University of Maryland football player linked to Baltimore shooting, In Lanham two robbers have their gun taken from them, $650 million in transportation funding all for Prince George’s County, Emergency meeting being held by Board of Education to discuss new CEO’s (Superintendent) contract
From the Baltimore Sun, “Maryland football player Wes Brown’s car has been linked to a shooting in Baltimore, a city police detective says in a document that provides new details about the running back’s arrest last week. The probable cause statement, filed in District Court here, says that Baltimore police detective Bradley Hood “stated that [Brown’s vehicle] was the vehicle that was involved in the shooting.” Brown, one of the team’s top running backs as a freshman, was charged last week with second-degree assault on a Baltimore police detective who hoped to question him as a “person of interest” in the non-fatal shooting investigation from last month. Police said Brown shoved a detective when approached for questioning in College Park.”
Yesterday I reported about a man high on PCP in Lanham being taken down by a police dog. Hyattsville is in the news this time. This time two would be robbers have the tables turned on them when the would-be-robbee takes the gun and shoots at the thieves. “Two would-be robbers had the tables turned on them after their gun wound up in the hands of a man they were attempting to rob Monday night in Hyattsville, Md. Police say two men approached a couple as they were leaving their vehicle in the 5600 block of 30th Avenue shortly before 10 p.m. As one of the robbers pulled a handgun on the couple and demanded their property, the man fought back and gained control of the weapon following a brief struggle. The second robber continued toward the man at which point he fired the gun at both suspects.
The robbers then fled the scene on foot, police say. The first suspect is described as a black man in his 30′s with a neatly trimmed beard. He was wearing a FedEx shirt at the time of the incident. The second suspected is described as a tall black man who was possibly wearing a work shirt. The couple was not injured during the altercation. The investigation into the attempted robbery continues.” Story at CBS Local.
Pedestrian bridge at Suitland Metro, Interchange Connector for Route 4 (Penn. Avenue) and Suitland Parkway, interchange at Greenbelt Metro, upgrades for pedestrian walkways Route 1 corridor are just some of the projects being funded the new gas tax included in the transportation bill. This Washington Post article is worth reading in its entirety, “The new projects were the latest around the state that O’Malley administration officials have attributed to a major transportation funding bill approved earlier this year that gradually raises gas taxes. The first increase of 3.5 cents per gallon took effect last week.
O’Malley (D) heralded the “modern investments” at the Branch Avenue Metro station, one of the beneficiaries of the additional tax revenue. The state plans to spend $50 million to improve access to the station in Suitland, including construction of a pedestrian bridge. Other new funding announced Monday includes $150 million to construct a new interchange at Maryland Route 4 and Suitland Parkway that officials promised would relieve congestion and $46 million for several bicycle, pedestrian and safety improvements along various roads in Prince George’s, including U.S Route 1 in College Park.
O’Malley was joined at the event by local officials, including Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III (D), who said the new spending should help the county lure more businesses and jobs. “The biggest thing that helps us in development is infrastructure,” Baker said. The spending announced Monday also includes $7 million to design a better interchange at the Greenbelt Metro station, which Baker said could help the county’s bid to lure the FBI to Greenbelt. State transportation officials said the project would require an additional $71 million for right-of-way acquisition and construction, which has not been funded.”
Two other big-ticket projects — both previously announced — also were included in the package touted Monday: $100 million for a new interchange on Maryland Route 210 at Kerby Hill-Livingston Road and $280 million in new funding for design work and land acquisition related to the Purple Line, the proposed rail link between New Carrollton in Prince George’s and Bethesda in Montgomery County.
Upper Marlboro Patch reports “Prince George’s County Board of Education will be holding an emergency meeting on Tuesday evening to consider a contract for new county schools CEO Kevin Maxwell. Maxwell was recently picked by County Executive Rushern Baker to lead Prince George’s County Public Schools, but at the time of his appointment a contract had not yet been finalized.
There are few details so far available on the contract being considered by the board. An agenda for the meeting lists the CEO’s contract as one of the items before the board of education on its consent agenda. The meeting begins with a closed session at 5 p.m. on Tuesday at the Sasscer Administration Building at 14201 School Lane in Upper Marlboro. At around 7 p.m., the board is expected to convene in open session to consider Maxwell’s contract, the only legislation on the agenda.