Friday, December 28, 2012

Winter Weather Advisory - Community Advisory

1-3" of snow possible over Montgomery County tonight and tomorrow.

The National Weather Service has issued a WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY for Montgomery County until 6 pm Saturday.

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY is issued when frozen precipitation is expected which may impact travel. Travel may become hazardous. Caution should be used during any travel.

REMINDER: Fitness Expo 2013 - Recreation Department - Community Advisory

Takoma Park Recreation Center
7315 New Hampshire Avenue
Takoma Park, MD 20912
301.891.7289
www.takomaparkmd.gov/recreation
Fitness Expo 2013
Saturday, January 5th
8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Making fitness fun and accessible is what this Fitness Expo is all about. Free and fun for all ages! Find ways to keep your News Years resolution this year.
20 minute demonstrations
Interactive presentations
Health screenings/seminars
And much more!
Mark your calendar!
The City of Takoma Park is committed to ensuring that individuals with disabilities are able to fully participate in public meetings and programs. Anyone planning to attend a Takoma Park City or Recreation event or program and wishes to receive auxiliary aids, services or reasonable accommodations is invited to contact the Recreation Department at 301.891.7290 at least two (2) weeks in advance at the telephone number listed or through the Maryland Relay Service (1.800.735.2258 TTY/Voice).

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Shot Heard Fired in the Area of the 7600 Block of New Hampshire Avenue - Community Advisory

On December 25, 2012, at approximately 10:45 p.m., Takoma Park Police received a call for what sounded like a gun shot in the area of the 7600 block of New Hampshire Avenue. 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.
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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.

Multiple Thefts from Autos - Community Advisory

On December 23, 2012, at approximately 8:57 a.m., Takoma Park Police responded to the 7500 block of Dundalk Road and 500 block of Albany Road for reports of multiple thefts from autos. Three vehicles were broken into and property was taken. Two vehicles were unlocked and one had the door lock punched.
Investigations continue under cases #12063190, #12063192 and #12063259. Anyone with information about these crimes is asked to please call us at 301.270.1100.

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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.

Road Closures - Community Advisory

Due to an earlier transformer fire at Cedar Avenue and Tulip Avenue this morning, the following roads are closed:
Tulip Avenue from Maple Avenue to Holly Avenue
and
Cedar Avenue from Birch Avenue to Tulip Avenue
Updates will be sent out as they are received regarding the re-opening of the roads.
Thank you.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Piney Branch Pool Holiday Schedule - Community Advisory

Piney Branch Pool will be closed on the following days for the holidays:

Monday, December 24

Tuesday, December 25

Tuesday, January 1



Additionally, on Monday, December 31 the pool will be open from 6:30am until 9:00am, but will then close and not reopen until its regular schedule on Wednesday, January 2.



Have a great holiday!

Friday, December 21, 2012

Gas Station Theft from Auto - Community Advisory

On December 20, 2012, at approximately 9:00 a.m., officers responded for a theft from auto that occurred earlier in the 6300 block of New Hampshire Avenue (Sunoco Gas Station). While the victim was pumping gas, the suspects entered the victim’s vehicle through the unlocked front passenger side door and took property. The suspects were driving a silver Nissan Altima with paper tags. Both are described as black males wearing all black clothing. They fled south on New Hampshire Avenue at a high rate of speed.
Investigation continues under case #12062562. Anyone with information about this crime is asked to please call us at 301.270.1100.
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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: 12/14/12 - 12/20/12

Ward 1:
Assault
7100 blk. of Carroll Ave., on Monday, December 17th at 10:33 a.m., officers responded to an assault that occurred earlier. A known male suspect assaulted a female victim in an argument that turned physical.
Larceny from Vehicle
7100 blk. of Cedar Ave., on Friday, December 14th at 3:19 a.m., officers responded to a theft that occurred earlier. Unknown suspect(s) entered the victim’s unlocked vehicle and stole a handicap placard.
Larceny
7500 blk. of Maple Ave., on Wednesday, December 19th at 4:19 p.m., officers responded to a theft that just occurred. Unknown suspect(s) stole a cell phone from a recreation room.
7500 blk. of Maple Ave., on Friday, December 14th at 7:58 p.m., officers responded to a theft that occurred earlier. Unknown suspect(s) stole a victim’s cell phone that was left unattended.
Ward 2:
Larceny
7600 blk. of Flower Ave., on Wednesday, December 19th at 12:31 a.m., officers responded to a theft that occurred earlier. Unknown suspect(s) stole a victim’s jacket from a gym.
Residential Burglary
7000 blk. of Aspen Ave., on Tuesday, December 18th at 7:55 a.m., officers responded to a burglary that occurred earlier. Unknown suspect(s) attempted to gain entry into a residence by breaking a window, but were unsuccessful. A package was then stolen from the victim’s porch.
Ward 3:
Robbery
6300 blk. of New Hampshire Ave., on Friday, December 14th at 12:59 p.m., officers responded to a robbery that just occurred. Two male suspects entered the gas station parking lot in a vehicle. Suspect #1 exited the vehicle and approached a victim sitting in a delivery truck. The suspect implied a weapon and demanded money to which the victim complied. Both suspects then fled in their vehicle southbound on New Hampshire Avenue.
Larceny
6700 blk. of Allegheny Ave., on Saturday, December 15th at 3:38 p.m., officers responded to a theft that occurred overnight. Unknown suspect(s) stole an unsecured bicycle from a porch.

Larceny from Vehicle
Intersection of Pine Ave. and Elm Ave., on Tuesday, December 18th at 3:55 a.m., officers responded to thefts that just occurred. Unknown suspect(s) gained entry into four vehicles by breaking windows, however no property was reported stolen.
7200 blk. of Carroll Ave., on Tuesday, December 18th at 9:25 a.m., officers responded to a theft that occurred overnight. Unknown suspect(s) used a rock to break a car window and stole property.
Ward 4:
None
Ward 5:
None
Ward 6:
Auto Theft
7600 blk. of New Hampshire Ave., on Wednesday, December 19th at 7:55 p.m., officers responded to an auto theft that just occurred. Unknown suspect(s) stole a Silver 2005 Lexus RX330 by unknown means from a parking lot.
Larceny
900 blk. of University Blvd., on Friday, December 14th at 11:48 p.m., officers responded to a theft that just occurred. A male suspect stole a female victim’s cell phone after it was left on a table unattended.
Arrests:
7400 blk. of Jackson Ave., on Tuesday, December 18th at 4:50 p.m., a male 46, was arrested for driving with a suspended license.
700 blk. of Hudson Ave., on Monday, December 17th at 3:52 p.m., a female 17, was arrested and released to a guardian for being a chronic runaway.
7100 blk. of Carroll Ave., on Sunday, December 16th at 6:36 a.m., a male 39, was arrested for having an open traffic warrant.
900 blk. of Merrimac Dr., on Saturday, December 15th at 2:01 a.m., a male 26 was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol.
7400 blk. of New Hampshire Ave., on Thursday, December 20th at 5:10 a.m., a male 38, was arrested for having an open failure to appear in court warrant and a female 18, was arrested for conspiracy to commit robbery.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Attempt Burglary - Community Advisory

