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County Executive Calls For Housing Audit

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (WUSA) -- Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker took another step to distance himself from corruption scandals plaguing the county, when he announced an external audit of the much-maligned housing department.

The audit on the Prince George's County Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) will be performed by the Virginia Tech Center for Housing Research and it will cost the county $64,802.

The DHCD is the center of a ongoing investigation by federal authorities, after former county executive Jack Johnson was busted by the FBI for allegedly taking money in exchange for housing contracts.

County officials did not specifically connect the announcement of the audit to any of the accusations against Johnson however.

Morning Lights: Wednesday, December 22

(WUSA) -- Every day in December, 9NEWS NOW at 6:00am is showing off a Christmas or Hanukkah display. It's our daily feature called Morning Lights.

Wednesday, December 22nd we featured an amazing photo of Teddy Adelman's display in Lanham, Maryland.  A neighbor sent in a shot of the amazing display along Good Luck Road.  There are thousands of lights among dozens of displays.  This neighbor says the light show has been going on for more than 25 years.  It nearly didn't happen this year after Adelman had some health problems.  But he came through this year, delighting neighbors and people who visit from across Prince George's County and the entire region.  Click on the video on the right side of this page to check it out.

Six Families Could Be Displaced After Townhouse Fire

LANDOVER, Md. (WUSA) -- A townhouse fire on Garrett A. Morgan Boulevard spread to the townhouses on either side of it Tuesday night, displacing as many as 6 families.

According to Prince George's County Fire Spokesperson Mark Brady, the fire started around 8 p.m. on the outside back wall of a three-story townhouse at 567 Morgan Blvd., 2 blocks from FedEx Field.

Brady says the fire then crept into the attic area before spreading to all three floors of the townhouse and the roof. 

Next, the flames spread to the townhouses on either side of the original townhouse, which is in the middle of a row. 

Firefighters at the scene called a second alarm to bring in additional fire crews.

According to Brady, because the fire traveled the exterior wall, it bypassed the residential sprinkler system and smoke alarms with which all the townhouses are equipped.

Prince George's County Update

Prince George's County Update

 ALL PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS

CLOSING TWO HOURS EARLY DUE TO IMPENDING WEATHER

 

Board of Education FAB/CIP Meeting Rescheduled for December 20

 

Valuable Opportunities for Youth Who Attended Maryland 2nd Annual Video Gaming Conference

Valuable Opportunities for Youth Who Attended Maryland 2nd Annual Video Gaming Conference

Bright and Early Saturday Morning, The day started with a robust meet & greet and continental breakfast in which students were able to network with our workshop presenters and invited guests and play and test video games.  

Next Regie Thornton (sweatngo.com) kept the energy going and introduced us to his new and fun way of exercising without leaving your seat called Beat Seat.   

Ms. LaShun Lawson was our moderator and introduced our panel of workshop presenters.  Students then broke out into 8 different workshops.

Dr. Jay Collins introduced students to concepts of flight navigation.

Roderick Woodruff's computer class was packed as students learned about video game design and digital art.

Leshell Hatley taught the basics of video game design and art during her workshop. Congratulations to the winners of her Art Design Competition.

Police Involved Shooting In Landover

Police Involved Shooting In Landover

LANDOVER, Md. (WUSA) -- The shooting began after a couple of Prince George's County officers were conducting interviews about an armed robbery at a townhouse complex near the intersection of Belle Haven Drive and Sheriff Road.

The victim of the robbery gave police a description of the suspect in the robbery. Police saw a man who seemed to fit the description of the suspect and started to frisk him near the 7-Eleven parking lot.

According to officers, the man had a gun and there was a struggle for the gun. Police say the man shot at one of the officers at very close range.

Maj. Andrew Ellis said, "Through the grace of God, the officer was not shot."

Both sides exchanged gunfire.

The man fled into the 7-Eleven parking lot. Officers had to wrestle the gun away from the man, officers say.

The suspect was hit several times and is in the hospital. He is in critical condition.

Prince George’s County Executive-Elect Rushern L. Baker,III Hosts “Read to Greatness” Literacy Event

Prince George’s County Executive-Elect Rushern L. Baker,III Hosts “Read to Greatness” Literacy Event

Children and Families from Across the County Gather to Donate Books and Celebrate Reading