Friday, May 24, 2013
Victim demands departure of swim officials who failed to report the abuse, The New York Times reports.
Hall of Fame swim coach Rick Curl was sentenced Thursday to 7 years in prison for sexually abusing one of his swimmers in the 1980s, according to several news accounts. On Thursday, Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge Mariesla A. Bernard sentenced Curl to the maximum 15 years, but suspended all but 7, The Baltimore Sun reports. The New York Times is reporting that the victim is now demanding the departure of three USA Swimming leaders whom she claims knew about the abuse but failed to act. Kelley Currin, 43, said the abuse happened when she was 13. She swam for the Curl-Burke Swim Club (now known as Nation's Capital Swim Club)—a club known for training Olympic athletes, The Washington Post reports. Currin said three men knew about the …
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Police: Runner's injuries may be life threatening
A jogger was seriously injured after being hit by an unoccupied school bus in Rockville on Tuesday, Montgomery County police said. Police said Jason Alexander Estabrook, 42, of Point of Rocks, was running along Shady Grove Road at around 2:30 p.m. when he was hit by a bus at the intersection of Darnestown Road. Police said Estabrook's inuries were "possibly life-threatening." The driver, Tugjnyam Bavaa, 58, of Rockville, was not injured. Montgomery County Public Schools spokesman Dana Tofig said the driver had just finished his route from Wootton High School and was heading to pick up students at Frost Middle School.
First District station will move into its new digs Wednesday at the county's public safety headquarters in Gaithersburg.
As of 3 p.m. Wednesday, officers from Montgomery County police department's 1st District will no longer be working from Rockville. Thereafter, The police district—which includes parts of Rockville and the rural parts of Northwest Montgomery County—will move into the county's public safety headquarters at 100 Edison Park Drive in Gaithersburg. Police made the announcement Friday on its official blog. Police said there would be no disruption to police services. All station telephone numbers would remain the same. The old 1st District headquarters was at 1451 Seven Locks Road.
Monday, May 20, 2013
Grace period in place at city’s ninth red light camera location.
The city of Rockville installed its ninth red light camera but it won’t start issuing citations until June, city officials announced last week. The new camera went up at Seven Locks and Fortune Terrace. The grace period ends June 14. The city’s red light cameras record drivers who run red lights or improperly turn right on red. Violators face a $75 fine but are not assigned points on their driving records. Here are the locations of the current red light cameras in Rockville:
The following incident information was provided by Montgomery County Police. Arrests do not indicate convictions.
Police said a person near North Bethesda was swindled out of a substantial amount of money in a fraud scheme reported May 3, 2013 in the 12000 block of Rockville Pike. Police said a male and a female claimed they found some money and offered to split it with the alleged victim. But they asked the person to put up some money in order to prove “trustworthy—then made off with the person’s contribution, police said. A police spokeswoman was unable to disclose how much money was involved. Description: Police said the male was black, between 50 and 60 years old, with a salt-and pepper hair, a mustache and a beard. The woman was a black female between 25 and 35 years old, weighing 130 pounds and was wearing a ponytail, a sleeveless shirt and tan …
The following incidents were supplied by Rockville City Police. Arrests do not indicate convictions.
Police said a female was assaulted and robbed in the unit block of Pines Court as she exited her car on the night of May 9. Police said the female was getting a bag out of her vehicle at around 8:30 p.m., when a male reached from behind her and grabbed it. The bag contained her purse, money from her business and credit cards. There was a struggle for the bag and someone hit the female, took the bag and left the scene. Police said two males were involved but did not provide a detailed description of them. In other police news: Arrests 2100 block of Wootton Parkway—a 16-year-old boy was arrested on charges of opium possession and drug paraphernalia and May 6 at 10:58 a.m. 5800 block of Halpine Road—a 66-year-old man was arrested on charges…
Sunday, May 19, 2013
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Sunday, May 19
By Patch Staff It was a big news week in Maryland last week, with a visit by the first lady, a commuter nightmare in Montgomery and a heads up for a sixth casino in the state. All the headlines from 48 Patch sites across Maryland: Berliner Calls for Better Electricity Service with 'Utility 2.0' Montgomery County Council Member Roger Berliner asked the Maryland Public Service Commission to require that substantial changes be made to electricity services in the state. Meanwhile, Pepco is asking for permission to raise rates. Michelle Obama to Bowie State Grads: It's Time to Feel Hungry Again In a speech rich with historical references, the first lady reminded the BSU class of 2013 why education is important. Report: Quince Orchard Students…
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
MCFRS: Concrete solvent caused the odor and was not considered a safety hazard
Reports of an odd smell near Town Center spurred the evacuation of a building and temporarily shut down Rockville Pike on Tuesday morning. Montgomery County Fire & Rescue officials said that concrete solvent caused the odor and determined it wasn’t a safety hazard. A building in the 100 block of Rockville Pike was evacuated at around 9:30 a.m. due to reports of a “chemical odor.” Two people were taken to the hospital for check-ups. The road was closed to accommodate fire trucks and equipment, a Fire and Rescue Service spokesman told Patch.
Using red light and speed cameras, targeted stings and other methods, police departments and municipalities hope to prevent pedestrian-related accidents, after a number of fatalities.
Pedestrian-related accidents have seen an unfortunate increase recently, particularly in Montgomery County. There have been 14 pedestrian accidents just this year, five of which resulted in fatalities. There was even one incident in Bethesda where a car struck an infant in a stroller being pushed across a crosswalk. “We, the parents of students attending Bethesda Elementary School, are horrified by the number of traffic accidents and near-accidents in and around downtown Bethesda,” said an online petition launched by Bethesda elementary school parents. “The safety of this walkable haven is at risk.” While there haven’t been as many pedestrian-related deaths in Prince George’s County this year, College Park officials recognize that …
Since 2011, 25 people in the two counties have died in pedestrian accidents. Here is more information on when and where each of these accidents occurred.