disorderly conduct and trespassing.

2500 block of Arundel Road: Property damage – 12:15pm. Officers responded for the report of damage to a 2007 Toyota Scion. The officers determined that the damage to the vehicle was caused by two metal poles that were detached from an old power utility pole. Officers were unable to determine if the damage was caused intentionally or from the process of the utility pole being replaced.

3300 block of Otis Street: Vandalism to auto – 7:05pm. Officers took a report of damage to the windshield of a 1979 International truck. The officers determined that most likely the damage was caused by someone throwing rocks at the window.

3300 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Attempted theft – 8pm. Officers responded to Party Time Liquors for the report of a man using false identification to cash a legitimate tax refund check. The suspect fled the store prior to the officers’ arrival but the fake ID and check was recovered.  A follow up investigation by the PGPD Financial Crimes Unit is pending.

3300 block of Chillum Road: Traffic – 8pm. Officers stopped a 1994 Honda Civic for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that the driver did not have a valid license. She was issued several State traffic citations and the vehicle was impounded.

April 1st:

4300 block of Eastern Avenue: Domestic – 4:15am. After a verbal argument the male half threw the female half’s belongings out of their apartment and into the hallway. The man refused to let the woman back into their apartment where he and their child remained. Officers mitigated the situation and the woman agreed to stay on the couch temporarily until her mother could respond to pick her up later in the morning.

2700 block of Arundel Road: Vehicle impound – 8:05am. Officers impounded a 2012 Chevy Malibu that was parked in front of a fire hydrant and displaying expired tags.

3300 block of Chillum Road: Traffic – 9:45pm. Officers stopped a 2001 Ford Taurus for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that the tags on the vehicle were listed to another vehicle and the driver had an expired out of state license. The driver was issued multiple citations and the vehicle was impounded.

March 31st:

Nothing significant to report.

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

Thursday, April 04, 2013

Police Report: March 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.

March 30th:

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Trespassing – 9am. Officers arrested a man and charged him with trespassing pursuant to a loitering warning notice issued on March 26th. He was delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

3200 block of Queenstown Drive: Domestic – 11:55pm. The female half told Communications personnel that she and her boyfriend got into an argument and she wanted him removed from their apartment. When officers arrived the man had already left the scene. There were no signs of violence and female half told the officers that she was not hurt.

4300 block of Kaywood Drive: Apartment fire – 6:40pm. Officers investigating the report of a suspicious person knocking on doors in the apartment building smelled the odor of smoke. Fire/rescue personnel responded and located a fire in the kitchen of one of the apartments. The fire was extinguished and determined to have started due to inattention to food cooking on a stove.

March 29th:

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Loitering warning notice – 5:15pm. Officers issued a man a loitering warning notice notifying him not to return for 30 days or he would be subject to arrest for trespassing.

3400 block of Bunker Hill Road: Traffic – 6:10pm. Officers stopped a 2001 Toyota Corolla for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed there was an MSP pick up order for the tags. The driver was issued the appropriate citations, the tags were seized for return to MVA and the vehicle was impounded.

3200 block of Queens Chapel Road (Sunoco station): Theft – 9pm. A store employee told officers that a man came up to the window to purchase two packs of cigarettes. The clerk put the cigarettes in the security drawer and opened the drawer for the man to take the cigarettes and submit payment. The man took the cigarettes and fled the area without paying for them.

March 28th:

34th Street & Windom Road: Vehicle impound – 1:45am. Officers on patrol stopped to investigate a disabled vehicle in the middle of the roadway. The driver of the vehicle told the officers that he lost control of his vehicle, struck a curb and blew out the two passenger side tires. The vehicle was impounded for safekeeping and the driver was sent on his way.

4100 block of 31st Street: Telephone threats – 8:10am. The resident told officers that a man has been calling regularly and leaving threatening messages on her answering machine. Officers documented the messages and the victim is working with her service provider to correct the problem.

3800 block of 34th Street: Illegal cigarette sales – 9:30am. Officers received information that a convenience store was selling single cigarettes, untaxed cigarettes and packages of synthetic marijuana. Officers interviewed the store owner and were able to locate sufficient evidence to substantiate the violations. An agent from the Maryland Comptroller’s Office responded and charged the owner with the cigarette violations. Mount Rainier Code Enforcement responded and suspended the business’s operations until proper permits could be obtained.

3300 block of Buchanan Street: Vandalism to auto – 5:35pm. The owner of a 2007 Mitsubishi Eclipse told officers that he came out to his vehicle this afternoon to find that someone had put several deep scratches into the driver’s side of his vehicle. Officers determined that the damage was not done by a hit and run vehicle rather by an individual with a hard object. No other evidence, witness, or suspects could be found.

March 27th:

3500 block of Perry Street: Criminal citation – 8:20am. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for drinking in public.

4100 block of Russell Avenue: Theft – 10am. A man came into the police station to report a theft. He told officers that he had some old currency displayed in his apartment and discovered it missing. He said that he has had frequent visitors to his home since he last saw his property but did not know who might have taken the items.

4600 block of 29th Street: Assault – 11:05pm. Officers responded for the report of a domestic disturbance. When they arrived they confronted a disorderly male and a distraught female. Further investigation revealed that male returned home and demanded sex from his girlfriend but she refused. The male got angry and ripped the shirt off the female. There were no injuries and no sexual contact. The male was arrested for assault and attempted 4th degree sex offense.

March 26th:

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Loitering – 3pm. Officers issued a man a loitering/warning notice barring him from the location for a period of 30 days. He was advised that should he return within that time he would be charged with trespassing.

March 25th:

3000 block of Queens Chapel Road: Lost handgun – 12:30pm. The owner of a long-barrel .357 handgun told officers that about a week ago he put the gun in a bag and placed the bag next to his dresser. While cleaning house, the man’s wife discarded the bag into the trash.

4600 block of 29th Street: Miscellaneous incident – 8:10pm. The mother of a 29 year old woman asked officers to check the welfare of her daughter and her two children. The mother said that her daughter had been depressed lately and she was concerned for her wellbeing. Officers received no answer at the daughter’s residence and called fire/rescue personnel to force entry. Neither the woman nor her children were located inside and officers found no evidence of foul play.

4200 block of 30th Street: Burglary – 8:25pm. The resident told officers that she came home to discover that someone had broken into her home. Entry was made through a dining room window. The resident found a pocket knife stuck in the blinds that was apparently used to dislodge the window screen.  Once inside the thief/thieves stole several items of the victim’s personal jewelry before fleeing the scene.

March 24th:

4200 block of 31st Street: Emergency petition – 12:35pm. Officers responded for the report of a possible overdose. When they arrived they located a female who was suffering from depression. She had taken a large quantity of medication in an attempt to end her life. She was transported by fire/rescue personnel to a local hospital where she was released to medical personnel for treatment.

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Criminal citation – 6:50pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for urinating in public.

4000 block of 34th Street: Found property – 8:25pm. A woman told officers that earlier in the day she found an M&T bank card on the ground by ZZ Pizza. Officers took possession of the card for safekeeping and are in the process of trying to locate the owner.

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.