Friday, May 24, 2013
Victim demands departure of swim officials who failed to report the abuse, The New York Times reports.
Hall of Fame swim coach Rick Curl was sentenced Thursday to 7 years in prison for sexually abusing one of his swimmers in the 1980s, according to several news accounts. On Thursday, Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge Mariesla A. Bernard sentenced Curl to the maximum 15 years, but suspended all but 7, The Baltimore Sun reports. The New York Times is reporting that the victim is now demanding the departure of three USA Swimming leaders whom she claims knew about the abuse but failed to act. Kelley Currin, 43, said the abuse happened when she was 13. She swam for the Curl-Burke Swim Club (now known as Nation's Capital Swim Club)—a club known for training Olympic athletes, The Washington Post reports. Currin said three men knew about the …
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
The suspect allegedly threw large rocks at a Chevy Chase Village house, police said.
A man suspected of throwing large rocks at a Chevy Chase Village house was caught on tape by village security cameras as he left the yard of the vandalized property, Chevy Chase Village police said. The suspect threw the rocks at a window and expensive set of French doors from the rear yard of the property—in the 5500 block of Montgomery Street, Chevy Chase—at around 1 a.m. on April 29, police said in a statement released on May 21. The house sustained thousands of dollars' worth of damage in the incident, police said. Village security cameras captured images of the suspect as he left the yard of the vandalized home. The photographs show a black male, about 6 feet tall and 230 pounds, police said. The suspect "appears to be in his 30s, and…
Monday, May 20, 2013
The following crimes were included in the county police's crime summary for April 27 to May 7.
The following information was supplied by the Montgomery County Police Department in its summary of major crimes occurring in the county between April 27 and May 7. The mention of an arrest or charge does not indicate a conviction. If you have questions about this post, email email@example.com.
Sunday, May 19, 2013
What advice did the first lady give graduates? Will electricity rates go up - again? Get all the Maryland news with one click on Patch.
Sunday, May 19
By Patch Staff It was a big news week in Maryland last week, with a visit by the first lady, a commuter nightmare in Montgomery and a heads up for a sixth casino in the state. All the headlines from 48 Patch sites across Maryland: Berliner Calls for Better Electricity Service with 'Utility 2.0' Montgomery County Council Member Roger Berliner asked the Maryland Public Service Commission to require that substantial changes be made to electricity services in the state. Meanwhile, Pepco is asking for permission to raise rates. Michelle Obama to Bowie State Grads: It's Time to Feel Hungry Again In a speech rich with historical references, the first lady reminded the BSU class of 2013 why education is important. Report: Quince Orchard Students…
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Montgomery County police targeted unbelted people in cars in an attempt to reduce vehicle fatalities.
Only 44 people were cited for seat belt violations during a special nighttime enforcement of seat belt laws in Montgomery County Friday, police reported. Montgomery County police, along with Rockville City police and Gaithersburg police, set out the evening of May 10 to ticket and educate drivers about new and existing seat belt laws. As of Oct. 1, 2013, all passengers in a motor vehicle will be required to wear a seat belt because of a Maryland Senate bill signed into law by Gov. Martin O'Malley this month. County police said the enforcement was spurred by data that show almost half of vehicle fatality victims from 2008 to 2012 were not wearing seat belts. A total of 128 citations were issued during the enforcement period, which lasted …
A statewide gun turn-in program included three drop-off locations in Montgomery County, police said.
More than 100 guns and 10,000 rounds of ammunition were turned in to three police stations in Montgomery County as part of a statewide gun turn-in program during the weekend. Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler (D) said that he initiated the event in February during the legislative swirl of gun control bills, The Washington Post reported. A restrictive gun control package for the state was passed by the Maryland General Assembly in April. “This gives family members the opportunity to remove illegal and unwanted guns from the home that they fear would be used to harm themselves or others,” Gansler told the newspaper. Three drop-off locations collected the following weapons, according to police: Donations to the University of Maryland …
Using red light and speed cameras, targeted stings and other methods, police departments and municipalities hope to prevent pedestrian-related accidents, after a number of fatalities.
Pedestrian-related accidents have seen an unfortunate increase recently, particularly in Montgomery County. There have been 14 pedestrian accidents just this year, five of which resulted in fatalities. There was even one incident in Bethesda where a car struck an infant in a stroller being pushed across a crosswalk. “We, the parents of students attending Bethesda Elementary School, are horrified by the number of traffic accidents and near-accidents in and around downtown Bethesda,” said an online petition launched by Bethesda elementary school parents. “The safety of this walkable haven is at risk.” While there haven’t been as many pedestrian-related deaths in Prince George’s County this year, College Park officials recognize that …
Since 2011, 25 people in the two counties have died in pedestrian accidents. Here is more information on when and where each of these accidents occurred.
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Metro suspended rail service between Takoma and Forest Glen stations Tuesday evening.
Update Service is back to normal at the Silver Spring Metro station, Metro announced via Twitter at 10:40 p.m. Tuesday. Original post A fire on the tracks that sent billowing smoke over downtown Silver Spring forced the evacuation of the Silver Spring Metro station at the peak of Tuesday evening’s rush hour. No one was injured as firefighters brought the fire under a Red Line train under control quickly, said Assistant Chief Scott Graham, a spokesman for the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service. NBC4 video from the scene showed thick white smoke after the fire was extinguished. The fire was in electrical insulation and connectors on the tracks, Graham said. Red Line service was suspended between the Takoma and Forest Glen stations, …
Some Maryland jurisdictions were surprised by the large number of guns turned over to police.
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Tuesday, May 14
Marylanders by the dozens turned over unwanted firearms to police in the first statewide "Gun Turn-In Day," sponsored by Attorney General Doug Gansler. A total of 250 firearms were turned in, the attorney general's office announced Tuesday. The guns turned in are now unavailable to those who would misuse them, according to David Paulson, communications director. "If one life is saved or one serious injury is prevented in Maryland, this effort is entirely worth it," he added, citing what he said law enforcement officials had expressed to the attorney general's office. "We greatly appreciate the tremendous efforts of every local law enforcement agency and the Maryland State Police who participated," he said. The guns were turned in, with …