Catch up on the news you missed this week including a budget proposal for a larger police force in Gaithersburg, what Potomac looked like 400 million years ago and a Twitter gun threat at Quince Orchard High School.
QO Administrators Investigated Twitter Gun Threat Tuesday
NORTH POTOMAC - Early Tuesday morning, a student notified the Quince Orchard High School administration of a Twitter post suggesting a student might bring a gun to school. After an investigation, it was determined there was no credible threat, according to a letter sent home to parents by principal Carole Working. Read the full story on North Potomac-Darnestown Patch.
Young Heroin Overdose Survivor Warns Peers
GERMANTOWN - Lea Edgecomb never regained the ability to walk after she overdosed on heroin her freshman year in high school. Today, the wheelchair bound 18-year-old has been sharing her story as a cautionary tale, with hopes of dissuading young people from doing drugs. Edgecomb chatted with Patch from her home in Germantown, ahead of a speaking engagement at a community forum on heroin and opiate addiction on Thursday, May 3. Read more at Germantown Patch.
Budget Proposal Includes Larger Police Force
GAITHERSBURG - In an effort to maintain current staffing levels at the Gaithersburg Police Department, City Manager Angel Jones is asking the city council to add three new police officers to the force. The proposal is part of the $51.7 million fiscal year 2013 budget package, which the council is expected vote on by June 4.
Holocaust Survivor Program Faces $200K Shortfall
ROCKVILLE - Funding dries up as Jewish Social Service Agency's nearly 20-year-old program faces greater demand from more than 200 clients. Read more on Rockville Patch.
Starr Defends Highland Elementary School's Turnaround
WHEATON - The Montgomery County Public Schools superintendent repudiated a recent article in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that called into question the dramatic turnaround in test scores at Highland Elementary School in Wheaton. Read more on Wheaton Patch.