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ROCKVILLE – The Public Safety (PS) and Health and Human Service (HHS) Committees for Montgomery County met on Jan. 23 to receive an update on gang activity and gang prevention services in the county. Police, state attorneys and many public institutions were called up to speak about their results and what they are doing to […]

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ROCKVILLE – A former high school girls lacrosse coach is under arrest on multiple charges following a failed kidnapping of five children and attempted murder of their parents. Gary Blake Reburn was arrested in the United Kingdom and is currently under the process of being extradited to the United States after participating in a plot […]

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ROCKVILLE – Montgomery County Emergency officials are trying to understand what errors took place that caused firefighters to be sent to the wrong location. According to a press release issued by the Montgomery County Police (MCP) on Dec. 9, the Montgomery County Emergency Communications Center (911) received a call on Dec. 6 at 10:18 p.m. […]

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POTOMAC – About 250 members of the Jewish community listened as federal, state and county politicians pledged to fight hate-based crimes and beef up security at religious institutions during the fourth annual Schmooze and Nosh Legislative Breakfast on Dec. 5. The two-hour event was held at Congregation Har Shalom in Potomac and sponsored by the […]

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SILVER SPRING – For the second time in about six months, a drawing of a swastika was found at Silver Creek Middle School in Kensington on Nov. 25. “I am extremely disappointed to report to you that a pencil drawing of a swastika was found on a student desk. We quickly removed the vandalism,” Principal […]

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ROCKVILLE – Special Victims Investigation Division (SVID) detectives of the Montgomery County Police (MCP) arrested a 42-year-old Colonel Zadok Magruder High School teacher on Nov. 20 for the sexual abuse of one of his students. He was charged with one count of sexual assault of a minor and four counts of fourth-degree sexual offense by […]

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ROCKVILLE – Maryland State Police troopers arrested and charged a man with charges relating to child pornography. Troopers served a search warrant at 5:15 a.m. on Nov. 12 at the home of a relative of the suspect, Hugo J. Arce, 40, of Hagerstown. The troopers were not alone, however. “Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) supported local […]

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ROCKVILLE – Human trafficking does exist in Montgomery County, according to panelists at the Nov. 12 Leadership Montgomery meeting. “We see sex and labor trafficking here in Montgomery County. It’s all ages, female, male, American-born or not,” said Susan Esserman, founder and director of the University of Maryland’s SAFE (Support, Advocacy, Freedom and Empowerment) Center […]

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ROCKVILLE—After a months-long candidacy process, the Montgomery County Council finally interviewed and voted to approve Marcus Jones as the county’s new police chief. Jones has been serving the county police department in an acting capacity after Chief Thomas J. Manger retired last spring. During much of the process, Jones was not mentioned as a major […]

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Editor’s Note as of Nov. 1: This is a developing story and the current version of this article reflects updates in the investigation. The Sentinel will provide more information as it becomes available. SILVER SPRING – After finding an injured person at the scene of a car accident, Montgomery County Police (MCP) announced that they are […]

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Updated on Oct. 28 SILVER SPRING — Banks and businesses in Montgomery County have been hit by a rash of robberies in recent months, including three bank robberies and two commercial burglaries that police believe were perpetrated by two separate suspects. While Montgomery County Police (MCP) officials continue to look for a suspect that committed […]

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SILVER SPRING – Montgomery County officials are looking for ways to combat the growth of domestic violence incidents after recent statistics say that domestic violence orders increased by 5.4% between 2017 and 2018.  According to county data, in 2018, Montgomery County residents requested 3,159 domestic violence orders reported whereas in the year 2017, there were […]

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SILVER SPRING — The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner of the District of Columbia ruled the death of a Montgomery County police officer a self-inflicted injury late on Oct. 15. Early Monday morning, Montgomery County Police Department (MCP) reported that Officer Thomas J. Bomba, 38, encountered subjects acting disorderly on the top floor of […]

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ROCKVILLE – County bank robberies year-to-date are double the number reported during the same period in 2018, according to Montgomery County Police (MCP) data, but police have not determined why. The number of bank robberies from January to October increased from five in 2018 to 11 this year. MCP reported a total of eight bank […]

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Update on Oct. 15, 8:27 p.m.: Montgomery County Police announced the findings by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner of the District of Columbia have ruled Officer Thomas J. Bomba’s death as the result of a self-inflicted injury. Officials say Bomba was wearing his body-worn camera at the time of the shooting, but it was […]

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ROCKVILLE – Montgomery County Police (MCP) confirm reports of an internal investigation of a possible crime on one of their officers but did not give further details.   Spokesperson Capt. Tom Jordan confirmed the internal investigation is ongoing after a county officer is alleged of stealing department property, though he did not confirm or deny if […]

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ROCKVILLE – A 16-year-old boy faces criminal charges including possession of a controlled dangerous substance and weapon charges including possession of a firearm during a drug trafficking crime. Montgomery County Police (MCP) announced on Oct. 2 that officers arrested Christopher Ritter-Lucas, 16, in connection with the charges, as well as knowingly changing a firearm identification […]

