Wednesday, May 15, 2013
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 …
Monday, May 6, 2013
Supporters of organized labor say the Montgomery County Democratic Central Committee took the wrong position on a controversial measure to limit collective bargaining for local police.
The drama and protest surrounding a two-year-old Montgomery County law that inhibits the power of county police leaders to negotiate decisions that affect rank-and-file officers seem ceaseless. Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Maryland Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown (D) are joining labor unions in a protest and picketing of the Montgomery County Democratic Central Committee's Spring Ball on May 11. The unions are upset with the committee's decision to support Question B last November, which put the county law on 2012's ballot for voters to decide. (The law was affirmed, easily.) Brown, a native of Prince George's County, is expected to announce his candidacy for governor May 10. "The committee took this position despite being asked to remain neutral …
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Eleven police stations throughout the county will participate in the national Drug Take Back Day.
For the sixth year in a row, 11 state, county and city police stations in Montgomery County will participate in the national initiative to properly dispose of leftover prescriptions. Saturday, April 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., drop your old prescriptions off at all six Montgomery County police district stations plus municipal police stations in Chevy Chase, Gaithersburg, Rockville and Takoma Park and a state police station in the county. Illegal drugs and needles are not accepted. Drop-offs are anonymous. Here are the addresses: If you can't or don't want to take old medicines to the police, the division of solid waste services offers the following tips for disposing of them:
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
The husband claimed his wife was a live-in aide, police say
A husband and wife living near Leisure World in Silver Spring have been charged with committing fraud in order to qualify for housing assistance, according to a statement by Montgomery County police Tuesday. Isiah Ben’ Israel, 48, who was receiving low-income housing assistance from the Housing Opportunities Commission, allegedly submitted paperwork to the HOC last year, claiming that an aide now lived in his home in the 2800 block of Clear Shot Drive in Silver Spring. The live-in aide turned out to be his wife, Chiquita Anita Ben’ Israel, using her maiden name in the paperwork, police said. Iinvestigators said they determined that Chiquita Anita Ben’ Israel, 53, works for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and earns a salary that makes …
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
The following crime data was supplied by Montgomery County police. Arrests do not indicate conviction. This is not an all-encompassing account. Please click map markers—color-coded by district—for incident details.
Editor's note: The Montgomery County Police Department did not supply data for the department's 1st District for the period of Feb. 28 through March 5.
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Police said a transgendered individual and a friend were beat up in downtown Silver Spring by a group of students.
Hate crime charges are pending on three men who are accused of beating and kicking a transgendered person and a friend, according to a report from Montgomery County police's 3rd District. The victim told police that he and a friend were followed by a group of four people while walking near the intersection of Colesville Road and Ramsey Avenue in downtown Silver Spring around 2:35 p.m. on Tuesday, March 5. The suspects made comments about the victims' sexuality before assaulting the two, according to police. The suspects ran away when a bystander tried to help the victims, police said. Preliminary charges include three counts of assault and two counts of discriminatory harassment. A 21-year-old male from Baltimore and two men from …
A bicyclist's death this week marked the fifth fatal collision in the eastern and middle areas of Montgomery County since late January.
A 23-year-old man died after a car struck his bicycle in downtown Silver Spring Sunday, the latest casualty in a series of collisions that have unsettled Montgomery County residents. Since Jan. 22, four pedestrians — and now a cyclist — have died in Silver Spring and Aspen Hill. Three were killed while crossing the road, another while she stood on the sidewalk. At least two others were injured. One did not appear to have major injuries, but another went to the hospital in serious condition. Ken Silverman, an analyst for Montgomery County Council President Nancy Navarro, has created a map showing the locations of five of these collisions. Silverman says that Montgomery County police should "aggressively ticket drivers who speed or fail to …
Thursday, March 7, 2013
Police: Woman was barricaded in a nearby home.
Update, 6:52 p.m.: Police confirm that the suicidal subject is in police custody. Despite original reports that the subject was a man, a woman is being taken to a local hospital for evaluation, said Officer Britta Thomas, spokesperson for Montgomery County police. The police monitoring ended peacefully and no one was injured. It's not clear whether criminal charges are pending. Original story, 1:48 p.m.: Two Silver Spring schools took security precautions Thursday afternoon as Montgomery County police monitored a suicidal man barricaded inside a nearby home. Sligo Creek Elementary and Silver Spring International Middle Schools are in "Shelter in Place," which means that no one comes in or out of the building until the measure is lifted, …
Monday, February 11, 2013
The following arrest information was supplied by the Montgomery County Police Department. It does not indicate a conviction. This is not an all-encompassing list. Please click map markers, color coded by police district, for incident details.
Saturday, February 9, 2013
A 14-year-old is facing charges as an adult.
A 14-year-old male has been arrested and charged in the death of his 7-month-old sister. The 14-year-old, of the White Oak neighborhood of Silver Spring, has been jailed and charged as an adult with first-degree murder, according to a Montgomery County Police report. Police said the teen was babysitting his sister when he beat and suffocated the child. Police and fire rescue personnel responded to calls of a pediatric injury just before 6:30 a.m. Friday. As officers arrived on the scene, the 7-month-old girl of Lockwood Drive in White Oak, was being transported to Holy Cross Hospital, where she died of her injuries at 6:54 a.m., police said. According to the police report, the baby's mother had left the home to go to work around 10:30 p.m…