Weekend Oblivion (Demo)

I confess that the weekend is my down time.  I tune out the news, the stress from the news, and the online world.  The most television I watched this weekend was some Food Network shows, Frasier, and the 2013 BET Awards.  (BET Awards are a whole other post topic)  I visited a couple of restaurants in DC on Saturday and had crabs and fresh corn on Sunday.  It was so nice, so chill, but I’m back in the blogging swing of things and some things are not good, and like some of the performances on the BET Awards, some things are just dumb.

Joshua James Jones

A 22 year young man, Jerome Zephier Peters, was shot to death in a domestic dispute between him and the mother of his child’s “male acquaintance,”  Joshua James Jones. Investigating officers believe the incident was domestic in nature. On June 30, 2013 at approximately 1:15 am, patrol officers were called to the 2900 block of St. Clair Drive for a shooting. Upon their arrival, the patrol officers found Peters inside a home suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead on the scene.  Peters was at a family member’s home caring for his young child. The child’s mother and a male acquaintance arrived to pick up the child when an argument between the two men ensued. During that argument, Peters was shot.   Detectives  identified Joshua James Jones and are asking for the public’s help with locating  23-year-old Joshua James Jones of the 2200 block of Columbia Place in Landover. Please call the police if you know anything.
ATM MachineEarly this Monday morning at 3:38am when the weekend was technically over, two unidentified idiots tried to steal an entire ATM machine.  Prince George’s County police were called to the 3200 block of Kenilworth Avenue at 3:38 a.m. Monday for a report of a possible theft.  The men were spotted attempting to remove the ATM machine before fleeing in a white pick-up truck.  The machine was damaged during the theft attempt.  No additional description of the would-be robbers or their vehicle is available at this time.
Money and Up ArrowMaryland gasoline prices and toll prices have gone up as of today.  And if you’ve been riding dirty on the Inter County Connector, the law is coming after you.  NBC Washington reported, “Drivers in Maryland will pay a little more at the pump starting Monday.  The gas tax will increase by nearly four cents on July 1, bringing the state gas tax to 27.3 cents per gallon. That amount could nearly double over the next few years, reaching 44.6 cents per gallon by July 2017.  The law also includes a mechanism to automatically raise the tax in the future based on inflation by linking it to changes in the Consumer Price Index. And while you’re paying more at the pump, you’ll also be spending a few more dollars at the Bay Bridge. Starting Monday, it will cost cars $6 to cross the span. E-ZPass users will pay $5.40 — unless they have a commuter plan.
 The toll at the Harry W. Nice Bridge (US 301) will also cost $6.  Drivers of passenger cars paying cash to travel the Harbor Tunnel, the Fort McHenry Tunnel and the Key Bridge will now pay $4, up from $3. On Interstate 95 and the Thomas J. Hatem Memorial Bridge, tolls are increasing from $6 to $8. Officials hope a new law will also help them crack down on the number of unpaid tolls on the Intercounty Connector. Records obtained by WTOP-FM show 862,458 tolls have not been paid since January 2012, costing the state millions of dollars. Documents also show 88,593 drivers with two or more unpaid video tolls.
 Under the new law, drivers will receive a $50 civil citation if they do not pay an outstanding toll within 30 days. A driver can challenge the citation in court, but ignoring it leads a flagged registration. That means the driver will be unable to renew the registration until the bill is paid in full.  Previously, Maryland could only impose administrative fees and turn over unpaid tolls to collections. Now, officials can flag and eventually suspend the registration once a driver passes $1,000 in tolls due.”

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