Monday, December 31, 2012

Deputies Close 3 Warrants with Arrest of Suspect for Violating Probation

Upper Marlboro, MD... The Warrant/Fugitive Division reported the arrest Thursday of Larry Williams on an arrest warrant for Violation of Probation (VOP) for Illegally Carrying a Handgun, issued by the Circuit Court for Prince George’s County on October 3, 2012.

Deputies investigating Williams’ whereabouts were led to a residence in the 7700 block of Finns Ln. in Lanham, MD, where he was located and apprehended. Williams also had separate warrants for Armed Robbery, obtained by the Bladensburg Police Department (BPD), and VOP from Baltimore County, MD.

Williams is charged with VOP and Armed Robbery. BPD detectives were notified of the arrest and Williams was transported to the Prince George’s County Department of Corrections, where he is being held without bond.

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

Deputies Close 4 Warrants with Arrest of Burglary Suspect

Deputies Close 4 Warrants with Arrest of Burglary Suspect

Upper Marlboro, MD… The Warrant/Fugitive Division reported the arrest Wednesday of Charles Beach Jr. on 4 separate arrest warrants issued December 6, 2012, for Failure to Appear in court for Burglary and Theft charges.
According to the warrants, Beach failed to appear in court after being charged with burglary and theft at three locations in Prince George’s County between July 30, 2011 and January 26, 2012. In each case, Beach allegedly broke into a location and stole money from the vending machines. Beach caused a total $2,400.00 in property damage and stole over $5,500.

Deputies investigating Beach’s whereabouts were led to 16000 block of Crain Hwy. in Brandywine, MD, where he was located. Beach attempted to elude deputies by trying to jump out of a window, but he was quickly apprehended.

Beach was transported to the Prince George’s County Department of Corrections - charged with Failure to Appear for Fourth Degree Burglary, Felony Theft and two counts of Misdemeanor Theft.

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

Thursday, December 20, 2012

28th Annual Holiday Food Basket Program Supports 3,000 Families


Upper Marlboro, MD…  Sheriff High, Board President of the Public Safety Assistance Program, Inc. board was joined by Vice President Fire/EMS Chief Marc S. Bashoor, department heads of each of the county’s public safety agencies and other board members for the official kickoff press conference of the 28th annual Holiday Food Basket Program last Monday.  The event marked the beginning of deliveries of over 3,000 food baskets to county families in need of assistance.

State Senator Victor Ramirez and Delegate Jolene Ivey joined dozens of sworn and civilian employees from public safety agencies and other departments to start the day with the tradition of  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. “We’ve already received 40,000 lbs of produce, 25,000 lbs of poultry, 20,000 canned and boxed goods, and 3,000 loaves of bread,” said Milligan.

Sheriff Melvin C. High, who is in the second year of a two-year term as President of the Public Safety Assistance Program Board told the story of how the Holiday Food Basket Program got

started when two law enforcement officers saw a man peeling leaves from a head of lettuce because he couldn’t afford the whole thing.  Their story found its way to the public safety agency heads who started the program.  Of the program’s twenty-eight years of growth and success, Sheriff high said, “Twenty-eight years is a long time…but what I believe the 28th anniversary reminds us is that right action and right thinking are what endure.” 

Sheriff High introduced the members of the Board, including Vice President, Fire/EMS Chief Bashoor, Deputy Chief Administrative Officer (DCAO) for Public Safety Barry Stanton, Police Chief Mark Magaw and Department of Corrections Director Mary Lou McDonough, and Director of Homeland Security Brian Moe, along with Treasurer Rhonda Jackson of Homeland Security.  Milligan recognized a number of companies who helped the Food Basket with donations of money and canned and non-perishable foods, food collection barrels and equipment that the program uses as it begins each New Year.

The following organizations were recognized for their generosity and contributions to date: Banks Foundation – Scott Management, Beacon Lights of Bladensburg PD, Bunker Hill Fire Station #855, Burris Logistics, Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association, Clinton CERT, DC Venture’s Inc., District Photo,  GenOn Energy Inc., International Assoc. of Machinists & Aerospace Workers, Mid Atlantic Carpenter’s Training Center, Pepsi Bottling Company,  Prince George’s Association of Realtors Inc., The Roof Center, Safeway, Washington Redskins, Watkins Park Festival of Lights, the Prince George’s County Sheriff, Fire, Police, Corrections, and Homeland Security Departments, Councilman Will Campos (2nd District), Councilman Eric Olsen (3rd District), Councilwoman Ingrid Turner (4th District), and Councilman Derrick Davis (6th District).

