College Bound Student and Caribbean Community Left in Lurch (Demo)

Suitland High School student duped by Gregory McClees who said he’d donate major dollar towards college education.
Crossroads Caribbean Club closed and sold to medical company.  Long musical history lost.
Keith Blocker is a Suitland High School graduate who was 5th in his class, has a 13 year record of never missing a day in school, a 3.9 GPA, and has/had plans on attending Maryland University.  Keith is the oldest of three children and his parents have a daunting task before them as they seek funding sources for their children’s college education.  In walks Gregory McClees who, after seeing Keith Blocker’s story  featured on the NBC4, pledges to give thousands of dollars to Keith Blocker for his education.  Well Gregory McClees should have kept on walking.  He lied to the family and WJLA saying that he would donate $1000, then $10,000, then more but nothing was ever received by the blocker family.  As a result, the family has racked up thousands of dollars in bank fees,  “A phone call this past May seemed like the kind of miracle Keith and his family needed – a man named Gregory McClees who said he was going to pay for all four years of his education. That call, though, has turned into a nightmare. “He let us know he wanted to offer my son a full, four-year scholarship to the school of his choice,” Keith’s mother, Dina Johnson-Blocker, said. “We really thought this was the miracle we’d been praying for.”
Keith BlockerThe seemingly generous offer from McClees couldn’t have come at a better time for Keith and his family; at the time, they had no idea how they were going to pay for the tuition. In emails to his family, McClees even promised an additional $1,000-per-month stipend.  “I just pretty much decided I would go to school no matter what circumstances came up,” Keith said.Last month, he gave the family their first installment of the stipend. However, payment on the check was quickly stopped. In later emails, McClees promised them $10,000. “He told me to get Keith everything he needs for school and any money left from the check he wanted to go to Keith,” Dina said.

Gregory McClees
Gregory McClees

 He never came through. McClees blames a bank error on the stop payment and said that his attorney would clear everything up. He even promised to bring a $1,000 check to the ABC7 newsroom by 9:30 a.m. Wednesday.  McClees never showed up. He was later found outside his Capitol Hill apartment, where he defiantly said that all the scholarship money had been sent. He also said that his attorney was taking care of his matters while he was sick and away from the area.  That attorney had no comment on the matter and would not even confirm if he represented McClees.  Meanwhile, when payment was stopped on the first check, the Blockers say hundreds of dollars in bank fees that they can’t afford were levied on their accounts. They now wonder and wait to see if Keith’s college dreams are evaporating.” Story from WJLA.

In the meantime, to counter the absolute crap doled out by Gregory McClees, a website is available where you can donate towards Keith Blocker’s education.  Click HERE for website Currently they’ve only raised $95 of the $75,000 the family needs to pay for his education.  Please check the video of the WJLA story to see McClees trying to worm his way out of his donation saying stupid stuff like “they haven’t given me a change to give it to them.”  BLANK STARE.

Crossroads Club & RestaurantReported by Citypaper, “…the building that long housed Bladensburg’s Crossroads Nightclub was sold to J & J Medical Health Care & Equipment for $1.2 million. Outside of the local Caribbean community, that news didn’t travel far or quickly.  To the club’s longtime patrons, though, Crossroads’ demise was seismic. Built in 1941 and home to country, rock, blues, jazz, burlesque, and reggae music for decades, the spacious, 16,130 square foot watering hole was once part of a busy Prince George’s County entertainment corridor. It had been operating as a Caribbean music venue and restaurant since 1996…Crossroads owner Alton Gayle pleaded guilty in September to one charge of tax evasion and received a suspended sentence. An audit determined that the club owed Maryland more than $500,000. Prince George’s County had shut down the club once in 2007 due to a shooting in its parking lot, and the club mysteriously shut itself down for unexplained “maintenance” for a number of weeks in 2010 and 2011.”

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