Firefighter Charged With Setting Fires at PGCPS High School and Home

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Tyree Torney, 19, of Hyattsville, Maryland, is charged with arson and attempted murder. (Courtesy Prince George’s Co. Fire/EMS)

A volunteer firefighter in Prince George’s County and a former Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) student has been arrested on arson charges in connection with three fires, one of them at a PGCPS high school this week, and one at an occupied house, the county fire department said.

The three separate fires affected an allay of individuals including one sparked at a townhome where four adults and a baby were asleep.

Tyree Torney, 19, has been arrested for starting a fire at Suitland High School on Monday while teachers and staff were inside the school, the Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department said in release Friday night.

During the investigation, Torney admitted to causing two other fires in 2017, according to the department.

On June 10, 2017, he sparked a fire at a townhome in Upper Marlboro where his ex-girlfriend, three other adults and an infant were sleeping, fire officials say. The fire quickly spread up the outside of the home and into the attic.

Torney admitted to setting a bridge on fire on Stretford Way in Hyattsville in May 2017, the department said.

Torney was a probationary member of the Glen Dale Volunteer Fire Association. Following his arrest, Torney was “removed from all affiliations and operations” with the department, according to the release.

He faces a litany of charges including five counts of attempted first-degree murder, three counts of first-degree malicious burning, five counts of reckless endangerment, two counts of malicious destruction of property over $1,000 and multiple arson charges.

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David Berliner Calls for a National Teachers’ Strike on May Day to Demand Sensible Gun Laws

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18 SCHOOL SHOOTINGS SINCE JAN. 1, 2018. Everytown for Gun Safety says this is the 18th school shooting in 2018 — which includes shootings where guns were fired accidentally and no one was injured. One shooting occurred here in Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) at Oxon Hill High School. Three were in Texas, including one where a teen at Italy High School shot and hurt a girl over a breakup. There have been more than 300 school shootings since 2013. That’s an average of one per week. bit.ly/2EFast8

David C. Berliner a Regents’ Professor Emeritus in the College of Education at Arizona State University, issued the following call for a national teachers’ strike on May 1. Teachers are now first responders, trained to protect their students if a shooter gets in the building. Some have given their lives for their students. Parents should join teachers. Enough is enough.

Berliner writes:

”It is way past time. Between now and May 1st teachers have to agree on the gun legislation they want. They can consult with Giffords and Kelly, and others who have suffered, such as the parents who have already lost children to this horrible characteristic of our culture. If by May 1st they have not received assurance that their legislation for sanity in gun ownership will be acted on soon, they need to walk out of our schools. It would be May Day, when workers should exert their strength.

“Our country’s legislators, and the voters who send them to make our laws, can then choose: Teachers and (most) parents for sane gun laws, or, the NRA that provides our legislators money to avoid making the laws that could reduce the carnage we see too frequently.

“Almost all of America’s 3 million teachers— nurturers and guardians of our youth– want sensible gun laws. They deserve that. But they have to be ready to exert the power they have by walking out of their schools if they do not get what they want. They have to exert the reputational power that 3 million of our most admired voters have. Neither the NRA nor their legislative puppets will be able stand up to that. My advice is to start meeting now, write model legislation, submit it to state and federal legislators, and if rebuffed, close down our schools until you get what you (and the rest of us) deserve.”

Save our children.

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Officers stand guard at North Park Elementary School following a shooting on April 10, 2017 in San Bernardino, California. Two people died, including the suspected shooter, in the apparent murder-suicide attack. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

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Gun violence is affecting communities around our country. So far this year, 20 people have been killed while innocently attending or working in American schools.

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Schools chief donates to board member amid job performance review

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Kevin Maxwell, chief executive of the Prince George’s County school system, made a campaign contribution to a school board member during a period when he was being evaluated by the board.

By Donna St. George

The chief executive of the Prince George’s County school system contributed to the election campaign of a school board member as she and others were evaluating the CEO’s performance, according to recent campaign donation reports.

Kevin M. Maxwell, who has led the suburb’s public schools since 2013, gave $500 to the campaign of board vice chair Carolyn Boston on Dec. 21, while the school board was in the process of rating Maxwell’s work. The board committee evaluating him held one of its meetings Dec. 22, according to a document obtained by The Washington Post.

Maxwell, who has long enjoyed support from a majority of the school board, has come under fire amid an investigation of alleged fraud in district graduation rates. The contribution to Boston — and other donations — triggered fresh complaints directed at leaders in the state’s second-largest school system.

