Interim Chief of Police Sgt. W. Stevenson then briefed attendees on the continued investigation into two shootings which have occurred within the town since July 20. Two suspects have been arrested in the July 20 shooting. Stevenson said that Morningside investigators are cooperating with Prince George’s County District IV Police to pursue information leading to the arrest of suspects in a second shooting, which happened on Larkspur Road.
“We’re calling on all residents to call 911 if you see anything suspicious,” said Stevenson. “We have a lot of different faces coming out in Morningside.”
Stevenson also reported that Town of Morningside Police made 12 arrests over the past month.
“The arrests are up very high. Officers have been working very hard, and arresting a lot of suspects,” Stevenson said.
Morningside resident Laura Williams spoke of an altercation with a neighbor over alleged code violations. Williams believes that the neighbor’s uncut grass is providing a habitat for snakes, which have then been found on Williams’ property. When she confronted the neighbor about the tall grass, the neighbor allegedly assaulted Williams and threatened to burn her house down. The alleged assault and threat are under investigation.
Code Enforcement Officer Tina Pryce said that the original complaint about the neighbor’s uncut grass was being processed by her department in compliance with regulations. Pryce also indicated that recent construction on the Metrorail extension, “has disturbed habitat for wildlife, including snakes,” and other animals which had not traditionally been found on residents’ lawns.