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Tuesday, October 24, 2017


Correction: The original press release indicated the suspect fled twice in a marked vehicle. While he did flee twice, the first time was in his personally owned truck (the Ford F-150). He switched vehicles at the Silver Hill Fire Department and returned to his house in the fire department’s marked Ford Explorer. Also, Mr. Fowler was charged in both cases and was issued a total of49 traffic citations. I apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Thank you.  

PRESS RELEASE                                    
Charles County Sheriff’s Office
Sheriff Troy D. Berry 
Commission on the Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies
Recipient of Gold Standard of Excellence Award
DATE: October 24, 2017         
Diane Richardson 
Media Relations Office 
The following is a sample of recent Charles County Sheriff’s Office investigations. For information about crimes not included in this report, visit CrimeReports.com and search by county, city, zip code or street address.
OFF-DUTY PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY VOLUNTEER FIRE CHIEF ARRESTED: On October 24 at 4:50 a.m., officers were dispatched to the 2500 block of Lisa Drive in Waldorf for the report of a man threatening to slash the tires on his girlfriend’s car. Officers arrived and observed the suspect in a silver Ford F-150 truck, marked with PGFD logos from the Silver Hill Fire Department. They initiated a traffic stop, but the driver fled. Officers pursued the driver a short distance, but stopped when he entered Prince George’s County. While officers continued investigating, they received a call at 6:11 a.m. that the man had returned to Lisa Drive. Officers responded and attempted to stop the suspect, but he fled again. Officers pursued the driver who eventually stopped about a mile away. Matthew Reginald Fowler, 49, of Waldorf, was taken into custody and transported to the Charles County Detention Center. He was charged with 22 traffic violations including negligent driving and reckless driving. It was learned Fowler is a Volunteer Chief of the Silver Hill Fire Department and was operating one of the fire department vehicles when the incidents occurred. The investigation is ongoing. 
Charles County Crime Solvers offers rewards of up to $1,000 for information that leads to the arrest or indictment of a person responsible for a crime in Charles County. Anyone with information about an unsolved crime or the location of a fugitive may contact Charles County Crime Solvers by calling 1-866-411-TIPS, or submitting tips online at tipsubmit.com. All individuals who provide tips through Crime Solvers will remain anonymous. Learn more at the CCSO’s website.
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PGFD and ASPCA Halloween Safety Tips for our Pets

Halloween Safety Tips

Halloween can be the spookiest night of the year, but keeping your pets safe doesn’t have to be tricky. The ASPCA recommends taking these simple, common sense precautions to keep your pet happy and healthy all the way to November 1.

Stash the Treats

The candy bowl is for trick-or-treaters, not Scruffy or Fluffy. Several popular Halloween treats are toxic to pets. Chocolate in all forms—especially dark or baking chocolate—can be very dangerous for cats and dogs, and sugar-free candies containing the artificial sweetener xylitol can cause serious problems in pets. If you suspect your pet has ingested something toxic, please call your veterinarian or the ASPCA Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435 immediately.

Watch the Decorations and Keep Wires Out of Reach

While a carved jack-o-lantern certainly is festive, pets can easily knock over a lit pumpkin and start a fire. Curious kittens are especially at risk of getting burned or singed by candle flame. Popular Halloween plants such as pumpkins and decorative corn are considered relatively nontoxic, but can produce stomach discomfort in pets who nibble on them.

Be Careful with Costumes

For some pets, wearing a costume may cause undue stress. The ASPCA recommends that you don’t put your dog or cat in a costume unless you know he or she loves it. If you do dress up your pet for Halloween, make sure the costume does not limit his or her movement, sight or ability to breathe, bark or meow. Check the costume carefully for small, dangling or easily chewed-off pieces that could present a choking hazard. Ill-fitting outfits can get twisted on external objects or your pet, leading to injury.
Be sure to have your pet try on the costume before the big night. If he or she seems distressed or shows abnormal behavior, consider letting your pet wear his or her “birthday suit” or don a festive bandana instead.

Keep Pets Calm and Easily Identifiable

Halloween brings a flurry of activity with visitors arriving at the door, and too many strangers can often be scary and stressful for pets. All but the most social dogs and cats should be kept in a separate room away from the front door during peak trick-or-treating hours. While opening the door for guests, be sure that your dog or cat doesn’t dart outside. And always make sure your pet it wearing proper identification—if for any reason he or she does escape, a collar with ID tags and/or a microchip can be a lifesaver for a lost pet.

MEDIA ADVISORY: Diabetes Detection Dog meets 5-Year Old companion - Meet and Greet with PGFD

MEDIA CONTACT: Mark E. Brady, Chief Spokesperson, 240-508-7930
MEBrady@co.pg.md.us     @PGFDPIO

The Prince George’s County Fire/Emergency Medical Services Department will host a “meet and greet” with a service dog and new family.  The canine is a “Diabetes Detection Dog” and will be acquainted and undergo training with his new family this week. 

Diabetes detection dogs are assistance dogs trained to detect high or low levels of blood sugar levels, known as hypoglycemia or hyperglycemia in humans with diabetes

As part of that training the trainers wanted to make local authorities aware of the dog and its capabilities in working with a 5-year old with Type 1 Diabetes, including how the service dog alerts first responders to a potential diabetic emergency.

The media is invited to attend the “meet and greet” and document the capabilities of this service dog.

WHAT:           Meet and Greet Type 1 Diabetes Detection Dog and new family

WHEN:           Wednesday, October 25, 2017, 10:00 am

WHERE:         Bunker Hill Fire/EMS Station, 3716 Rhode Island Avenue, Brentwood, MD

WHO:             5-year old child, his mother, service dog trainer, PGFD Firefighter/Medics, other local authorities and the service dog.