It was a weekend filled with highs and some spots of news that made me say “aaaw man.” The San Antonio Spurs won their 5th NBA championship and I’m glad. I couldn’t take the Heat and their Heat nation fans gloating about a win. Casey Kasem passed away. That was an “aaaaw man” moment. I grew up watching his American Top 40 countdown in the 1970s/1980s; a time when we all kinda knew the same songs. Umph. Casey’s death bothers me because he seems to be the end of the era when we all kinda knew the same songs. Umph. Start a song by Journey right now and I’ll finish it. Go to the chorus of The Message and I’ll go with you, “It’s like a jungles sometimes it makes me wonders how I…” You know you just finished that line. We can’t sing the same song anymore unless Beyoncé comes out of her drunk in love stupor. Aaaah, but I digress. Here’s a place where we can all sing the same song: VOTE. Republican, Democrat, Independent, Indifferent, Other: We ALL need to vote and soon.
Interest in the current gubernatorial election is low, according to a Washington Post poll, but the importance is super-high, according to PGC Blog. Every election, there are people who mean this county no good that get in office of maintain a stronghold on an office because the residents of Prince George’s County don’t come out to vote. It matters. You can’t sit back and say, oh I’ll just wait for the “big” election. NOT. NOOOT!!! Early voting has started; you can be in and out in a breeze. Take your bedroom community dwelling behind down to those polls and do a nod to the people who fought for your right to vote – that’s everyone from Elizabeth Staton to A. Phillip Randolph and beyond. Don’t complain when your officials like Marilynn Bland and those wanting to be your officials like Vince Canales bring heaping amounts of shame to a county that is doing a great job of digging its way out of the Johnson era.
Prince George’s County Police PFC Dwight Jones is facing a departmental investigation after an off-duty domestic-related incident in which he pleaded guilty. On Monday, June 9, 2014, Jones pleaded guilty to second degree assault in Prince George’s County District Court after the domestic incident which occurred in Upper Marlboro on November 30, 2013. Jones, a 9-year veteran, remains employed by the police department and is currently assigned to the Telephone Reporting Unit. Police Chief Mark Magaw said “Our officers are held to the highest standard, whether they are on or off duty. Any behavior that betrays the trust of our community will not be tolerated and is not acceptable.” The departmental investigation could lead to termination. Jones’ police powers are currently suspended and he is on administrative duty.
Other violent perpetrators have been locked up throughout the county. Prince George’s County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a man (term used loosely) who allegedly kicked in the door of his ex-girlfriend, assaulted her, then doused her with oil and threatened to set her on fire. According to the arrest warrant, Erick Austin would physically attack the woman every time she tried to leave her apartment. Deputies found Austin at the Marvin Gaye Park in D.C. and arrested him after a short foot pursuit. He is charged with First and Second Degree Assault. Also arrested for assaulting a woman is Delondre Mason, he allegedly assaulted a female victim at a residence in the 11000 block of Twin Lakes Drive in Beltsville, MD on several occasions between September and October 2013. A warrant for Mason’s arrest states that during one incident the female victim held a small child as Delondre Mason retrieved and fired a long rifle styled pellet gun striking the victim in her back. Delondre Mason also allegedly struck the victim in the back of the head with a glass bottle and caused $2,081.00 in property damage to the victim’s belongings. Sheriff’s Deputies’ investigating Mason’s whereabouts located him at his residence in the 11000 block of Gordon Ave. in Beltsville, MD where he was found hiding in a crawl space; how fitting. Mason was taken into custody without incident. Mason’s arrest closes 3 additional warrants for Assault First Degree, Failure to Appear on a Theft $1,000 Less Than $10,000 charge and Failure to Appear on a Driving While Revoked charge.
Groundbreaking for MGM National Harbor should happen this Fall after the Prince George’s County Council holds a hearing July 14th, to approve/deny the application that clears the way for construction of the $925 million MGM casino complex at National Harbor. From the Washington Post: The county planning board approved the project May 8 after hearing from residents and community leaders who voiced objections to the lighting features and giant outdoor LED video screens incorporated in the project. **I will not be able to attend this MONDAY July 14th hearing but I’ll be watching on the live stream HERE.** The large electronic screens are likely to be the subject of debate at the council hearing next month. Some residents say the screens, which would be lighted on three sides, will shine on nearby historic sites and residences and have the potential to distract drivers. See video and rendering here for yourself. Officials with MGM Resorts International say the boards are as important to the aesthetics of the building as they are to its operations and are uniquely incorporated into the design of the facility, which will have more than 1 million square feet of usable space.
Over 45,000 students in Prince George’s County rely on school lunch for a daily meal. Prince George’s County Memorial Library System has partnered with No Kid Hungry, Share Our Strength and Partnership to End Childhood Hunger in Maryland, to provide nourishment to youth in need this Summer. A free lunch for those 18 years and younger will be served from 2 to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday at the following library branches: Bladensburg Branch, Glenarden Branch, Hillcrest Heights, Hyattsville Branch, Oxon Hill Branch and Spauldings Branch. The Fairmount Heights Branch will also be a site when it reopens in July.) The program runs Monday June 16th through Friday Aug. 22. For more information, visit www.pgcmls.info.