Thursday, May 31, 2012

Refuse to be a Victim - Fourth Seminar to be Held - News Release

NEWS RELEASE
City of Takoma Park Police Department
* 7500 Maple Avenue * Takoma Park, Md 20912


For more information contact:
Public Information Officer (PIO)
Catherine Plevy, 301/891.7142 or 240/338.2901


May 31, 2012 (12:40 p.m.)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Chief Ronald A. Ricucci of the Takoma Park Police Department announces today a fourth Crime Prevention and Personal Safety seminar for the City of Takoma Park called Refuse to be a Victim, to be taught by Crime Prevention Specialist, Janice Hart, of the Front Royal, Virginia, Police Department. This seminar will be held on Wednesday, June 27, 2012, from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. This seminar is open to all residents and will be held in the Council auditorium on the 2nd floor of the City Building, 7500 Maple Avenue, Takoma Park, Maryland. Chief Ricucci also invites and strongly encourages residents of Silver Spring to attend this seminar; Takoma Park residents please feel free to share this e-mail with your Montgomery County neighbors.

Please call Cathy Plevy at 301.891.7142 or e-mail her at Cathyp@takomagov.org to sign up for the seminar. If you leave a message on the phone, please leave your name, address, telephone number and email address.
This is our fourth time presenting this seminar. Refuse to be a Victim is a seminar that teaches easy to understand methods you can use to increase awareness and prevent criminal confrontation. In just a few hours, you will get the tools you need to develop your own personal safety strategy, including information about:

- The Psychology of the Criminal Mind
- Personal & Technological Security
- Home & Phone Security
- Self-Defense Tools & Training Options
- Automobile & Travel Security
- And more!

If you attended the first three seminars, you are more than welcome to attend again, as we have incorporated your feedback into the program. There will be some new material and a repeat of some material that was passed out at the last seminars.

Hundreds of federal, state and local law enforcement officials across the country have implemented Refuse to be a Victim into their crime prevention and community policing initiatives.

Executive Director of the Virginia Crime Prevention Association states "Everyone should consider the possibility of, and be prepared to defend themselves from, a criminal attack. However, if they have not adopted the proven personal safety routines recommended by Refuse to be a Victim, then they may have surrendered their options of refusing to be a victim of a crime."

Many ask "What can I do to better protect myself, my family, friends or employees from becoming victimized?" These are the types of questions that men and women ponder prior to attending a Refuse to be a Victim crime prevention and personal safety seminar. A few things you will learn at a Refuse to be a Victim seminar are:

- How to minimize risk of victimization
- How to create a personalized safety plan, before it is needed
- An array of personal safety strategies

From setting up a home defense plan and safe room, to using your Internet Service Provider (ISP) parental control options to block access to adult material and adult chat rooms, the Refuse to be a Victim program has information for everyone.
Seminar participants of every age group are empowered by the information presented in the Refuse to be a Victim seminar. Whether you live in a major metropolitan city, the suburbs, or a one traffic-light rural town, crime prevention preparedness should be something to which you give a good deal of thought. Law enforcement and security experts agree that the best way to reduce one’s chances of victimization is through the development of a personal safety strategy before it is needed.
Develop your own personal safety strategy. Personal safety is not always convenient. You must consciously integrate the options you choose into everyday life until good habits are formed. Remember, criminals prefer easy targets. The more difficult a target you present, the less likely you are to become a victim.

Remember, you can choose to Refuse to be a Victim!

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Residential Burglary - Community Advisory

On May 30, 2012, Takoma Park Police responded to the 7400 block of Cedar Avenue for reports of a residential burglary that had occurred some time between 8:00 a.m. and 4:20 p.m. The victim arrived home to find the rear bedroom window had been smashed out with a brick. Property was taken. There are no known suspects.

Investigation continues under case #12026189. Anyone with information about this crime is asked to please call us at 301.270.1100.

You can now use your cell phone to send a tip to the Takoma Park Police Department and remain 100% anonymous.

* Text to 847411

* Type TPPDTIP at the beginning of your message.

* Type your message including as much detail as possible to ensure that your tip is thoroughly investigated.

* Send your tip, knowing that you are helping to reduce crime in your community while remaining 100% anonymous.

You can also now send a tip using the Takoma Park Police Department's Facebook page. In the left hand column you will find a link to "submit a tip." Your tip is important and CAN make a difference!

If you see a crime in progress and need to contact the Takoma Park Police, please call 301-270-1100. If you need to report an emergency that involves the need for fire or rescue services, you must call 9-1-1.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Severe Thunderstorm Watch - Community Advisory

The National Weather Service has issued a SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH for Montgomery County until 10 pm.

The primary threat with these storms include extremely heavy rain which may cause flash flooding, large hail, lightning, and isolated tornadoes.

Those with outdoor plans should monitor the skies and be prepared for threatening weather. If you are outdoors and storm approaches, seek safe shelter indoors.

A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH means conditions are favorable for severe storms in and close to the watch area. Severe thunderstorms can and occasionally do produce tornadoes with little or no advanced warning. Residents should be on the lookout for threatening weather conditions and listen for later statements and possible warnings.

Theft from Auto - Community Advisory

On May 29, 2012, a victim came into the Takoma Park Police Department to report a theft from auto that occurred in the 6900 block of Laurel Avenue on May 26, 2012, some time between 10:45 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Unknown suspect(s) entered the vehicle and took property, including a very large amount of cash.
Investigation continues under case #12025653. Anyone with information about this crime is asked to please call us at 301.270.1100.


You can now use your cell phone to send a tip to the Takoma Park Police Department and remain 100% anonymous.


* Text to 847411

* Type TPPDTIP at the beginning of your message.

* Type your message including as much detail as possible to ensure that your tip is thoroughly investigated.

* Send your tip, knowing that you are helping to reduce crime in your community while remaining 100% anonymous.


You can also now send a tip using the Takoma Park Police Department's Facebook page. In the left hand column you will find a link to "submit a tip." Your tip is important and CAN make a difference!


If you see a crime in progress and need to contact the Takoma Park Police, please call 301-270-1100. If you need to report an emergency that involves the need for fire or rescue services, you must call 9-1-1.

Theft from Auto - Community Advisory

On May 29, 2012, at approximately 8:21 a.m., Takoma Park Police responded to the 7400 block of New Hampshire Avenue for reports of a theft from auto that occurred earlier sometime between May 28, 2012 at 1:30 p.m. and May 29, 2012, at 8:21 a.m. Unknown suspect(s) propped the victim's vehicle up on cinder blocks and stole the tires.

Investigation continues under case #12025900. Anyone with information about this crime is asked to please call us at 301.270.1100.


You can now use your cell phone to send a tip to the Takoma Park Police Department and remain 100% anonymous.


* Text to 847411

* Type TPPDTIP at the beginning of your message.

* Type your message including as much detail as possible to ensure that your tip is thoroughly investigated.

* Send your tip, knowing that you are helping to reduce crime in your community while remaining 100% anonymous.


You can also now send a tip using the Takoma Park Police Department's Facebook page. In the left hand column you will find a link to "submit a tip." Your tip is important and CAN make a difference!


If you see a crime in progress and need to contact the Takoma Park Police, please call 301-270-1100. If you need to report an emergency that involves the need for fire or rescue services, you must call 9-1-1.

Monday, May 28, 2012

City of Takoma Park Crossing Guard Appreciation Day - Tuesday, May 29, 2012 - Community Advisory

City of Takoma Park Crossing Guard Appreciation Day - Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Takoma Park and Piney Branch Elementary Schools, Takoma Park Middle School

Piney Branch and Takoma Park Elementary Schools and Takoma Park Middle School have joined forces with the City of Takoma Park Safe Routes to School Program to make it easy for you to do something nice for the Crossing Guards who serve our kids every school day! Before Crossing Guard Appreciation Day, take a moment to talk with your kids about pedestrian safety and the important work of the Crossing Guards.

On the morning of May 29 make a special effort to show your Crossing Guards how much they are appreciated! On your way to school, take a moment to thank them personally and offer a token of your gratitude. Tables will be set up near each crossing guard post to receive cards, flowers or treats. If all the families participate, the Crossing Guards will know for sure how much their service is valued. If you need additional information or want to help email
lucyn@takomagov.org.

Friday, May 25, 2012

UPDATE Residential Burglaries - Community Advisory

On May 25, 2012, at approximately 10:18 a.m., Takoma Park Police responded to the 7500 block of Holly Avenue for reports of a residential burglary in progress. Upon arrival, police observed a window at the rear of the residence had the screen cut and the window was open. A witness saw two black males and one Hispanic male at the window when she called police. It did not appear that property had been taken.

In the same timeframe, another home had been burglarized in the 200 block of Grant Avenue. Upon arrival, police observed the basement door ajar and the rear screen window cut. Property was taken.

Suspect descriptions: (1) black male, large afro, last seen wearing a white t-shirt and blue jeans; (2) Hispanic male, last seen wearing a dark blue t-shirt and blue jeans; (3) black male, no further.

Investigation continues under case #12025259 (Holly Avenue) and #12025326 (Grant Avenue). Anyone with information about these crimes is asked to please call us at 301.270.1100.

You can now use your cell phone to send a tip to the Takoma Park Police Department and remain 100% anonymous.

* Text to 847411

* Type TPPDTIP at the beginning of your message.

* Type your message including as much detail as possible to ensure that your tip is thoroughly investigated.

* Send your tip, knowing that you are helping to reduce crime in your community while remaining 100% anonymous.

You can also now send a tip using the Takoma Park Police Department's Facebook page. In the left hand column you will find a link to "submit a tip." Your tip is important and CAN make a difference!

If you see a crime in progress and need to contact the Takoma Park Police, please call 301-270-1100. If you need to report an emergency that involves the need for fire or rescue services, you must call 9-1-1.

