Friday's Connecticut school shooting weighed on the minds of those that gave their guns to police in Prince George's County.
Prince George's County Police and Laurel Police collected more than 150 guns Saturday during a buyback program in Laurel, The Washington Post reports. Residents handed guns over to law enforcement officials in exchange for gift cards. Though the program was planned before Friday's shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT, many of those that turned weapons over to police said they didn't want the firearms to fall into the wrong hands, according to the paper. The massacre in Connecticut left 26 students and staff at the school dead, including 20 young children. Two previous gun buyback events in Prince George's County have collected more than 300 guns, police said. Read the full story at The Washington Post.
Police are searching for a Prince George's County prisoner who walked away from a road crew job near Laurel.
Police are searching for a prisoner who had been serving time for manslaughter and walked away from a road crew work assignment near Laurel on Monday morning, CBS Baltimore reported. Conrad Thames, 27, was about a year away from completing a 10-year sentence for manslaughter and handgun violations. He walked away from the job near Route 197 and Muirkirk Road. Thames is 5'9", weighs 162 pounds, has black hair and brown eyes and was last seen wearing a fluorescent road crew cover over a white T-shirt and jeans, the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services says, according to CBS Baltimore. It's not unusual for an inmate sentenced on manslaughter charges to be part of a road crew, but it is unusual for an inmate so close …