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Prince George's County Department of Corrections Holds Chess Tournament

The Prince George’s County Department of Corrections held a chess tournament for juvenile offenders last week as part of teaching them how to manage anger, think and plan ahead.

“This program has had a calming effect in the unit and it has improved their grades,” said Tournament Creator Matthew Winston.  “It has taught them that if they make mistakes, there are consequences and they are learning to be more complimentary of each other.”

Winston is a Board of Education employee who also teaches math to the juvenile offenders and the chess tournament is part of his teaching method.  Every youth incarcerated at the facility is required to learn chess.

“Conflicts among the group are fewer now than before and all of them are learning about concentration and patience,” Winston said.

PGPD Announces Results of Operation “Fall Focus”

   Prince George’s County, Maryland…. Prince George’s County Police Chief Roberto Hylton is pleased to announce the results of Operation “Fall Focus”.  The operation, which ran for four consecutive weeks, was conducted on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings during a ten hour period.  The operation included police officers from the Bureau of Patrol, Narcotics Enforcement Division, Special Operations Division, Special Investigations Division, Traffic Enforcement Unit, and District III’s Special Assignment, Robbery Suppression, and Burglary Suppression Teams.  Each unit conducted proactive enforcement operations in communities within the District III serving area that have been identified as “hot spots” for criminal activity. 

    During the operation, officers made 70 arrests, 805 traffic stops, impounded 19 vehicles, documented 283 suspicious persons stops, recovered 9 handguns and seized a significant amount of drugs.

Police Seek Assistance in Locating Critical Missing Male David Beeson

The Prince George’s County Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in locating a missing 58 year-old male who was last seen near his residence in Chillum, Maryland.

On November 8, 2010, at approximately 8:00 a.m., David Beeson left an assisted living home located in the 6400 block of 8th Avenue and has not been seen or heard from since.           

Beeson is a white male with a light complexion.  He is approximately 5’8” and weighs about 150 pounds.  Beeson has grey hair and no longer has a beard as shown in the attached picture.  Beeson suffers from dementia, schizophrenia, and hypertension and is in need of his medication.   

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of David Beeson is asked to call the Prince George's County Police Department’s District I Investigative Section at (301) 699-2601.

Just a Few More Days for Giant's Annual Good Neighbor Food and Funds Drive

There are just a few more days to contribute to Giant's annual Good Neighbor Food and Funds Drive. The drive helps five regional food banks keep their shelves stocked this holiday season. The annual hunger relief program gives customers the opportunity to help needy families by making a monetary contribution or donating non-perishable food items at neighborhood Giant stores. The Good Neighbor program is taking place in all Giant Food stores from now through November 28, 2010.

Courtroom Chaos: Victim Tackled After Confronting Her Attacker

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (WUSA) -- Teka Adams lifted her shirt and showed scars where her attacker tried to cut her unborn baby from her womb.

The child, Miracle, is doing well and was in court with her mother. Her attacker, Veronica Deramous, of Suitland, plead guilty and was sentenced Friday.

Both Deramous and Adams addressed the court. Adams said she wanted to be in court to find answers and show her attacker her child.

At times, she yelled. Adams then lifted her shirt to show the judge her scars. She turned around and yelled at Deramous' family. She cried and passionately described her life since the attack.

After Adams spoke, Deramous addressed the court with a prepared statement. But shortly after describing how she bought items for the child, Adams lashed out.

Washington Gas Volunteers Weatherize 50 Homes in Prince George's County

Check out these photos of Washington Gas Volunteers doing work on Prince George's County homes to make sure they are well equipped for the harsh winter weather that will soon be upon us.

Gov. Martin O'Malley Wins 2nd Term In Maryland

BALTIMORE (AP) -- Democratic incumbent Gov. Martin O'Malley won a second term in a rematch with Republican former Gov. Robert Ehrlich on Tuesday in a race that featured negative advertising and sniping debates between Maryland's two biggest political rivals.

O'Malley's victory provided a bright spot for Democrats suffering big losses in both congressional and governors' races. His first term was hampered largely by the recession, which made budget cuts routine over the last three years. Still, the governor emphasized throughout the campaign that he has worked hard to protect priorities in public safety and education while positioning Maryland to weather the recession better than most states.

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