Residential Burglaries - Community Advisory

On May 25, 2012, Takoma Park Police responded to two residential burglaries; one in the 7500 block of Holly Avenue and the other in the 200 block of Grant Avenue. Property was taken in both burglaries. There will be more information as it is received.

Investigation continues. Anyone with information about these crimes is asked to please call us at 301.270.1100.


You can now use your cell phone to send a tip to the Takoma Park Police Department and remain 100% anonymous.


* Text to 847411

* Type TPPDTIP at the beginning of your message.

* Type your message including as much detail as possible to ensure that your tip is thoroughly investigated.

* Send your tip, knowing that you are helping to reduce crime in your community while remaining 100% anonymous.


You can also now send a tip using the Takoma Park Police Department's Facebook page. In the left hand column you will find a link to "submit a tip." Your tip is important and CAN make a difference!


If you see a crime in progress and need to contact the Takoma Park Police, please call 301-270-1100. If you need to report an emergency that involves the need for fire or rescue services, you must call 9-1-1.

BURGLARY PREVENTION TIPS:

Burglary is an opportunist crime. A burglar will select his target because it offers him the best opportunity to carry out his crime undetected and with the fewest number of obstacles in his way. A home that presents itself as insecure is far more likely to be targeted than one which is properly secured. Please review the following in order to protect your home and your valuables:

1. The MOST important thing YOU can do is CALL THE POLICE to report a CRIME or any SUSPICIOUS activity. You have to be the eyes of your neighborhood. And remember you can always remain a pair of anonymous eyes! Report burglaries immediately!

2. Do not touch anything or clean up until the police have inspected for evidence. If you have not checked your house, let the police check it for you. Leave the house and call the police.

3. It’s important to keep a list of serial numbers and/or receipts of all electronic equipment, i.e., televisions, stereos, cell phones, iPods, computers, as well as a list of items that are easily sold or pawned, i.e., jewelry, collectibles. Photographs or video tapes are always useful to keep a record of what you own (and insurance companies would also find this useful and convenient). Update your list periodically and do not leave it in the residence, if possible. Use an engraving pen to write your current driver's license number on your property. Burglars don't want marked merchandise.

4. Make it time-consuming for a burglar to break into your home - secure your residence! Sometimes installing deadbolt locks on all exterior doors or windows will deter a criminal; they don’t want to spend too much time in one place. Check and double-check that all doors and windows are shut and locked before you leave the house; even if you are leaving for a short period of time.

5. Display "Beware" signs. If you have a dog or an alarm system, put up signs that say you do. They do deter thieves.

6. When you leave your residence, do not leave valuables in plain sight. For instance, if your dining room table is within view of a window, don’t leave a laptop computer sitting there. When possible, pull shades or curtains so that property cannot be seen from outside the residence.

7. Be one step ahead of the burglar – case your own home and look for easy ways into your home and then take appropriate measures to correct it.

8. A big problem in this City is citizens not calling the police. If you see someone suspicious who does not belong in your neighborhood, call the police. If you see a suspicious vehicle, call the police. Write down the license plates of any suspicious vehicles. Write down a description of any suspicious persons. You can never be too careful. A lack of information on suspects can hinder an investigation.

9. Burglars in most instances will case a neighborhood or the routine of residents. Every once in a while, leave at a different time. Change your routine to throw the burglar off. If you are not consistent, how can they be?

10. Burglars know where to look for hidden keys. Do not leave one.

11. If you do encounter a burglar in your home, please attempt to secure yourself in a room where you have access to a phone and immediately contact police. Do not confront suspect(s) or attempt to fight and/or chase after suspect(s).

These tips are not intended to scare or frighten anyone, however, crime is a fact of life everywhere. As partners, we can discourage criminals from targeting certain areas. We can make it hard for them.

Let’s make a difference together. Let’s demonstrate to the criminals that we are putting them on notice that they will be caught!

Armed Robbery - Community Advisory

On May 24, 2012, at approximately 11:33 p.m., Takoma Park Police responded to the 7300 block of New Hampshire Avenue (parking lot) for reports of an armed robbery that had just occurred. The victim, a taxi driver, was flagged down by three suspects at Piney Branch Road and Arliss Avenue for a taxi ride to Hampshire Towers on New Hampshire Avenue. The suspects were driven to their requested destination and upon arrival requested to be driven to the 7300 block of New Hampshire Avenue. The victim complied and pulled his taxi in front of the building. The suspect, who was sitting in the back seat, began to choke the victim with both hands while demanding money. Another suspect told the victim to drive behind the building, however, the victim could not comply as he was still being assaulted. The suspect stopped the assault so that the victim could drive them to the rear of the building. The suspects then exited the taxi and forced the victim to get out as well. Once out of the taxi, another suspect grabbed the victim from the back and put a knife to the right side of his neck causing an approximate ½ inch laceration. The victim also suffered a laceration to his lower lip. The suspects threw the victim on the ground and began to go through his pockets for property. Property, as well as the victim’s shoes, were taken. The suspects were last seen running toward the rear of the parking lot and jumping over a fence and fleeing into a wooded area. The victim was transported to the Washington Adventist Hospital and treated for non-life threatening physical injuries.

Officers canvassed the area. Information was broadcast to surrounding jurisdictions. A mutual aid request was made to Prince George’s County Police K9 for a track of the suspects. The track went across Erskine Street and continued down 14th Avenue toward Hillwood Manor Park, where the track ended. The taxi cab was impounded for further investigation.

The suspects are described as:

Suspect 1: Black male, 19-24 years old, 5’5, 140-160 lbs., last seen wearing a white shirt and black pans.
Suspect 2: Black male, 19-24 years old, 5’5, 140-160 lbs., last seen wearing a black jacket, black pants and armed with a knife.
Suspect 3: Black male, 19-24 years old, 5’5, 140-160 lbs., last seen wearing a black shirt and blue jeans.

Investigation continues under case #12025204. Anyone with information about this crime is asked to please call us at 301.270.1100.


You can now use your cell phone to send a tip to the Takoma Park Police Department and remain 100% anonymous.


* Text to 847411

* Type TPPDTIP at the beginning of your message.

* Type your message including as much detail as possible to ensure that your tip is thoroughly investigated.

* Send your tip, knowing that you are helping to reduce crime in your community while remaining 100% anonymous.


You can also now send a tip using the Takoma Park Police Department's Facebook page. In the left hand column you will find a link to "submit a tip." Your tip is important and CAN make a difference!


If you see a crime in progress and need to contact the Takoma Park Police, please call 301-270-1100. If you need to report an emergency that involves the need for fire or rescue services, you must call 9-1-1.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Residential Burglary - Community Advisory

On May 24, 2012, Takoma Park Police responded to the 200 block of Dogwood Avenue for reports of a residential burglary that had occurred some time between 9:30 a.m. and 3:52 p.m. The victim arrived home to find the front door to the residence unlocked and the rear basement window broken out. Property was taken.

Investigation continues under case #12025134. Anyone with information about this crime is asked to please call us at 301.270.1100.

You can now use your cell phone to send a tip to the Takoma Park Police Department and remain 100% anonymous.

* Text to 847411

* Type TPPDTIP at the beginning of your message.

* Type your message including as much detail as possible to ensure that your tip is thoroughly investigated.

* Send your tip, knowing that you are helping to reduce crime in your community while remaining 100% anonymous.

You can also now send a tip using the Takoma Park Police Department's Facebook page. In the left hand column you will find a link to "submit a tip." Your tip is important and CAN make a difference!

If you see a crime in progress and need to contact the Takoma Park Police, please call 301-270-1100. If you need to report an emergency that involves the need for fire or rescue services, you must call 9-1-1.

Takoma Park Police Department Weekly Crime Report: 5/18/12 - 5/24/12

Ward 1:

None

Ward 2:

Assault

6800 blk. of New Hampshire Ave., on Monday, May 21st at 3:27 a.m., officers responded to an assault in progress. A male 29 was arrested for purposely striking two male victims with his vehicle. The victims suffered minor injuries.

Ward 3:

Larceny from Vehicle

6400 blk. of New Hampshire Ave., on Saturday, May 19th at 1:03 p.m., officers responded to a theft in progress. Unknown suspects entered the gas station in a vehicle, exited the vehicle, reached into the victims unoccupied vehicle window, and stole the victim’s purse. The suspects then fled the scene in the suspect vehicle.

Ward 4:

Larceny

7700 blk. of Maple Ave., on Monday, May 21st at 10:04 a.m., officers responded to a theft that occurred earlier. Unknown suspect(s) stole a vehicle license plate by unknown means.

7600 blk. of Maple Ave., on Tuesday, May 22nd at 11:37 a.m., officers responded to a theft that occurred earlier. Unknown suspect(s) stole a vehicle license plate by unknown means.

Ward 5:

None

Ward 6:

Larceny

7300 blk. of Jackson Ave., on Friday, May 18th at 11:48 a.m., officers responded to a theft that occurred earlier. Unknown suspect(s) removed a central air conditioning unit from a victim’s property by unknown means.

Arrests:

Intersection of Carroll Ave., and Ethan Allen Ave., on Sunday, May 20th at 10:36 p.m., a male 22 was arrested for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

7600 blk. of Maple Ave., on Sunday, May 20th at 9:09 a.m., a male 39 was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol.

7600 blk. of Piney Branch Rd., on Saturday, May 19th at 7:57 p.m., a male 17 was arrested for possession of synthetic marijuana and later released to an adult.

7900 blk. of Flower Ave., on Saturday, May 19th at 4:05 a.m., a male 24 was arrested for possession of cocaine and damage of property.

6900 blk. of Laurel Ave., on Saturday, May 19th at 2:30 a.m., a male 51 was arrested for possession of marijuana.

7400 blk. of New Hampshire Ave., on Friday, May 18th at 1:01 a.m., a male 29 was arrested for having an open traffic warrant.