“I’ve never heard of a superintendent contributing campaign money to one of their board members, and the worst part is that Carolyn was on the evaluation committee,” said board member David Murray, who has been critical of Maxwell.

Maxwell, who is at a national meeting of school superintendents, declined to comment on the matter, a spokesman said Thursday.

It is unclear how often school superintendents make campaign contributions, but Damon Effingham, acting director of Common Cause Maryland, a watchdog group, said it can be problematic when money from top administrators flows to a board that oversees them.

“If you have someone who is contributing to the people who have oversight, it does raise concerns,” he said.

Boston, who faces election this year, said in an interview that she sought the advice of the district’s legal counsel two to three weeks ago and returned the donation, which accounted for more than 10 percent of her campaign contributions from late 2014 to early 2018.

She said the money did not affect her assessment of Maxwell’s performance.

“It never crossed my mind,” she said. “I never associated the two.” She said that when she was told it might look unethical, “the money was returned.”

The evaluation of Maxwell began last fall and concluded with a vote to approve the evaluation a couple of weeks ago, several board members said.

Maxwell’s donation to Boston’s campaign was one of six he made in November and December. They included $2,000 to the gubernatorial campaign of County Executive Rushern L. Baker III (D), who appointed Maxwell to his post and reappointed him last year.

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Board Member Carolyn Boston has now returned the $500 to Maxwell in a suspicious manner after being exposed. Ms. Boston needs to  Give all the money back!

The donations came to light after two parents with students in district schools — Keisha Chase and Yolanda Rogers — wrote this week to the State Ethics Commission to complain about alleged ethics violations, saying “the culture of pay to play, kickbacks, you scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours must end if we are ever going to provide a quality education for our children.”

Michael W. Lord, executive director of the commission, said the panel has no jurisdiction over ethics complaints involving school boards or their employees. Those matters are considered under regulations adopted by each of the state’s 24 school systems, he said.

Told of jurisdiction issues, the two parents said they planned to bring the allegations to the Maryland State Board of Education and Gov. Larry Hogan (R). The parents said they had become increasingly concerned about district scandals. Both have children at DuVal High School, where several staff members have been removed amid violations regarding grading and graduation.

“We will continue to move forward,” Rogers said.

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School board member Sonya Williams. Her father is a judge and it appears she is being used to quash things in Prince George’s County anytime they go to court or get sued.  Sonya has received more than $7,000 from Delegate Dereck Davis. She needs to  Give all the money back!

The ethics complaint also focused on a $3,000 contribution from a state lawmaker to school board member Sonya Williams. That donation came from a committee working on behalf of Del. Dereck E. Davis (D), who is married to Maxwell’s deputy superintendent, Monique Davis.

“How is it acceptable or ethical for Ms. Williams to accept 99.8 percent of her campaign money from the deputy superintendent’s husband?” the letter asked.

Williams could not be reached for comment by email or phone this week.

Dereck Davis said the $3,000 came from funds related to his aborted campaign for Congress, and he gave it to Williams because they have been friends for 35 years. “She is a competent and talented member of our community . . . and my support for her was so that she could continue to do great things for the children of Prince George’s County,” he said.

Davis’s wife is listed as his chairwoman in records for his state campaigns, but the lawmaker said his wife did not hold a similar position during his congressional bid and has had no role in his campaign’s spending decisions.

The Davises have “two separate and distinct careers,” he said.

Similar points were echoed in a statement by Monique Davis. “While I have been listed as the chairman of his state campaign account for nearly 20 years, for all practical purposes that designation just fulfills a legal requirement for the Maryland State Board of Elections,” she said. “All spending decisions are made by him and his campaign team.”

Critics found the Maxwell and Davis contributions troubling.

“It’s an inappropriate interaction,” said Raaheela Ahmed, a school board member who is part of the board’s minority bloc. “We are supposed to be overseeing system leadership, and I think it’s our duty to do that as impartially as possible — or at least without financial influence. Money should not be in the equation at all.”

via Washington Post

Read more >>> Drama at @pgcps as two parents file ethics complaint over campaign contributions – Delegate Davis in the Mix

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Keisha Chase and Yolanda Rogers (shown here) — wrote this week to the State Ethics Commission to complain about alleged ethics violations, saying “the culture of pay to play, kickbacks, you scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours must end if we are ever going to provide a quality education for our children.”

