Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Of 28 cars stolen in Prince George's County from December 27th to January 11th, 17 were running at the time they were stolen! If you’re going to give your vehicle away at least give it to a charitable organization!

Speed Camera on 34th Street

Beware! The Town of Brentwood has reinstalled the speed camera on 34th Street just prior to Webster. The speed limit on their side of the road is 15mph so you'll get a ticket if you're going over 27. The City of Mount Rainier is not involved in the operation of this camera.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Police Report: January 12-18

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.

January 18th:

4200 block of 28th Street: Vehicle impound – 10:30am. Officers impounded a 2009 BMW 325 for blocking a private driveway.

January 17th:

4200 block of Russell Avenue: 2nd degree assault – 8:40am. The victim told officers that she got into an argument with a juvenile male relative over his drug use and disrespectful behavior. The juvenile got upset and began hitting and kicking her. The victim’s brother and another man intervened to stop the assault. The victim was advised to contact Juvenile Services in regards to charges for the suspect and other assistance.

4700 block of 25th Street: Missing person – 10:25am. The parents of a 23 year old woman called to report their daughter missing. They told the officers that their daughter goes missing repeatedly and stays gone for months on end.  The daughter’s information was entered into the NCIC missing persons database.

2700 block of Queens Chapel Road: Emergency petition – 10:05pm. Officers on patrol came upon a man who was obviously under the influence of a PCP-type drug. The officers and fire/rescue personnel attempted to communicate with him to no avail. He was taken into custody and transported to Prince George’s Hospital. Once at the hospital the man became very combative and tried to violently fight with the police and hospital security. He was put in restraints and released to the hospital medical staff for treatment.

January 16th:

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Criminal citation – 9:05am. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for possession of an open container of an alcoholic beverage in a public place.

4200 block of Kaywood Drive: Vehicle impound – 11:35am. Officers impounded a 1998 Ford Crown Victoria for being parked on a City street with tags that expired in March of 2012.

2700 block of Arundel Road: Theft – 1:45pm. The owner of a 1987 Yamaha moped told officers that sometime prior to his call to police someone stole his moped. The vehicle had been secured inside the owner’s apartment building hallway. No evidence/witnesses could be identified.

3800 block of 35th Street (Alley 19): Criminal citation (x2) – Officers issued a man two criminal citations, one for littering and one for drinking an alcoholic beverage in a public place.

3200 block of Rhode Island Avenue (rear parking lot): Vandalism to auto – 11:45pm. The reporting person told officers that sometime between 5pm and the time he called police someone broke out the driver’s side window of his brother’s 2007 BMW. The reporting person said that nothing was stolen from inside the vehicle. Officers did not locate the object used to break the window and no physical evidence was recovered.

January 15th:

3200 block of Chillum Road: M/V collision – 1:15pm. Officers investigated a traffic collision and determined that the driver of a 2008 Chevy truck failed to pay full time and attention to his driving and rear ended a parked 2006 Toyota truck. Both vehicles sustained minor damage and no one was injured.

3200 block of Perry Street: Stolen vehicle – 2pm. The owner of a 1998 Dodge pick-up truck told officers that sometime between 7pm on the 14th and the time he called police someone stole his vehicle. No evidence/witnesses were identified.

4000 block of 35th Street: Theft – 3:15pm. The victim told officers that she placed her purse on her front porch while she took several items into her home. Upon returning to her purse she discovered that her wallet was missing and that the front gate to her yard was open. Officers canvassed the neighborhood for suspects and witnesses but found none.

2300 block of Varnum Street (7-11): Shoplifting – 8pm. A store clerk told officers that a black male (NFD) came into the store, took several items off the shelves and fled the store without paying.

3300 block of Chillum Road: Criminal citation (x3) – 7:20pm. Officers issued each of three men a criminal citation for drinking in public.

January 14th:

4100 block of 30th Street: Stolen auto – 7:30am. The owner of a 1997 Honda Accord told officers that sometime between 4pm on the 13th and the time she called police someone stole her vehicle from where it was parked in her driveway. No evidence/witnesses were identified.

