Prince George’s News

Prince George’s County Police Investigating Fatal Pedestrian Hit-and-Run in Brandywine

Prince George’s County Police Investigating Fatal Pedestrian Hit-and-Run in Brandywine

The Prince George’s County Police Department Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Unit is actively investigating a fatal pedestrian hit-and-run that occurred on Wednesday. The victim is identified as 38-year-old John Gullickson of Accokeek. On October 9, 2019, at approximately 6:20 am, a 911 caller reported seeing an unresponsive man on the ground near the roadway...
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Maryland Health Department Confirms First Flu Cases; Urges All Marylanders to Get Flu Shots

Maryland Health Department Confirms First Flu Cases; Urges All Marylanders to Get Flu Shots

The Maryland Department of Health (MDH) urges Marylanders to get vaccinated against influenza, as the flu season has already begun, with 11 laboratory confirmed cases identified since September 1. The majority of the cases so far have been subtyped as influenza A (H3N2), with a few classified as influenza B. The vaccine protects against...
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Prince George’s County Delegate Facing Federal Wire Fraud Charge

Prince George’s County Delegate Facing Federal Wire Fraud Charge

A federal criminal information was filed today charging Maryland State Delegate Tawanna P. Gaines, age 67, of Berwyn Heights, Maryland, with a federal wire fraud charge. An initial appearance and arraignment is expected to be scheduled later this week in U.S. District Court in Greenbelt. The indictment was announced by United States Attorney for...
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UPDATE: State Fire Marshal Investigating House Fire in Waldorf That Injured Eleven Fire Fighters

UPDATE: State Fire Marshal Investigating House Fire in Waldorf That Injured Eleven Fire Fighters

UPDATE 10/5/2019 @ 3:30 A.M.: On Friday, October 4, 2019, at approximately 4:50 p.m, firefighters from Waldorf and surrounding departments responded to 10386 Chamberlin Court East in Waldorf, for the reported structure fire. The incident is not suspicious in nature, and the cause is under investigation by the Office of the State Fire Marshal. The...
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State Fire Marshal Haunted House Safety Guidelines To Look Out For This Halloween

State Fire Marshal Haunted House Safety Guidelines To Look Out For This Halloween

Many Marylanders will enjoy a variety special amusement buildings to celebrate Halloween this October. It is important to keep in mind that these structures have unique fire safety requirements in order to create an enjoyable and safe environment for everyone. “Smoke machines, dim lighting, cramped corridors, and loud noises can create true terror for...
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Firefighters in Charles County Respond to Large Brush Fire in White Plains

Firefighters in Charles County Respond to Large Brush Fire in White Plains

On Wednesday, October 2, 2019, at approximately 6:35 p.m., firefighters from Waldorf and La Plata responded to the area of 10832 Willetts Crossing Road in White Plains, for the reported brush fire. A 911 caller reported a large brush fire was threatening his barn, and firefighter requested more units. A structure fire was dispatched...
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Couple Passed Out at Stop Sign Arrested for Possession of Heroin and Crack Cocaine

Couple Passed Out at Stop Sign Arrested for Possession of Heroin and Crack Cocaine

On September 27, 2019 Deputy Gilmore and Deputy Wood conducted a welfare check in the area of Breezy Point Road and Blue Heron Drive in Chesapeake Beach. A citizen advised there were two individuals asleep in the vehicle while stopped at the stop sign. Upon making contact with the occupants, Kelly Lynn Emmell, 29,...
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See Some of the New Maryland Laws That Go Into Effect Today

See Some of the New Maryland Laws That Go Into Effect Today

Hundreds of Maryland laws are going into effect today, Tuesday, October 1, 2019, spanning subjects from criminal justice reform to election law to medical cannabis. A generous number of the bills fall under the subjects of criminal justice and health. Senate Bill 707, which passed in the 2018 legislative session but is going into...
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On October 1st, the Statewide Sales Age Increases to 21 for all Tobacco Products in Maryland

