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Police investigating two reports of shots fired at Gaithersburg church

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New Life Seventh day Adventist Church front side view 1bNew Life Seventh day Adventist Church Photo by Glynis KazanjianPolice are investigating two reports of shots fired at a Gaithersburg church which occurred this week.

A parishioner from the New Life Seventh-day Adventist Church at 7401 Muncaster Mill Road notified police Wednesday evening about a bullet hole he found in a window frame at the building’s front entrance. Police responded to the scene and recovered a bullet fragment from the frame.

Montgomery County Police officers from the Sixth District station responded to a second call at the same location on Thursday at 11:13 p.m. about multiple gunshots heard outside the church. Police said gunfire damage occurred again at the front and also along the sides of the church; several shell casings were recovered on Muncaster Mill Road. Police cannot yet confirm the total number of fired shots or from where the shots originated.

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Police investigate discovery of human remains in Brookeville

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Salem United Methodist Church Cemetary Brookeville MD IIBrookeville residents say Montgomery County Police officers' discovery of human remains in a shallow grave took place in the woods behind the Salem United Methodist Church Cemetery. PHOTO BY GLYNIS KAZANJIANMontgomery County Police detectives are investigating the discovery of human skeletal remains found Sunday in Brookeville.

A passerby alerted police at 5:15 p.m. Sunday after noticing what he believed to be human bones while walking his dogs in a wooded area in the 19500 block of Georgia Avenue in Brookeville. Officers responded to the area and located a shallow grave that contained skeletal remains.

The discovery has left Brookeville local residents on edge.

“This is a scary sort of business in a town this small,” said former state senator and Brookeville resident Karen Montgomery. “Even if they are not from here, a person dumped a body here. It makes for a lot of tension.”

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Rockville man charged with murder of his married girlfriend

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Dania Suyapa Mendez De Guerra Missing Person WheatonDania Suyapa Mendez de Guerra was found dead Friday near her place of work at a KFC in Wheaton. A co-worker has been arrested and charged in her apparent homicide. COURTESY PHOTO  

A local man is in jail without bail after authorities charged him with killing a married co-worker.

Prosecutors Saturday charged Elmer Marilan Campos-Martinez, 47, of Rockville with second degree murder. He apparently had an ongoing affair Dania Suyapa Mendez de Guerra, 21, of Wheaton. Campos-Martinez worked with de Guerra at the KFC restaurant on University Boulevard in Wheaton.

On Monday, a Rockville District Court judge denied bail to Campos-Martinez after learning a final removal order has been issued against him by U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement.

"The defendant presents a clear danger to the community and is a flight risk," Judge Margaret Schweitzer said in Rockville District Court Monday. "He has nothing to lose. It is appropriate for him to be held without bail." 

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

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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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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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MS-13 members indicted under racketeering charges

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handcuffed manA federal grand jury indicted eight Maryland-based MS-13 gang members under federal racketeering charges.

The grand jury indicted Michael Eduardo Contreras, 22, of Silver Spring; Carlos Roberto Tejada Cruz, 20, of Beltsville; Kevin Alexis Hernandez-Guevara, 20, of Landover Hills; Rolando Aristides Juarez-Vasquez, 22, of Hyattsville; Jeffry Rodriguez 21, of Beltsville; Junior Noe Alvarado-Requeno, 20, of Landover; Luis Fernando Orellana-Estrada, 18, of Hyattsville and Donald Roberto Mendez-Lopez, 18, of Hyattsville.

Alvarado-Requino, Hernandez-Guevara, Juarez-Vasquez and Tejada-Cruz face a maximum sentence of life in prison, while Rodriguez, Contreras, Orellana-Estrada and Mendez-Lopez face a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison for conspiring to participate in a racketeering enterprise. Both Orellana-Estrada and Mendez-Lopez face additional 20-year sentences while Tejada-Cruz and Hernandez-Guevara face additional 10-year sentences for extortion charges.

“The work on that federal indictment was done by prosecutors in my office and then the men and women who work for (Montgomery County Police Chief) Tom Manger in the police department,” said State’s Attorney for Montgomery County John McCarthy about the indictment.

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High school counselor charged with sexual assault

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Suspect met alleged victims for dates via Tinder 

ColinBlack e1508424533352Colin Black at the time of his arrest. COURTESY PHOTO A guidance counselor from Albert Einstein High School was arrested Thursday morning on allegations of sexual assault against two women he met on the online dating service Tinder.

Colin Sime Black, 33, of Rockville was charged with two counts of second-degree sexual offense and one count of second-degree assault. Both female victims were 18 years of age or older and were not students at Einstein, according to Montgomery County Police Spokesperson Sgt. Rebecca Innocenti.

Police would not disclose the names, ages or residential information of either of the victims.

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Two arrested in possible gang-related murder

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Jesus Ponce Flores, 18, COURTESY PHOTO 

Montgomery County police said they arrested and charged two local males Tuesday regarding the murder of a 20-year-old man, whose body was found in a creek in Silver Spring Sept. 6.

The man, 20-year-old Cristopher Alfredo Funes Guerra, was reported missing Sept. 3.

The Chief Medical Examiner ruled the death a homicide by multiple stab wounds, according to an Oct. 18 Montgomery County Police press release.

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Code 3 holds training session for police on dangers of opioid crisis

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Two undercover County police officers joined about 50 area officers for an all-day session on the dangers of the opioid crisis to both themselves and drug users.

During training Oct. 4 in Washington, D.C., the officers learned about the dangers of drugs laced with fentanyl and carfentanil, two chemical substances much more potent than heroin. Just being in the bathroom when a carfentanil-laced opioid is flushed down the toilet so the police cannot find it creates residue in the air that “can bring an officer to his knees,” said John Burke, co-founder and president of the International Health Facility Diversion Association with more than 32 years’ experience in pharmaceutical diversion investigations.

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