Prince George’s News

​​State Releases 2018 Second Quarter Fatal Overdose Data

​​State Releases 2018 Second Quarter Fatal Overdose Data

The Maryland Department of Health today released data for unintentional drug and alcohol-related intoxication deaths through the second quarter of 2018. During this six-month period, which encompasses January through June of 2018, there were 1,325 total unintentional intoxication deaths, a 12 percent increase over the same period in 2017. Of these, 1,185 were opioid-related...
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​Maryland Department of Health Reports First Seasonal Flu Cases

​Maryland Department of Health Reports First Seasonal Flu Cases

The Maryland Department of Health announced today the first confirmed cases of the seasonal flu for the 2018-2019 influenza season. Two laboratory-confirmed cases of seasonal influenza have been identified in one adult and one child in the   Central and Eastern Shore regions of Maryland. The confirmed flu strains are type A (H1) and Type B (Victoria)....
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Important Election Information for the 2018 General Election

Important Election Information for the 2018 General Election

For the 2018 General Election, voters may vote in person or by absentee ballot. To vote in person, voters who reside in St. Mary’s County may vote before Election Day at a designated early voting center in St. Mary’s County or on Election Day at the polling place for their residence in St. Mary’s County. Early...
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Prince George’s County Police Officer Charged with Rape

Prince George’s County Police Officer Charged with Rape

A Prince George’s County Police officer is now in custody and facing multiple charges including first degree rape, second degree rape and second degree assault. Police Officer First Class Ryan Macklin was taken into custody, and is accused of sexually assaulting an adult female driver during a recent traffic stop. The preliminary investigation reveals...
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National Training Programs Graduate Two Natural Resources Police Officers

National Training Programs Graduate Two Natural Resources Police Officers

Two Maryland Department of Natural Resources Police lieutenants recently graduated from law enforcement training academies that specialize in advanced leadership skills. Lt. Catherine Medellin, who commands the southern Maryland patrol area, was one of 36 conservation officers to receive diplomas from National Conservation Law Enforcement Leadership Academy, which provides practical skills and knowledge for executive-level conservation...
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Early Muzzleloader Deer Hunting Season Set to Begin

Early Muzzleloader Deer Hunting Season Set to Begin

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources announced that the first segment of Maryland’s muzzleloader deer season opens statewide October 18. This is one of many deer hunting opportunities offered in the state and typically coincides with pleasant fall weather. The early muzzleloader season runs from October 18-20 in Deer Management Regions A and B. Region A...
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Oxon Hill Man Arrested in Waldorf for Carjacking, Assault and Drug Distribution

Oxon Hill Man Arrested in Waldorf for Carjacking, Assault and Drug Distribution

On Sunday, October 14, 2018, at approximately 5:29 p.m., officers from the Charles County Sheriff’s Office responded to a hotel in the 11300 block of Days Court in Waldorf for the report of a carjacking involving a black sport utility vehicle. While en route to the hotel, officers were notified of another caller reporting...
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Medstar Southern Maryland Hospital Center Recognized Nationally for Promoting Organ, Eye, and Tissue Donation

Medstar Southern Maryland Hospital Center Recognized Nationally for Promoting Organ, Eye, and Tissue Donation

MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center (MSMHC) was among a select group of hospitals nationwide recognized for promoting enrollment in state organ donor registries in a national campaign sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The campaign has added more than 443,000 donor enrollments to state...
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Fall Brings Heightened Risk of Wildfire

Fall Brings Heightened Risk of Wildfire

Fire Prevention Week begins October 7, coinciding with the beginning of the fall wildfire season in Maryland. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources urges residents throughout the state to take precautions as the changing foliage increases the risks of wildland fires spreading through brush and forests. Wildfires occur every month in Maryland, but peak in the spring and...
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Maryland Awarded Grant to Track Wildlife with Nanotags

Maryland Awarded Grant to Track Wildlife with Nanotags

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources, in partnership with the Willistown Conservation Trust, Pennsylvania Game Commission and neighboring states, received funding from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to dramatically expand a revolutionary new migration tracking system across a five-state area. The competitive grant, totaling about $500,000, has been awarded to a consortium of conservation...
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No Sleep for New Bowie Powerball Millionaire

No Sleep for New Bowie Powerball Millionaire

A Bowie man who plays Powerball every now and then walked into Maryland Lottery headquarters as its newest millionaire on Monday. The sporadic pattern that governs his Lottery purchases didn’t stop him from winning the game’s second-tier prize in the Sept. 29 drawing. Lottery luck brought him a whole lot of cash. “I was...
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Voluntary Recall on Harris Teeter Low Fat Cookies & Cream Frozen Yogurt Due to Undeclared Peanut Product

Voluntary Recall on Harris Teeter Low Fat Cookies & Cream Frozen Yogurt Due to Undeclared Peanut Product

Harris Teeter is notifying shoppers of a voluntarily recall of Harris Teeter Low Fat Frozen Yogurt Cookies & Cream 1.5 qt laminated cartons, UPC 0 72036 98182 0, with all SELL BY DATES up to 07/30/19 due to undeclared peanut product. Product was distributed to Harris Teeter stores located in DC, DE, FL, GA,...
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Governor Larry Hogan Announces ‘Safe Schools Maryland’ School Safety Initiative

