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Extremely light turnout in Gaithersburg as Monroe is unseated

Gaithersburg Govt logoGAITHERSBURG — Shortly after 9:30 on Tuesday night, Gaithersburg’s Board of Supervisors of Elections announced the winners of the City’s election for Mayor and two members of the five-person City Council.

3,282 voters, or 9.29 percent of the city’s registered voters, cast ballots in the election, a slight decrease from the 2015 election, when voter turnout was 11.09 percent.

Mayor Jud Ashman and Council members Laurie-Anne Sayles and Michael A. Sesma will be sworn in at City Hall next Monday.

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McCarthy wants state to adopt RICO laws

Montgomery County State’s Attorney said the Maryland General Assembly needs to strengthen its racketeering laws in order to curb rise of gangs in the state.

At Tuesday’s meeting, County lobbyists to Annapolis told the County Council that the Maryland State’s Attorneys’ Association, which represents the leading prosecutors in all of the state’s jurisdictions, that it will push for a bill in Annapolis in the next legislative session to combat increased gang activity.

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Georgetown Prep alum nominated to be next Fed Chairman

President Donald Trump has nominated Chevy Chase resident and Georgetown Prep alumnus Jerome "Jay" Powell to be the next Chairman of the Federal Reserve’s Board of Governors, the White House announced last week.

The 64-year-old lawyer and investment banker – who has served on the Federal Reserve board since 2012 – is a Washington, D.C. native, having graduated from Georgetown Preparatory School before returning to the area to attend law school at Georgetown University, where he was editor of the Georgetown Law Journal.  

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Scheduled service reduction on Red Line Metro to target leaking problem

Metro’s unnamed contractor will continue to perform work to reduce a prime source of delays on the Red Line Saturday and Sunday, requiring single-tracking and reduced service.

Metro officials said in a news release Red Line trains are scheduled to operate every 15 minutes and will single-track between Grosvenor and Medical Center stations Saturday and Sunday so the contractor can test a form of grouting to prevent leaks in underground tunnels.

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Assault on the Middle Class

Raskin and Pelosi rally supporters in Bethesda against tax plan

Pelosi Raskin Rally against GOP tax planHouse minority leader Nancy Pelosi and Congressman Jamie Raskin speak before 350 people in Bethesda Saturday morning against the president’s tax plan. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER  The devil of the GOP tax plan being promoted by President Trump and Congressional Republicans is in the details, Congressman Jamie Raskin (D-8th District) said on Saturday while speaking with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif) during a boisterous rally against the GOP plan, which he called “an assault on the middle class.”

Speaking before more than 300 people in Bethesda Saturday morning, Raskin was adamant about the challenges he said the Democrats face in stopping the tax plan.

“We’ve gotta get into the weeds because that’s where the snakes are,” Raskin said. He also told his constituents that the 426-page bill is “of, by, and for the billionaires,” compared with Abraham Lincoln – who Raskin called “the last great Republican President” – and his idea of government “of, by, and for the people.”

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Elrich spearheads County’s minimum wage increase

20171107 121455Marc Elrich stands with fellow Council members and community leaders in announcing the passing of the minimum wage increase legislation. PHOTO BY NEAL EARLEY  ROCKVILLE – The minimum wage in Montgomery County Council will soon begin a slow rise from its current level of $11.50 per hour to an eventual $15 an hour, ending a year filled with debate, endless amendments and compromise upon compromise among members of the Montgomery County Council, which voted unanimously on Tuesday to approve Bill 18-27.

The bill now heads to the desk of County Executive Isiah Leggett (D), who in January vetoed a prior attempt by the Council to pass a minimum wage bill, but said in a statement Tuesday that he plans on signing the revised legislation.

“Based on the changes from the original bill, what the County Council approved today is close enough to the conditions I laid down for my support that I will sign the measure into law,” Leggett said.

Incremental change is the centerpiece of the bill, which will require employers to incrementally increase their minimum wage to $15 per hour over the course of the next six years.

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Former Sentinel reporter makes history

With election win, Danica Roem becomes first openly transgender legislator to serve anywhere in the U.S.