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Delegate Dereck Davis (chairman of economic matters in Maryland) is said to be the force behind the scenes to derail progress in PGCPS so that his wife can benefit from the fiasco and derailment for personal gain. Davis must go home from the Maryland legislature by electing new leaders to replace him. Dereck Davis is married to Deputy Superintendent Monique Davis

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Sexual Predator and Convicted Robber running for office in PG County – Say No

 Sexual Harassment verdict and $135,000 payment by County: 

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Democratic at-large council candidate Calvin Hawkins is a well known sexual predator and robber who made the county to get sued in Federal court for his sexual misconduct. Mr. Hawkins is also involved in violating rights of other minorities in Prince George’s County. He needs to suspend his campaign and go home. The County residents must demand the withdraw of this candidate for a better future.

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A Prince George’s County Council candidate who is a senior adviser to County Executive Rushern L. Baker III as reported earlier was accused of sexually harassing a colleague at the job while working as the Chief of Community Affairs and Education. The coworker Ms. Hairston accused Mr. Hawkins of rubbing his hand across her bottom while she was putting mail in the employee mail slots among other similar incidents on the job.

Above all, Mr. Hawkins has a violent history and in 1984 he pled guilty to a number of violent crimes in Maryland, including robbing four people at a Red Barn restaurant at gun point and robbing three people at gun point at a Holly Farms Fried Chicken restaurant.

The jury returned a verdict in Tonya Hairston’s favor on the Title VII and Maryland employment discrimination claims …. Answering special interrogatories, the jury found that:
  • the County subjected Hairston to a sexually hostile work environment;
  • Hawkins was her co-worker, not her employer;
  • the County knew or should have known of Calvin Hawkins’ sexual harassment of Tonya Hairston;
  • the County failed to take prompt and adequate action to prevent [the] harassing `behavior;
  • the County failed to exercise reasonable care to prevent, and correct promptly, any sexually harassing behavior in the workplace.
2008 Sexual Assault, False Imprisonment, and Assault Charges: http://casesearch.courts.state.md.us

Read more from the Federal Complaint Extract:

Immediately after Ms. Hairston began her employment with the County, she was subjeced to unwelcome sexual conduct. For example, on multiple occasions, Ms. Hairston entered a small supply closet to get supplies. Reginald A. Parks, Director, Office of Emergency Management, one of Ms. Hairston’s supervisors, attempted to crowd into the closet with Ms. Hairston and pressed up against her.

Calvin Hawkins, Chief of Community Affairs and Education, rubbed his hand across Ms. Hairston’s bottom while she was putting mail in the employee mail slots. A few hours after this incident, Mr. Hawkins asked Ms. Hairston to enter his office “real quick” to show her something. When Ms. Hairston entered Mr. Hawkins’ office, Mr. Hawkins began tugging at the top button of her shirt. Ms. Hairston tried to pull Mr. Hawkins’ hands off her chest, but Mr. Hawkins was too strong. While Mr. Hawkins continued to tug on Ms. Hairston’s button, Mr. Hawkins stated, “I want to see if you have a hair line on your stomach because you seem to be hairy.” Ms. Hairston firmly said “no” and finally succeeded in moving Mr. Hawkins’ hands off of her.

Ms. Hairston complained about Mr. Hawkins’ conduct on the next business day to Paula Burr, Deputy Director, Office of Emergency Management, and Ms. Hairston’s direct supervisor at the time of the incident. Ms. Hairston told Ms. Burr that Ms. Hairston wanted the County to ensure that Mr. Hawkins could not touch her again in the future. Ms. Burr told Mr. Parks about Ms. Hairston’s complaint. Later that day, Mr. Parks told Ms. Hairston that he was “going to take a ride” with Mr. Hawkins to discuss the incident. When Mr. Parks and Mr. Hawkins returned to the office, Mr. Hawkins apologized to Ms. Hairston. Mr. Hawkins also thanked Ms. Hairston for not filing criminal charges against him, stating that criminal charges would have upset his wife. The County took no further corrective action to protect Ms. Hairston from further harassment. Upon information and belief, the County did not formally discipline Mr. Hawkins for his behavior.

