Tuesday, March 26, 2013

CERT Training

Community Emergency Response Team Training
Saturday, April 6, 2013
and
Sunday, April 7, 2013
9am to 5pm

Central Communications Facility
7911 Anchor Street
Landover, Maryland 20785

To register for the upcoming CERT training please send an email to certsignup@gmail.com or email Shannon Snyder at countyeoc@co.pg.md.us

Please spread the word and encourage your family and neighbors to sign up for this great training!!!

Monday, March 25, 2013

Police Report: March 17-23

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 23rd:

3500 block of Otis Street: 2nd degree domestic assault – 5am. Officers responded for the report of a domestic assault in progress. When the officers arrived they spoke with the female half of the dispute who said that her husband physically assaulted her during and argument. The male half had left the scene prior to the officers’ arrival but returned just as the officers were assisting the victim with transportation to the District Court Commissioner’s Office. The man was arrested, charged with 2nd degree domestic assault and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

3700 block of 34th Street: Emergency petition – 10:35am. 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.

4100 block of 28th Street: Stolen auto (Supplement) – 10:30pm. MRPD officers were notified by the Prince George’s County Police Department that their officers recovered a 2004 BMW 745 that had been reported stolen from the 4100 block of 28th Street sometime between 9pm on March 19th and 2:15am on March 20th. The vehicle was recovered near the intersection of Crestmar Court and Rocky Trail Way in Upper Marlboro. The vehicle had been burned and investigators believe that it is connected to a homicide that occurred in DC.

March 22nd:

3300 block of Chillum Road (7-11): Theft – 2am. A store clerk told officers that a black male (NFD) came into the store, reached over the counter and stole four Cigarillos before fleeing the store on foot in an unknown direction.

3500 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Criminal citation – 8:35am. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for drinking in public.

3100 block of 37th Street: Suspicious situation – 1:30pm. Officers spoke with the resident who said that she believes that someone tried to break into her residence. Officers investigated the incident and found no signs of forced entry or any evidence to believe a burglary was attempted.

2900 block of Allison Street: Warrant service – 4:30pm. Officers patrolling the apartment complex observed an individual who fit the description of a suspect in a recent burglary. The officers stopped the individual for a field interview. During the interview the officers learned that the individual had an open juvenile arrest warrant for failing to comply with a court order. He was arrested on the warrant and delivered to the custody of juvenile authorities at the Cheltenham youth facility.

37th and Perry Streets: Motor vehicle collision – 9:35pm. Officers responded for the report of a single vehicle collision. When they arrived they found that a a 2000 Kia Sportage ran into a retaining wall. The driver remained at the scene and officers discovered that he did not have a license. The vehicle was impounded and the driver was issued several traffic citations and released at the scene.

3700 block of 34th Street: Hit and run collision – 10:50pm. Officers spoke with the owner of a 2002 Toyota who said that sometime prior to his call to police a second vehicle struck the driver’s side of his Toyota knocking the mirror off and causing some scratches. No evidence was recovered at the scene.

March 21st:

4300 block of 28th Place: Vehicle impound (x2) – 9:10am. Officers impounded a 1998 Cadillac that had an MVA pickup order for the tags and a 2006 Mercedes that was displaying expired tags.

31st and Webster Streets: Emergency petition – 2pm. Officers responded for the report of a man down. When they arrived they discovered a 14 year old boy who was under the influence of a CDS, possibly PCP. Fire/rescue personnel responded and transported the boy to Washington Adventist Hospital where he was released to medical personnel for treatment. The boy’s mother was contacted and responded to the hospital.

March 20th:

2900 block of Allison Street: Attempted armed robbery UPDATE. PGPD and DC police detectives identified two additional suspects in the attempted armed robbery that occurred on March 15th. Arrest warrants were obtained for both suspects. Detectives also obtained a search and seizure warrant for the home of one of the suspects. While executing the search warrant detectives located and arrested both suspects and recovered several items of evidence linking them to the Allison Street robbery.

2300 block of Varnum Street (7-11): Theft – 1:25am. Officers interviewed a store employee who told them that a man came into the store and stole a pre-made sandwich. The suspect fled the store on foot and headed into the Kaywood Apartments complex. Officers searched the area for the suspect but could not locate him.

