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On Nov. 14, the Bethesda community was yet again met with White Supremacist ‘Nazi’ vandalism. There were multiple locations of the vandalism, some depicted swastikas, some depicted hateful slogans and one depicted the hangings of Jewish people. The hateful messages call back to when the WJ b…

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All MCPS high schools will hold gun education assemblies over the next two months, MCPS Superintendent Dr. Monifa McKnight and Montgomery County State’s Attorney John McCarthy wrote in a September 13 letter to community members. 

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Former Whitman social studies teacher Kirkland Shipley accepted a government plea offer at a court hearing yesterday morning, pleading guilty to sexually abusing a high school student and possessing sexually explicit material of a minor.

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School security found a student injured and bleeding in a bathroom at Col. Zadok Magruder High School in Derwood, on Friday, Jan. 21st, at approximately 12:53 pm. Magruder’s security team placed a 911 call for a “possible stab wound” while calling on the school nurse to tend to the student’s…

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The brutal invasion of Ukraine that Vladimir Putin has had Russia launch and he is leading is an international crime. As the Lawyers Committee on Nuclear Policy declared yesterday, it is “an illegal war of aggression.”

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After four students were shot and killed on November 30th, 2021, the question regarding student safety within the United States once again became a topic of heavy discussion. The ripple effect that was the Oxford High School Shooting sparked conversations that have been heard too many times …

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On Nov. 19, defendant Kyle Rittenhouse, an 18-year-old who fatally shot two men and wounded one as a claimed act of “self-defense” at the Kenosha, Wisconsin protests and riots during summer 2020, was found not guilty of homicide and all other charges. 

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Shortly before noon on October 13, the Montgomery County Police answered a 911 call from a parent at Winston Churchill High School. Moments earlier, a 17-year-old Whitman student had walked into the school’s bus lane and started “beating on” a female student, according to police dispatch rec…

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Many students have theories about the personalities of their teachers outside of the classroom. Although, them being a part-time Nazi is that last thing many would expect. Gregory Conte, a former substitute teacher at our very own Quince Orchard High School, is in fact, a Nazi. While Conte w…

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Walter Johnson was found vandalized the morning of Sunday October 3. The graffiti included hate speech and references to white supremacy.

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May is Asian American and Pacific Islander month. As we celebrate these cultures, we must also take the time to learn more about the figures who fought for the equality and liberties they deserve, since the United States has not been a very forgiving place. Yuri Kochiyama is not a household …

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Anti-Asian hate crimes have risen by 150% in 2020, according to the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism.  This recent uprise has coincided with COVID-19 spreading across the country and its ties to China. Additionally, on March 16, eight people were shot and killed at Atlanta spas, si…

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Ever since the start of the pandemic, anti-Asian hate crimes have been on a rise. In 2020 alone, there was a 146 percent increase in anti-Asian hate crimes in 26 of the largest jurisdictions in the country according to the Los Angeles Times. New York City has had the largest jump in these ha…

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After the emotional three-week trial followed by a ten-hour deliberation, the jury in the case of Derek Chauvin finally reached a verdict: guilty on all three counts. The former police officer, who was seen by the world kneeling on the neck of George Floyd and ultimately murdering him, is se…

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“Disgusted, angered, and heartbroken,” said Ting Ting Li when questioned on her reaction to the recent Atlanta shooting targeting Asian Americans. Ting Ting, a Chinese-American sophomore at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School is one of the many Asian-Americans whose past year, and most notably …

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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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