On June 5, 2008, Ms. Hairston was preparing her lunch in the kitchenette. Mr.Hawkins approached Ms. Hairston from behind, saying, “Miss T, just once.” Mr. Hawkins then grabbed Ms. Hairston’s bottom with both of his hands. Ms. Hairston was startled and asked Mr. Hawkins why he touched her. Mr. Hawkins did not reply and returned to his office. Mr. Hawkins then briefly left the office. When Mr. Hawkins returned, he closed the front door to the department, trapping Ms. Hairston into the office area alone with him. Mr. Hawkins then approached Ms. Hairston, stating, “Tonya, let me show you something.” Ms. Hairston stood up and began walking to the office space behind her work station. At that time, Mr. Hawkins grabbed both of Ms. Hairston’s hands and pulled her down onto his lap in a chair. Mr. Hawkins then forcibly held Ms. Hairston head by placing the palm of his hand on the back of her head. Ms. Hairston looked in panic toward the door of the department and at that time realized that Mr. Hawkins had locked the door.

When Ms. Hairston realized that Mr. Hawkins had locked the door, she was terrified that Mr. Hawkins intended to rape her. Mr. Hawkins intentionally and unjustifiably restrained Ms. Hairston from leaving the office against her will. Mr. Hawkins stated, “I’ve been wanting to do this for a long time…I’ve been picturing you in that black dress.” Mr. Hawkins then forcibly began to kiss Ms. Hairston’s neck and to rub his pelvic area against her in repeated quick motions. Ms. Hairston attempted to distract Mr. Hawkins by saying she heard someone at the department door, and told Mr. Hawkins that someone was coming in hopes that he would stop the assault. Mr. Hawkins responded that he locked the door so that he would not be disturbed. Mr. Hawkins then dropped his hand from the back of Ms. Hairston’s head to the lower part of her back. Mr. Hawkins lifted Ms. Hairston’s shirt to her bra line. Ms. Hairston again told him that she heard someone at the door. Mr. Hawkins then pushed Ms. Hairston aside and checked the door. When Mr. Hawkins was at the door, he stated, “See, I told you I locked it.”Mr. Hawkins then returned to Ms. Hairston’s work station, grabbed both her hands, and pulled her onto his lap on the chair again. Ms. Hairston pulled away, saying, “no.” Mr. Hawkins grabbed Ms. Hairston around her waist, asking, “Could I at least kiss your titties?” Ms. Hairston said “no.” At that point, Mr. Hawkins heard Mr. Parks coming toward the door, and Mr. Hawkins unlocked the door.

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In addition, according to the Federal Complaint attached below, before the County hired Mr. Hawkins, the county knew or should have known through the course of reasonable investigation at the time of hiring that Mr. Hawkins posed a threat of injury to others.
In 1984, Mr. Hawkins pled guilty to a number of violent crimes in Maryland, including robbing four people at a Red Barn restaurant at gun point and robbing three people at gun point at a Holly Farms Fried Chicken restaurant. The sentencing judge referred to Mr. Hawkins as having “terrorized the county.”

Mr. Hawkins also pled guilty to robbing a Ponderosa Steak House using a chrome revolver and robbing a Giant Food Store and its night time stockers using a handgun, herding the stockers into the bathroom after robbing them. Mr. Hawkins also pled guilty to an armed robbery with a dangerous weapon in the District of Columbia and was sentenced to serve 6 to 18 years as a result of that crime.

At the time of Federal Complaint in Federal court, Criminal charges were pending against Mr. Hawkins in the Circuit Court for Prince George’s County for assault second degree, sex offense fourth degree, and false imprisonment of Ms. Hairston. Trial was scheduled for December 14, 2009.

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Critics Slam PGCPS Board Campaign Contributions

The CEO of Prince George’s County Public Schools contributed $500 dollars a school board member’s re-election campaign at the same time that school board member was helping renegotiate CEO Kevin Maxwell’s nearly half-million dollar employment contract.

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Board Member Carolyn Boston has now returned the $500 to Maxwell in a suspicious manner after being exposed. Ms. Boston needs to  Give all the money back!

By Bruce Leshan

The CEO of Prince George’s County Public Schools contributed $500 dollars a school board member’s re-election campaign at the same time that school board member was helping renegotiate CEO Kevin Maxwell’s nearly half-million dollar employment contract.

Board Member Carolyn Boston has now returned the $500 to Maxwell. She’s denying she did anything wrong.

But the Maxwell contribution is just one of a series of complaints a group of activist parents has made to the Maryland Ethics Commission.

