Monday, August 6, 2012
The event, on Aug. 7, is free.
Takoma Park Police will join departments around the country in celebrating National Night Out on Aug. 7. The free event will be held at Piney Branch Elementary School from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and feature informational brochures on various safety topics and crime prevention, food, games, give-aways and live music. Residents will get the opportunity to talk to Takoma Park police officers in the hopes that the communication will help strengthen the relationship between community members and the police. There will be police vehicles on display, officers and their horses from the Park Police mounted division, a canine demonstration, McGruff the Crime Dog, a moon bounce, face painting and Carmen’s Italian Ice truck.
Monday, June 25, 2012
This will be the fourth installment of the Refuse to be a Victim seminar.
Takoma Park Police will be holding its fourth seminar on how to avoid becoming a victim of crime with the help of Janice Hart, the crime prevention specialist of the Front Royal Police Department in Virginia. The seminar will include information about: The fourth installment of the seminar will include new information based on feedback from the first three seminars. Attendees will learn: What: Refuse to be a Victim Seminar When: June 27, 6 to 10 p.m. Where: 7500 Maple Avenue, Takoma Park Auditorium, Second Floor How much: Free, call Cathy Plevy at 301.891.7142 or e-mail her at Cathyp@takomagov.org to sign up for the seminar.
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
The remains were found in 1982 and DNA recently matches them to Cynthia Joan Gastelle.
Prince William County police identified a Takoma Park woman after skeletal remains that were found in 1982 were just matched to her DNA, police announced Wednesday. The case is now considered a homicide. Cynthia Joan Gastelle had been reported missing from Takoma Park on April 3 1980. The case went cold. Remains were found nearly two years later on Feb. 12, 1982 on Bull Run Mountain off of Mountain Road in the Haymarket area of Prince William County and on May 10, 2012 the DNA was matched to Gastelle. Follow us for updates on Facebook and Twitter. Police in Prince William County are investigating Gastelle's death as a homicide and seeking the public's help in their investigation, police said in a press conference Wednesday. They are …
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
The girl refused and the suspect slashed at her arms with the unknown
A 13-year-old girl is safe after refusing to give up her property to a man who robbed her with a sharp weapon, according to Takoma Park Police. Around 5:15 a.m. on May 21, the girl was walking home from school near Glenside Drive and Anne Street when she as accosted by a man who displayed a sharp weapon and demanded property, police said. The girl refused and the suspect slashed at her arms with the unknown weapon. The victim removed her backpack and began to swing it at the suspect knocking him down. While he was on the ground, the victim ran home where her parents called police. Investigation continues under case #12024530. Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call 301.270.1100.
Monday, May 14, 2012
Kids will get a chance to experience what it's like to be a police officer.
Takoma Park Police Department, in partnership with the Takoma Park Recreation Department, will give kids a chance to experience the life of a cop. The department will hold four sessions of a one-day Junior Police Academy. Attendees will be introduced to law enforcement, patrol procedures, criminal investigations, meet the canine officer and learn tips on how to prevent crime and bullying, according to a Takoma Park Police news release. There are ten slots for each session and the class is free. All participants must wear sneakers and dress appropriately. Registration for children age six to 12 begins May 14. Sessions are on Mondays, from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. as follows: Session 1: July 2 Session 2: July 16 Session 3: July 30 Session 4…
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Patch reported this morning on how students from Piney Branch Elementary School are riding their bicycles from 7620 Maple Ave. to their school at 9 a.m. with the help of the Takoma Park Police to raise awareness for National Bike Safety Month. Well we'd like to see your photos of the event. To start, the city of Takoma Park took a snap shot. Add your photos too. Upload them yourself or email them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
One local police chief called the ruling the biggest setback to law enforcement in 20 years.
A recent Maryland Court of Appeals ruling that overturned a provision allowing Maryland police officers to take the DNA from defendants is a setback to public safety, according to Montgomery County Police Chief Thomas Manger. “These DNA hits enable law enforcement to apprehend repeat offenders that prey upon our citizens thereby making our communities safer for everyone,” Manger said. The ruling affects state, county and local police jurisdictions. In Takoma Park, which has its own police force separate from the county, DNA hits have solved cold cases. DNA also offers a chance to clear people of crimes, Takoma Park Police Chief Ronald Ricucci said. "This is the biggest setback to law enforcement in 20 years," Ricucci said. "It's a sad day …
Monday, April 23, 2012
Police are looking for two suspects.
Police are looking for two suspects in an armed robbery of Beau Nails on New Hampshire Avenue Friday, Takoma Park Police said. Around 3:08 p.m., Takoma Park Police responded to the 6900 block of New Hampshire for reports of an armed robbery. The victim reported that two black males fled the establishment armed with a shotgun and an AK47, police said. Both suspects entered the nail salon, produced guns and robbed several victims, police said. Suspect 1: Black male, 6-foot-1, 225 pounds, armed with a shotgun. Suspect 2: Black male, 6-foot-2, pounds, armed with a submachine gun Investigation continues under case #12018928. Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call 301.270.1100.
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Crossing guard times may vary depending on pedestrian needs.
Residents have been making noise about a crossing guard in the Takoma Junction area and now they've got one. A senior crossing guard will be stationed at Ethan Allen Avenue and Carroll Avenue starting April 10, Takoma Park Police said. The hours the crossing guard will be on duty are as follows: 7:20 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. 8:20 a.m. - 9:20 a.m. 2:40 p.m. - 3:10 p.m. 3:20 p.m. - 3:50 p.m. 4:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. The new post's times will vary as the City gets a sense of the needs of the pedestrians, police said.