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Top Headlines: A Gaithersburg Home Invasion, Attempted Robberies in Bethesda and the Fight for a Potomac Man Imprisoned in Cuba

News from around Montgomery County this week.

With websites across Montgomery County, Patch brings you news from every corner of our community. Catch up on headlines you may have missed this week: 

UPDATE: 45-Year-Old Gaithersburg Man Dead In Overnight Home Invasion

GAITHERSBURG—Gaithersburg's Cesar Smith was killed early Monday morning at an apartment complex on Whetstone Drive. Read more on Gaithersburg Patch.

Two Weekend Attempted Robberies In Downtown Bethesda Go Unreported

BETHESDA—Police say groups of men attempted to rob two victims in separate in downtown Bethesda last weekend. One of the victims received injuries. Neither of the incidents were reported to police. Read more on Bethesda Patch.

Potomac Resident Jailed in Cuba Prison For Three Years

POTOMAC—Judy Gross continues to fight for her husband Alan’s release and has sued the U.S. government for failing to protect him. Read more on Potomac Patch.

Student Arrested With a Gun at Magruder High School

ROCKVILLE—A 17-year-old boy arrested Thursday at Col. Zadok Magruder High School was found to be carrying an unloaded handgun, Montgomery County police said. Read more on Rockville Patch.

Missing Man Found Dead in Trunk Near Shady Grove Metro

DERWOOD—Maryland State Police are investigating the apparent murder of a missing Frederick County man whose body was found Monday in the trunk of his car parked in a Montgomery County lot. Read more on Gaithersburg Patch.

Man Dies After Being Run Down By Car In Gaithersburg

GAITHERSBURG—A 34-year-old man was killed early Wednesday morning after being struck by a vehicle in Gaithersburg. Montgomery County police are investigating the death as a homicide. Read more on Gaithersburg Patch.

PHOTOS: Fire Officials Provide New Details on Rockville Civic Center Playground Arson

ROCKVILLE—An arson fire that destroyed playground equipment at Rockville Civic Center Park on Thanksgiving eve caused an estimated $160,000 in damage, county fire investigators said Thursday. Read more on Rockville Patch.

Nonprofits Plan to Reforest Long Branch with Grant Money

SILVER SPRING—A collection of nonprofits plan to reforest a section of the Long Branch area of Silver Spring with the hopes of helping the Chesapeake Bay (the area is a sub-watershed of the water body), improving overall quality of life for residents and, possibly, reducing crime. Read more on Silver Spring Patch.

Tainted Trader Joe's Chicken Dinner Recalled

COLESVILLE—Four Trader Joe's locations in Montgomery County may have received frozen chicken dinners tainted with bacteria that cause listeriosis, a virus that produces flu-like symptoms, the USDA announced. Nearly 5,000 pounds of the imported product were recalled by Canada's food inspection agency. Read more on Colesville Patch. 

Wheaton Costco Gas Station Hearing Scheduled for March

WHEATON--Opponents of the proposed Costco gas station at Westfield Wheaton have written two letters to the Board of Appeals for Montgomery County, requesting a delay of the scheduled March hearing for Costco's new special exception application. Read more on Wheaton Patch.

Unclaimed $10K Powerball Ticket Sold in Germantown
GERMANTOWN—A Powerball ticket worth $10,000 was purchased at a convenience store in Germantown and has not yet been claimed. Maryland Lottery officials said the ticket was the only third-tier winner in Montgomery County. Read more on Germantown Patch.

CHEVY CHASE, DC—Gourmands and meat lovers, rejoice. Range—celebrity chef Bryan Voltaggio's newest restaurant—is set to open in the newly renovated Chevy Chase Pavilion on Tuesday, Dec. 18. Read more on Chevy Chase Patch.

Attman's Deli Plans May Opening In Potomac

POTOMAC—The people asked, and the Attman family answered—a second location of Baltimore’s famed Attman’s Deli will open in May at the Cabin John Shopping Center in Potomac. Read more on Potomac Patch.

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