On October 1st, the Statewide Sales Age Increases to 21 for all Tobacco Products in Maryland

Effective October 1, 2019, the statewide sales age increases to 21 for all tobacco products, including electronic smoking devices (e-cigarettes, vapes, pod-based devices such as JUUL and their e-liquids, and component parts and accessories). Important changes impacting tobacco sales: There is no “grandfather,” phase-in, or grace period​ for individuals who are 18 years of age prior to...
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Mom Rescues Almost-Lost $50,000 Winning Powerball Ticket Purchased in Bryans Road

Mom Rescues Almost-Lost $50,000 Winning Powerball Ticket Purchased in Bryans Road

Moving one’s belongings from one place to another is, at best, a hectic process. There are many things to remember, to keep track of and safeguard. Luckily, a Laurel woman had her mother helping with the move and her mom found a forgotten $50,000 winning Powerball ticket. “I almost never buy tickets,” said the...
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Maryland Fentanyl And Heroin Dealer Sentenced Today To 9 Years In Federal Prison For Federal Drug Charges

Maryland Fentanyl And Heroin Dealer Sentenced Today To 9 Years In Federal Prison For Federal Drug Charges

U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake sentenced Gari Terrell Miller, 39, of Clinton, to 9 years in federal prison, followed by four years of supervised release, for conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute fentanyl, and to possession with intent to distribute fentanyl. Miller was one of the first defendants charged as...
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Maryland State Fire Marshal Issues Open Burn Safety Notice

Maryland State Fire Marshal Issues Open Burn Safety Notice

The Office of the State Fire Marshal has seen numerous burn injuries as a result of open air burning this month. State Fire Marshal Brian S. Geraci would like to remind residents about the necessary steps to reduce their risk of injury while conducting an open air burn. “Burning a large pile of brush...
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State Says Number of Fatal Overdoses in Past 6 Months Down by 11%

State Says Number of Fatal Overdoses in Past 6 Months Down by 11%

The Maryland Department of Health and Opioid Operational Command Center (OOCC) has released its 2019 second quarter report, which shows that Maryland has experienced its first six-month decline in the total number of opioid-related fatalities in at least a decade. Release of the report comes during National Recovery Month, a time to raise awareness...
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Maryland State Police Remind Motorists of The Importance of Proper Child Safety Seats Usage

Maryland State Police Remind Motorists of The Importance of Proper Child Safety Seats Usage

With this week being national Child Passenger Safety Week, Maryland State Police are reminding the public the importance of ensuring that motorists are utilizing the correct car seat and that it is being properly installed and utilized. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 723 children ages 12 and younger died and...
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Annual Cocaine Overdose Deaths on Rise in Maryland

Annual Cocaine Overdose Deaths on Rise in Maryland

Cocaine hasn’t received as much attention in recent years, but it is increasingly playing a role in the opioid epidemic, state data show. Despite some good news from the first quarter of this year, cocaine-related deaths have skyrocketed annually in Maryland since 2015, with nearly half of those occurring in Baltimore. The vast majority...
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Maryland Department of Natural Resources Announce Winners of 2019 Photo Contest

Maryland Department of Natural Resources Announce Winners of 2019 Photo Contest

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources has announced the winners of the 2019 Natural Resources Photo Contest, with the grand prize going to David Illig of Gambrills for his stunning close-up shot of an eastern tiger swallowtail butterfly. This year’s grand prize package includes $500, a Maryland State Parks Passport, a five-year subscription to Maryland Natural Resource...
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Maryland State Police Investigating Small Plane Crash Into A Vehicle In Prince George’s County

Maryland State Police Investigating Small Plane Crash Into A Vehicle In Prince George’s County

