20-10-2017 Hits:4 Local Neal Earley
A federal grand jury indicted eight Maryland-based MS-13 gang members under federal racketeering charges.
The grand jury indicted Michael Eduardo Contreras, 22, of Silver Spring; Carlos Roberto Tejada Cruz, 20, of Beltsville; Kevin Alexis Hernandez-Guevara, 20, of Landover Hills; Rolando Aristides Juarez-Vasquez, 22, of Hyattsville; Jeffry Rodriguez 21, of Beltsville; Junior Noe Alvarado-Requeno, 20, of Landover; Luis Fernando Orellana-Estrada, 18, of Hyattsville and Donald Roberto Mendez-Lopez, 18, of Hyattsville.
Alvarado-Requino, Hernandez-Guevara, Juarez-Vasquez and Tejada-Cruz face a maximum sentence of life in prison, while Rodriguez, Contreras, Orellana-Estrada and Mendez-Lopez face a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison for conspiring to participate in a racketeering enterprise. Both Orellana-Estrada and Mendez-Lopez face additional 20-year sentences while Tejada-Cruz and Hernandez-Guevara face additional 10-year sentences for extortion charges.
“The work on that federal indictment was done by prosecutors in my office and then the men and women who work for (Montgomery County Police Chief) Tom Manger in the police department,” said State’s Attorney for Montgomery County John McCarthy about the indictment.
20-10-2017 Hits:110 Local Neal Earley
From left to right: Roger Berliner, Marc Elrich, Executive Editor Brian Karem, George Levanthal and Bill Frick joined the Sentinel-hosted candidate forum to debate issues this week. PHOTO BY MARK POETKERROCKVILLE — The four Democratic candidates running for Montgomery County Executive squared off in a debate Monday night to make their cases to County residents.
The debate, hosted by the Sentinel Newspapers, was an opportunity for the four men vying for the Democratic nomination for County Executive – Council members Marc Elrich (D-at large), George Leventhal (D-large), Roger Berliner (D-1) and Del. Bill Frick (D-16) – to separate themselves from one another.
New in this year’s election, is a campaign finance system. For those participating in it, the program limits donations to county executive candidates to $150 and matches a portion of donations with public money.
Debate moderator and Sentinel Newspapers Executive Editor Brian Karem asked the candidates if they took campaign contributions from developers.
19-10-2017 Hits:159 Local Suzanne Pollak
Attendees hold up lanterns during Rockville's Light The Night fundraising walk to support those suffering from blood cancer. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER More than 2,000 people who have been touched by blood cancer walked through downtown Rockville Saturday night, holding lanterns high in which the glowing colors symbolized whether they were survivors, current patients, lost loved ones to the disease or helping those currently struggling with leukemia or lymphoma.
Light The Night, a fundraising walk currently in its 20th year in Montgomery County, raised about $600,000. When combined with similar walks held in Reston, Va. and Washington, D.C. during October, the National Capital Chapter will have raised about $3.5 million, said Ria Freydberg, senior director at the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
Jake Waxman, an eight-year-old from Bethesda, addressed the crowd about his struggle with the disease. “It has been really hard for me,” said the second grader from the Lab School of Washington.
Leukemia is “not fun,” he said, but told those battling the blood cancer to “just remember you always have someone.”