I don’t do Halloween. You’re on your own for finding the parties, posts of costumes and such. The tricks and treats I’m interested in have more to do with making sure the residents are not tricked into believing evil media hype about the county and how we can treat ourselves to lower taxes, better amenities and schools. So to every person from a neighboring area with chirren: please don’t park and roll up on my or my neighbors homes with 18 kids that in no way reside in my neighborhood. It’s not wise.
What kind of trick was pulled by a grand jury? NBC4 Washington reported that one of the men who attacked Prince George’s County Delegate Darren Swain will not be charged for the attack. The grand jury documents are sealed but something still smells fishy. How does the county police department pick up a beaten, bare chested and bloodied delegate Darren Swain, then recover his stolen items from the guys who beat him BUT NOT INDICT HIM BY GRAND JURY?!!! What kind of mess is this? From NBC4, “A Prince George’s County grand jury decided not to indict 19-year-old Keion Naylor for the assault of Delegate Darren Swain. Swain told police Naylor and two other men attacked about 3:30 a.m. Sept. 1 him inside of a condemned upper Marlboro condominium after he gave the young men a ride.
According to the police report, the delegate’s cell phone and car were stolen during the incident. They were later recovered. Because grand jury proceedings are not public, it’s not clear why the felony assault charges were dropped.”
I am putting Delegate Darren Swain in the same bucket as some other agenda-driven-shifty-life-personal-gain-grabbing officials and politicians. I don’t trust him.
Outstanding warrants in Prince George’s County have been reduced from 53,000 3 years ago to 42,000 today, so that’s about 3666 outstanding warrants cleared a year, 305 per month. But Sheriff Melvin High stated at a press conference yesterday that 2000-2500 criminal warrants are received on a monthly basis. Geez that’s too much. Tuesday night, another 596 people with outstanding warrants were taken in by the Prince George’s County Sheriff’s Office. “The sweep sent 10 teams of deputies and other county and state law enforcement officers into the dark streets from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. The night was part of the county’s ongoing effort to reduce its backlog of more than 42,000 outstanding warrants and reduce crime. The latest push — aimed at catching the most violent suspects — came over the past four months. County and state law enforcement agencies arrested about 600 people and served about 1,000 warrants in late-night sweeps funded by a $125,000 state grant,” The Washington Post reported.
“We have double digit declines in every single crime category in the county…these numbers are phenomenal and sustainable,” State’s Attorney Angela Aslobrooks said at a press conference that marked the end of a 3 month sweep operation that involved multiple police agencies. Governor Martin O’Malley and County Executive Rushern Baker, as well as PGCo Council Member Karen Toles were in attendance. Crime statistics are shifting down but the major news media doesn’t broadcast it that way.
The Prince George’s County Sheriff’s Office will see an increase in their budget of $1 million due to a 13% increase in revenue generated by home sales earlier this year. The Washington Informer (I have a special spot in my heart for this newspaper) has the details on the home sale increase:
Agencies within the Prince George’s County government could see a few extra dollars in their 2014 budgets under proposed legislation that would increase the general budget by $6.2 million. The bill, which was requested by County Executive Rushern L. Baker (D), would appropriate revenues to the general fund for the fiscal 2014 budget, which was approved by the county council in May.
Terri Charles, director of the county’s Office of Management and Budget, told council members that the revision was due to a nearly 13 percent increase in home sales during the first half of the year. “We’re happy to see the uptick,” she said. “We’re getting higher collections than [in] the original budget.” The Office of the County Executive, Office of Finance, Office of the State’s Attorney, and Office of the Sheriff will all see an increase in their 2014 budgets, according to the legislation. The Sheriff’s office will receive the biggest increase with more than $1 million in additional allocated funding, and the Office of the County Executive will see an increase of more than $500,000.
The $6.2 million increase wouldn’t have a large impact the overall fiscal 2014 budget, which is $2.7 billion. A public hearing on the bill is scheduled for Nov. 19 at 10 a.m. in the county administration building in Upper Marlboro.
I love the Washington Informer because I used to read this newspaper over my Daddy’s shoulder. He would throw out the headlines to me and we’d discuss them. The “Infoamer” as my Daddy used to call it, kept us in the know about our local world and did it with an excellence and consistency that I came to rely on. Love them!!