College Park Council notes: ‘Nuisance law’ eyed to combat college parties; City Hall updates

College Park, anticipating the construction of a new city hall, met for the first time in Davis Hall in northern College Park. The meeting was a worksession for City Council, which saw the body discuss such issues as design elements for College Park’s new City Council chambers, and a proposed “unruly social gathering” nuisance law under consideration. It’s not only Council that has left for new digs: the entire operations of College Park have been disbursed throughout the city in anticipation of the City Hall’s construction. Davis Hall is named for the second Mayor of College Park, Dr. Charles R. Davis. During the meeting, City Manager Scott Somers praised city staff for their work to relocate the city’s offices and infrastructure from City Hall to Davis Hall and other facilities. 

“They’ve done a lot of work trying to bring all of the logistics to this room.

After 4th murder of 2019, Hyattsville residents push for answers

In the wake of Hyattsville’s fourth firearm homicide since January, city officials attempted to assuage community concerns during a meeting held August, 23, 2019. The meeting came in the wake of the murder of 26-year-old Yuri Echavarria Jr., on Aug. 13, 2019 inside his apartment building on the 4200 block of Oglethorpe Street. During the meeting, led by Hyattsville Chief of Police Amal Awad at the First Baptist Church on 42nd Avenue, Awad provided an overview of details of the incident, much of which had already been disclosed. She noted her officers were not handling the case directly.

Update: Suspect arrested for Hyattsville murder

Prince George’s County Police have arrested a suspect connected to a Jan. 30, 2019, murder in Hyattsville. This is the sixth homicide to be reported in Prince George’s County since the start of 2019. According to a notice from the Hyattsville City Police Department, officers responded to a call for a possible fight at 3700 Hamilton Street around 1:35 a.m. on Jan. 30, 2018.

New University Park police chief sworn in

University Park has a new chief of police in Harvey Baker. Baker is University Park’s ninth chief of police and the first African-American to lead the department. He succeeds former chief Michael Wynnyk, who retired at the end of 2018 after leading University Park Police Department for 16 years. 

Baker was sworn in Jan. 7, 2019 at a small ceremony at the start of University Park’s regular Town Council meeting at University Park Elementary Scbhool. Baker most-recently served as the chief of police for the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission, a position he held from August 2015 through March 2017.

Update: Edmonston police chief ‘impasse’ persists

Edmonston’s Town Council remains gridlocked in a debate over who will be its next chief of police. “We remain at an impasse,” said Ward Two Councilor Sarah Turberville after the meeting. “It should be first noted that the opposition is coming from the very same Council members who scored the candidate that the mayor recommended the highest.” Per the municipality’s charter, Edmonston Mayor Tracy Gant has the exclusive right to nominate a police chief candidate for approval by Town Council. But the charter is unclear on how to proceed if Council rejects the mayor’s nominee.