Montgomery County Week in Review
This week in Montgomery County: a protest outside an upscale restaurant, a carjacking, a confessing suspect and more.
With more than a dozen community websites across Montgomery County, Patch brings you news from many corners of the community. Catch up on headlines you may have missed this week:
About 30 people gathered outside The Capital Grille in Chevy Chase, MD, on Tuesday night, Jan. 17, to protest against 'discriminatory' employment practices allegedly followed by Darden Restaurants, the restaurant's parent company. Read more on Chevy Chase Patch.
Kevin Darnell Ray, 33, the suspect in three home invasions (two with sexual assualts) in Bethesda, Wheaton and Temple Hills earlier this month, was arrested last weekend and held without bail. In a Montgomery County courthouse on Tuesday, he confessed to his crimes, a prosecutor said. Read more on Bethesda Patch.
Two armed, masked men carjacked a Lexus at gunpoint on Sunday evening, Jan. 15, in the 10500 block of Weymouth Street, near the Rockville-Bethesda border, police said. Read more on Bethesda Patch.
Administrators and students from four Montgomery County schools react to 36 Whitman students being suspended from extracurricular activities for drinking at an off-campus party. Read more on North Potomac-Darnestown Patch.
As the Maryland General Assembly gets underway, officials are visiting communities in Montgomery County to receive feedback on proposed legislation. This week, Del. Jeff Waldstreicher (D-District 18), Sen. Jamie Raskin (D-District 20) and Del. Kathleen Dumais (D-District 15) shared their bills to get the opinions and support from the board members of Safe Silver Spring. Read the full story on Silver Spring Patch.
Four new restaurants are scheduled to open this spring in the Rockville Town Center retail district, but Dawson's Market won't open until summer. Read more on Rockville Patch.
A Northern Virginia man was acquitted of second-degree attempted murder but was found guilty of lesser charges, concluding a three-day trial spurred by a fight over a gas pump in Germantown. Read more on Germantown Patch.
A group of Wheaton residents confronted Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett at a Jan. 17 county budget forum with what they see as an unacceptable delay in his Capital Improvements Program recommendations for the renovation of Wheaton Library and the recreation center next door. Read more on Wheaton Patch.
Rachel Carson Elementary School was named a Blue Ribbon School this week, making it one of only six schools in the state to receive that honor. Read more on Gaithersburg Patch.
The Town of Kensington took another step toward adopting its controversial proposed sector plan, approving additions to the plan aimed to bring new investment into the town's business district. Read more on Kensington Patch.
Police Identify Suspect in Robbery of 84-year-old Woman
Police identified Linda McCorkle, 48, of Chillum as the suspect in the robbery of an 84-year-old woman in Takoma Park, according to an MSNBC report.
The county's $22-million project to build the first permanent police station for the Montgomery Village/Gaithersburg district is on indefinite hold after County Executive Isiah Leggett wiped out its funding in the county's six-year Capital Improvements Program. Read more on Montgomery Village Patch.