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Mother Of Man Shot By Capitol Police Talks

CAPITOL HILL, DC (WUSA) -- The mother of a Suitland, Md. man who was shot and wounded after pointing a gun at Capitol Police talks with 9NewsNow.

She says, her son, 29-year-old John Wesley Wheeler Jr., was preparing to die in the predawn hours on Friday morning.

She says he pointed a gun at Capitol Police officers.

Officers shot him four times. Wheeler survived the shots to his stomach, thigh and a bullet that grazed his head.

His mother, who does not want to be identified says, her son took a downward spiral after losing his job last year and was not able to pay for medication for his depression.

She says her son had no intention of hurting anyone. But because of his religious upbringing he couldn't take his own life.

She says, "Wesley's been taught if you take your life you go to hell. But if you get someone else to do it, however warped that sounds, that's how he was rationalizing."

Adopt a Pet at the Prince George's County Community Animal Management Open House

On Saturday, September 18th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Prince George’s County Department of Environmental Resources’ Animal Management Group is holding a Community Open House.  The event will take place at 3750 Brown Station Road in Upper Marlboro in their new facility.  The open house, which is free of charge, will focus on animal adoption, host local pet vendors, and also have entertainment for children.

The new Animal Services space is one-story, and spans 37,000-square feet.  The space has:

  • Interaction rooms
  • A spay/neuter clinic
  • An isolation/quarantine room
  • A puppy and kitten nursery
  • A cat mall and an exotic animal room. 

For more information, contact DER’s Animal Management Group at 301-780-7200.

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.

Democratic Nominee for Prince George's County Executive Baker Visits Suitland High

Democratic Nominee for County Executive, Rushern Baker,talked education with officials on Wednesday, September 15, during lunch at Suitland High School. 

Nominee Baker spoke about his commitment to make Prince George's County improve its education.

“Every child in Prince George’s County deserves a quality teacher, adequate resources and a comfortable learning environment,"  Baker said.  "Today we begin to make it happen.” 

Other issues discussed at the lunch included:

  • School system staff moral
  • The Education Jobs Bill
  • Race to the Top funding
  • As well as the school systems fiscal outlook

Nominee Baker was joined by Prince George’s School Superintendent William R. Hite, Prince George’s County Education Association representative Christian Rhodes and Suitland High School Principal Mark Fossett.

Rushern Baker Headed For Prince George's County Executive Position

Rushern Baker III seems to be primed to become the next Prince George's County Executive, after dominating the Democratic primary that took place on Tuesday, September 14.

The primary featured five candidates, and Baker raked in over 38,000 votes after 97 percent of the total precincts had reported.

Other candidates included:

  • Michael Jackson- 28,627 votes with 97 percent reporting
  • Samuel Dean- 10,953 votes with 97 percent reporting
  • Gerron Levi- 6,551 votes with 97 percent reporting
  • Henry Turner Jr.- 3,006 votes with 97 percent reporting

There are no Republican candidates on the ballot, so all indications point to Baker being Prince George's County's newest County Executive.

Union's Negative Ads Target Sheriff Michael Jackson

HYATTSVILLE, Md. (WUSA) -- A healthcare workers union has endorsed Rushern Baker for Prince George's County Executive. Meanwhile, Michael Jackson has been the target of it's negative ad campaign.

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The pamphlets sent to voters by Service Employees International Union local 1199, include an incident that happened two years ago. Two dogs sheriff's deputies shot and killed during a misinformed drug raid are now front and center on those pamphlets. It happened while Jackson was sheriff.

Here's Jackson's response:

"They don't live here in Prince George's County. They know nothing about Michael Jackson or my accomplishments over the past eight years," Jackson says.

According to an SEIU spokeswoman Pat Lippold, the union represents 1700 health care workers at Prince George's Hospital.

Everything You Need for Prince George's County's 2010 Elections

Here is everything you need to know about the Prince George's County 2010 Election:

Prince George's County 2010 Election Candidates

Previous Prince George's County Election Results

Prince George's County 2010 Election Voting Locations

Prince George's County Voter Information

We want to know your thoughts on the 2010 Prince George's County election! 

Who is the best man or woman for the job?  What issues are the most important for your community?