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By Hannah Gaskill and Elliott Davis Capital News Service ANNAPOLIS – Anne Arundel County Circuit Court Judge Michael Wachs postponed the Capital Gazette shooting trial on Oct. 30 after the defense asked for more time to review information provided by the prosecution’s mental health expert witnesses. Attorneys for the gunman responsible for the murders of […]

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By Hannah Gaskill and Elliott Davis Capital News Service ANNAPOLIS – Anne Arundel County Circuit Court Judge Michael Wachs postponed the Capital Gazette shooting trial on Oct. 30 after the defense asked for more time to review information provided by the prosecution’s mental health expert witnesses. Attorneys for the gunman responsible for the murders of […]

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GLENN DALE – After receiving the first question in the Civility Conversations panel on Nov. 4, Sonya Zollicoffer hesitated on the microphone before speaking. The lieutenant of the Prince George’s County Police Department (PGPD) was going through the process of a lawsuit with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and other fellow police officers about […]

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SEABROOK – An Oxon Hill man is dead after a fatal stabbing incident following an alleged fight in the line of a local Popeyes restaurant on Nov. 4 in Oxon Hill. According to Prince George’s County Police Department (PGPD) spokeswoman Jennifer Donelan, the 28-year-old male victim, Kevin Tyrell Davis, was standing in line at a […]

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UPPER MARLBORO — The Town of Upper Marlboro welcomed its first female officer. Cpl. Katherine de Barros comes to the town with more than 26 years of law enforcement experience. She was sworn in by the town’s chief of police, David A. Burse, on Oct. 22 before the Board of Town Commissioners meeting. “I have […]

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SEABROOK – A local criminal justice organization has begun a public campaign that demands the removal of Prince George’s County Police Department (PGPD) Chief Hank Stawinski. Community Justice, also known as the Prince George’s County Community Justice Coalition for Justice & Accountability, began an online petition on Oct. 28 for the removal of Stawinski following […]

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OXON HILL — A 24-year-old man received severe injuries during an arrest by the Prince George’s County Police Department (PGPD) on Oct. 18. However, Police Chief Hank Stawinski insisted during a press conference that officers did not mean to cause physical harm. “This individual was in our custody, it was our responsibility to protect him,” […]

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UPPER MARLBORO — Erwin Lorenzo Sanchez was sentenced to 40 years in prison during a hearing on Oct. 17 for stabbing his wife to death. The crime occurred on Jan. 1, 2018, when Sanchez and his wife, Lisbet Mendez Garcia, were at a party. The couple got into a fight because Sanchez believed she was […]

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SEABROOK – Following a week where Prince George’s County Police Department (PGPD) announced an unauthorized incentive program was being conducted in District 2, the agency was once again marred in scandals involving their officers. On Aug. 14, PGPD officer Ian Lucas pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of soliciting a sexual act in an alleged […]

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CAPITOL HEIGHTS — Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Aisha Braveboy kicked off the State of the Millennials Committee with a social meeting at Dave and Busters in Capitol Heights where those interested in joining the committee had the opportunity to learn about the state’s attorney’s goals for the committee and meet with other members on […]

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By Alexander Tuerk Special to The Sentinel SEABROOK – Prince George’s Police Department (PGPD) Chief Hank P. Stawinski condemned a six-month-long unauthorized yet legal incentive program in District 2 during a press conference on Aug. 7. The program, according to Stawinski, rewarded the officers in the district who had the highest number of “enforcement actions,” […]

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HYATTSVILLE — During At-Large County Councilmember Mel Franklin’s final Advisory Neighborhood Community (ANC) meeting, residents of the Northern Gateway communities discussed the county’s Transit Vision Plan for improving public transit and received a public safety update from Police Chief Hank Stawinski on July 31. The meeting, which encompassed the communities of Adelphi, Chillum, Langley Park, […]

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By Lyna Bentahar Special to The Sentinel UPPER MARLBORO – Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Aisha Braveboy announced on July 31 a juvenile justice reform plan to keep young offenders out of prison. The juvenile reform plan centers on the concept of diversion, which stops young offenders from being charged for a crime in exchange […]

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SEABROOK – Three mass shootings in one week, including two incidents within 15 hours on Aug. 3, killed 34 people in different sectors of the United States, leaving many citizens to ask for solutions to solve the growing number of gun-related killings sprees in the country. The series of events began on July 28 around […]

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Detectives Arrest Suspect in Murder of Spears Prince George’s County Police (PGPD) Homicide Unit detectives have identified and arrested the suspect on July 18 who shot and killed 23-year-old Zoe Spears. PGPD officials arrested Gerardo Thomas, 33, a resident of Baltimore almost a month after the murder. On June 13, at around 11:55 pm, officers […]

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By Alexander Tuerk UPPER MARLBORO – The Prince George’s County Police Department (PGPD) celebrated 10 graduates of the basic officer training program on June 26, marking the completion of nine months of rigorous study and practice. The new officers from Session 139 will be joining the police department, sheriff’s office, fire department and park police […]

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LARGO – County Executive Angela Alsobrooks, in conjunction with Prince George’s Police Department (PGPD), announced on June 26 a fundamental change in the way county officials plan to corporate with ICE and immigration officials moving forward. The county will not assist ICE officials in noncriminal, civil deportations but will contact the federal agency when an […]

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SEABROOK – Prince George’s County Police (PGPD) and Maryland State Police confirmed an off-duty police officer was killed in a multi-vehicle crash while riding his motorcycle on May 29. According to state police officials, Officer Davon McKenzie, 24, was on his motorcycle, heading south on the Capital Beltway between Route 202 and Arena Drive after […]