Maryland State Police are investigating after a small plane crashed into at least one passenger vehicle on Route 50 Thursday morning in Prince George’s County. Around 11:20 a.m., on Thursday, September 12, 2019, troopers from the Maryland State Police College Park Barrack responded to eastbound Route 50 at Church Road on a report of...
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Hogan Administration Announces Nearly $12 Million Highway Safety Grant Funds Allocated for Nearly 100 Agencies

Hogan Administration Announces Nearly $12 Million Highway Safety Grant Funds Allocated for Nearly 100 Agencies

As part of its ongoing commitment to prevent vehicle crashes and save lives on Maryland roads, the Hogan Administration has announced the statewide distribution of nearly $12 million in federal highway safety funds. The funds will be dispersed by the Maryland Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Administration’s (MDOT MVA) Highway Safety Office to nearly...
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The Maryland Department of Commerce Awards Nine Maryland Companies with ExportMD Grants

The Maryland Department of Commerce Awards Nine Maryland Companies with ExportMD Grants

The Maryland Department of Commerce has awarded nine small and mid-sized Maryland companies with ExportMD grants to help promote their products and services in the global marketplace. The ExportMD grant program helps businesses finance the costs of marketing internationally, including trade show fees and travel expenses. Applications are accepted on a monthly basis and...
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Firefighters Currently Fighting Large Brush Fire in La Plata After a High Tension Power Cable Line Fell

Firefighters Currently Fighting Large Brush Fire in La Plata After a High Tension Power Cable Line Fell

On Wednesday, September 11, 2019, at approximately 5:05 p.m., firefighters from Charles, Calvert, Prince George, and St. Mary’s County responded to the area of La Plata Road and Hawkins Gate Road in La Plata, for the reported large fire involving power lines. Firefighters reported an estimated 19 acres were on fire. Charles County Volunteer...
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West Nile Virus Detected in Maryland Resident

West Nile Virus Detected in Maryland Resident

The Maryland Department of Health (MDH) confirmed the first case of West Nile Virus (WNV) in Maryland this year. The infected individual is an adult living in the National Capital Region in Maryland.  MDH routinely tracks and responds to mosquito-borne infections; no other locally acquired arboviral infections have been identified this year. The number...
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Maryland Wear And Carry Permit Application Process Goes Online Beginning October 1, 2019

Maryland Wear And Carry Permit Application Process Goes Online Beginning October 1, 2019

As part of our ongoing efforts to improve customer service, the Maryland State Police is proud to announce that the application process for a Maryland Wear and Carry Permit will be transitioned from a hand-written paper application to the online Licensing Portal. Beginning Oct. 1, 2019, those applying for a Maryland Wear and Carry...
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Governor Larry Hogan Proclaims September as International Underground Railroad Month for Maryland

Governor Larry Hogan Proclaims September as International Underground Railroad Month for Maryland

Governor Larry Hogan proclaimed September as International Underground Railroad Month, which recognizes Maryland as the most powerful destination for authentic Underground Railroad history. It also commemorates all those involved in the Underground Railroad, including Maryland’s courageous Harriet Tubman, the brilliant orator Frederick Douglass, and thousands of freedom seekers. “Maryland has the most documented successful...
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2-Alarm Residential House Fire in West River Currently Under Investigation

2-Alarm Residential House Fire in West River Currently Under Investigation

On Sunday, September 1, 2019, at approximately 4:55 a.m., firefighters from Anne Arundel, Annapolis Fire Department, Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department, Dunkirk Volunteer Fire Department responded to 1002 Henry Avenue in West River, for the reported house on fire. Crews arrived on the scene to find a two-story house with fire showing from the...
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SMECO Holds 81st Annual Meeting and Announces Election Results

SMECO Holds 81st Annual Meeting and Announces Election Results

Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative (SMECO) held its 81st Annual Meeting on August 29, 2019, at Middleton Hall in Waldorf. The Board of Directors election was conducted online and by mail prior to the meeting. The following SMECO members were elected to serve on SMECO’s Board for three years: W. Michael Phipps in Calvert County;...
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