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County leaders gather to deal with rising local gang violence
ROCKVILLE – State’s Attorney for Montgomery County John McCarthy said the County’s gang problem is on the rise.
“When you see the recent rise in crime at the level and the extent to which you see it, new strategies are called for, new approaches are called for when you see this,” McCarthy said.
On Tuesday, four police chiefs, the County’s Sheriff and the Superintendent of Montgomery County Public Schools signed a memorandum of understanding to help facilitate cooperation in combating the County’s rising gang problem.
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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.
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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.