On December 18, 2012, Takoma Park Police responded to the 7000 block of Aspen Avenue for reports of an attempt burglary that occurred sometime earlier. Unknown suspect(s) attempted to force entry into the residence by breaking a side door window. Entry was not made. However, property that was delivered to the victim's porch were stolen.
Investigation continues under case #12062156. Anyone with information about this crime is asked to please call us at 301.270.1100.
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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 December 18, 2012, at approximately 9:25 a.m., Takoma Park Police responded to the 7000 block of Carroll Avenue for reports of a theft from auto that occurred earlier. Unknown suspect(s) entered the vehicle by breaking the passenger side front door window and took property.
Investigation continues under case #12062175. 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.

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* 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, December 18, 2012

Vandalism to Auto - Community Advisory

On December 18, 2012, at approximately 7:03 a.m., Takoma Park Police responded to the 7100 block of Poplar Avenue for the report of a vandalism to auto. The victim's car was parked in the driveway of his residence and he discovered the driver's side window had been smashed out. No property was taken.
At this time, there is no suspect information. If you have any information regarding this vandalism, please contact the police department at 301-270-1100 and reference case #12062145.
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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.

Vandalism to Vehicles - Community Advisory

On December 18, 2012, at approximately 4:00 a.m., Takoma Park Police responded to the area of Pine Avenue and Elm Avenue for the report of a suspect seen breaking into vehicles. Multiple calls were received regarding this incident.
Investigation revealed that sometime between 3:00 a.m. and 3:50 a.m., an unknown suspect was seen by several people breaking into vehicles. Four vehicles sustained significant damage, i.e., broken windows and body damage. At this time, it is unknown if property was taken from any of the vehicles.
At this time, there is no suspect information. There does not seem to be any specific pattern to the type of vehicle vandalized, or whether the vehicles were targeted for any common purpose.
Police continue to investigate these vandalism to autos. The neighborhoods have been canvassed and many interviews conducted, however, at this time, no new information has been developed.
If you have any information regarding these vandalism to autos, please contact the police department at 301-270-1100 and reference case #12062121. Parents, if you have a child who has information that could assist in this investigation, and that child would like to remain anonymous, you may make a phone call on his/her behalf.
As we receive further information, we will update you.
You can now use your cell phone to send a tip to the Takoma Park Police Department and remain 100% anonymous.

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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, December 17, 2012

A Night of Music! - Recreation Department - Community Advisory

Takoma Park Recreation Center
7500 Maple Avenue
Takoma Park, MD 20912
301.891.7289
www.takomaparkmd.gov/recreation
A NIGHT OF MUSIC – FREE!Monday, December 17, 2012
Takoma Park Community Center
7500 Maple Avenue, Takoma Park, Maryland
Come and share the holiday spirit with the New Dimension Singers and the Takoma Park Community Band brass ensemble. Tap your toes and hum along as the women’s ensemble sing and dance their way through some of their favorite music of the holiday season. The show combines lighthearted secular tunes with traditional carols. After the performance, please join us in the Azalea Room (across the hall) for some holiday tunes performed by the children of the Aftercare program, followed by an intermission break (light refreshments will be served). After the intermission, there is more entertainment in the Auditorium as the brass ensemble from the popular Takoma Park Community Band will delight the audience with a wonderful holiday performance of classical carols. The audience is encouraged to join in and sing-a-long. Don’t miss the holiday fun on this special night of music!
New Dimension Singers (Auditorium)…........5:00 – 5:45 p.m.
Aftercare Children (Azalea Room).............…6:00 – 6:20 p.m.
Intermission/Refreshments (Atrium/Lobby)…6:20 – 6:45 p.m.
Brass Ensemble (Auditorium)...................…7:00 – 7:45 p.m.
Silver Foxes Seniors Special Event, Open to the public.
For more information, contact Paula Lisowski at 301.891.7280.
Transportation by Recreation Bus is available for seniors beginning at 4:15 p.m. The bus will make continuous loops to and from senior housing apartments (Franklin Apartments, Maple View Apartments, Essex House and Victory Towers) to the Takoma Park Community Center. For more information, call 301.891.7280.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Fire Safety Awareness for Aging Adults - Community Advisory

In response to recent fire activity involving senior citizens, the State Fire Marshal William E. Barnard requests aging Marylanders to take special precautions to protect themselves from the potential of injury or even death resulting from scald burns and fire related injuries. "The aging process can be difficult enough without having to recover from injuries related to smoke and thermal burns," stated Barnard. "Everyone needs to assume responsibility and take the initiative to protect themselves from needless injuries resulting from these hazardous issues."

Aging adults are a fast growing segment of the American society and are at a serious risk of receiving long term injuries and possibly death from exposure to smoke and high heat conditions. The inability to escape the effects of fire because of physical limitations and/or use of medications is of considerable concern, thereby, performing safe practices and having an escape plan are essential to quality of life. By practicing scald and fire safety tips, aging adults can reduce their chance of encountering a debilitating injury or death. Please follow the listed tips and guidelines to help protect you from a fire or burn related injury.

Before a Fire Occurs

Identify the Nearest Emergency Exit

Whether you are at home or elsewhere, you should always know the location of the nearest exit. This could save your life in an emergency.

Heed Fire Safety and Design Guidelines



Walkways and doorways should accommodate any mobility impairment an individual may have. For example, doorways should accommodate a wheelchair’s width, and flooring material should accommodate artificial limbs, walkers, or canes.

Install and Test Smoke Alarms

One important step you can take to save your life during a fire is to install a smoke alarm that suits your needs. A working smoke alarm can make a vital difference in the event of a fire and may reduce the risk of dying in a fire by as much as 60 percent. A properly functioning alarm can alert you to the presence of deadly smoke while there is still time to escape. Place alarms in each sleeping area and on every floor of your home. Keep smoke alarms clean by vacuuming or having them vacuumed regularly. Test the alarm function monthly, and replace the batteries annually. Ask friends, family members, building managers, or someone from the fire department to install and test the batteries of a smoke alarm if it is hard to reach. When replacing battery only smoke alarms, consider having 10-year lithium battery alarms installed. If your smoke alarms are hardwired (connected to the electric circuitry of your residence), make sure they are also equipped with battery backups. Aging smoke alarms may not operate efficiently and often are the source for nuisance alarms. Smoke alarms should be replaced every 10 years to ensure optimal effectiveness.