Governor Larry Hogan Announces ‘Safe Schools Maryland’ School Safety Initiative

Governor Larry Hogan announced the launch of “Safe Schools Maryland,” a tip line and mobile app designed to streamline reporting of possible threats to students school facilities. The governor made the announcement at the Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) with student leaders, education officials, law enforcement leaders and others in attendance. “Incidents of targeted...
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Outdoor Enthusiasts Have Yet Another Way to Give Back

Outdoor Enthusiasts Have Yet Another Way to Give Back

Anglers, boaters and hunters who purchase their licenses or registrations from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources have a new way to give back to natural resources they enjoy and love. In partnership with the Chesapeake Bay Trust, the department announced today a new voluntary option in the online checkout for the Maryland Outdoor Recreation and Clean Water Fund....
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Fire Officials Warn Public of Dangers of Double Cylinder Deadbolts

Fire Officials Warn Public of Dangers of Double Cylinder Deadbolts

A Fort Washington resident removed by firefighters from her burning home has died. At around 8:20 pm, Thursday, October 4, 2018, firefighters arrived at a 1-story single family home at 9000 Old Palmer Road with smoke showing. Firefighters located an unconscious female just inside the front door and removed her to awaiting medics outside.  Medics...
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No Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival for 2019

No Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival for 2019

Chesapeake Bay Events announced that the Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival will be not be held in 2019, but will return in 2020. Don Hooker, promoter, said “A variety of factors were involved in this decision.  Primarily, we felt that we need to take a year off to evaluate the changing conditions in the outdoor...
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Applications Open for Keep Maryland Beautiful Grants

Applications Open for Keep Maryland Beautiful Grants

The Maryland Environmental Trust, a unit of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, is now accepting applications for the Keep Maryland Beautiful grants program. The five grants being offered help volunteer and nonprofit groups, communities and land trusts support environmental education projects, litter removal, citizen stewardship and solve natural resource issues in urban and rural areas. The deadline...
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UPDATE: 3-Alarm Apartment Fire in Prince Georges County Ruled Arson

UPDATE: 3-Alarm Apartment Fire in Prince Georges County Ruled Arson

UPDATE 10/06/18: Personnel from the Fire/EMS Department Office of the Fire Marshal have determined a 3-alarm fire in New Carrollton to be “incendiary”. On September 17, 2018, just before 3:30 pm Prince George’s County Firefighters responded to a fire at 5334 85th Avenue and arrived to find a working fire in a 3-story garden...
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Maryland Casinos Generate $143.8 Million in Revenue During September 2018

Maryland Casinos Generate $143.8 Million in Revenue During September 2018

Maryland Lottery and Gaming today announced that September 2018 gaming revenues for the state’s six casinos totaled $143,780,258, an increase of $9,244,525 (6.9%) compared to the September 2017 total of $134,535,733. Contributions to the State of Maryland from September 2018 casino gaming revenue totaled $59,532,953, including $44,633,988 for the Education Trust Fund. Casino gaming...
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Governor Larry Hogan Announces Statewide Anti-Human Trafficking Director

Governor Larry Hogan Announces Statewide Anti-Human Trafficking Director

Governor Larry Hogan today announced that Laurie E. Culkin, an attorney and advocate on behalf of human trafficking victims, has been named as Maryland’s first Anti-Human Trafficking Director. This position, which will be housed within the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention, will be responsible for coordinating supportive services for victims, as well...
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Fort Washington Female in Critical Condition After House Fire

Fort Washington Female in Critical Condition After House Fire

Firefighters located and removed a female occupant out of her burning Fort Washington house on Thursday, October 4, 2018.  Just before 8:30 pm firefighters were alerted by a 911 caller reporting smoke was coming from a house in the 9000 block of Old Palmer Road.  Upon arrival firefighters found a 1-story house with smoke showing from...
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See What New Laws Went Into Effect in Maryland this Week

See What New Laws Went Into Effect in Maryland this Week

Scores of laws passed during this year’s General Assembly session go into effect Monday. Some key new laws Oct. 1 include measures to: Ban spoofing phone calls Stop the distribution of electronic cigarettes to minors Create a new extreme risk protective order (red flag) that will take guns away from alleged abusers Shrink the period...
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Hoyer Meets With Representatives From Maryland National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association

Hoyer Meets With Representatives From Maryland National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association

Congressman Steny H. Hoyer met with representatives from the Maryland chapter of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE). “Today, I was pleased to meet with members of the Maryland chapter of NARFE to express my gratitude for their service to our country and discuss some of the most important issues facing...
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New Law on Smoke Alarm Sales in Maryland Goes into Effect Oct 1

New Law on Smoke Alarm Sales in Maryland Goes into Effect Oct 1

The 2018 Maryland General Assembly passed Senate Bill 728 to state that:  ON OR AFTER OCTOBER 1, 2018, A PERSON MAY NOT SELL A BATTERY OPERATED SMOKE ALARM IN THE STATE UNLESS THE SMOKE ALARM IS A SEALED, TAMPER RESISTANT UNIT INCORPORATING A SILENCE/HUSH BUTTON AND USING ONE OR MORE LONG–LIFE BATTERY.  A “LONG–LIFE BATTERY” MEANS...
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Police Seek Information In Pedestrian Hit And Run In Prince George’s County

Police Seek Information In Pedestrian Hit And Run In Prince George’s County

Maryland State Police investigators are seeking additional information from the public as the investigation continues into a pedestrian hit and run in Prince George’s County this morning. The victim is identified as Johnathan Wright, 53, of Bealeton, Virginia. He was transported to University of Maryland Prince George’s Hospital Center. Shortly after 2:00 a.m. this...
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