July 9, 2021 | Suzanne Pollak

Number of Homicides in County Already Near Total for all of Last Year

Like much of the country, an uptick in gun violence threatens public safety in Montgomery County. According to Montgomery County Assistant Chief Dinesh Patil, there already have been 16 confirmed homicides in the county in 2021. It may increase to 17 pending results from a  medical examiner about an incident last week. And it’s only […]

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June 21, 2021 | Suzanne Pollak

New Law Named After Raskin’s Son Provides Call-In Program for People Experiencing Mental Health Issues

Beginning July 1, people experiencing mental health issues can opt into a friendly call-in program to receive regular wellness calls or texts under a new Maryland law named in memory of the the son of U.S. Rep. Jamie Raskin, who died from suicide. The Thomas Bloom Raskin Act, which was signed into law April 13 […]

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April 16, 2021 | Suzanne Pollak

Riemer Calls for Investigation of Silver Spring Man Found Hanging from Tree in 1986

Montgomery County Councilman Hans Riemer is calling for an independent investigation of the death of Keith Warren, who in 1986 was found dead, hanging from a tree in a wooded area near his Silver Spring home. His death was ruled a suicide. In an April 14 letter to County Executive Marc Elrich, Riemer said an […]

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January 6, 2021 | Suzanne Pollak

Tommy Raskin’s Death Raises Familiar, Painful Questions About Mental Health

Tommy Raskin’s death by suicide on New Year’s Eve touched many people and raised questions of why a young man who seemed to have such a bright future ahead of him could succumb to depression. Raskin, the son of U.S. Rep. Jamie and Sarah Bloom Raskin, was only 25. According to the Centers for Disease […]

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September 11, 2020 | Suzanne Pollak

Suicide Mortality Rate is Higher in Montgomery County Than Rest of Maryland, U.S.

During September, National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services’ Behavioral Health and Crisis Services is posting daily messages on Twitter and Facebook to bring more awareness about what resources the county has to offer. Between July 1 and Aug. 15, nearly 400 county residents went to the emergency […]

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September 9, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

Deaths of Divorced Silver Spring Residents Ruled Murder-Suicide

The deaths of two elderly Silver Spring residents last week have been ruled a homicide and suicide.  Last Thursday, Sept. 3 Montgomery County Police Department (MCPD) officers found Donna Lewis, 70, and Arnold Ringgold, 71, deceased in their home. According to a police statement a family member had gone to their home and called 911 […]

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June 12, 2020 | Samantha Subin

Albornoz Addresses Need for Mental Health Resources Following Three Recent Student Deaths

Councilmember Gabe Albornoz addressed the need for improved mental health services following the news that three Montgomery County Public School students died by suicide in the last two weeks. “…[W]e know the social-emotional impact of the pandemic, and what students are facing right now is crushing,” said Gabe Albornoz during a joint meeting Thursday with […]

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October 19, 2019 | Douglas Tallman

Police, Family, Friends Remember Officer Bomba

In a Gaithersburg church where an estimated 1,000 mourners came to give their respects to Officer Thomas “T.J.” Bomba, the delicate subject of suicide was never far from the lips of the service’s speakers. Bomba, who took his life Monday in a Silver Spring parking garage, still suffered from a strep infection that nearly killed him […]

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October 15, 2019 | Deirdre Byrne

Montgomery County Police Officer’s Death Ruled Suicide

Montgomery County Police Department released a statement Tuesday evening, stating Officer Thomas J. Bomba’s death has been ruled a suicide. On Monday morning, police were dispatched to a parking garage located at Ellsworth Drive and Fenton Street in Silver Spring after reports that Bomba, 37, encountered “disorderly” subjects on the top floor. When police arrived at the […]

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March 26, 2019 | Deirdre Byrne

Police Officer Honored for Preventing Suicide in Wheaton

Officer Emily Zupancic was honored for saving a man who was trying to kill himself at his home in Wheaton. Zupancic responded to a call on March 6, 2018 from the man’s wife, who said that her husband was in their home trying to kill himself; she indicated he had a large knife. Upon arriving […]

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