Sunday, May 19, 2013
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Sunday, May 19
By Patch Staff It was a big news week in Maryland last week, with a visit by the first lady, a commuter nightmare in Montgomery and a heads up for a sixth casino in the state. All the headlines from 48 Patch sites across Maryland: Berliner Calls for Better Electricity Service with 'Utility 2.0' Montgomery County Council Member Roger Berliner asked the Maryland Public Service Commission to require that substantial changes be made to electricity services in the state. Meanwhile, Pepco is asking for permission to raise rates. Michelle Obama to Bowie State Grads: It's Time to Feel Hungry Again In a speech rich with historical references, the first lady reminded the BSU class of 2013 why education is important. Report: Quince Orchard Students…
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
The ceremony was at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington.
Following a mid-day prayer service at the U.S. Capitol attended by President Obama, several hundred law enforcement officers and their families gathered at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial for a wreath-laying ceremony. The event Wednesday was one of many in D.C. and throughout the country during National Police Week 2013, which runs through Saturday, May 18. The annual event brings together between 25,000 to 40,000 attendees from departments throughout the United States and internationally, according to the Police Week website. The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial is engraved with the names of U.S. law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty. Among those newly engraved names for ceremonies this year were …
Since 2011, 25 people in the two counties have died in pedestrian accidents. Here is more information on when and where each of these accidents occurred.
Using red light and speed cameras, targeted stings and other methods, police departments and municipalities hope to prevent pedestrian-related accidents, after a number of fatalities.
Pedestrian-related accidents have seen an unfortunate increase recently, particularly in Montgomery County. There have been 14 pedestrian accidents just this year, five of which resulted in fatalities. There was even one incident in Bethesda where a car struck an infant in a stroller being pushed across a crosswalk. “We, the parents of students attending Bethesda Elementary School, are horrified by the number of traffic accidents and near-accidents in and around downtown Bethesda,” said an online petition launched by Bethesda elementary school parents. “The safety of this walkable haven is at risk.” While there haven’t been as many pedestrian-related deaths in Prince George’s County this year, College Park officials recognize that …
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Metro suspended rail service between Takoma and Forest Glen stations Tuesday evening.
Update Service is back to normal at the Silver Spring Metro station, Metro announced via Twitter at 10:40 p.m. Tuesday. Original post A fire on the tracks that sent billowing smoke over downtown Silver Spring forced the evacuation of the Silver Spring Metro station at the peak of Tuesday evening’s rush hour. No one was injured as firefighters brought the fire under a Red Line train under control quickly, said Assistant Chief Scott Graham, a spokesman for the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service. NBC4 video from the scene showed thick white smoke after the fire was extinguished. The fire was in electrical insulation and connectors on the tracks, Graham said. Red Line service was suspended between the Takoma and Forest Glen stations, …
Some Maryland jurisdictions were surprised by the large number of guns turned over to police.
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Tuesday, May 14
Marylanders by the dozens turned over unwanted firearms to police in the first statewide "Gun Turn-In Day," sponsored by Attorney General Doug Gansler. A total of 250 firearms were turned in, the attorney general's office announced Tuesday. The guns turned in are now unavailable to those who would misuse them, according to David Paulson, communications director. "If one life is saved or one serious injury is prevented in Maryland, this effort is entirely worth it," he added, citing what he said law enforcement officials had expressed to the attorney general's office. "We greatly appreciate the tremendous efforts of every local law enforcement agency and the Maryland State Police who participated," he said. The guns were turned in, with …
A statewide gun turn-in program included three drop-off locations in Montgomery County, police said.
More than 100 guns and 10,000 rounds of ammunition were turned in at three police stations in Montgomery County as part of a statewide gun turn-in program during the weekend. Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler (D) said that he initiated the event in February during the legislative swirl of gun control bills, The Washington Post reported. A restrictive gun control package for the state was passed by the Maryland General Assembly in April. “This gives family members the opportunity to remove illegal and unwanted guns from the home that they fear would be used to harm themselves or others,” Gansler told the newspaper. Three drop-off locations collected the following weapons, according to police: Donations to the University of Maryland …
Monday, May 13, 2013
Montgomery County Council meets most Tuesdays in Rockville.
Montgomery County Council members will begin to discuss how to spend revenue collected from an ambulance fund that took effect this January at its next meeting, planned for Tuesday, May 14, at 9:30 a.m. in Rockville. The fund is the result of a law passed in 2012 that allows the county to collect fees from the insurance companies of patients transported by emergency medical services (EMS). It was defeated in a 2010 voter referendum, Patch previously reported, but reintroduced and passed by the County Council. County Executive Isiah Leggett submitted a proposal to allocate 15 percent of the revenue to the Montgomery County Volunteer Fire Rescue Association, the group that runs local volunteer fire and rescue stations. If approved, about $2.…
Fallen officers from across the country, including four from Maryland, will be honored.
Tens of thousands of law enforcement officers and their families are converging on Washington, DC, this week for National Police Week 2013, which ends May 18. Among the events will be the Annual Candlelight Vigil, now in its 25th year, on Monday, May 13. National Police Week 2013 full schedule of events. National Police Week brings together between 25,000 to 40,000 attendees from departments throughout the United States and internationally. Among those who will be honored are four officers from Maryland: FORREST EDWARD TAYLOR - Baltimore City, who died 8/29/12 CHARLES BARTON LICATO - Harford County, who died 9/6/12 WILLIAM DEWITT TALBERT - Montgomery County, who died 1/27/12 ADRIAN ANTONIO MORRIS - Prince George's …
There have been 10 reports of overheating, but no reports of fires, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
Family Dollar Stores has issued a recall of Optimus Tower Quartz Heaters because of 10 reports of overheating, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSP). There have been some reports of temperature knobs melting but no reports of fires, injuries or property damage, CPSC reports. The heaters were sold exclusively at Family Dollar Stores from September 2012 through December 2012 for about $35. CPSP gives the following description of the recalled heaters: Optimus Tower Quartz Heaters are portable electric tower heaters that are about 10 inches wide, 25 inches tall and 9 inches deep. The heaters have a white metal casing with a white plastic top, a wire cage protecting the heating elements and vent slits at the bottom. The …