Hmm - not quite a safe fun (Quitor.com)
It may sound like weired to even thinking of furniture on rooftops in our town, but it’s real! College Park does have residents who put up furniture on top of their houses.
According to one City council member, at least three residents decided to place furniture on rooftop, instead of their usual indoor spaces.
That prompted the City council to bring a ordinance banning placement of furniture of city’s residences. They first introduced the ordinance in a November 2010 council session.
The new ordinance is all about ‘public safety’ – according to City officials.
You can read the details of the proposed ordinance here on the City’s website.
A public hearing on the subject will be held on March 22 at the City Hall. So far, there seems to be no opposition against the new rule.
According to the ordinance, if the City’s code enforcement officials find anyone in violation of the rule, they would pay a $200 fine for first violations and a $400 fine would be issued for repeat violations for every additional seven-day period. The money from the fines would go to the city’s general fund.
Though a coincidence, the City of New York has recently passed a resolution early this month banning placement of any indoor furniture anywhere outside of city’s residence.
The Prince George’s County Police Department (PGPD) is urging citizens to be aware following a series of thefts that have occurred at gas stations.
In these cases, the suspect will wait for the victim to leave their vehicle unattended and use this opportunity to steal their valuables/purses. These occurrences have taken place during the morning and evening rush hour time frames.
The police is asking residents to use caution by:
• Being aware of your surroundings
• If you must leave your vehicle unattended, please lock the doors
• Do not leave your valuables in a conspicuous place where it is easily accessible for the suspect
Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the Prince George’s County Police Department’s District I Investigative Section at (301) 699-2601. Callers wishing to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411 TIPS (8477) or text “PGPD plus your message” to CRIMES (274637) on your cell phone or go to http://www.princegeorgescountymd.gov/police/ and submit a tip online.
February 2011 was one of the worst month in terms crime happening to our area. There has been 63 crime incidents reported to the PGPD; that does not even include the crime incidents that are part of the College Park contract police report.
For details of each crime incident, please click on the red icon. You can also see the table at the bottom of the map below for the entire report.
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After serving only 9 months as the District 1 Police Chief, Mr. Liberati is leaving his post.
Capt. Hector Velez, a 16-year veteran of the Prince George’s County Police Department will assume the rolw of District 1 Commander role.
Earlier, Mr. Velez was assigned to the District 1 substation, which includes Hyattsville, Langley Park and surrounding areas, for two years before he was transferred to Police Chief Roberto L. Hylton’s office in April to serve as the chief’s executive officer.
Mr. Velez has agreed to come to NCPCA’s March 2011 meeting (on March 10) and speak to North College Park residents.
Mr. Leberati was at NCPCA’s last October meeting and answered residents’ questions.
Capt. Velez, 44, who joined the county police force in 1994, focused proactively on quality-of-life issues, including overcrowding, drinking and urinating in public, gangs and crime. He emphasized the value of having police and the community work together to solve problems and has led Citizens Advisory Committee meetings in his district.
On Mr. Velez’s new role, the outgoing Police Chief Maj. Liberati said : “”A lot of the community around here … is very Hispanic,” Liberati said. “Velez will provide a dimension that I cannot.”
Hey College Park - How safe do you feel?
About 1 in 4 residents don’t completely feel safe when they walk on neighborhood streets
About 2 in 5 residents don’t completely feel safe in the neighborhood where they live
About 2 in 3 residents don’t completely feel safe near the Greenbelt Metro station
These are only a few numbers that the City disclosed recently on its bi-yearly residents’ survey.
You can view the complete survey results on City’s website here.
What is striking about these results is that they haven’t changed much from the previous years. In other words, residents are still feeling unsafe when it comes to public safety in the city.
In fact, in some categories, things went worse in the past 2 years. For example, the number of pedestrians that do not feel safe in the city continues to increase (from 27% in 2008 to 28% in 2010). The same figure near the Greenbelt Metro has gone up from 61% to 64%.
The survey also says for all these safety ratings that, where possible, respondents commented that they felt safe during the day but not at night, prompting perhaps biased results similar to in 2008.
Derek Sean Waddy
After a string of armed commercial robberies in the city, here comes some relief.
Yesterday afternoon, the Prince George’s County Police Department’s Robbery Unit has made two arrests in connection with multiple commercial armed robberies.
According to PGPD, On February 25, 2011 at approximately 9:30 p.m., Derek Sean Waddy, 29, of the 9900 block of 51st Avenue in College Park, was arrested in connection with several armed robberies in the city.
After further investigation a second suspect, William Edward Patton Jr., 34, of the 9700 block of 52nd Avenue in north College Park, was arrested a day later.
Waddy and Patton have been charged with armed robbery and remanded to the Department of Corrections in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. They are being held on a no bond status for their involvement in the robberies of a Pizza Hut and the College Park Diner both located in the 9200 block of Baltimore Avenue.
William Edward Patton Jr.
In both robberies the suspects displayed a handgun and demanded money from the cash register. The victims in both cases complied and gave the arrested an undetermined amount of cash before fleeing the scene on foot.
What seems alarming is that both suspects live in north College Park neighborhood!
For more information, please contact the Press Information Office at (301) 772-4710.