Christian rap artist sentenced

ROCKVILLE -- After being convicted of second-degree murder for ramming William Dean McDaniel with his car, Ryan Anthony Salandy was sentenced to 18 years in prison.

Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge Anne Korbel Albright sentenced Salandy, 23, to 18 years in prison with the possibility of parole after nine. Salandy was also sentenced to five years of supervised probation after his prison sentence, in which he will have to complete a face-to-face anger management program.


Tomaszewski smirks in court as he's sentenced to life without parole

ROCKVILLE  Immediately after being sentenced to life in prison without parole for the murder of his neighbors, Scott Tomaszewski turned toward the court’s gallery and smirked twice before being led out by sheriff’s deputies.

Before he was sentenced, Tomaszewski, 32, who pleaded guilty to the murder of Richard “Dick” and Julianne “Jody” Vilardo in May of 2015, said he was remorseful for what he did. Tomaszewski cited a history of neglected mental health treatment, alcohol addiction and a near-death experience as the reasons why he broke into his neighbors’ home — neighbors he had known since he was a kid — and stabbed them to death.

“I don’t know what dark part of your soul caused you do this,” said Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge John Debelius before he sentenced Tomaszewski to two consecutive life sentences, one without the possibility of parole.


Police arrest man after finding 250 pounds of marijuana in his car

marijuanabust1Police say Steven M. Tosi was pulled over for speeding which led to the discovery of 250 pounds of marijuana in vacuum-sealed bags in his car. COURTESY PHOTO

CLARKSBURG – Police say it is one of the largest pot busts in recent memory.

Montgomery County Police charged Steven M. Tosi with drug trafficking after police said they caught him with about 250 pounds of marijuana that he was transporting through Clarksburg.

“I would rank it as one of the largest drug arrests in Montgomery County Police history,” said Capt. Paul Starks, a spokesperson with Montgomery County Police.


Former doctor found competent and guilty of murder


Former doctor John Lutz of Silver Spring was convicted for the murder of Nicole Castro Friday. 

The jury deliberated for two hours over two days and convicted Lutz of first-degree murder after he was previously deemed not competent to stand trial.


Woman charged with arson of her Silver Spring home

Montgomery County fire investigators charged an adult woman with arson after a fire at her Silver Spring home Friday morning.

Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service (MCFRS) responded to a call around 1 a.m. in the second floor bedroom of a home on Sea Island Court in Silver Spring. Fire investigators charged an adult woman who lives at the residence with one count of first-degree arson and three counts of reckless endangerment.


Police bust accused heroin dealer in Silver Spring

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Montgomery County Police confiscated 82 grams of a drug suspected to be heroin from a Silver Spring man Nov. 21 and charged him with possession of a controlled substance and possession with intent to distribute.

Following a complaint about suspicious activity at a house in Bethesda, a SWAT team raided a home on Exeter Road in Bethesda and arrested 26-year-old Samuel Futterman.

His preliminary hearing is set for Dec. 16.


Police on the hunt for stabbing suspect

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Montgomery County Police are looking for whoever stabbed two teenagers Sunday at the Wheaton Metro station, according to police spokesperson Capt. Paul Starks.

Starks said police acquired the charge of second-degree assault but can’t serve the warrant until police find the suspects.

“They have obtained charges but they haven’t served the warrant yet,” Starks said.


Swastika graffiti found at schools in Bethesda, Gaithersburg

Swastika VandalismA sign at Burning Tree Elementary School in Bethesda was vandalized with spray-painted images similar to those found burned onto the Quince Orchard High School football field several weeks earlier. COURTESY PHOTO

As parents prepared to open Sunday School at Burning Tree Elementary School in Bethesda Oct. 30, they noticed images of swastikas and male genitals spray-painted outside the school, said Rabbi Arthur Blecher of Beth Chai.

The hate graffiti appeared on a sign similar to the images found on the Quince Orchard High School's football field earlier this month.

Police arrived later that morning at the school and people took down the vandalized banner before students arrived, Blecher said.

He called the graffiti "crude and amateurish."