Residential Fire Sprinklers

Residential fire sprinklers are a proven life saving device in the event a fire occurs. The quick action of these life saving devices provides the additional time needed to escape the effects of fire. In many cases, a single fire sprinkler head activates and extinguishes the fire prior to the arrival of the fire department. Consider living in a home protected by residential fire sprinklers.

Have a Fire Extinguisher and Learn How To Use It

If you are confined to a wheelchair, consider mounting (or having someone mount) a small "personal use" fire extinguisher in an accessible place on your wheelchair and become familiar with its use. Then, if you cannot "stop, drop, and roll" during a fire, you should "pull, aim, squeeze, and sweep."

Live Near an Exit

If you live in an apartment building, try to get an apartment on the ground floor. If this is not possible, know where the exit stairwell is and plan to wait there for help if you cannot take the stairs in the event of a fire.

If you live in a multi-story house, try to sleep on the ground floor. Make sure a phone (or a TTY/TDD if you use one) is next to your bed, within arm’s reach. Keep emergency telephone numbers and hearing aids (if necessary) handy as well. If necessary, construct an exit ramp for emergency exits. (Follow local building codes as provided by your building permits office).

Plan and Practice Your Escape Plan



Knowing and practicing your escape plan is one of the most important steps you can take to save your life in a fire.



Plan your escape around your capabilities



Know at least two exits from every room. Make sure you can unlock all your doors and windows. Be sure you know how to open your windows. If security devices, such as bars, are installed across the windows, ensure that they release from the inside. Make any necessary accommodations (such as installation of exit ramps) to facilitate escape.

Involve the Fire Department



Ask the fire department to help you plan an escape route, and inform them of your special needs. Ask the fire department to help identify any fire hazards in your home and explain how to correct them. Any areas you plan to use as a rescue area must be identified and agreed upon by you and officials from the fire department. Learn the fire department’s limitations, and make fire officials aware of yours.

During a Fire

Get Out and Stay Out



Leave your home as soon as possible. Do not try to gather personal possessions or attempt to extinguish a fire. Do not use the elevator. Once out, do not go back inside.

Test the Doors before Opening Them



Using the back of your hand, reach up high and touch the door, the doorknob, and the space between the door and the frame. If anything feels hot, keep the door shut and use your second exit. If everything feels cool, open the door slowly and exit as low to the ground as possible if smoke is present.

Stay Low and Go



Crawl low and keep under the smoke, if you are physically able. If not, try to cover your mouth and nose to avoid breathing toxic fumes, and make your way to safety as quickly as possible.

What to Do If You Are Trapped



Close all the doors between you and the fire. Fill cracks in doors and cover all vents with a damp cloth to keep smoke out. If possible, call the fire department and tell them where you are located. Signal rescuers from a window with a light-colored cloth.

Stop, Drop, and Roll



If any part of you catches fire, do not run and do not try to extinguish the flames with your hands. Cover your face with your hands. Drop to the ground, rolling over and over. If you have a disability that prevents your taking these actions, try to keep a flame-resistant blanket or rug nearby to smother any flames.

Fire and Scald Prevention

Cooking

Never leave the stove unattended while cooking. If you need to step away from the stove, turn it off. Wear tight-fitting clothing when cooking, and keep towels and potholders away from contacting the heat source. If food or grease catches fire, smother the flames by sliding a lid over the pan and turning off the heat. Do not try to use water to extinguish a grease fire. When deep-frying, never fill the pan more than one-third full of oil or fat. If the oil starts to smoke, it is too hot. Use a thermometer to monitor the temperature of the oil. Never put foil or other metals in the microwave. Make sure the stove is kept clean and free of grease buildup. Turn pot handles away from the front of the stove so they cannot be knocked off or pulled down. Check the interior of the oven for stored items before turning it on.

Electrical Safety



Electric blankets should conform to the appropriate standards and have overheating protection. Do not wash blankets repeatedly as this can damage their electrical circuitry. If an appliance begins to smell suspicious or emit smoke, unplug it immediately. Replace all frayed or broken electrical cords. Never use an appliance with exposed wires. Never overload extension cords, and keep them out of traffic areas. Use only electrical appliances evaluated by a nationally recognized laboratory such as Underwriters Laboratories (UL).

Smoking

If choosing to smoke, consider smoking outdoors. Never smoke in bed. Make sure that you are alert when you smoke. If medical oxygen is in use, do not allow smoking anywhere inside the home. Place signage stating that oxygen is in use and warns visitors that smoking is not allowed. Never smoke while using medical oxygen, oxygen enriched hair and clothing can quickly ignite and burn rapidly. Do not smoke while under the influence of alcohol or if you are taking prescription drugs that can cause drowsiness or confusion. Never leave smoking materials unattended, and collect them in large, deep ashtrays. Check around furniture, especially upholstered furniture, for any discarded or smoldering smoking materials. Soak the ashes in the ashtray before discarding them.

Space Heaters

Give space heaters space. Keep heaters at least 3 feet from any combustible material, including people. Follow the manufacturers’ directions regarding operation, fueling, and maintenance of your space heater. Do not use heaters or other heating devices to dry clothing.



Heating



Have your heating systems and chimneys checked and cleaned annually by a professional. Never store fuel for heating equipment in the home. Keep fuel outside or in a detached storage area or shed.



Fireplaces



Open fireplaces can be hazardous; they should be covered with tempered glass doors and guarded by a raised hearth 9 to 18 inches high.

Water Heater Temperature Setting

Ensure the water heater temperature is set between 120°-125° to help prevent scald burns from water coming from the tap.

*Taken from the Maryland State Fire Marshal**


Thursday, December 13, 2012

Takoma Park Police Department Weekly Crime Report: 12/7/12 - 12/13/12

Ward 1:

Assault

6900 blk. of Carroll Ave., on Saturday, December 8th at 11:30 p.m., officers responded for an assault that occurred earlier. A male 58, was arrested for assaulting a male victim during an altercation.

7500 blk. of Maple Ave., on Friday, December 7th at 6:35 p.m., officers responded to an assault that just occurred. A female 45, was arrested for assaulting a male juvenile during an altercation.

Larceny from Vehicle

Intersection of Holly Ave., and Eastern Ave., on Friday, December 7th at 9:23 a.m., officers responded to a theft that occurred overnight. Unknown suspect(s) broke a vehicle window to gain entry and stole a GPS unit.

Ward 2:

Residential Burglary

7100 blk. of Woodland Ave., on Friday, December 7th at 11:00 a.m., officers responded to a burglary that occurred earlier. Unknown suspect(s) entered an unlocked shed and stole stereo equipment.

Residential Burglary

7400 blk. of Aspen Ave., on Tuesday, December 11th at 8:16 p.m., officers responded to a burglary that occurred earlier. Unknown suspect(s) attempted to pry open a window to a residence, but did not gain entry.

