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August 9, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

Man Pleads Guilty to 2019 ‘Gruesome Murder’ in Germantown

Lawrence Sakkestad, 35, pleaded guilty on Monday to the first-degree murder of 39-year-old Jennifer Sparks in Germantown in 2019, according to online case records. Sentencing is set for Aug. 27 and Sakkestad continues to be held without bond. In 2019, Montgomery County Police reported Sakkestad was arrested Sept. 9 and charged with first-degree murder. Officers […]

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August 4, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

After Pandemic Cancellation Last Year, Police and Residents Connect In-Person for National Night Out

Montgomery County leaders and public safety officials joined residents at neighborhood events Tuesday for National Night Out. The annual event is meant for police to connect with residents and for leaders to encourage community relationships with law enforcement. Residents could also learn about crime prevention and other safety information or about county resources like COVID-19 […]

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August 3, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

Public Safety Leaders, Police Officers Join Residents for National Night Out

Law enforcement leaders joined residents at numerous neighborhood block parties in Montgomery County for National Night Out on Tuesday. The event allows police to connect with residents and leaders to encourage community relationships with law enforcement. Residents could learn about crime prevention and how to avoid being victims of scams. Fire marshals educated residents about […]

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August 2, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

PG County Man Charged with Fatal Shooting in White Oak 

Montgomery County Police (MCPD) charged a Prince George’s County man with a July 2 shooting in White Oak that killed 25-year-old Patrick Davion Gafford, who police said met with the suspect to commit a robbery. David Johnell Eggleston Jr., 25, of Oxon Hill, is charged with first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder, armed robbery and use […]

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July 19, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

Police: Montgomery County Officers Shoot, Kill Man Following ‘Armed Standoff’ at McDonald’s

Montgomery County police officers shot and killed a man following an “armed standoff” at a McDonald’s in Gaithersburg after someone reported he was refusing to pay or move his car from the drive-thru, according to the county police department. Emergency communications received a call for a trespasser at the McDonald’s at 18273 Flower Hill Way […]

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July 12, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

Silver Spring Man Killed in Collision in Fairland, Police Say 

A Silver Spring man was killed in a collision early Monday in the Fairland area, the Montgomery County Police Department (MCPD) said.  Edwin Marcial Bonilla Sanchez, 40, was pronounced deceased at the scene, police said. Police responded at 1:46 a.m. According to MCPD, a 2007 Honda Accord and 2004 Chevrolet Express work van were both […]

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July 7, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

Elrich to Discuss Preliminary Police Audit Report at Virtual Community Meeting Wednesday

Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich will discuss a recently-released preliminary audit report of the county police department (MCPD) during a virtual community forum at 6 p.m. Wednesday. Elrich will discuss recommendations from the report, released June 30, as well as other reimagining public safety implementation updates. He commissioned the independent audit as part of the […]

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May 18, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

Jawando, Pollard Introduce Community Informed Police Training Act

Montgomery County Councilmember Will Jawando, joined by Montgomery College President Dr. DeRionne Pollard, introduced the Community Informed Police Training Act to require police to work with local academic partners on recruitment and training. The council bill would require a 30-hour training program, developed in collaboration with Montgomery College, about community services and social justice for […]

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April 15, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

Police: Suspect in Custody Following Search in Downtown Crown 

Updated (April 16): Montgomery County Police (MCPD) identified Twon Kelly, 25, as the suspect arrested for second-degree rape. MCPD said that during investigation, police found a gun under a doormat in the apartment building where police think Kelly fled. Detectives are investigating whether there is a connection between the gun and Kelly, MCPD said. More […]

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April 14, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

Gaithersburg Police Report Being Shot At While Responding to Call, MCPD Says

Updated (7 p.m.): Two officers were responding to a parking complaint for a vehicle blocking a driveway leading into the Spring Ridge Apartments, Gaithersburg Police Chief Mark Sroka said while updating reporters Wednesday evening. After making contact with the vehicle’s driver, the officers suspected they were under the influence and began investigation, Sroka said. While […]

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