Sunday, May 12, 2013
Authorities described the incident as a possible suicide.
Update 6:25 p.m.: WBAL reports that all lanes on northbound Interstate 95 have reopened. Update: 4:05 p.m.: One lane is getting by on the left shoulder of northbound Interstate 95 at Brooklyn Bridge Road in Laurel Sunday afternoon due to a Maryland State Police investigation, said Cpl. Robert L. Payne, a state police spokesman. No further information was immediately available. State police will have more information on their investigation later this afternoon, Payne said. Original post, 3:50 p.m.: Northbound Interstate 95 is closed at Brooklyn Bridge Road in Laurel while police investigate a possible suicide, Prince George’s County Fire/EMS spokesman Mark Brady said via Twitter. “PGFD & @HCDFRS handling a possible incident of suicide. A …
Thursday, March 14, 2013
The motorist was pulled over Friday for failing to move out of the left lane on I-95.
A Maryland woman cited for driving 63 mph in the left lane of a 65 mph zone last week in Laurel has had her ticket dismissed, NBC4 reports. The citation, which carried a fine of $90, claimed she had failed to move right while driving below the speed limit on I-95 in alleged violation of Maryland Code Section 21-301(b). But after filing a complaint with Maryland State Police, the driver reportedly received a call from a barracks commander Wednesday telling her that the ticket was being dismissed because it referred to the wrong statute. "This charge was not totally incorrect, but it may not have been the best charge for the trooper to use," MSP Sgt. Rob Moroney told the news channel. View the full story and segment from NBC4.
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
The 17th annual plunge where participants run into the chilly Chesapeake Bay will take place on Jan. 26, 2013, at Sandy Point State Park.
Before you know it, 2013 will be here and so will the annual Maryland State Police (MSP) Polar Bear Plunge. Each year, thousands take a quick dip in the Chesapeake Bay to raise funds for Special Olympics Maryland. The Plungefest, which is open to the public, is set for Jan. 26, 2013, at Sandy Point State Park. Frigid Friday for participating schools will take place the day before the Plungefest. To participate in the plunge, you must collect a minimum of $50 in pledges—and if you're younger than 18, you must have a parent or guardian's written consent. It's still early but more than $200,000 has already been raised for Special Olympics Maryland to date, according to the event's website that also has a running countdown until the event. …
Friday, November 9, 2012
The trooper's injuries were said to be non-life threatening.
Authorities say a Maryland State Police trooper was struck by a vehicle in Beltsville around midday Friday. According to Prince George's County Fire Department spokesman Mark Brady, the incident occurred in the 10100 block of Baltimore Ave. The trooper's injuries were said to to be non-life-threatening. Baltimore Avenue is closed to traffic in the area of the incident, Brady reported. Correction: An initial report stated that the accident may have been connected with a shooting, but it was later established that the trooper was struck during a high-speed pursuit. This article has been updated accordingly.
Monday, October 29, 2012
State police urge motorists to stay off the roads as much as possible.
Although Maryland State Police is not handing out citations for being on the road, they are strongly discouraging residents from driving. State police spokesperson Greg Shipley warned residents that increasing amount of standing water is a significant hazard to drivers because of the high risk for vehicles to hydroplane. “People don’t realize that you don’t have to be going that fast on the road to hydroplane,” he said. Hydroplaning is caused by water being pushed up to the tires and creating a barrier of water, which decreases tire traction and inhibits drivers’ ability to safely steer their vehicles. Basically, Shipley added, the vehicle will be traveling on top of water. Drivers could also run into other hazards like downed trees and …
Thursday, September 13, 2012
Maryland drivers who fail to stop and check for pedestrians at nonfunctioning traffic signals will soon face larger fines and points on their licenses.
Maryland drivers have a new set of rules to follow when they come upon a traffic signal that's broken, according to a Maryland State Police press release. The new law, which goes into effect Oct. 1, requires a driver approaching a nonfunctioning traffic signal from any direction at an intersection to stop at a clearly marked stop line, before entering any crosswalk or before entering the intersection. After stopping, the driver must yield to any vehicle or pedestrian in the intersection and remain stopped until it is safe to enter and continue through the intersection. "Just because a traffic control signal is not functioning at an intersection does not mean drivers are relieved of their duty to exercise care and caution," according to the…
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Cause of Lanham man's death unknown; police continue to investigate.
Maryland State Police are attempting to determine what caused the death of a man found in a vehicle parked at the Motor Vehicle Administration building in Beltsville Monday morning. Authorities identified the man as Kevin Lee Francis, 36, of Lanham, MD. Francis was found lying in the back seat of a Volkswagon Passat by a Maryland State Trooper on duty at the MVA. The officer had been approached about 8:30 a.m. by a man who said something was wrong with his friend. Upon reaching the car, the trooper determined the man was dead. No apparent signs of trauma were found. Francis' body has been transported to the Chief Medical Examiner's Officer in Baltimore for an autopsy. College Park Barrack Troopers and investigators from the Maryland …
Thursday, August 23, 2012
The beltway and other high traffic roads will see an increase in trooper presence this weekend.
Maryland State Police will be on the roads in full force this weekend, targeting potential crashes before they happen. If you’re planning a quick trip, be aware that 22 Maryland State Police Department barracks will be alert and looking for aggressive driving, speeding, distracted or impaired drivers and seat belt violations. The effort comes in response to an increase in traffic fatalities. Traffic-related deaths are up 13.5 percent across the country for the first quarter of 2012, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In Maryland, there was an increase of 6 percent, according a Maryland State Police release. From Jan. 1, 2012, to July 23, 2012, there were 251 fatalities on Maryland roads, an increase of 12 …
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
The indictments were the result of a cooperative investigation by the State's Attorney, the Comptroller's Office, and county and state police agencies.
Seven illegal nightclubs were indicted today as a result of a partnership between Maryland Comptroller’s Office and the Prince George’s County State’s Attorney’s Office. The establishments identified by the investigation include: Puzzles Event Center in Suitland, De La Swan Event Atrium on Ardwick Ardmore Road, Let’s Chat in Suitland, Crossroads in Bladensburg, Plaza 23 in Fort Washington, Black Amethyst in Temple Hills, and CFE Club in Forestville. The nightclub owners were found in violation of numerous local and state laws relating to nightclub operation, the sale and consumption of alcohol and the payment of state and local taxes related to entertainment and the sale of food and alcohol that resulted in a tax revenue loss of around $…
Thursday, March 15, 2012
The 9-year-old boy was reportedly found with his mother in Reno, Nevada.
UPDATE (7:15 a.m. Friday)—The Amber Alert was canceled on Friday morning after 9-year-old Wuilbert Caceres Garcia was reportedly found safe in Reno, Nevada, according to WTOP. The boy was allegedly abducted by his mother, Silvia Guadalupe Garcia. His father has custody. Wuilbert was taken from Dodge Park Elementary School in Landover, MD, on Thursday morning, police said. The boy is 4 feet tall and weighs 80 pounds. He was wearing his school uniform—a white polo shirt and blue pants—when he was abducted. According to reports, Silvia Garcia was driving a 1993 black Mercedes with a Maryland license tag 8AG0407. They were last seen near Landover at about 7:50 a.m. Anyone with information on the child's whereabouts is asked to immediately call…