Public Safety

January 19, 2017 | Sonya Burke

Montgomery County Police and Fire to Help D.C. With Inauguration Safety and Security (VIDEO)

The inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump takes place on Jan. 20, and about 100 Montgomery County police officers are assisting the Metropolitan Police Department with security. “The officers that are going down to Washington, D.C. are part of our SERT team, our Special Events Response Team,” said Police Officer Rick Goodale, a spokesperson for the […]

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January 19, 2017 | Staff Writer

Firefighters Investigate Building Fire in Takoma Park, Damages Estimated at $350,000

UPDATED Dozens of Montgomery County firefighters responded to a building fire near the intersection of Piney Branch Road and Flower Avenue in Takoma Park early today. The fire was reported at 5 a.m. in the 8600 block of Flower Avenue on Thursday morning. A fire official said there was smoke throughout the two-story building when […]

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January 19, 2017 | Mitti Hicks

Criminal Justice Issues Discussed at Annual Legislative Forum in Silver Spring

Criminal justice reform was the topic of discussion at the Legislative Forum held Wednesday evening in Silver Spring. The annual event, sponsored by Safe Silver Spring, is a chance for residents to hear from their state-elected officials upcoming public safety legislation that will be under consideration by the Maryland General Assembly. The panel this year […]

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January 17, 2017 | Staff Writer

Elderly Woman Struck by Vehicle in Wheaton

An 82-year-old Silver Spring woman is hospitalized with what police describe as “life threatening injuries” after she was struck by a vehicle in Wheaton on Jan. 15, according to a news release from the Montgomery County Police Department. Police said it happened at the intersection of Georgia Avenue and Reedie Drive before noon. Detectives are […]

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January 14, 2017 | Staff Writer

UPDATED: Wintry Mix Expected Saturday, MCPS Activities Resume After Noon

UPDATED 1.14.17 10 a.m. The city of Gaithersburg facilities are opening at noon. Update 1/14: All City facilities will be opening at noon. Classes/programs/activities starting before noon at all sites are cancelled. — City of Gaithersburg (@GburgMD) January 14, 2017 Pavement conditions are wet and, in some spots, slick. Drivers should use caution as conditions […]

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January 13, 2017 | Staff Writer

John Lutz Sentenced to Life without Possibility of Parole for Murder that Occurred Over 14 Years Ago (VIDEO)

At the Montgomery County Circuit Courthouse today, Judge Ronald Rubin sentenced 78-year-old John Lutz to a life sentence without the possibility of parole for the murder of 23-year-old Nicole Castro, a social worker who was killed over 14 years ago, in March of 2002, in Silver Spring. “Judge Rubin got it right,” said State’s Attorney […]

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January 11, 2017 | Staff Writer

UPDATED: Police Arrest Suspect in Fatal Stabbings at Wheaton Mall (VIDEO)

UPDATED 1.12.17 Montgomery County police have arrested a suspect. UPDATED  1.11.17 Montgomery County Police Captain Paul Starks said detectives are working around the clock to find the suspect wanted in the stabbing deaths that occurred on Tuesday afternoon at the Wheaton mall. Police have not released any information about the suspect or the motive. In […]

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January 11, 2017 | Sonya Burke

Fire Safety: Dispose of Fireplace Ashes Safely (VIDEO)

It’s already been a busy year for firefighters when it comes to house fires. “We can almost predict this every season,” said Pete Piringer, a spokesperson for the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service. “When we have cold weather people are using their fireplaces and heating systems. Heating is the number one cause of fire.” […]

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January 11, 2017 | Sonya Burke

Mixed Reaction to New Traffic Pattern at Capital Crescent Trail and Little Falls Parkway (PHOTO)

There’s a new traffic pattern at the intersection of the Capital Crescent Trail and Little Falls Parkway in Bethesda, and reaction to the change has been mixed. The Parkway has been narrowed from two lanes to one in each direction approaching the intersection, and the speed limit has been reduced from 35 mph to 25 […]

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January 10, 2017 | Sonya Burke

NWS Issues Freezing Rain Advisory for Montgomery County

The National Weather Service has issued a weather advisory for freezing rain from 6 p.m. tonight – 1 a.m. on Wednesday. Commuters are advised to expect a glaze of ice that may cause roadways and sidewalks to become icy. Use caution is traveling. A Freezing Rain Advisory has been issued for this evening and tonight […]

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