January 13th:

3300 block of Perry Street: Theft from auto – 10:10am. The owner of a 2004 Hyundai told officers that sometime between 8:30pm on January 11th and 8pm on the 12th someone broke into his vehicle through the front passenger window and stole a backpack from inside. The backpack contained two gaming consoles. No evidence/witnesses were identified.

3200 block of Chillum Road: 1st degree assault/robbery – 6:15pm. Officers met with the victim at his residence in regards to an assault that occurred on January 10th at about 7pm. He said that as he was walking to his apartment when he was approached by a man who struck him on the head with an unknown object knocking him unconscious. When he came to he was bleeding from the nose and head and had knots and swelling over his entire face and head. He had also been robbed of a quantity of cash. The victim did not immediately seek medical attention because he does not have medical insurance; and he did not notify police because of his immigration status. His family was eventually able to get him to Washington Adventist Hospital treatment where he was treated for a possible broken jaw and received stitches to close a head wound. The victim was unable to provide a description of his assailant.

January 12th:

2300 block of Varnum Street (7-11): Shoplifting – 2am. The store clerk told officers that a black male (NFD) came into the store, took several items of food off the shelves and left the store without paying for them.

3300 block of Perry Street: Vehicle impound – 9:30am. Officers patrolling with a mobile license plate reader were alerted to a 2009 Mitsubishi Lancer that had a suspended registration and an MSP pick-up order for the tags. The information was confirmed and the vehicle was impounded for safekeeping. The tags were seized for return to MVA.

3200 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Hit and run collision – 10am. The owner of a 2006 Volvo told officers that he returned to his vehicle to find it damaged. The damage was consistent with the vehicle being struck by a second vehicle that failed to remain at the scene. No witnesses/evidence could be identified.

4400 block of 28th Place: Theft from auto – 1:50pm. The owner of a 2003 Mazda 6 told officers that sometime prior to his call to police someone stole both registration plates off his vehicle.

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, January 22, 2014

Good News from State's Attorney Alsobrooks

In this week’s “The Prosecutor” newsletter, Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Angela Alsobrooks reported on the trial of two men charged in the 2011 slaying of Alonzo Guyton in the Kaywood Gardens Apartments here in Mount Rainier. Many thanks to Ms. Alsobrooks and her staff for getting these killers off our streets; and thanks also to the Prince George’s County police homicide detectives who identified and arrested them!

From Ms. Alsobrooks:

You may recall the 2011 murder of Howard University student, Alonzo Guyton. 20-year old Michael Jordan and 22-year old William Knight were on trial in connection with his death. Jordan was found guilty of the first degree felony murder and William Knight was found guilty of robbery, theft and related charges for his role in Guyton's death.

Guyton was walking to a friend's house in Mt. Rainer when he was approached by Lorenzo Carlton, who was attempting to rob him at gun point. When Guyton got into a struggle with Carlton, Knight announced that Guyton was fighting back and that Carlton needed help. Jordan then exited the vehicle they were in, armed with an SKS assault rifle and shot Guyton multiple times.

Mr. Guyton was a Marine and a college student who clearly had a bright future in front of him and Knight and Jordan robbed him of that. As a result, we have removed them from our streets and our citizens are safer for it.

Sentencing is scheduled for March 20, 2013. Jordan faces a maximum sentence of life plus 35 years. Knight faces a maximum sentence of 35-38 years. Carlton previously pled guilty to 2nd degree murder and related charges. He is scheduled to be sentenced on February 28, 2013 and will receive a sentence of 70 years suspend all but 35.”

Snow Emergency CANCELLED

Effective at Noon the City's snow emergency parking restrictions are cancelled.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Snow Emergency Declaration

The City will declare a snow emergency effective at Noon today. All vehicles parked on a designated snow emergency route must be moved in order to allow Public Works to clear the roadways.

 

The following streets or portions of street within the city are hereby designated as snow emergency routes:

 

1. 34th Street from Rhode Island Avenue to Arundel Road.