4100 block of 28th Street: Stolen auto – 2:15am. The owner of a 2004 BMW 745 told officers that sometime between 9pm on March 19th and the time he called police someone stole his vehicle. The victim said that he did not have his keys with him and was not sure if he left them in the vehicle. Further investigation revealed that the vehicle’s registration was suspended and there was an MSP pick up order for the tags. No evidence as to those responsible for the theft was found at the scene.

3200 block of Rhode Island Avenue (MRPD): Found property – 7:50am. A citizen came into the police station and turned in a wallet he had found. The wallet contained a small amount of currency and a Nevada driver’s license. The wallet was submitted to property for safekeeping and efforts are underway to notify the owner.

4500 block of 30th Street: Vandalism to auto – 1:45pm. The owner of a 2004 Chevy Trailblazer told officers that sometime between 3:30pm on the 19th and the time he called police someone smashed out his vehicle’s rear passenger side window. The vehicle had not been entered and nothing was stolen.

March 19th:

3300 block of Queens Chapel Road: Traffic – 1:05am. Officers stopped a 2008 Nissan Sentra for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that the driver’s license was suspended. He was issued the appropriate traffic citations and his vehicle was impounded.

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Disorderly – 6:50pm. Officers responded for the report of a fight between two intoxicated individuals. While the officers were trying to sort out the situation one of the individuals became disorderly and continued to create a disturbance. He was eventually arrested and charged with disorderly conduct.

2300 block of Varnum Street (7-11): Theft – 8:25pm. Officers interviewed a store employee who told them that a customer claimed that when he withdrew money from the store’s ATM the machine shorted him $20. The customer asked the employee to reimburse him the money. When the employee refused the customer walked behind the counter and stole $20.00 from the clerk who was making a deposit into the store’s safe. The individual fled the area in an SUV described as a red Ford Expedition with a partial Maryland tag of 0567.

March 18th:

Nothing significant to report.

March 17th:

3000 block of Queens Chapel Road: Theft – 2pm. The resident told officers that she and her mother had been temporarily relocated to another apartment while their original apartment was renovated after a flood. When they returned to the renovated apartment they discovered that a telephone and its charger and a Comcast cable modem had been stolen.

3400 block of Otis Street: Residential burglary – 10pm. The resident told officers that sometime between 5 and 9:30pm today someone entered her apartment through an open bedroom window. Once inside the suspects stole a 50” flat screen TV and an X-Box. The resident said that the bedroom window had been left open from the night before because it was hot in the apartment. No evidence was recovered.

One Municipal Place: Found property – 2:15pm. Officers patrolling the area were approached by a citizen who had found a woman’s purse at the bus terminal. Officers delivered the purse to the department’s property storage area and are in the process of identifying the owner.

2300 block of Varnum Street (7-11): Theft – 7:30pm. A store clerk told officers that a black male described only as wearing a black jacket came into the store stole a set of ear bud headphones before fleeing in an unknown direction. A canvas of the area revealed no further information.

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.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Police Report: March 10-16

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 16th:

2700 block of Queens Chapel Road: Criminal citation – 1:30am. Officers responded for the report of a domestic disturbance. Once on the scene the officers were approached by the male half of the dispute who was very agitated, intoxicated and in possession of an open container of an alcoholic beverage. Officers, along with the female half of the dispute tried in vain to get the man to calm down and act rationally. The officers were forced to deploy their issued pepper spray to get the man under control and under arrest. Fire/rescue personnel responded to decontaminate the man from the effects of the pepper spray. By that time he was rational enough to be issued a criminal citation and sent on his way.

March 15th:

2900 block of Allison Street: Attempted armed robbery – 1:30am. Officers responded to the area for the report of the sound of gunshots. When they arrived they located a resident who had just been accosted by three male suspects. The victim told officers that as he was walking up to his apartment building three men ran up to him and grabbed him. One of the men produced a 9mm handgun and demanded his money. He refused, grabbed the gun and a struggle ensued. During the struggle the gun discharged and possibly wounded one of the suspects. After the shot went off all three suspects immediately ran to a waiting dark blue or black four door sedan and fled the area via 30th Street. The victim suffered a bloody nose during the struggle but refused medical treatment on the scene. PGPD detectives responded to interview the victim and search for evidence. A blood trail was located and a K-9 team from Greenbelt PD responded and followed the trail to Allison and 30th Streets where the dog lost the track. Area hospitals were alerted to the possibility that one of the suspects may come in for treatment of a gunshot wound.   UPDATE: On March 18th one of the suspects in this case was located at Washington Hospital Center being treated for a single gunshot wound to his upper leg. He was identified as having been involved in this robbery. A warrant was obtained for his arrest. PGPD and DC detectives are working jointly to link this individual to other robberies in the area.