Larceny from Vehicle

800 blk. of Larch Ave., on Tuesday, December 11th at 9:36 a.m., officers responded to a theft that occurred earlier. Unknown suspect(s) broke a vehicle window to gain entry into the vehicle and stole a briefcase.



400 blk. of Circle Ave., on Friday, December 7th at 1:37 p.m., officers responded to a theft that occurred overnight. Unknown suspect(s) entered an unlocked vehicle and stole property.

Larceny

700 blk. of Ethan Allen Ave., on Thursday, December 13th at 4:35 a.m., officers responded to a theft that occurred earlier. Unknown male suspects removed property from a male victim’s apartment while guests were staying at the victims’ residence.

Ward 3:

Auto Theft

6400 blk. of 4th Ave., on Tuesday, December 11th at 1:30 p.m., officers responded to an attempted auto theft that occurred earlier. Unknown suspect(s) gained entry into a vehicle and attempted to steal it by tampering with the ignition, but were unsuccessful.

Ward 4:

None

Ward 5:

Larceny from Vehicle

300 blk. of Mississippi Ave., on Tuesday, December 11th at 9:16 p.m., officers responded to a theft that occurred overnight. Unknown suspect(s) entered two unlocked vehicles, but did not steal any property.

Larceny

7200 blk. of Flower Ave., on Monday, December 10th at 9:13 p.m., officers responded to a theft that just occurred. Two females 13 and 10 were arrested and released to a guardian after stealing property from a neighbor.

Ward 6:

Larceny from Vehicle

7200 blk. of 14th Ave., on Tuesday, December 11th at 6:29 a.m., officers responded to a theft that occurred overnight. Unknown suspect(s) gained entry into a vehicle by unknown means and stole property.

1100 blk. of Holton Ln., on Sunday, December 9th at 3:00 p.m., officers responded to a theft that occurred earlier. Unknown suspect(s) entered an unlocked vehicle and stole a GPS unit.

1100 blk. of Jackson Ave., on Sunday, December 9th at 11:20 a.m., officers responded to a theft that occurred overnight. Unknown suspect(s) entered an unlocked vehicle, but did not steal any property.

Larceny

7600 blk. of Glenside Dr., on Friday, December 7th at 1:01 a.m., officers responded to a theft that just occurred. Unknown suspect(s) stole a left front wheel from a vehicle.

7400 blk. of New Hampshire Ave., on Friday, December 7th at 7:37 a.m., officers responded to a theft that occurred overnight. Unknown suspect(s) stole four wheels from a vehicle.

7600 blk. of New Hampshire Ave., on Thursday, December 13th at 10:58 a.m., officers responded to a theft that just occurred. A male 18, was arrested for theft after fleeing a store without paying for items.

Arrests:

900 blk. of Merrimac Dr., on Saturday, December 8th at 3:30 p.m., a male 25, was arrested for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

7600 blk. of Flower Ave., on Saturday, December 8th at 2:39 p.m., a male 56, was arrested for drinking alcohol in public.

Unit blk. of Oswego Ave., on Thursday, December 13th at 12:00 p.m., a male 23, was arrested for having an open burglary warrant.

7900 blk. of Lockney Ave., on Monday, December 10th at 1:06 a.m., a male 33, was arrested for having two open failure to appear in court warrants.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Theft from Auto - Community Advisory

On December 11, 2012, at approximately 6:30 a.m., officers responded for a theft from auto that occurred earlier between December 10 at 8:00 p.m. and December 11 at 6:30 a.m. in the 7200 block of 14th Avenue. Unknown suspect(s) entered the vehicle by unknown means and took property.
Investigation continues under case #12060852. 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, December 10, 2012

