Know Your Candidates: The Background Check, Day 3

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Center Maryland continues its review of court records for candidates seeking local offices around Maryland. Today, we feature the rest of the candidates for Prince George's County Council.

Too frequently in the past several years, unfortunate disclosures have emerged from court records about candidates – after the election has already taken place. So over the next few weeks, Center Maryland is going to publish the findings from its Maryland court record checks on the candidates and provide links to review the electronic files.

In many instances, the records seem relatively minor, and are unlikely to affect voters’ choices. For other candidates, the charges or civil lawsuits seem more serious. Center Maryland hopes this will inspire voters, or members of the print or broadcast media, to ask some additional questions.

Click here to review the court records found for Prince George's County executive candidates. And here is an examination of the court records for the Prince George's County Council candidates in Districts 1 through 5.

For Center Maryland, Ben Waldron – a recent graduate of Tufts University – has been leading this records project.

If candidates want to add their own explanations for the court records -- or if they believe that the records are in error -- please email us your thoughts or comments. (Click here to contact Center Maryland.) We will add your comments to the website. And if you think we missed an important case involving one of your opponents, you're welcome to email Center Maryland, too.

District 6

Abdul-Raheem Abdullah - D

Venus C. Bethea - D

08/12/2004 - Melwood Park HOA Vs. Bethea. Contract suit against Bethea. Case was eventually dismissed.

04/20/2009 - Cohn Vs. Bethea. Property/foreclosure suit. Case is currently active.

Derrick Leon Davis - D

Leslie E. Johnson - D

01/12/1989 - State of MD Vs. Johnson. Tax lien. Case was ultimately dismissed.

01/29/2009 - Springfield HOA Vs. Johnson. Judgment lien. Johnson ordered to pay $880.

03/09/2010 - Kettering Community Assoc. Inc. Vs. Johnson. Johnson was sued in the amount of $1,144.84. Case was ultimately settled and dismissed.

Mark Polk - D

01/02/1996 - General Motors Acceptance Corp. Vs. Polk. Contract suit. Polk was ordered to pay $5,567.79.

Arthur Turner - D

District 7

Angela Childs - D

Eugene W. Grant - D

05/13/1998 - Ford Motor Credit Company Vs. Grant. Contract suit. Grant was ordered to pay $5,173.77.

11/12/1998 - Ford Vs. Grant. Lien/Judgment case. Grant was ordered to pay $5471.41.

05/01/2001 - Prince George's County criminal summons. Grant was charged with second degree assault.

Darrell A. Miller - D

11/15/1996 - USA Vs. Miller. Lien/Judgment filed by the IRS. Miller was ordered to pay $499.57.

07/25/1997 - Loeser Vs. Miller. Regular claim. Miller was ordered to pay $3,571.00.

04/30/1999 - State of MD Vs. Miller. Tax Lien. Miller ordered to pay $989.60.

01/17/2001 - USA Vs. Miller. Federal Tax Lien. Miller ordered to pay $1,656.97.

05/18/2010 - Geesing Vs. Duncian-Miller. Property suit. Case remains active.

Natasha Shamone-Gilmore - D

06/30/1995 - Washington Gas Light CO Vs. Shamone. Bankruptcy claim. Shamone ordered to pay $4,800.63.

05/29/2003 - Branch Banking and Trust CO of VA Vs. Shamone. Bankruptcy claim. Shamone ordered to pay $3,251.59.

11/26/2003 - First Virginia Vs. Shamone. Notice of Lien. Shamone ordered to pay $5,349.67.

Charles H. Thomas III - D

Karen Toles - D

08/13/2002 - Giant of Maryland, LLC Vs. Toles. Contract claim. Case was ultimately dismissed.

03/09/2009 - Capital One Bank, USA NA Vs. Toles. Contract claim. Toles ordered to pay $1,110.60.

05/12/2009 - Montgomery County traffic system. Operating motor vehicle with occupant under age 16 not restrained by a seatbelt. Toles plead guilty and was fined $25.

