Tuesday, May 21, 2013
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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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.
Citations dropped by more than 50 percent at some Rockville intersections in less than a year.
While not necessarily the most popular new traffic safety measure among those ticketed, the red light camera initiative in Rockville has produced an impressive drop in violations at the city’s busiest intersections, according to Rockville Police Chief T.N. Treschuk. “With anything like this, there are going to be mixed reviews,” said Treschuk. “Obviously, the people who receive the tickets aren’t happy, but the people who see those drivers run red lights are happy to see them get caught.” As of May 7, there were five fatal pedestrian-related incidents in Montgomery County. Rockville's red light cameras are aimed at changing poor driving practices, such as running red lights and improper right-on-red turns, thatcontribute to pedestrian …
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Metro suspended rail service between Takoma and Forest Glen stations Tuesday evening.
Update Service is back to normal at the Silver Spring Metro station, Metro announced via Twitter at 10:40 p.m. Tuesday. Original post A fire on the tracks that sent billowing smoke over downtown Silver Spring forced the evacuation of the Silver Spring Metro station at the peak of Tuesday evening’s rush hour. No one was injured as firefighters brought the fire under a Red Line train under control quickly, said Assistant Chief Scott Graham, a spokesman for the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service. NBC4 video from the scene showed thick white smoke after the fire was extinguished. The fire was in electrical insulation and connectors on the tracks, Graham said. Red Line service was suspended between the Takoma and Forest Glen stations, …