June 29, 2020 | Jordan Lindsay

County Health Officials Continue to Stress Importance of Face Coverings

The county has entered Phase 2 re-opening and local health officials are reminding residents about the importance of wearing face coverings. According to the CDC, a face covering is any paper or cloth (like a bandana or scarf) that is well-secured and covers your nose and mouth.  Montgomery County released a Health Directive that emphasizes where face coverings […]

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June 29, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

Five Things to Know for June 29 in Montgomery County

Today is Monday, June 29, and here are five things to know in Montgomery County. 1. Playgrounds Begin Reopening: Montgomery Parks will begin gradually reopening playgrounds today. Parks reminds residents to wear a face covering, stay six feet apart, and clean your hands before and after using playground equipment. Beginning Monday, June 29, we begin […]

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June 27, 2020 | Andrea Sarralde

MCPS Investiga Múltiples Incidentes de Presunta Agresión Sexual

El Superintendente de las Escuelas Públicas del Condado de Montgomery (MCPS), Dr. Jack Smith, envió un mensaje el viernes, reconociendo que ha comenzado una investigación sobre múltiples incidentes de presunta agresión sexual que involucran a estudiantes. Los estudiantes de varias escuelas secundarias de MCPS se comunicaron con el distrito, los directores y administradores de la […]

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June 26, 2020 | Deirdre Byrne

Elrich: Outside Consultant Will Help Montgomery County Reimagine Policing

County Executive Marc Elrich announced at a news conference Thursday that Montgomery County will hire an outside consultant to conduct a full review of the police department. Elrich says the consultant will serve as an independent task force that could launch as soon as Aug. 1 and will do a “top to bottom review” of […]

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June 26, 2020 | Suzanne Pollak

MCPS Investigating Multiple Incidents of Alleged Sexual Assault

Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) Superintendent Dr. Jack Smith sent out a community message Friday acknowledging that an investigation has begun concerning multiple incidents of alleged sexual assault involving students. Students from several different MCPS high schools contacted the district, school principals and administrators “to make us aware of allegations of sexual assault that potentially […]

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June 26, 2020 | Suzanne Pollak

Race-Based Vandalism Discovered at Elementary School in Clarksburg

Race-based words of hate were spray painted on a sidewalk and the roof by Wilson Wims Elementary School in Clarksburg, according to Montgomery County Police Department. According to Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department Fifth District Investigative Section, the two acts of vandalism occurred between June 17 and 18. On June 18, a school […]

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June 24, 2020 | Suzanne Pollak

Over 200 Apply for New Police Advisory Commission

Twenty five times as many people applied to be on the newly-created Police Advisory Commission as will be chosen. 219 people applied to sit on the commission, according to Council Vice President Tom Hucker. Council members will choose nine people from the large pool of applicants. The goal of the commission is to improve the […]

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June 24, 2020 | Alex Argiris

Report Breaks Down Time Spent by MCPD Officers on Violent Crime

Police officers in Montgomery spent about 4% of their time responding to calls for violent crime, according to recent data. The New York Times recently conducted a review of wide-ranging data from three police departments across the country. Montgomery County was one of the departments reviewed and the numbers indicate a surprising trend. About 50% […]

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June 23, 2020 | Suzanne Pollak

Council Considers Hiring Behavioral Health Professionals To Serve With Police

To alleviate pressures on Montgomery County police officers, members of the county council took the first steps to hire six behavioral health professionals who would assist police on calls that deal with substance abuse and homelessness. The council introduced legislation on June 23 to allocated $592,202 for the six new employees. A public hearing is […]

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June 22, 2020 | Suzanne Pollak

Silver Spring Man Charged with Firearm Possssion

A Silver Spring man was arrested and charged with firearm-related offenses on June 10. Officers from the Montgomery County Department of Police – Alcohol Initiatives Unit have charged Frederick Bangura, 21, with possession of a loaded handgun in a vehicle and possession of a firearm by a prohibited person. While on patrol at 12:53 a.m. […]

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