December 11, 2017 | Douglas Tallman

Council Urging Congress To Extend Immigration Programs (VIDEO)

The Montgomery County Council will urge Congress on Tuesday to extend two immigration programs that have helped county residents — Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and the Temporary Protective Status programs. The support for the programs, however, is different than the county’s desire to fight MS-13. “There are those out there, including the president of […]

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December 1, 2017 | Staff Writer

Two Others Charged in Wheaton Park Slaying

Montgomery County police have arrested a man and a woman for the death of an unidentified person found in Wheaton Regional Park, a police statement issued Friday said. Police had previously charged Miguel Angel Lopez-Abrego, 19, with murder in the slaying. Lopez-Abrego remains held without bail at the Montgomery County Detention Center, according to online […]

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November 22, 2017 | Douglas Tallman

Alleged MS-13 Member Held Without Bail for Murder

The defendant facing first-degree murder charges for killing a man then burying him in Wheaton Regional Park will remain jailed without bail after a decision by a Montgomery County District Court judge Wednesday. Miguel Angel Lopez-Abrego, a 19-year-old who is believed to be an MS-13 member, was arrested Nov. 11 near Banner Elk, North Carolina, […]

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November 22, 2017 | Staff Writer

19-Year-Old Arrested for Slaying; Body Found at Wheaton Regional Park

A 19-year-old was arrested in North Carolina in the slaying of a man whose body was discovered in September in Wheaton Regional Park, Montgomery County police said in a statement. Police said Miguel Angel Lopez-Abrego, 19, of an unconfirmed address, has been charged with the first-degree murder of the victim, whose identity has not been […]

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October 21, 2017 | Douglas Tallman

Top 10 for Oct. 13-19

Public safety news once again dominated our Top 10 stories, based on web traffic, for the past week. But we also have a football game, Montgomery County Board of Education mulling a new calendar, gubernatorial candidates and the County Council’s thoughts on the merger of two gas companies. Guidance Counselor Charged With Committing Sex Offenses […]

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October 19, 2017 | Staff Writer

Two Teenagers Arrested for Homicide; Body Found in Park

Montgomery County police have arrested two teenagers, both members of the MS-13 criminal street gang, for the homicide of a man whose body was found in a Silver Spring park last month. Jesus Ponce Flores, 18, of Takoma Park, and David Lagunes-Bolanos, 17, of Silver Spring, have been charged with first-degree murder and conspiracy to […]

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October 17, 2017 | Douglas Tallman

Manger, McCarthy Describe How They’ll Use New Anti-Gang Funding (VIDEO)

Montgomery County’s law enforcement agencies will monitor prison phone calls, scour social media posts and tap phone lines in its renewed effort to combat gang violence. State’s Attorney John McCarthy detailed the efforts Tuesday as police agencies and Montgomery County Public Schools signed a memo describing how they will use nearly $844,000 to fight a […]

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October 15, 2017 | Douglas Tallman

Top 10 for Oct. 6-12

Once again, public safety news tops our Top 10 of stories on In addition, our story on Gov. Larry Hogan’s visit to Newport Mill Middle School and their new fitness equipment also one of best-read stories of the week. Police Investigating Rape at a Bus Stop in Gaithersburg President Orders U.S. Flag to Half […]

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October 12, 2017 | Staff Writer

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Eight Alleged MS-13 Members, Including One from Silver Spring, Indicted

A federal grand jury has indicted a Silver Spring man and seven others alleging they are members of the MS-13, and from at least 2015 through September 2017, they were involved in murder, extortion and drug trafficking, according to a statement by the U.S. Attorney’s Office. The Silver Spring man is Michael Eduardo Contreras, 22, […]

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July 1, 2017 | Douglas Tallman

Youth Convicted for Orchestrating Gang Attack (VIDEO)

A 17-year-old Montgomery Village teenager was convicted Thursday for ordering assaults on two victims just because they were wearing the wrong gang colors near the Lakeforest mall, the State’s Attorney’s Office said Friday. Jose Zaldivar-Medina, who was described as a member of the violent MS-13 gang, faces 63 years in prison for the April 7, […]

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