Home Holiday Safety Decorating Tips and Pet Safety - Community Advisory

Be safe this holiday season!
Assemble and inspect all tools and materials before beginning actual decoration installation.
Be aware of local or homeowner association regulations and restrictions on holiday decorations.
If using a ladder, check the condition of rails, rungs, and brackets before positioning or climbing it. It is better to not use a metal ladder when installing electrical decorations if avoidable. Set ladders so the feet are on a stable, even and clean dry base. Have a spotter, if available, to help steady the ladder, pass materials and tools, and prevent persons from entering the drop zone.
Survey the location where you intend to install decorations to ensure that nails, screws or brackets will not penetrate electrical or other utility lines. Use the proper style and size hanger for the weight of the decoration you intend to mount.
Decorations should never block any means of egress nor access to utility shut-offs, including faucets, outlets, or meters. Be sure your street address numbers are not obscured by decorations, either. If you use an outdoor lighting socket as a power source for holiday decorations, make certain the lighting you temporarily disable is not safety-critical.
Young children and pets should be kept out of areas where decorations are being installed; it’s very difficult to handle tools and materials properly and safely while keeping an eye on them.
Indoor Holiday Lighting Tips:Buy/Use only lighting sets and extension cords that bear the Underwriter’s Laboratories (UL) or Factory Mutual (FM) label and are specifically marked for indoor use.
Make certain that you take the time to unroll/untangle and inspect each set of lights – new or old – for worn insulation, bare/frayed wires, broken or cracked sockets, and loose connections. If you find any such damage, do not try to repair the set. Throw it away. Replace broken/damaged lamps/bulbs (and unplug the set prior to changing lamps/bulbs!)
Be careful not to overload electrical outlets. Always look for the manufacturer’s recommendations on the number of light sets that can be strung together and other precautions listed on the packaging for the lights. If no manufacturer’s instructions are available, as a general rule, never string more than three sets of lights per single extension cord.
Protect the electrical wires from damage. Don’t run lights/wires behind drapes, under carpets, through doorways, or where they will be walked on. Don’t use nails or tacks to hang wires. Plastic non-conductive "hangers" are available for various holiday light-set hanging needs.
Always unplug lights before doing any maintenance work on them.
Outdoor Lighting Considerations:Buy/Use only lighting sets and extension cords that bear the Underwriter’s Laboratories (UL) or Factory Mutual (FM) label and are specifically marked for outdoor use.
Always look for the manufacturer’s recommendations on the number of light sets that can be strung together and other precautions listed on the packaging for the lights.
Check all light sets for fraying, aging and heat damage. Throw away any sets that show signs of damage.
Connect sets of lights to an extension cord before plugging the cord into an outlet.
Always test your light sets before setting up your ladder – replacing broken/burnt-out bulbs is much easier on the ground than on a ladder/roof!
To hold lights in place, string them through hooks or insulated staples: do not use nails or tacks. Never pull or tug lights to remove or disconnect them.
Plug all outdoor electric decorations into circuits with GFI (ground fault circuit interrupter) protection to avoid potential shocks.
If you are using a ladder, avoid contact with overhead power lines when setting up your ladder, stringing lights or working on the roof.
Wherever extension cords and light sets are connected together outdoors, keep the connections dry by wrapping them with friction tape or plastic.
Tree Safety:Fresh Trees. When selecting your tree, make sure to shake the tree vigorously, tap it on the ground, and watch for excessive loss of needles. If the tree loses a lot of needles, it’s already drying out, and a dry tree significantly increases the risk of the tree catching fire in your home. The trunk butt should be sticky with resin. Fresh trees should be green and the needles should be difficult to pull from the branches. Another good test is to take a single needle and bend it between your fingers. The needle should bend, not break.
Once you’ve selected a fresh tree and gotten it home, secure it in a sturdy stand and provide it with adequate water. At holiday time, many stores carry products designed to help you keep track of when your tree needs water. Keeping your tree well-watered will keep it supple so it retains its needles, making for fewer cleanups after the holidays and a lesser fire danger. Be sure to keep the stand filled with water because both cut and live trees dry out, and do so rapidly in heated rooms.
Use only non-combustible or flame-resistant materials to trim a tree. Choose tinsel or artificial icicles of plastic or nonleaded materials (hopefully you won’t even find "leaded" metal products available anywhere!)
Artificial Trees. If you’re considering an artificial tree, the most important thing to look for is the "Fire Resistant" label. This means the tree has been treated with a chemical that makes it resist burning – it does not mean the tree can’t, or won’t, catch on fire. NEVER use electric lights on metallic trees – use spotlights for illumination. The tree can become charged with electricity from faulty lights, and a person touching a branch could be electrocuted.Greens. Evergreen (but NEVER cedar) cuttings may be used in limited quantities, but keep greens away from heat sources (radiators, air vents, large appliances, light receptacles, etc.) and don’t smoke near trees or greens. To be as safe as possible, greens/cuttings used for door adornment or for corridor/stairwell decorations (or really for use anywhere other than as a table centerpiece) should be flame-proofed by flocking or other treatment.Tree Lighting. Decorate the tree first, and plug in the lights last. Try to insure your lamps/bulbs don’t touch the tree or other decorations. Take time to unroll/untangle and carefully inspect each set of lights before stringing it on a tree. It’s easier to find and replace broken and burnt-out bulbs before stringing your lights on the tree! (And if a light set doesn’t work at all, better to know so before it’s on the tree, too!)
Turn off or unplug your indoor holiday lighting whenever the decorated area of the house is unattended – not just when going to bed or leaving the house. Nowadays, relatively cheap wired and wireless "remote control" switches are available to ease this task (and keep you from having to crawl/bend behind a Christmas tree or furniture to unplug a lighting set/scene.) Outdoor lighting timers and remote-control sets are also available and should be considered.
Never use lighted candles on a tree or near other evergreens. When using candles for holiday accents, always use non-flammable holders, and place candles where they cannot be overturned.
In homes with small children and/or pets, take special care to avoid decorations that are sharp or breakable; keep trimmings with small removable parts out of the reach of children and/or pets to avoid them swallowing or inhaling small pieces. Avoid trimmings that resemble candy or food that may tempt a child to eat them.
Wear gloves to avoid eye and skin irritation while decorating with spun glass "angel hair." Follow container directions carefully to avoid lung irritation while decorating with artificial snow sprays.
Remove all wrapping papers, bags, paper, ribbons and bows from tree and fireplace areas promptly after gifts are opened. These items can pose suffocation and choking hazards to a small child, or pet, or can ignite if near a heat source.
Live Tree & Greens/Cuttings Removal. Live trees and greens/cuttings should be removed as soon as practical after the holiday for which they were used.
Pets:Tips to Keep your Cat Safe:Christmas is an exciting time for the family, but it always pays to take some extra precautions with our pets. Cats are naturally curious. There are many dangers around; below are some suggestions on how to ensure your cat stays safe during the Christmas period.
Christmas Tree/DecorationsThe only fool proof way to keep your cat away from your Christmas tree is to put the tree in a room the cat can't access. Unfortunately, this is often not practical. So the next best solution is to make the tree as safe as possible. Real Christmas trees are more dangerous to cats than fake plastic ones. Pine needles can puncture internal organs if eaten; they are also toxic to cats. If you do have a real tree, make sure the drink stand has plenty of water to prevent the tree drying out & losing needles. It is important that your cat isn't able to get to this water & drink it as it could result in poisoning. Ensure the tree has a good solid base so it won't easily be knocked over by your cat. Try not to have the tree near furniture & or shelves which the cats could use to jump onto the tree.
Be careful with tinsel, if you must have it on your tree; place it at the top of the tree where the cat is less likely to be able to get at it. Tinsel can be caught around the base or move down to the intestines & stomach & cause a blockage, which will result in emergency (and costly) surgery to remove it. A safer alternative are the strands of beads. Ornaments should be securely attached to the tree to prevent them being knocked off. Also place delicate ornaments up high where they're less likely to be knocked off & broken. When there is nobody around, unplug Christmas lights, you may want to try applying a cat repellent such as bitter apple to the lights to deter your cat from chewing the wires, obviously if this was to happen it could cause a fatal electric shock.
Artificial snow is toxic to cats, so is best avoided.
Candles are especially popular over the Christmas holiday period, be careful to make sure your cat can't get close to lit candles.
Please note, your cat isn't a novelty item & it's dangerous to try & decorate your cat with ribbons etc.
PlantsHolly, mistletoe, poinsettias are all popular plants to have in the home at Christmas, especially in the northern hemisphere. These plants are toxic to cats so should be placed where your cat can't get to them.
Food/Sweets/ChocolateMany cat owners enjoy giving their cat the occasional treat of "human" food & generally this doesn't harm the cat. However, it is important to remember that some foods which are fine for humans to eat can be toxic to cats. The odd sliver of chicken or turkey (off the bone) is fine, however it really isn't a good idea to give them large quantities of such food as this can lead to gastrointestinal problems. Never give your cat cooked chicken or turkey bones, these bones can splinter & can become lodged in your cat's throat or puncture the intestines & stomach. Chocolate is toxic to cats, the darker the chocolate, the more toxic. Chocolate contains both caffeine & theobromine, which are both toxic. If you suspect your cat has eaten chocolate watch for signs of restlessness & vomiting, if in doubt, see your vet.
Cats will often scavenge for food in the garbage so be aware that if you've covered your turkey with foil & thrown it in the bin, your cat may drag it out & chew on it which could make the cat sick. Cooked turkey bones will also attract your cat. Be aware of this & if possible, take your food scraps etc., to your outside bin.
Christmas ribbons/wrapRibbons etc., pose the same problem as tinsel, if eaten, it may lead to intestinal blockages. It's important to ensure all ribbons/wrap etc., are safely disposed of.
VisitorsSome cats love the attention of visitors; others find strangers in their house stressful. Christmas is often a busy time with visitors coming & going. Be mindful of your cat's feelings & give the cat the option of somewhere quiet to escape to should the need arise, this is particularly important if your friends & relatives have young children.
Going Away for HolidaysIf you are going away on holiday, you have several options for your cat. You may choose to put your cat in a boarding cattery while you are gone. It is best to check out the premises prior to taking your cat there so you can ensure the cattery meets your standards. Any reputable boarding cattery will insist your cat is up to date on its vaccinations, this is important for the well being of your cat & all other cats they have boarding there. Many vets also do boarding for cats but in my opinion this isn't ideal for more than a few days as their cages tend to be much smaller than those you'd expect to find in a boarding cattery.
There are a growing number of pet sitters available these days. They will come over once or twice a day to feed & play with your cat & to clean the litter tray. I find this most suitable when going away for a few days.
If you are going away for an extended period of time you may want to consider asking a friend or relative to house sit.
Whichever option you take, make sure you leave a phone number where you can be contacted & your vet's telephone number in case of an emergency.
ToysWhen buying toys for your cat, make sure you thoroughly check them first. Similar precautions should be taken with your cat's toys as you'd take buying a toy for a young child. Make sure there is nothing glued on that the cat can pull off & swallow. As the toy will quite likely be chewed on, ensure that it's made from a non-toxic substance. There are many wand like toys on the market which most cats love, these should be put away safely when not in use because the cat could become tangled on the string. Any toy that is small enough for your cat to swallow is dangerous & should be avoided.
Tips to Keep your Dogs Safe:When you decide to "deck the halls" for the holidays, think about Christmas tree puppy/dog safety. Your puppy/dog may believe the Christmas tree is a special gift just for his entertainment. The attraction is natural, with puppies/dogs wanting to chew branches, pull off decorations, or worse. The result is a holiday that’s anything but merry.
Puppies turn everything into a toy. The branches beneath the tree create a great puppy hideout. Tree ornaments that move or make noises lure puppies to grab and chase, garland offers a great game of tug-o’-war, and the twinkling lights draw them to investigate or even chew. That can lead to electrical shock that might even require rescue breathing to save the pup's life. Trees end up toppled, presents and decorations damaged, and sometimes pets are hurt.
Youngsters often follow nature’s call and hike their leg the same way they’d mark an outside tree. Water in the tree base looks like a drinking dish. If that water has aspirin or other preservatives to keep trees fresh, it can make puppies/dogs sick. Young pups during teething want to gnaw everything, and they may swallow inedible objects without meaning to. Swallowed tinsel, tree needles, hooks from ornaments or other holiday d├ęcor can kill a pet.
Puppy/Dog Proof the Christmas TreeFirst, make sure all breakables or dangerous items are not on lower branches, but situated out of pet paw-reach. Anything that fits in the puppy’s mouth is a potential hazard. Garlands, ornaments, strings or hooks, icicles and that fake spray-on snow can cause problems. Edible strings of popcorn may look festive but tempt pups to munch and eating the string can kill your pet.
Keep Puppies/Dogs AwayNext, keep puppies/dogs at bay and a safe distance from danger. To keep puppies/dogs away from illegal targets, make the area surrounding the tree unattractive. There are several options, and some work for certain pets and not for others.
Aluminum foil is a great deterrent for tiny pups and cats since they dislike walking on that odd-feeling surface. Silver foil also offers a festive holiday look.
The soft "tacky mats" available from home products stores designed to keep throw rugs from sliding around work well to keep pets at bay because they dislike walking on sticky surfaces.
Another option is Sticky Paws which is a double-sided tape product. Sticky Paws now is available in larger sheets as well as strips that you can apply directly to carpets beneath the tree, or to place mats situated on table tops or wherever needed.
You can also use the pet's sense of smell to keep her away from the tree. Vicks Vapor Rub (menthol smell) also works as a good pet repellent. Dip cotton balls in the ointment and stick in the lower branches of your tree. Bitter Apple or other nasty tasting substances help keep pups from chewing but don’t rely on this entirely. Some dogs actually like the flavor, and still chew through electric cords.
Create A BarrierSmaller trees can be set on table or counter tops out of dog nose-reach.
Place your tree inside of a baby’s play pen.
Block off the "tree room" with a baby gate.
The holidays are a fun time to celebrate the joy of the season with your whole family, including your dogs and cats. Decorate with your pet in mind and you’ll keep the fur-kids in the family happy and safe.
*Partially taken from The Police Notebook*