Intersection of New Hampshire Ave. and Merwood Dr., on Thursday, May 24th at 12:07 a.m., a male 23 was arrested for drug paraphernalia and driving with a suspended license.

7400 blk. of New Hampshire Ave., on Wednesday, May 23rd at 12:47 a.m., a male 24 was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia.

700 blk. of Ethan Allen Ave., on Tuesday, May 22nd at 1:40 p.m., a male 22 was arrested for having an open traffic warrant.

7500 blk. of New Hampshire Ave., on Monday, May 21st at 9:24 p.m., a male 55 was arrested for having an open alcohol violation warrant.

Intersection of New Hampshire Ave., and Merwood Dr., on Monday, May 21st at 12:17 a.m., a male 38 was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol, damaged property, and related charges.

7500 blk. of Maple Ave., on May 18th at 12:10 a.m., a male 25 was arrested for having an open arson/threat warrant.

City of Takoma Park Crossing Guard Appreciation Day - Tuesday, May 29, 2012 - Community Advisory

City of Takoma Park Crossing Guard Appreciation Day - Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Takoma Park and Piney Branch Elementary Schools, Takoma Park Middle School

Piney Branch and Takoma Park Elementary Schools and Takoma Park Middle School have joined forces with the City of Takoma Park Safe Routes to School Program to make it easy for you to do something nice for the Crossing Guards who serve our kids every school day! Before Crossing Guard Appreciation Day, take a moment to talk with your kids about pedestrian safety and the important work of the Crossing Guards.

On the morning of May 29 make a special effort to show your Crossing Guards how much they are appreciated! On your way to school, take a moment to thank them personally and offer a token of your gratitude. Tables will be set up near each crossing guard post to receive cards, flowers or treats. If all the families participate, the Crossing Guards will know for sure how much their service is valued. If you need additional information or want to help email lucyn@takomagov.org.

Takoma Park Police Department Takes Part in the “Take 25” Awareness Campaign on May 25th – Community Advisory

"Take 25" is a preventive child safety campaign created by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) in honor of National Missing Children’s Day. Annually honored on May 25th, this day serves as a reminder to the nation to make child safety a national priority.

Designed to raise awareness of the issues surrounding missing and exploited children, the "Take 25" campaign encourages parents, guardians, educators, and others to take 25 minutes to talk to children about safety. With a focus on prevention, "Take 25" provides communities with free safety resources including safety tips, conversation starters, and engaging activities.

In 2007, NCMEC joined forces with more than 100 local and national organizations to launch the Take 25 campaign. With the help of our partner organizations, more than 375 Take 25 child safety events were hosted in communities across the United States and abroad. While this was a great achievement for the first year, the Take 25 campaign has continued to grow each year, hosting more than 7,000 events in 2011. Since its inception a total of 13,000 Take 25 events have been hosted in nearly 4,000 cities throughout the United States and abroad.

On Friday, May 25th, the Takoma Park Police Department will be taking part in this campaign by having an informational table set up in the police department lobby between the hours of 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. at 7500 Maple Avenue, Takoma Park, Maryland 20912. An officer will be available that day to answer questions and will have available informational kits and brochures to all interested members of the community. In addition, we will be giving out FREE child ID kits and offering FREE fingerprinting for children.

If you have any questions, please contact Officer Carla Magnaye by phone at 301.891.7121 or by email at carlam@takomagov.org.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Silver Spring Fire Department Offers a Babysitter Safety Course - Community Advisory

Presented by the Life Safety Unit of Silver Spring Volunteer Fire Department.

This four hour class covers safety in the home including fire prevention, stranger danger, scalds and burns, choking hazards, basic first aid, how to get help and other useful information. It is taught by a paramedic. It is appropriate for anyone 12 and over. A completion card will be issued. Attendees also receive a small safety tools backpack. There is no charge but pre-registration is required. The class is at Station 16, Silver Spring Volunteer Fire Department on University Blvd adjacent to Montgomery Blair High School.

The class is Friday, June 8, from 6 pm to 10 pm.

We recommend that babysitter students also take CPR Class. One will be offered on Friday June 1 from 6 pm to 10pm.

To register for one or both: go to
lifesafety@silverspringvfd.org

Roger A. McGary, Fire Chief

Silver Spring Fire Dept.

1945 Seminary Rd.

Silver Spring, MD 20910

Member: National Capital Region IMT

240.375.4295 (c)

ramcgary09@verizon.net

www.silverspringvfd.org

State Fire Marshal Offers Outdoor Safety Tips – Memorial Day Weekend Kicks Off Outdoor Events – Community Advisory

With Memorial Day weekend right around the corner, families across Maryland will venture outside – either to the beach or the mountains – or maybe just to their backyard. Increased outdoor activities also result in an increase of outdoor fire risks; therefore State Fire Marshal William E. Barnard is providing a few common-sense tips that will help Marylanders enjoy a safe holiday weekend and summer season. "These tips will help reduce the chance of a tragedy that could ruin an otherwise fun-filled time of the year," according to the State Fire Marshal.

Outdoor Cooking Safety Tips for Gas Grills:
• Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) cylinders should always be transported in the upright position on the floor of the vehicle with all windows open. Never transport cylinders in the trunk of a car. Remove the cylinder from the vehicle as soon as possible.
• Ensure all connections are tight. Check all connections with soapy water. The appearance of bubbles indicates leaks – re-tighten leaking connections.
• Make sure grease is not allowed to drip onto the hose or gas cylinder.
• Store the cylinder (including those attached to barbecues), outdoors in a shaded, cool area out of direct sunlight.
• Read thoroughly and follow manufacturer’s instructions for gas grill use. Save the instructions!

Outdoor Cooking Safety Tips for Charcoal Grills:
• Use only a small amount of charcoal starter fuel. A little goes a long way! Consider using charcoal that does not require starter fuel for ignition.
• Once a fire has been started, never add starter fuel! Fire can easily follow the stream of fluid back to the container and possibly causing an explosion.
• Use great caution in disposing of ashes. Ashes may contain live coals that can start a fire if not disposed of properly.
The safest method is to wet the ashes thoroughly with water before emptying the barbecue.

With any outdoor cooking equipment, never be tempted to use them inside – not even in a garage or on a porch or balcony says the State Fire Marshal. "Charcoal grills produce carbon monoxide, an odorless, colorless, and poisonous gas which even in small quantities can cause injury or death. LPG cylinders that develop a leak indoors can cause an explosion with devastating results."

With warmer weather, public fireworks displays attract thousands of spectators every year. These licensed and inspected events afford Marylanders a safe and pleasurable way to celebrate. Often times however, persons are tempted to use illegal fireworks or legal fireworks. The following tips can help Marylanders enjoy fireworks – safely!

• Plan to attend one of hundreds of licensed and inspected public fireworks displays held annually across Maryland.
• Remember, the only fireworks allowed for personal use in Maryland are snap n’ pops, party poppers, black snakes, gold-labeled sparklers, and ground-based sparkling devices.
• If allowing children to participate, they should only use fireworks with close adult supervision. Make sure to keep sparklers away from the body and loose fitting clothing. Read and follow the instructions on the sparkler package! Sparklers burn at approximately 1,800°F.
• Never mix alcohol and fireworks. The combination could be deadly.
• Fully extinguish remains of fireworks in water before disposal.
• All fireworks are banned in Baltimore City, Prince George’s County, and Montgomery County. The town of Ocean City along with Howard County and Harford County has specifically prohibited Ground-based Sparkling Devices.

By following these simple safety tips, Marylanders can avoid injury and enjoy a wonderful holiday and summer season.

Life Safety Unit - Community Advisory

The Silver Spring Volunteer Fire Department is starting a Life Safety Unit as part of its long term strategic plan. We are looking for men and women of any age who are willing to participate in community outreach to teach life safety skills to increase the injury prevention focus of service to the greater Silver Spring community. These individuals will not be fighting fires or providing emergency medical services.

The Department will be the first in Maryland to recruit volunteers to serve as Life Safety Technicians. These individuals will be trained in a variety of roles including Child Passenger Safety Technician, outreach and home inspections. They will receive all the benefits that are available to fire rescue volunteers in Montgomery County and the State of Maryland.

For more information go to our website www.silverspringvfd.org or contact: lifesafety@silverspringvfd.org.
 ramcgary09@verizon.net www.silverspringvfd.org
Roger A. McGary, Fire Chief
Silver Spring Fire Dept.
1945 Seminary Rd.
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Member: National Capital Region IMT
240.375.4295 (c)

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Arrest Made for 1st and 2nd Degree Assault - News Release

NEWS RELEASE
City of Takoma Park Police Department
* 7500 Maple Avenue * Takoma Park, Md 20912


For more information contact:
Public Information Officer (PIO)
Catherine Plevy, 301/891.7142 or 240/338.2901


May 22, 2012 (9:10 a.m.)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


Chief Ronald A. Ricucci of the Takoma Park Police Department announces the arrest of Domango Paeva, 29, of Hyattsville, Maryland, for two counts of 1st degree assault and two counts of 2nd degree assault.
On May 21, 2012, at approximately 2:27 a.m., Takoma Park Police responded to the 6800 block of New Hampshire Avenue (Come to Africa) for the report of a hit and run and possible weapon (gun) possession.

Investigation revealed that an altercation occurred inside the establishment. Paeva began to leave, while yelling threats, and got into his vehicle and struck two victims causing injuries. Paeva was placed under arrest and transported to the Montgomery County Central Processing Unit.

