Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Deputies Arrest Attempted Murder Suspect/Close Five Warrants

Upper Marlboro, MD… The Sheriff’s warrant squad reported the arrest last Friday of Cynard Smith of Capitol Heights, MD, who was wanted for Attempted Murder.  Smith was wanted in connection with an incident that occurred on December 19th in Hyattsville, MD in which Smith is alleged to have beaten a female victim on or about her head and body with a hammer.

The victim, who was treated for multiple injuries, identified Smith as her attacker.

The warrant for his arrest, dated December 20, 2011, was issued at the request of Police District I detectives and included charges of Second Degree Attempted Murder, Attempted First Degree Assault, Second Degree Assault, Reckless Endangerment, and malicious destruction of property.

Smith’s arrest closes four additional open warrants for his arrest for second degree escape, violation of an exparte, and two separate warrants for telephone misuse.

The District I detective handling the case was notified of the arrest.

For more information in this case contact the Prince George’s County Sheriff’s Office Press Information Office at 301-780-2773

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

27th Annual Holiday Food Program “A Real Christmas Story.”

Upper Marlboro, MD…Sheriff High and the department heads from each of the Prince George’s County public safety agencies welcomed County Executive Rushern Baker and Mayor of Brentwood Roger Rudder to the official kickoff of the 27th Annual Holiday Food Basket Program, one of the largest projects of the county’s public safety agencies non-profit Public Safety Assistance Program.  The kickoff marks the beginning of days of delivering over 3,000 baskets to county families in need of assistance.
Tradition prevailed at this year’s kickoff of the Holiday Food Basket ceremony as dozens of sworn and civilian employees from public safety agencies and other departments started the day with Firefighter Thomas H. Smith’s “Hearty Fireman’s Breakfast” at the Bunker Hill Fire/EMS Station #855 in Brentwood, MD.
Bill Milligan, Executive Director of the Public Safety Assistance Program, began the ceremony on the Fire Station ground floor where employees and supporters were surrounded by hundreds of boxes ready for packing and delivery.
Sheriff Melvin C. High who serves as this year’s President of the Public Safety Assistance Program Board, which is comprised of public agency heads and employees, spoke about giving in his opening remarks saying, “What we all know about giving is that the great joy of giving is the very act itself, for its ability to uplift the giver as well as those to whom the giver has the privilege of giving.”
County Executive Baker thanked everyone for their generosity and for their commitment to the work it takes to make the program successful.  Remembering that the 2010 Holiday Food Basket kickoff was one of the first public events he attended, the County Executive said, “ I recognize that an enormous amount of work goes into getting these baskets ready for delivery to those in need.  I appreciate efforts of our public safety employees to make this special program happen.  There are so many families that are grateful for the joy that these baskets will bring.”
Sheriff High introduced the members of the Board, including Vice Chair, Fire/EMS Chief Bashoor and other board members, including Deputy Chief Administrative Officer (DCAO) for Public Safety Barry Stanton, Police Chief Mark Magaw, Department of Corrections Director Mary Lou McDonough and Director of Homeland security Brian Moe.  DCAO Stanton and Chief Bashoor recognized Bill Milligan for his commitment to the program and thanked companies for their contributions, as well as public safety employees who volunteer each year.
Milligan recognized a number of companies who helped the Food Basket Program overcome the challenges presented by the late summer floods which damaged and destroyed approximately $15,000 of canned and non-perishable foods, food collection barrels and equipment that the program uses as it begins each New Year.
Sheriff High also talked about the challenges presented by the floods saying that the Board members put their heads together and agreed to ask members of each agency to help close the gap left by the floods with an in-house campaign.  High said that as a result of the great partnerships Milligan has built over the years many of them stepped forward to help so that the collection barrels, pallets and equipment were quickly replaced.
“It’s a real Christmas story,” said Sheriff High. “To date, the in-house campaign has raised $9,288, our partners in the media helped us share the story about our loss, and many of our partners gave us even more.”
The following organizations were recognized for their generosity: Banks Foundation – Scott Management, Bunker Hill Fire Station #855, Costco, DC Venture’s, Inc., Deputy Sheriff’s Association of Prince George’s County, Inc., Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #89, Inc., GenOn Energy, Inc., International Assoc. of Machinists & Aerospace Workers, NAI the Michael Companies, Inc., Pepsi Bottling Company, Prince George’s Community Federal Credit Union, Prince George’s County Alumni Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Prince George’s Association of Realtors, Inc., The Roof Center, Safeway, Sam’s Club, Sigma Space, Washington Redskins, Watkins Park Festival of Lights.

