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.


MoCo residents celebrate Easter in Silver Spring

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Children prepare to take part in a sack race as part of the Easter celebration in Downtown Silver Spring on Saturday.  PHOTO BY ABBY CRUZChildren prepare to take part in a sack race as part of the Easter celebration in Downtown Silver Spring on Saturday. PHOTO BY ABBY CRUZ  SILVER SPRING — Although Peter Cottontail did not make an appearance, Easter in Montgomery County was still full of surprises this weekend as residents enjoyed a variety of events in Silver Spring.

Children of all ages got a chance to enjoy an Easter egg hunt, sack race, egg spoon race, and scavenger hunt at the Civic Building in Downtown Silver Spring Saturday morning. The event hosted by Jesus House DC, a church also located in Silver Spring, was made to bring the community together and celebrate the holiday with one another.

“We are really do this to give hope to the community, to encourage people [to come to the event] especially since Easter is tomorrow we just wanted to reach out,” said Joel Olujide, 17, a volunteer during the Easter celebration.

Olujide’s mother Chinyere Olujide, an associate pastor at Jesus House who organized the Easter event, said over 700 people registered online to participate. Olujide also said the prizes given at the event included gift cards donated by Chick-fil-A, Dave & Busters, Cooper Canyon Grill, 50 free quarter legs from Nando’s Perri Perri, and tickets to the nearby ice skating ring.


Hundreds attend Raskin pre-rally

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postersPosters at the Silver Spring Civic Center PHOTO BY SUZANNE POLLAKHundreds of people, ranging in age from those too young to walk to Dr. Anne Riley who described herself as “83 years old and still marching,” packed the Silver Spring Civic Center Saturday morning for pre-rally event prior to the national March for Our Lives demonstration in Washington, D.C. 

The event, led by U.S Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.), offered attendees a chance to gear up for the day’s march. Those who preregistered and paid $20 left the 90-minute rally and climbed aboard one of more than 25 buses that took them to the march in D.C.


Two Silver Spring men charged with murder of Germantown resident

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policecar1 300x200 1Police arrested and charged two Silver Spring men with the murder of 18-year-old Germantown resident Andrew Turner, who was killed at his home in December.

Police charged both Christopher Arthur Breeden Jr., 23, and Kairee Deyonte Dorsey, 27, with first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit first-degree murder for the Dec. 16 killing of Turner.

“We're working with police with this case, and we're going to go forward in this case to prosecute those individuals,” said Ramon Korionoff, public affairs director for the Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office.

According to police charging documents, Breeden and Dorsey traveled to Turner’s house in Germantown to buy marijuana from Turner, but shot and killed Turner instead and fled the scene, according to witnesses.


Old library now new daycare

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Former Silver Spring libraryFormer Silver Spring library FILE PHOTOThree years ago, the Silver Spring Library closed its doors for the last time. But three years from now, the building located on Colesville Road will once again welcome area residents when it reopens as a bilingual, multicultural child care center.

County officials selected the Martha Gudelsky Child Development Center as the former library building’s new tenant, and gave permission to add a two-story wing which will house a preschool serving about 150 children.


Pennyworth celebrates the entire penny’s worth for 65th anniversary

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pennyworth storefrontThe storefront of Pennyworth. PHOTO BY SUZANNE POLLAKFor the past 65 years, Silver Spring’s Pennyworth Thrift Shop has used its Bonifant Street location to offer gently used clothes, kitchen items and toys for sale at low prices and used the profits to help those in need, both locally and internationally. This week, the shop, which is operated by Grace Episcopal Church, is celebrating its 65th anniversary with sales and a Friday afternoon party. 

The shop got its start back in the early 1950s when a Grace Episcopal parishioner held a rummage sale out of her car, which she drove around the County to up donations and distribute items to those in need. Her efforts led eight women to start the thrift shop using a $500 loan from the church, which they repaid four months after the shop first opened its doors on Thayer Avenue on Valentine’s Day in 1953.


Silver Spring child care giver arrested for child abuse

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Dhanaraj Christina 002 226x300Dhanaraj Christina Courtesy of Montgomery County Police DepartmentMontgomery County Police have charged a Silver Spring child care provider with second-degree child abuse after viewing a video of the woman repeatedly slapping a two-year-old child in the face.

On Jan. 12, detectives from the Special Victims Investigations Division viewed a videotape documenting an adult female, identified as 65-year-old Christina Dhanaraj, abusing the child in her home on the 1600 block of Winding Waye Lane where she provides care.

According to police, the video shows the child sitting quietly in a chair in a room inside Dhanaraj's home. Dhanaraj approaches the child, begins scolding her and then slaps her in the face with an open hand eight times before pushing the child to the ground.


Discovery discovers NYC

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County to lose more than 1300 jobs in media relocation

Discovery Communications BuildingDiscovery Communications, a longtime Montgomery County-based corporation which currently employs 1,300 workers, announced Tuesday it will move its corporate headquarters from Silver Spring to New York after months of negotiations with County officials failed.

Discovery Communications President and CEO David Zaslav announced Tuesday the company will likely move from its headquarters located in downtown Silver Spring to New York sometime in the second half of 2019.

“The media industry is rapidly evolving, increasingly global, more consumer focused and more multi-platform and Discovery must evolve with it,” Zaslav said in a statement. “The decision to move our global headquarters from its founding home is one we do not make lightly. We remain unwavering in our support of the Maryland and Greater Washington, DC area and we thank the leadership of the State of Maryland, Montgomery County and, most importantly, our employees for their cooperation and understanding as we make this important next step for the long-term success of Discovery.”

County Executive Isaiah “Ike” Leggett said Discovery’s departure will be a big blow to the County, with 1,300 jobs now being moved to New York.

“When you lose that number of jobs and that number of employees and the salaries, that is not easily replaceable,” Leggett told the Sentinel.


Police investigate Christmas Eve murder

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Montgomery County Police are still investigating the homicide of 18-year-old Jose Herrera, who was murdered in Silver Spring on Christmas Eve.

On Dec. 24, police responded to calls about an assault and sounds of gunshots at the 1000 block of Quebec Terrace in Silver Spring. When they arrived, police found Herrera dead from multiple gunshot wounds.


Just Can it! This guy has them all

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beer can collectionDarrin Middleton with some of the beer cans from his collection.                      PHOTO BY SUZANNE POLLAKSILVER SPRING — It started when Darrin Middleton was 12 years old, walking around his Calverton neighborhood with his older brother, Justin Middleton. The boys started collecting the beer cans they found while walking in the woods and in trash piles. Then the brothers started going with their father to his Wednesday night bowling league where they asked everyone who finished a beer if they could have the can.

One time, the two brothers and a friend were checking out a dumpster when they spotted a one-gallon beer can. Without hesitating, all three young men jumped right into that large, smelly trash receptacle, pulling out a German draft beer can.

The brothers went to beer conventions, but they never purchased any expensive or rare cans.

“We were just collecting anything at the time,” Middleton, who lives in Silver Spring with his wife and two children, aged 13 and 17.

“At that time, everyone was collecting cans. That’s what you did when you were a kid,” he said, acknowledging that most people didn’t collect quite so many.

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