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 …
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 …
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Glenn V. Rhodes, 34, was charged with carjacking, assault and resisting arrest.
A police chase that ended with a carjacking in Rockville injured two police officers and sent one unsuspecting motorist to the hospital on Wednesday, according to the statement of charges filed in Montgomery County District Court. Glenn V. Rhodes, 34, who has no fixed address, was charged with carjacking, assault and resisting arrest. The charges stem from a string of incidents that began with a traffic stop in White Oak, the court records show. Police said they tried to stop Rhodes at an off ramp on Columbia Pike in White Oak after they discovered the car he was driving had stolen tags. Rhodes refused to stop and turned left onto Randolph Road, police said in the statement of charges. As he drove on, police said, Rhodes struck a Toyota …
Friday, April 5, 2013
Two Virginia men were arrested and charged with a weapons offense, according to Montgomery County police.
Two Virginia men were arrested last month after police discovered a gun in their vehicle during a River Road traffic stop, according to a recent crime summary and a Montgomery County police spokeswoman. Montgomery County Police pulled over a vehicle in the 7500 block of River Road near the Capital Beltway around 5:15 p.m. March 20, according to the summary. The car was stopped after a traffic violation, but it wasn't known what the violation was, according to Angela Cruz, a police spokeswoman. A gun was found during a search of the car, Cruz said. A 25-year-old man from Purcellville, VA, and a 24-year-old man from Sterling, VA, were arrested and charged with a weapons offense, according to the summary.
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
The following incidents were provided by Montgomery County Police. Arrests do not indicate conviction. This is not an all-encompassing list. Please click on map markers—color-coded by district—to read about the incidents.
NOTE: Incidents listed for District 2 (Bethesda-Chevy Chase) reflect two weeks of data.
Thursday, March 28, 2013
Police are on the lookout for two suspects in the armed robbery.
A woman was robbed in the driveway of her Bethesda home in the early morning hours of March 12, according to a recent police crime summary. The incident happened around 3:10 a.m. in the 10400 block of Parthenon Court, when a man approached the woman outside her home, according to Montgomery County Police. The man brandished a weapon and stole the woman's purse. He then fled to a maroon four-door Buick with a yellow, out-of-state license plate, driven by a woman. Police are describing the first suspect as a black male, 24 to 29 years old, between 5 feet, 9 inches and 5 feet, 10 inches tall, wearing a black hoodie. Police say the second suspect is a black female, 24 to 25 years old, about 5 feet, 4 inches tall and 110 pounds, wearing a …
Monday, March 25, 2013
The following incident reports were provided by Montgomery County police. Please click on map markers—color-coded by district—to read about the incidents. Arrests do not indicate conviction. This is not an all-encompassing list.
Editor's Note: Two weeks of data were submitted for Montgomery County police District 1. No data was submitted for District 2.
Monday, March 18, 2013
Two clusters of thefts from unlocked vehicles were reported in late February and early March, police said.
Two clusters of nighttime thefts from autos were recently reported in West Bethesda and Cabin John neighborhoods, police said. Four of the incidents happened during the same time period, in the overnight hours between Feb. 27 and Feb. 28. A fifth theft was reported in early March. In a recent crime report, police said that all of the vehicles were unlocked, and loose items-- mostly clothing -- were stolen. View a map of the incidents above.
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
The driver of the car that struck the man on Old Georgetown Road remained on the scene.
Update, 12:52 p.m.: The driver of the Honda in this morning's pedestrian collision has been identified as Remy Jean Paul Bosselut, 52, of the 6000 block of Chatsworth Lane in Bethesda. The man who was struck, William George Cole, 59, remained in critical condition and is undergoing treatment, police said. Anyone with information is asked to call the 2nd District Traffic Squad at 301-652-9200. Update, 11:37 a.m.: A car driven by a 52-year-old man struck a man walking in Bethesda Wednesday morning, said Capt. Paul Starks, a Montgomery County police spokesman. The 59-year-old man was critically injured, police said. The car, a silver 2006 Honda, struck the man as he crossed the southbound lanes of Old Georgetown Road, just north of Alta …
Cmd. Luther Reynolds and Capt. Darryl McSwain are the County Executive’s appointees.
Montgomery County Council confirmed on Tuesday County Executive Isiah Leggett’s Montgomery County Police appointments for assistant chiefs: Cmd. Luther Reynolds, and Capt. Darryl McSwain. McSwain, director of the Special Operations Division, will be assigned to head the newly created Patrol Services Bureau. Reynolds, who led the Germantown-based 5th District, will head the Management Services Bureau, a Montgomery County police spokeswoman told Patch. According to county records, the appointees will be paid $159,000 salaries. Chief J. Thomas Manger said McSwain and Reynolds would expand his team of assistant chiefs from three to four. “This is a tremendously strong team,” Manger said ahead of the County council’s vote, referring to the …