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ROCKVILLE – Detectives from the Montgomery County Police (MCP) Special Victims Investigations Division (SVID) arrested and charged a Gaithersburg man who worked as a pastor at a local church with multiple sexual offenses, spokesperson Rebecca Innocenti said. The detectives charged 42-year-old Octavio Cantarero of the 24300 block of Hilton Place in Gaithersburg in connection with […]

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Dozens of friends, immediate and extended family members attended the Sept. 18 sentencing of the 28-year-old man convicted of killing a loved one. Circuit Court Judge Harry Storm sentenced Kairee Dorsey, 28, to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the joint charges of felony murder and armed robbery, plus an additional pair […]

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SILVER SPRING – Although County Executive Marc Elrich said both he and the members of the Montgomery County Council know who he would like to name as the next police chief of the Montgomery County Police Department (MCP). However, he would wait for all background checks completed and questions answered before releasing the name publicly. […]

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ROCKVILLE – Damion Callery Jr., 18, recently graduated from Paint Branch High School and planned to begin classes at Bowie State University in a matter of days.  Then, he was killed by gunfire.  According to Montgomery County Police (MCP) spokesperson officer Rick Goodale in an Aug. 17 news release, Callery was found dead in his […]

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ROCKVILLE – A 46-year-old-man was charged with first-degree rape, sex abuse of a minor and first-degree assault of a then-16-year-old girl in August 2018. Nelson Reyes-Medrano, 46, was arrested on Aug. 14 after being accused of a rape committed last year in Germantown. According to police, the victim, who was a 16-year-old, was taking a […]

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ROCKVILLE – Nearly four months have passed, and Montgomery County Police (MCP) have arrested no suspects in the killing of 18-year-old Germantown man.   The victim was resident Tray Dawkins, a graduate of Northwest High School, who was shot on April 16. MCP announced in two different ways during the past few weeks that the investigation […]

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ROCKVILLE – The Montgomery County Circuit Court Administrative Judge Robert Greenberg ruled on Aug. 20 to schedule another status hearing for the competency of a mother charged in the 2014 disappearance of her two children. Catherine Hoggle, who is charged in the disappearance of her children, Jacob and Sarah Hoggle, continues to be ruled incompetent […]

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ROCKVILLE – Two undocumented immigrants were arrested and each charged with second-degree rape of a then 11-year-old girl. The case forced county officials to clarify a recently signed executive order that bars any communication or collaboration between county agencies and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials. Montgomery County Police (MCP) charged Carlos Palacios-Amaya, 28, and […]

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ROCKVILLE – Four defendants charged in connection with a June 13 county gun store burglary, marked by the second officer-involved shooting of 2019, must wait a week to find out when their next hearing is. Montgomery County Circuit Court Administrative Judge Robert Greenberg on Aug. 16 granted attorneys’ joint oral motion to postpone a scheduling […]

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ROCKVILLE – A county circuit court judge during a pretrial hearing ruled to grant a defense attorney’s motion to postpone the trial of three co-defendants indicted on murder charges to fix a scheduling issue. Circuit Court Judge Harry C. Storm ruled that the trial for three co-defendants charged with the deaths of two college athletes […]

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ROCKVILLE – A Montgomery County Circuit Court judge postponed the pretrial hearings by one week for three co-defendants charged in the January 2019 deaths of two men. Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge Harry C. Storm conducted pretrial hearings one at a time. Prior to the pretrial hearings, Storm met with the attorneys of the three […]

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ROCKVILLE — The field of candidates vying to become Montgomery County’s next chief of police shrunk by one when Takoma Park Police Chief Antonio DeVaul withdrew his name on July 17.  DeVaul’s withdrawal from consideration comes as County Executive Marc Elrich finalizes his list of qualified candidates. The Takoma Park police chief addressed his withdrawal […]

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By Lyna Bentahar SILVER SPRING – Montgomery County Police (MCP) announced on July 16 that they charged a Silver Spring pastor, Jeankite Joseph, with sexually assaulting an 11-year-old girl. The girl was the pastor’s step-niece and a member of his church when the assault took place in 2014, according to police. The child was attending […]

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ROCKVILLE – Montgomery County prosecutors have charged police officer Kevin Moris with second-degree assault and misconduct in office following a July 3 incident where he was seen kneeing a handcuffed suspect. Montgomery County State’s Attorney John McCarthy and Acting County Police Chief Marcus Jones announced the charges on July 9 after video of the incident […]

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ROCKVILLE – On June 28, Montgomery County Police (MCP) arrested two more suspects in connection with the June 13 burglary of a North Bethesda gun store.  Police arrested and charged Elkridge, Maryland resident Mirakle Smith, 20, whom they say helped the suspects after the incident occurred at United Gun Shop on Randolph Road. Police charged […]

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ROCKVILLE – Montgomery County Police (MCP) announced on July 1 that the suspect in a June 8 armed robbery in a Gaithersburg bank was arrested and taken into custody, thanks to a tip from the public. Jonathan David Goff, 36, of Rineyville, Kentucky, was arrested on June 29 near Bloomington, Illinois, by members of the […]