3500 block of Otis Street: Residential burglary – 4:25pm. The resident told officers that she left home at about 1:30 this afternoon, returning at about 2:45. When she got home she discovered a rear bedroom window open and two computers missing. She told officers that the window had probably been left open by her husband since it was hot in the apartment. Officers processed the apartment for evidence and recovered latent fingerprints. Those prints were submitted to RAFIS for identification.

3400 block of Eastern Avenue: Emergency petition – 8pm. Officers responded for the report of a domestic dispute between two adults. When the officers arrived they observed the male half of the argument to be in a highly agitated state and holding an infant child. The man refused to give the child to its mother and became more combative, using the infant as a shield while yelling slurs and obscenities at the officers. Additional police units from Bladensburg and Hyattsville responded to assist with the situation. At one point the man, in his enraged condition lost his grip on the child and when it fell on the bed officers were able to deploy an issued Taser weapon to get him under control and under arrest. Fire/rescue personnel responded and transported the man to Prince George’s Hospital Center where he was released to medical personnel for treatment. Neither the child nor its mother were injured in the incident.

March 14th:

4500 block of 29th Street: Recovered stolen auto – 4:30pm. MRPD was notified by the PGPD auto theft unit that they recovered a 1995 Lexus that was reported stolen from the 4500 block of 29th Street sometime between 9:30pm on February 22nd and 10am on February 23rd. The ATU found the vehicle in the 15000 block of Berry Road in Accokeek on February 22nd but was only now able to identify the owner because the vehicle had been burned.

37th Street and Rhode Island Avenue: Warrant service – 10:15am. Officers stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that the driver’s license was suspended and he had an open arrest warrant through Montgomery County for failing to appear in court on a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia. He was issued several traffic citations, arrested on the warrant and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

March 13th:

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Criminal citation – 9:50am. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for urinating in public.

4400 block of 31st Street: Attempted burglary – 3:15pm. The homeowner told officers that she went to answer a knock at her front door. When she made it to the door she saw a man walking away from her residence. A short time later she saw the same man trying to climb through her dining room window. The man was half way into the house when the victim saw him. She screamed and the suspect fled the property in an unknown direction. The victim described the man as a black male, 6’ tall, 160 lbs., wearing a black and blue hat and a black and blue jacket. A search of the area for the suspect proved negative.

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: Forced entry – 6pm. Officers were called to assist fire/rescue personnel in locating a gas leak. Fire/rescue personnel forced entry into two apartments before finding the leak. The leak was repaired and maintenance personnel responded to secure the doors.

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: Strong arm robbery – 6:15pm. The victim told officers that she was waiting for her food order to be ready at Joe’s Carryout when a black male walked up to the counter. The man pushed the victim up against a wall, took her cell phone out of her hand and fled the store in an unknown direction. The victim described her assailant as a black male, 5’7” tall, 150 lbs., with a tattoo on the left side of his face. He was wearing a gray hoodie, a brown jacket and blue jeans. A search of the area for the suspect proved negative. The victim was not injured.

March 12th:

4000 block of 37th Street: Burglary – 4:20pm. Officers responded for a burglary in progress at a vacant residence. This was the same residence that was burglarized on March 11th. This time officers apprehended two men as they ran out the front door. At least one other individual got away after leaving the house through a back window. The homeowner responded and verified that nothing was stolen from inside the house. The two arrestees, one adult and one juvenile, were charged with burglary. Both individuals were left in the custody of PGPD detectives at District I for their follow-up investigation.

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Criminal citation – 10:30pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for drinking in public.

March 11th:

4000 block of 37th Street: Missing juvenile – 12:35am. Officers spoke to the mother of a 16 year old female who said that her daughter had run away from home again. The last time her daughter went missing was on February 21st. The girl was located at an address on Oglethorpe Street in Hyattsville on February 22nd. The girl’s information was entered into NCIC missing persons files.