RELATED: Audit finds big problems in Prince George’s Co. graduation rate

Angry about a series of scandals at Prince George’s County Schools, two moms from DuVal High looked at campaign finance reports on line and were surprised by what they found. Not just that check written by Maxwell to Boston’s campaign in late December, but also a $2,000 check written to Boston’s campaign by Mainstream Development Educational Group, a company that had done business with the schools in 2012 and could have applied to do business in the future.

Then there are checks connected to the husband of Deputy Schools Superintendent Monique Davis and given to another school board member, Sonya Williams. They include a $3,000 check from Davis for Congress and two more checks totaling $4,000 from Friends of Derek Davis.

“I’m angry because if you have an allegiance to someone else besides the people who elected you, or the parents of the children in these schools, then someone else’s agenda gets pushed, said Yolanda Rogers of Concerned Parents of PGCPS Students.

The activists say the contributions violate Maryland’s ethics rules.

But a spokesman for the schools CEO, as well as board member Boston, brushed off the criticism, insisting there was no quid pro quo, and suggesting the complaints themselves are a dirty campaign trick.

But Rogers said, “‘m not running for anything. It’s not political for me. It’s way beyond political. This is about my child and all the children in Prince George’s County.”

Boston said she returned the CEO’s contribution after lawyers told her she could either return the money or recuse herself from voting on Maxwell’s salary package.

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School board member Sonya Williams. Her father is a judge and it appears she is being used to quash things in Prince George’s County anytime they go to court or get sued.  Sonya has received more than $7,000 from Delegate Dereck Davis. She needs to  Give all the money back!

We have yet to hear back from school board member Sonya Williams.

But the deputy superintendent’s husband, Dereck Davis, said he was just trying to help an old friend and talented board member.

Boston says she’s considering suing the activists for slander.

Via WUSA9

Read more >>> Drama at @pgcps as two parents file ethics complaint over campaign contributions – Delegate Davis in the Mix

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Ms. Yolanda Rogers of Concerned Parents of PGCPS Students.

Angry about a series of scandals at Prince George’s County Schools, two moms from DuVal High School looked at campaign finance reports on line and were surprised by what they found.

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Delegate Dereck Davis (chairman of economic matters in Maryland) is said to be the force behind the scenes to derail progress in PGCPS so that his wife can benefit from the fiasco and derailment for personal gain. Davis must go home from the Maryland legislature by electing new leaders to replace him. Dereck Davis is married to Deputy Superintendent Monique Davis

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The CEO of Prince George’s County Public Schools (Dr. Kevin Maxwell) contributed $500 dollars a school board member’s re-election campaign at the same time that school board member was helping renegotiate CEO Kevin Maxwell’s nearly half-million dollar employment contract.

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Sexual Predator – Calvin Hawkins running for at large seat Finally gets the Exposure

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Democratic at-large council candidate Calvin Hawkins is a well known sexual predator who got sued in Federal court. Mr. Hawkins is also involved in violating rights of other minorities in Prince George’s County. He needs to suspend his campaign and go home. (Charles Matthews/Friends of Calvin Hawkins)

At a time politicians involved in sexual harassment throughout the United States are getting exposed and resigning, Calvin Hawkins a well known sexual predator is doing the opposite in Maryland. What happened to common decency? One concerned citizen paused recently at Largo.

New faces and County residents are requested to file and run for public offices to shake up the county and lead the way forward with new leaders in Maryland for the future of the county.

Just as we were getting ready to write a story on Rushern Baker Administration Official and Political Candidate, Calvin Hawkins who was promoted after sexual harassment verdict by jury, the Washington Post beat us to it. We previously covered his story here and  here 

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Democratic at-large council candidate Calvin Hawkins is a well known sexual predator who got sued in Federal court. Mr. Hawkins is also involved in violating rights of other minorities in Prince George’s County. He needs to suspend his campaign and go home.

The post writes:

A Prince George’s County Council candidate who is a senior adviser to County Executive Rushern L. Baker III was accused of sexually harassing a colleague a decade ago while working in a different county government office.

The allegations led to a nearly $150,000 civil judgment against Prince George’s, after a jury found the government knew or should have known about the harassment and a judge ruled that the county must pay attorney’s fees for the victim, Tonya Hairston.

