Monday, March 4, 2013
The following information was provided by the Montgomery County Police Department. Arrests do not imply conviction.
An aggravated assault occurred near the intersection of Germantown Road and Wisteria Drive in Germantown around 8 p.m. Feb. 14. The suspect, a 22-year-old male from Montgomery Village, is known to the victim and was arrested. An attempted residential burglary occurred in the 19900 block of Sweetgum Circle in Germantown on Feb. 15. The suspect attempted to force entry and was arrested. Nothing was taken. The suspect is a 32-year-old male from Washington,DC. In other police news: A vehicle-related theft occurred between 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Feb. 16 in the 19300 block of Elderberry Terrace in Germantown. Unlocked door; laptop taken. A construction site theft occurred at 20600 Seneca Meadows Parkway in Germantown between 2 p.m. Feb. 15 and 5:…
Thursday, February 28, 2013
A 52-year-old Germantown man was arrested for 10 commercial robberies and two street robberies in Montgomery County.
A Germantown man suspected of 10 commercial robberies and two street robberies in Montgomery County — including four in the Gaithersburg area — was arrested during a traffic stop in Gaithersburg Feb. 17, Montgomery County police announced Wednesday. Duane James, 52, of the 18600 block of Mustard Seed Court, was charged with two counts of armed robbery, having a handgun in a vehicle and the use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, police said. After his arrest, James was charged with nine additional armed robbery charges and three first-degree assault charges. The string of robberies occurred throughout the county between Dec. 27 and Feb. 17, police said. James was arrested after reports of two armed robberies committed minutes …
Friday, January 18, 2013
State police: The man shot himself after being stopped for not wearing a seatbelt.
Update, 6:20 p.m., Jan. 20: Maryland State Police have identified the driver of the Ford Focus who police said fatally shot himself during a traffic stop on Interstate 270 on Friday afternoon as a 27-year-old Gaithersburg man. The man's body was taken to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore for an autopsy, police said in a news release Sunday. Update, 9:45 p.m., Jan. 18: A man fatally shot himself after being stopped by a state trooper near the Montrose Road exit of Interstate 270 on Friday afternoon, Maryland State Police said. Police are working to identify the man, state police said in a news release Friday evening. Multiple lanes of I-270 northbound were closed for several hours due to the police investigation, leading…
Monday, December 3, 2012
Gaithersburg Patch: Police are investigating the death of Cesar Smith, 45, of Gaithersburg, as a homicide
UPDATED—A dead man found in a Gaithersburg apartment early Monday after an apparent home invasion has been identified as Cesar Smith, 45, of Gaithersburg, Gaithersburg Patch reports. Montgomery County police said detectives are investigating the death as a homicide. The cause of death was "undetermined," police said in a news release. According to inital report police posted on its news blog late Monday Morning: “Shortly after midnight, officers from the Gaithersburg Police Department and the Montgomery County 6th District responded to a report of a shooting on Whetstone Drive in Gaithersburg. … Officers first on the scene were directed to an apartment where they found an unresponsive adult male suffering from trauma to his body. Fire/…
Thursday, November 8, 2012
County police and fire/rescue personnel return from week helping Sandy victims in New York, where the situation was described as "Katrina-esque."
On Tuesday afternoon, while Montgomery County and the rest of the nation were paying attention to Election Day, 80 Montgomery County fire/rescue and police personnel unceremoniously returned home from spending an exhausting week assisting Hurricane Sandy victims in New York. The Maryland Task Force 1, made up of local medical workers, rescue experts, engineers and dog handlers with search canines, was assembled Sunday afternoon, Oct. 28, and dispatched to Fort Dix, NJ, to await orders, according to Montgomery County Assistant Chief Scott Graham. From there it was a long week of search and rescue and humanitarian relief that Graham says was similar to the situation in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. “I’ve been on the task force since …
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Will you donate?
Montgomery County police will celebrate 90 years of service in the county with a community blood and food drive this week. From 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, residents are invited to the county’s new Public Safety Headquarters at 100 Edison Park Drive in Gaithersburg to honor family and friends in the armed forces, law enforcement or fire and rescue services. The American Red Cross in August reported its blood reserve had hit a 15-year low. Walk-in donors are accepted, but online registration is encouraged. Donors are asked to bring a photo ID and two non-perishable food items with them. The food items will be donated to the Mid-County United Ministries Captain Joseph A. Mattingly Food Pantry in Wheaton.
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
The public event is Thursday at the Goshen United Methodist Church.
GAITHERSBURG — As the region reflects on the 10th anniversary of the DC sniper shootings that terrorized residents for weeks, Gaithersburg will host a prayer vigil honoring the memory of the sniper victims. The Montgomery County Police Department, the Victims’ Rights Foundation, the Montgomery Village Chiefs Football and Cheer Program will co-host the vigil Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the Goshen United Methodist Church in Gaithersburg. All are welcome to attend. For more information check out our calendar listing here.
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Steering failure on two Crown Victorias prompts Montgomery County police's most massive maintenance operation.
Nearly a third of Montgomery County’s police cruisers are being pulled off the road in an unprecedented inspect-and-repair operation that has caught the attention of national safety inspectors. Starting Tuesday morning, all 324 of the county’s Crown Victorias are being inspected at the department’s maintenance shop in Seven Locks after the steering failed on two of the Ford vehicles. Cruiser recalls are not uncommon, said Lt. Darren Francke, but they typically involve non-safety issues that are handled via the dealership. Never in Francke’s 16 years on the force has the department had to launch its own 24-7 operation to inspect and repair so many cars. “This is uncharted territory. The total loss of steering was such a critical issue that …
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Prince George's and Montgomery counties, along with 22 other Maryland jurisdictions, were awarded grant money to help monitor sex offenders.
Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties were awarded $95,802 and $40,940 respectively in grant money from the Sex Offender Compliance and Enforcement in Maryland (SOCEM) grant program. The program has awarded more than $700,000 to 23 Maryland counties and Baltimore City to help local law enforcement agencies monitor the state's 7,990 sex offenders. Prince George's received the third-largest amount and Montgomery County the fourth-largest of the 24 jurisdictions, following Baltimore City and Baltimore County. The Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention announced the grant, which will help local agencies monitor Maryland’s Sex Offender Registry. “There should be absolutely no mercy shown to anyone who harms a child in our state…
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
The Montgomery County Police Department worked more than 2,000 overtime hours after the June 29 storm and overtime costs for the county are over $100,000, The Gazette reported.
Though officials say they’re still totaling Montgomery County’s storm costs, the Gazette reported that overtime costs alone for the county police department have exceeded $100,000. Spokesperson Angela Cruz told the Gazette that police had logged more than 2,111 overtime hours and of those hours, 310 were “comp hours earned” overtime, which means that employees took compensation in the form of hours earned, as opposed to overtime pay. According to the Gazette, overtime has cost the county $102,843.69 thus far and overtime pay for the Fire and Rescue Service response was $30,000. Though Pepco has received harsh criticism and negative feedback from both residents and officials for its response time to the storm’s outages, the Gazette …