Tuesday, May 14, 2013
The residents thanked the Prince George's County firefighters for watching their dog during an emergency.
A call for a gas leak turned into an unlikely adventure in dogsitting for some Prince George's County firefighters, according to a fire spokesman. On May 9, county firefighters responded to a call for a natural gas leak in the 7000 block of Berkshire Drive in Camp Springs, spokesman Mark Brady reported, after a gas line was struck and broken by a WSSC contractor. Several homes were evacuated after a strong gas odor wafted through the air, Brady said, but when firefighters approached the home closest to the leak—there was no response at the door. The firefighters broke in triggering the homeowners' alarm and found a dog, Duffy. When one of the homeowners received a call about a "break-in" and then learned of the gas leak, he went home, …
The 30-year-old is the newest and youngest pilot-in-command for Prince George's County police.
Cpl. Ben Conner is Prince George's County police's newest Pilot-in-Command and he's only 30. According to the county's police department, Conner is the force's youngest pilot-in-command as of May 8, when he completed nine months of intensive training. He always had an interest in flying, the department reported, and he was given his first familiarization flight by the PGPD Cpl. Steve Grimes when he was only 16. Conner earned his fixed wing license in Bowie and was an instructor for years, before he joined the US Army Reserves in 2009. He is a 7-year veteran of the force and is currently assigned to the Special Operations Division’s Aviation Section.
Sunday, May 12, 2013
Authorities described the incident as a possible suicide.
Update 6:25 p.m.: WBAL reports that all lanes on northbound Interstate 95 have reopened. Update: 4:05 p.m.: One lane is getting by on the left shoulder of northbound Interstate 95 at Brooklyn Bridge Road in Laurel Sunday afternoon due to a Maryland State Police investigation, said Cpl. Robert L. Payne, a state police spokesman. No further information was immediately available. State police will have more information on their investigation later this afternoon, Payne said. Original post, 3:50 p.m.: Northbound Interstate 95 is closed at Brooklyn Bridge Road in Laurel while police investigate a possible suicide, Prince George’s County Fire/EMS spokesman Mark Brady said via Twitter. “PGFD & @HCDFRS handling a possible incident of suicide. A …
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Sunday, May 12
By Patch Staff Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown Kicks Off Gubernatorial Bid In a speech highlighting his military and government service, Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown announced in his home county of Prince George's Friday night that he is running for governor of Maryland in the November 2014 election. Dan Bongino’s Home Burglarized Wednesday Night While Family Slept A spokeswoman says computers, purses and a wallet were taken from the Severna Park home of Bongino, the former Secret Service agent who ran for U.S. Senate in 2012. Report: Anne Arundel County Top in State for Generating Tourism Money The county saw a more than 7 percent increase in money from tourism between 2010 and 2011, according to a new report. Businesses Look to Marketplace Fairness…
Friday, May 10, 2013
There have been 10 reports of overheating, but no reports of fires, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
Family Dollar Stores have issued a recall of Optimus Tower Quartz Heaters because of 10 reports of overheating, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSP). There have been some reports of temperature knobs melting but no reports of fires, injuries or property damage, CPSC reports. The heaters were sold exclusively at Family Dollar Stores from September 2012 through December 2012 for about $35. CPSP gives the following description of the recalled heaters: Optimus Tower Quartz Heaters are portable electric tower heaters that are about 10 inches wide, 25 inches tall and 9 inches deep. The heaters have a white metal casing with a white plastic top, a wire cage protecting the heating elements and vent slits at the bottom. The …
A summary of incidents from April 21-May 6.
Below is a rundown of notable police responses from the past few weeks in Riverdale Park and East Riverdale (via Crime Reports). The log includes a report of vandalism on Patterson Road and an assault on Madison Street. RIVERDALE PARK (Riverdale Park Police Department) EAST RIVERDALE (Prince George's County Police Department)
Monday, May 6, 2013
The Prince George's County Police participated in Project SOLO and Operation Road Runner over the weekend.
Ten drivers were arrested and charged with DUIs over the weekend, when Prince George's County police participated in Project Saving Our Loved Ones (SOLO) over the weekend. Officers focused their enforcement along Rt. 193, Baltimore Avenue, Kenilworth Avenue and Riggs Road, according to the department's blog. There were more than 170 traffic stops and officers also issued 190 citations in addition to the arrests on Saturday. On Sunday, the department's Special Operations Division's Traffic Enforcement Section and Aviation Unit participated in "Operation Road Runner"—which targets speeding motorcyclists. Officers pulled over 40 motorcyclists and issued 45 citations. One driver was arrested and his bike was impounded after he tried to flee…
The legislation restricts people from pointing lasers at aircraft.
A flight crew from Prince George's County Police Department has been "instrumental" in helping pass a Senate bill that was later signed into law on May 2. According to the PGPD, Cpl. Todd Dolihite and Cpl. Christopher Elrod—pilots on PGPD's aviation unit—helped Maryland senators pass a bill that would "make it a crime to knowingly and willfully shine, point, or focus the beam of a laser pointer on a pilot operating an aircraft." The pilots suffered serious injuries to their eyes on Jan. 8, 2013, after they were blinded by a commercial grade laser, according to police. The suspect in that case was convicted of assault and served 20 days in the Upper Marlboro Detention Center. Dolihite and Elrod testified earlier this spring in favor of the …
Sunday, May 5, 2013
Want to be more informed about what goes on in your neighborhood? Maryland made big news this week. Will the death penalty repeal stick? Will Walmart come to Aspen Hill? Find out more state news in one click on Patch.
By Patch Staff A robbery stuns Cartier shoppers on a quiet mid-morning, an investigation into a county police force and just one question: Which Maryland county has a lot of "excessive drinkers?" Headlines from 48 Patch sites across Maryland: Gov. O'Malley Signs Law to Take Away Death Penalty, Politicians Move to Bring it Back Maryland is now the 18th state to abolish the death penalty but a bipartisan group of elected officials says the threat of terrorism is an incentive to reverse that move. Del. Ron George to Make Bid for Governor's Office Del. Ron George, an Anne Arundel County Republican, says he plans to start campaigning in June for the 2014 race. Columbia Native Jayson Blair Reflects on Resignation from New York Times "I'm …
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Drop by the Branchville Volunteer Fire Department from 4-7 p.m.
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Wednesday, May 1
From the Prince George's County Police Department: Attention parents and guardians: at a recent child car seat check in Prince George’s County, technicians found that 100 percent of the car seats inspected were improperly installed. The Prince George’s County Police Department is committed to ensuring all children travel safely on our roads. That’s why the PGPD and the Prince George’s Community Federal Credit Union will hold another car seat check this Wednesday. The event is free and open to the public. Certified car seat technicians will ensure that car seats and boosters are properly installed. All cars seats must be installed upon arrival. Appointments are not necessary. Each car seat check takes about 30 minutes. If possible, please …