Gunman at large in fatal shooting at PGCPS high school

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62-year-old Eulalio Tordil, of Adelphi, followed his estranged wife, 44-year-old Gladys Tordil, onto High Point High School property in Beltsville

WASHINGTON — Police are searching for the gunman in a fatal domestic-related shooting at a Prince George’s County high school Thursday afternoon.

According to Prince George’s County police, 62-year-old Eulalio Tordil, of Adelphi, followed his estranged wife, 44-year-old Gladys Tordil, onto High Point High School property in Beltsville, Maryland around 4:40 p.m.

Police say Gladys Tordil had come to pick up her children who attend the high school.

Eulalio Tordil got out of his car and confronted Gladys as she sat in her SUV. The two then started fighting, according to police.

A male bystander who witnessed the interaction tried to intervene when Eulalio Tordil shot him, striking him in the shoulder, said Prince George’s County Police Chief Hank Stawinski.

Police say Eulalio Tordil then shot Gladys multiple times. She died from her injuries.

Eulalio Tordil fled the scene in a passenger vehicle and is still at large, Stawinski said. Police say he is an employee of the Federal Protective Service.

The bystander who intervened was taken to a hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

No students were involved in the shooting, which Stawinski called a “sad, sad event.”

The shooting was not an active-shooter situation at any point, Stawinski added.

In addition to several witnesses at the school, the incident was captured on videotape. Detectives are reviewing the tape to investigate the case.

“There are a number of witnesses who were present … and were in a transition from the school day into the afternoon activities. So there were adult witnesses, we believe some children may have seen portions of this,” Stawinski said.

Prince George’s County Schools CEO Dr. Kevin Maxwell students at the school were secured at time of the shooting and were later released to their parents.

“The entire Prince George’s County Public Schools family is devastated at the loss of life in today’s shooting at High Point High School,” the system said in a statement. “Our law enforcement officials are investigating on site to determine the facts, so all questions should be directed to law enforcement at this time. None of the PGCPS students were harmed. PGCPS will make crisis counselors available to provide support for any students distressed by this incident.”

Maxwell said school will start on time Friday and a crisis team will be there for students or staff who need support.

Anyone with information on where police can locate Eulalio Tordil is asked to call 911.

Via WTOP

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Prince George’s abuse task force delays recommendations until late May

dukesIn what appears to be a one man’s show driven by special interest in a morally dead situation, a Prince George’s County task force created to examine policies for safeguarding children from sexual abuse in schools expects to issue recommendations by late this month. This comes several weeks later than planned, officials said this week.

Schools chief Kevin Maxwell created the task force in February as Prince George’s reeled from one of the region’s largest child sexual abuse cases in years. Glenarden resident Deonte Carraway, 22, was accused of directing students as young as 9 to perform sex acts and video-recording them. Police say there are at least 17 victims, and some of the incidents occurred at school.

Maxwell pledged that the task force would “carefully scrutinize every single policy and procedure we have in place.” School officials said they expected recommendations no later than May 2, 2016

The chairman of the task force, Charlene Dukes, briefly explained the revised timeline in a statement this week, saying that public response to a request for comment — made in April — was “tremendous.”

“To ensure that due diligence is given to the community’s input and the balance of our work, we anticipate releasing our findings and recommendations by the end of May,” Dukes said. “We have an obligation to get this right, and we owe it to students, parents and the community to properly complete our work.”

The group’s meetings have been closed to the public — an issue that has prompted a complaint to the state’s Open Meetings Compliance Board.

via Washington post

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Former Prince George’s school board member sentenced for school-lunch theft

Lyn Mundey

Lynette Mundey, 34 claims she has been singled out because of her race, and because she raised tough questions while on the board.

Upper Marlboro MD — A former member of the Prince George’s County school board has been sentenced to probation for using an assistance program for low-income families to get free school lunches for her own child.

Lynette Mundey, 34, was convicted in February on charges that she misused the free school lunch program, intended for families with a combined annual income of $40,000 or less.
When she was indicted, Mundey was making $93,000 annually as an education board member and a federal employee. The lunches were valued at about $1,700.

