Top Headlines: Sex Charges, Malls, Increased Police
The week’s top Montgomery County news stories.
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ROCKVILLE — Montgomery County Republican Party Chairman Mark Uncapherresponded to a protest of Mitt Romney by school bus drivers by asking if bus drivers were willing to accept responsibility for failing schools. Read more on Rockville Patch.
CHEVY CHASE — Police presence in the Town of Somerset, a Chevy Chase municipality, increased last week—from about 11 hours a week to 40 hours a week—following one burglary and two attempted burglaries. The increased patrols will continue until further notice. Read more on Chevy Chase Patch.
BETHESDA — The lawyers of a Falls Church National Guardsman accused of soliciting sex from a 12-year-old Bethesda girl say the charges against him are "unfounded." Read more on Bethesda Patch.
GAITHERSBURG — Six months after being put up for sale, Lakeforest Mall is off the market. Five Mile Capital Partners, an asset management firm based in Stamford, CT, acquired Lakeforest Mall last week for nearly $100 million after its previous owners defaulted on loan payments, Gaithersburg Economic Development Director Tom Lonergan confirmed at Tuesday's mayor and council meeting. Read more on Gaithersburg Patch.
Potomac — Bethesda and Chevy Chase residents may recognize the founders from Clyde’s Restaurant Group and O’Donnell’s Sea Grill. The restaurant will serve dishes such as grilled oyster, fish, crab, mussels and Old Bay fries. Read more on Potomac Patch.