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Body in Pr. George's store; no school fine for Montgomery; accident victim dies

Wednesday, May 26, 2010


Police investigate body found in store

Prince George's County homicide detectives are probing the death of a 49-year-old man whose body was found in the back of a Hispanic grocery store in Bowie on Tuesday, authorities said.

The body showed signs of head trauma, but investigators have not ruled the Bowie man's death a homicide, authorities said. No name was released.

Police were initially called to the Villa Hermosa grocery store, at Ninth Street and Maple Avenue, just before 7:30 a.m. for a reported suicide, authorities said. A body was taken out several hours later and sent to the medical examiner's office. Police also towed three vehicles from the scene.

Neighbors, some of whom had been interviewed by police, said the man owned the store and worked there with his wife. One neighbor, Richard Ford, 57, said he heard sounds that might have been gunshots early Tuesday, then heard a car speeding away.

-- Matt Zapotosky

Pr. George's police start traffic unit

Prince George's County police have formed a unit that will focus exclusively on traffic enforcement to curb serious crashes, authorities said Tuesday.

The Traffic Enforcement Unit will identify areas in the county where crashes occur most frequently a beef up enforcement where crashes are most frequent, said Officer Henry Tippett, a police spokesman, and may also recommend road improvements where needed.

Last year, there were 101 fatal crashes in Prince George's, Tippett said. A news release reported that Prince George's leads the state in fatal crashes.

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