Hyattsville arts festival needs artists.
PGCo school bus driver sentenced for child pornography.
Woman tries to walk across Metro Center train tracks.
The Fifth Annual Downtown Hyattsville Arts Festival exhibitor application is now available to artists, artisans and other arts organizations. The festival will be held Saturday, September 22nd, 2012 from 11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Only original artwork, photography, handmade jewelry, and handmade crafts are allowed. No commercial merchandise will be accepted, unless it is incredibly unique and environmentally friendly in nature. We welcome submissions from throughout the D.C., Maryland, and Virginia area. See SITE HERE for details on submissions.
Scott Smallwood, 29, former Prince George’s County Public Schools bus driver, has been sentenced to 55 years in prison for creation and possession of child pornography. Smallwood is a resident of Upper Marlboro, has been held since his arrest in May 2010. Smallwood used his cell phone to video the sexual abuse of one child and kept documents on more than 400 children, according to records.
Investigators found 37 videos on his cell phone with 30 different children. Police also found personal information on over 400 children in Smallwood’s home, where he kept journals and charts that detailed the type of underwear the child wore and description of their body parts. They also recovered hundreds of pages of graphic stories written by Smallwood, which describe the sexual exploitation of children, including those that are physically and mentally handicapped.
In court statements Wednesday, Smallwood’s history of working with children was documented — including driving buses for Montgomery County summer camps, his church’s youth program and he even worked directly with area pre-schools, elementary schools and daycare cented.
Prince George’s County Public Schools Spokesman Briant Coleman said “This was an unfortunate incident…We reviewed our policy related to background checks and are now more stringent,” he added. “A vigilant citizen reported the discovery of child pornography, and remarkable detective work by police and federal agents resulted in the rescue of an abused child,” said U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein.
Please see The Gazette for the full story because I just can’t post anymore here. It’s so upsetting. Smallwood need not ever be released from prison. He’s too sick and I think, beyond rehabilitation.
Folks, I don’t make this stuff up. A woman actually tried to walk from one platform at Metro Center to the other by crossing the tracks. WUSA9 reportsthat Wednesday evening, at around 9:30pm, an unidentified woman began a walk directly across the tracks from one side of platform to the other. She cut straight across the tracks on the upper level of Metro Center.
“Midway across the tracks, she changed her mind and decided to cross back to where she had been. Metro employees told her to stay in the middle of the tracks while they cut power to the electrified third rail, which they did for about four minutes. The unidentified woman left the tracks unhurt. She was taken into custody by Metro Transit PD. it is unclear what charges the woman faces.”