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Prince George's Police Try New Tactic To Prevent More Violence

Prince George's Police Try New Tactic To Prevent More Violence

PALMER PARK, MD (WUSA) Prince Georges County Police turned to what they called saturation patrols Wednesday, in an attempt to deal with a 2011 homicide rate that now averages one a day.

Sheriffs deputies, Maryland State Police troopers, and officers from local police departrments in the county joined county police to put more than 60 additional officers in neighborhoods that have seen those murders since the beginning of the year.

"What they're going to be doing is as much as they can to really get into the community, make their presence known, talk to people, see if anybody out there knows, or may be connected to any of these crimes. Their high visibility is going to help

prevent future crime from occuring, let ctiizens of Prince Georges County know that we're out there, " said Cpl. Evan Baxter of the Prince Georges County Police.

First Murder Case Against Suspect Was 'Thin'

WASHINGTON, D.C.  (WUSA) -- It didn't take long for police to realize the killing of Roosevelt Brockington at Suburban Hospital was not random. They say 49-year-old Keith Little stabbed his boss more than 70 times out of revenge.

Montgomery County State's Attorney John McCarthy said, "It is quite apparent that the individual, Mr. Little, who is in custody, knew the victim in this case. And actually, the victim in this case was his supervisor who evaluated his job performance and did not evaluate it well."

Little's been charged with murdering a co-worker before. He and man named Gordon Rollins were maintenance workers at D.C. apartment building. Police say Rollins had told their supervisor that Little was stealing company tools and sneaking into apartments. He was shot to death February 3, 2003. A witness heard it.

Obama To Visit Home Improvement Factory In Landover

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama will visit a factory in suburban Washington on Friday morning.

The president will tour Thompson Creek Manufacturing, which builds energy efficient replacement windows and doors, as well as siding and gutters at its family owned and operated facility in Landover, Md.

Afterward, Obama will comment on the Labor Department's monthly employment report and announce the latest personnel changes in his economic team. He's expected to name Gene Sperling as his chief economic adviser.

Alsobrooks Takes Oath As Prince George's County State's Attorney

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (WUSA) -- Taking the oath of office as Prince George's County's first elected female State's Attorney, Angela Alsobrooks said Tuesday her tenure will be marked by a dual focus.

Pedestrian Struck On Central Avenue In Largo

LARGO, Md. (WUSA) -- An accident involving a pedestrian shut down Central Avenue in Largo, Md. Monday morning.

Maryland State Police say troopers responded to a report of a pedestrian struck on Central Avenue near the Beltway around 4:20 Monday morning. Officials say one person was transported to a local hospital.  That person is expected to survive.

Police say the striking vehicle stayed at the scene.  Activity closed Central Avenue for nearly two hours.  The area reopened to traffic before 6:30am.

Drop In Home Value May Mean Higher Taxes

Drop In Home Value May Mean Higher Taxes

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (WUSA) -- Home values in portions of Prince George's County have plummeted 35%.  The areas affected are from Beltsville to Laurel and Bowie to Brandywine.

While some new homeowners will see a tax cut, hundreds of long-time homeowners will actually see a tax increase because of Maryland's complicated tax law that kept the homestead tax below inflation.

"They will actually see an increase if their homestead tax is below the 1/3 (or 35%) decrease, " said Joe Hensley supervisor of Prince George's County Assessments. "If that's the case, the assessment will be subject to a 1% hike for the county portion of your taxes and 10% for the state portion.


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Redskins: Joseph Remorseful For DUI Arrest

Redskins: Joseph Remorseful For DUI Arrest

LEESBURG, Va. (AP) -- The Washington Redskins say defensive lineman Joe Joseph has expressed remorse for his arrest on charges of driving under the influence and that the team will withhold further comment until the matter is resolved through the courts.

The Redskins released a two-sentence statement Tuesday on Joseph's arrest. On Monday, less than 24 hours after making his NFL debut, Joseph was arrested in Loudoun County and charged with driving under the influence.

The Redskins' statement says Joseph is "very remorseful for what happened" as well as the embarrassment he caused his family and the Redskins.

Joseph, 25, joined the Redskins' practice squad Dec. 15 and was promoted to the main roster on Saturday.