For more information contact Cpl. William Milam from the Prince George’s County Sheriff’s Office Press Information Office at 301-780-2773

Monday, December 12, 2011

Suspect Arrested for Sexual Abuse of Minor from 2009

Upper Marlboro, Md… The Prince George’s County Sheriff’s Warrant Squad reported the arrest of Jose Santos Amaya Portillo who was wanted for a Sexual Abuse of a Minor warrant issued by County Police in November of 2009. Portillo was also wanted for a Violation of a Protection Order warrant issued in July 2009. According to the statement of charges, Portillo is alleged to have sexually abused an eight year old girl in July of 2009.

The Cameron County Sheriff’s Department of Olmito, Texas notified the Sheriff’s Warrant Squad that they had Portillo in custody. Sheriff’s deputies brought him back to the County on December 9, 2011;    he was turned over to the County Police, Criminal Investigations Division (CID) detectives.

For more information, contact the Prince George’s County Sheriff Press Information Office at 301-780-2773. 

Sheriff’s Office Partners with Leadership Prince George’s Inc. For Christmas Food Basket Program

Prince George’s County, Md…Chief Assistant Sheriff Darrin Palmer attended a holiday event with the members of Leadership Prince George’s, Inc., who donated canned and non-perishable food items in support of the Public Safety Assistance Christmas Food Basket Program. Leadership Prince George’s, Inc., (LPG) is a program that supports bringing leaders and citizens of Prince George’s County together to build and strengthen community needs.

Since 1985 the organization has been dedicated to enlightening citizens about area needs within the county.
Marva Jo Camp, Esq., the LPG Chair said, “Leadership Prince George’s is committed to improving the County by bringing leaders together to share ideas and work for the common good.  This is one example that demonstrates the individual leaders’ outreach and willingness to give back. 

We were pleased to partner with the Public Safety Assistance Program to support their work for deserving families in Prince George’s County.” The Food Basket Program lost over $15,000 of canned and non perishable food items as a result of flooding of the County Warehouse earlier this year. Collection barrels are placed throughout Prince George’s County buildings to include all Public Safety Agency locations.

For more information, contact the Prince George’s County Sheriff Press Information Office at

Sheriff’s Deputies Support 8th Annual Santa with a Badge Program

Upper Marlboro, MD…Thirty-two Sheriff’s Deputies and Explorers joined the Santa with a Badge Program on Saturday December 3, 2011.  The Sheriff’s Office has participated in the program for 8 years along with law enforcement officers throughout Prince George’s County. The program, started in 2003 by Cpl. Michael Rudinski of the Hyattsville City Police Department, has developed partnerships with local elementary schools and organizations who give deserving children from families in need a chance to go shopping during the holiday season. 

Eighty-seven children received $100 gift cards from Target and/or the Mall at Prince George’s.  Each child was accompanied by deputies and officers from the Sheriff’s Office, Maryland Park Police, Cheverly Police Department, Laurel Police Department and numerous other municipal agencies.

Chief Assistant Sheriff Darrin Palmer stated “We are glad to support such a wonderful program each year. It’s a pleasure to know so many young lives were touched.” Among the children served this year was Janiya Randall surviving daughter of slain Sheriff Explorer Wynetta Wright. “This is the first holiday season Janiya Randall will spend without her mother and sister. The Office of the Sheriff will continue our support of the Wright family.”

