Friday, October 31, 2014

PGPD Seizes Packages of Marijuana-Infused Candy


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In just a few hours, thousands of children in our community will put on their costumes for an evening of trick-or-treating. But before they go, we want residents to be aware of a drug-related seizure in our county this week. Our Narcotic Enforcement Division along with the Maryland Area Drug Task Force seized several boxes of candy infused with marijuana. The boxes arrived in Prince George’s County from the west coast and Colorado. The candy includes taffy, mint chocolate bars, blueberry chocolate bars and banana-walnut chocolate bars. Each piece of this candy contains 100 milligrams of THC.

“This is the first time we’ve seen this product in Prince George’s County. Despite the on-going investigation, we felt it important to let our community know that products like this exist so parents and guardians ensure the candy doesn’t somehow wind up in their children’s Halloween candy bag,” said Captain Chuck Hamby, Narcotic Enforcement Division Assistant Commander.

Captain Hamby will be available to speak with members of the media today at police headquarters at 10:30 am.

For more information, please contact the Prince George’s County Police Department’s Media Relations Division at 301-772-4710.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

PGPD Investigates Fatal Collision in Bowie


The Prince George’s County Police Department’s Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Unit is investigating a fatal collision in Bowie which left one person dead.  The victim is identified as 66-year-old Calvin Willett, of Undermire Court in Bowie.

On October 30, 2014, at about 6:50 am, patrol officers were called to 11000 block of Lanham Severn Road in Bowie for the report of a crash involving three cars. The preliminary investigation suggests the driver of a Chevrolet was traveling northbound on Lanham Severn Road.  For reasons which remain unclear, the Chevrolet crossed into the southbound lanes and struck a Toyota head on.  A Lexus, which was also in the southbound lane was unable to avoid the collision, and also struck the Toyota.

Willett, the driver of the Toyota, was rushed to a hospital where he died a short time later.  The driver of the Chevrolet was taken to a hospital in serious condition.  The driver of the Lexus was not injured.

Anyone with information on this collision is asked to call the Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Unit at (301) 306-5640. Callers wishing to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477), text “PGPD plus your message” to CRIMES (274637) on your cell phone, or go to www.pgcrimesolvers.com and submit a tip online.

For more information, please contact the Prince George’s County Police Department's Media Relation's Division at 301-772-4710.

PGPD Investigates Attempted Child Abduction

The Prince George’s County Police Department is investigating the attempted abduction of an 8-year-old child in Temple Hills.

On October 30, 2014, at about 7:00 am, patrol officers were called to the 2900 block of Brinkley Road for an attempted abduction.  The victim told officers that a man driving a car stopped ahead of him as he was walking towards his bus stop.  The man allegedly got out of the car and pointed a gun at the child.  A woman got out of the passenger side of the car, and reportedly told the child to get into the car.  The victim began running, at which time the suspects drove away.  The victim reported the incident after arriving at school.

Detectives are working to identify the two suspects.  They are described as a black male and black female, both between the ages of 20-30.  Both suspects were wearing dark clothing.  They left the area in a light colored, possibly gray, passenger car.

Anyone with information on the identity of these suspects is urged to call the Regional Investigation Division - Southern at 301-749-5064. Callers wishing to remain anonymous may call CRIME SOLVERS at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477), text “PGPD plus your message” to CRIMES (274637) on your cell phone or go to www.pgcrimesolvers.com and submit a tip online.

For more information, please contact the Prince George's County Police Department's Media Relations Division at 301-772-4710.

Chief Magaw Announces Suspensions of Two Officers After Indictments

Two Prince George’s County Police officers remain on suspension after being indicted in separate cases by a grand jury on Thursday.  

Police Officer First Class Charles Pickard faces charges of assault, reckless endangerment and misconduct in office. The allegations involve conduct which occurred while Officer Pickard was on duty on November 12, 2013.

The Prince George’s County Police Department’s Internal Affairs Division launched an administrative and criminal investigation after learning of the incident through a routine, internal use of force review. Officer Pickard’s police powers were suspended on November 14, 2013. He remains suspended with pay pending the outcome of the criminal proceedings.

Pickard has been employed by the PGPD for six years and was assigned to the Bureau of Patrol. 
  
Police Officer First Class Jerry Thomas faces charges of misconduct in office. The allegations involve conduct which occurred while Officer Thomas was on duty in late 2012.

The Internal Affairs Division launched an administrative investigation in early 2013, following a routine, internal use of force review. When the administrative investigation was complete, the investigation was forwarded to the State’s Attorney’s Office. Officer Thomas’s police powers were suspended in November of 2013.  He remains suspended with pay pending the outcome of the criminal proceedings.

Thomas has been employed by the PGPD for five years and was assigned to the Bureau of Patrol.

 “I want to make it clear to our community, that these cases were not brought about as a result of citizen complaints. Through our Internal Review Process, the Police Department identified conduct that was presented to the grand jury which has led to the indictments today of two of our officers. I respect the grand jury's decision and now the judicial process will decide the facts of these matters. I want to assure the residents of our county that we are dedicated to transparent and ethical policing. Our community has my word that this, and their safety, are my overriding goals,” said Chief Mark Magaw.

Chief Magaw along with Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Angela Alsobrooks will address these indictments today outside of the Prince George’s County Courthouse in Upper Marlboro. The news conference is set for 2:00 pm.

For more information, please contact the Prince George’s County State’s Attorney’s Office at 301-952-2848.

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