Thursday, October 18, 2012
The award was among $6.3 million given to Maryland's state and local governments by the U.S. Department of Justice.
Prince George's County has been awarded $432,311 in federal funding earmarked for violent crime reduction and other public safety activities, Sens. Barbara Mikulski and Ben Cardin announced Thursday. The U.S. Department of Justice grant is one in a $6.3 million bundle given to the state, county, and local governments of Maryland. The county's share will be used on crime prevention, community corrections, and technological improvements in four of its five public safety agencies. At the community level, Laurel was awarded $11,933 for electronic control devices and associated equipment for officers; Hyattsville, $11,143 for equipment and accessories; and Greenbelt, $15,442 for ruggedized mobile data computers. The grant funding is based on a …
Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Almost two-thirds of annual fireworks-related injuries happen in the 30 days centered on the 4th of July, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
Fireworks are a traditional part of 4th of July festivities—but can also be dangerous. Area firefighters have warned of the dangers of consumer fireworks and in Montgomery and Prince George's counties, consumer fireworks are illegal. A recently released study from the federal Consumer Product Safety Commission revealed that last year, 65 percent of all fireworks-related injuries in the U.S. occurred in the 30-day period centered on the 4th of July. About 46 percent of those injuries involved the hands, and 34 percent affected the head, face or eyes, the agency reported. Injuries to the eyes are particularly serious. According to Dr. Michael P. Grant, director of Oculoplastic Surgery and of the Eye and Orbital Trauma Center at Johns Hopkins…
Saturday, June 30, 2012
A Montgomery County resident was killed in the severe storm, authorities say.
A 71-year-old Montgomery County woman was found dead Saturday, the apparent victim of a tree that fell through the roof of her house and onto her bed during a severe storm. Montgomery County Police were investigating the discovery by Fire and Rescue workers who responded to a call for a tree downed on a home in Silver Spring. Rescue workers had to force themselves into a locked home on the 10000 block of Grant Avenue. Once inside, they discovered the woman's body, unresponsive, in a bedroom on the second floor of the house, according to police. Authorities said she was apparently killed by a large Maple tree falling through the roof of the building and onto her bed sometime during the night. Police will release more information on the …
Sunday, June 17, 2012
A Sunday evening fire caused $15,000 worth of damage, PGFD reports.
Six people are displaced following a Sunday evening fire inside a Chillum townhome, according to the Prince George's County Fire Department. Responders were called shortly after 5:30 p.m. to a mid-row townhome at 1830 Avondale Place, said Assistant Chief Ron Bridges, a PGFD spokesman. The blaze began as a kitchen fire, and the occupants of the home unsuccessfully attempted to put out the flame before calling for help, Bridges said. No one was injured, but the fire displaced six and caused $15,000 worth of damage, Bridges said.
Thursday, May 31, 2012
Five children, including a toddler, were injured Thursday night in a driveway of a Lewisdale home.
Update, 2:30 p.m. An 8-year-old girl has died from injuries she sustained after her mother drove an SUV over her and four other children in Lewisdale Thursday night. For breaking news updates follow Hyattsville Patch on Facebook and Twitter. According to Prince George’s County Police, the accident in the 2200 block of Hannon Street occurred at 8:47 p.m., when 33-year-old Maria Anna Cruz Lopez accidentally struck the five children, ranging in age from two to 11. Two of the children were her own, including the toddler, who had minor injuries, and Natalie Hernandez Cruz, 8, who has died. PGPD Spokeswoman Julie Parker said Friday that two county police officers were on scene around 8 p.m. when Lopez called to report a landlord-tenant dispute. …
Sunday, May 27, 2012
A roundup of news and information from around Prince George's County, MD.
A look at the stories that made the biggest splash this week around Prince George's County. DC Fire Lieutenant Charged With Stealing Hay From Upper Marlboro Man DC Fire and EMS Lt. Kellene Davis is facing charges after she allegedly attached a chain to a pickup truck, ripped off the doors of a shed, and stole almost 20 bales of hay in Upper Marlboro. If convicted, she faces up to 15 years in jail. Police Warn Residents to Look Out for Fake Lottery Scams A New Carrollton woman was reportedly conned into withdrawing $8,000 for someone claiming to be from Publishers Clearing House. Greenbelt Housing Co-op Passes Non-Smoking Directive GHI housing co-op members give their board the nod to come up with a proposal that would allow them to …
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Suspect wanted in connection with abduction and rape reported near West Hyattsville Metro Station.
The Hyattsville City Police Department has released a sketch of an unknown suspect wanted on charges of abduction and first-degree rape which occurred near the West Hyattsville Metro Station. Police described the suspect as a Hispanic man with a beige-almond complexion, standing approximately 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighing about 160 pounds. He was last seen wearing a shirt with red and white horizontal stripes, a tan jacket and dark pants. Police are encouraging anyone with information to contact Detective Truesdale at 301-429-5646. The Hyattsville City Police Department has warned residents to stay alert on the trails near the West Hyattsville Metro Station, where police have responded to three calls for rape, sexual assault and …
Monday, October 31, 2011
The new Nixle alert system replaces Hyattsville's Safe City system.
Missing out on the latest in police alerts from the Hyattsville Police Department? Well, now you can sign up for a Nixle account to get public safety alerts through text and email. Many neighboring jurisdictions also use the system and it replaces the city’s Safe City alert system. If you've already created a Nixle account just add the City of Hyattsville to your feed, and you'll get city news alerts too.