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, March 11, 2013
The triennial accreditation process begins next month, and members of the community are invited to provide comments on the department to the team of assessors.
It's accreditation time for the Chevy Chase Village Police Department, and members of the public are invited to share comments about the police department as part of the accreditation process. Accreditation takes place every three years. "Accreditation covers a three-year period during which the Department is required to submit annual reports and other documentary evidence of continued compliance with 480 written standards. The 3-day on-site assessment process requires the assessment team to review written materials, interview individuals and visit offices and other locations where compliance can be witnessed and validated," according to a Chevy Chase Village Police Department statement. A team of assessors from the Commission on …
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Chevy Chase Village tries a new tactic to combat its rising theft rate: a bait car.
Thieves accustomed to stopping by Chevy Chase Village for a few easy laptops and GPS units may want to rethink their strategies. With the village's new bait car program, they're much more likely to be caught. The new program was suggested by Chevy Chase Village Police Chief John Fitzgerald as a way to combat the village's rising theft rate. Get daily and breaking news email updates from Chevy Chase Patch by signing up for newsletters here. So far this year, 68 thefts have been recorded in the village (as of Oct. 2), according to a memo from Fitzgerald to the Chevy Chase Village Board of Managers. In the six years from 2002 to 2007, the average number of thefts in the village each year was only 25, the memo added. "If [this year's theft …
Thursday, September 13, 2012
Chevy Chase Village Police Chief John Fitzgerald likened leaving car doors unlocked to "leaving food in the campsite at Yellowstone."
Should police perform random checks to see if vehicle doors are locked? Chevy Chase Village board members and Chevy Chase Village Police Chief John Fitzgerald discussed the pros and cons of vehicle door checks at Monday night's village board of managers meeting. "I'm a little reluctant" to check to see if vehicle doors are locked, Fitzgerald said. Some vehicles' alarm systems go off if their door handles are pulled (those vehicles' owners use key fobs to open the doors), he added. And, some vehicle owners "still insist on leaving their cars unlocked because they'd rather have someone go through their car [via an unlocked door] than have a broken window," Fitzgerald added. "But there are so many cars unlocked that there's no reason to break…
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
In August, a man was allegedly soliciting donations for a youth sports team in the Washington, DC, area. Did he stop by your home?
Talk of the alleged sports team scammer seems to have died down recently, and it's possible that the area has seen the last of him. But, were you one of the people whose homes the alleged scammer visited? Earlier this month, Chevy Chase Village police reported on the village website that "[a] slender Caucasian male in his [mid-20s] has solicited homes in [Chevy Chase] Village and in [Washington,] DC for a soccer team by the name of the 'DC Strikers'. He has introduced himself as 'Chris Scholz'. The Chevy Chase Village Police Department believes this is a scam." Chevy Chase Village Police Chief John Fitzgerald told Patch last week that no further reports had been heard in Chevy Chase Village about the man. A contributor to the Chevy Chase, …
Friday, August 31, 2012
No word available on scammer who solicited money for a sports team earlier this month.
No further reports have been heard in Chevy Chase Village about an alleged scammer soliciting money for a sports team, Chevy Chase Village Police Chief John Fitzgerald told Patch on Thursday. Earlier this month, Chevy Chase Village police reported on the village website that "[a] slender Caucasian male in his [mid-20s] has solicited homes in [Chevy Chase] Village and in [Washington,] DC for a soccer team by the name of the 'DC Strikers'. He has introduced himself as 'Chris Scholz'. The Chevy Chase Village Police Department believes this is a scam." The Northwest Current reported on the story this past week: "[In] recent incidents in Chevy Chase, Georgetown and the Palisades, residents who acquiesced to a young man purportedly requesting …
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Chevy Chase Village police received several complaints about noisy generators during the power outage after the derecho.
A power outage lasting several days during a heat wave is frustrating on many levels. There's no air conditioning, refrigeration or TV. If you're used to falling asleep to the quiet hum of a fan, air conditioner or white noise machine, you're out of luck. And, if you are near a neighbor who has an electricity generator, you could be stuck listening to that all night. Some small generators cost less than $200 (those can be used to keep a refrigerator cool), while others are $2,000 to $20,000—a high price tag, but not unaffordable for many residents of Chevy Chase, one of the more affluent ZIP codes in the country. In Chevy Chase Village, where the houses were built closely together, it can be hard to ignore someone else's generator during a…
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
The possible closure of the Chevy Chase post office at Village Hall was discussed at Monday's meeting of the Chevy Chase Village Board of Managers.
- Nia Davis
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
It was a full house in the Village Hall on Monday as the Chevy Chase Village Board of Managers discussed everything from nuisance trees to the possible closure of the post office and the hiring of a new building officer. The meeting began with the continuation of a case involving residents planting trees in the public right-of-way, then moved on to resident appeals for various construction and tree-related offenses. One couple in Chevy Chase Village challenged a code that would limit the extension of a proposed front stoop. The residents, Mr. and Mrs. Hoberg, wanted to extend their stoop no more than four feet from the 25-foot building restriction. “Virtually every stoop extends farther than the original,” the board's assistant treasurer …