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Baker Secures Democratic Nomination For Prince George's County Exec.

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (WUSA) -- The third time was the charm for former delegate Rushern Baker as he topped a filed of five to secure the Democratic nomination for Prince George's County Executive.

Although, returns were not final in the early morning hours of Wednesday, Baker maintained a 15 point lead over his closest competitor, Michael Jackson, the current Prince George's County Sheriff.

The men were vying to replace incumbent Prince George's County Executive Jack Johnson who is leaving office because of term limits.

Early Voting In Maryland Begins

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) -- Gov. Martin O'Malley is hoping early voting in Maryland for the first time will create higher voter turnout.

O'Malley, a Democrat, was the 222nd voter who cast a ballot in the primary at the Public Safety Training Facility in Baltimore on Friday afternoon, the first day of early voting in Maryland.

Former Gov. Robert Ehrlich, O'Malley's likely opponent in November, also is encouraging people to vote early, even though he's been critical of early voting and vetoed legislation to create it when he was governor.

Ehrlich says it's now the law in the state and he's going to live with it and, it is hoped, take advantage of it. Andy Barth, an Ehrlich campaign spokesman, says Ehrlich is expected to take part in early voting next week.

Bowie Candidates Forum

On Wednesday, September 1st, candidates for state and county office will be sharing their positions on community issues.

This free event is sponsored by the Greater Bowie Chamber of Commerce and will be held from 7pm-9pm at the Bowie Senior Center, 14900 Health Center Dr.

For more information, please call 301-262-0920 or email kelly@bowiechamber.org.

Prince Georges County experiencing highest Foreclosure Rates in the Region

Prince Georges County has been experiencing a continued spike in foreclosures despite a new ruling that went into effect July 1. On July 1, the Maryland legislature’s “Mediation before Foreclosure” rule went into effect. Under this ruling, homeowners facing foreclosure can ask for a mediation hearing to explain their specific situation to the Judge and maybe get more time to improve their situation. Unfortunately, Judges have not been enforcing this ruling and many homeowners are still losing their homes at a rapid pace. Many of these homes now sit empty and are becoming a blight which is negatively impacting the Prince Georges housing market. Area real estate agents have no choice but to sell these homes through the short sale process which affects the housing prices in the surrounding area.

Md. Police Arrest Alleged Serial Bank Robber

LANDOVER, Md. (WUSA) - A suspect wanted in connection with six bank robberies that occurred in Largo and Bowie was arrested Thursday, police said.

In a joint operation the Prince George's County Police Department's Robbery Unit, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Anne Arundel County Police Department arrested 47 year-old Damon Keith Roberts Jr., at his home in Landover.

Police said Roberts allegedly entered each bank posing as a customer and then would pass a note to the tellers demanding money.

Once Roberts obtained the money, detectives said he fled the banks on foot.

No one was injured during any of the robberies, police said.

Police said Roberts is charged with six counts of Robbery and is remanded to the custody of the Department of Corrections.