Thefts from Autos - Community Advisory

On December 9, 2012, Takoma Park Police responded to the 1100 block of Holton Lane for reports of thefts from autos that occurred sometime between 12:30 p.m. on December 8 and 12:30 p.m. on December 9. Unknown suspect(s) entered two of the victim's unlocked vehicles and took property.
Investigation continues under case #12060575. Anyone with information about this crime is asked to please call us at 301.270.1100.

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Road Closure - Community Advisory

The road is closed on Cedar Avenue between Dogwood Avenue and Birch Avenue for tree removal. This closure began at 9:00 a.m. and will continue until approximately 3:00 p.m.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Thefts from Autos - Community Advisory

On December 7, 2012, at approximately 7:37 a.m., Takoma Park Police responded to the 7400 block of New Hampshire Avenue for reports of a theft from auto that occurred sometime between 11:25 p.m. on December 6 and 7:30 a.m. on December 7. Unknown suspect(s) used a car jack to lift up the victim's vehicle and steal all four aluminum wheels, including the lug nuts. The vehicle was left sitting on cement blocks. There are no known suspect(s). Investigation continues under case #12060120.
Also on December 7, 2012, at approximately 10:52 a.m., Takoma Park Police responded to the 7600 block of Glenside Drive for reports of a theft from auto that occurred sometime between 7:00 p.m. on December 6 and 10:30 a.m. on December 7. Unknown suspect(s) stole the left front steel rim and tire and one lug nut. A steel rim with a flat tire on it was left underneath the victim’s vehicle. Investigation continues under case #12060163.
Anyone with information about these crimes is asked to please call us at 301.270.1100.

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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.

Two Vacancies on Police Chief’s Advisory Board - Community Advisory

Chief Alan M. Goldberg of the Takoma Park Police Department announces that there are currently two vacancies on the Police Chief’s Advisory Board. In October 2009, the Board was formed, which meets on the third Wednesday of each month in the City building. Members are kept informed of departmental activities, receive updated advisories and alerts on crimes and are invited to department events.
Any resident who is interested, please submit a letter of interest and resume no later than January 31, 2013. You can email it to alang@takomagov.org
or mail to Alan M. Goldberg, Chief of Police, 7500 Maple Avenue, Takoma Park, Maryland 20912. The Board is briefed on all activities of the Police Department and brings issues and concerns to the Chief’s attention. All applicants will have a criminal background check conducted, as well as be interviewed by the Chief of Police.

