Police sexual-harassment lawsuit will move forward

October 10, 2012

BY PAULA MINAERT — The City’s motion to dismiss the sexual harassment case filed against it by Pfc. Marsha Mutchler Lessard, a Hyattsville Police Department officer from 2004 to 2009, has been denied. The ruling, by Judge Frederick Motz of the U.S. District Court, means the case will move [read more]

City requests dismissal of lawsuit against police

August 10, 2012

BY PAULA MINAERT — The city of Hyattsville has filed for the dismissal of a federal lawsuit against it by a former police officer on the grounds that it was filed after the statute of limitations had expired. Pfc. Marsha Mutchler Lessard, a Hyattsville Police Department officer from 2004 to 2009, [read more]

Hugh’s News: A resident evil

July 10, 2012

BY HUGH TURLEY — In a 1931 essay titled “A Plea for Intolerance,” Bishop Fulton J. Sheen argued that America was suffering not from intolerance, but tolerance. “Tolerance applies to the erring; intolerance to the error,” he wrote. But for many people, “intolerance is always wrong [read more]

Anatomy of an arrest: City officer nails trail assault suspect

June 10, 2012

BY PAULA MINAERT — Here’s the good news: A man is in custody as a suspect in at least two of the six assaults and rapes that took place on and near the Northwest Branch Hiker-Biker Trail earlier this year. Arrested last month, Edwin Rivas, 24, was ordered held without bail for the January 28 [read more]

Trail assaults worry residents

May 12, 2012

Maryland-National Capital Park Police released composite sketches of men suspected in a series of assaults in and around Hyattsville. BY PAULA MINAERT — A recent series of six sexual assaults in and near Hyattsville, as yet unsolved, has unnerved city residents, and it appears that more than one [read more]

Thanksgiving Day tragedy at Home Depot

December 11, 2011

BY PAULA MINAERT — A Thanksgiving Day tragedy unfolded in the Hyattsville Home Depot parking lot. A 79-year-old driver had what police are calling a “medical emergency” and lost control of his car, hitting six pedestrians and sending five to the hospital. Two of them have since died: Fredys [read more]

Newest city officer won police academy award

November 11, 2011

David Chanthavong, who recently joined Hyattsville’s police department, addressed the city council on October 24, soon after receiving the Outstanding Student Officer Award from the Prince George’s Community College Municipal Police Academy. I am 25 years old. I was born in Thailand but my [read more]

One dead in University Town Center stabbing

July 2, 2011

BY SUSIE CURRIE — On June 30, an early-evening brawl at University Town Center left one man dead and four others injured. Leonard Raynod Smith-Matthews, 21, died after being stabbed during a fight at University Town Center on June 30, 2011. Responding to reports of a fight, Hyattsville City [read more]

Police address gang problem

April 10, 2011

BY KRYSTYN SCHMERBECK – “In the first hour of the day, teens [today] process more information than we processed in a whole day,” Cpl. Mike Rudinski said at a March 22 gang information meeting for Hyattsville residents. Recognizing this massive cultural shift is critical to understanding [read more]
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