Wednesday, May 15, 2013
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, May 14, 2013
Montgomery County police Officer William Dewitt Talbert died in the line of duty. As part of Police Week in Washington, Patch takes a deeper look at police fatalities. Scroll down to see more.
From postal inspectors to small-town sheriffs, Congress has dedicated the week of May 15 to honoring America's law enforcement officers, especially those killed in the line of duty, each year. Three police officers from Maryland were added to National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, DC, including Montgomery County Police Officer William Dewitt Talbert. Talbert died Jan. 27, 2012 at the age of 64 as a result of contracting hepatitis C, according to a memorial page created for Talbert. On June 30, 1983, Talbert was standing between his patrol car and another vehicle—which a drunk driver hit, pinning him between the cars. He learned he was infected with hepatitis after receiving a transfusion, according to the online …
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Montgomery County police say drivers aren't yielding to pedestrians at crosswalks.
A cluster of Montgomery County police officers will give their traditional blue uniforms a rest this month, donning plainclothes to conduct a series of "pedestrian stings" at high-traffic intersections and ticket drivers who refuse to yield, said Capt. Thomas Didone, director of the traffic division. This year, police have received complaints that drivers aren't properly yielding to pedestrians at certain intersections. Moreover, investigators are finding that more pedestrian incidents have been the driver's fault. Officers would typically attempt to enforce that kind of law by driving around a high-traffic area and looking for drivers not following the rules, said Didone. That's not very efficient, he said. Now, police will pose as …
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Thieves and Canuck tricksters wreaked havoc from Chevy Chase to Silver Spring to Gaithersburg in a series of strange crimes. Here's how you reacted.
They were the "WTFs" heard 'round the region as news broke that a series of strange crimes plagued law enforcement officers from Gaithersburg to Chevy Chase. Patch reported that two suspicious packages were being investigated simultaneously—in downtown Silver Spring and in Gaithersburg.Police in Montgomery County responded to reports of two back-to-back robberies in Chevy Chase, including one that led to a police chase.
Monday, April 29, 2013
The following incidents were supplied by Montgomery County police. Arrests do not indicate convictions.
Seneca Convenience was robbed by two men on Monday, April 15. Police said the incident occurred at around 9:50 p.m. A detailed description of the two male suspects was unavailable. A strong-arm robbery was reported in the commercial parking lot at Wisteria Drive and Great Seneca Highway on Thursday, April 11, at around 4:30 p.m. Police said two males forcefully removed property from the victim. Vehicle thefts were reported: An armed robbery was reported in the 12800 block of Clopper Road in Germantown on Monday, April 8, between 6:30 p.m. and 9:15 p.m. The suspect threatened the victim with a weapon and obtained property. A strong-arm robbery was reported in the 18000 block of Cottage Garden Drive in Germantown on Thursday, April 11, …
Monday, April 22, 2013
The 51-year-old allegedly jumped on cars, threw around large objects, and ignored police orders.
GAITHERSBURG—Montgomery County police identified 51-year-old Anthony Howard as the man who died after being tasered Friday evening by officers in Gaithersburg. The incident happened at 8800 block of Cross Country Place in Gaithersburg, at around 6:15 p.m. A 911 caller reportedly told police that Howard, whose address was not known, was standing in a parked pickup truck "yelling profanities, striking the truck with rocks, and crawling on other vehicles." Police said that after a series of incidents, Howard was tasered and put in handcuffs. Police noticed that Howard wasn't breathing after he was restrained, police said. Howard was later pronounced dead at Shady Grove Hospital. Police are continuing to investigate Howard's death and ask …
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.
The following incidents were supplied by Montgomery County Police for Germantown. Arrests do not indicate convictions.
An armed robbery was reported in the 12800 block of Clopper Road in Germantown on Monday, April 8m between 6:30 and 9:15 p.m. The suspect threatened the victim with a weapon and obtained property. Two vehicle thefts were reported in Germantown: Police said a male suspect exposed himself in the 22900 block of New Cut Road in Clarksburg on Wednesday, April 3, at around 9:15 p.m. A robbery was reported in the 19700 block of Frederick Road in Germantown on Wednesday, April 3, at 10:41 p.m. Police said the alleged victim was assaulted and robbed by more than one person. A residential burglary was reported in the 12200 block of Major Drive in Germantown on Thursday, April 4, at 5:55 p.m. Forced entry; property taken. A residential burglary was …
Monday, April 15, 2013
Free vaccine is Sunday, April 21 at Montgomery County Animal Shelter in Rockville
Free rabies vaccinations will be offered at the Montgomery County Animal Shelter to the pets of Montgomery County residents. The clinics will held at the shelter, at 14645 Rothgeb Dr., from 10 a.m. to noon on the following dates: Maryland law requires that all dogs, cats, and ferrets over the age of four months be vaccinated against rabies. Owners who don’t vaccinate animals could face a $500 fine. When brought in for vaccination, all dogs must be leashed. Cats and ferrets must be in carriers or otherwise contained. Pet owners will be required to purchase a pet license if their pet is not currently licensed. There will be a $4 charge for ferrets and out-of-county pets. Those with questions may contact the Montgomery County Police …
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Domestic incident involving parents off of school grounds triggered the alert, police and school officials said.
Two Germantown schools were placed on alert Wednesday morning, due to a domestic incident involving parents off school grounds, police and school officials said. Police were sent to Northwest High School and S. Christa McAuliffe Elementary School around 9:30 a.m. in response to threats made in relation to the domestic incident, Montgomery County police spokeswoman Angela Cruz said. Police did not provide details of the domestic incident. Outside doors were locked at the schools but classes were conducted as usual, said Gboyinde Onijala, a Montgomery County Public Schools spokeswoman. Onijala said the “shelter in place” order was enacted at 9:20 a.m. at McAuliffe and 9:55 a.m. at Northwest. The order was lifted around 11 a.m., said MCPS …