Public Safety

August 13, 2018 | Staff Writer

MS-13 Member from Silver Spring Gets Two Life Sentences

A federal judge sentenced a 28-year-old Silver Spring man to two consecutive life sentences Monday for conspiracy to participate in a racketeering enterprise in connection with his gang activity as a member of MS-13, according to a statement from the Justice Department. Raul Ernesto Landaverde-Giron, also known as “Humilde” and “Decente,” 28, of Silver Spring, […]

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August 13, 2018 | Staff Writer

NWS Issues Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Portions of Montgomery County

The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a severe thunderstorm warning from now until 5 p.m. for portions of Montgomery County, including Germantown, Rockville, Gaithersburg, Potomac, North Potomac, Redland, Darnestown, Derwood, Cabin John and Washington Grove. Winds may gust up to 60 mph and will cause trees and large branches to fall. Power outages may […]

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August 13, 2018 | Staff Writer

Takoma Park Police Captain Selected as Greenbelt’s New Police Chief

After serving more than 20 years with the Takoma Park Police, Capt. Richard “Rick” Bowers is leaving Takoma Park to oversee the City of Greenbelt’s Police Department as the new police chief. He was selected from a pool of 53 applicants spearheaded by Springsted/Waters Executive Recruitment Firm. Bowers started his career as an officer in […]

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August 13, 2018 | Michelle Queen

Flash Flood Watch for Monday as NWS Expects Showers and Thunderstorms

The National Weather Service Issues Flash Flood Watch The National Weather Service has put out a flash flood watch for Montgomery County Monday from noon to 10 p.m.  Rain and thunderstorms are forecast for this afternoon and evening. Flash flooding caused by heavy rainfall is possible. A flash flood watch is in effect from Noon […]

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August 10, 2018 | Staff Writer

Man Charged in Sex Assaults

A 53-year-old man faces rape charges for incidents in March 2017 and July 2018, a Montgomery County police statement said. Steven G. Mitchell of the 600 block of First Street in Rockville was arrested July 13 for a March 21 incident after DNA comparisons were obtained. Mitchell was charged with second-degree rape, fourth-degree sexual offense, […]

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August 10, 2018 | Douglas Tallman

Two Girls from Silver Spring Located Safe

Updated Aug. 10: The sisters have been located safe and unharmed, police said. Original post: Two Silver Spring sisters are missing and Montgomery County police are asking the public’s help to locate them. The girls, Kandyce and Karmen Matos, were last seen by their parents on Saturday, Aug. 4, about 11 p.m., at their home […]

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August 9, 2018 | Staff Writer

Woman Faces 128 Animal Cruelty Offenses After Hoarding Investigation

The North Potomac woman who had 70 cats removed from her home by animal services officers faces 128 animal cruelty offenses, a Montgomery County police statement said. Laura Louise Prince, 62, was released after posting $2,500 bail, according to online court records. The animals were taken from two of Prince’s homes, in the 12000 block […]

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August 9, 2018 | Douglas Tallman

Hogan in Rockville to Unveil Efforts to Fight Human Trafficking

Gov. Larry Hogan said he was creating an anti-human trafficking director position to coordinate services for victims across Maryland government departments. “The chilling reality is that Maryland’s central location and access to major highways and airports like I-95 and BWI make our state a hotbed for human trafficking,” Hogan said. He spoke before a large […]

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August 9, 2018 | Staff Writer

MCPS Provides Routes of Accused Bus Driver

Montgomery County Public Schools released an update to the list of routes driven by the school bus driver charged with sexually assaulting a student on the bus. Etienne Kabongo was arrested Aug. 5 and charged with assaulting a 12-year-old girl. Kabongo, known as “Mr. Steve” to some students, has worked since 2006 as a bus driver, […]

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August 8, 2018 | Staff Writer

Ultimate Deterrent to Car Theft: Manual Transmission

Police Release Surveillance Video to Help Nab Would-Be Thieves A stick shift prevented potential carjackers from taking a car from a Westfield Montgomery parking garage last week, police said. Now police are releasing surveillance video in hopes the would-be thieves can be identified. About 9:15 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 2, a man was returning to his […]

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