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University of Maryland English Teacher Charged in Murder

A lecturer in the English Department was charged with second-degree murder on Sunday after police found her Saturday night in a St. Mary's County home with a man who had been shot.

Joanna Findlay, 40, teaches ENGL398C and two sections of ENGL393 in the Professional Writing Program, according to Testudo.

Findlay and the victim, Gary Alan Trogdon, 55, may have been involved in a domestic dispute, police said in media reports. Findlay's Whitepages.com listing says she lived with a Gary A. Trogdon on Little Cliffs Road in Hollywood, Md.

According to her online biography, Findlay moved from Scotland to study English creative writing at the University of Nebraska. She received her B.A. and M.A. and is working on a doctorate in Modern Scottish Literature and the Postcolonial Novels of Africa, India, and Britain at the same university, the biography said.

13 Year Prince George's County Police Veteran Indicted by Grand Jury on 13 Counts

Prince George's County State’s Attorney Glenn F. Ivey today announced that Juan Diego Carter, 36, of Bowie, Maryland was indicted by a Prince George’s County grand jury late yesterday, Tuesday, October 26, 2010, on 13 counts.

Carter is charged with:

  • Six counts of misconduct in office
  • Three counts of theft over $500.00
  • Three counts of theft under $500.00
  • One count of aggregate theft scheme

If convicted, Carter faces up to 10 years in prison.

“These are serious charges and we look forward to prosecuting this case,” said State’s Attorney Glenn F. Ivey.

Natasha Pettigrew’s Mother Will Take Her Place as Green Party Senate Candidate

Kenniss Henry, mother of deceased Green Party Senatorial candidate Natasha Pettigrew, filed her certificate of candidacy Monday afternoon to fill the nomination left vacant by the death of her daughter last week. Pettigrew was bicycling along the shoulder of Route 202 in Prince George's County when she was hit early last Sunday morning by an SUV. She died last Monday night from injuries sustained in the accident.

The party's Coordination Council unanimously approved Henry's nomination on Sunday and has submitted nomination papers on her behalf. "The Maryland Green Party is grateful to Natasha's mother Kenniss Henry for filling the vacancy left by Natasha's untimely passing", said Brian Bittner, Co-Chair of the Maryland Green Party.

Kathleen Sebelius To Attend a “Moving America Forward” Rally at the University of Maryland

Kathleen Sebelius will headline a rally at 5:45 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, September 28 at the University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland as President Barack Obama kicks off a series of “Moving America Forward” organizing rallies at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wisconsin. With critical midterm elections in less than two months, President Obama and Kathleen Sebelius will lay out the stakes for the country and the clear choice for voters this November: whether to support Democratic leaders and continue to make progress for American families and small businesses—or to return to the failed, Bush-era policies that nearly drove the nation into a second Great Depression. Sebelius will stress the need for young voters in particular to be engaged in the political process and to vote in the elections this fall. 

Incoming President Loh and Mrs. Loh To Help Students Stay in School

Incoming University of Maryland President, Wallace D. Loh, who officially takes the helm on November 1, and his wife, Barbara, recently pledged $100,000 to help need-based undergraduate and graduate students stay in school.

The gift will be spread over four years. Of the first year's gift, $10,000 will support Keep Me Maryland, the emergency student fund. Dr. and Mrs. Loh have also become Lifetime Members of the University of Maryland Alumni Association with a gift of $1,000.

College Park Robbery

A warrant was issued for 19-year-old Chernor Alie Jah of the 8800 block of Piney Branch Rd. in Silver Spring. He was taken into custody September 9th.

Police believe Jah was one of three suspects who attacked and robbed 2 victims in the 7200 block of Baltimore Ave in College Park on August 8th.  The other suspects are still on the loose.

Jah is being held at the Dept. of Corrections - no bond.