Theft from Auto - Community Advisory

On December 7, 2012, officers responded for a theft from auto that occurred earlier between December 6 at 11:45 p.m. and December 7 at 8:52 a.m. in the area of Holly Avenue and Eastern Avenue. The victim's vehicle was parked on Holly Avenue and suspect(s) broke the front passenger window and took property.
Investigation continues under case #12060154. Anyone with information about this crime is asked to please call us at 301.270.1100.
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Piney Branch Pool will open on Sunday, December 9 - Community Advisory

The pump has been replaced and Piney Branch Pool will reopen on its regular schedule beginning at 8:00 am Sunday, December 9. Water Aerobics begins at 9:00 am and Master Swim Classes at 9:30 am on December 9.
Thanks to everyone for their patience while the pump was being replaced.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Takoma Park Police Department Weekly Crime Report: 11/30/12 - 12/6/12

Ward 1:

Commercial Burglary

300 blk. of Tulip Ave., on Monday, December 3rd at 12:17 p.m., officers responded to a burglary that occurred overnight. Unknown suspect(s) broke a church window to gain entry and stole property.

Ward 2:

Robbery

6900 blk. of New Hampshire Ave., on Saturday, December 1st at 11:33 p.m., officers responded to a robbery that just occurred. A group of ten known and unknown male suspects approached two male victims at a bus stop. The suspects engaged the victims in conversation and then brandished a knife demanding property. The suspects removed the property from the victims and fled the scene. Two of the suspects, both 18, were later located at a bus stop in the 7300 block of New Hampshire Ave. and arrested for robbery.

Larceny

600 blk. of Elm Ave., on Friday, November 30th at 10:22 p.m., officers responded to a theft that occurred earlier. Unknown suspect(s) forced open a shed door and stole property.

Ward 3:

Larceny from Vehicle

6500 blk. of New Hampshire Ave., on Friday, November 30th at 11:25 a.m., officers responded to a theft that just occurred. Unknown suspect(s) stole property from a vehicle when it was being serviced at a repair shop.

Larceny from Vehicle

6300 blk. of New Hampshire Ave., on Friday, November 30th at 7:45 a.m., officers responded to a theft that just occurred. Unknown male suspects approached a female victim’s vehicle while it was parked at a gas pump unattended. The suspects opened the unlocked door and removed property before fleeing the scene in their vehicle.

6300 blk of New Hampshire Ave. (Sunoco Gas), on Friday, November 30th at 7:45 a.m., officers responded to a theft that just occurred. Unknown male suspects approached a female victim’s vehicle while it was parked at a gas pump unattended. The suspects broke the vehicle window and removed property before fleeing the scene in their vehicle.

Ward 4:

None

Ward 5:

None

Ward 6:

Assault

7400 blk. of New Hampshire Ave., on Tuesday, December 4th at 7:51 a.m., officers responded to an assault in progress. A male 29, was arrested for assault after hitting a female victim during an argument that tuned physical.

Residential Burglary

1000 blk. of Anne St., on Wednesday, December 5th at 2:29 a.m., officers responded to a burglary that occurred earlier. Unknown suspect(s) forced open a front door to gain entry into a residence and stole property.

1200 blk. of Myrtle Ave., on Friday, November 30th at 8:50 p.m., officers responded to a burglary that occurred earlier. Unknown suspect(s) forced open a front door to gain entry into an apartment, but did not steal any property.

Larceny

1300 blk. of University Blvd., on Monday, December 3rd at 10:50 a.m., officers responded to a theft just occurred. A male and female suspect entered a business and removed items without paying for them.

Arrests:

900 blk. of University Blvd., on Saturday, December 1st at 2:02 a.m., a male 40 was arrested for possession of cocaine and drug paraphernalia.

7600 blk. of Maple Ave., on Friday, December 30th at 5:57 p.m., a male 17 was arrested for trespassing.

Intersection of Maple Ave. and Ritchie Ave., on Thursday, December 6th at 8:26 a.m., a male 22 was arrested for having an open driving without a license warrant.

7300 blk. of Cedar Ave., on Wednesday, December 5th at 2:00 p.m., a male 18 was arrested for having an open 1st degree burglary warrant.

6800 blk. of New Hampshire Ave., on Sunday, December 2nd at 2:20 a.m., a male 23 was arrested for possession of counterfeit narcotics for distribution and drug paraphernalia.

7500 blk. of New Hampshire Ave., on Saturday, December 1st at 5:45 p.m., a male 24 was arrested for having an open failure to pay a fine warrant.

Burglary - Community Advisory

On December 5, 2012, Takoma Park Police responded to the 1000 block of Anne Street for reports of a burglary that occurred sometime between 12:30 p.m. and 1:29 p.m. Unknown suspect(s) made forced entry into the residence through the front door, breaking the interior door frame and lock area. Property was taken.
Investigation continues under case #12059761. Anyone with information about this crime is asked to please call us at 301.270.1100.
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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.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Fitness Expo 2013 - Recreation Department - Community Advisory

Takoma Park Recreation Center
7315 New Hampshire Avenue
Takoma Park, MD 20912
301.891.7289
www.takomaparkmd.gov/recreation
Fitness Expo 2013
Saturday, January 5th
8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Making fitness fun and accessible is what this Fitness Expo is all about. Free and fun for all ages! Find ways to keep your News Years resolution this year.
20 minute demonstrations
Interactive presentations
Health screenings/seminars
And much more!
Mark your calendar!
The City of Takoma Park is committed to ensuring that individuals with disabilities are able to fully participate in public meetings and programs. Anyone planning to attend a Takoma Park City or Recreation event or program and wishes to receive auxiliary aids, services or reasonable accommodations is invited to contact the Recreation Department at 301.891.7290 at least two (2) weeks in advance at the telephone number listed or through the Maryland Relay Service (1.800.735.2258 TTY/Voice).

Piney Branch Pool will continue to be Closed at Least Through Sunday, December 9 - Community Advisory

The Piney Branch Pool will continue to be closed at least through Sunday, December 9. The parts necessary to replace the pool pump are back-ordered. This opening date is just an estimate and we will continue to update you on it. Thank you again for your patience.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Shot Heard Fired in the Area of New Hampshire Avenue north of Merwood Drive - Community Advisory

On December 3, 2012, at approximately 11:45 p.m., Takoma Park Police received a call for what sounded like a gun shot in the area of New Hampshire Avenue north of Merwood Drive. 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.
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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, December 3, 2012

Piney Branch Pool will continue to be Closed Tuesday, Wednesday and Possibly Thursday - Community Advisory

The Piney Branch Pool needs more time to fix the repair and thus will continue to be closed on Tuesday, December 4 and Wednesday, December 5. We will send out an update about Thursday, December 6, and whether it will continue to be closed for repairs. Thank you again for your patience.

