MoCo students create organization for gun control

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MoCo Gun ControlStudents from several high schools meet to talk about controlling access to handguns. PHOTO BY ABBY CRUZIt started with a text message from a friend.

Dani Miller, a 17-year-old junior at Winston Churchill High School, looked down at her phone and saw that a friend from Springbrook High School had just added her to a group text chain with two other Springbrook students. Miller quickly added 17-year-old Montgomery Blair High School senior Brenna Levitan, who added some of her friends, who added their friends, who would add theirs, and so on.

Before long, the exponentially-growing group included students from 22 schools across the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia who began meeting frequently at places like Rockville Town Center and the Silver Spring library.


Two bomb threats phoned into Montgomery County high schools Wednesday morning

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MCPS logoMontgomery County Public Schools officials evacuated two county high schools Wednesday morning after unknown persons called the schools with bomb threats.

The first of the two threats was phoned in to Winston Churchill High School in Potomac at approximately 7:20 a.m., after which school officials ordered the building evacuated. Following a short delay, students and teachers returned to the building by 8:30 a.m. after Montgomery County Police responded to the situation and cleared the school for re-entry, Montgomery County Public Schools Spokesperson Gboyinde Onijala said.

 “Based on a very limited general call, we checked out the building and found nothing there,” said Montgomery County Police Spokesman Capt. Paul Starks. “They’re back to normal functioning.”


Churchill Bulldogs defeat WJ Wildcats in last game of season, 35-14

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Churchill Bulldogs vs. WJ WildcatsBETHESDA — In the last game of the season, the visiting Churchill Bulldogs defeated the Walter Johnson Wildcats 35-14, dominating in a largely symbolic game.

Both teams had nothing to lose or gain, as both had their playoff chances dashed coming into Friday night’s matchup. The Bulldogs were fighting to break even and end their season at 5-5, while the Wildcats were aiming to end the season on a high note with their third victory of the season to end 3-7.

But there could only be one winner, and the Bulldogs came out in a resounding fashion against the Wildcats team plagued by quarterback troubles.

“Of course we’ve been spending most of our season without a quarterback. It’s been hard to win games without a quarterback,” said Wildcats head coach Charles Woolridge. “Since we lost Aziz Diomande last week, it’s kind of been a quarterback by committee.”


Whitman Vikings defeat Churchill Bulldogs, 2-1

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Whitman vs. Churchill soccer 10 7 17Churchill Bulldogs' Alok Kothari (10) and Whitman Vikings' Pablo Bayona Sapag (14) battle for the ball.   PHOTO BY MARK POETKER  BETHESDA – In a hard-fought encounter at home, the Walt Whitman Vikings defeated the Winston Churchill Bulldogs 2-1 in boys varsity soccer Saturday afternoon.

The Vikings pressed forward early and took a two-goal lead before halftime. During the second half, the Bulldogs managed to narrow the score but were unable to level the match.

“I thought the first half was brilliant, we had numerous chances, we had the run of play,” said Whitman coach Dave Greene. “We did everything we had to do, we scored two goals.”


Churchill Bulldogs defeat Kennedy Cavaliers in soccer game, 4-1

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Churchill Bulldogs logoPOTOMAC – The home team Churchill Bulldogs defeated the visiting Kennedy Cavaliers 4-1 in boys varsity soccer Friday evening.

The scoring began early in the first half as the Bulldogs, playing at home, found themselves with a 3-0 lead before halftime. The Cavaliers pushed forward early in the second but were able to find the net only once before a controversial penalty kick solidified the Bulldogs’ victory.

Churchill began by scoring after just 45 seconds. Junior winger Tamino Brown found himself unmarked to slot in a goal, leaving Kennedy goalkeeper Rexford Frimpong with no time to react.

Churchill's early momentum paid off as senior forward Darius Siahpoosh found the net twice in twelve minutes to triple the score.

"If you look at my goals, they're all from five yards away because my teammates are sending me up," Shiapush said. "I appreciate my teammates, always."


16-year-old faces rape charge

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ROCKVILLE – Sixteen-year-old Marquiz Turner will go to trial as an adult next month after allegedly raping his ex-girlfriend before her sudden death late on June 12 in front of the Montgomery County Circuit Court.

Police charged Turner as an adult with second-degree rape, which carries a sentence of up to 20 years despite new information that he is a special-education student “of somewhat limited intelligence,” according to Mary Siegfried, a public defender.


Woman dead after rape outside court house

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Policelights 1ROCKVILLE--A Gaithersburg woman is dead after she was raped late on June 12 in front of the Montgomery County Circuit Court, police confirmed.

Montgomery County Police arrested Marquiz Turner, 16, for raping his ex-girlfriend around 11:40 p.m. after a security guard saw the two fighting outside on surveillance cameras, according to court documents. Police charged Turner as an adult for second-degree rape, which carries a sentence of up to 20 years.

Police said in court documents the victim later began to have “medical issues” and stopped breathing in an ambulance on the way to Shady Grove Adventist Hospital for a sexual assault forensic exam. The cause of death is still unknown, but will be public once the state medical examiner performs an autopsy, said police spokesperson Rick Goodale.

During a brief interview with police before her death, the victim said she and Turner dated for about a month and “ended the relationship because he was always pressuring her” to have sex. She also said she tried to push him away several times during the attack, according to court documents.

Turner, a Winston Churchill High School student, said he and the victim exchanged Facebook and text messages throughout that week and he believed they made an agreement that they would have sex after seeing a movie Friday night.

During an interview after the arrest, Turner told Detective Deana Mackie that he became angry when the victim “backed away from the agreement” and that she owed him this sexual favor. In court documents, police said Turner admitted to Mackie that he knew he was wrong to force himself on the victim.

He has no previous criminal history, but “displayed very little emotion” when he was told about the victim’s death, according to the documents. Turner is scheduled for a preliminary hearing in District Court on June 26.

"This is a troubling case,” said Ramon Korionoff, spokesman for Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office. “ We await the medical examiner's report and are keeping all our options open moving towards completion of the investigation by police."

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