On Friday, she was sentenced to three years of supervised probation and was ordered to perform 100 hours of community service.

Mundey was, and is, a federal employee of the Government Accountability Office, and it was that agency that discovered that she was one of six GAO employees from the county who had underreported their incomes to qualify for the program for their children.

In court, Mundey’s attorney said Mundey is on paid administrative leave from the GAO and is in the process of being fired. Mundey resigned suddenly from the school board last June; she was indicted in August.

Prosecutor Jeremy Robbins told the court that Mundey used an inactive social service case number to defraud the school system. Outside the courtroom, Mundey said that number had been legitimately assigned to her years earlier.

Mundey maintains that she only made a mistake in leaving the income field on a form blank and did not intend to deceive the government into thinking she had no income. She also claims she has been singled out because of her race, and because she raised tough questions while on the board.

“We treated this case the same way we treat all cases,” said John Erzen, spokesman for the Prince George’s County State’s Attorney’s Office. “She broke the law, and she was convicted of breaking the law after a trial and was held accountable.”

In handing down the sentence, Judge Michael Pearson said similar theft cases would not result in jail time. However, he admonished Mundey for an outburst she displayed when the jury verdict came back, calling her behavior “appalling” and “absolutely ridiculous.”

Erzen said he hopes this case sends a message to would-be financial criminals: “It’s not worth it, we will hold you accountable, you will end up with a felony conviction,” he said. “That’s something you carry with you for the rest of your life.”

>>>via WTOp
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Former Md. education official to be sentenced in free-school-lunch fraud case

Lyn Mundey

Lynette Mundey became upset and had to be removed from the courtroom

A former Maryland education official is scheduled for sentencing Friday morning after she was convicted of fraudulently obtaining free school lunches.

A jury convicted Lynette Mundey of felony theft, welfare fraud and other related charges in February after a federal investigation found she stole more than $1,700 worth of subsidized lunches over about four years.

Mundey, who served as a member of the Prince George’s County Board of Education and works for the U.S. Government Accountability Office, was among several employees in the federal agency charged after an audit uncovered the fraud.

Mundey earned an income of $70,000 to nearly $95,000 but falsely filled out applications to obtain free or reduced-price school meals, prosecutors said. Families typically receive federal school lunch benefits when their reported income, depending on household size, is between $11,600 and $40,000.

A reduced-price lunch costs 40 cents, according to Prince George’s County Public Schools. Full-price lunches cost $2.75 for elementary school students and $3 for middle- and high-school students.

Six others were charged in 2015 following the GAO audit for obtaining a total of nearly $11,500 in reduced lunches, according to prosecutors.

Despite salaries ranging from $55,000 to $78,000, some of those families underreported their income or reported having no income, county and federal officials said.

Barbara Rowley, Jamilah Reid, Tracy Williams, Charleen Savoy and Terri Pinkney were convicted in connection with the case. Charges against James Pinkney were dropped after his wife, Terri, pleaded guilty to making a false statement on an application for public assistance.

Many who have been convicted have been required to pay restitution or perform community service as part of their sentences.

via Washington post

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Brown wins Maryland’s 4th District Primary.

imageReform Sasscer Movement is delighted that Anthony Brown won the Primary election. After being told he could not use NAACP logo during the campaigns, Mr. Brown acknowledged in an email to supporters that he did not have authority. Part of the issue was that  Prince Georges county NAACP chapter and county Executive Baker had endorsed a different candidate (Mr. Glenn Ivey) leaving Mr. Brown and the rest of the candidates running for 4th congressional Seat in the cold. During the campaigns Mr. Ivey even raised more money than Mr. Brown and others due to all the endorsements. These calculated moves made the other candidates jealousy and nervous but strengthened their resolve. Mr. Brown had to secure a loan towards the end of the primary, a sign of commitment to the cause he belived in.