For more information, contact the Prince George’s County Sheriff Press Information Office at


Monday, December 5, 2011

Annual Holiday Food Basket Program Celebrates 27th Consecutive Year

Prince George’s County, Maryland… The public safety agencies of Prince George’s County will have breakfast and hold a press conference to mark the official kickoff of the Annual Holiday Food Basket Program to benefit needy families in Prince George’s County. Celebrating its 27th consecutive year, agency heads and personnel from the Office of the Sheriff, the Police Department, the Fire/EMS Department, Department of Corrections, Public Safety Communications and the Office of Homeland Security will be on hand to fill the official first baskets that begin the month-long process of preparing and delivering food baskets to county families.
What:  Breakfast/ Press Conference-Kickoff of the  27th  Annual Holiday Food Basket Program
Who:    Executive Director Public Safety Assistance Fund; Directors of the County Public Safety Agencies, County Officials, other supporters, citizens and residents.
When:  Monday, December 19, 2011
7:30 a.m.  Join us for the best breakfast in town – the “Hearty  Fireman’s Breakfast.”
9:00 a.m.  Press Conference with Directors of the Public  Safety Agencies,County Officials/Executive Director of the Public Safety Assistance Program
 10:00 a.m. Santa is escorted to the Emerson House to visit with  seniors.
   11:00a.m. Santa visits Riverdale Elementary School
Where: Bunker Hill Fire/EMS Station #855 at 3716 Rhode Island Avenue, Brentwood, MD 20722

Please join us and enjoy the day.  Join us and see how YOU helped us recover from the flood!

For more information, contact the Prince George’s County Sheriff Press Information Office at              301-780-2773. 

Thirteen Arrests Close Eighteen Warrants in Sheriff’s Warrant Sweep

Prince George’s County, MD…Sheriff’s Warrant Squad conducted a warrant sweep on             December 1, 2011 in the Glassmanor neighborhood of Oxon Hill, MD. The Warrant Squad operation supports a focus by County Police on crime in the area. Thirteen arrests were made to close eighteen warrants.

Two individuals wanted by County Police were among those arrested. Alexander Ireland was arrested for Violation of Probation for Burglary 1st Degree on a warrant issued November 3, 2011 and an Assault 2nd Degree charge on a warrant issued September 29, 2011. Ricardo Harris was arrested for 1st Degree Assault on a warrant issued on August 30, 2011.

An additional fifteen warrants were closed with the arrest of eleven other individuals with outstanding warrants for drug possession, assault, theft, and motor vehicle violations.

For more information, contact the Prince George’s County Sheriff Press Information Office at 301-780-2773.  


Sheriff/NAIFA Continue “Teddy Bear” Partnership

Upper Marlboro, Maryland…Sheriff Melvin C. High accepted over 100 Teddy Bears from the Prince George’s County chapter of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA) at a breakfast meeting last week at the Woodmore Country Club in Mitchellville, MD.  The Teddy Bears will be used by Sheriff’s deputies to comfort small children they come in contact with, primarily, in responding to domestic violence calls.

“Children are often frightened and confused in these situations because they don’t know what’s going on,” said Chief Assistant Sheriff Darrin Palmer, who has partnered with NAIFA over the last ten years. “Something as small as a teddy bear, a smile and a comforting word from our deputies can mean the world to a frightened child.”

The Prince George’s NAIFA chapter started the Teddy Bear drive over thirteen years ago as a community partnership with law enforcement.
Jeannette Jordan, president of the Prince George’s County NAIFA chapter said, “NAIFA is committed to being a partner in the community and our members really enjoy the Teddy Bear drive because we know that children are deeply affected by domestic violence. We also know that Teddy Bears can be magic for children and something to hold on to.”

Sheriff High thanked the NAIFA members for their support for victims of domestic violence. “In a world where the business of life and work command so much of our attention, I so appreciate NAIFA and its’ members continuing to support families and children affected by domestic violence. I look forward to our continuing to work together.”

For more information, contact the Prince George’s County Sheriff Press Information Office at 301-780-2773.