4000 block of 37th Street: Burglary – 4:30pm. Officers responded for a burglary in progress at a vacant residence. A witness reported seeing three black males exiting out of the back door. When the officers arrived they searched the house and found no one inside. The three males that fled the house were gone prior to the officers’ arrival. The homeowner responded and told officers that nothing had been stolen from inside. She secured the residence to prevent further entry.

4200 block of Kaywood Drive: Property damage – 6:15pm. The resident told officers that sometime between 4:30pm on March 1st and 9am on March 9th someone damaged the front screen door to her apartment. No evidence as to those responsible could be found.

March 10th:

3700 block of 37th Street: Vandalism to auto – 9:45pm. The owner of a 1996 Jeep Cherokee told officers that sometime between 8pm on March 9th and 7pm today someone damaged the vehicle’s driver’s door lock. There was no additional damage to the vehicle.

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: MIR – 11pm. Officers responded to Providence Hospital to interview a man who was being treated for a severed finger. The man, who was very intoxicated and ultimately uncooperative, said that he was at the bus stop in the 3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue when he heard a gunshot. After hearing the shot he looked at his left hand and saw that he had been struck at the base of his middle finger. The man walked to the area of Montana Avenue and Adams Street NW where he finally called a friend to come and drive him to the hospital. Further investigation revealed that the man’s story was contrived and the wound he suffered was actually self inflicted. DC police checked the man’s home and verified that he shot himself accidentally on his front porch.

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.

 

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Police Report: March 3-9

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 9th:

4600 block of 27th Street: Domestic assault – 12:45pm. Officers responded for the report of a domestic dispute. When they arrived they learned that a couple got into a heated argument over religious believes. The argument escalated and the male half damaged the female’s laptop computer. He then grabbed her by the neck and assaulted her. He was arrested, charged with 2nd degree assault  and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

4900 block of Rhode Island Avenue (Hyattsville DOC): Destruction of property – 3:20pm. Officers received a call from Riverdale Park Police that an unoccupied Mount Rainier Police cruiser was damaged by one of their arrestee’s at the Hyattsville DOC. When the RPPD officers removed a prisoner from their transport vehicle he attempted to flee to avoid incarceration. A struggle ensued with the Riverdale Park officers during which the fender of the Mount Rainier cruiser was damaged. The incident was documented by both agencies and the arrestee was charged with destruction of property.

3300 block of Buchannan Street: Child abuse – 9pm. Officers responded to a 911 call from an individual yelling that someone was trying to kill them. Upon arrival the officers discovered a 9 year old female hysterical and bleeding from the mouth. Further investigation revealed that the girl’s mother had been drinking and became upset that her daughter had misplaced a cell phone. The mother physically hit her daughter and when the girl tried to call police the mother tried to stop her by kicking her repeatedly in the chest and face. Officers placed the mother under arrest, charged her with assault, child abuse and other offenses and delivered her to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville. The girl was transported to a local hospital for medical attention. After she was released from the hospital she was placed temporarily in the home of a friend.  County Child Protective Services was contacted and will be conducting their own follow-up investigation.

March 8th:

2700 block of Arundel Road: CDS arrest – 1:50pm. Officers patrolling the area observed four juvenile males exiting an apartment building where there have been several recent burglaries of vacant apartments. Officers were able to stop and question all four. Further investigation revealed that one of them had an open juvenile warrant for robbery. A second was found in possession of marijuana. Both subjects were arrested. The juvenile with the warrant was delivered to the custody of the juvenile detention facility in Cheltenham. The juvenile with the CDS was charged on a juvenile petition and released to his parents pending Juvenile Court action.

4100 block of 30th Street: Theft – 8pm. A resident called police to report that sometime between 8am this morning and 7:50pm this evening someone stole her recycle bin.

3300 block of Chillum Road (7-11): Theft – 9:45pm. A store clerk told officers that two juvenile males stole several items from the store. Officers searched the area and located both juveniles. The merchandise was returned to the store and the subjects banded from the premises. Store management elected not to press theft charges against the juveniles.

March 7th:

3400 block of Perry Street: Criminal citation – 4:35pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for urinating in public.