2. Chillum Road from Arundel Road to the City boundary at Queens Chapel Road

3. Rainier Avenue from 34th Street to Upshur Street.

4. Upshur Street from Rainier Avenue to 28th Place.

5. 28th Place from Upshur Street to Russell Avenue.

6. Russell Avenue from 28th Place to Arundel Road.

7. Varnum Street from Russell Avenue to Eastern Avenue

8. Arundel Road from Russell Avenue to 34th Street

Snow Closing - Mayor/Council Meeting CANCELLED

The City will close at Noon today. All essential personnel will be on duty – police and Public Works. If you need emergency assistance please call police communications at 301-985-6565/6566.

The Mayor & Council meeting scheduled for tonight has been cancelled. Please check the City’s web site (www.mountrainiermd.org) for information regarding rescheduling.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Pepco Warns Customers of Fake Invoices

Pepco is warning its customers that scammers posing as third-party energy suppliers are sending fake utility bills via email to some utility customers around the country. The email asks that customers click on a link contained within the email. It is suspected that, by clicking the link, the customer’s computer could become infected with a virus or malware.

 

Pepco asks customers to only pay their utility bill by visiting pepco.com or by sending the hard copy of the remittance portion of the invoice through the mail. Customers should not open any email asking that payment be made on their utility bill unless sent by Pepco or by the customers’ respective third party energy supplier.

 

Many companies, including Pepco, contact customers in person or via phone for various reasons. If someone claims to represent a company, whether the company is Pepco or another entity, it is important that customers take precautions to verify that the person is affiliated with the company, especially if that person is requesting an immediate monetary payment. When addressing past due accounts, Pepco never endorses a specific form of payment. Instead, multiple payment options are always given to the customer.

 

Pepco advises customers to ask for official photo identification from any person who shows up at their door. Employees from reputable companies, such as Pepco, will carry official company identification cards. If proper identification cannot be produced, customers should notify police and the company with whom the individual claims to be associated.

Similarly, if someone calls saying they represent a certain company, customers should ask them to verify their identity and affiliation. If customers have any doubt about the validity of a person’s claim to represent Pepco, they should call the company immediately at 202-833-7500.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Police Report: January 5-11

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.

January 11th:

3300 block of Shepherd Street: Theft from auto – 7:50am. The owner of a 2013 Mazda 5 reported that sometime prior to his call to police someone broke the rear side passenger window and stole his backpack. The victim said there was nothing of value inside the backpack.

3500 block of Otis Street: Violation of a protection order – 8am. Officers responded for the report of vandalism. When they arrived the victim reported that she had a protective order against a man who came to her home. When the victim refused to let him in he became angry and broke a window. The suspect was not on the scene and attempts to locate him proved negative. The victim was referred to the District Court Commissioner for additional relief from and possible charges against the suspect.

4000 block of 36th Street: Residential alarm – 11:40am. Officers responded to residential alarm and upon arrival noticed that there was a bottom floor window broken. Officers were able to make entry into the home and, after a search found no one inside. Officers noted that the home did not appear to have been burglarized. Officers made notification to the owner of the house. 

January 10th:

Alley 19 between 35 and 37th Streets: M/V collision – 8:20am. The driver of a 2001 Chevy Impala lost control of his vehicle due to icy conditions and collided with a fence causing minor damage. No injuries were reported.

January 9th:

33rd and Perry Streets: Warrant service – 12:45am. Officers on patrol came into contact with a man they knew to have missed a court date. They detained him until they were able to confirm that he had two open arrest warrants for failing to appear in court on charges of possession of alcohol in a public place and disorderly conduct. He was arrested on the warrants and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

4300 block of 28th Place: Attempt stolen auto – 7:30am. The owner of a GMC van told officers that sometime between 5pm on January 8th and the time he called police someone tried to steal his vehicle. The officers discovered damage to the vehicle’s ignition consistent with an attempted theft. The owner also reported that his GPS unit had been stolen.

