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Berliner says budget aggression will not stand

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Montgomery County Council President Roger Berliner reassured activists and professionals in the Jewish community last week that the County’s proposed budget that includes a 1 percent cut in funding for nonprofits will not stand.

“It just simply can’t stand, and I know my colleagues feel the same way,” Berliner told the 60 participants at the 12th annual Jewish Community Relations Council’s Montgomery County Advocacy Day on April 6.

The reduced funding is proposed to come out of the Department of Health and Human Services Non-Developmental Disabilities Provider Services Contracts budget, which many nonprofits rely on to provide services to County residents.

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Police nab fifth suspect in Gaithersburg homicide

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Jose Coreas VenturaJose Coreas Ventura. FILE PHOTO  

Police arrested a fifth suspect March 28 in connection with a Gaithersburg homicide that occurred in June, said a Montgomery County Police spokesperson.

Montgomery County Police had an outstanding arrest warrant for Jose Coreas Ventura, 20, in connection with the homicide of Christian Antonio Villagran-Morales in Gaithersburg, when Bedford County Police took him to the Sheriff’s office March 28, spokesperson Officer Rick Goodale said.

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More Rockville Violence

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Local lawyer claims school didn’t inform students and parents about fights

 

ROCKVILLE – Two recent altercations at Rockville High School, captured on video and then posted on Facebook have angered a local attorney representing the victim in one of the altercations.

Local attorney Rene Sandler said MCPS should have contacted parents at the school to inform them of a fight between two female students, and an attack involving two other female students that occurred March 6 and March 7.

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Immigration issue overshadows rape

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Outrage and sadness erupted after a girl reported a rape in a Rockville High School bathroom on March 16.

But the unity of emotion following the rape of a 14-year-old student comes to a crashing halt when the topic of immigration surfaces.

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UPDATE: Local authorities rule death of man found in house explosion site a suicide

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Rockville house explosion 1Montgomery County Fire & Rescue Service responded Friday to a home explosion on Ashley Drive in Rockville. The bodies of a man and a dog were found Saturday. FILE PHOTO

ROCKVILLE – The Montgomery County Fire chief said investigators from Montgomery County Police, Fire and Rescue, and the Alcohol, Tobacco, Explosives and Firearms Bureau continue to investigate the cause of Friday’s house explosion where investigators found the remains of a man and his dog. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner ruled the man’s death a suicide.

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Police arrest and charge two male students with rape at high school

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Montgomery County Police arrested and charged two male students, a 17-year-old and an 18-year-old, in connection with the alleged rape of a 14-year-old girl at a high school, according to a news release.

The two individuals are being held without bond, according to Montgomery County State’s Attorney Spokesperson Ramon Korionoff.

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Man who threatened judge with bomb under arrest

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Car Bomb Scare 6A bomb inspector with Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service approaches and searches a car for an explosive device. but nothing was found. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER  

Police arrested a man who threatened a judge with a bomb over a domestic court case.

Units from the Montgomery County Police Department and Montgomery County Sheriff's Department were able to locate the suspect through his license plate number and pulled him over at Maryland Avenue and Great Falls Road, near Julius West Middle School. Police then placed the suspect under arrest.

According to Dan Ogrin, battalion chief with Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service, a canine unit with the County Sheriff’s Department indicated at the scene there could be something inside the car. Access to nearby I-270 was closed in both directions while MCFRS investigated the potential danger.

MCFRS dispatched a robot to search inside the car and the car’s trunk but nothing was found. MCFRS then sent in a bomb inspector in protective gear, but no dangerous materials or weapons were found.

This story will be updated as it develops.

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10 suspects arrested in connection with Gaithersburg teen’s death

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Fairfax County Police said Wednesday that officers took 10 suspects into custody in connection with the death of a Gaithersburg teenager, according to a police news release.

Police charged the suspects with abduction and gang participation, according to the release.

Police said detectives from both Fairfax and Montgomery counties continue to investigate the killing of 15-year-old Damaris A. Reyes Rivas of Gaithersburg, whose death they confirmed Monday. Her body was found in Springfield, Va.

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