One Municipal Place: Emergency petition – 4:25pm. Officers responded for the report of a woman sitting in the middle of the street talking to herself. When the officers arrived they found the woman in question and discovered that she was so severely intoxicated that she was a danger to herself. She was taken into custody and transported to Washington Adventist Hospital where she was released to medical personnel for treatment.

2700 block of Arundel Road: Burglary – 5:20pm. Officers responded to assist security officers with two juveniles they had detained for burglarizing a vacant apartment. Officers arrested both and transported to MRPD where they were charged via juvenile petition and released to their respective legal guardians pending Juvenile Court action.

3700 block of Rhode Island AvenueTraffic/criminal citation – 8:15pm. Officers stopped a 2012 Toyota for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that the vehicle’s tags and the driver’s license were suspended. The driver was issued several State traffic citations and the vehicle was impounded. The tags were seized for return to MVA. Officers also discovered that a back seat passenger was in possession of an open container of an alcoholic beverage. He was issued a criminal citation for possession of the open alcohol in a motor vehicle.

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: Burglary – 5:20pm. The resident told officers that sometime between 6am this morning and the time he called police someone broke into his apartment through the kitchen window. Once inside the unidentified suspects stole a container of coins, a TV and a DVR player before fleeing the scene. No evidence was recovered at the scene.

March 6th:

3200 block of Shepherd Street: Theft from auto – 9am. The owner of a 2003 Honda CRV told officers that sometime between 2am this morning and the time she called police someone broke into her vehicle by smashing out the rear passenger side window. Once inside the thieves stole the vehicle’s in-dash radio. No evidence was recovered and no witnesses were identified.

4000 block of 34th Street: Property damage – 11:35am. The owner of a 2007 Honda Civic told officers that sometime prior to his contacting the police someone dented and scratched the vehicle’s driver side bumper. Officers could not determine if the damage was caused by a second vehicle or by vandalism.

2700 block of Arundel Road: Disorderly conduct – 5:20pm. Officers responded for the report of a possible burglary in progress. When they arrived they discovered that there was no burglary, but a case of two women fighting. The two were separated and officers attempted to calm both of them down. One complied and one continued to yell and scream and curse at the officers. She was arrested, charged with disorderly conduct and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville. 

March 5th:

3700 block of 37th Street: Stolen auto – 8:30am. The owner of a 2008 Honda Civic told officers that sometime between 8:30pm on March 4th and the time he called police someone stole his vehicle. No evidence was recovered and the vehicle’s information was entered into NCIC stolen vehicle files. At about 5am on March 6th DC police recovered the vehicle in the 200 block of 16th Street, NE. They arrested a juvenile that was driving. The owner was notified of the recovery.

4600 block of 29th Street: Missing person – 1:30pm. The mother of a 15 year old girl told officers that her daughter took her cell phone and some cash and ran away from home. The mother said that this is the second time her daughter has run away in the past couple weeks. Officers located a witness who saw the girl get on a Metro train with a black male at the West Hyattsville Metro Station. The girl’s information was entered into NCIC missing persons files.

2700 block of Arundel Road: Trespassing – 6:20pm. Officers responded for the report of a possible burglary of an abandoned apartment. While enroute to the call they were notified that witnesses saw four black males running from the apartment. When the officers arrived they found no one in the apartment and a rear window broken out. This was the second time today that officers responded for this type of call at this apartment. Maintenance was notified to secure the apartment and a search of the area for the four suspects was negative.

Chillum Road and Queens Chapel Road: Motor vehicle collision – 11:30pm. Investigation revealed that a 2002 Ford truck and a 1998 Honda Accord collided as both vehicles were making a left turn off Chillum onto Queens Chapel. There were no injuries.

March 4th:

4200 block of 31st Street: Theft – 10:25am. The victim told officers that she believes a friend stole her debit card, driver’s license and social security card. She said that she reported the incident to her financial institution and it is currently under investigation.

3200 block of Perry Street: Open door – 10:55am. Officers responded for a residential alarm. When they arrived they discovered an open door and checked the residence with negative results. There were no signs of forced entry.

