Thursday, March 24, 2011

Sentencing In Maryland

A District of Columbia man was sentenced to a prison term for Possession of Crack Cocaine and Assaulting a United States Park Police Officer. This incident happened on the Baltimore Washington Parkway.

Below is a press release from the United States Attorney's Office:

March 24, 2011



Greenbelt, Maryland - U.S. District Judge Roger W. Titus sentenced Derrick Tarzan Young, age 25, of Washington, D.C., today to 21 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for assaulting a U.S. Park Police officer and possession of crack cocaine.

The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein and Chief Teresa Chambers of the United States Park Police.

According to Young’s guilty plea, on June 10, 2010, an officer of the United States Park Police stopped the vehicle being driven by Young because its brake light was broken. When the officer turned on the lights and siren on his marked police cruiser, Young drove for a substantial distance before coming to a stop.

After the traffic stop, the officer patted down Young and detected a hard object which he believed was drugs. As the officer was trying to handcuff Young, Young threw back his elbow toward the officer and began to run away along the side of the road. The officer pursued Young and grabbed his shirt. Young turned back towards the officer and wrapped his arms around the officer’s waist, near the officer’s gun. After a struggle, the officer finally forced Young to the ground. An off-duty police officer arrived on the scene to assist.

Once Young was in handcuffs, the Park Police officer pulled at Young’s pants. A package fell to the ground which contained 4.5 grams of crack cocaine. At the police station, police seized $280 from Young.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended the U.S. Park Police for its work in the investigation and thanked Assistant United States Attorney Hollis Raphael Weisman, who prosecuted the case.

Cherry Blossom Traffic Pattern

The blooms of Cherry Trees around the Tidal Basin will require some traffic pattern changes so that we can have better traffic flow for the viewers.

The traffic pattern change will start on Saturday March 26, 2011 and last until Sunday April 10, 2011. These traffic patterns will be in effect 24 hours a day.

Traffic coming from Maine Avenue onto East Basin Drive, heading towards the Jefferson Memorial, will be required to head down Ohio Drive towards Hains Point.

Vehicles continuing on East Basin Drive will be required to exit onto I-395 south.

Tour buses will be allowed to continue towards the Jefferson Memorial.

Vehicles on Ohio Drive will NOT be allowed to turn westbound onto Buckeye Drive. These cars must continue around Hains Point.

Traffic exiting northbound I 395 at the East Potomac Park/Park Police Exit will be required to turn left onto Buckeye Drive.

All cars on Ohio Drive exiting Hains Point, riverside, must continue along the river towards West Potomac Park and cross Inlet Bridge into West Potomac Park.

All traffic on Ohio Drive in West Potomac Park will be ONE WAY north towards Independence Avenue.

There will be NO southbound traffic on Ohio Drive from Independence Avenue.

Traffic and parking is always difficult when these blossoms peak. The National Park Service and the United States Park Police STRONGLY encourage visitors to use public transportation or bikes to view this incredible display.

Please drive carefully paying attention to the many pedestrians in the area and do not leave valuables in view in your parked car.

Race Closures for March 26, 2011

Several streets administered by the National Park Service will be closed on Saturday March 26, 2011 for a marathon.

Constitution Avenue will close from 15th to 23rd Streets NW at 6:20 am. The Washington, DC Meropolitan Police will close Constitution Avenue from 3rd to 15th Streets NW also.

Constitution Avenue will reopen no later than 10:00 am.

In Anacostia Park, Anacostia Drive will be closed at 7:30 am from South Capital Street to the CSX train crossing. There will be no access to Anacostia Park from Good Hope Road or Nicholson Street. Anacostia Drive will reopen no later than 11:00 am.

US Park Police officers will be in these areas to assist motorists and drivers.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Flooding Possible

The National Weather Service is forcasting significant rains for the Washington area. We could see up to 3 or 4 inches overnight.

With rain recently, the ground is saturated.

There is a chance of roadway flooding, trees coming down, and associated power outages.

While driving, if you come to a flooded road, DO NOT drive into the water.

The road may be washed away or your car may be swept away. It only takes a few inches of swift moving water to carry a car away.


If you come across downed power lines, stay clear and notify public safety agencies to make them safe.