3300 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Warrant service – 10pm. Officers responded to Party Time Liquors for the report of a suspected shoplifter.  When they arrived they stopped the suspect for questioning and learned that she had an open warrant through Montgomery County for violation of probation relating to a CDS charge. She was arrested on the warrant and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

January 8th:

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Emergency petition – 12:45pm. Officers stopped a suspicious person in the 3500 block of Rhode Island Avenue for drinking an alcoholic beverage. While the officers were dealing with him the arrested person approached the officers screaming obscenities at them and telling them to leave the drinking man alone. Numerous attempts to get the man to calm down and get out of the street were unsuccessful. When the officers approached the arrested to place him under arrest for disorderly conduct they smelled a strong odor of PCP about his person. He was immediately uncooperative and began to violently resist arrest. Officers were eventually forced to deploy a Taser weapon to get the man under control and restrained. Fire/rescue personnel responded and transported the man to Washington Adventist Hospital where he was released to medical personnel for an emergency medical examination and detoxification.

2300 block of Arundel Road: Criminal citation – 2:40pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for possession of an open bottle of an alcoholic beverage in a public place.

3200 block of Chillum Road: Criminal citation – 9pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for possession of an open container of alcohol inside a motor vehicle.

January 7th:

2400 block of Arundel Road: Traffic – 3pm. Officers stopped a 2009 Dodge Avenger for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that the vehicle’s registration was expired and there was a compulsory insurance violation. The driver was issued several traffic citations and the vehicle was impounded.

3200 block of Buchanan Street: Theft from auto – 3:30pm. The owner of a 2001 Ford E-150 van told officers that sometime between 6pm on January 6th and the time he called police someone stole the rear tag off his vehicle. No evidence or witnesses were identified.

3300 block of Buchanan Street: Vehicle impound – 4pm. Officers impounded a 2014 Dodge Charger because it was displaying expired registration plates.

January 6th:

4600 block of 25th Street: Hit and run M/V collision – 8am. The custodian of a 2007 Chevy van told officers that sometime prior to his call to police a second, unknown vehicle struck his company’s work truck while it was parked on the street. There were no witnesses to the collision and no information on the striking vehicle.

2700 block of Webster Street: Vehicle impound – 9:30am. Officers impounded a 1996 VW Golf for displaying expired tags. The tags had expired back in March of 2013.

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Vehicle impound – 3:30pm. Officers patrolling with a automatic license plate reader were alerted to a 2008 Nissan Altima. The vehicle’s registration had been cancelled and there was a pick-up order for the tags. The tags were seized for return to MVA and the vehicle was impounded.

2800 block of Shepherd Street: Theft from auto – 4:30pm. The owner of a 2013 Jeep told officers that he took his vehicle to a local repair shop for an estimate. The shop notified the owner that the tags were missing from the vehicle. The owner was adamant that the tags were on the vehicle prior to be dropped off at the repair shop. The incident was documented and the victim was instructed on how to obtain new tags.

January 5th:

4200 block of 28th Street: Stolen vehicle – 8:45am. The owner of a 2000 Ford work van told officers that sometime prior to his call to police someone stole his van from his driveway. A security video was available but the quality was such that no identification or other useful information could be observed. No evidence or witnesses were identified.

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, January 08, 2014

Police Report: December 29 - January 4

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.

January 4th:

4200 block of Kaywood Drive: Domestic altercation – 3:10am. The female victim told officers that she had just had a physical altercation with her boyfriend and that he had hit her in the face causing a small cut to the corner of her mouth and had thrown her into a wall. The suspect stated that they had been mutual combatants. The victim said that the suspect was leaving, never to return again, that she was not in fear of him and her injuries were minor. The suspect agreed to pay for damages done to the wall. The suspect was advised that should he return to the apartment he was subject to arrest for trespassing. The victim was advised of her options with a District Court Commissioner.

January 3rd:

2900 block of Arundel Road: M/V collision – 2am. Officers on patrol discovered a disabled 2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser. Upon further investigation it was learned that the vehicle’s axel broke resulting in a collision with a parked 2004 Ford F-150 truck. The driver attempted to get a tow truck to the location and leave the scene without reporting the incident. Officers wrote a collision report, issued the driver the appropriate traffic citations and released him and his vehicle. 