Danica Roem photoDanica Roem after winning three MDDC awards for the Sentinel.                                        FILE PHOTO  The experience and knowledge Virginia Delegate-Elect (and former Montgomery County Sentinel News Editor) Danica Roem (D) gained while covering local politics in Montgomery County proved invaluable to her winning effort in Tuesday’s election, Roem told the Sentinel during an interview the morning after her historic victory, which will make her the first openly transgender individual to serve in Virginia’s House of Delegates.

“When I was news editor of the Montgomery County Sentinel, I was part of a team that did a five-part series on water infrastructure, and I talked a lot about that series,” Roem said. “I talked about water infrastructure a lot on this campaign.”

Such issues might be boring – “the kind of stuff that makes reporters zone out” – but are extremely important, she said. “You’ve gotta take care of your infrastructure.”

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Five arrested for armed robbery may be connected to string of MoCo crimes

Mugshots of suspects arrested in Cash Depot robberyPolice arrested (left to right) Yeruin J. Romero-Rivera, 21, Juan R. Ramirez-Delgado, 34, Miguel A. Ayala-Rivera, 23, Marcio Roney Avila-Castro, 21, and (not pictured) Edwin Geovanny Zelaya-Ramirez, 17, on charges of armed robbery of a Wheaton check-cashing store. A sixth suspect, Juan Carlos Gomez, 37, (far right) was killed fleeing police. COURTESY PHOTOS  

Montgomery County Police arrested five suspects for allegedly robbing a Wheaton check-cashing store at gunpoint while the sixth suspect was killed fleeing police after a pursuit across county lines Friday.

Miguel A. Ayala-Rivera, 23, Marcio Avila-Castro, 21, Edwin Geovanny Zelaya-Ramirez,17, Yeruin J. Romero-Rivera, 21, and Juan R. Ramirez-Delgado, 34, were arrested and charged with armed robbery, first-degree assault and the use of a firearm during the commission of a violent felony, a Nov. 4 police press release stated.

At approximately 12:35 p.m. on Friday, police officers from the 4th District Police Station responded to a report of an armed robbery at the Check Cash Depot store at 11246 Georgia Avenue in Wheaton. 

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Blair HS security investigating race-related fliers found on campus

Montgomery Blair High School LogoAdministrators at Montgomery Blair High School are investigating how fliers reading “It’s okay to be white” came to be around the Silver Spring school.

Security cameras captured an unknown person whose face was obscured by a hooded sweatshirt posting one of the inflammatory fliers -- which appeared at numerous schools across the United States and Canada – before they were discovered by staff members early Wednesday morning.

In a letter sent to parents of Montgomery Blair students, Blair Principal Renay Johnson explained that the fliers were found when staff arrived at the school at 5:45 am that morning, but were immediately removed before students arrived for school that day.

Johnson assured parents that she and her staff – whose research has found the fliers to be part of a national campaign to foment racial tensions – are taking the seriously and are continuing to investigate.

“I want you to know that Montgomery Blair is a very smart, diverse and inclusive community and we will not fall victim to attempts to divide us,” Johnson said. “We are committed to providing a safe and welcoming environment for every student.”

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Parents express concern to police about man charged with conducting illegal surveillance of kids

Jonathan Oldale MCP courtesy photoJonathan Oldale at the time of his arrest. COURTESY PHOTO

CHEVY CHASE — Parents of children from Somerset Elementary School questioned Montgomery County Police officials Wednesday evening for not informing them of a months-long investigation which culminated in the arrest of a man with deep community ties for allegedly hiding a camera in a bathroom at a local children's gymnastics center.

"These are our children," a parent yelled out at a meeting with police Wednesday. "We found out in October. That's totally unacceptable!"

More than 60 people attended the community meeting in the National 4-H Conference Center on Connecticut Avenue in response to the arrest of Chevy Chase resident Jonathan Oldale. Police arrested Oldale Oct. 18. He is charged with one count of “conducting visual surveillance of an individual in a private place without his/her consent with prurient intent” – a misdemeanor which carries a potential of one year in jail or a $2500 fine. 

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