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13 Year Prince George's County Police Veteran Indicted by Grand Jury on 13 Counts

Prince George's County State’s Attorney Glenn F. Ivey today announced that Juan Diego Carter, 36, of Bowie, Maryland was indicted by a Prince George’s County grand jury late yesterday, Tuesday, October 26, 2010, on 13 counts.

Carter is charged with:

  • Six counts of misconduct in office
  • Three counts of theft over $500.00
  • Three counts of theft under $500.00
  • One count of aggregate theft scheme

If convicted, Carter faces up to 10 years in prison.

“These are serious charges and we look forward to prosecuting this case,” said State’s Attorney Glenn F. Ivey.

Natasha Pettigrew’s Mother Will Take Her Place as Green Party Senate Candidate

Kenniss Henry, mother of deceased Green Party Senatorial candidate Natasha Pettigrew, filed her certificate of candidacy Monday afternoon to fill the nomination left vacant by the death of her daughter last week. Pettigrew was bicycling along the shoulder of Route 202 in Prince George's County when she was hit early last Sunday morning by an SUV. She died last Monday night from injuries sustained in the accident.

The party's Coordination Council unanimously approved Henry's nomination on Sunday and has submitted nomination papers on her behalf. "The Maryland Green Party is grateful to Natasha's mother Kenniss Henry for filling the vacancy left by Natasha's untimely passing", said Brian Bittner, Co-Chair of the Maryland Green Party.

Comptroller Franchot Tours Prince George’s School and City of Laurel

                   Comptroller Peter Franchot will join Prince George’s County Public School System administrators as they tour Deerfield Run Elementary School.  Comptroller Franchot will recognize the school for its good maintenance practices during his visit.  He is touring schools with outstanding maintenance records as a way to highlight institutions working hard to save state tax dollars through stellar upkeep.

The Comptroller will then head to the Laurel police department where he will be met by Mayor Craig Moe to participate in a walking tour.

WHEN:          Monday, September 27, 2010

WHERE:       Deerfield Run Elementary School

2 Laurel Men Held for Trial after Robbing PA Home

Niochie Lawson, 23-years-old of Laurel, Md. and Jakal Stone, 20-years-old, of Prince George's County will stand trial on charges including robbery and conspiracy.

The duo is suspected to have invaded a home that ended with a gun battle leaving the homeowner wounded and an trespasser dead.

Prosecutors say Lawson and Stone sought treatment for gunshot wounds following the June 9 ambush, in which one gunman was killed.  A bullet taken from Lawson's leg at a hospital matched those fired by the homeowner Jermaine Edwards.

Edwards was shot in the chest and both legs in the attack.  He claims he fired in self-defense and will not face charges.

Lawson and Stone are being held without bail.

Baltimore Gas and Electric Power Outage Leaves Laurel Residents Outraged

WUSA9 received calls early this morning from Laurel residents in the Cherry Hill community regarding a power outage.

The residents claim they had been without power for over 24 hours with no explanation from Baltimore Gas and Electric.  The power came back on earlier this afternoon leaving some residents even more frustrated.  Not only had BGE failed to give them explanations, kept pushing back the estimated restoration, but at this point, residents had begun removing food from their refrigerators, letting it spoil in preparation to deal with the outage.

“I can’t speak specifically to what a customer may have been told, but I can tell you that generally we try to give customers the best available information at the time.  It’s possible that initially we were not sure how long the outage would last. More details were known as time goes on and we can get more information for the field,” says Linda Foy with BGE.

Excavator Kills Worker in Laurel, Md. Construction Accident

A man was fatally hit in the head by an excavator at a residential construction site.

The Gazette reports the accident took place at the intersection of Palace Hall Drive and Skylark Boulevard.

Morgan Tyler Gainer was working at the site when he was struck by the excavator. Gainer’s colleagues immediately dialed 911 for help, but by the time help arrived to the site, it was too late.  Gainer was pronounced dead.