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TAKOMA PARK — The Takoma Park Mobilization is an organization based in Montgomery County that actively works on social justice issues. The organization was created in 2016 just after the General Election, according to Katie Strauss, a member of the Mobilization. It was organized as a series of working groups, whose areas of interest range […]

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ROCKVILLE – County police are investigating an accident that killed a woman working at a transfer station on June 13. Gladis Loren Melendrez Fuentes, 35, was working at the Shady Grove Transfer Station on the 16100 block of Frederick Road when she was suddenly trapped under a pile of brush. Authorities received a call about […]

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ROCKVILLE – A circuit court judge ruled on March 7 that a third teen suspect in the alleged Damascus High School rape case will be tried in juvenile court rather than adult court. Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge Steven Salant said the suspect was 15 at the time of the incident, and a psychologist has […]

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ROCKVILLE – An arrest was made from a Feb. 26 attempted burglary of a gun store as the county continues to reel at the amount of similar crimes since the start of the year. Dominique Canty, age 19 of Northeast, Washington, D.C., posted $500 of the $5,000 bond Feb. 28 for charges including the attempted […]

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ROCKVILLE – An 18-year-old from Silver Spring was charged with two counts of first-degree murder in relation to a marijuana deal that resulted in the deaths of two men found inside a crashed car in White Oak, the police said Feb 1. Dontaye Jamahl Hunt, 18, of Silver Spring, and Noah Foster Barnett, 18, also […]

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ROCKVILLE — A Montgomery County man was charged with first-degree murder after allegedly killing his mother in her home, Montgomery County Police said. Ousmane Camara, 26, of Rockville confessed to using a knife to kill his 52-year-old mother, Arabia Camara, according to court documents. On the morning of Jan. 29 at roughly 7:43 a.m., MCPD […]

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SILVER SPRING – Montgomery County was the scene of two bank robberies during the span of five days, with the latter incident resulting in an armed robber being shot dead by a police officer in downtown Silver Spring. At approximately 10:48 a.m. on Jan. 16 at the BB&T Bank on 1100 block of Wayne Avenue […]

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By Kathleen Stubbs    @kathleenstubbs3 A Montgomery County grand jury indicted four Damascus High School sophomores on the charge of first-degree rape Thursday afternoon, said Ramon Korionoff, spokesperson for the Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office. Members of a Maryland Grand Jury for Montgomery County indicted 15-year-olds Caleb Thorpe of Gaithersburg, Kristian Jamal Lee of Germantown […]

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By Neal Earley    @neal_earley ROCKVILLE — Catherine Hoggle, the mother of two children who went missing four years ago, is still not competent to stand trial. Hoggle appeared in court Friday for another status hearing on her case, as Montgomery County Circuit Judge Robert A. Greenberg ordered another status hearing for March 6, 2019 […]

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Damascus student-athletes released on bond after facing first-degree rape charges By Kathleen Stubbs    @kathleenstubbs3 ROCKVILLE —Four 15-year-olds charged as adults with first-degree rape are back on the street after District Court Judge John Moffet released them on an unsecured personal bond of $20,000. The charges came after a brutal sexual assault with broomstick handles […]

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By Suzanne Pollak    @SuzannePollak North Carolina police arrested a Quince Orchard High School teacher in connection with a fatal accident on Friday, Nov. 23, around 1 a.m. Nicholas Saadipour, an English teacher and director of the school’s drama department, has been charged with felony death by motor vehicle, reckless driving, failure to maintain lane […]

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By Neal Earley    @neal_earley ROCKVILLE — After a month-long trial, a jury Monday convicted two men for the June 2017 murder of two Northwest High School students. On Monday, the jury found Edgar Garcia-Gaona, 25, and Rony Alexander Galicia, 26, guilty for the murder of Shadi Adi Najjar, 17, and Artem S. Ziberov, 18. The […]

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By Kathleen Stubbs ROCKVILLE — Fifty-eight-year-old Germantown resident Byung Il Bang, also known as Peter Bang, pleaded guilty to wire fraud, tax evasion and stealing $6.7 million from the County. Bang used his position as chief operating officer of the County Department of Economic Development to direct money to a company he created and then […]

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By Kathleen Stubbs Montgomery County Police wrote in a news release Friday that they arrested and charged two more male Damascus High School students as suspects, in connection with an alleged sexual assault incident at the school, making the total number of suspects charged thus far five in all. The two suspects arrested Friday, like […]

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By Neal Earley Baltimore County Police arrested a man who made multiple threats to “shoot up” Walter Johnson High School in Bethesda. On Oct. 18, Baltimore County Police arrested Luis Amilcar Cabrera, 18 years old, of Rockville and charged him with one count of a threat of mass violence. He is currently being held without […]

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The Harford County Sheriff’s Office on Friday identified the victims shot and killed by a woman at a Rite Aid distribution center in Aberdeen on Thursday, as well as three injured victims who survived. Police on Thursday identified the shooter as Snochia Moseley, a 26-year-old woman from Baltimore County. She was a temporary employee at […]

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