For more information, contact the Prince George’s County Sheriff’s Press Information Office at 301-780-2773.
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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Sheriff's Office and Transforming Neighborhood Initiative

Upper Marlboro, MD....Sheriff High joins County Executive Baker, Lt. Governor Anthony Brown and Police Chief Magaw at PGPD press conference to announce crime reduction and success of Transforming Neighborhood Initiative (TNI).






 


Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Chief Assistant Sheriff Palmer Continues “Teddy Bear” Partnership

Colonel Darrin C. Palmer, Chief Assistant Sheriff, accepted nearly 100 teddy bears from members of “Leadership Prince George’s,” at the organization’s annual Alumni Christmas Party, last Thursday at “Busboys and Poets” in New Carrolton, MD.
This is the second year that Leadership Prince George’s has partnered with the Sheriff’s Office to provide teddy bears, which are given to small children by deputy sheriffs, while at the scene of domestic violence calls for service. The partnership with Leadership Prince George’s is in addition to the partnership Colonel Palmer nourished with the Prince George’s Chapter of the National  Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA),which donated over 100 teddy bears to the Sheriff’s Office in November.
Colonel Palmer, a graduate of Leadership Prince George’s said, “These teddy bears can be a great help in bringing comfort and a sense of normalcy to a chaotic situation.”
For more information on the teddy bear partnership contact the Sheriff's Press Office at 301-780-2773.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Media Advisory: Law Enforcement Agencies 28th Annual Holiday Food Basket Program


Upper Marlboro, MD… On Monday, December 17, 2012 the Prince George’s County public safety agencies will have breakfast before a press conference to mark the official kickoff of the Annual Holiday Food Basket Program to benefit people in need within Prince George’s County.  Law Enforcement Officers from the Office of the Sheriff, along with the Fire Department, Police Department, Department of Corrections, and Office of Homeland Security, will fill the first baskets for delivery to families throughout the county.

What:  Breakfast / Press Conference
Who:   Prince George’s County Public Safety Agencies
When: Monday, December 17, 2012

             7:30a.m.         Breakfast (Upstairs in the Fire Station)
           
 9:00a.m.         Press Conference with Directors of the Public Safety Agencies, County Officials and Executive Director of Public Safety Assistance Program

 10:00 a.m.      Santa Claus is escorted to the Emerson House to visit with seniors

 11:00 a.m.      Santa visits Riverdale Elementary School

Where: Bunker Hill Fire/ EMS Station #855 at 3716 Rhode Island Avenue, Brentwood, MD 20722

Please join us.

For more information contact the Prince George’s County Office of the Sheriff’s Communications and Public Affairs Division at 301-780-8637.
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Monday, December 10, 2012

Sheriff’s Deputies Arrest Fraud – Felony Theft Suspect

Upper Marlboro, MD…  The Warrant/Fugitive Division reported the arrest Thursday of Bamikole Ibikunle on an arrest warrant for Fraud obtained by County Police CID detectives on November 20, 2012.

According to the warrant, Ibikunle facilitated two fraudulent purchases of high end video equipment, with a value of $8,170.00, from the business account of a victim. The warrant further states that Ibikunle attempted to purchase more than $50,000.00 of additional equipment using 11 stolen credit card numbers.

Deputies investigating Ibikunle’s whereabouts were led to the 6300 block of Landover Rd, in Cheverly, MD, where he was located and arrested without incident.

CID detectives were notified of the arrest and Ibikunle was transported to the Prince George’s County Department of Corrections – charged with Fraud, Illegal Use of Credit Card, Felony Theft, Theft Scheme, and Attempted Felony Theft.

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

  
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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Sheriff’s Deputies Arrest Felony Assault Suspect

Upper Marlboro, MD…  The Warrant/Fugitive Division reported the arrest yesterday of Wesley Delmar Bullock on an arrest warrant for First Degree Assault obtained by County Police District V detectives on November 22, 2012.

According to the warrant, Bullock and a male victim were riding together in a vehicle when they became engaged in a verbal argument.  The argument turned into a physical altercation, where Bullock punched the victim in the face and struck the victim in the head with a ball peen hammer.

