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Vigilance Must Remain High in Prince George's County

Prince George’s County has certainly suffered through a rough start in the beginning of 2011 as 13 people have been killed in 13 days.  The interim Prince George’s County Police Chief, Mark Magaw, has implored to residents, “These homicides do not appear to be random acts, I expect this cycle of violence to be stopped.”    

He also stated that most of the crimes have been drug-related because of some of the victims’ criminal past.  So far Oxon Hill,surrounding areas Fort Washington, Temple Hills and Suitland, have suffered five of the 13 killings.  Even with that said, it is still important that residents do not let their guard down and continue to practice fundamental safety precautions.  Here are a list of some important tips that can help you keep yourself and your family safe.

Prince George's County Police Officer Nearly Shot by Robbery Suspect During Struggle for Gun

Prince George's County Police Officer Nearly Shot by Robbery Suspect During Struggle for Gun

The Prince George’s County Police Department’s Special Investigative Response Team is investigating a police involved shooting in which a Prince George’s County police officer traded gunshots with a suspected robber while the two stood just feet away from each other.   

Thursday evening at approximately 8:07 p.m., patrol officers responded to a report of a citizen armed robbery near the 1700 block of Countrywood Court in Landover, Maryland.  An area canvass was conducted and a robbery detective located a suspect matching the description near Cedarwood Court and Sheriff Road.

Prince George's Police Chief's Cars Vandalized

Prince George's Police Chief's Cars Vandalized

LANDOVER, Md. (AP) - A spokesman for the Prince George's County Police Department says two cars used by the police chief have been vandalized in recent weeks.

Maj. Andy Ellis says Police Chief Roberto Hylton's cars were shot with a pellet gun in October while parked in his marked spots at police headquarters in Palmer Park. He says a Crown Victoria was shot in the rear window and in a rear quarter panel, and an Impala was shot in a passenger door.

Hylton could be replaced as chief by Rushern Baker, who is being sworn in Monday as county executive.

Two people who represent organizations that support retaining Hylton say they suspect the vandalism is retaliation for what they say are the chief's efforts to hold officers accountable for misconduct.

Maryland Council Member Charged with Assault

Prince George's County (AP)- A Prince George's County Council member is facing an assault charge after allegedly attacking a county employee.

A charging document filed Sunday says Marilynn Bland grabbed the individual and started screaming and cursing at him on Nov. 17 when he started a meeting without her. The individual making the complaint, W. Randy Short, is the director of the Prince George's County Council's Youth Commission.

The charge carries a penalty of up to 10 years in prison or a $2,500 fine.

A message left at the County Council's office early Tuesday was not immediately returned.

Wife of Liquor Store Owner had $400k in Her Closet

Prince George's County (AP)- Prosecutors say the wife of a liquor store owner arrested along with three police officers in a federal sting had $400,000 stashed in a closet.

Ravinder Mehli and her husband, Amrik Singh Melhi, are accused in an extortion conspiracy case alleging they paid county officers to ensure transport of untaxed cigarettes and alcohol in Maryland and Virginia.

Prosecutors revealed the hoard of cash at a hearing Tuesday in U.S. District Court in which Mehli and her husband were ordered held without bond. Federal prosecutors said the case is linked to the recent arrest of Prince George's County Executive Jack Johnson, but did not elaborate.

Melhi's attorney, Gabriel Christian, said the allegations had yet to be proven.

Arrested Prince George's County Officer Released

(AP)- One of three police officers arrested in ongoing Prince George's County public corruption investigation has been released.

Police Sgt. Richard Delabrer was released Tuesday after pleading not guilty in federal court to a charge of conspiracy to interfere with commerce by extortion. While 45-year-old Delabrer was released, he will have to wear an electronic monitoring bracelet.

Delabrer, of Laurel, was allegedly paid to use his authority to ensure the transport of untaxed cigarettes and alcohol in Maryland and Virginia. The scheme allegedly began in 2009 and continued into 2010.

Prince George's County Police Officer Stabbed Suspect Arrested

Prince George’s County, Maryland… The Prince George’s County Police Department has arrested Milton Benitez Salvador, 34, for stabbing an off-duty Prince George’s County police officer early yesterday morning in Adelphi.

Salvador, of no fixed address has been charged with attempted first and second degree murder, attempted first and second degree assault and attempted second degree assault of a law enforcement officer.  He was remanded to the custody of the Prince George’s County Department of Corrections on a $150,000 bond.