‘Prince George’s County Sheriff’
courtesy of ‘scoutnurse’
This morning’s swearing-in ceremony in Upper Marlboro, Maryland will mark the changing of the guard for Prince George’s County. Rushern Baker will take the helm of the troubled county just weeks after embattled Exec Jack Johnson and his wife, County Councilmember Leslie Johnson, were arrested on charges of evidence tampering and destruction of evidence.
Citing corruption in the Police Department, Baker will likely first ask for the resignation of Police Chief Roberto Hylton, and remarked on WAMU this morning to reporter Matt Bush that they’ll be seeking new permanent heads in many departments countywide. There’s no question that this will be a difficult time for the County, but hopefully it will be a chance for the county to turn things around internally in response to the increase scrutiny. The Post has a series of articles this morning on the Leadership Change that are fairly hopeful.
Good luck, Mr. Baker. You’ve got a long road ahead, and you’re going to need all the allies you can find.
‘ACC Mountaineering Course: Gummi Bear Crevasse Rescue’
courtesy of ‘iwona_kellie’
According to WBAL and WTOP, last night a PG County teenager slipped down a snow covered hill, near Marlton Center Drive, and landed 100ft down the ravine. Fortunately, the boy managed to keep himself out of the nearby creek and was unharmed after the fall. The boy then struggled to get a little more than half way back up the steep incline. Exhausted, he secured himself to a stable tree branch and began calling for help. After about two hours, local residents heard his cries and directed rescue crews to his location. Emergency services rescued him from the ravine and transported him to the nearby hospital, where last night he was being evaluated and treated for hypothermia.
‘taking a drive’
courtesy of ‘philliefan99’
Early Wednesday morning around 2:30am, a man was hit and killed on the Suitland Pkwy by two Secret Service vehicles in transit from Andrew’s Air Force base to their holding location in DC. The accident occurred just over the DC border in PG County. No word right now on what really caused the accident, but an investigation is underway.
Stop-and-go traffic may become a thing of the past for Prince George’s County commuters. That is, if county planners have their way.
The county recently released its 171-page transportation master plan, which covers such ideas as extending WMATA’s Metrorail Purple and Green lines, High-Occupancy Vehicle lanes on heavily-trafficked roadways and other suggestions to get commuters out of their cars and onto public transit.
The plan, in the works for nearly two years, is directly in line with P-G’s overall growth policy, focusing less on residential development and delving more into mixed-use. The county wants its residents to be able to live, work and play in a more pedestrian-friendly environment.