Articles by Ben Palmer

June 24, 2019 | Ben Palmer

Governor Hogan, County Council Call on Elrich to Improve Public Safety Radio

In a letter sent on Friday to County Executive Marc Elrich, the nine members of the County Council advocated for the public safety radio system to be replaced by the fall of 2020. The council cited a point during Mother’s Day weekend, claiming that 75% of the radio system channels temporarily went down then, preventing […]

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June 18, 2019 | Ben Palmer

Northwest Runner Records Longest Triple Jump in Maryland History

Taylor Wright’s career at Northwest High is officially over but that did not stop her from continuing to assert her dominance in high school track and field competition. Wright capped off her accolade-filled career with a Maryland state record performance last weekend. At the New Balance Nationals in Greensboro, NC, the Northwest High School alumnus […]

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June 18, 2019 | Ben Palmer

Damascus Man Helps Ocean City Crew Catch 900-Pound Marlin

A Damascus man was part of an Ocean City-based fishing crew that caught a record-breaking marlin at the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament in Morehead City, N.C. over the weekend. Todd Dickerson aided the Top Dog crew in catching a marlin so big, it not only made them “Top of the World” in the tournament, […]

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June 18, 2019 | Ben Palmer

Valerie Ervin and students eating at Roscoe Nix Elementary School

MCPS Program Offers Free Breakfast and Lunch for Low Income Families

Montgomery County’s summer food program will provide free breakfast and lunch this summer to students and families from low-income areas across the county, according to an MCPS press release. The program started distributing meals on Monday and intends to distribute them every weekday this summer. These meals will be distributed to summer school and recreation […]

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June 17, 2019 | Ben Palmer

Severe Thunderstorm Watch Issued for This Evening

The National Weather Service has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch for all of Montgomery County until 11 p.m. In response to the Thunderstorm Watch, the Office of Emergency Management has warned residents to stay alert for any approaching severe weather, which could contain hail and damaging winds. A Severe Thunderstorm Watch is in effect for […]

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June 17, 2019 | Ben Palmer

Children Start ‘Save the Tree’ Campaign for Popular Chevy Chase Maple

A playtime landmark in Chevy Chase is in danger of being torn down, and several children in the neighborhood are campaigning to have it stay. On June 16, several young residents gathered at a maple tree in the Rolling Wood community and protested against its planned removal, hanging signs on the chain link construction fence […]

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June 17, 2019 | Ben Palmer

Blair Student to Compete in Jeopardy! Teen Tournament

A 16-year-old Chevy Chase resident will get the chance to compete on one of the game show world’s biggest platforms this Wednesday. Sophia Weng, a junior at Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring, was selected to participate in the Jeopardy! Teen Tournament, where she has the opportunity to win $100,000. The tournament has already been taped, […]

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June 11, 2019 | Ben Palmer

County Council Members Undertake Transit Challenge

Five members of the County Council are participating in the Transit Challenge this week. They are tasked with either walking or using public transportation like the Ride On, Metro, or carpooling to get wherever they need to go. All four of the at-large members⁠—Gabe Albornoz, Evan Glass, Will Jawando, and Hans Riemer⁠—as well as District […]

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June 11, 2019 | Ben Palmer

Police Find Suspect in Gaithersburg Carjacking

Police have charged a suspect in an armed carjacking that took place on June 5 in Gaithersburg. Fingerprints taken at the scene of the crime in the 18700 block of North Frederick Avenue matched those of Dante Tyler-El of Centreville, police said. According to the investigation, the perpetrator approached the victim’s car and handcuffed her […]

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June 11, 2019 | Ben Palmer

Fire Disrupts Freight Train Near Rockville Station

A CSX freight train was held up near the Rockville MARC station this morning when one of its cars started smoldering, according to Fire & Rescue Services spokesman Pete Piringer. The smoldering contents were cocoa powder, Piringer said. The car was separated from the train and moved to another track. Other trains face delays but […]

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