Hairston says Calvin Hawkins, who is running for one of two new at-large council seats, restrained and forcibly kissed her in 2008, when they were employees in the county’s office of emergency management. Hawkins, 56, said he disputes some of the specifics of Hairston’s account but recognizes that his behavior was inappropriate.

“I don’t make any excuses,” said Hawkins, who has emerged as an early fundraising leader in the at-large race, thanks in part to donations from Baker’s relatives, members of his administration, and current and former council members. “I learned from it . . . I’m more humble,” Hawkins said. “I’m a better person, very sensitive to women.”

Baker, who is term-limited and running for governor in the June 26 Democratic primary, has not endorsed Hawkins in the at-large race or given him money. He said Hawkins has done a “phenomenal job” as his aide, but also said that as county executive, he has “made sure that sexual harassment in any form would not be tolerated.”

County employees recently completed additional anti-harassment training triggered by the ongoing national attention to sexual assault that is part of the #MeToo movement, Baker said.

Hairston said Hawkins, one of five at-large candidates in the Democratic primary, has never apologized to her and, in her opinion, is not fit for elected office. “If he wins, the county is giving a predator like him the power to do this to someone else,” she said.

Two of Hawkins’s opponents have also had legal troubles in recent years.

The rest of the field

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Prince George’s County Council member Karen R. Toles (D-Suitland),

Incumbent council member Mel Franklin (D-Upper Marlboro), who is term-limited in his district seat, pleaded guilty last year to driving under the influence in a crash that wrecked a government vehicle and injured two people. Franklin totaled another government vehicle in a distracted-driving crash in 2012.

Council member Karen R. Toles (D-Suitland), who is also term-limited in her district, was pulled over in 2012 for driving her county-issued car 105 mph on the Capital Beltway. She received 46 tickets in her county car from 2011 to 2016, according to a Washington Post investigation.

The other candidates are former state delegate Gerron S. Levi, a Democrat who ran against Baker for county executive in 2010, and Jonathan White, who entered the race this month.

The at-large seats were created by a 2016 ballot measure and are intended to broaden the focus of the council and improve institutional memory by making it possible for some lawmakers to serve two terms in a district seat and then two terms at large.

Levi, a federal lobbyist, said she expects the sexual harassment allegations against Hawkins and Franklin’s DUI to be discussed on the campaign trail.

“Good people elected to powerful positions and confronted with the illegal, unethical, sexual and immoral temptations put before them constantly have succumbed to them,” Levi said. “Should we elect a person that has already demonstrated a likelihood to yield to those type of temptations?”

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Gerron Levi, a former state delegate, is running for an at-large council seat in Prince George’s County. (Portia Wiggins Photography)

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Prince George’s County Council member Mel Franklin is also running at large. (Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post)

Franklin said his DUI conviction is “in the past, and it doesn’t define my long career, but it’s something I want to be open and honest with folks about.” Asked about the allegations against Hawkins, he said sexual harassment “is a very serious issue” that “has no place in any workplace, including in Prince George’s County.”

Toles did not respond to repeated requests for comment.

‘Miss T., just once’

Hairston, who still works for the county, alleged two specific instances of harassment in 2008.

Hawkins approached her from behind in the office kitchen, said “Miss T., just once,” and grabbed her bottom, according to Hairston’s account in court records.

On a second occasion, Hairston alleged, Hawkins grabbed her hands, pulled her onto his lap in a chair, forcibly kissed her on her neck and rubbed himself against her. She said the door to the office they were in was locked, and he stopped the attack only when he saw another employee coming.

Hawkins was fired, then reinstated with back pay in 2010 after appealing to the county’s personnel review board. The board found that Hawkins touched Hairston in “an unwanted manner,” according to a copy of the report obtained by The Washington Post, but said there was insufficient proof that the unwanted touching happened more than once or constituted sexual harassment.

The report cites Hawkins’s “outstanding record for conduct and performance” and says he’d “been in contact with hundreds of women, some of which testified that they never saw a sign” of the alleged misconduct.

In 2009, a jury ordered the county to pay Hairston $12,500 in damages — a small fraction of the $1,000,000 she sought. Three years later, a judge awarded her $135,145 in legal fees and expenses.

Hawkins was born in the District and grew up in Prince George’s. A graduate of Oxon Hill High School, he studied at Bowie State University but was arrested for armed robbery and convicted at age 21. During his five-year prison sentence, he said, he pledged to make a positive contribution to his community after his release.