Attempt Armed Robbery of a Minor - Community Advisory

On May 21, 2012, at approximately 5:15 p.m., Takoma Park Police responded for an attempt armed robbery. A 13-year old female victim was walking home from her school bus stop on Glenside Drive and Anne Street when she was accosted by a Hispanic male, in his mid-20’s, who displayed an unknown sharp object/weapon and demanded property. The victim refused and the suspect slashed at her arms with the unknown weapon. The victim removed her backpack and began to swing it at the suspect knocking him down. While he was on the ground, the victim ran home where her parents called police. The suspect fled in an unknown direction. The victim was not seriously physically injured. A K9 track of the area was conducted with negative results. The suspect was last seen wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans.

Investigation continues under case #12024530. Anyone with information about this crime is asked to please call us at 301.270.1100.

You can now use your cell phone to send a tip to the Takoma Park Police Department and remain 100% anonymous.


* Text to 847411

* Type TPPDTIP at the beginning of your message.

* Type your message including as much detail as possible to ensure that your tip is thoroughly investigated.

* Send your tip, knowing that you are helping to reduce crime in your community while remaining 100% anonymous.


You can also now send a tip using the Takoma Park Police Department's Facebook page. In the left hand column you will find a link to "submit a tip." Your tip is important and CAN make a difference!


If you see a crime in progress and need to contact the Takoma Park Police, please call 301-270-1100. If you need to report an emergency that involves the need for fire or rescue services, you must call 9-1-1.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Chief Ricucci to Address City Council Tonight - Community Advisory

Chief Ricucci will address the City Council tonight, May 21, 2012, beginning at 7:30 p.m., on the recent shots fired incidents and gas station crime. These remarks will take place during the City Manager's comments section on tonight's agenda.

Shot Heard Fired in the Area of Houston Avenue and Sligo Creek Parkway – Community Advisory

On May 21, 2012, at approximately 12:29 p.m., Takoma Park Police received a call for what sounded like a gun shot in the area of Houston Avenue and Sligo Creek Parkway Officers responded and canvassed the area with negative results. No shell casings or any evidence of gunshots were found.

Investigation continues. Anyone with information about this crime is asked to please call us at 301.270.1100.

You can now use your cell phone to send a tip to the Takoma Park Police Department and remain 100% anonymous.


* Text to 847411

* Type TPPDTIP at the beginning of your message.

* Type your message including as much detail as possible to ensure that your tip is thoroughly investigated.

* Send your tip, knowing that you are helping to reduce crime in your community while remaining 100% anonymous.


You can also now send a tip using the Takoma Park Police Department's Facebook page. In the left hand column you will find a link to "submit a tip." Your tip is important and CAN make a difference!


If you see a crime in progress and need to contact the Takoma Park Police, please call 301-270-1100. If you need to report an emergency that involves the need for fire or rescue services, you must call 9-1-1.

Takoma Park Police Department Takes Part in the “Take 25” Awareness Campaign on May 25th – Community Advisory

"Take 25" is a preventive child safety campaign created by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) in honor of National Missing Children’s Day. Annually honored on May 25th, this day serves as a reminder to the nation to make child safety a national priority.

Designed to raise awareness of the issues surrounding missing and exploited children, the "Take 25" campaign encourages parents, guardians, educators, and others to take 25 minutes to talk to children about safety. With a focus on prevention, "Take 25" provides communities with free safety resources including safety tips, conversation starters, and engaging activities.

In 2007, NCMEC joined forces with more than 100 local and national organizations to launch the Take 25 campaign. With the help of our partner organizations, more than 375 Take 25 child safety events were hosted in communities across the United States and abroad. While this was a great achievement for the first year, the Take 25 campaign has continued to grow each year, hosting more than 7,000 events in 2011. Since its inception a total of 13,000 Take 25 events have been hosted in nearly 4,000 cities throughout the United States and abroad.

On Friday, May 25th, the Takoma Park Police Department will be taking part in this campaign by having an informational table set up in the police department lobby between the hours of 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. at 7500 Maple Avenue, Takoma Park, Maryland 20912. An officer will be available that day to answer questions and will have available informational kits and brochures to all interested members of the community. In addition, we will be giving out FREE child ID kits and offering FREE fingerprinting for children.

If you have any questions, please contact Officer Carla Magnaye by phone at 301.891.7121 or by email at carlam@takomagov.org.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Shots Heard Fired in the Area of Larch Avenue and New Hampshire Avenue – Community Advisory

On May 20, 2012, at approximately 12:38 a.m., Takoma Park Police received two calls for what sounded like gun shots in the area of Larch Avenue and New Hampshire Avenue. Officers responded and canvassed the area (to include Devonshire Avenue, Glaizewood Avenue and Elm Avenue) both by vehicle and on foot, with negative results. A check was also conducted at Forest Park. No shell casings or any evidence of gunshots were found.

Investigation continues. Anyone with information about this crime is asked to please call us at 301.270.1100.

You can now use your cell phone to send a tip to the Takoma Park Police Department and remain 100% anonymous.



* Text to 847411



* Type TPPDTIP at the beginning of your message.



* Type your message including as much detail as possible to ensure that your tip is thoroughly investigated.



* Send your tip, knowing that you are helping to reduce crime in your community while remaining 100% anonymous.



You can also now send a tip using the Takoma Park Police Department's Facebook page. In the left hand column you will find a link to "submit a tip." Your tip is important and CAN make a difference!



If you see a crime in progress and need to contact the Takoma Park Police, please call 301-270-1100. If you need to report an emergency that involves the need for fire or rescue services, you must call 9-1-1.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Arrest Made by Prince George’s County Police for Attempt Car-Jacking, Other Offenses; Mutual Aid by Takoma Park Police – News Release

NEWS RELEASE

City of Takoma Park Police Department

● 7500 Maple Avenue ● Takoma Park, Md 20912



For more information contact:

Public Information Officer (PIO)

Catherine Plevy, 301/891.7142 or 240/338.2901



May 19, 2012 (9:05 p.m.)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Chief Ronald A. Ricucci from the Takoma Park Police Department announces an arrest that was made by Prince George’s County Police of Maurice Santos Hernandez, 31, of Hyattsville, Maryland, for attempt car-jacking, attempt robbery, and first and second degree assault.

On May 19, 2012, at approximately 2:40 p.m., while at a theft from auto call in the 6400 block of New Hampshire Avenue, a Takoma Park Police officer observed a male chasing another from the shopping center in Prince George’s County and enter the City of Takoma Park. The officer pursued to investigate and learned that a witness to an attempt car-jacking was chasing the suspect, Hernandez. Hernandez had brandished a knife in the shopping center parking lot and attempted to car-jack a female and her children. Hernandez was able to get away from the witness who had chased him. A track led a Takoma Park K9 officer to Hernandez, who was in the woods in the area of 5th and Orchard Avenue. Hernandez was apprehended and turned over for arrest to Prince George’s County Police.

Gas Station Theft from Auto - Community Advisory

On May 19, 2012, at approximately 1:03 p.m., Takoma Park Police responded for a theft from auto that occurred in the 6400 block of New Hampshire Avenue (Express Gas Station). The victim was inside the gas station store when a black vehicle (4-door Honda or Hyundai) pulled up on the wrong side of the pumps with five black males inside. The driver got out of the car, stooped low and reached into the passenger side window of the victim’s vehicle and grabbed property. The suspect returned to his vehicle and fled. A look-out was given to surrounding jurisdictions. The driver of the vehicle was described as a black male, dark complexion, approximately 5’7, thin build, short dreads, 18-20 years old.

Investigation continues under case #12024195. Anyone with information about this crime is asked to please call us at 301.270.1100.

You can now use your cell phone to send a tip to the Takoma Park Police Department and remain 100% anonymous.

* Text to 847411

 * Type TPPDTIP at the beginning of your message.

* Type your message including as much detail as possible to ensure that your tip is thoroughly investigated.

* Send your tip, knowing that you are helping to reduce crime in your community while remaining 100% anonymous.

You can also now send a tip using the Takoma Park Police Department's Facebook page. In the left hand column you will find a link to "submit a tip." Your tip is important and CAN make a difference!

If you see a crime in progress and need to contact the Takoma Park Police, please call 301-270-1100. If you need to report an emergency that involves the need for fire or rescue services, you must call 9-1-1.

 

Friday, May 18, 2012

UPDATE A Message from the Chief of Police - Shots Heard Fired May 17, 2012 in the area of Flower Avenue and Sligo Creek Parkway - Community Advisory

Today, Takoma Park Police Detectives and Crime Scene Technicians were out in the neighborhoods in the area of Flower Avenue and Sligo Creek Parkway to follow up on the shots heard fired last evening. They also spoke with citizens in the area, who also heard what they believed to be gunshots. The Detectives canvassed the foot trails along Sligo Creek Parkway looking for shell casings and/or any other items that would possibly identify the person(s) responsible for this incident. Nothing was found during the search. Investigation continues.

Please call 301-270-1100 if you have information on this incident, which will lead to the identity of the suspects.

You can also use your cell phone to send a tip to the Takoma Park Police Department and remain 100% anonymous.


* Text to 847411

* Type TPPDTIP at the beginning of your message.

* Type your message including as much detail as possible to ensure that your tip is thoroughly investigated.

* Send your tip, knowing that you are helping to reduce crime in your community while remaining 100% anonymous.


You can also now send a tip using the Takoma Park Police Department's Facebook page. In the left hand column you will find a link to "submit a tip." Your tip is important and CAN make a difference!


If you see a crime in progress and need to contact the Takoma Park Police, please call 301-270-1100. If you need to report an emergency that involves the need for fire or rescue services, you must call 9-1-1.
 

A Message from the Chief of Police - Shots Heard Fired May 17, 2012 in the area of Flower Avenue and Sligo Creek Parkway - Community Advisory

Last night at approximately 11:41 p.m., the Takoma Park Police Department received 16 calls for shots fired in the area of Flower Avenue and Sligo Creek Parkway. We received calls as far away as Philadelphia Avenue. In talking to the complainants, we believe it was gunshots and not fireworks. We conducted a very thorough and extensive search of the area with negative results. I have directed our day-work officers to return to the area for discarded shells. These incidents are very serious and raise fear in the community. The Police Department takes these incidents very seriously and will work very hard to find the culprits. Please call 301-270-1100 if you have information on this incident, which will lead to the identity of the suspects.

