Suspect captured in Southern Avenue Metro Station Murder
ExxonMobil is moving 2,100 jobs out of Fairfax County. Government contractor, SAIC of McLean, Virginia to have layoffs too.
Prince George’s County Council passes legislation to create gun registry. PGCo to maintain database of convicted; Police to conduct periodic checks.
Around 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday, police say a man was shot in a bus bay at the Southern Avenue Metro station. The 40-year-old victim was allegedly shot in the head and died almost instantly on the scene. Prince George’s County Police arrested Norman Marquarus Bonds, 32, of Temple Hills, Md., and charged him with first-degree murder. A motive is unclear and right now, no one knows if the victim and suspect even knew each other.
It’s long been speculated but now it’s for real: ExxonMobil will move all local employees to a newly built Houston campus as part of a consolidation that also includes employees in Akron, Ohio, and from other company locations in the Houston area. Washington Business Journal reports that their new digs will house about 10,000 ExxonMobil employees. The move will take place in phases to start in early 2014 and be mostly completed by 2015. That’s a lot of high paying jobs (supply business, research and engineering, and fuels and lubricants marketing) leaving the area. I wonder how much more of this type of loss the area will take as the defense contractor racket loses its government funding as we end the business of war? SAIC, a technology systems contractor based in McLean, VA will be the recipient of $1.2 TRILLION in cuts this January as defense & government spending is cut. NOTE: Being a proponent of “SMALL government” means that you have to support cuts to other areas besides welfare, food stamps, Section 8, and Medicare.
There will be a gun registry in Prince George’s County by the end of July according to the WPost. The PGCo Council met on Tuesday and unanimously passed legislation, which was originally introduced in April, to requires the county to maintain a database of persons convicted of a gun crime in Prince George’s to include their names, any aliases and ALL contact information (address, telephone number, e-mail, etc.) Every six months, those on the registry will be required to meet with police to verify the information they provided, and officers can periodically visit offenders’ homes to make sure the information is accurate and up to date. The legislation does not give the police the right to search the premises during these visits. Most gun crimes convictions will stay on the registry for three years; those convicted of using a handgun in another crime will remain on the registry for five years. Anyone who either fails to register or moves without notifying police will face up to a year in jail and a $1,000 fine. Offenders have 48 hours from the time they are sentenced — or released, should their sentence involve prison time — to register.
This is supposed to be a crime deterrent but if a person’s a criminal, I don’t know how likely they are to abide by these rules. Also, it further stretches our police department into an almost social worker-like position of having to conduct home visits to see if the convicted are walking a straight line. We’ll see what happens.