Monday, April 24, 2017

PGPD Arrests Drone Operator in College Park

 Trevon Miller

Our Homeland Security Division has arrested a suspect after he was caught flying a drone in restricted airspace in the area of the five-alarm fire in College Park today. The suspect is 24-year-old Trevon Miller of Baltimore Avenue in College Park.

On April 24th around 12:30 pm, our police helicopter was flying to assist firefighters as they worked to contain the massive fire. While assisting, the suspect flew his privately-owned drone into the direct flight path of our helicopter. The pilot performed evasive maneuvers and was able to prevent a collision. The suspect who was piloting the drone was located and arrested by officers on the ground.

Miller is charged with interfering with police and fire response, along with reckless endangerment. Detectives will consult the Federal Aviation Administration for consideration of additional criminal charges. 

The Federal Aviation Administration has established rules for hobbyists to operate drone devices inside of any restricted airspace.  The National Capital Region is considered restricted airspace.  It is also illegal to fly a drone within five miles of an airport. 

We would like to remind our residents to be mindful of specific laws when operating a drone device and to check with the Federal Aviation Administration regarding any questions on appropriate use of these devices. Anyone who observes suspicious or dangerous drone use is urged to call 911. 

PGPD to Participate in National Prescription Drug Take-Back Initiative

This Saturday, the Prince George’s County Police Department, along with the Drug Enforcement Administration, will be collecting potentially dangerous, expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs for destruction. The effort is part of the “National Prescription Drug Take-Back Initiative.”

The PGPD will have three collection locations on Saturday. The medications do not need to be in their original packaging. We will not be able to accept liquids or needles/injectable pens. This collection service is free and anonymous. 

 PGPD collection locations:  

*District I Station at 5000 Rhode Island Avenue in Hyattsville 

*District III Station at 7600 Barlowe Road in Palmer Park 
*District IV Station at 5135 Indian Head Highway in Oxon Hill

When:   Saturday, April 29, 2017

Time:    10:00 am – 2:00 pm

PGPD Taking Part in Regional Terror Attack Preparedness Exercise

We would like to inform county residents about a training exercise we are participating in this Wednesday. Law enforcement agencies across the region are taking part. The exercise is designed to prepare for the possibility of a terror attack. The exercise will be staged at six sites including two locations in Prince George’s County.

Residents who live in and drive around Bowie and Cheltenham will likely see an increased police presence throughout the day Wednesday as part of the exercise.

This full-scale exercise is being organized by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments. Here is additional information regarding the exercise:

Thursday, April 20, 2017

PGPD Searches for Missing Woman

Updated April 24, 2017: Ms. Johnson has been safely located in Virginia. 

The Prince George’s County Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in searching for a missing person. She is identified as 72-year-old Helen Johnson.

Johnson was last seen in the 5600 Helmont Drive in Oxon Hill on April 10th, at 4:00 pm. Ms. Johnson could be driving a gray Ford Taurus, bearing Maryland registration 4ALD25.

Not Actual Car 

Johnson is described as an African American female, 5’5”, and 150 pounds. She was wearing a light colored top and a long blue jean skirt.

Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to call the Prince George’s County Police Department’s Regional Investigation Division – Southern Region at (301) 749-5064.

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