3800 block of 37th Street: Warrant service – 4:25pm. Officers stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that the driver had an open arrest warrant through Prince George’s County for various traffic-related charges. He was arrested on the warrant and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

3200 block of Queenstown Drive: CDS arrest - 6:05pm. Officers responded to assist Queenstown security with an individual they had in custody for possession of CDS. When the officers arrived they verified that the individual was in possession of both marijuana and cocaine. He was arrested, charged accordingly and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

4000 block of 31st Street: Burglary – 8pm. Officers responded for the report of a residential burglary that occurred earlier. Upon speaking with the homeowner the officers learned that the burglary occurred sometime between 8am this morning and 7:45 this evening. Evidence indicated that the perpetrator(s) entered the home by forcing open a front window and left through the same window. The homeowner reported that the only thing stolen was an iPod Touch.

4300 block of Russell Avenue: Theft from auto – 8pm. The owner of a 2013 Toyota Corolla told officers that sometime between 2am on March 2nd and the time he called police someone stole the temporary license plate off his vehicle.

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: Warrant service – 10:30pm. Officers responded to assist Queenstown security with a suspicious person. While interviewing the individual the officers learned that he had an open arrest warrant through Prince George’s County for failing to appear in court on a charge of theft. He was arrested on the warrant and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

March 3rd:

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Emergency petition – 12:35am. Officers responded to assist fire/rescue personnel with the report of a man down and unresponsive. Further investigation revealed that the man was suffering from severe PCP intoxication. He was transported to Prince George’s Hospital where he was released to medical personnel for treatment.

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.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

PGPD to Host Car Seat Check in Mount Rainier

Not sure if your child's car seat is installed correctly? The Prince George's County Police can help.

By Michael Theis, College Park Patch, Hyattsville Patch

The Prince George's County Police Department, partnering with the Prince George's Community Federal Credit Union, will be conducting a free car sear check on Wednesday in Mount Rainier.

On hand at the event will be technicians who can make sure that your children's car seat and booster seat are installed correctly. The checks take about 30 minutes to complete. If you plan on going, make sure that the car seat is installed in the car before you arrive.

The car seat check takes place from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 13 at the Bunker Hill Volunteer Fire Department at 3716 Rhode Island Avenue in Mount Rainier.

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Notify Me Prince Georges

Notify Me Prince George's is a service provided to alert registered users during major events and/or local emergencies. Notify Me Prince George's will deliver important emergency information and updates to your registered devices:

• email account (work, home, other)
• cell phone (via SMS)
• pager

When a major event or emergency occurs, the Prince George’s County Office of Homeland Security will alert registered users via Notify Me Prince George's. Notify Me Prince George's will provide updates on active events and if required, instructions on where to go, what to do, what not to do, who to contact and other important information. NOTE: Registering for Notify Me Prince George’s is a free service. However, your wireless carrier may charge a fee to receive text messages. Please check with your wireless service provider to determine service fees as provided under your service contract.

To register for Notify Me Prince Georges go to https://notifyme.princegeorgescountymd.gov/index.php?CCheck=1

Severe Weather Update

Accumulations are still uncertain; but 3-8 inches of snow is widely cited as likely; 1-3 inches by Wednesday morning.

The National Weather Service Winter Storm Watch remains in effect through Wednesday evening, with accumulations of five inches or more possible. There are no significant changes from the previous NWS advisory, though there is still some uncertainty as to the location of the rain-snow line, which will ultimately determine snowfall totals. A Gale Warning has been issued for the Maryland portion of the Chesapeake Bay and Tidal Potomac River Wednesday, which may need to be extended into Wednesday night or Thursday. There is a potential for flooding of creeks and streams if heavy rain occurs Wednesday or if significant snow melt occurs thereafter; minor coastal flooding is likely during high tide Wednesday morning.

Winter Storm Warnings—meaning severe winter weather conditions are expected or occurring—have been issued in western Maryland and Virginia counties for snow accumulations of 10-14 inches between tonight at 1800 hours and midnight Wednesday/Thursday morning. Capital Weather Gang expects warnings to be expanded eastward today (though eastern areas expected to have less impact than areas west of I-95; see accumulations map).

Accumulation estimates are still uncertain, however several sources are indicating between 3-8 inches snow accumulation is likely, with the main precipitation beginning tonight around 1900-2000 hours as rain/snow mix and transitioning into heavy, wet snow early Wednesday. Accumulations by Wednesday morning could be 3-6 inches in the far west suburbs and 1-3 inches in Washington DC; winds expected to pick up after midnight increasing to 15-25 mph and gusty from the northeast. Snow expected to end Wednesday night with gradual warming Thursday into the weekend.