You can also use your cell phone to send a tip to the Takoma Park Police Department and remain 100% anonymous.


* Text to 847411

* Type TPPDTIP at the beginning of your message.

* Type your message including as much detail as possible to ensure that your tip is thoroughly investigated.

* Send your tip, knowing that you are helping to reduce crime in your community while remaining 100% anonymous.


You can also now send a tip using the Takoma Park Police Department's Facebook page. In the left hand column you will find a link to "submit a tip." Your tip is important and CAN make a difference!


If you see a crime in progress and need to contact the Takoma Park Police, please call 301-270-1100. If you need to report an emergency that involves the need for fire or rescue services, you must call 9-1-1.

Shots Heard Fired in the Area of Sligo Creek Parkway and Flower Avenue - Community Advisory

On May 17, 2012, at approximately 11:54 p.m., Takoma Park Police received approximately 16 calls for what sounded like 6-8 gun shots in the area of Sligo Creek Parkway and Flower Avenue. Officers responded and canvassed the area with negative results.

Investigation continues. Anyone with information about this crime is asked to please call us at 301.270.1100.

You can now use your cell phone to send a tip to the Takoma Park Police Department and remain 100% anonymous.


* Text to 847411

* Type TPPDTIP at the beginning of your message.

* Type your message including as much detail as possible to ensure that your tip is thoroughly investigated.

* Send your tip, knowing that you are helping to reduce crime in your community while remaining 100% anonymous.


You can also now send a tip using the Takoma Park Police Department's Facebook page. In the left hand column you will find a link to "submit a tip." Your tip is important and CAN make a difference!


If you see a crime in progress and need to contact the Takoma Park Police, please call 301-270-1100. If you need to report an emergency that involves the need for fire or rescue services, you must call 9-1-1.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Takoma Park Police Department Weekly Crime Report: 5/11/12 - 5/17/12

Ward 1:

Larceny

6900 blk. of Carroll Ave., on Wednesday, May 16th at 8:11 p.m., officers responded to a theft that occurred earlier. Unknown suspect(s) cut a cable lock and stole the victims bicycle from a bike rack.

Ward 2:

Larceny from Auto

500 blk. of Elm Ave., on Wednesday, May 16th at 8:32 a.m., officer responded to a theft that occurred overnight. Unknown suspect(s) entered the victims’ unlocked vehicle and removed coins from the ashtray.

Ward 3:

Larceny

6800 blk. of Westmoreland Ave., on Wednesday, May 16th at 12:32 p.m., officers responded to a theft that occurred earlier. Unknown suspect(s) removed the victims’ unsecured bicycle from a porch.

6400 blk. of 4th St., on Sunday, May 13th at 6:29 a.m., officers responded to a theft that occurred overnight. Unknown suspect(s) entered an unsecured shed and removed property.

Ward 4:

None

Ward 5:

None

Ward 6:

Commercial Burglary

1300 blk. of University Blvd., on Saturday, May 12th at 11:53 p.m., officers responded to a burglary in progress. A male 25 was arrested on scene after breaking the storefront window and attempting to remove property from the business

Auto Theft

1300 blk. of University Blvd., on Monday, May 14th at 11:02 a.m., officers responded to an auto theft that occurred earlier. Unknown suspect(s) stole a silver 1997 Honda Accord by unknown means from a parking lot.

Arrests:

7600 blk. of New Hampshire Ave., on Friday, May 11th at 1:19 a.m., a female 46 was arrested for having two open theft warrants.

7600 blk. of Piney Branch Rd., on Monday, May 14th at 3:29 p.m., a male 14 was arrested for possession of marijuana and later released to a guardian.

6900 blk. of New Hampshire Ave., on Friday, May 11th at 4:13 p.m., a male 40 was arrested for driving with a suspended license, failure to control speed, and related charges.

7600 blk. of New Hampshire Ave., on Friday, May 11th at 1:19 a.m., a female was arrested for having two open warrants.

Intersection of New Hampshire Ave., and Larch Ave., on Friday, May 11th at 2:16 a.m., two males 55 and 49 were arrested for drug paraphernalia.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Cancel Critical Missing Adult - News Release

NEWS RELEASE
City of Takoma Park Police Department
● 7500 Maple Avenue ● Takoma Park, Md 20912


For more information contact:
Public Information Officer (PIO)
Catherine Plevy, 301/891.7142 or 240/338.2901


May 16, 2012 (9:07 a.m.)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Critical missing adult, Katya Alexandra Chesla, has been found. She is safe and in good health.

Monday, May 14, 2012

CORRECTION Critical Missing Adult - News Release

**CORRECTED as to date last seen**

NEWS RELEASE
City of Takoma Park Police Department
● 7500 Maple Avenue ● Takoma Park, Md 20912


For more information contact:
Public Information Officer (PIO)
Catherine Plevy, 301/891.7142 or 240/338.2901


May 14, 2012 (2:27 p.m.)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


Detectives from the Takoma Park Police Department are investigating the disappearance of a critically missing adult. Katya Alexandra Chesla, 20, was last seen on May 13, 2012, at 8:00 p.m. Chesla is a white female, 4’11, 110 lbs., with blue eyes and short brown hair. She was last seen wearing a white shirt and blue jeans. Chesla is critically missing because she may be in need of medication.

Anyone who has information about Katya Alexandra Chesla’s whereabouts is asked to contact the Takoma Park Police Department at 301-270-1100.

** A photograph of Katya Alexandra Chesla is being e-mailed with this News Release**

Critical Missing Adult - News Release

NEWS RELEASE
City of Takoma Park Police Department
● 7500 Maple Avenue ● Takoma Park, Md 20912


For more information contact:
Public Information Officer (PIO)
Catherine Plevy, 301/891.7142 or 240/338.2901


May 14, 2012 (2:20 p.m.)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


Detectives from the Takoma Park Police Department are investigating the disappearance of a critically missing adult. Katya Alexandra Chesla, 20, was last seen on May 14, 2012. Chesla is a white female, 4’11, 110 lbs., with blue eyes and short brown hair. She was last seen wearing a white shirt and blue jeans. Chesla is critically missing because she may be in need of medication.

Anyone who has information about Katya Alexandra Chesla’s whereabouts is asked to contact the Takoma Park Police Department at 301-270-1100.

** A photograph of Katya Alexandra Chesla is being e-mailed with this News Release**

Junior Police Academy – 1 Day Summer Camp – Community Advisory

The Takoma Park Police Department, in partnership with the Recreation Department, will host four sessions of a Junior Police Academy, 1-day summer camp. Don’t delay in signing up! The class is free (and includes a pizza lunch!) and there are only 10 slots available for each session, which means that they will fill up very quickly!

Join us and be part of a fun-filled, action packed day of Junior Police Academy. Campers will be introduced to law enforcement, patrol procedures, criminal investigations, meet the canine officer and learn tips on how to prevent crime and bullying. Lunch will be provided and a certificate of completion will be distributed at the end of the day. All participants must wear sneakers and dress appropriately. Only 10 campers will be allowed for each session. Registration is on a first come, first serve basis.

Registration for children (age 6-12) begins today, May 14, 2012. Please register your child(ren) for only one session.

Sessions are on Mondays, from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. as follows:

Session 1: Monday, July 2, 2012
Session 2: Monday, July 16, 2012
Session 3: Monday, July 30, 2012
Session 4: Monday, August 6, 2012

They will take place in the Lilac Room in the Takoma Park Community Center, 7500 Maple Avenue, Takoma Park, Maryland.
You can register online at www.active.net.active.com/takomaparkrecreation or you can walk in and register at the Takoma Park Community Center.
 LewM@takomagov.org or (301) 891-7284.
For additional information, please contact Lew McAllister at

May is Bike Month - Community Advisory

May is Bike Month, and this year Takoma Park will join the regional Bike to Work Day network on Friday, May 18.

Everyone who registers for the free morning event is entered into a drawing for prizes (like a new bike), and treated to light refreshments and a t-shirt at their 'pit stop.' The three pit stop locations in Takoma Park are:

- Old Town by the Gazebo
- Sligo Creek Trail at New Hampshire Avenue
- The Crossroads (near the Starbucks)

There are many ways to participate for those who commute from afar, including biking to your local Metro Station. You can find Takoma Park's pit stops and register at http://www.biketoworkmetrodc.org/bike-to-work-day-pit-stops/.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Open House at the Piney Branch Elementary School Swimming Pool Sunday, May 20 – Community Advisory

Fun day at the swimming pool!

You are invited to an Open House at the Swimming Pool at Piney Branch Elementary School, 7510 Maple Avenue, Takoma Park, Maryland (next to the municipal building – use the side entrance off Grant Avenue).

Sunday, May 20, 2012
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

All events this day will be free and open to the public.

To learn more, please visit www.acsgw.org/pool_about.htm.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Takoma Park Police Department Weekly Crime Report: 5/4/12 - 5/10/12

Ward 1:

Larceny from Vehicle

400 blk. of Tulip Ave., on Thursday, May 10th at 9:00 a.m., officers responded to a theft that occurred overnight. Unknown suspect(s) gained entry to a vehicle by unknown means and stole property.

Ward 2:

None

Ward 3:

Larceny from Vehicle

6300 blk. of New Hampshire Ave., on Wednesday, May 9th at 2:00 p.m., officers responded to a theft that occurred earlier. Unknown suspect(s) gained entry into a vehicle by removing the door lock and stole property.

6300 blk. of New Hampshire Ave., on Wednesday, May 9th at 8:24 a.m., officers responded to a theft that just occurred. Unknown suspect(s) pulled their vehicle alongside the female victims’ vehicle, opened the victims’ unlocked door, removed the victims’ purse, and then fled southbound on New Hampshire Avenue.