He has worked for the county for 23 years, starting out in the Department of Public Works. He was an aide and liaison for then-County Executive Wayne K. Curry before becoming a division manager in the office of emergency management.

Baker said he knew Hawkins from his work with Curry and offered him the job of council liaison and senior adviser beginning in November 2013.

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Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III. (Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post)

Support from the inner circle

Hawkins said he was in counseling for about a year following the allegations by Hairston and has not been in contact with her in recent years. He said he has learned “tough lessons” from being accused, in part through conversations with the “very strong women” in his life, including his wife and daughter.

Scott Peterson, a spokesman for Baker, said the county executive was unaware of the allegations against Hawkins until they “resurfaced recently through the current political campaign.”

Hawkins is a familiar figure in the halls of the county government building and for years has accompanied Baker to community events.

Baker administration officials who have given to Hawkins’s campaign include his chief of staff, Glenda Wilson ($2,750); Peter A. Shapiro, executive director of the county’s revenue authority ($250); and Nicholas A. Majett, the county’s chief administrative officer ($250).

Baker’s adult son, Rush Baker, donated $200 to Hawkins. His wife, Christa Beverly, who suffers from early-onset Alzheimer’s, donated $3,000, according to campaign finance reports.

“During his off time, Mr. Hawkins spent a lot of time helping out the family and Ms. Beverly with her Alzheimer’s. That donation is a reflection of that kindness and commitment to their family,” Baker campaign spokeswoman Madeleine Russak wrote in an email.

Hawkins also received donations from council member Mary A. Lehman (D-Laurel), the campaign committee of council member Andrea C. Harrison (D-Springdale), who is running for state delegate, and former council member Jim Estepp.

Via Washington Post

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Drama at @pgcps as two parents file ethics complaint over campaign contributions – Delegate Davis in the Mix

KEY PLAYERS IN THE PGCPS SAGA

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Delegate Dereck Davis (chairman of economic matters in Maryland) is said to be the force behind the scenes to derail progress so that his wife can benefit from the fiasco and derailment for personal gain. Davis must go home from the Maryland legislature by electing new leaders to replace him. Dereck Davis is married to Deputy Superintendent Monique Davis

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Delegate Mr. Darryl Barnes is in major water after changing the rules to limit public participation. According to keen observers, Mr. Barnes is a lap dog of Delegate Dereck Davis. His activities are controlled by Delegate Dereck Davis and others. He must go home from the Maryland legislature by electing new leaders to replace.

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Monique Davis is Deputy Superintendent for Prince George’s County Public Schools. She is married to Delegate Dereck Davis.

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Kevin Maxwell is Chief Executive Officer of Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS). Maxwell donated $500 to Board member Carolyn Boston

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Rushern Baker III according to Senator Muse,  (Baker above) wants the process of changing the Board to remain the same. They do not want an elected school board as far as I can tell because these two don’t want it. Wow wow.” Baker is a close friend of Delegate Dereck Davis. Mr. Baker also appointed his brother in Law as the Board chairman in a clear case of conflict of interest.

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senator Mike Miller according to Senator Muse, Miller (above) wants the process of changing the board to remain the same. They do not want an elected school board as far as I can tell because these two don’t want it. Wow wow.”

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According to Senator Antony Muse, Delegate Jay Walker (seen here) is not letting school board repeal bill out for a vote. This is wrong. This is politics at its worst. Yes all need to join in and put pressure on him from our district and County to return it to an all elected school board as my bill demands”, stated senator Muse

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Delegate Carolyn J. B. Howard deputy Speaker Pro Tem Played major tricks last year and the bill which was supposed to repeal HB 1107 was defeated due to her misconduct. Her husband is part of the liquor commission which was busted by the FBI last year.

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BOE Chair Segun C. Eubanks is the brother in law to Rushern Baker III – County Executive

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Carolyn M. Boston, District 6 is Vice Chair of the Prince George’s county Board of Education. Boston accepted $500 from Maxwell and $2,000 from a vendor in a clear conflict of interest.

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Sonya Williams is a member of Prince George’s county Board of Education. She has received thousand of dollars from Delegate Dereck Davis for campaign

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Christian Rhodes. Title, Strategic Partners Officer. – He controls the unions and other groups through others. The current problems in PGCPS have his prints in them.

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Read more >>>Fiasco in the Maryland legislature as corrupt politicians plot to keep the status quo and derail reveal of HB1107

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