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102,000 SF Signed at Metro East Business Campus in Landover

City Biz Real Estate reports that Advance Realty has completed three lease transactions, totaling 102,866 square feet, at Metro East Business Campus in Landover, Md.

- Northrop Grumman Systems Corp has expanded its lease at 8300 Professional Place to occupy the entire three-story, 60,860-square-foot, brick building, which features a lobby with stone flooring and wall treatments. In order to address the space requirements of Northrop, Advance successfully relocated four of the building's previous tenants to other buildings within the company's Metro East portfolio.

Todd Bosley and Tim Jaeger of CB Richard Ellis represented Northrop in the transaction. David Fisher, Senior Vice President and Regional Managing Director for Advance Realty's Washington, D.C. region, represented Advance Realty.

Prince George's County Executives Clear Officers of any Cheating

LANDOVER, Md. (WUSA) -- The Prince George's County executive, along with the county's chief of police, have cleared all of their officers from any cheating or wrong doing.

In a news conference at the Prince George's County Police headquarters, county officials said that "no officer is guilty of cheating."

They said the similar test scores can be attributed to a "lazy instructor," coupled with inaccurate media reporting.

Police Chief Roberto Hylton said police and county officials will continue their investigation.

“Move Over” Law Now In Effect

On October 1st, a newly enacted law went into effect throughout the state of Maryland.  It has been referred to as the “Move-Over” law and is designed to increase the safety of first responders stopped alongside the roadways throughout the State. 

The purpose of this law is to provide an increased layer of separation between the law enforcement officer, fire/rescue personnel, and/or motorists stopped on the shoulder of a highway.  This is accomplished by motorists either safely moving out of the travel lane next to where the emergency vehicle - operating it’s emergency lights is, or if that is not possible, to reduce their speed while passing the stopped emergency vehicle.


Under Transportation Article Title 21, Section 405 (e):

Mother Gunned Down In Hyattsville, Md.

HYATTSVILLE, Md. (WUSA) -- A woman is gunned down in the parking lot outside her home.

"It was just crazy. Crazy because I knew she was a nice lady," said Jonathan Martin, the victim's neighbor.

Police arrived at the scene at 8:30 a.m. Martin said he came home a short time later.

"And I just saw a woman's body laying out in front of a car," Martin said. "She lived right next door."

He says she 's a mother and lived in Markhamview Condominiums with her young daughter.

Officer Evan Baxter, Prince George's County Police Department, said the shooting along the 2500 block of Markham Ave. is unusual.

"It's not a problem neighborhood for us-- it's a relatively quiet community," he said.

Baxter says the woman's daughter is safe, but wouldn't elaborate because police are worried about the child's safety.

Police have not released any information about suspects.

Prosecutions May Be Jeopardized By Police Academy Questions

LANDOVER, Md. (WUSA) -- Fallout from an alleged cheating scandal at the Prince George's County Police Academy could include cases against some accused criminals being dropped, according to State's Attorney Glenn Ivey.

"We'll made decisions on a case-by-case basis on where there may be problems and what information we may have to disclose to the defense bar," Ivey said.

Ivey has asked for and audit from the Police Department in the wake of an internal investigation at the police academy.

Police Chief Roberto Hylton says he is investigating whether dozens of cadets cheated on police academy tests.

The probe includes 146 officers from three classes since July 2009. At least 34 officers are facing specific cheating allegations.

Department records show cadets had perfect scores on at least 11 tests measuring basic skills, arrest procedures and how to testify in court. That raised suspicions among some officials.

County Sets First Health and Wellness Expo

The Prince George’s County Health, Wellness and Recreation Advisory Council (HWRAC) and County Executive Jack B. Johnson are sponsoring the first health and wellness expo, “Wellness Works,” for county employees on October 7. All county employees are encouraged to attend and may be granted up to four hours of administrative leave by their agency or department appointing authority. Executive Jack B. Johnson will be attending.

The expo will feature demonstrations, vendors, informational handouts and various health screenings. This is the first major event sponsored by the HWRAC, which was created earlier this year.

Appearances will be made by County Executive Jack B. Johnson; Dr. Donald Shell, Department of Health Director; and others.



Thursday, October 7, 2010.

Two sessions: one from 8 a.m. to noon, and a second from 12:30 to 4 p.m.



Prince George's County Bus Service Continues to Suffer

Members of Teamsters Local 639 working for Veolia/TheBus remain on strike today after the company refused to agree to a settlement proposed by the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service that would have resulted in an end to the current job action and an immediate restoration of regular bus service to the residents of Prince George's County, Md.

Late Wednesday night, the union agreed to a proposal by Federal Mediators to end the strike, return to work and extend the current contract another six months to allow for additional bargaining between the two sides. Veolia negotiators refused to immediately agree to the proposal, promising to give their answer to the Federal Mediators the morning of Thursday, Sept. 30. Late Thursday night the mediator was informed that Veolia completely rejected an extension and refused to allow drivers back to work.

"We have done all we can to settle this dispute," said Tommy Ratliff, President of Local 639 in Washington D.C.