Man receives pair of life sentences for rape on Red Line Metro train

ROCKVILLE – Circuit Court Judge Cheryl A. McCally on Friday sentenced a man who was convicted of raping a woman on a Metro train to life in prison.

John Prentice Hicks, 41, will serve two consecutive life sentences in prison after a jury convicted him for raping a woman on the Red Line and ordering her at knife point to perform fellatio on him in April 2016.

The victim asked McCally to give Hicks the maximum sentence so he would not get out on parole.

“He already had other victims,” she said to McCally. “Let me be his last.”


MCPS elementary school lunch aide arrested for child porn

Sean R. Kelley 1Maryland State Police arrested MCPS elementary school aide Sean Kelley Friday on 10 counts of child pornography-related charges. COURTESY PHOTO  State police on Friday, Jan. 5 arrested a Silver Spring public elementary school cafeteria worker on 10 counts of child pornography-related charges. The school's principal sent a letter to parents and guardians of children who attend the school informing them of the arrest that same day.

Officers of the Maryland State Police charged Cloverly Elementary School employee Sean Kelley with seven counts of possession of imagery of an individual under the age of 16 engaged in sexual conduct and three counts of distribution of imagery of a minor engaged in sexual conduct.

According to a Jan. 5 letter sent by Cloverly Elementary School Principal Melissa Brunson, authorities believe the images associated with the charges were downloaded from the internet and are not of Montgomery County Public School students.

MCPS Spokesman Derek Turner said Kelley was placed on administrative leave Sept. 12.  


Police find man murdered in his home in Germantown

Montgomery County Police, responding to a report of a suspicious situation, found Maurice Cortez Mercer, 30, dead from a gunshot wound in his home in the 12500 block of Cross Ridge Way in Germantown on Jan. 3. Police did not reveal who contacted authorities.

Maryland judiciary case records indicate Mercer had an extensive criminal history. He has pleaded guilty to distribution of a controlled dangerous substance/conspiracy, possession of marijuana, malicious destruction of property and illegal gaming.

According to online records, Mercer also had a post office box registered in Olney.

Police are thus far unable to confirm whether a possible motive for Mercer's killing was related to his criminal history.

“At this point in Mercer’s [case], we’re unable to confirm motive,” Starks said. “Investigators are looking at it.”


Police investigate Christmas Eve murder

Montgomery County Police are still investigating the homicide of 18-year-old Jose Herrera, who was murdered in Silver Spring on Christmas Eve.

On Dec. 24, police responded to calls about an assault and sounds of gunshots at the 1000 block of Quebec Terrace in Silver Spring. When they arrived, police found Herrera dead from multiple gunshot wounds.


Montgomery murders rise in 2017 with latest death

2017 will go down in the books with more local homicides than last year.

In the latest, Montgomery County Police are investigating the death of an 18-year-old Germantown man who was found dead from a gunshot wound in his residence at the Acclaim of Germantown apartment complex Saturday afternoon.


Fatal collision may bring additional charges to suspect who fled scene

Montgomery County Police are considering additional charges for a 24-year-old Bethesda man who was arrested for driving under the influence Saturday evening after the man fled on foot from an accident that left a 56-year-old man dead.

Police responded to a vehicular collision Saturday at 11:14 p.m. at the intersection of Rockville Pike and Congressional Lane in Rockville. Mark Steven Andrade, of the 7500 block of Democracy Blvd., was turning left onto Congressional Lane from northbound Rockville Pike when he collided with Ross Stanley Redler, of the 5900 block of Halpine Road. Redler was traveling southbound on Rockville Pike operating a 2014 Tao Tao scooter.


High school counselor charged with sexual assault

Suspect met alleged victims for dates via Tinder 

ColinBlack e1508424533352Colin Black at the time of his arrest. COURTESY PHOTO A guidance counselor from Albert Einstein High School was arrested Thursday morning on allegations of sexual assault against two women he met on the online dating service Tinder.

Colin Sime Black, 33, of Rockville was charged with two counts of second-degree sexual offense and one count of second-degree assault. Both female victims were 18 years of age or older and were not students at Einstein, according to Montgomery County Police Spokesperson Sgt. Rebecca Innocenti.

Police would not disclose the names, ages or residential information of either of the victims.


Arrests made in connection with murder of Northwest High School students

MCPD arrestMontgomery County Police Chief Tom Manger announces three arrests made in connection with the murder of two Northwest High School students. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER  GAITHERSBURG – Montgomery County Police Chief Tom Manger announced Saturday night police arrested three people in connection with the murder of students Shadi Adi Najjar, 17, and Artem S. Ziberov, 18, from Northwest High School.

Police arrested Edgar Garcia-Gaona, 24, Roger Garcia, 19, and Jose Ovilson Canales-Yanez, 25. Each was charged with two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder.


County police investigating double homicide in Montgomery Village

Montgomery County police are investigating a double homicide of two high school students that occurred inside a vehicle on the 8200 block of Gallery Court in Montgomery Village Monday night.

Police identified the victims as a 17-year-old boy, Shadi Adi Najjar of Breezedale Lane in Germantown, and an 18-year-old man, Artem S. Ziberov, of Flag Harbor Drive in Germantown on Tuesday.

Montgomery County Public Schools spokesperson Gboyinde Onijala said both victims were seniors at Northwest High School and were scheduled to graduate Tuesday.