Deputies investigating Bullock’s whereabouts were led to the 13800 block of Old Indian Head Road in Brandywine, MD, where he was located and apprehended without incident.

District V detectives were notified of the arrest and Bullock was transported to the Prince George’s County Department of Corrections where he is being held on a $75,000 bond.  Bullock is charged with First and Second Degree Assault. 

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

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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Sheriff’s Deputies Arrest Felony Assault Suspect

Upper Marlboro, MD…  The Warrant/Fugitive Division reported the arrest last Thursday of Kenneth Ferguson on an arrest warrant for First Degree Assault obtained by County Police District III detectives on November 20, 2012.

According to the warrant, Ferguson and another male suspect went to the 500 block of Cedarleaf Ave, in Capitol Heights, MD, and physically assaulted a male victim. During the assault, the male suspect accompanying Ferguson produced a handgun and shot the victim - both suspects subsequently fled the scene.

Deputies investigating Ferguson’s whereabouts were led to the 7200 block of Hylton St, in Capitol Heights, MD, where he was located and apprehended without incident.

District III detectives were notified of the arrest and Ferguson was transported to the Prince George’s County Department of Corrections – charged with First and Second Degree Assault, Use of a Firearm in the Commission of a Felony, Reckless Endangerment, Illegal Possession of a Handgun and Accessory Before and After the Fact. 

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



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Monday, December 3, 2012

Warrant Division Arrests Armed Robbery Suspect


Upper Marlboro, MD… The Warrant/Fugitive Division reported the arrest Friday of Andrew Gray on an arrest warrant for Armed Robbery obtained by County Police District V detectives.

According to the warrant, on November 5, 2012, Gray and two other accomplices allegedly robbed a delivery man of food and $150.00 at gunpoint after ordering the delivery to a false address in Clinton, MD.

Deputies investigating Gray’s whereabouts were led to a location in Clinton where he was apprehended without incident.

Gray was transported to the Prince George’s County Department of Corrections where he is being charged with Armed Robbery, Robbery and Theft: Less than $1,000.00.

District V detectives were notified of his arrest.

For more information contact the Prince George’s County Office of the Sheriff’s Communications and Public Affairs Division at 301-780-8637.
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“The Fall -500”- A Second Notice to Resolve an Open Misdemeanor Warrant

Upper Marlboro, MD…   The Warrant/Fugitive division announced a new warrant reduction initiative aimed at lowering the number of open misdemeanor warrants. Entitled “The Fall – 500” the initiative involves mailing a second letter to 500 persons with open misdemeanor warrants issued in the last three years. The Office of the Sheriff as part of normal procedure already sends one letter to all persons with open misdemeanor warrants. With the  “The Fall 500” warrants, investigations uncovered a different address than on the original warrant and a second letter was mailed to the newly identified address to remind  the wanted person  that they have an open warrant and that they need to get it resolved.

“Twenty-six people have already turned themselves in as a result of receiving the letter,” said Acting Captain William Mints, Assistant Bureau Chief of Field Operations. “We are offering suspects with misdemeanor warrants a way to resolve these warrants on their own time, and with as little stress as possible. Including the 26 people who came forward, we’ve already closed 41 warrants. It’s a very low cost way to give people a chance to resolve an open matter. Who knows? They might have been in the middle of moving on the day they were supposed to appear in court.”

Lt. Col. Regina Taylor, Bureau Chief of Field Operations said the early results are a reminder that the address on a warrant isn’t always right and that’s where the investigative work comes in and plenty of investigative work went into the “Fall - 500.” “Warrant Division Deputies and Investigators have a knack for locating people; where the end result of the investigation is a letter and then a voluntary turn-in to close the warrant, everybody wins.”

While working this initiative, Lt. Col. Taylor says the Warrant Division has continued to focus on suspects wanted for numerous felony charges. Mailings for “The Fall – 500” warrants were mailed  out in phases beginning on October 15, 2012,  with each of the mailings giving the individual three weeks to respond before the Warrant Division attempts service. 

 "We will actively follow-up on each warrant, which for some will mean a knock on the door and physical arrest.  We want recipients of these letters to take them seriously.  Even if the letter is received at a family member's house, with the Office of the Sheriff return address on the letter, we hope that family member will contact the recipient.  Ideally, everyone will turn themselves in and avoid the second option," Mints added.

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

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