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Man Files $1.5 Million Lawsuit Against Prince George's County Police

UPPER MARLBORO, MD. (AP) — A former Prince George's County police academy cadet has filed a lawsuit in federal court seeking $1.5 million after he says he was dismissed for being outspoken about alleged cheating at the academy.

Attorneys for Steven LaPier filed the lawsuit Thursday. According to the lawsuit, LaPier was dismissed after a medical board declared him unfit for duty. Before being dismissed he had complained that instructors gave test answers to the cadet class. The lawsuit says the police department tried to "silence" LaPier as "retaliation for voicing his complaints."

The instructor denies wrongdoing, but an investigation is ongoing. A county spokesman declined to comment on the lawsuit.

Ex-Cadet Sues Prince George's County Police due to Police Test Cheating

WBAL reports that one of the former cadets who blew the whistle on the cheating scandal has filed a $1.5 million federal lawsuit...alleging he was dismissed from the class because he complained.

Perfect scores were recorded for all of the students in the summer 2009 class.

Steven LaPier claims the instructor said as he passed out the test, "we're going to do this Enron style" and then gave out correct answers.

LaPier went along with the cheating but reported it afterward to a commander, the Washington Post reported.

He was dismissed later and told it was because he fainted during a training run.

The instructor was moved out of the academy.

The police chief has denied that any students cheated.  Records show perfect scores on 11 tests. 

Ehrlich, O'Malley Square Off In Heated Debate

WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- There was no love lost between incumbent Governor Martin O'Malley and former governor Robert Ehrlich in Thursday afternoon's debate at The Washington Post building.  WUSA9 was a media partner for the debate, along with WAMU 88.5 radio.

"While Bob Ehrlich appointed his unqualified cronies to important positions on the Public Service Commission, we've restored professional regulators..." O'Malley said.

"Governor O'Malley calls immigrants 'new Americans,' if someone breaks into my home, does that make him a new family member for the evening?" Ehrlich asked.

Those types of comments started almost immediately as one candidate blamed the other for ruining Maryland's economy, ignoring schools and cutting jobs in the state.

O'Malley's main message throughout the hour-long debate was to bring Maryland people together "positively and diligently."

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WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- A heated debate on Maryland's jobs, education system and, of course, the economy is expected for the debate between Governor Martin O'Malley and Former Governor Robert Ehrlich, today at The Washington Post building.

Ehrlich started off the fireworks Monday by accusing O'Malley, who he referred to as "gov" throughout the debate, of lying about how much money he had saved as governor in the past four years.

O'Malley struck back, by saying that Ehrlich raised taxes throughout his tenure at the state's executive.

Another hot topic for the two candidates in their last meeting Monday morning was education.

Jericho City of Praise Senior Pastor Passes

Today, Landover mega-church Jericho City of Praise posted this note on their website:

It is with a sorrowful spirit that I announce the passing to glory of my beloved mother and your beloved Apostle, Betty P. Peebles.   Her smile will forever be etched in our hearts. Please continue to keep my family and the church family in your prayers.  Information on services & celebration is forthcoming.

God Bless you,

Joel R. Peebles, Sr.
Ass't. Pastor

The Jericho City of Praise is one of the first mega churches in Landover.  Apostle Peebles will be missed.

FROM WPGC’S WEB SITE: For those of you who didn’t know about Apostle Betty Peebles here is a little background…

Rushern Baker To Hold 'Listening Sessions' In Prince George's

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The presumptive next Prince George's County executive, Rushern Baker, is holding three community listening sessions.

The first session is on public safety and will be held Wednesday at Frederick Douglass High School in Upper Marlboro. The second is on education and will be held Oct. 18 at Lake Arbor Elementary School in Largo. And the third is on economic development and will be held Oct. 28. A site for that session has not yet been determined.

All meetings run from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. and are open to the public.

Baker, a former state delegate, will represent Democrats next month in the race for county executive. No Republicans vied for the nomination.


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.