3200 block of Queenstown Drive: Criminal citation – 6:25pm. Officers were called by a father who reported that his adult son had not taken his medication and was causing a disturbance in their home. Further investigation revealed that the son’s medicine bottles contained marijuana instead of his prescribed medication. The son was arrested, charged with possession of marijuana, processed at DOC and released.

January 2nd:

4500 block of 31st Street: Death report – 4pm. Officers responded to assist fire/rescue personnel with an unresponsive man. Medics were unable to revive the man and he was pronounced dead on the scene. The man’s wife told officers that she left home at about noon to run errands and when she returned she found her husband unconscious and called medics. The medical examiner released the body on scene and ruled the probable cause of death to be a heart attack.

3200 block of Queenstown Drive: Citizen robbery – 4:50pm. Officers spoke with a juvenile male who told them that he was walking home from school when he was accosted by three other juvenile males. The three other males went through the victim’s pockets and stole his iPod. A witness saw the incident in progress and when he yelled at the three suspects they all fled the scene. Officers were able to identify and arrest two of the three suspects. They were charged with strong armed robbery and released to relatives pending Juvenile Court action.

3100 block of Chillum Road: Criminal citation – 9:40pm. Officers responded for the report of the odor of marijuana coming from inside a vehicle. When the officers arrived they found the vehicle in question and observed two females in the back seat smoking marijuana. Both women were arrested, processed at DOC, issued criminal citations for the violation and released.

January 1st:

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: 2nd degree assault – 12:20am. Officers responded for the report of a domestic disturbance. When the officers arrived they learned that a man had physically assaulted a female. The victim and her friends both said that the victim would likely be assaulted again once the officers left. The assailant was arrested, charged with 2nd degree assault and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

3300 block of Bunker Hill Road: Vandalism to auto – 12:15am. The owner of a 2004 Ford Explorer told officers that while she was attending a church service someone threw a large rock through her right rear door window. Nothing of value was taken from the vehicle. No evidence/witnesses were identified.

December 31st:

3300 block of Chillum Road (7-11): Trespassing – 5:20pm. Officers observed a man at the store to whom they had issued a loitering warning notice banning him from the property back on December 17th. He was arrested, charged with trespassing, processed at DOC and released. 

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Criminal citation (x2) – 2:35pm. Officers issued each of two men a criminal citation for possession of an open container of an alcoholic beverage in a public place.

4400 block of 34th Street: Traffic – 6:50pm. Officers stopped a 2002 Honda Civic for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that the driver only had a learner’s permit. He was issued several traffic citations and the vehicle was impounded.

December 30th:

4400 block of 30th Street: Criminal citation – 8:15am. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for possession of an open container of an alcoholic beverage in a public place.

4000 block of 30th Street: Stolen/recovered vehicle – 8:20pm. The owner of a 2010 Dodge Charger told officers that he met a woman on Eastern Avenue the evening of the 29th and invited her to spend the night with him and she agreed. The victim awoke this morning to discover that the woman and his car were gone. The victim was able to locate the vehicle on his own but did not have a second set of keys so he asked officers to impound it for safekeeping.

December 29th:

3000 block of Queens Chapel Road: Stolen auto – 11:50am. The owner of a 2005 GMC Yukon told officers that sometime between noon today and the time he called police someone stole his truck. No evidence/witnesses were identified.

4100 block of Russell Avenue: Property damage – 9pm. The owner of a 2003 Mitsubishi Gallant told officers that sometime between 6pm and the time she called police a large tree branch had fallen onto her car causing significant damage.

3409 Rhode Island Avenue: Commercial burglary – 9:25pm. Officers responded for an alarm off at the Mount Rainier Library. When they arrived they discovered that someone had removed a pane of glass from a rear window and made entry into the library. No one was found inside and officers believe that the audible alarm scared the suspect(s) out of the building. Nothing is believed to have been stolen.

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.

Police Report: December 22-28

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.

December 28th:

34th Street and Eastern Avenue: Traffic – 5:10pm. Officers stopped a 2000 GMC Yukon after they recognized the driver as a man they knew did not have a valid license. The officers verified that the man’s license status and issued him the appropriate citations. The vehicle was impounded for safekeeping.

