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

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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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Man arrested for secret video surveillance in children's gym

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Suspect may have deep ties to local community, including local PTA and Cub Scouts

Jonathan Oldale MCP courtesy photoJonathan Oldale at the time of his arrest. COURTESY PHOTOA Chevy Chase man arrested in October for conducting nonconsensual visual surveillance in a private place is may have ties to a local elementary school parent-teacher association, according to two PTA newsletters from September 2016.

Police arrested Jonathan Oldale, 54, Oct. 18 concluding a nearly five-month-long investigation, according to an Oct. 27 police press report. Police began investigating Oldale in May after an employee of the Silver Star Gymnastics and Fitness Club reported finding a backpack containing a concealed camera under a "wet floor" sign on the floor of a bathroom. 

Montgomery County Police are hosting a public safety community meeting Wednesday Nov. 1 at 7:15 p.m. at the National 4-H Conference Center in Chevy Chase to address parents’ concerns surrounding Oldale's arrest. 

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Chevy Chase Council denies $50k grant to fund anti-Purple Line lawsuit

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Chevy Chase Town logoCHEVY CHASE — The Town of Chevy Chase Council voted 4-1 to deny a grant proposal from The Friends of the Capital Crescent Trail (FCCT) and two Chevy Chase residents to help fund their legal effort to thwart further construction of the Purple Line.

The FCCT, John Fitzgerald, and Christine Real de Azua requested that the town to donate $50,000 to help defray growing legal costs from their ongoing federal lawsuits to try to stop the light-rail project, according to a proposal sent to the council last month.

“The entire town will benefit from a lawsuit that can get the truth out there,” said Jim Roy, Vice President of the FCCT.  “We have tried other measures like letters, but nothing has been as successful as the lawsuit.”

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Panelists answer questions about hate crimes

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CHEVY CHASE — An energized group of concerned residents, law enforcement, and members of civil rights organizations filled the Jane E. Lawton Community Center on Wednesday night, Sept. 27, gathering for a public forum to discuss the rising number of hate incidents in the community.

The attendees were given information about what to do in the event they or their families are confronted with a hate or bias incident.

Joel Rubin, a member of the Chevy Chase Town Council, moderated the forum. Rubin organized the gathering in reaction to anti-Semitic fliers that had recently been placed outside the front doors of several houses in the usually quiet neighborhood.

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Parents of afflicted toddler take part in Race For Every Child 5K

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Nolan Story 1Nolan Detwiler and his father Brian Detwiler PHOTO BY MARK POETKER  

Nolan Detwiler is small for 18 months, has a captivating smile and will soon be walking and exploring the world around him.

However, Nolan won’t be going very far. Twenty-two hours a day, the blond-haired little boy must be connected to either an IV pump that pushes life-sustaining fluids and nutrition through a central line into his heart or a G-tube that feeds special formula and medicine into his stomach. Most of the day, he must be connected to both, and his parents have devised ways to keep the backpack that carries everything nearby and connected.

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Panelists answer questions at Chevy Chase town hall on hate crimes

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Chevy Chase Town logoCHEVY CHASE — An energized group of concerned residents, law enforcement, and members of civil rights organizations filled the Jane E. Lawton Community Center on Wednesday night, Sept. 27, gathering for a public forum to discuss the rising number of hate incidents in the community.

The attendees were given information about what to do in the event they or their families are confronted with a hate or bias incident.

Joel Rubin, a member of the Chevy Chase Town Council, moderated the forum. Rubin organized the gathering in reaction to anti-Semitic fliers that had recently been placed outside the front doors of several houses in the usually quiet neighborhood.

“What do you do when hate comes to your town?” Rubin asked in his opening remarks. “This is something I don’t think anyone here in our community expected, and because of that we thought it would be important to have a community discussion about the question of hate in our community.”

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Chevy Chase Council caught in the middle

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Tension was noticeably thick as over a dozen residents of the Town of Chevy Chase spoke to the Town Council about their displeasure with the tactics and trustworthiness of Purple Line Transit Partners during a meeting at the Jane E. Lawton Community Center last Monday night.

“I would like the Council to formally put on record a request to fire the Purple Line Transit Partners, the private contractor behind the ridiculously short notice people had that the trail was going to be closed four to five years” said Deborah Vollmer during the public comments portion of the agenda. “They are thuggish; they’re incompetent.  And the way they have entered into this project we can only ask what more outrages are we going to face? What more corners are they going to cut?”

On Aug. 29, the Maryland Transit Administration announced on its Purple Line website that it would close the approximately 3.5-mile trail to begin construction on the rail system. The light-rail line will travel between Silver Spring and Bethesda on the trail right-of-way.

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Town of Chevy Chase cuts local police force

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In order to cut costs, the Town of Chevy Chase will have only one off-duty Montgomery County police officer patrolling its streets for eight hours a day beginning Feb. 1.

The Town has been hiring off-duty County police officers for about 10 years to patrol its streets and parks. Currently, one officer each per shift watches over the area for a total of two eight-hour shifts. These shifts are generally during morning and evening rush hours.

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Temple Shalom supports Syrian refugees

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syrian kitchenIn the Syrian family’s kitchen, the family’s four children have labeled everything in English and Arabic, with help from volunteers from Temple Shalom in Chevy Chase. PHOTO BY KAREN GREEN  

A family of six Syrian refugees is settling into a new life in America, thanks to the support of Temple Shalom in Chevy Chase.

The parents and four children, ages five through 12, have been living in Prince George’s County since Aug. 25, after having fled Syria and lived in Jordan for four years.

“They are a family that came with nothing,” said Karen Green, coordinator of the synagogue’s refugee response team.

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