DO NOT Text and Drive - Community Advisory

The growing popularity of text messaging — especially by young adults — has had a really negative impact on vehicular safety, as more and more people text while behind the wheel. Driving with your pinkies while hitting keys with your thumbs, or texting with one hand while steering with the other, is literally an accident waiting to happen.
Take out your wireless device. Read the last text message you received out loud. Would reading or responding to that text message from behind the wheel of a moving vehicle be worth the risk of getting into a car accident or worse? Chances are, the text message can wait.
In today's 24/7/365 world, staying connected is no longer an option. It's a necessity. With a tenfold increase in text messaging over the last few years according to CTIA — The Wireless Association, there is no question that texting is increasingly becoming the way many communicate today. And, for many, the allure to quickly read and respond — even from behind the wheel of a moving vehicle — can be tempting. But texting and driving is dangerous.
How can parents make sure kids don't text and drive?
To help keep your teens safe while they are in the car, Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) recommends parents follow these guidelines for teaching their kids about driving distractions:
- Know and enforce your state's Graduated Driver License laws and restrictions, including unsupervised driving, time of day and passengers in the car.
- Sign a teen driving contract.
- Set family driving rules with clear consequences for breaking the rules. Rules such as: (1) No alcohol or drug use; (2) No cell phone use, including text messaging; (3) No driving after 10 p.m.; (4) Keep two hands on the wheel--no eating, changing CDs, handling iPods or other activities while driving; and (5) Limit or restrict friends in the car without an adult.
Follow your own family's rules. Your teen will follow your driving example, so be sure you are keeping your own rules.
How to Avoid Driving Distractions:
Pull off the road. Do not drive while calling or texting.
Use speed dialing or voice-activated dialing if you have to make a call while driving.
Let your voicemail take the call. You can call back later when you are not driving.
Know when to stop talking. If the conversation is long, emotional or stressful, continue it when you are not driving.
Do not take notes while driving. If you don't want to forget a note, use a voice recorder or pull off the road.
Do not eat or drink while driving.
Groom yourself at home, not in the vehicle
Need a visual aid? Watch the following with your teen:
Don’t Text While Driving Documentary by AT&T at http://www.att.com/gen/press-room?pid=2964
.Through conversation, education, and communication, we hope your teens will get the message that no text message is worth dying for.
The message is simple, yet vital: When it comes to texting and driving, it can wait.
*Portions taken from AT&T.com.*

Victim Notification Services Available for Victims and Survivors of Drunk and Drugged Driving Crashes - 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

December 3, 2012 (1:02 p.m.)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 2012 has been designated National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month to raise awareness about the consequences of driving under the influence of alcohol and other drugs. Behind every drunk driving statistic is a person whose life was full of family and friends, love and life, joy and laughter. The holidays are particularly hard for those who have endured the devastating effect of an impaired driving crash.
In 1986, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) started the "TIE ONE ON for SAFETY" campaign. It is MADD’s longest running and most visible public awareness project. During the holiday season, drivers are encouraged to display a red ribbon in a visible location on their vehicles. Red ribbons and red ribbon window decals are available through local MADD affiliates and chapters. The red ribbons represent the driver’s commitment to drive safe, sober and buckled up. Concerned citizens can show their support and "TIE ONE ON for SAFETY" this holiday season.
After an impaired driving crash, information is critical to victims. To find out more, you can contact the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention (GOCCP), Maryland State Board of Victim Services, 300 E. Joppa Road, Suite 1105, Baltimore, Maryland 21286 or call 866.634.8463 or 866.847.1298 (TTY). Their Statewide Automated Victim Information and Notification (SAVIN) Administrator in Maryland is Anne Marie Litecky and can be contacted at Annemarie@goccp-state-md.org
. GOCCP allows victims and survivors of impaired driving crashes to actively participate in the criminal justice system by registering to be notified of the status of their offender. Survivors often say that "information is power." One survivor described how automated victim information and notification programs can have a positive and profound impact on victims: "With accurate, updated information comes empowerment. When victims have the ability to access court and offender information on their own time, it affords them the chance to regain a bit of the control that was lost and lessens the sense of helplessness."
The challenge we as a Nation face as a result of impaired driving were described by President Barack Obama in his 2011 proclamation:
"Although we have made progress in the fight to reduce drunk driving, our Nation continues to suffer an unacceptable loss of life from traffic accidents that involve drugs, alcohol and distracted driving. To bring an end to these heartbreaking outcomes, we must take action by promoting rigorous enforcement measures and effective substance abuse prevention programs. During National Impaired Driving Prevention Month, we recommit to preventing tragedy before it strikes by ensuring our family members and friends stay safe, sober and drug-free on the road."
For additional information about how to register for SAVIN services in Maryland, please contact the GOCCP (information is above). You can also visit the MADD website at
www.madd.org, which features a myriad of resources and information for victims and survivors, victim advocates, justice professionals and community members to combat impaired driving, and provide support and services to its victims.Please drive safe, sober and remember to buckle up!

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Anti-Semitic Flyers - Community Advisory

On December 2, 2012, the Takoma Park Police Department received a call for anti-Semitic flyers that had been found by a citizen and collected from driveways in the 7400 block of Flower Avenue. Officers canvassed the area, but did not find any other flyers.

Anti-Semitism is a form of hatred, mistrust and contempt for Jewish people based on stereotypes and myths and often invokes the belief that Jewish people have extraordinary influence with which they conspire to harm or control society.

We will continue to monitor this situation and will keep the community updated as we learn more information. Any resident with more information is asked to contact the Takoma Park Police Department at 301-270-1100.

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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, December 1, 2012

CORRECTION Piney Branch Pool will be Closed Sunday and Monday - Community Advisory

CORRECTED as to dates the pool is closed. Thank you.

The Piney Branch Pool will be closed Sunday and Monday, December 2 and 3. The pump broke and must be replaced. It is anticipated that it will be replaced some time on Monday. Sorry for any inconvenience.

Shot Heard Fired in the Area of Central Avenue/New Hampshire Avenue - Community Advisory

On November 30, 2012, at approximately 11:15 p.m., Takoma Park Police received a call for what sounded like a gun shot in the area of Central Avenue/New Hampshire Avenue. 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.

Piney Branch Pool will be Closed Monday and Tuesday - Community Advisory

The Piney Branch Pool will be closed Monday and Tuesday, December 3 and 4. The pump broke and must be replaced. It is anticipated that it will be replaced some time on Monday. Sorry for any inconvenience.

Theft from Auto - Community Advisory

On November 30, 2012, at approximately 11:25 a.m., officers responded for a theft from auto that occurred earlier between 10:45 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. in the 6500 block of New Hampshire Avenue (Jiffy Lube). The victim took his vehicle to have serviced and shortly after discovered property missing.

Investigation continues under case #12058797. 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.

Cancel Critically Missing Juvenile - 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

December 1, 2012 (8:00 a.m.)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE



Missing juvenile, Queben Edgardo Valladares, has been located. He is safe and in good health.