Auto Theft

6300 blk. of New Hampshire Ave., on Friday, May 4th at 7:43 a.m., officers responded to an auto theft that just occurred. Unknown suspect(s) pulled their vehicle alongside the female victims’ vehicle, opened the victims unlocked door, entered the vehicle, and stole the victims Maroon 2007 Acura MDX. The suspects fled southbound on New Hampshire Avenue.

Ward 4:

None

Ward 5:

None

Ward 6:

None

Arrests:

7500 blk. of Maple Ave., on Tuesday, May 8th at 8:30 a.m., a male 46 was arrested for having an open traffic warrant.

7400 blk. of New Hampshire Ave., on Monday, May 7th at 2:46 a.m., a female 29 and male 28 were arrested for having an open alcoholic container in public.

900 blk. of Merrimac Dr., on Sunday, May 6th at 3:02 p.m., a male 18 was arrested for possession of marijuana, drug paraphernalia, and driving without a license.

7600 blk. of New Hampshire Ave., on Saturday, May 5th at 11:51 p.m., a male 27 was arrested for disorderly conduct.

7600 blk. of Carroll Ave., on Saturday, May 5th at 3:45 p.m., a male 23 was arrested for having an open alcoholic container in public.

1300 blk. of Holton Ln, on Saturday, May 5th at 2:24 p.m., a female 19 was arrested for disorderly conduct.

7200 blk. of New Hampshire Ave., on Thursday, May 10th at 3:24 a.m., a male 27 was arrested for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

700 blk. of Ethan Allen Ave., on Tuesday, May 8th at 1:03 a.m., a male 47 was arrested for possession of cocaine and marijuana.

8300 blk. of Roanoke Ave., on Tuesday, May 8th at 12:23 a.m., a male 18 was arrested for possession of marijuana.

7600 blk. of New Hampshire Ave., on Friday, May 4th at 2:16 p.m., a male 41 was arrested for having an open warrant for drug possession.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Gas Station Theft from Auto - Community Advisory

On May 9, 2012, at approximately 8:24 a.m., Takoma Park Police responded for a theft from auto that occurred in the 6300 block of New Hampshire Avenue (Sunoco Gas Station). The victim was pumping gas when a black Hyundai pulled alongside the vehicle and an unknown black male exited the vehicle and took property. The suspect then fled southbound on New Hampshire Avenue. A look-out was given to surrounding jurisdictions.

Investigation continues under case #12022301. Anyone with information about this crime is asked to please call us at 301.270.1100.

You can now use your cell phone to send a tip to the Takoma Park Police Department and remain 100% anonymous.


* Text to 847411

* Type TPPDTIP at the beginning of your message.

* Type your message including as much detail as possible to ensure that your tip is thoroughly investigated.

* Send your tip, knowing that you are helping to reduce crime in your community while remaining 100% anonymous.


You can also now send a tip using the Takoma Park Police Department's Facebook page. In the left hand column you will find a link to "submit a tip." Your tip is important and CAN make a difference!


If you see a crime in progress and need to contact the Takoma Park Police, please call 301-270-1100. If you need to report an emergency that involves the need for fire or rescue services, you must call 9-1-1.
 

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

CORRECTION Takoma Park Police Department 2011 Officer of the Year Announced; Other Award Recipients - News Release

**Corrected as to adding award recipients to the Meritorious Service Medal and Unit Citation Award.**

NEWS RELEASE

City of Takoma Park Police Department

• 7500 Maple Avenue • Takoma Park, Md 20912



For more information contact:

Public Information Officer (PIO)

Catherine Plevy, 301/891.7142 or 240/338.2901



May 8, 2012 (8:20 p.m.)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE



Chief Ronald Ricucci announces today the officer and civilians who have won 2011 awards.



The 2011 Officer of the Year is Private Peter Marable.

Pvt. Marable took the Oath of Office with the Takoma Park Police Department on January 10, 2011, shortly after graduating from the Montgomery County Police Training Academy. During his field training, Pvt. Marable’s willingness to learn, desire to perform his duties and his positive attitude have been more than impressive.

After successfully completing his field training, Pvt. Marable continued to excel in his dedication to duty, professionalism and determination. Having previously worked as a District Court Commissioner, Pvt. Marable brought much knowledge to the job which he eagerly shares with his fellow officers. Pvt. Marable strives for excellence and has skills, knowledge and ability which far exceed an average, young officer. In his short time thus far with Takoma Park Police, Pvt. Marable has logged in 1,088 calls for service, wrote 292 reports, conducted 255 field interview reports, wrote 235 State citations, 112 Safety Repair Orders, 44 parking tickets, 98 warnings, made 33 in-view full custody arrests, eight juvenile arrests, served 29 arrest warrants, obtained nine arrest warrants, wrote 27 criminal citations and made two Driving Under the Influence arrests. Pvt. Marable is a tremendous asset to the Takoma Park Police Department and we congratulate him on being named Officer of the Year!



We also congratulate our Civilians of the Year, Ana Cubillo, Dispatcher, and Andrew Gucciardo, Crime Analyst.

Ms. Cubillo joined the Takoma Park Police Department in April 2007. Ms. Cubillo is an asset not only to the communications division, but the department as a whole. She embodies the word "teamwork" and is a huge supporter of officer safety. Ms. Cubillo strives to keep the officers and citizens of Takoma Park safe whenever she sits down to do her job. She is always willing to accept additional tasks, such as filling in as supervisor when needed, and assisting the warrants clerk. When dispatching a tense or critical situation, Ms. Cubillo is always calm and collected, which is such an important attribute. Ms. Cubillo’s positive attitude fosters team building in the communications division, and she provides the highest customer service.

Mr. Gucciardo joined the Takoma Park Police Department in December 2009, and immediately took a strong approach to his duties and demonstrated that he is committed to his responsibilities. Mr. Gucciardo is constantly tracking crime patterns and developing responses to command staff on how to respond to specific crime trends. He keeps officers informed by providing crime maps and pertinent suspect look-out information. He is always willing to accept additional tasks, such as assuming the department’s Public Information Officer media responsibilities, when needed. Since his employment with the Takoma Park Police, CompStat has grown and has been presented on a monthly basis to staff and periodically to the public. Mr. Gucciardo’s positive attitude fosters team building, and he provides the highest customer service.

Ms. Cubillo and Mr. Gucciardo contribute significantly to the department’s visions and goals through their extraordinary efforts, outstanding performance and dedication to duty. Congratulations to both Ms. Cubillo and Mr. Gucciardo!



There are a variety of other awards that are given out at the Takoma Park Police Awards Banquet, which is being held on Friday, June 1, 2012:



Supervisor of the Year

Lt. Richard Bowers

Life Saving Medal

Sgt. Andrew John

Medal of Honor

Lt. Tyrone Collington

Cpl. Keith Largent

Cpl. Thomas Black

Pfc. David Quante

Meritorious Service Medal

Sgt. Dan Frishkorn

Cpl. Paula Gaskin

Pfc. Carla Magnaye

Pfc. Jeffrey Demuth

Pfc. Mary Jo Walpole

Pfc. Matthew Barber

Pvt. Thomas Sims

Honorable Service Medal

Pfc. Eric Mueller

Pvt. Thomas Sims



Unit Citation

Support Services Division

Lt. Tyrone Collington

Sgt. Dan Frishkorn

Cpl. Paula Gaskin

Cpl. Greg Wolff

Pfc. Rick Cannatella

Pfc. Derek Fields

Pfc. Joseph Butler

Ms. Diana Dean

Mr. Leo Mangum

Mr. Andrew Gucciardo

First Place Shooter

Pfc. Matthew Barber



There are also a myriad of Memorandum of Commendations, Command Recognitions, Letters of Recognition and Educational Achievements that will be given out to civilian and sworn personnel for their great work during 2011.



Congratulations to all of the award recipients!

Monday, May 7, 2012

May is Bike Month - Community Advisory

May is Bike Month, and this year Takoma Park will join the regional Bike to Work Day network on Friday, May 18.

Everyone who registers for the free morning event is entered into a drawing for prizes (like a new bike), and treated to light refreshments and a t-shirt at their 'pit stop.' The three pit stop locations in Takoma Park are:

- Old Town by the Gazebo
- Sligo Creek Trail at New Hampshire Avenue
- The Crossroads (near the Starbucks)

There are many ways to participate for those who commute from afar, including biking to your local Metro Station. You can find Takoma Park's pit stops and register at http://www.biketoworkmetrodc.org/bike-to-work-day-pit-stops/.

CORRECTION Chief's "Click it or Ticket" Campaign - News Release

**Corrected as to fine/penalty for the violation of children under eight years old not being properly secured, which is $60.00.**

NEWS RELEASE
City of Takoma Park Police Department
• 7500 Maple Avenue • Takoma Park, Md 20912

For more information contact:
Public Information Officer (PIO)
Catherine Plevy, 301/891.7142 or 240/338.2901

May 7, 2012 (3:17 p.m.)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The statewide Chiefs’ Challenge, which emphasizes safety restraint enforcement, began on May 1 and will run through the month of May 2012. The City of Takoma Park Police Department officers will focus on enforcement of the state’s seat belt laws as part of the nationwide "Click It or Ticket" campaign. Officers will stand at various places throughout the City during the campaign in order to issue tickets to any person not wearing a seatbelt or who does not have their child properly restrained.

Citizens are reminded that the driver, front seat passenger, and all other occupants under the age of 16 must wear a seat belt or be restrained by a child safety seat. The penalty for this violation is $25.00. A child under the age of 8, less than 4’9" tall, and weighing less than 65 pounds should be secured in an approved child safety seat. The penalty for this violation is $60.00.
 Takoma Park Police Chief, Ronald A. Ricucci, is hoping for less tickets this year because that means citizens are taking their safety, and that of their children, very seriously. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), "Click it or Ticket" is one of the most successful seat belt enforcement campaigns ever, helping to increase the national seatbelt usage rate.

