Hogan decides to just say "NO" to Trump

Gov. Larry Hogan (R) said Wednesday he will not vote for presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, according to the Washington Post.

“No, I don’t plan to,” Hogan told the Post on whether he would vote for Trump. “I guess when I get behind the curtain I’ll have to figure it out. Maybe write someone in. I’m not sure.”


Local student reaches out to assist incoming immigrants

SILVER SPRING — Since the deportation of his parents years earlier and possibly facing a similar fate, Yves Gomes, 23, has battled to remain in the United States, campaigning for other undocumented immigrants like himself, and pushing state and national legislators to reform current immigration laws.

Gomes is currently staying in the U.S. under a two-year waiver from President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), an executive order that allows undocumented immigrants who came to the United States when they were 16 or younger to apply for temporary legal status.

The last time Yves Gomes saw his father Robin Gomes in person was almost eight years ago, when he was being escorted out of their Silver Spring home in handcuffs by federal authorities. The family ordeal began a week earlier when the elder Gomes was pulled over by police for a broken taillight, not knowing for sure whether police would share information about his immigration status with federal authorities. Then, in the early morning hours on Aug. 9, 2008, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raided the Gomes’ residence to detain Robin Gomes for overstaying his visa.


State considers curtailing use of Tasers by cops


SILVER SPRING – State Del. Ana Sol Gutierrez (D-18) said she is considering introducing a bill that would require all police agencies in Maryland to follow a common set of Taser guidelines and standards.

"It was clear that there was a need to put in place some of the recommended guidelines and standards,” said Gutierrez of federal standards on police Taser use.

Gutierrez attended a May 25 meeting featuring Montgomery County Police Officers Frank Stone and Greg Woodman.

The two officers discussed the Montgomery County Police Department’s use of force policy on Tasers and how they’re upgrading Taser equipment. The Montgomery County Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland hosted the forum.


More Zika virus warnings as weather heats up


aedes-egypti-zika-virus-mosquito1The Zika virus is transmitted to people primarily through the bite of infected Aedes species mosquitoes (Aedes aegypti, seen above, and Aedes albopictus). COURTESY PHOTO

As the temperature rises, Montgomery County residents need to protect themselves from the Zika virus even though all 17 Maryland residents who have contracted the virus were infected while traveling outside the United States, according to county and state officials.

Drs. Howard Haft and Ulder Tilman and other speakers conducted a 90-minute town hall meeting at the Dennis Avenue Health Center in Silver Spring May 26 to discuss the issue.


Hogan signs “Noah’s Law” after man pleads guilty in officer’s drunk-driving death

On Wednesday, May 18, a man pled guilty to a felony charge stemming from a drunken driving incident that resulted in the death of Montgomery County Police Officer Noah Leotta. One day later, Governor Larry Hogan signed the anti-DUI bill that bears the officer’s name into Maryland law.


Undocumented immigrants negotiating broken system

WASHINGTON--Yves Gomes was not born in the United States, but has known no other country.

A 23-year-old Montgomery County resident, Gomes is one of millions of undocumented people in the United States who could potentially be affected by the United State Supreme Court’s decision in Texas v. United States.

Gomes, who has been in the U.S. since he was an infant, faces deportation if the U.S. Supreme Court decides to overturn President Obama’s executive action on immigration.


Big Brother following you on your phone

Investigation shows the extent to which police in state are using "Cell Phone Simulators"

(Click on "Media" for more on the story from Capital News Service.)


BALTIMORE -- Police were waiting for Deon Batty when he stepped off a Baltimore City bus traveling along a commercial strip near the public Douglass Homes on Valentine’s Day three years ago.


When authorities asked Batty to empty his pockets, he pulled out a cell phone and handed it over. 


An officer dialed the number of a 77-year-old woman who had been robbed of her phone and other items at gunpoint the night before. The phone in the officer’s hand rang.


The seamless chain of events baffled Batty’s public defender, Janine Meckler. How did police know he was on that particular bus? Why had they stopped him without a warrant? How did they know he had the woman’s phone?


Van Hollen, Szeliga win Senate primaries

Van Hollen holding hands picAt another earlier event, Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D) joins hands with County Exec. Ike Leggett and Montgomery County Council members Nancy Floreen and George Leventhal. FILE PHOTO. 

BETHESDA – Carrying Montgomery County by 56 percentage points, Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-8) won the Democratic primary for Senate Tuesday night, defeating Rep. Donna Edwards (D-4) and eight other Democrats with 53 percent of the statewide.

On the same night, state Del. Kathy Szeliga (R-7) won the Republican nomination with a plurality by topping 13 other GOP contenders, earning 36 percent of the statewide vote.


“Still On The Job”

Parents of slain officer cheer as legislature passes “Noah’s Law” in closing moments


ANNAPOLIS -- It took until the last hour of the 2016 regular session, but the Maryland General Assembly passed Noah's Law Monday night, "the strongest drunk driving ignition interlock bill in the entire country," according to state Del. Ben Kramer (D-15).

Gov. Larry Hogan (R) said he plans to sign the bill into law.