Monday, May 20, 2013
The men targeted homes in Oxon Hill and Fort Washington.
Police say three men have been charged in a burglary spree that targeted more than 50 homes across Prince George's County. 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, according to Prince George's County Police. At one point they 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 custody …
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
After an extensive search, police discovered that the girl had spent the night at her school.
Authorities say Jeanne Bioj, a 9-year-old Laurel girl who was reported missing Tuesday night, has been found safe and sound after an extensive search. According to Laurel spokesman Pete Piringer, Bioj was found by a detective around 7:30 a.m. in the cafeteria of Scotchtown Hills Elementary, where she is a fourth grader. Family notified Laurel police that she was missing around 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, Piringer said, prompting police to deploy significant resources. Authorities worked through the night contacting friends and famiy and searching the area. Bloohounds were sent into action, and a scent trail was located on Millbrook Lane. Aviation support was also requested from Howard County policet. The Chesapeake Search & Rescue Team and a …
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
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.
Monday, May 13, 2013
The suspect, 59-year-old Ronnie Lee Rainey, was taken into custody after briefly barricading himself in his home.
WEST LAUREL, MD -- Authorities say two women were killed in a West Laurel home Monday morning while two others—including the apparent shooter's teenaged son—survived by fleeing a hail of gunfire. Ronnie Lee Rainey, 59, has been charged with of two counts of first degree murder and two counts of attempted murder. He was taken into custody Monday morning by Prince George's County police. Investigators believe Rainey fatally shot Lisa Renee Rainey, 50—his wife—and Ariale Chantre Shelton, 27—his stepdaughter—at the home they shared in 16100 block of Malcolm Drive in West Laurel. Both were reportedly found dead at that address. Authorities first became aware of the shootings around 10 a.m. when Rainey placed a call to 911, according to PGPD …
Friday, May 10, 2013
Morris, who was from Laurel, will be honored with a memorial bike ride.
Law Enforcement United will honor a fallen county police officer in a memorial bike ride along the Mid-Atlantic region Sunday. According to the county's police department, the members of Law Enforcement United get together ever year for a bike ride to honor the service and sacrifice of fallen officers and their families. The group will stop by the Prince George’s County Police Department’s District II station at 9 a.m. to honor POFC Adrian Morris who lost his life in the line of duty in August 2012. Morris, 23, of Laurel, and his partner, Ofc. Michael Risher, were attempting to capture two men believed involved in stealing purses from gas stations around Laurel. Risher was injured, but survived. He was only with the force for two and a …
Thursday, May 9, 2013
Police are still working to identify a suspect and motive in last week's incident.
A reward of up to $25,000 is being offered for information leading to an arrest in the twin killings of Tina Lynn Towler and James Vell Ferguson, the South Laurel couple found slain in their apartment last Thursday. According to police, a nurse who cares for Towler's severely disabled daughter discovered their bodies when she arrived at their home in the 9600 block of Muirkirk Road that morning. Towler, 45, and Ferguson, 42, were both pronounced dead at the scene. The 25-year-old daughter, who suffers from paraplegia and cerebral palsy, was also found in the apartment. Though she was unharmed, authorities transported her to a nearby hospital for observation. Prince George's County Police are still working to identify a suspect and motive …
Monday, May 6, 2013
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 …
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Drop by the Branchville Volunteer Fire Department from 4-7 p.m.
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 …
Monday, April 29, 2013
The officer reportedly flipped his marked SUV and struck a lamppost Monday morning.
The Prince George's County Police Department is investigating a crash involving one of its own officers early Monday morning in South Laurel. According to police, officers responded to the scene of an accident on Baltimore Avenue and Contee Road around 2 a.m. A county police officer driving a marked SUV reportedly hit a curb while trying to turn onto Contee Road. The SUV flipped over and crashed into a lamppost, police said, which in turn landed on several parked cars. Speed and weather may have been factors in the accident, according to the department's initial investigation. The officer, a two-year veteran, has been treated and released from the hospital.
Friday, April 26, 2013
Residents can get rid of their unwanted or unused prescription medicines at local police stations.
As a part of a national initiative, Prince George's County Police and the Drug Enforcement Agency will be collecting expired, unwanted prescription drugs Saturday at some local police stations. This collection service is free and anonymous at the following location between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.: National Drug Take-Back Intiative addresses a public safety and public issue, according to a county police press release. "The DEA cites studies which show a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, often from a home medicine cabinet," the police stated. "In addition, many citizens do not know how to properly dispose of their unused medicine, often flushing them down the toilet or throwing them away – …