Friday, February 22, 2013
The following information was supplied by the Montgomery County Police Department. Where arrests or charges are mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction.
Montgomery County police have released the latest crime report for the Fourth District, from Feb. 4-12. The list published here is not comprehensive, but rather selects incidents that occurred in or near Wheaton and Glenmont. In addition to the reports listed below, police arrested an 18-year-old from Laurel and charged him in the Feb. 8 armed robbery of the Wheaton Deli on Georgia Avenue. - An armed robbery occurred at the bus stop at Layhill Road and Greenery Lane, Glenmont, on Friday, Feb. 8, at 9 p.m. The suspects threatened the victim with a weapon and obtained property. Suspects: Two black males, both 20-22, 6 feet to 6-foot-2, 170-180 pounds, one wearing a long camouflage jacket, and the other wearing a long black coat. - A …
Thursday, November 8, 2012
County police and fire/rescue personnel return from week helping Sandy victims in New York, where the situation was described as "Katrina-esque."
On Tuesday afternoon, while Montgomery County and the rest of the nation were paying attention to Election Day, 80 Montgomery County fire/rescue and police personnel unceremoniously returned home from spending an exhausting week assisting Hurricane Sandy victims in New York. The Maryland Task Force 1, made up of local medical workers, rescue experts, engineers and dog handlers with search canines, was assembled Sunday afternoon, Oct. 28, and dispatched to Fort Dix, NJ, to await orders, according to Montgomery County Assistant Chief Scott Graham. From there it was a long week of search and rescue and humanitarian relief that Graham says was similar to the situation in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. “I’ve been on the task force since …
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Montgomery County Police spokesman answers questions submitted by Patch readers.
Ever wonder if you could pass a tractor on the left side if there are only two lanes or about the laws associated with wiretapping? Patch sits down with Montgomery County Police Captain Paul Starks to get the answers. This week, Patch wants to hear from you. Submit your questions in the comments section below or to Tamika Smith at Tamika@Patch.com
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Will you donate?
Montgomery County police will celebrate 90 years of service in the county with a community blood and food drive this week. From 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, residents are invited to the county’s new Public Safety Headquarters at 100 Edison Park Drive in Gaithersburg to honor family and friends in the armed forces, law enforcement or fire and rescue services. The American Red Cross in August reported its blood reserve had hit a 15-year low. Walk-in donors are accepted, but online registration is encouraged. Donors are asked to bring a photo ID and two non-perishable food items with them. The food items will be donated to the Mid-County United Ministries Captain Joseph A. Mattingly Food Pantry in Wheaton.
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Steering failure on two Crown Victorias prompts Montgomery County police's most massive maintenance operation.
Nearly a third of Montgomery County’s police cruisers are being pulled off the road in an unprecedented inspect-and-repair operation that has caught the attention of national safety inspectors. Starting Tuesday morning, all 324 of the county’s Crown Victorias are being inspected at the department’s maintenance shop in Seven Locks after the steering failed on two of the Ford vehicles. Cruiser recalls are not uncommon, said Lt. Darren Francke, but they typically involve non-safety issues that are handled via the dealership. Never in Francke’s 16 years on the force has the department had to launch its own 24-7 operation to inspect and repair so many cars. “This is uncharted territory. The total loss of steering was such a critical issue that …
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Prince George's and Montgomery counties, along with 22 other Maryland jurisdictions, were awarded grant money to help monitor sex offenders.
Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties were awarded $95,802 and $40,940 respectively in grant money from the Sex Offender Compliance and Enforcement in Maryland (SOCEM) grant program. The program has awarded more than $700,000 to 23 Maryland counties and Baltimore City to help local law enforcement agencies monitor the state's 7,990 sex offenders. Prince George's received the third-largest amount and Montgomery County the fourth-largest of the 24 jurisdictions, following Baltimore City and Baltimore County. The Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention announced the grant, which will help local agencies monitor Maryland’s Sex Offender Registry. “There should be absolutely no mercy shown to anyone who harms a child in our state…
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
The Montgomery County Police Department worked more than 2,000 overtime hours after the June 29 storm and overtime costs for the county are over $100,000, The Gazette reported.
Though officials say they’re still totaling Montgomery County’s storm costs, the Gazette reported that overtime costs alone for the county police department have exceeded $100,000. Spokesperson Angela Cruz told the Gazette that police had logged more than 2,111 overtime hours and of those hours, 310 were “comp hours earned” overtime, which means that employees took compensation in the form of hours earned, as opposed to overtime pay. According to the Gazette, overtime has cost the county $102,843.69 thus far and overtime pay for the Fire and Rescue Service response was $30,000. Though Pepco has received harsh criticism and negative feedback from both residents and officials for its response time to the storm’s outages, the Gazette …
Friday, July 13, 2012
Montgomery County Police Department spokesman answers questions submitted by Patch readers.
This week, Captain Paul Starks of the Montgomery County Police Department takes on questions from Patch readers. Patch Reader Question: What is the law regarding stopping for a school bus on a road where there is a left turn center lane like Route 355 in Gaithersburg? Captain Paul Starks: Unless the highway is divided, all traffic must stop. Patch Reader Question: It seems to be customary in Montgomery County for drivers who are pulled over by police to stop their car immediately, even if they are on a busy thoroughfare such as Georgia or Connecticut, instead of turning onto the next side street before stopping. This leads to traffic problems and puts the officer at greater risk. Is it considered evading arrest if a driver proceeds to …
Saturday, June 30, 2012
Maryland State Police and Montgomery County Police will specifically target drunk driving, aggressive driving and speeding this weekend, in addition to increased regular patrols.
Stay alert for aggressive drivers and motorists driving under the influence during the Fourth of July holiday period, and the extra police presence deployed to handle reckless driving. The official holiday is Wednesday, but Maryland State Troopers began an increased traffic enforcement initiative this weekend to reduce traffic incidents statewide. Each of the 22 Maryland State Police barrack commanders are deploying special drunk driving patrols, as well as speeding and aggressive driving patrols, that will continue throughout the Fourth of July holiday. State officers also will be assigned additional traffic enforcement patrols when not responding to calls for other services. Drivers can expect to see traffic enforcement efforts by …
Thursday, June 28, 2012
Montgomery County Police spokesman answers questions submitted by Patch readers.
This week, Lucille Baur of the Montgomery County Police Department takes on questions from Patch readers. Patch Reader Question: How many people were, in 2011, charged with violating the state's wiretapping laws for photographing or videotaping police officers? Baur: We are not aware of any such charges in 2011. Please note that wiretapping laws do not apply to photography or videotaping without sound. Officers know that they may be photographed or videotaped by anyone as they are in the course of conducting their regular duties. The wiretapping laws protect a conversation when there is a reasonable expectation of privacy such as during a phone call. No one is allowed to record a verbal conversation without the permission of all of the …