Thanks go to the University of Maryland PD, College Park for this update.

Monday, March 04, 2013

Winter Storm Watch

From the National Weather Service:

WINTER STORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM TUESDAY EVENING THROUGH WEDNESDAY EVENING.

* PRECIPITATION TYPE...SNOW.
* ACCUMULATIONS...MORE THAN 5 INCHES POSSIBLE...WITH THE POTENTIAL FOR MORE THAN A FOOT SOMEWHERE WITHIN THE WATCH AREA.
* TIMING...PRECIPITATION MIXING WITH AND CHANGING TO SNOW TUESDAY NIGHT. SNOW CONTINUING THROUGH WEDNESDAY EVENING.
* TEMPERATURES...IN THE LOWER AND MID 30S.
* WINDS...NORTHEAST 10 TO 20 MPH TUESDAY NIGHT BECOMING NORTH WINDS 15 TO 25 MPH WEDNESDAY WITH GUSTS UP TO 35 MPH.
* IMPACTS...DIFFICULT DRIVING CONDITIONS. HEAVY WET SNOW AND GUSTY WINDS COULD LEAD TO POWER OUTAGES.

A WINTER STORM WATCH MEANS THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR SIGNIFICANT SNOW ACCUMULATIONS THAT MAY IMPACT TRAVEL. CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE LATEST FORECASTS.

Police Report: February 24 - March 2

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 2nd:

2700 block of Queens Chapel Road: Theft – 12:15pm. The victim told officers that she was walking home from Checkers when a black male wearing a green jacket, blue jeans and a black hat walked up behind her, snatched her iPhone out of her hand and fled the area. A canvass of the area failed to locate the suspect.

4400 block of 32nd Street: Vandalism to auto – 1:15pm. The owner of a 2003 Jeep Cherokee told officers that sometime between 9:40am and 1pm on March 1st someone damaged the rear driver’s side bumper of his vehicle. A witness told the victim that he saw a gray pickup truck pulling away from his jeep but could not tell if the pickup caused the bumper damage.

3700 block of 35th Street; 3400 block of Newton Street: 1st degree assault (x2) – 7:40pm. The victim told officers that as she was sitting in her vehicle a man approached and accosted her with a handgun through the driver’s side window. The victim immediately accelerated her vehicle away from the suspect and as she was driving away the suspect ran after her and fired one shot at her vehicle. The shot did not hit either the victim or her vehicle and the victim said she last saw the suspect running away on 35th Street towards Perry Street. The victim described the suspect as a black male, 17-20 years of age, 5’6” tall, 105 lbs., wearing a black hoodie, dark jeans, and a black mask over his face. As the officers were responding to this assault, they received a second call for a 1st degree assault that had just occurred in the 3400 block of Newton Street. The victim in that case gave officers the same description of the suspect as did our first victim and said that this time the suspect fired a shot at him as well. A K-9 team from Greenbelt PD responded and tracked the suspect to the area of 37th and Otis Streets where the dog lost the track. PGPD detectives and evidence technicians responded and recovered several items of evidence. Neither victim was injured.

March 1st:

3300 block of Chillum Road: Armed robbery / 1st degree assault – 3:05am. Officers responded for the report of a fight at the 7-11. Upon arrival they discovered a man suffering from multiple knife wounds. Further investigation revealed that the victim was getting into his car when he was approached by the suspect who demanded his wallet. When he turned around the suspect stabbed him in the stomach. The two became involved in a physical altercation during which the suspect was able to steal the victim’s wallet and flee the area on a bicycle. The victim was transported to Washington Hospital Center for treatment of his non- life threatening injuries.

3300 block of Bunker Hill Road: Vandalism to auto – 12:25pm. The owner of a 2004 Toyota Corolla told officers that sometime between 12:30pm and 11pm on February 28th someone dented and scratched her vehicle’s rear driver’s side door and fender and broke off the driver’s side mirror. The owner said that she delayed reporting the incident because she didn’t know she needed a police report to file a claim with her insurance company. No evidence was recovered at the scene.

February 28th:

3500 block of Newton Place: Recovered stolen auto – 12:01 am. MRPD officers were notified by DC police that they recovered a 1992 Toyota Camry that was stolen during an armed carjacking on December 23rd, 2012 in the 3500 block of Newton Place in Mount Rainier. The vehicle was found in the 2600 block of 22nd Street, NW. No arrests were made and the vehicle was impounded for safekeeping.

