Police investigate death of Walt Whitman student

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A Montgomery County Police spokesman said police should have taken a missing person’s report when the father of a deceased 17-year-old Walt Whitman High School student first contacted them with concerns about his missing son who later turned up dead.

“Based on circumstances presented to us, a report could have been and probably should have been taken by a police officer at that point,” Montgomery County Police Spokesman Capt. Paul Starks said.

The father of Navid Sepehri said he gave police the location of his son's cell phone when he first contacted them at 3:30 a.m. Sunday, but Starks says police did not note Sepehri as missing until the afternoon.

“It’s under investigation,” Starks said.


Police investigating death of Walt Whitman student

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Navid SepehriNavid Sepehri. COURTESY PHOTO  Montgomery County Police are investigating the death of a 17-year-old Walt Whitman High School student who was reported missing after he did not return home Saturday night, according to Montgomery County Police.

On Sunday, a search team found Navid Nicholas Sepehri of Radnor Road deceased in a wooded area behind Bannockburn Swim Club in the 6500 block of Laverock Lane of Bethesda.  

“The cause of death remains under investigation,” Montgomery County Police Spokesperson Sgt. Rebecca Innocenti said. “There is much we are not able to confirm at this time.”

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, located in Baltimore, will conduct an autopsy to determine the cause and manner of death.


Be Thankful - always

Norman Rockwells Freedom From WantThe Hypnotized never lie”
– Pete Townshend “Won’t Get Fooled Again.”

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday of the year. It has none of the trappings of the LSD-induced imagery of Christmas or the Meth-induced imagery of Halloween – let alone the opioid-induced imagery of chickens laying chocolate eggs you get at Easter.
It’s just a time home with friends, family and those who matter. If you can watch football without feeling guilty about the head injuries or angry someone is or isn’t taking a knee, then you’ve got the makings of a great extended weekend enjoying those you love.
Losing a loved one at this time is bitter and remembering them becomes bittersweet.
But I’ve always found Thanksgiving to be the most heartfelt time to remember those we’ve lost and to enjoy those still with us. It is a time to celebrate our shared experiences and to remember the things that divide us are not as consequential as those which bind us together.


Remembering Judge Barry A. Hamilton

gavel2 1 The Montgomery County legal community, and his family and many friends, suffered a great loss last week with the passing of Judge Barry A. Hamilton. Judge Hamilton was a judge on Maryland’s District Court since 1996, and perhaps more importantly showed all of us who were his friends and colleagues how to serve the public through the law and live a full personal life as well.


Remembering the legacy of Len Bias 31 years after his untimely death

Len BiasLen Bias. COURTESY PHOTOOn June 19, 1986 we were all shocked and saddened by the news that University of Maryland basketball star Len Bias – a Prince George’s County product – had passed away from a drug overdose at age 22.
Just two days earlier, Bias had been selected by the Boston Celtics with the second overall pick in the 1986 NBA Draft. He was destined for NBA stardom until tragedy struck on that fateful June morning.
Former Maryland guard Jeff Baxter, who was Bias’s roommate at the time of his death, described the chiseled 6-foot-8, 220-pound forward as a naturally defined physical specimen with no body fat.  “He was a docile person yet extremely aggressive on the court,” Baxter said.
Baxter was awakened by the news that Bias had fainted so he returned to their room to find his friend and teammate on the ground, motionless.


Police investigating death of small child in Montgomery Village

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Medical personnel at a hospital pronounced a 22-month-old boy dead after a passerby found him in Lake Whetstone at Montgomery Village Friday, Montgomery County Police said.

Spokesperson Capt. Paul Starks said that staff from Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore determined Sunday that the cause of death was accidental drowning.

Starks said that the investigation is ongoing.

According to police, 22-month-old Malik Bojang of the 18700 block of Pier Point Place in Gaithersburg was at a playground interacting with other children under the supervision of a family member when he wandered off. A family member called police around 7:30 p.m. and reported the child was missing.

“What the caller told police is that they could not find the boy. It had just been a few minutes. (The caller) was looking for him,” Starks said.


Hundreds attend services for firefighter found dead

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MD-Montgomery-COunty-firefighter-Gentilcore-5MCFRS firefighter Charles “Rick” Gentilcore has died after being found unconscious in a local fire station.   COURTESY PHOTOA Montgomery County firefighter died last week after being found unconscious at the Burtonsville Volunteer Fire Department, Fire Station 15.

MCFRS Spokesperson Pete Piringer said Charles “Rick” Gentilcore, 52, sat down and was later found unresponsive in a chair at approximately 3:30 p.m. on Friday, April 7 according to witnesses.

Immediate medical treatment was initiated. Gentilcore was then transported in critical condition to Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring and died later that day.


Friends and family honor Short

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A former Montgomery County Public School head football coach was laid to rest last weekend.

Dr. James Short, who guided the Montgomery Blair football program from 1995-2003, was memorialized at Lackey High School in Charles County on Saturday, March 26.

Short, who died suddenly of kidney failure on March 21 at the University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center in La Plata, was 58.


Grief and nothing but heartbreak and anger

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There is absolutely nothing worse in life, nothing, than to lay your child to rest.
Absolutely nothing.
The hole created in one's heart can never be filled. Combine this with the fact that six beautiful young children will grow up without their devoted father and we have a catastrophe of immeasurable proportion. That is the devastating loss I and my family and the family of my son face and will face for the rest of our lives.
My son made choices that made his life and the lives of those closest to him more complicated than they ever needed to be.
But he was also the most personable and likable individual you would ever want to meet and the person with the biggest heart.
He was also the most positive individual I have ever known and the devastation of his loss cannot be captured into words. However, this is an extremely personal loss and it is not my intention to share my grief with the readers of this newspaper.
What I will share with readers and what this column is about is my experience in dealing with the Philippines, specifically a Philippine hospital.

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