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.
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
District Heights man was found guilty of running a prostitution ring from a Rockville Pike hotel.
UPDATED—The so-called "Pimp on the Pike" was sentenced to 20 years and six months, with 10 years suspended, for drug offenses and for running a prostitution ring out of a Rockville Pike hotel, the Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office announced. Nashon Kornegay, 32, was sentenced Wednesday in Montgomery County Circuit Court by Judge Ronald Rubin. In January, a jury convicted Kornegay of human trafficking and benefiting from human trafficking, prostitution, and attempting to distribute a controlled dangerous substance. He was arrested in March 2012 after police staged a “two-girl date” at Hilton hotel, according to court records. Escorts advertised on BackPage.com were paid to have sex at Hilton hotel and gave the money to Kornegay, …
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Hit-and-run reported last week at Rockville Pike, at Cedar Lane.
BETHESDA—A hit-and-run on Rockville Pike knocked a female pedestrian unconscious last week. Police said Michelle Eyre De Sam, 35, of Bethesda, was hospitalized with serious injuries but is expected to survive, Montgomery County police said Wednesday. De Sam was struck by a vehicle as she crossed Rockville Pike at Cedar Lane at around 9:30 p.m. Friday, April 19, police said. Another driver found her lying in the road. Police have asked anyone with information about the hit-and-run to call 301-279-8000, or (to remain anonymous) 1-866-411-TIPS.
Monday, April 22, 2013
Bus “plowed” through vehicles stopped at red light, WUSA9 reports
(UPDATED 9 a.m. Tuesday) A Ride-On Bus was involved in a 12-vehicle crash at Nicholson Lane, near Rockville Pike, a Montgomery County Police spokeswoman confirmed. The crash occurred at around 1:40 p.m. Monday, Officer Janelle Smith told Patch. According to what observers told WUSA9, the bus “plowed” through cars stopped at a red light at that intersection either because the brakes failed or because “the bus driver wasn’t paying attention”—details police were unable to corroborate when reached Monday. Smith said several people were treated for minor injuries and that police were still investigating what caused the crash. --- EDITOR'S NOTE: This story has been updated since it was originally published on Monday, April 22 to correct an error…
Sunday, April 21, 2013
Parts of Rockville Pike to avoid Sunday morning.
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Organizers: Plan ahead if you have to travel anywhere near the Kaiser Permanente Pike’s Peek 10K race route
Portions of Rockville Pike will be closed from 7 to 9:30 a.m. Sunday, to accommodate runners in the Kaiser Permanente Pike’s Peek 10K race. According to organizers: The race begins at Shady Grove Metro and ends at White Flint Mall and attracts more than 3,000 entrants. More information about the raise is available at the event’s website.
Pike’s Peek 10K race is Sunday down Rockville Pike. Police said heightened security was precautionary; there were no indication of threats.
There will be a stronger police presence at Pike’s Peek 10K in Rockville on Sunday, a race day that falls almost a week after explosions killed three people and caused mass injuries at the Boston Marathon. Montgomery County Police Cpt. Paul Starks said more police resources would be on hand, including police dogs that could detect explosives. Starks said police had no indication of possible threats to the local event. “But in light of recent events, we’re taking extra precautions and are asking the public to help in that effort,” Starks said. Police are urging people to avoid leaving packages and bags unattended and reminded people to call police if they see suspicious behavior. As in past years, county police would be working with …
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
The planning board will once again take up a bus rapid transit concept, including a proposal to dedicate Rockville Pike travel lanes for the high-speed buses.
The Montgomery County Planning Board will decide Thursday whether to advance a proposal for a 79-mile, 10-route bus rapid transit system into the public hearing stage. As a part of the proposal, Montgomery County planners are recommending that two travel lanes of Rockville Pike from the Capital Beltway to Western Avenue be re-purposed as dedicated rapid transit bus lanes. Planners say the rapid transit route would draw high ridership, but drivers could see their afternoon rush trip increase by nearly six minutes from Western Avenue to Cedar Lane by 2040. Recommendations for corridors across the county vary from buses driving in mixed traffic to developing new busways separated from traffic. Planners are also recommending taking out travel …
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Taking out two travel lanes from the Beltway to Western Avenue could add six minutes of travel time on the stretch for motorists by 2040.
Montgomery County planners are recommending that two travel lanes of Rockville Pike from the Capital Beltway to Western Avenue be re-purposed as dedicated rapid transit bus lanes. Planners say the rapid transit route would draw high ridership, but drivers could see their afternoon rush trip increase by nearly six minutes from Western Avenue to Cedar Lane by 2040. The recommendation is part of a staff draft of a Countywide Transit Corridors Functional Master Plan presented to the Montgomery County Planning Board Monday evening. The master plan includes a proposal for a 79-mile bus rapid transit system using 10 routes across the county. The draft will undergo an extensive public hearing process before it’s submitted to the Montgomery County …
Friday, March 15, 2013
The Saturday street closure was posponed due to inclement weather.
(Updated 5:34 p.m.) City officials have postpoed a planned street closure on a portion of Monroe Place on Saturday, due to pending inclement weather, city officials announced Friday. (Original) Part of Monroe Place will be shut down Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. City officials said the westbound lane, from Monroe Street to Rockville Pike, will be closed. Parking is prohibited through 9 a.m. Sunday. Assistant City Manager Jennifer Kimball said the closure was needed in order to accommodate a construction crane that would be placing equipment on a roof at 51 Monroe Place. “That street gets quite a lot of traffic on a weekday so our Public Works Department required that the work and closure happen on the weekend,” Kimball said. Detour signs…