Thursday, January 31, 2013
Federal prosecutors say Xavier Eccleston, 35, distributed crack and powder cocaine he bought in Prince George's County.
A Bethesda man has been sentenced to more than 17 years in prison for dealing powder and crack cocaine that he bought in Prince George's County, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Maryland. Federal prosecutors said Xavier Eccleston, 35, re-distributed between 500 grams and five kilograms of powder cocaine and 28 grams of crack cocaine per month between June 2010 and September 2011. Eccleston bought the drugs from suppliers in Prince George’s County, including from a Landover crack house, according to the release. Eccleston sometimes arranged the drug deals over the phone, prosecutors said. A federal judge found that Eccleston obstructed justice, according to the release, after a witness …
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Ken Ulman dropped by Landover Wednesday to satisfy a bet with his Prince George's County equal.
Howard County Executive Ken Ulman dropped by Landover on Wednesday to pick up roadside trash in a Redskins jersey, fulfilling the terms of a wager with Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker. The two top officials had placed a friendly bet on Sunday's matchup between the Baltimore Ravens and the Washington Redskins. Ulman, a diehard Ravens fan, lost out when Baltimore fell to the 'Skins 31-28 in overtime. Baker, ever the gracious victor, invited Ulman earlier this week to meet him at the Prince George's County Sports & Learning Complex in the shadow of FedEx Field. Though Ulman arrived sporting purple, he soon found himself clad in the burgundy-and-gold jersey of rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III. After some friendly trash talk…
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Police believe the same pair has held up stores in East Riverdale, Suitland, and Landover in the past month.
Prince George's County police have released a video from last week's stickup at East Pines Liquor Store in East Riverdale—one in an apparent string of local robberies. The incident occurred on Sept. 25 at around 7:20 a.m. As seen in the video, two suspects allegedly entered the store and pulled a gun on the employees. After restraining them, police said the pair stole cash from the register and fled the scene. Similar robberies occurred on Sept. 22 at Base Liquors in Suitland and on Sept. 4 at David's Liquors in Landover. In one instance, a suspected getaway vehicle was spotted. Police described it as a white SUV that might be bearing temporary Maryland license plates. The driver was identified as a black woman wearing a white shower cap …
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
'It was a sight that would catch anyone’s eye,' police wrote.
A man lugging a five-gallon water jug full of coins and bills dropped the jug as police approached but failed to elude officers and is now charged with housebreaking, according to Prince George's County Police. Authorities said an officer first spotted the man walking with the jug around 1 p.m. in the 1700 block of Countrywood Ct. in Landover. "It was a sight that would catch anyone’s eye," the PGPD wrote in a statement. When the officer approached the suspect—identified as Demetrius Jerome Coles, 19, of Capitol Heights—he allegedly dropped the jug and ran. Coles was later spotted and detained near a wooded area after a short foot pursuit, police said. Officers also recovered a flatscreen TV from the surrounding woods and noticed that the …
Monday, May 21, 2012
The K-8 charter school will leave its home on Riverdale Road before the fall.
Riverdale's EXCEL Academy Public Charter School will move a facility in Landover next fall following a vote by the Prince George's County school board, the Gazette reports. On Thursday, board members unanimously approved a lease agreement with the K-8 charter school for the building once occupied by Matthew Henson Elementary, which closed in 2009. Officials said the move will provide EXCEL's 300-plus students with more space and better amenities at a lower cost, the Gazette writes. The academy currently leases the former home of St. Bernard's Catholic School from the Archdiocese of Washington. Read the full story here (and check out our interview from last year with EXCEL Academy principal Diane Kanu).