06/26/2009 - Prince George's County traffic system. Failure to display registration card on demand. Toles plead not guilty and was fined $40.

06/26/2009 - Prince George's County traffic system. Operating motor vehicle with occupant under age 16 not restrained by safety belt. Probation before judgment, Toles fined $35.

09/01/2009 - Capital One Bank USA NA Vs. Toles. Notice of Lien. Toles ordered to pay $1,329.56.

10/01/2009 - Prince George's County traffic system. Failure to attach vehicle registry plates at front and rear. Fined $60.

03/31/2010 - Prince George's County traffic system. Unsafe lane changing. Fined $60.

District 8

Antwan Brown - D

10/16/2006 - NASA Federal Credit Union Vs. Brown. Contract claim. Brown ordered to pay $7,524.00.

11/27/2009 - Prince George's County traffic system. 48 mph in a 30 mph zone. Fined $90.

Betty Horton-Hodge - D

Jerry J. Mathis - D

11/07/2001 - USA Vs. Mathis. Federal tax Lien. Mathis ordered to pay $113,250.34.

08/01/2003 - Hargrove Vs. Mathis. Tort case against Mathis and his company, Prudential Mathis Realtors Inc. Judge ruled in favor of plaintiff, and Mathis was ordered to pay a total of $386,355.12.

10/13/2005 - Frison Vs. Mathis. Contract suit against Mathis and Prudential Mathis Realtors Inc. Judged ruled in favor of the plaintiff and Mathis was ordered to pay a total of $35,818.13.

02/22/2007 - Frison Vs. Mathis. Tort case. Plaintiff's claims were ultimately dismissed.

10/07/2009 - State of Maryland Vs. Mathis. Tax Lien. Mathis ordered to pay $1,174.74.

Andre D. Nottingham - D

Archie L. O'Neil - D

11/02/1993 - Creative Engineering and Construction CO. Vs. O'Neil. Contract claim. O'Neil ordered to pay $5,000.

03/22/2000 - Bladenwoods Condominium Council Vs. O'Neil. Contract claim. O'Neil ordered to pay $6,368.00.

11/06/2000 -Caccivio Vs. O'Neil. Tort Claim. Case was ultimately dismissed.

Trevor Otts - D

03/16/2009 - Judgment Collections Services Vs. Otts. Otts was ordered to pay $3,600.

Obie Patterson - D

District 9

Carol Acree - D

Lee Black - D

02/24/1999 - Harris, Fishburne & Lamott Vs. Lee. Contract claim. Black ordered to pay $287.13.

Tamara Davis Brown - D

09/16/2008 - Denison Landscaping INC Vs. Brown. Contract suit. Case was ultimately dismissed.

Ron Fisher - D

Mel Franklin - D

10/23/2008 - Howard County traffic system. Failure to attach vehicle registration plates at front and rear. Fined $60.

12/16/2008 - Baltimore County traffic system. Expired registration plates. Fined $60.

Sydney Harrison - D

Juanita D. Miller - D

Kevin Alonzo Neale - D

08/01/2008 - Prince George's County traffic system. Failure to stop at a stop sign. Fined $90.

04/07/2009 - Prince George's County traffic system. Failure to attache vehicle registration plates at front and rear. Fined $60.

05/01/2010 - Charles County traffic system. Operator not restrained by seatbelt. Case remains open.

Catherine "Tiger" Taggart-Ross - D

Henry White - D

12/02/1996 - Creditrust Corporation Vs. White. Contract claim. White ordered to pay $2,645.00.

06/30/1997 - Creditrust Corporation Vs. White. Contract claim. White ordered to pay $3,228.49.

Coming next week: Baltimore County candidates.......

Editor's note: Some candidates who are in elected office are named as defendants in lawsuits against the government. Those lawsuits have usually, but not always, been excluded from Center Maryland's review.
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