Chief's "Click it or Ticket" Campaign - News Release

NEWS RELEASE
City of Takoma Park Police Department
• 7500 Maple Avenue • Takoma Park, Md 20912

For more information contact:
Public Information Officer (PIO)
Catherine Plevy, 301/891.7142 or 240/338.2901

May 7, 2012 (2:34 p.m.)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The statewide Chiefs’ Challenge, which emphasizes safety restraint enforcement, began on May 1 and will run through the month of May 2012. The City of Takoma Park Police Department officers will focus on enforcement of the state’s seat belt laws as part of the nationwide "Click It or Ticket" campaign. Officers will stand at various places throughout the City during the campaign in order to issue tickets to any person not wearing a seatbelt or who does not have their child properly restrained.

Citizens are reminded that the driver, front seat passenger, and all other occupants under the age of 16 must wear a seat belt or be restrained by a child safety seat. The penalty for this violation is $25.00. A child under the age of 8, less than 4’9" tall, and weighing less than 65 pounds should be secured in an approved child safety seat if the vehicle is registered in Maryland. The penalty for this violation is $50.00.

Takoma Park Police Chief, Ronald A. Ricucci, is hoping for less tickets this year because that means citizens are taking their safety, and that of their children, very seriously. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), "Click it or Ticket" is one of the most successful seat belt enforcement campaigns ever, helping to increase the national seatbelt usage rate.

Takoma Park Police Department 2011 Officer of the Year Announced; Other Award Recipients - News Release

NEWS RELEASE
City of Takoma Park Police Department
• 7500 Maple Avenue • Takoma Park, Md 20912


For more information contact:
Public Information Officer (PIO)
Catherine Plevy, 301/891.7142 or 240/338.2901


May 7, 2012 (1:34 p.m.)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


Chief Ronald Ricucci announces today the officer and civilians who have won 2011 awards.


The 2011 Officer of the Year is Private Peter Marable.

Pvt. Marable took the Oath of Office with the Takoma Park Police Department on January 10, 2011, shortly after graduating from the Montgomery County Police Training Academy. During his field training, Pvt. Marable’s willingness to learn, desire to perform his duties and his positive attitude have been more than impressive.

After successfully completing his field training, Pvt. Marable continued to excel in his dedication to duty, professionalism and determination. Having previously worked as a District Court Commissioner, Pvt. Marable brought much knowledge to the job which he eagerly shares with his fellow officers. Pvt. Marable strives for excellence and has skills, knowledge and ability which far exceed an average, young officer. In his short time thus far with Takoma Park Police, Pvt. Marable has logged in 1,088 calls for service, wrote 292 reports, conducted 255 field interview reports, wrote 235 State citations, 112 Safety Repair Orders, 44 parking tickets, 98 warnings, made 33 in-view full custody arrests, eight juvenile arrests, served 29 arrest warrants, obtained nine arrest warrants, wrote 27 criminal citations and made two Driving Under the Influence arrests. Pvt. Marable is a tremendous asset to the Takoma Park Police Department and we congratulate him on being named Officer of the Year!


We also congratulate our Civilians of the Year, Ana Cubillo, Dispatcher, and Andrew Gucciardo, Crime Analyst.

Ms. Cubillo joined the Takoma Park Police Department in April 2007. Ms. Cubillo is an asset not only to the communications division, but the department as a whole. She embodies the word "teamwork" and is a huge supporter of officer safety. Ms. Cubillo strives to keep the officers and citizens of Takoma Park safe whenever she sits down to do her job. She is always willing to accept additional tasks, such as filling in as supervisor when needed, and assisting the warrants clerk. When dispatching a tense or critical situation, Ms. Cubillo is always calm and collected, which is such an important attribute. Ms. Cubillo’s positive attitude fosters team building in the communications division, and she provides the highest customer service.

Mr. Gucciardo joined the Takoma Park Police Department in December 2009, and immediately took a strong approach to his duties and demonstrated that he is committed to his responsibilities. Mr. Gucciardo is constantly tracking crime patterns and developing responses to command staff on how to respond to specific crime trends. He keeps officers informed by providing crime maps and pertinent suspect look-out information. He is always willing to accept additional tasks, such as assuming the department’s Public Information Officer media responsibilities, when needed. Since his employment with the Takoma Park Police, CompStat has grown and has been presented on a monthly basis to staff and periodically to the public. Mr. Gucciardo’s positive attitude fosters team building, and he provides the highest customer service.

Ms. Cubillo and Mr. Gucciardo contribute significantly to the department’s visions and goals through their extraordinary efforts, outstanding performance and dedication to duty. Congratulations to both Ms. Cubillo and Mr. Gucciardo!


There are a variety of other awards that are given out at the Takoma Park Police Awards Banquet, which is being held on Friday, June 1, 2012:

Supervisor of the Year
Lt. Richard Bowers

Life Saving Medal
Sgt. Andrew John

Medal of Honor
Lt. Tyrone Collington
Cpl. Keith Largent
Cpl. Thomas Black
Pfc. David Quante

Meritorious Service Medal
Sgt. Dan Frishkorn
Cpl. Paula Gaskin
Pfc. Carla Magnaye
Pfc. Jeffrey Demuth
Pfc. Mary Jo Walpole
Pvt. Thomas Sims

Honorable Service Medal
Pfc. Eric Mueller
Pvt. Thomas Sims

Unit Citation
Support Services Division
Lt. Tyrone Collington
Sgt. Dan Frishkorn
Cpl. Paula Gaskin
Cpl. Greg Wolff
Pfc. Rick Cannatella
Pfc. Derek Fields
Pfc. Joseph Butler

First Place Shooter
Pfc. Matthew Barber


There are also a myriad of Memorandum of Commendations, Command Recognitions, Letters of Recognition and Educational Achievements that will be given out to civilian and sworn personnel for their great work during 2011.


Congratulations to all of the award recipients!

Friday, May 4, 2012

A Message from the Chief of Police - Gas Station Crime - Community Advisory

The latest stolen auto from the Sunoco Gas Station in the 6300 block of New Hampshire Avenue has renewed concern from citizens to the Police Department asking what is being done to combat the crime at the two gas stations on New Hampshire Avenue.

Since January 31, 2012, there have been 11 incidents reported at the two gas stations on New Hampshire Avenue. There were eight theft from autos, three auto thefts and one commercial armed robbery. Takoma Park Police have charged four suspects involved in several of these incidents.

The Police Department has taken a strong approach to combating these types of incidents, such as conducting numerous plainclothes and uniformed officer details, media coverage, community advisory notifications, social network announcements, shared information with allied agencies who are experiencing the same types of incidents and have posted signs and flyers at the pumps to alert/remind citizens to lock their vehicles, remove keys and don't leave their items laying out on the seat in plain view for suspects to steal. Takoma Park Detectives have even created a safety video for the community to demonstrate how quick and easy it is for suspects to park beside the victim's car, exit their usually stolen vehicles and enter the victim's vehicle while they are pumping fuel and steal their property which, in most instances, are laying out on the seat in plain view. (This video can be found at
www.youtube.com with the key word Takoma Park Gas Station Robberies). These suspects flee the area usually before the victims' even notice that their property is missing. In addition, the gas stations' owner has been contacted several times by detectives, and the Community Outreach Officer, to try and work together to deter crime at these stations.

These suspects are familiar with the locations and usually pick these two gas stations because they are close to the District of Columbia and Maryland State line. The Police are not allowed to chase these vehicles into the District of Columbia for misdemeanor offenses (thefts from autos).

As result of the latest auto theft, the department will initiate another plainclothes detail in the area to attempt to catch suspects committing these crimes.

It is extremely important for citizens to adhere to the tips below, including turning their vehicle off, removing the keys from the ignition and locking the vehicle while pumping gas. They should also remove any and all valuables from the passenger seat area and items in plain view.

Criminals are opportunists and will continue to take advantage of victimizing citizens who fail to protect themselves or their property.

Some Gas Station Safety Tips:

Because self-service gas pumps are used by most people today, carjackers have identified service stations as excellent locations to find plenty of victims. Carjackers simply wait for the moment when they can most easily move into a vehicle and drive away. Many drivers leave their keys in the ignition and their cars unlocked when they get out of their cars to use self-service gas pumps. While the driver is putting gas in the tank, the carjacker can simply open the car door, get in the car and drive away. This is especially dangerous if your children and/or pets are in the vehicle.

Sometimes, the carjacker will wait until the driver goes to the gas station’s cashier to pay for the gas. While the driver is busy paying the cashier, the carjacker will drive off with the car.

Carefully consider where and when you buy gas. Choose a safe, familiar area during daylight hours whenever possible. In addition, make a practice of filling up your tank when it is half-empty, if possible. Never let your gas supply get so low that you are forced to stop for fuel in an unsafe or unfamiliar area at a dangerous time.

In addition, sometimes it’s not a carjacker but a thief who chooses self-service gas pumps for his crimes. Most people will leave their keys in the ignition and their purses and/or wallets, cell phones, etc. on the passenger seat of the vehicle. With doors unlocked, it’s easy for a thief to open the door, take your belongings and flee. It only takes seconds (please watch the video prepared by the Takoma Park Police Department referenced above to see just how easy this crime is).

Some tips when you are at a gas station:

1. Never leave your keys in the ignition. Take them out of the vehicle and lock your car while you are pumping gas.

2. Do not leave your valuables in plain sight when you exit your vehicle. Even with doors locked and no keys, the thief cannot resist your valuables.

