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Top Headlines Near Bethesda and Chevy Chase: Doctor Forced to Pay $17M Settlement, Longtime Restaurant Closes and More

There's a lot you should know about what's been going on in Montgomery County this week.

H&M opened in Chevy Chase on Thursday. Photo credit: Laura L. Thornton.
H&M opened in Chevy Chase on Thursday. Photo credit: Laura L. Thornton.

By Patch Editor Greg Cohen

With 11 websites across Montgomery County, Patch brings you news from every corner of our community. Catch up on headlines you may have missed this week, including a big payout by a local doctor, a restaurant closing its doors after more than 90 years of service, and a Salvadoran festival.

Bethesda Doctor to Pay $17M for False Health Care Claims

BETHESDA—Bethesda resident Dr. Ishtiaq A. Malik has been ordered to pay more than $17 million for submitting false or fraudulent claims to state and federal health programs. Read more on Bethesda-Chevy Chase Patch.

Silver Spring Tax Preparer Sentenced to Prison

SILVER SPRING—The owner of a tax preparation business in Silver Spring underreported his income and got in trouble with the IRS. Now he's going to prison. Read more on Silver Spring Patch.

Man Charged in Officer-Involved Shooting at Quince Orchard and Darnestown Roads

GAITHERSBURG—The suspect was shot before leading a brief car chase on Quince Orchard Road. Read more on Gaithersburg Patch.

H&M: Dancing on the Sidewalk

CHEVY CHASE, DC—The long-awaited opening of H&M in the Chevy Chase Pavilion (on the MD-DC border) took place at noon on Aug. 1, and was accompanied by long lines and dancing. Read more on Bethesda-Chevy Chase Patch.

Montgomery County Council Approves Chevy Chase Lake Sector Plan

CHEVY CHASE—On Tuesday, the Montgomery County Council voted, 8-1, to approve a plan that will outline future transit-oriented development in the Chevy Chase Lake Sector. Read more on Bethesda-Chevy Chase Patch.

Prosecutors: Germantown Woman Tried to Vote Under Dead Mother’s Name

GERMANTOWN—A Germantown woman cast a provisional ballot under her deceased mother’s name during the 2012 elections, an indictment from the Maryland State Prosecutor’s office has alleged. Read more on Germantown Patch.

Montgomery Village Signs Tagged With Graffiti Along Watkins Mill Road

MONTGOMERY VILLAGE—A number of Montgomery Village community signs were vandalized, with one bearing the tag of an alleged gang. Read more on Montgomery Village Patch.

O'Donnell's Served Its Final Meal

GAITHERSBURG—After serving the DC area for more than 90 years, O'Donnell's Sea Grill finally closed for good. Read more on Gaithersburg Patch.

Takoma Park's Washington Adventist Ranked Among Top Surgical Hospitals

TAKOMA PARK— Two Montgomery County hospitals—including Washington Adventist Hospital in Takoma Park—ranked among the top surgical hospitals in the nation, according to recently released ratings by Consumer Reports. Read more on Takoma Park Patch.

Sunday: Salvadoran American Festival in Wheaton

WHEATON—Montgomery County is commemorating Salvadoran American Day on Aug. 4 with a free festival featuring food, music and crafts. Read more on Wheaton Patch.

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