Five arrested in Gaithersburg murder

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Montgomery County police arrested five people in connection with the murder of 22-year-old New Jersey man Jordy Mejia, which police believe is gang-related.

Police charged Neris Moreno, 19 years old of West New York; Nj; Jackelin Leiba-Esperanza, 16 of Brentwood, Maryland; Reynaldo A Granados-Vasquez, 21, of Gaithersburg; Jose Israel Melendez-Rivera, 18 of Montgomery Village; and Katerine Solorzano-Aparicio, 17, of Hyattsville with first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit first-degree murder.


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.