Winter Coat Drive Collects Over 600 Coats

The Takoma Park Police Department’s Winter Coat Drive has collected over 600 winter coats and over 200 other items in this year’s campaign. The annual coat drive, which began November 2 and ended December 18, was held in partnership with Adventist Community Services of Greater Washington and other local charities.

Missing Silver Spring Mother Now Charged with Parental Abduction

A Silver Spring mother who, together with her child, were part of a missing persons case earlier this year is now wanted in a criminal case, according to county police. Ashley Spicer, age 35, has been charged with parental abduction of her nine-year-old daughter Israel “Kali” Burk; there is a now a warrant out for Spicer’s arrest.

County Police Make DUI, Handgun Arrests in Takoma Park Area

A county police officer with the Holiday Task Force stopped three men on Nov. 29 after a traffic violation in the Takoma Park area who were then charged with offenses including driving under the influence and handgun possession. The officer observed the incident in the area of University Boulevard East and Merrimac Drive.

Detectives Seek Help Identifying Suspects in Ellsworth Place Robbery

Detectives with the county police department’s 3rd District Investigative Section are investigating the robbery of two people in Ellsworth Place and are asking for help to identify the suspects. The incident occurred at about 1:45 p.m. on Dec. 1 and the victims were a male and a female. Both suspects are male and the department has released surveillance video of the two in hopes someone can assist with identification.