Top Headlines: County Rescue Personnel Return from Sandy, Bethesda Police Station Deal Fizzles
A roundup of the top headlines in Montgomery County this past week.
POTOMAC — County police and fire/rescue personnel returned from an exhausting week helping Sandy victims in New York, where the situation was described as "Katrina-esque." Read more on Potomac Patch.
BETHESDA — Developer JBG has backed out of a deal to build a new second district police station in Bethesda as part of a larger residential project on Cordell Avenue. JBG apparently will move forward with a modified residential project, albeit without the police station. The county is exploring other options for upgrading, renovating or moving the aging station. Read more on Bethesda Patch.
POTOMAC — Potomac drivers experiencing the long traffic lines on River Road Thursday morning maybe have been mollified, or further annoyed, to learn that the traffic was because British actress Judi Dench was in town filming a BBC production. Read more on Potomac Patch.
ROCKVILLE — Police believe a suspect wanted for a Sept. 27 carjacking in Rockville is the same person wanted for an Oct. 11 robbery in Alexandria, VA. Montgomery County police are asking for the public’s help to identify the suspect, seen in a surveillance video posted to YouTube by the Alexandria Police Department. Read more on Rockville Patch.
GAITHERSBURG — A Gaithersburg woman who was struck by a vehicle Monday night on Muddy Branch Road near Suffield Drive has died, police said. Read the full story on Gaithersburg Patch.
WHEATON — A jury found that Carlos Jose Trejo Ruiz was responsible for distributing at least 280 grams of crack cocaine and at least 5 kilograms of powder cocaine. Read more on Wheaton Patch.
GERMANTOWN — Students, community leaders and loved ones of the late Christina Morris-Ward held a vigil at Seneca Valley High School last week. Morris-Ward, 15, was struck and killed by a car as she walked to school Halloween morning. "I miss her a lot and I wish she could be with me. But there's a lot of things that we don't understand, and death is one of them. I wish I could have just hugged her before she left, but I couldn't," said her friend and classmate Ramatu Kembe. Read the full story at Germantown Patch.
MONTGOMERY VILLAGE — A man wearing a ski mask and brandishing a handgun robbed a Montgomery Village gas station Monday night, according to police. Read more on Montgomery Village Patch.
SILVER SPRING — The line to be the first to enter H&M's newest DC-area store in downtown Silver Spring began at 6:30 a.m. on a cold Thursday morning. Jonice Childs, 24, commuted from Washington, DC, to be first in line for the store's grand opening, which began at noon and promised the first 100 shoppers special prizes and gift cards. The store is the third in Montgomery County, with other locations in North Bethesda and Wheaton. Read more on Silver Spring Patch.
TAKOMA PARK — Thousands of voters turned out in Montgomery County to help re-elect President Obama and pass a series of controversial voter initiatives. Read more about Election Day in Montgomery County on Takoma Park Patch. And, see how Montgomery County voted on major issues, including the presidential election, Montgomery County Board of Education, Dream Act and same-sex marriage.
CHEVY CHASE — A little lighthouse that spent weeks on display in front of Bloomingdale’s in Chevy Chase this past spring now belongs to the children living in Bethesda's Greentree Shelter, thanks to a donation by Town of Somerset Mayor Jeffrey Slavin. Read more on Chevy Chase Patch.