3. Pay attention to your surroundings. Do not let your cell phone distract you. (As a side note, using your cell phone at a gas pump is very dangerous. Cell phones and other electronic devices may have the potential to emit electrical charges, and should therefore be left in the vehicle during fueling).

4. If you are going to pay for your gas inside the cashier’s office, please do not leave your children in the vehicle, regardless if your doors are locked or not. Take them with you. It may seem like a hassle, but consider the alternative.

5. If you are using a credit card at the gas pump, always take your receipt or hit the "clear" or "no" button when it asks before leaving. Otherwise, you leave your credit card information open for the next person.

Please be safe!

Resurfacing of MD 320 between DC City Line and Md 193 - Community Advisory

As part of the State Highway Administration's (SHA's) ongoing effort to keep you informed of projects in your area, crews will begin the final phase of a $2 million safety and resurfacing project on a two-mile section of MD 320 (Piney Branch Road) between the DC City line and MD 193 (University Boulevard) beginning this Sunday night, May 6, at 9 p.m.

Weather permitting, the project should be complete late July.

During this phase, SHA will grind (remove top layer of pavement), patch and resurface all lanes of Piney Branch Road, as well as re-stripe the roadway. The project will improve drivability on the heavily traveled corridor of Piney Branch Road between the DC line and MD 193, as well as improve pedestrian access to homes, local businesses, bus stops and churches. On average, 15,000 vehicles travel Piney Branch Road each day.

Through late July, crews will close one lane in both directions of MD 320 at 9 p.m., then two lanes in both directions at 11 p.m. nightly, Sunday through Thursday. All lanes will be open by 5 a.m. daily. Parking restrictions will be in place during construction, so motorists should allow extra time to locate alternate parking. Vehicles will be towed if parked illegally during construction.

Most Wanted TV Segment for Takoma Park Police - News Release

NEWS RELEASE
City of Takoma Park Police Department
• 7500 Maple Avenue • Takoma Park, Md 20912


For more information contact:
Public Information Officer (PIO)
Catherine Plevy, 301/891.7142 or 240/338.2901


May 4, 2012 (10:20 a.m.)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


The City of Takoma Park Police Department has implemented a "City of Takoma Park Police Department ‘Most Wanted’ News Broadcast" on our local television station (Channel 13). The ‘Most Wanted’ list will be aired several times daily at various times and lengths of times. The list will be updated every two weeks, not withstanding a criminal "jumping" to the top of that list for a more heinous crime.

Chief Ricucci states that "this new capability will help our citizens play an active role in keeping their eyes and ears open for anyone they know or who they have seen who is wanted by Takoma Park Police." As with other information given by citizens, if a "Most Wanted’ person is aired, and a citizen wants to remain anonymous, they can use their cell phone to send a tip to the Takoma Park Police Department and remain 100% anonymous.


* Text to 847411

* Type TPPDTIP at the beginning of your message.

* Type your message including as much detail as possible to ensure that your tip is thoroughly investigated.

* Send your tip, knowing that you are helping to reduce crime in your community while remaining 100% anonymous.


You can also now send a tip using the Takoma Park Police Department's Facebook page. In the left hand column you will find a link to "submit a tip." Your tip is important and CAN remove a dangerous felon off the street.

Stolen Auto - Community Advisory

On May 4, 2012, at approximately 7:43 a.m., Takoma Park Police responded to the 6300 block of New Hampshire Avenue (Sunoco Gas Station) for reports of a stolen auto. The victim was pumping gasoline when the suspect, an unknown black male, entered her vehicle and fled from the scene towards the District of Columbia on New Hampshire Avenue. The outstanding stolen vehicle is described as a 2007 Acura MDX, dark red or maroon in color, Maryland tag #96839CA.

The outstanding vehicle has been entered into the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) stolen vehicle database. Investigation continues under case #12021386. Anyone with information about this crime is asked to please call us at 301.270.1100.

You can now use your cell phone to send a tip to the Takoma Park Police Department and remain 100% anonymous.


* Text to 847411

* Type TPPDTIP at the beginning of your message.

* Type your message including as much detail as possible to ensure that your tip is thoroughly investigated.

* Send your tip, knowing that you are helping to reduce crime in your community while remaining 100% anonymous.


You can also now send a tip using the Takoma Park Police Department's Facebook page. In the left hand column you will find a link to "submit a tip." Your tip is important and CAN make a difference!


If you see a crime in progress and need to contact the Takoma Park Police, please call 301-270-1100. If you need to report an emergency that involves the need for fire or rescue services, you must call 9-1-1.

Fourth Annual Takoma Park Safe Routes to School 5K Challenge - Sunday May 6- Community Advisory

To register for the Fourth Annual Takoma Park Safe Routes to School 5K Challenge please visit www.tkpk5k.com. The event will be held on Sunday, May 6, 2012, with an 8:00 a.m. START. Additional events include: 5K Walk, 1 Mile Fun Run, 1/4 Mile Youth Run. The web site covers registration, sponsors, course map and frequently asked questions.http://www.facebook.com/tkpk5k.
New for 2012: Welcome Takoma Park Middle School! TPMS joins East Silver Spring, Piney Branch, Rolling Terrace and Takoma Park Elementary Schools. Proceeds fund PTA programs focusing on pedestrian safety, health and fitness at all five schools.
Packet pick up: City Sports Silver Spring, 8510 Fenton Street, Silver Spring, MD 20912, Saturday, May 5, 2012, 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
"Like" the Takoma Park 5K Challenge on Facebook at
Road Closures and Parking:
Road Closures on Race Day include Maple Avenue between Philadelphia Avenue and Sligo Creek Parkway from 7:50 am to 10:15 am; Sligo Creek Parkway will close at 8:00 am instead of 9:00 am. and Grant Avenue will be closed between the Community Center Parking lot and Maple Avenue for race festivities. There will be no parking on Maple Avenue between Philadelphia Avenue and Sligo Creek Parkway and on Grant between the Community Center parking lot and Maple Avenue on Sunday morning from 6:00 am to 10:00 am.
Lucy Neher, Coordinator
City of Takoma Park Safe Routes to School

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Takoma Park Police Department Weekly Crime Report: 4/27/12 - 5/3/12

Ward 1:

Larceny

7600 blk. of Takoma Ave., on Tuesday, May 1st at 6:04 p.m., officers responded to a theft that occurred earlier. Unknown suspect(s) removed property from two lockers in a men’s locker room.

Larceny from Vehicle

200 blk. of Park Ave., on Thursday, May 3rd at 8:31 a.m., officers responded to a theft that occurred overnight. Unknown suspect(s) broke a window and stole a GPS from the glove box.

Ward 2:

None

Ward 3:

Larceny from Vehicle

Unit blk. of Jefferson Ave., on Saturday, April 28th at 6:03 p.m., officers responded to theft that occurred earlier. Unknown suspect(s) entered an unlocked vehicle and stole property.

Larceny

7500 blk. of Carroll Ave., on Monday, April 30th at 10:26 a.m., officers responded to a theft that occurred earlier. Unknown suspect(s) stole a laptop from an office with no sign of forced entry.

Ward 4:

Larceny from Vehicle

7600 blk. of Maple Ave., on Wednesday, May 2nd at 9:10 a.m., officers responded to a theft that occurred overnight. Unknown suspect(s) stole property from a vehicle by unknown means.

Ward 5:

Larceny

8600 blk. of Flower Ave., on Sunday, April 29th at 10:30 a.m., officers responded to a theft that occurred earlier. A known suspect stole property from a female victim while staying at the victim’s residence.

Ward 6:

Assault

7400 blk. of New Hampshire Ave., on Friday, April 27th at 5:10 p.m., officers responded to an assault in progress. Two females 21 and 20 were arrested for placing a child inside a trunk and driving through a parking lot. The child was removed unharmed and both suspects were arrested.

Arrests:

7900 blk. of Takoma Ave., on Tuesday, May 1st at 10:48 p.m., a male 30 was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol.

1300 blk. of University Blvd., on Sunday, April 29th at 11:41 p.m., a male 24 was arrested for attempting to pass a fraudulent prescription note.

7700 blk. of Maple Ave., on Saturday, April 28th at 4:25 p.m., two males 21 and 20 were arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia.

8200 blk. of Houston Ct., on Friday, April 27th at 8:51 p.m., a male 21 was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia.

7600 blk. of New Hampshire Ave., on Friday, April 27th at 11:04 a.m., a male 56 was arrested for trespassing.

200 blk. of Tulip Ave., on Wednesday, May 2nd at 5:57 p.m., a male 32 was arrested for disorderly conduct, drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana, and resisting arrest.

200 blk. of Tulip Ave., on Wednesday, May 2nd at 5:57 p.m., a female 20 was arrested for disorderly conduct and drug paraphernalia.

7500 blk. of Maple Ave., on Wednesday, May 2nd at 11:06 a.m., a male 48 was arrested for having an open driving without a license warrant.

900 blk. of Merrimac Ave., on Tuesday, May 1st at 5:30 p.m., a male 30 and a female 37 were arrested for having open drug possession with intent to distribute warrants.

Intersection of Piney Branch Ave. and New Hampshire Ave., on Friday, April 27th at 7:40 p.m., a male 19 was arrested for failure to obey, obstructing justice, and disorderly conduct.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Road Closures and Parking for Fourth Annual Takoma Park Safe Routes to School 5K Challenge - Community Advisory

Road Closures on Race Day include Maple Avenue between Philadelphia Avenue and Sligo Creek Parkway from 7:50 am to 10:15 am; Sligo Creek Parkway will close at 8:00 am instead of 9:00 am. and Grant Avenue will be closed between the Community Center Parking lot and Maple Avenue for race festivities. There will be no parking on Maple Avenue between Philadelphia Avenue and Sligo Creek Parkway and on Grant between the Community Center parking lot and Maple Avenue on Sunday morning from 6:00 am to 10:00 am.