4200 block of 28th Street: Emergency petition – 12:30am. Officers responded to check the welfare of a woman whose daughter said was acting strangely and throwing things out of her apartment window. When the officers arrived they observed the woman’s behavior and determined that she should be checked by a doctor. She was taken into custody and transported to Washington Adventist Hospital where she was turned over to medical personnel for treatment.

2400 block of Chillum Road: Traffic – 9:25am. Officers stopped a 2003 Mercury for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that the vehicle’s tags were suspended. Officers issued the driver the appropriate citations, seized the tags for return to MVA and impounded the vehicle.

4200 block of 34th Street: Traffic – 12:20pm. Officers stopped a 2002 Chevy Express for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that the driver did not have a license. He was issued the appropriate traffic citations and the vehicle was impounded.

3300 block of Perry Street: Disorderly - 6:35pm. Officers responded for the report of 30-50 loud and disorderly juveniles. When the officers arrived they located the group who were attempting to make a music video. Officers determined that there was no permit for the function and requested the juveniles to disperse. In the process of the officers trying to peacefully disperse the crowd one subject became unruly and disorderly. He was subsequently arrested, charged with disorderly conduct and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

February 27th:

3600 block of Perry Street: Emergency petition – 12:35am. Officers on patrol stopped to check the welfare of a man 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 turned over to medical personnel for treatment.

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Criminal citation – 11:15am. At about 7am officers stopped to interview a man at the bus stop who appeared to have been drinking. He told the officers that he was waiting for a bus. The officers advised him not to loiter at the bus stop and went on their way. At about 11:15am the officers returned to the bus stop and found the man still there, this time highly intoxicated. When he refused to leave the area he was arrested, transported to Hyattsville DOC where he was charged, processed, issued a criminal citation for trespassing and released. At about 12:30pm officers again checked the bus stop and saw the same man, still intoxicated, waving at them. He was arrested a second time and transported to DOC in Hyattsville where he was charged with trespassing and failure to obey a lawful order. This time he was left in the custody of DOC.

February 26th:

Nothing significant to report.

February 25th:

34th and Upshur Streets: 1st degree assault – 11:55pm. The victim told PGPD officers that he was walking to his home when he was accosted by the suspect who he identified as his mother in law. The suspect began assaulting the victim and stabbed him in his lower back with an unknown object before fleeing the scene in an unknown SUV. The victim was taken to Prince George’s Hospital for treatment of his non- life threatening wound. PGPD detectives responded to the hospital where the victim gave a complete statement of the assault. Detectives were able to obtain an arrest warrant for the suspect charging her with 1st degree assault and other crimes. Both the initial report and the follow-up investigation were handled by PGPD. MRPD had no knowledge of the incident until PGPD reported it in their morning report.

4500 block of 29th Street: Stolen auto – 9:45am. The owner of a 1995 Lexus told officers that sometime between 9:30pm on February 22nd and 10am on the 23rd someone stole his vehicle. There was some confusion on the victim’s part as to how to report the theft which explained the 2-day delay in filing the report.

3500 block of Otis Street: Vandalism to auto – 4:30pm. The owner of a 2012 Dodge Charger told officers that sometime between 3pm on the 24th and the time he called police someone vandalized his vehicle’s driver’s door. No evidence was recovered at the scene.

February 24th:

3300 block of Chillum Road: Traffic – 4:30am. Officers stopped a 2005 Scion because it matched the description of a vehicle associated with a shooting that had just occurred. After verifying that neither the vehicle nor the driver was involved in the crime the officers discovered that the driver did not have a valid license. He was issued the appropriate traffic citations and the vehicle was impounded. A passenger in the vehicle, who was highly intoxicated, refused to cooperate with the officers’ investigation. He became extremely disorderly and aggressive with the officers and had to be restrained. He was charged with disorderly conduct and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: Theft – 7:25pm. Officers responded for the report of a theft from the Family Dollar store that had just occurred. Store employees said that two juveniles came into the store and stole several bags of candy. The officers located the juveniles in question and took them back to the store where they returned the stolen merchandise. Store management elected not to press charges against either juvenile but both were banned from returning to the store.

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