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Three suspects in custody in Silver Spring rape case

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Montgomery County Police have charged suspects (left to right) Martin “Fat Mo” Chery, 21, Jordan Cobbs, 20, and Tombong Saidy, 18, in connection with the rape and assault of a 19-year-old woman in Silver Spring. COURTESY PHOTOS Montgomery County Police have charged suspects (left to right) Martin “Fat Mo” Chery, 21, Jordan Cobbs, 20, and Tombong Saidy, 18, in connection with the rape and assault of a 19-year-old woman in Silver Spring. COURTESY PHOTOS  ROCKVILLE — District Court Judge John Moffett denied bond Monday for two men charged with the rape and first-degree assault of a 19-year-old woman who alleged that five men raped her at an apartment in Silver Spring.

"The nature of this crime is a heinous one, with the details being almost really too gory to be heard on television or in the news media,” said Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office spokesperson Ramon Korionoff.

The survivor of the rape and assault was a 19-year-old woman whose name has been withheld, according to charging documents. She told police five men had raped and assaulted her in an apartment located on the 11400 block of Lockwood Drive in Silver Spring.

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State transportation secretary suspends part of Purple Line contract

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The Maryland Department of Transportation Secretary said he wants to put the brakes on spending for multiple parts of the light-rail Purple Line contract on May 31, according to a news release.

Secretary Pete Rahn had said he would alter the project, a public-private partnership, if District of Columbia District Court Judge Richard Leon failed to make a final decision on a lawsuit by June 1.

Leon made a final ruling, but then State Attorney General Brian Frosh appealed it. Rahn said Wednesday he wanted to be cautious about how the state and how Purple Line Transit Partners spent money for delays in the project, given the uncertainty of when the U.S. Court of Appeals would process Frosh’s appeal.

“With a legal path forward, MDOT’s and the Purple Line’s situation has changed from the unknown circumstances of just two weeks ago,” said Rahn. “With an unknown timeline for an appeal and dwindling available cash to carry the federal reimbursable costs being expended by MDOT; and to protect the taxpayers of Maryland, I am ordering that action be taken immediately.”

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Soil sampling begins along Purple Line route

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Work crews started testing soil in southern Montgomery County along the proposed path of the Purple Line Tuesday, a process expected to continue for several months.

The work began shortly after District of Columbia District Court Judge Richard Leon ruled construction-related work must be stopped until the state of Maryland re-evaluates and updates Metro ridership following recent safety problems. 

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Judge sidelines Purple Line for new study

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A District Court judge ruled in a federal case that workers cannot continue construction related to the Purple Line until the state of Maryland re-evaluates Metro ridership following recent safety issues.

Richard Leon, District of Columbia District Court judge, said in the case of Friends of the Capital Crescent Trail et al. Vs. Federal Transit Administration et al., the Maryland Transit Administration needs to update Metro ridership measurements because those used to calculate Purple Line ridership projections were collected in 2009, after which Metro ridership decreased.  

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