Regional News Recap: Gaithersburg Mall Sting Nets 13 Arrests, More
A roundup of the top headlines in Montgomery County this past week.
The latest news in Montgomery County includes the announcement that Doug Duncan intends to run for Montgomery County Executive again, arrests made in Gaithersburg holiday shopping sting, the opening of celebrity chef Bryan Voltaggio's newest restaurant and more:
Doug Duncan Tells Supporters He Will Run for Montgomery County Executive
MONTGOMERY COUNTY—One of Montgomery's dominant political figures set to return to the political stage after six years. Douglas M. Duncan has told supporters he has decided to run for an unprecedented fourth term in Montgomery County's highest political office. Read more on Potomac Patch.
Public Safety Group Aims to Address Wheaton Crime Perception
WHEATON— “Wheaton is not a dangerous place,” said Fourth District Police Commander John Damskey at the first meeting of the Wheaton Public Safety Work Group on Nov. 19. “But the perception is horrible," he added. The work group, started by two Montgomery County councilmembers, wants to change this. Read more on Wheaton Patch.
Woman Robbed, Punched In Potomac Apartment Building
POTOMAC—A woman was punched in the eye and robbed in the trash room of a Potomac apartment building Nov. 18, according to Montgomery County police. Read more on Potomac Patch.
City, County Police Arrest 13 in Holiday Sting at Lakeforest Mall
GAITHERSBURG—Plain clothed officers from Gaithersburg and Montgomery County police departments arrested 13 people during a two day "Holiday Safety" initiative at Lakeforest Mall. Read the full story on Gaithersburg Patch.
Finding Issued in Probe of Rockville City Workers' Claims of Discrimination and Harassment
ROCKVILLE—An independent investigation into former City of Rockville employees’ claims of harassment and discrimination by supervisors found “no unlawful conduct,” the city said in a news release late Wednesday. Read more on Rockville Patch.
Mid-December Opening Likely for Range
CHEVY CHASE, DC—Celebrity Chef Bryan Voltaggio's newest restaurant is about to open in the Chevy Chase Pavilion in Friendship Heights. Range—which will focus on meat dishes—was supposed to open earlier in the fall, but now is anticipated to start serving diners in mid-December. Read more on Chevy Chase Patch.
Government Pays $1 Million to Keep Health Biz in Silver Spring
SILVER SPRING—A public health research firm that moved its headquarters to Silver Spring 11 years ago will receive $1 million in loans and grants from the government to stay in place for another decade, the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development announced Wednesday. Social & Scientific Solutions Inc will have to retain at least 300 full-time employees in Silver Spring to receive the money. Read more at Silver Spring Patch.
Grocery Stores, Nonprofits Selected for Food Recovery Work Group
MONTGOMERY COUNTY—A plan to recover masses of would-be wasted food and re-distribute to needy people in Montgomery County inched closer to reality Tuesday when the County Council appointed a work group. "Food recovery" was proposed by Councilmember Valerie Ervin in October, when she said that she was inspired by the work of students at the University of Maryland who have saved and donated over 30,000 meals. Read more at Colesville Patch.