New police chief marks many firsts for Hyattsville

Before a packed room of law enforcement officers and well-wishers at Hyattsville’s city hall, Amal Awad was officially sworn in to her new role as chief of police for the Hyattsville City Police Department. The ceremony took place shortly after 2 p.m. Dec. 13, 2018. In assuming her new title, Awad becomes the first African-American, the first woman, and the first member of the LGBT community to lead Hyattsville’s police. 

In swearing in Awad, Hyattsville Mayor Candace Hollingsworth said the department has a leader committed to maintaining and building trust between the community and the police department. “Amal has dedicated and demonstrated to this community that she will lead the department at the highest level, that our community will have – through her leadership and the work of the police and law enforcement officers that are in this room and from our department and our partners – that our community will have a police department that delivers on the type of community policing that residents value and deserve,” said Hollingsworth during the event.

Required Reading: Greenbelt Metro bike trail; Improv for police; Opportunity zones

Required Reading is a simple, daily roundup of news coverage from other outlets relevant to Prince George’s County and its Route 1 communities. In our Dec. 14, 2018, edition: New questions for a proposed trail link to Greenbelt Metro, Prince George’s Police unscripted, and a look at these mysterious “opportunity zones.” Hurdles ahead for Greenbelt Metro bike trail plan (Greenbelt News-Review)

Prince George’s police turn to improve for de-escalation training (WAMU)

Maryland officials push for late-night Metro (The Montgomery Sentinel)

Providence hospital cutting back services (PGCTV)

Meet SeoulSpice founder Eric Shin (The Hyattsville Wire)

New age of Scouting joins boys with girls (Laurel Leader)

No need to subsidize St. Mary’s firing range (Southern Maryland Independent)

Another man hospitalized after shock at MGM casino (WTTG)

Air Force One hangar builder revealed (WTOP)

Opportunity zones pop up across Maryland (Baltimore Business Journal)


Berwyn Heights gets third mayor in less than six months.

Berwyn Heights has a new mayor in former Councilor Stephen Isler, who was sworn in at Berwyn Heights’ Dec. 12, 2018 meeting following the resignation of now former Mayor Lynn White. It is the second time since June that a Berwyn Heights mayor has resigned. 

“Last Thursday we received a message around 10 a.m. from now former Mayor White informing us she has resigned from her position as mayor and council member. We are really saddened to hear that. We were hoping to really work with her.

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.