Fire Marshal and FBI agent die in car crash

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Deputy Chief Sander CohenDeputy Chief Sander Cohen, 33, of the State Fire Marshall's Office (shown above) and FBI Agent Carlos Wolff, were struck and killed by a vehicle after Cohen stopped to assist Wolfe on I-270. COURTESY PHOTO  

A deputy chief from the Maryland Office of the State Fire Marshal and an FBI agent are dead after a driver in a Honda Accord struck and killed them both Friday night.

Deputy Chief Sander Cohen, 33, stopped to assist FBI Supervisory Special Agent Carlos Wolff, 36, who had been in a single-vehicle crash southbound on Interstate Highway 270, Maryland State Police said.

Cohen – who grew up in Rockville and was a graduate of Winston Churchill High School – was also a member of the Rockville Volunteer Fire Department, where he held the rank of Lieutenant and had volunteered for over 14 years, beginning at the age of 19.

“It [the Rockville fire station] was his family,” said Rockville VFD President Eric Bernard. “He wasn’t married, so he would come see people working on the other shifts.”


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. 


Man rescued, transported after being struck by Metro train

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metro logoD.C. Fire & Emergency Medical Services personnel transported a man to a hospital Friday after he was struck by a Metro train, D.C. Fire & EMS spokesperson Vito Maggiolo said.

EMS personnel extricated the man from under a train near L’Enfant Plaza Station and transported him to a hospital, Maggiolo said. The man was in critical condition.

Metro spokesperson Ron Holzer said Friday afternoon he had received no updates on the man’s condition.


"Most Dangerous Time"

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Police warn of rising pedestrian and bike accidents as winter approaches


Citing a recent surge in pedestrian and bicycle collisions, Montgomery County Police held a press conference in Bethesda Thursday hoping to raise awareness about the spike in the County.

The press conference came three days after Chevy Chase resident Ned Gaylin, 81, was struck and killed while attempting to ride his bicycle across Little Falls Parkway, near the Capital Crescent Trail in Bethesda.

Four days after the press conference, Silver Spring resident Robert Michael Grossman, 64, died after being struck by a vehicle while crossing Georgia Avenue in Aspen Hill.

Captain Tom Didone, director of the traffic division for Montgomery County Police, said there had been five major pedestrian and bicycle collisions in the County in the 16 days leading up to Thursday.

According to Didone, the recent surge in pedestrian and bicycle collisions is a yearly average of about 400 pedestrian and bicycle collisions with about 10 being fatal.

“If this trend continues, we are set to have one of the worst years that we’ve had in a very long time,” Didone said.


Pedestrian struck by car near Rockville Metro

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Rockville Police are investigating a pedestrian collision with a small compact car on southbound Rockville Pike next to the Rockville Metro Plaza at 7:15 PM this evening. Police are withholding the name of the pedestrian, a woman who has sustained life-threatening injuries, until her family can be notified. No word is available on her current condition. The name of the male driver who allegedly struck the pedestrian is also not available at this time. Read Thursday's edition of The Montgomery County Sentinel for further details.


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