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October 19, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

Public Safety Unions, Police Officers Testify Against County Vaccine Mandate

Montgomery County public safety union representatives and police officers testified against a council bill that would require all county employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or face losing employment, with exemptions for medical reasons. First, Assistant Chief Administrative Officer Dr. Earl Stoddard testified on behalf of County Executive Marc Elrich during a virtual council […]

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October 19, 2021 | Suzanne Pollak

Pennsylvania Man Sentenced to 12 Years for Setting Fire to Potomac Home

John Joseph Odonnell Jr. of Bensalem was sentenced to 12 years in prison for burning down a home in Potomac that he believed was the residence of the head of the CIA. On Monday, Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge Christopher Fogleman sentenced Odonnell, 35, to 30 years in prison but suspended all but 12 years. […]

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October 19, 2021 | Suzanne Pollak

Blair Alum Continues Scholarship Winning Ways

A recent graduate of Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring won a $25,000 national scholarship and was named a 2021 Davidson Fellow Scholarship winner. Timothy Qian, 18, of Rockville, was one of only 20 students to receive this honor. His project is entitled Optimal Measurement of Field Properties with Quantum Sensor Networks. He theorized […]

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October 19, 2021 | Suzanne Pollak

Albornoz: Safety and Security of MCPS Students and Staff are ‘Highest Priority’

Montgomery County Council Vice President Gabe Albornoz spoke about recent fighting during a Northwest at Seneca Valley high school football game and “other reported incidents of violence in our public schools” during a press briefing Monday. Albornoz stressed that the safety and security of everyone who attends or works at Montgomery County Public Schools “is […]

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October 18, 2021 | Michelle Queen

Halloween Happenings in the County: Haunted Houses, Forests and More

There are plenty of places in or near Montgomery County to have some spooky Halloween fun. Here’s a list of some haunted forests and houses, live theatre and movies for the scariest time of the year. Haunted Forests and Houses Field of Screams Maryland Features a hike through the Super Trail and a visit to […]

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October 18, 2021 | Joe Yasharoff

The ‘Other’ Diggs Brother is Making a Name for Himself in NFL

The Diggs family of Gaithersburg is taking over the NFL. To say Trevon Diggs is having a breakout season would be an understatement. The Dallas Cowboys’ second year cornerback from Gaithersburg is leading the NFL with seven interceptions in only six games. Diggs has had at least one interception in each game which ties an […]

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October 18, 2021 | Suzanne Pollak

Redistricting Commission Votes on Final Recommendation Wednesday

The Commission on Redistricting narrowed its choices down to three ways to divide Montgomery County into new districts as the county moves from five to seven council seats. At its Oct. 20 meeting, the commissioners will choose one map for the county council to review. The 11 members of the redistricting commission broke into three […]

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October 18, 2021 | Suzanne Pollak

Police Investigate 2 Shootings in 2 Days in Silver Spring

Montgomery County Police believe that two shootings near Downtown Silver Spring on October 16 and 17 are related. Both incidents occurred in the 8300 block of Fenton Street. A man is in critical condition following the Sunday shooting that took place at 3:20 a.m. When police arrived at the scene, they saw a 35-year-old male […]

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October 18, 2021 | Michelle Queen

Metro Experiences Massive Monday Slowdown

Metro announced Sunday only about 40 trains would be in service Monday, which is about 60% of its rail fleet. Metro removed all of its 7000-series railcars based on the investigation into last weeks Blue Line derailment. All Metrorail lines will operate every 30 minutes and all trains will have 6 cars. Metro is expecting […]

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October 17, 2021 | Suzanne Pollak

photo of two dogs at animal shelter

Settlement: Rockville’s Just Puppies Banned from Selling Dogs

Two Just Puppies pet stores must refund money to anyone who purchased a sick dog and are banned from selling dogs in the state. Just Puppies, which has locations in the Twinbrook Center on Veirs Mill Road in Rockville and Towson, agreed to a settlement with the Maryland Attorney General’s office. According to a statement […]

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