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UPDATED: Police officer shoots and kills man in Silver Spring

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In a statement earlier today, Montgomery County Police identified Anand Badgujar as the police officer that shot and killed an unarmed African-American man Monday afternoon in Silver Spring.

Badgujar is a two-year veteran of Montgomery County Police and currently assigned to the patrol division for the 3rd district. He has been placed on paid administrative leave during this investigation, as is standard protocol.

Montgomery County Police Chief Tom Manger said after the shooting that Badgujar had just finished responding to what was possibly a 911 call when he encountered an African-American man, later identified as 41-year-old Robert Lawrence White, in the 9200 block of Three Oaks Drive, and attempted to speak to him. According to Manger, the man then became “combative and a physical altercation occurred.”

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Fighting Boys to the Rescue!

4315146 1513539905.5639When my children were small I often told them bedtime stories surrounding the adventures of “Fighting Boys to the Rescue!” Based on the stories my father told me and the stories his father told him, the stories I told had a central character of Ritzinputz the talking squirrel.
He was at the center of a group of friends including Captain Velvet from the planet Mars, Ghost Man – who was scared of himself, Frog Man who had a terrible flatulence problem and King Dinosaur who was a big Elvis Presley fan. Together this group righted wrongs, went on adventures and had fun. Of course my children were included in these tales and many a night getting the kids to go to bed was made easier with a “Fighting Boys to the Rescue!” story.

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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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Metro Transit Police arrest suspect in Red Line shooting

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jermaine brown 1Metro Transit Police arrested Jermaine Brown, 18, in connection with a shooting incident on a Red Line train near Takoma station. COURTESY PHOTO Metro Transit Police arrested Jermaine Brown, 18, of Seat Pleasant on Sunday in connection with a shooting that occurred on the  Red Line  near Takoma Metro Station the same day.

The shooting occurred aboard a Red Line train before the train crossed the D.C. border to reach Takoma Metro Station around 3 p.m., Metro officials said. The victim, Brown’s 14-year-old half-brother, suffered a gunshot wound to the abdomen. A Metro Transit Police officer at Takoma rendered first aid to the victim, who was transported to a local hospital and remained in stable condition as of Monday morning.

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Three men held without bond in Northwest HS murders

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NW HS murder suspectsArrested Saturday in connection with the murders of two Northwest High School students, (pictured left to right) suspects Edgar Garcia-Gaona, Jose Canales-Yanez and Roger Garcia will be held without bond. COURTESY PHOTO  ROCKVILLE – The three men police arrested and charged Saturday night in connection with the murder of two Northwest High School students are to be held without bond after a bond hearing Monday.

Montgomery County District Court Judge John C. Moffett decided that Edgar Garcia-Gaona, 24, Jose Ovilson Canales-Yanez , 25, and Roger Garcia, 19 are to be held with no bond. Garcia-Gaona, CanalesYanez and Garcia are charged with two counts of first-degree murder and multiple counts of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder in connection to the murders of Shadi Adi Najjar and Artem S. Ziberov.

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Learning lessons the hard way

UntitledWednesday morning, shortly after I got up to go to work, I received a tweet that would change my day and should change our world.
While practicing for a charity baseball game, a GOP congressman (Steve Scalise) apparently got shot by a 66-year-old man from Belleville, Illinois.
Witnesses say there were as many as 100 shots fired, five people injured and the Capitol police along with the congressman’s security (he’s the majority whip and as a member of the leadership had security with him) “attacked” and took down the shooter.
The immediate, chilling affect soon gave way to accusations and finger pointing.
Again, we ask, “How can this happen?”

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County police investigating double homicide in Montgomery Village

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Montgomery County police are investigating a double homicide of two high school students that occurred inside a vehicle on the 8200 block of Gallery Court in Montgomery Village Monday night.

Police identified the victims as a 17-year-old boy, Shadi Adi Najjar of Breezedale Lane in Germantown, and an 18-year-old man, Artem S. Ziberov, of Flag Harbor Drive in Germantown on Tuesday.

Montgomery County Public Schools spokesperson Gboyinde Onijala said both victims were seniors at Northwest High School and were scheduled to graduate Tuesday.

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