3700 block of 34th Street: Theft from auto (supplement) – 5:20pm. Officers from the Metro Transit PD contacted MRPD and notified officers that they had recovered both tags that had been stolen off a 2009 Honda Civic on December 25th. The tags were recovered on Yost Place and 30th Street in NE DC. No arrests were made in conjunction with the recovery.

December 27th:

4600 block of 25th Street: Robbery – 1:25am. The victim told officers that he was walking toward his vehicle when suspects 1 and 2 approached, pointing black handguns at him and demanded his property. The victim complied and both suspects rummaged through his pockets and stole his money, cell phone and car keys. The suspects told the victim to get into their car at which time he began to fight both suspects and managed to get away on foot. The victim said he last saw the two suspects get into a silver Mercedes and drive off towards DC. Officers canvassed the area with the victim with negative results and when they took him back to his vehicle he discovered that it had been stolen. The victim suffered lacerations from the incident but refused treatment by fire/rescue personnel on the scene. The victim was transported to PGPD District I to be interviewed by robbery detectives. Suspect #1 was described as a black male; 5’6” tall; dark skin; medium build; wearing a black jacket and a gray baseball hat. Suspect #2 was described as a black male; 5’11” tall; brown skin; short hair; wearing a red jacket and dark pants.

3200 block of Chillum Road: Vehicle impound – 7:45am. Officers impounded a 1999 Nissan Altima for displaying registration plates that expired in July of 2012.

4100 block of 31st Street: Robbery – 11:30pm. The victim told officers that he was walking home when a 2- door dark in color vehicle approached him. Two black males, one armed with a handgun got out of the car and demanded the victim’s money. The victim attempted to flee on foot but was caught by the suspect a short distance away.  The suspect stole the victim’s jacket containing his cell phone and wallet before fleeing the scene Shepherd Street and then unknown. Officers investigating the incident suspect that the incident was drug related because the victim was not very cooperative and changed his story several times.

December 26th:

Nothing significant to report.

December 25th:

Chillum Road and Queens Chapel Road: Warrant service – 2:45am. Officers stopped a 1999 Lincoln Town Car for an equipment violation. Further investigation revealed that the driver had a suspended license and an open arrest warrant for failing to appear in court on a prior charge of driving without a license. He was issued the appropriate traffic citations, arrested on the warrant and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville. His vehicle was impounded for safekeeping.

4000 block of 33rd Street: Recovered stolen auto – 8:30am. Officers responded for a report of a suspicious vehicle that had been repeatedly coming and going from the block since about 5am. As officers approached the vehicle to investigate the complaint they checked the vehicles registration and discovered that it had been previously reported stolen from an address in DC. They also discovered a man in the passenger seat and the keys in the ignition. The man was arrested, charged with possession of stolen property and released to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville. The vehicle was impounded for safekeeping and MPD was notified of the recovery.

3300 block of Chauncey Place: Vandalism to auto – 7:40pm. The owner of a 2004 Toyota 4 Runner told officers that sometime between 6:40pm and the time he called police someone punctured the left rear tire of his vehicle. No witnesses or evidence were identified.

3700 block of 34th Street: Theft from auto – 8:30pm. The owner of a 2009 Honda Civic told officers that sometime between 3pm and the time he called police someone stole both registration plates off his vehicle. No witnesses or evidence was identified.

December 24th:

2200 block of Varnum Street: Vehicle impound – 8:30am. Officers patrolling with an automatic license plate reader received an alert on a 2003 Ford Explorer that had a suspended registration with a pick up order for the tags. After verifying the LPR’s information the officers seized the tags for return to MVA and impounded the vehicle for safekeeping.

December 23rd:

3500 block of Otis Street: Theft – 11:25am. The reporting person told officers that she cares for an elderly man who is not ambulatory and assists the man in purchasing medical supplies for his home care. She said that over the last couple of visits from home health care nurses and therapist between December 2nd and 23rd the supplies have been stolen. Officers are continuing to investigate the thefts at this time.

