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DEA Releases 2016 Drug Threat Assessment: Fentanyl-Related Overdose Deaths Rising at an Alarming Rate

DEA Releases 2016 Drug Threat Assessment: Fentanyl-Related Overdose Deaths Rising at an Alarming Rate

DEA Acting Administrator Chuck Rosenberg today announced results from the 2016 National Drug Threat Assessment (NDTA), which details the extent to which illicit drugs are affecting the United States. Most notably, the 2016 NDTA continues to illuminate the nationwide opioid epidemic, which is fueling a growing heroin user population and resulting in a greater...
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Deer Hunters Have Successful Opening Weekend

Deer Hunters Have Successful Opening Weekend

Hunters reported harvesting 13,488 deer on the opening weekend of the 2016 Maryland firearm season, the state’s most popular hunting season. The harvest represents a 24 percent increase over last year’s estimate of 10,859 for the same period. The total includes 6,159 antlered and 7,329 antlerless deer with sika deer comprising 224 of the...
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Prince George’s County Police Officer Indicted for Hitting Suspect with Police Cruiser

Prince George’s County Police Officer Indicted for Hitting Suspect with Police Cruiser

A suspended Prince George’s County Police Officer was indicted by a grand jury today. Police Officer Juan Hernandez, 41, faces charges of second degree assault and misconduct in office. The allegations stem from conduct while the officer was on-duty on June 13, 2016. His police powers were suspended the same day. The Prince George’s...
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UPDATE: Critically Missing Juvenile from St. Mary’s County Located

UPDATE: Critically Missing Juvenile from St. Mary’s County Located

UPDATE 12/2/2016: The critically missing person, Jakob Fairfax, was located unharmed. The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office thanks the community for their assistance. 12/1/2016: The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s assistance in locating a critically missing person, Jakob Christopher Fairfax of Leonardtown. Fairfax was last seen at his residence on November...
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Wednesday’s Pet is JORDY

Wednesday’s Pet is JORDY

Wednesday’s Pet for 11/30/16 is JORDY Featured Pet: JORDY Rescue Group: Humane Society of Calvert County Breed: Wheaten Terrier Mix Sex: Male Size: Small Vetted: Neutered and Up-to-date with routine shots Adoption Fee: Contact group for donation fee Jordy is a sweet 4-year-old male mix looking for his forever family. He is a loveable,...
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Largo Drug Trafficker Sentenced to 10 Years in Federal Prison

Largo Drug Trafficker Sentenced to 10 Years in Federal Prison

U.S. District Judge Paul W. Grimm sentenced Rolando Oneal Thorpe, 32, of Largo, on Monday, November 28, 2016, to 10 years in prison, followed by five years of supervised release, for possession with intent to distribute marijuana and possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking. The sentence was announced by United States...
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Governor Larry Hogan Orders Flags to Fly at Half-Staff in Honor of Lt. General James F. Fretterd

Governor Larry Hogan Orders Flags to Fly at Half-Staff in Honor of Lt. General James F. Fretterd

Governor Larry Hogan today ordered the Maryland flag to be lowered to half-staff across the state to mark the passing of Lt. General James F. Fretterd, one of the longest-serving adjutant generals in the history of the Maryland National Guard. “The First Lady and I send our sincerest condolences to General Fretterd’s family, friends,...
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Lanham Man Arrested for Attempted Murder in Waldorf

Lanham Man Arrested for Attempted Murder in Waldorf

On November 25 at 6:43 p.m., officers from the Charles County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 10000 block of Bramley Court in Waldorf for the report of shots fired. Upon arrival, officers interviewed the victim who advised that Antwan Jasper Thompson, 29 of Lanham, who is known to the victim, lured him outside before shooting...
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Troopers Arrest More Than 90 Impaired Drivers During Thanksgiving Holiday Traffic Enforcement

Troopers Arrest More Than 90 Impaired Drivers During Thanksgiving Holiday Traffic Enforcement

Maryland state troopers stopped more than 7,400 vehicles for traffic violations, arrested more than 90 impaired drivers and made more than 130 criminal arrests during increased traffic enforcement efforts over the Thanksgiving holiday period. During the four day holiday period, Maryland State Police troopers conducted 7,470 traffic stops statewide. They arrested 93 people for...
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54-Year-Old Hughesville Woman Killed in Motor Vehicle Collision in Aquasco

54-Year-Old Hughesville Woman Killed in Motor Vehicle Collision in Aquasco

The Prince George’s County Police, Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Unit is investigating a fatal collision in Aquasco. The victim is 54-year-old Dianna Tatum of Colonial Lane in Hughesville. On Thursday, November 24, 2016, at approximately 3:10 pm, patrol officers were called to the intersection of Aquasco Road and Croom Road for a crash involving...
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Nick’s of Calvert Recalls Meatball Products Due To Misbranding and Undeclared Allergens

Nick’s of Calvert Recalls Meatball Products Due To Misbranding and Undeclared Allergens

Nick’s of Calvert, a Prince Frederick, Md. establishment, is recalling approximately 305 pounds of ready to eat (RTE) meatball products due to misbranding and undeclared allergens, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced on November 23, 2016. More specifically, required information on where the product was produced or repackaged...
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Wednesday’s Pet is DAISY

Wednesday’s Pet is DAISY

Wednesday’s Pet for 11/23/16 is DAISY Featured Pet: DAISY Rescue Group: Pets with Disabilities Disability: 3 Legged Breed: Lab/Boxer Mix Sex: Female Size: Medium (50 lbs.) Vetted: Spayed and Up-to-date with routine shots Adoption Fee: $300.00 Daisy came into rescue after being hit by a car. Her family elected to put her to sleep,...
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Police in Prince George’s County Investigating Fatal Crash

