Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Police pursued two men from the D section to the P section on Monday, resulting in the temporary lockdown of one elementary school.
Two men are facing criminal charges after being caught burglarizing a home and leading authorities on a foot pursuit through Bowie, according to a police report. Police dispatch received a call around 12:30 p.m. Monday from the victim, who reported that she could hear two suspects in her home talking to each other. The 35-year-old woman locked herself in the bedroom of her home on Dalebrooke Drive and waited for police. According to dispatcher, who was still on the phone with the victim, officers arrived at the home just as the suspects were trying to get into the bedroom where the woman had locked herself. Police checked the outside of the home and found a window open in the back. One officer saw someone throw a pair of shoes out of the …
Monday, May 20, 2013
The students were in no immediate danger, according to police.
Pointer Ridge Elementary School was placed on lockdown Monday afternoon as police chased a breaking-and-entering suspect through the P section, according to Bowie police. Police responded to a residential break-in in the D section Monday afternoon and found two suspects at the scene. According to Deputy Police Chief Dwayne Preston, officers were able to arrest one suspect while the second suspect fled on foot. The foot pursuit went all the way from D section and into the P section, where Pointer Ridge Elementary is located. Authorities decided to place the school on lockdown as a precautionary measure while police looked for the suspect, though students were not in any immediate danger, Preston said. The Pointer Ridge PTA sent an email …
Prince George's County police said Friday, the men targeted homes in Oxon Hill and Fort Washington.
Three men were arrested and charged in a burglary spree that targeted more than 50 homes across Prince George's County, according to the county police department. Anthony Nyrekie Edwards, 40, of the 2400 block of Owens Road in Oxon Hill was arrested along with David Benjamin Neal, 24, of the 2300 block of Owens Road and Jamal Cooke, 21, of the 2300 block of Owens Road. The suspects went to homes in Oxon Hill and Fort Washington taking weapons, computers, jewelry, televisions and other personal belongings, police reported. They even reportedly stole a safe with valuables worth nearly $70,000. Police said a resident helped them identify the suspects by providing a license plate number for a suspect's vehicle. Edwards and Neal are in the …
Sunday, May 19, 2013
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Sunday, May 19
By Patch Staff It was a big news week in Maryland last week, with a visit by the first lady, a commuter nightmare in Montgomery and a heads up for a sixth casino in the state. All the headlines from 48 Patch sites across Maryland: Berliner Calls for Better Electricity Service with 'Utility 2.0' Montgomery County Council Member Roger Berliner asked the Maryland Public Service Commission to require that substantial changes be made to electricity services in the state. Meanwhile, Pepco is asking for permission to raise rates. Michelle Obama to Bowie State Grads: It's Time to Feel Hungry Again In a speech rich with historical references, the first lady reminded the BSU class of 2013 why education is important. Report: Quince Orchard Students…
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Three companies submitted their bids Friday.
The Prince George's County commission tasked to determine which location would be best for a new casino will have to weigh three options after three companies placed bids for three different locations. County Executive Rushern L. Baker III recently told a Washington Business Journal reporter that he preferred MGM's plan at The National Harbor located in Oxon Hill on the Potomac. However, two other bidders—Greenwood Racing, Inc. and Penn National—have also pitched two other locations. Penn National would want their casino as the Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, while Greenwood Racing, Inc. picked an abandoned lot in Fort Washington. So what do you think? Take our poll below and tell us in the comments why you prefer one location over …
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Trevin Drew Coleman, 18, is facing numerous charges after he allegedly crashed a stolen car into a traffic signal in Bowie last week.
A Bowie man is facing numerous charges after he allegedly led police on a high-speed chase through Bowie last week, crashed a stolen car, and then fled on foot before finally being located by officers in WalMart later that same day. Bowie police officers give this account of the incident: At around 5 a.m. on May 11, during a routine patrol, a Bowie police officer saw a green Buick LeSabre driving on the wrong side of Mitchellville Road near Harbor Way. The officer began following the car, which was described as “driving at a high rate of speed,” when the car sped through a steady red traffic signal at Mitchellville Road and Harbor Way. The officer attempted to pull over the car, but the driver would not stop and continued speeding down …
Using red light and speed cameras, targeted stings and other methods, police departments and municipalities hope to prevent pedestrian-related accidents, after a number of fatalities.
Pedestrian-related accidents have seen an unfortunate increase recently, particularly in Montgomery County. There have been 14 pedestrian accidents just this year, five of which resulted in fatalities. There was even one incident in Bethesda where a car struck an infant in a stroller being pushed across a crosswalk. “We, the parents of students attending Bethesda Elementary School, are horrified by the number of traffic accidents and near-accidents in and around downtown Bethesda,” said an online petition launched by Bethesda elementary school parents. “The safety of this walkable haven is at risk.” While there haven’t been as many pedestrian-related deaths in Prince George’s County this year, College Park officials recognize that …
Since 2011, 25 people in the two counties have died in pedestrian accidents. Here is more information on when and where each of these accidents occurred.
Here is a map of the speed camera locations found throughout Prince George's County.
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, …