3400 block of Newton Street: Vehicle impound – 3:30pm. Officers patrolling with an automatic license plate reader received an alert on a 2006 Cadillac SRX that had a suspended registration with a pick up order for the tags. After verifying the LPR’s information the officers seized the tags for return to MVA and impounded the vehicle for safekeeping.

December 22nd:

34th Street and Rhode Island Avenue: Motor vehicle collision – 4:15am. Officers on patrol came upon a 2012 Toyota Camry that had crashed into the traffic circle. The driver had been taken to a local hospital for treatment of the non- life threatening injuries he sustained in the crash. The vehicle, which had major damage, was impounded for safekeeping. The driver was issued four traffic citations.

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, January 07, 2014

A Call for Centenarians

Do you know any Prince George's County residents who are 90 years old or better?

 

The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, Department of Parks and Recreation is collecting information about county residents who are ages 90 and older.  Special recognition will be given to centenarians - residents who are 100 years old and older - at a spring event. We need your help identifying Prince George's County residents ages 90 and above. If you know someone who resides in the county and is 90 years old or older (as of January 1, 2014), please share the information with us (no later than February 28, 2014).  

 

Just click here to fill out an online form. Your help is greatly appreciated!

 

Monday, January 06, 2014

Hypothermia Alert for Prince Georges County

Prince George's County Warming Centers and Winter Weather Tips

Prince George's County Office of Emergency Management advises citizens and residents of hazardous winter weather conditions.  With expected temperatures from the low teens to mid-20's, with 20 to 30 MPH wind gusts, residents are reminded to use caution.

·         Residents are encouraged to Stay Informed and utilize Notify Me Prince George's to receive updates regarding the weather.  Citizens can register by logging onto https://notifyme.princegeorgescountymd.gov/ or by texting 411912 to receive real-time notifications via registered mobile devices.

·         Prince George's County will also keep citizens updated through usage of its Office of Emergency Management Facebook, and Twitter account.  Residents should also monitor the weather through local media sources.

·         Residents are reminded to check on the elderly and those individuals with functional needs to make sure they are safe and warm.

·         Remember to call 911 only in cases of emergency.  Residents are encouraged to utilize Prince George's County's County Click 311 system to obtain information about public services or call 888-731-0999

For tips during freezing temperatures visit the Cold Weather Tip Center.

In Addition, the Office of Emergency Management (OEM) continues to monitor the weather conditions and power outages due to the extreme cold.  The OEM in collaboration with the Prince George's County Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission encourages residents without heat to utilize one of the following local warming centers

Please Click Here for more information.​​​

Wind Chill Advisory

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS ISSUED A WIND CHILL ADVISORY...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO 6 PM EST TUESDAY. 

  

* WIND CHILL...5 BELOW TO 15 BELOW ZERO.  

  

* TIMING...TONIGHT THROUGH TUESDAY. THE LOWEST WIND CHILLS ARE

  EXPECTED TO OCCUR AFTER MIDNIGHT TONIGHT THROUGH TUESDAY

  MORNING. 

  

* TEMPERATURES...FALLING INTO THE TEENS THIS EVENING...THEN LOWS

  IN THE SINGLE DIGITS TONIGHT AND HIGHS IN THE TEENS TUESDAY. 

  

* WINDS...WEST 15 TO 25 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 35 MPH. 

  

* IMPACTS...DANGEROUSLY LOW WIND CHILLS COULD THEN LEAD TO  

  FROSTBITE AND HYPOTHERMIA MONDAY EVENING THROUGH TUESDAY. 

  

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... 

A WIND CHILL ADVISORY MEANS THAT VERY COLD AIR AND STRONG WINDS WILL COMBINE TO GENERATE LOW WIND CHILLS. THIS WILL RESULT IN 

FROST BITE AND LEAD TO HYPOTHERMIA IF PRECAUTIONS ARE NOT TAKEN.  

IF YOU MUST VENTURE OUTDOORS...DRESS IN LAYERS AND WEAR A HAT AND GLOVES.