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MVA: 1,300 Could Be Driving With Bad Licenses

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) -- The head of Maryland's Motor Vehicle Administration says more than 1,300 residents may be driving on licenses that could be suspended or revoked.

MVA officials reviewed more than 10,000 licenses with eight or more violation points after a state audit revealed problems with oversight at the administration.

MVA Administrator John Kuo says more than 1,300 cases drew potential red flags and are being reviewed manually. He told lawmakers Tuesday that automated software that translates data from courts into points on people's licenses was responsible for the failure to notice the problem.

Kuo says he has addressed other issues uncovered by the audit, including a conclusion that MVA electronic databases left drivers' personal information vulnerable to theft.

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.

Man Killed in Landover Shooting

LANDOVER, Md. (WUSA) ---Prince George's County Police are investigating the shooting death Thursday evening of a young man whose body was found in front of a home near the intersection of Normandy Road and Matthew Henson Avenue here.

Police Corporal Erica Johnson told 9NEWS NOW that dispatchers received a call for the sound of gunfire, and found the victim when they arrived at the apparent shooting scene near the Parkview Baptist Church.

He was taken to a hospital where he was declared dead. He has not been identified.

Participate in National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week

The Department of Environmental Resources’ (DER) Animal Management Group (AMG) will join the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) to celebrate National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week from November 7 through November 13, 2010. 

The week-long event, designed to recognize and celebrate the lifesaving services provided by animal shelters, will conclude with an Open House held on Saturday, November 13 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Animal Services Facility at 3750 Brown Station Road in Upper Marlboro.  Citizens and residents are encouraged to attend and meet the many wonderful pets available for adoption.

The Animal Services Facility provides many services to the citizens and residents of Prince George’s County.  These services include spaying and neutering homeless animals; placing them in loving homes; helping injured, sick, abused and orphaned animals; and teaching responsible pet care and ownership.