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COLLEGE PARK – College Park City Councilman Fazlul Kabir has used his personal website to map crime in his North College Park district for almost ten years. Last week, the rest of the city joined him. During the May 28 College Park City Council meeting, Director of Public Services Bob Ryan unveiled the city’s new […]

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SEABROOK – Following the recent arrest of three individuals for the murder of a 14-year-old girl, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Prince George’s County officials are disputing over the detention and release of two of the alleged suspects in a previous arrest from a year ago. The Prince George’s County Police Department (PGPD) […]

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ANNAPOLIS — State’s Attorney Aisha Braveboy testified before the Maryland General Assembly in support of Grace’s Law 2.0, an expansion of the law that criminalizes electronic bullying and harassment, on Jan. 29 and Feb. 7. “Grace’s law is important because there is a lot of sexual exploitation of minors, as well as adults but in […]

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SUITLAND – A man in his late 50’s is dead after a fire erupted in a bedroom of a duplex dwelling on April 10 in Suitland.

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PALMER PARK – For the second time within a week, two more Prince George’s County police officers are off the job after they were arrested in Florida in two separate incidents.

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CHILLUM – A woman was found dead on April 10 across near a Chillum apartment complex and has become the county’s 16th homicide victim of the year in Prince George’s County. 

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PALMER PARK – A 22- year veteran of the Prince George’s County Police Department is off the job after he has allegedly been charged with forgery. 

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CLINTON – Prince George’s County Police Department’s Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Unit is seeking the community’s help after a 27-year-old District of Columbia police officer was killed on April 6 in a motorcycle collision in Clinton. 

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ADELPHI – Two teenagers have been recently arrested and are allegedly charged with murder in connection with a fatal shooting that occurred in March in Adelphi.

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UPPER MARLBORO – A Prince George’s County jury deliberated for about two hours before finding Daron Boswell-Johnson guilty of the murder of NeShante Davis and their two-year-old daughter, Chloe in February 2016 outside of her Fort Washington home.

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SEAT PLEASANT – A man was arrested on March 31 after he exchanged gunfire with police officers from Prince George’s County Police Department and the Seat Pleasant Police Department in Seat Pleasant.

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OXON HILL – Detectives from the Prince George’s County Police Department’s homicide unit were able to make a quick arrest on the county’s 15th homicide of the year that occurred on March 31 in a parking lot of an Oxon Hill apartment complex.

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LANGLEY PARK – An adult male was found dead on March 31 in a wooded area by the rear of University West Plaza Shopping Center in Langley Park.

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LARGO – Homicide detectives from Prince George’s County Police Department are investigating the 14th homicide of the year after an adult male was shot and killed late on March 28 at a Largo condominium complex.

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SEAT PLEASANT – Homicide detectives from the Prince George’s County Police Department are investigating the county’s 11th homicide of the year after a man was allegedly shot and killed on March 19 in Seat Pleasant.

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GREENBELT – It only took a week for detectives from Greenbelt Police Department to make an arrest in the fatal shooting of Gabriel Hernandez Dreke of Greenbelt that occurred on March 10.

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CALVERTON – Detectives from Prince George’s Police Department’s homicide unit are investigating the county’s 11th homicide of the year after a man was allegedly found stabbed to death on March 14 in a parking lot of an apartment complex in Calverton.

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GREENBELT – Detectives from the Greenbelt City Police Department are investigating the city’s first homicide of the year after a man was shot and killed on March 10 in a parking lot of a Greenbelt apartment complex. Just before 8:30 p.m., the Greenbelt City Police Department started to receive calls of shots fired in the […]

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TEMPLE HILLS – A 14-year-old Prince George’s County student was arrested on March 6 by detectives from the Prince George’s County Police Homeland Security Division after posting threats on social media of him allegedly attempting to go on a shooting spree at Crossland High School in Temple Hills.

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OXON HILL – After an extensive investigation, homicide detectives from the Prince George’s County Police Department arrested two 18-year-old males for the stabbing of 23-year-old Yefrin Argueta of Arlington, Virginia who died in Oxon Hill.

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COLLEGE PARK – A 21-year-old University of Maryland student was arrested early on Feb. 25 by Baltimore County Police and University of Maryland Police after allegedly making threats against University of Maryland police officers.

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EDMONSTON – A homeless man was shot, and a Town of Edmonston Police Officer was injured on Feb. 22 after a departmental shooting.

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OXON HILL – Detectives from the of Prince George’s County Police Department Homicide Unit are searching for a person who fatally stabbed a 23-year-old man in Oxon Hill.

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LANDOVER – A 19-year-old Prince George’s County probationary volunteer firefighter from the Glenn Dale Volunteer Fire Association was recently arrested by fire investigators from the Prince George’s County Office of the Fire Marshall and members of the Prince George’s County Police Department’s Arson Task Force. 

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CHAPEL OAKS – Homicide detectives from the Prince George’s County Police Department are investigating the county’s eighth homicide of the year after a man was found dead behind a vacant house in Chapel Oaks.

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TEMPLE HILLS – A 46-year-old homeless man has been arrested in Kernersville, North Carolina in connection with a homicide that happened on Jan. 24 in Temple Hills.

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CAPITOL HEIGHTS – A 32-year-old Capitol Heights man has become the seventh homicide victim of the year on Jan. 4 after he was stabbed to death in Capitol Heights.

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ADELPHI – Three people including two firefighters were injured on Jan. 6 during a house fire in Adelphi. 

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LARGO – It took over a year, but through various investigative techniques, homicide detectives from Prince George’s County Police Department have arrested three males for the fatal shooting of Allyssa Banks that occurred on October 23, 2016, in Largo.

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