In any event, there is no doubt Mr. Anthony Brown is going to make a stellar Member of Congress who will work successfully both sides of the aisle in promoting and accomplishing an agenda that represents well the residents in Maryland’s 4th Congressional District.

We must also recognize the candidate supported by NAACP who came in second, Glenn Ivey, is one incredibly talented, committed and very special individual who might run for county executive in the future! We have no doubt that, now and in the future, Glenn will continue serving well Marylanders and the public at-large!

The same thing goes for the other candidates engaged in the race and incredibly talented individuals who include Mr. Warren Christopher, Matthew Fogg, Delegate Joseline Pena-Melnyk, and Terence Strait of the Democratic primary. The republican McDermott defeated Robert Broadus, Rob Buck, and David Therrien. They are all incredible individuals and citizens of the county.

Anthony Brown (D) will face George McDermott (R) and Kamesha Clark (G) in the general election on November 8, 2016.  The primary elections took place on April 26, 2016.

Now, on to the General Election!

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Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III had endorsed Glenn Ivey’s bid for the 4th Congressional District, backing a longtime family friend over a former lieutenant governor and a half dozen other Democratic candidates. Mr. Brown went on to win with wide margin.

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Longest-serving member in PGCPS board is dethroned in election

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Verjeana Jacobs

The longest-serving member on the Prince George’s County school board with cases pending against her in both state and Federal court lost a primary challenge in Tuesday’s election, a defeat that ends her decade in public office and sends two other hopefuls from District 5 to the general election.

Jeana Jacobs, a lawyer from Mitchellville who was board president from 2007 to 2013 and whose poor leadership skills mixed up with corruption was placed third in a four-candidate contest. Raaheela Ahmed, who first run as a student leader several years ago was the best this time. She does financial consulting for federal agencies and was making her second bid for the seat, and Cheryl Landis, a longtime school system employee and first-time board candidate.

Ahmed drew more than 9,600 votes, while Landis garnered more than 8,000 and Jacobs about 6,000, according to preliminary results. A fourth candidate, Robert Johnson, an educator from Bowie who is campus director of ITT Technical Institute in Springfield, Va., received about 2,650 votes. It appears the county citizenary united to remove Verjeana Jacobs in every way possible. A few people found or did find it confusing that Ms. Jacobs was calling herself “Jeana” after going as “Verjeana” for many years. It might have been a strategy to deceive voters.

The non-partisan primary campaign for school board touched on issues of class size reduction, teacher pay, budget priorities and parent engagement. Ahmed and Landis could not immediately be reached for comment Wednesday.

Jacobs said in an interview that she was honored to have served the community as long as she did. “I’ve always had their backs and they’ve always had mine,” she told the Washington post.

She said she believed she had run afoul of the political establishment in Prince George’s for speaking her mind and taking an independent approach. She noted that County Executive Rushern L. Baker III (D) and other political leaders backed Landis in a string of campaign mailings and handouts. Landis is chair of the Democratic Central Committee in the county.

“Once again politics prevailed,” Jacobs said.

In a second board race in Prince George’s, for District 8, incumbent Edward Burroughs III, a director of business development from Temple Hills, will move on to the general election along with challenger Stephanie Hinton, a fifth-grade teacher from Temple Hills.

Burroughs, seeking a third term, led with more than 11,100 votes, followed by Hinton, with more than 4,700 votes. A third candidate, Carlton C. Carter, a school-turnaround consultant from Fort Washington, trailed with about 2,750 votes. In 2012, Mr. Carter was the principal at Ernest E. Just Middle School in Mitchellville before he fell out with Dr. William Hite leadership and forced to resign, according to a letter sent home to parents at the time.

Edward Burroughs said in an interview with Washington post on Wednesday that he was honored by the support from voters in the district. “I will continue to fight day-in and day-out to ensure that every student has a quality education,” he said.

Hinton, a first-time candidate, said she was still trying to absorb the results.

“I am just thrilled,” she said. “This is all very new to me. I’m excited the voters had the faith in me to send me the general election.”

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