Police in Prince George’s County Investigating Fatal Crash

The Prince George’s County Police Department Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Unit is investigating a fatal collision in Fort Washington. The victim is 30-year-old Jamon Beecham of Loughran Terrace in Fort Washington. On Monday, November 21, 2016, around 8:40 am, patrol officers were called to the 13000 block of Old Fort Road for crash involving...
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Elevated Risk of Wildfires in Maryland

Elevated Risk of Wildfires in Maryland

With this fall’s high winds and dry foliage, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources advises citizens to use caution in outdoor fire activities and postpone unnecessary open-air burnings. Wildfires occur in every month in Maryland but generally peak in the spring and fall. Firefighters spent hours battling a 7-acre blaze Sunday just west of Thurmont in Frederick County....
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Upper Marlboro Man Charged with Bank Robbery in Hanover

Upper Marlboro Man Charged with Bank Robbery in Hanover

On Saturday, November 19, 2016 at approximately 9:36 am officers from the Anne Arundel County Police Department responded to the Wells Fargo Bank located at 7568 Ridge Road in Hanover for a robbery. Responding officers were advised that a male suspect entered the bank, approached a teller, implied he had a weapon, and handed...
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Additional Troopers And Enforcement Planned For Holiday Period

Additional Troopers And Enforcement Planned For Holiday Period

Extra Thanksgiving holiday traffic this week will include additional Maryland state troopers who will be using a variety of patrol initiatives to keep traffic moving, respond quickly to highway incidents and take appropriate enforcement action when violations are observed that threaten the safety of travelers. Beginning Wednesday, troopers from each of the 23 Maryland...
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State Highway Administration Gears up for Winter Weather in Maryland

State Highway Administration Gears up for Winter Weather in Maryland

The Maryland Department of Transportation’s State Highway Administration (SHA) is prepared for the upcoming winter season. No matter which forecast you read, the truth is the winter of 2016/2017 could leave Maryland covered in snow, pelted with sleet or encrusted in freezing rain any given day. With millions of people trying to get to...
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Prince George’s County Felon Pleads Guilty to Federal Robbery and Firearms Charges

Prince George’s County Felon Pleads Guilty to Federal Robbery and Firearms Charges

Derrick Rondell Battle, age 43, of Bladensburg, Maryland, pleaded guilty on Friday, November 18, 2016, to armed commercial robbery, using and brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence and being a felon in possession of a firearm, related to three robberies he committed in September 2015. The sentence was announced by United States...
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Fort Washington Retailer Sells $50,000 Bonus Match 5 Ticket

Fort Washington Retailer Sells $50,000 Bonus Match 5 Ticket

Lottery luck was running hot in Prince George’s County Tuesday night! The Maryland Lottery is looking for the top-prize Bonus Match 5 winner in the Nov. 15 drawing, who purchased a $50,000-winning ticket at Stop 4 All, located at 7713 Allentown Road in Fort Washington. The lucky ticket matches the five winning numbers of...
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Adelphi Man Arrested for Making Online Threat Against PG County School

Adelphi Man Arrested for Making Online Threat Against PG County School

The Prince George’s County Police Department Homeland Security Division detectives arrested a suspect in connection with a threat of mass violence to High Point High School in Beltsville. The suspect is 20-year-old Alejandro Avelar of the 2200 block of Tecumseh Street in Adelphi. The preliminary investigation reveals the suspect used his Twitter account to...
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Wednesday’s Pet is TREVOR

Wednesday’s Pet is TREVOR

Wednesday’s Pet for 11/16/16 is TREVOR Featured Pet: Trevor Rescue Group: Last Chance Animal Rescue Breed: Chihuahua Mix Sex: Male Size: Small Vetted: Neutered and Up-to-date with routine shots Adoption Fee: $375.00 Trevor is a 2-year-old sweet Chihuahua Mix. He is a bit shy at first but warms up quickly. Trevor is crate trained,...
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Community Alert About Kidnapping/Extortion Scam

Community Alert About Kidnapping/Extortion Scam

We want to alert members of our community about a scam that’s impacted some of our readers. The suspect or suspects are telling victims that their family member has been kidnapped and then demanding money. In the last month, police have received reports of many cases across Maryland. In each case, a man calls a...
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Prince George’s County Man Arrested For Child Pornography

Prince George’s County Man Arrested For Child Pornography

A Prince George’s County man was arrested and charged on November 15, 2016, after a Maryland State Police Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force investigation developed evidence supporting charges of distribution and possession of child pornography. The suspect is identified as Michael J. Dorden, 52, of Oxon Hill. He is charged with distribution of...
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Governor Larry Hogan Proclaims Apprenticeship Week in Maryland

Governor Larry Hogan Proclaims Apprenticeship Week in Maryland

Governor Larry Hogan today issued a proclamation announcing November 14 -18 as Apprenticeship Week in Maryland. Apprenticeship Week highlights the importance of training our workforce and recognizes the commitment of employers, programs, and workshops invested in growing apprenticeship opportunities in Maryland. “Our administration is committed to providing job creators with the skilled workforce they...
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Veterans are no Longer on Active Duty, but they Deserve our Respect, our Admiration and Sometimes our Help.

Veterans are no Longer on Active Duty, but they Deserve our Respect, our Admiration and Sometimes our Help.

There are many ways to salute our veterans and support our troops – by volunteering, helping someone you know directly, and sometimes monetarily by donating to causes that assist these veterans. With a plethora of charities to choose from, you should definitely do your homework before donating your hard earned money. When thinking about...
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