Tuesday, November 27, 2012
In two scamming incidents, victims transferred $2,000 to a scammer, police said.
The scammers are back in Chevy Chase, and this time, they're pretending to be your grandchildren. Approximately five Friendship Heights residents have been contacted on the telephone since mid-October by someone pretending to be a grandchild and asking for money, according to Montgomery County police. The scammer claims to have been arrested or involved in an accident in Mexico or Canada, asks that money be deposited into a bank account and provides the bank account's number. The scammer also asks that his or her parents are not informed, police reported. In two of the incidents, victims transferred $2,000 to a scammer, police added. Police warned residents to be on their guard: "Obtain a telephone number from the caller, and tell the …
The opportunity for robberies, burglaries and thefts from vehicles increase during the holidays, police say.
As holidays approach, Montgomery County police warn residents to be extra vigilant for robberies, burglaries and thefts from vehicles. According to a police statement, the opportunity for these incidents increase during the holidays. In addition to the police department’s yearly “Shop with a Cop” campaign, Montgomery County police have released the following safety tips: When shopping: When out walking: At home:
Monday, November 26, 2012
Gaithersburg and Montgomery County Police Departments conducted a two day “Holiday Safety” initiative at Lakeforest Mall.
Plain clothed officers from Gaithersburg and Montgomery County police departments arrested 13 people during a two day "Holiday Safety" intitative at Lakeforest Mall, police said Monday afternoon. The initiative, conducted on Nov. 23 and 24 in partnership with mall security, resulted in four people being charged with misdemeaner thefts, three charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance paraphernalia, one charged with possession of alcohol, two had outstanding warrants for failure to appear in court, and three were charged with possession with intent to distribute a controlled dangerous substance. “We appreciate the efforts and support of the Gaithersburg police and the Montgomery County police departments during the busy …
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Arrests reported do not imply guilty.
Takoma Park Police responded to a variety of crimes for the week of Nov. 10.
Friday, November 9, 2012
These are the crimes and arrests reported in the City of Takoma Park from Nov. 2 to Nov. 8, 2012. Crime wasn’t reported in Ward 1 to 3.
Ward 4: 100 block. of Ritchie Avenue: Officers responded to an attempted theft on Nov. 5 at 8:32 a.m. There was an attempted robbery and unknown suspect(s) attempted to steal the victim’s bicycle by cutting the lock. It was unsuccessful. 100 block of Lee Avenue: On Friday, Nov. 2 at 11 p.m. officers responded to an auto theft that occurred. An unknown suspect(s) stole a green 1999 Dodge Caravan when it was left running. The vehicle was left unlocked and unattended in a parking lot. Ward 5: 8500 block of Flower Avenue: On Friday, Nov. 2 at 2:15 p.m. an 18-year-old woman was arrested for theft under $1000 and released. She stole property from a female victim, according to police. Ward 6: 7400 block of New Hampshire Avenue: A 20-year-old…
Thursday, November 8, 2012
County police and fire/rescue personnel return from week helping Sandy victims in New York, where the situation was described as "Katrina-esque."
On Tuesday afternoon, while Montgomery County and the rest of the nation were paying attention to Election Day, 80 Montgomery County fire/rescue and police personnel unceremoniously returned home from spending an exhausting week assisting Hurricane Sandy victims in New York. The Maryland Task Force 1, made up of local medical workers, rescue experts, engineers and dog handlers with search canines, was assembled Sunday afternoon, Oct. 28, and dispatched to Fort Dix, NJ, to await orders, according to Montgomery County Assistant Chief Scott Graham. From there it was a long week of search and rescue and humanitarian relief that Graham says was similar to the situation in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. “I’ve been on the task force since …
Thursday, October 18, 2012
The award was among $6.3 million given to Maryland's state and local governments by the U.S. Department of Justice.
Montgomery County has been awarded $159,701 in federal funding earmarked for violent crime reduction and other public safety activities, Sens. Barbara Mikulski and Ben Cardin announced Thursday. The U.S. Department of Justice grant is one in a $6.3 million bundle given to the state, county, and local governments of Maryland. The county's share will be used to install a system that can deliver video intelligence wirelessly to commanders and operational personnel in an emergency and to develop the capability to share that data with other law enforcement agencies. The grant funding is based on a formula of population and violent crime statistics. Money from the program is used to pay for law enforcement, prosecutions, education, drug …
Monday, October 1, 2012
The newly renovated Montgomery County public safety headquarters revealed.
After two years and more than $20 million in renovations, Montgomery County police have almost fully moved into the new public safety headquarters at 100 Edison Park Dr., a building formerly occupied by the National Geographic Society headquarters. The $108.5-million headquarters project brings the Montgomery County Police Department headquarters, the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service, the Montgomery County Office of Homeland Security, the First District Police Station and parts of the transportation department under one 408,000-square-foot roof. The building also houses the police crime lab and the forensic division on the top floor in a state-of-the-art facility. From traditional finger printing to full DNA analysis, Montgomery …
Thursday, August 23, 2012
The beltway and other high traffic roads will see an increase in trooper presence this weekend.
Maryland State Police will be on the roads in full force this weekend, targeting potential crashes before they happen. If you’re planning a last-minute getaway before Montgomery County heads back to school, be aware that 22 Maryland State Police Department barracks will be alert and looking for aggressive driving, speeding, distracted or impaired drivers and seat belt violations. The effort comes in response to an increase in traffic fatalities. Traffic-related deaths are up 13.5 percent across the country for the first quarter of 2012, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In Maryland, there was an increase of 6 percent, according a Maryland State Police release. From Jan. 1, 2012, to July 23, 2012, there were…
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Potomac River rescue teams train to save lives.
When Montgomery County Fire and Rescue services make a Potomac River water rescue, it's usually to help someone on land. Signs near the C&O Canal park entrance at Angler’s Inn mark the Billy Goat trail as one of the most strenuous in the area, but each year warnings are ignored by visitors making it the most prevalent reason Montgomery County’s firefighters are called for water rescues. According to the National Park Service, the first section of the trail “marked with blue colored blazes on trees and rocks, is a 1.7-mile trail over extremely difficult and dangerous terrain.” Inexperienced or unfit hikers are urged to chose a different trail. Still, not everyone heeds these warnings. “We’ve seen everything from 80-year-old grandmothers to …