MoCo Headlines: Cold Case Turned Homicide, Racehorse Ownership Made Easy
The week’s top Montgomery County news headlines.
This past week, a cold case turned into a homicide in Takoma Park, Gaithersburg's city manager resigned and more:
TAKOMA PARK—Prince William County police identified a Takoma Park woman after skeletal remains that were found in 1982 were recently matched to her DNA, police announced on Wednesday. The case is now considered a homicide.
Cynthia Joan Gastelle had been reported missing from Takoma Park on April 3, 1980. The case went cold. Remains were found nearly two years later on Feb. 12, 1982, on Bull Run Mountain off of Mountain Road in the Haymarket area of Prince William County. On May 10, 2012, the DNA was matched to Gastelle.
Police in Prince William County are investigating Gastelle's death as a homicide and are seeking the public's help in the investigation. Read more on Takoma Park Patch.
A Neelsville Middle School English teacher was indicted on sexual offense and abuse charges, a Montgomery County state's attorney's office spokesman told Patch. Seventh-grade teacher Cuyler Jay Cornell, 50, is accused of inappropriately touching a student in 2011. Read more on Germantown Patch.
GAITHERSBURG—Gaithersburg's city manager resigned from employment with the city of Gaithersburg, effective Friday, June 15, according to a press release. Jones had served in the role since September 2008. Deputy City Manager Tony Tomasello will serve in the position on an interim basis. Read more on Gaithersburg Patch.
ROCKVILLE—Rockville Mayor Phyllis Marcuccio says she hopes that city officials won’t have to talk to Carlos Vargas, the city’s former human resources director, about harassment and discrimination claims by former city employees. Read more on Rockville Patch.
CHEVY CHASE—Chevy Chase resident Justin Nicholson is only 26, but he's already working at his dream job, as head of a Bethesda-based horse-racing syndicate he founded last year. Through 90 North Racing Stable, individuals may buy shares in racehorses purchased and trained by the syndicate. Shareholders enjoy the full experience of owning a racehouse without the expense of buying and maintaining an entire horse. Read more on Chevy Chase Patch.
POTOMAC—Released last week, A Good Man: Rediscovering My Father, Sargent Shriver, by Mark Shriver, tells the story of the relationship between Mark and Potomac’s Sargent "Sarge" Shriver, founder of the Peace Corps and architect of President Johnson's War on Poverty. Sargent Shriver died in 2011. Read more on Potomac Patch.
POTOMAC—Reading lists and summer events are available for kids and youth throughout the county. Read more on Potomac Patch.
BURTONSVILLE—A local church is attempting to bridge the free-lunch gap that can leave children undernourished from the time school ends in the spring to the time it resumes in the fall. Epiphany Lutheran Church in Burtonsville will be the only East County site for the USDA's federal summer meals program, which provides lunch to any child who shows up. Read more on Colesville Patch.