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Police District VI Adds Email Tip Line

Prince George's County Police District VI (*) has added a Tip Line email address police_district6@co.pg.md.us to its recently established confidential Tip Line phone number (301) 931-3575 (previous Tip Line article)

Police District VI Commander Brewer asks citizens to use the Tip Line phone or email to
provide any information or tips about crimes or suspicious activity.

For emergencies or crimes in progress, please call 911, for immediate response by Police or other public safety services.

For non-emergencies that
nonetheless need the response of a police officer (or other non-emergency public safety services), please call Prince George's County Public Safety 
301-352-1200.

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Link to zoomable map of Police District VI area

NEW DATE *** Feb 28 Police Chief's Community Forum with Residents of Police District VI

RESCHEDULED TO THURSDAY, FEB 28 7 PM (*)

Chief Melvin High

Prince George's County Police Chief's
Community Forum for Police District VI

Beltsville Elementary School
4300 Wicomico Ave
Beltsville, MD
(Directions)

This forum is to facilitate direct dialog between Prince George's County Police Department Chief Melvin High, the new Police District VI Commander, Major Dwayne Preston, District VI police officers, community organizations and all residents in District VI (MAP) (Beltsville, Laurel, Adelphi, Hillandale, Calverton)

For further information contact:

Lt. Michael Straughan
Beltsville Station (District VI)
Station: 301-937-0910

(*) The original event on Feb 20 was rescheduled
because Beltsville Elementary School was closed
due to inclement weather.

There The WSSC Goes Again, AGAIN !!!

Mar 17 Update: Between March 13 and March 16, the excavation was filled with two separate courses of tightly-packed asphalt -- creating a smooth road surface.Feb 17 Update: Late this Sunday morning, WSSC refilled the excavation with fresh asphalt.Feb 15 Update: It is Friday, just before the 3-day Presidents Day
holiday weekend and one week since the excavation was last patched. Predictably, high volume traffic has again turned it into a big pothole (deeper and more jarring than it looks in this photo) that has already thrown at least one hubcap. I called the WSSC maintenance line this morning and asked them to send out a crew to fill the excavation again -- and to refill it once a week, every week, before each weekend until a permanent repair can be made, so as to reduce the risk of more damage to vehicles, personal injury or even death, as even drivers who see the hole risk either being rear-ended as they slow down or head-on collision as they swerve left out of that only west-bound lane across the yellow line into traffic coming at them in the east-bound lane.
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Feb 8 Update
At 9:30 AM the WSSC filled the excavation temporarily with uncompressed asphalt. The hole was converted into a bump that cars are now avoiding (when they see it) by swerving to the left into oncoming east-bound traffic. It is unclear if this patch will last over the weekend, or revert again to a hole, as more cars and trucks hit it.
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(Feb 7, 2008) For the 3d time in 13 months, the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) has again (again) abandoned work in progress on the perpetually problematic fire hydrant near Montpelier Mansion just as one turns onto West-bound Muirkirk Rd from Rt. 197, leaving a dangerous excavation -- this time 3 feet by 3 feet by 8 inches deep (and getting deeper with each passing car) -- without cover plates or warning signs or any other traffic safety measures.

Jan 14, 2007: Citizens Mitigate Dangerous Excavation on Muirkirk
May 19, 2007 WSSC, There They Go Again

And just like those two times before, today's tank trap -- noted at 4:30 pm -- is ALSO in the only west bound lane. So, drivers who are fortunate enough to see it must either slow abruptly -- risking rear collision from cars behind them -- or no less dangerously, they must swerve left into the East-bound land risking head-on collision with opposing traffic. The damage to cars, and danger to drivers and passengers will only get worse as night falls and the tank trap becomes invisible until it is too late. Some cars hit the trap, some swerve into the opposing traffic lane and some do both. I called PG Non-Emergency Public Safety 301-352-1200. Two PG Police vehicle patrol officers responded promptly to evaluate the situation, but it was not clear at that time what WSSC would do.

I drove by again at 7:45 pm and saw that nothing had yet been done to reduce the danger. By that time i was able to call WSSC emergency directly, who took my report about the situation, including my concerns about the risks of personal injury and property damage, and my explicit request that WSSC send someone out immediately to assess the situation and make it as safe as possible overnight.

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