Details of Brentwood Vol. Fire Dept. embezzlement revealed

Several months after the trial ended, the nature of the crimes alleged to have been committed by Steven King have been revealed. King pled guilty in September to charges of embezzlement from the Brentwood Volunteer Fire Department, where formerly served as president of the volunteer squad. The new details were disclosed in an interview with Denise Roberts, spokesperson for the Prince George’s County’s Office of the State’s Attorney. “Basically, he was living at the Fire Department, he was president of the Brentwood Volunteer Fire Department and he used company credit cards for personal expenses,” said Roberts.Roberts said the total amount embezzled was about $37,000. In May 2018, a Prince George’s County grand jury issued an indictment against King.

Mount Rainier Manager: ‘Culture change’ has come to City Hall

Mount Rainier City Manager Miranda Braatz asserts her administration has undergone a “complete culture change” since financial and sexual harassment scandals within the city police department became public knowledge in May 2018. Braatz’s comments came in an interview conducted by Route 1 Reporter after this publication obtained sexual harassment training documents used in an all-staff training session that took place in March 2018. The documents, embedded below this story, were obtained through Maryland Public Information Act requests. “We’ve done a complete culture change since that training and since our investigation. It started from the top up, starting with explicitly allowing anybody to go to HR at any time if they had any questions or wanted to say anything or wanted to talk or wanted to report anything,” said Braatz.

Uncertainty surrounds Mount Rainier library asbestos fix

Mount Rainier City Council members say they need answers to several questions before they make a decision about the future of its local library. The library, part of the Prince George’s County Memorial Library System, has been closed for several weeks over suspicions the facility was contaminated by asbestos or lead. Testing subsequently conducted by two firms did not find any traces of lead in the paint, but they did find evidence of asbestos within the building’s tiles. 

That testing was paid for by the city of Mount Rainier, and any fixes to the library will be paid by the city as well. That’s because the library is one of two in Prince George’s County to operate out of a building owned by a municipality, as opposed to the library system itself. The library operates from the building as a tenant.

Doc Drop: Mount Rainier library asbestos and lead testing results

The Mount Rainier public library has been closed for several weeks now due to concerns over asbestos and lead within the building. The good news is that no lead was found. But the bad news is that testing revealed the presence of asbestos. And it could cost Mount Rainier approximately $30,000 to re-open the library, according to documents obtained by Route 1 Reporter. At tonight’s Mount Rainier City Council worksession, city staff will brief elected officials on the state of the Mount Rainier library, which is operated by the Prince George’s County Memorial Library System.

Bunker Hill Fire Station lawsuit moves through motions

A lawsuit challenging the consolidation of the volunteer fire departments operating out of the Bunker Hill Fire Station continues to move ahead. This week, lawyers for both sides will be in court for a hearing on pending pre-trail disputes and motions, set for Nov. 20, 2018, in Upper Marlboro. According to a scheduling order issued by presiding judge John Davey, the pre-trial phase of the suit is expected to end by Jan. 30, 2019.

Cottage City, Mount Rainier, Laurel recognized for ‘green’ initiatives

For the first time since the program began, Cottage City has been certified as a Sustainable Maryland town. It joins more than 35 cities across Maryland recognized for environmental stewardship policy leadership by the Environmental Finance Center at the University of Maryland. Additionally, Mount Rainier and Laurel’s environmental policy efforts saw those Prince George’s County municipalities re-certified as Sustainable Maryland communities. To achieve certification, municipalities must form a Green Team comprised of local residents, community leaders, municipal staff and officials and complete a variety sustainability-related projects. Points are given depending on the type of the project undertaken Cities must earn at least 150 such points and submit the appropriate documentation as evidence that the Sustainable Maryland Certified requirements have been satisfied.