Monday, November 26, 2012
Gaithersburg and Montgomery County Police Departments conducted a two day “Holiday Safety” initiative at Lakeforest Mall.
Plain clothed officers from Gaithersburg and Montgomery County police departments arrested 13 people during a two day "Holiday Safety" intitative at Lakeforest Mall, police said Monday afternoon. The initiative, conducted on Nov. 23 and 24 in partnership with mall security, resulted in four people being charged with misdemeaner thefts, three charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance paraphernalia, one charged with possession of alcohol, two had outstanding warrants for failure to appear in court, and three were charged with possession with intent to distribute a controlled dangerous substance. “We appreciate the efforts and support of the Gaithersburg police and the Montgomery County police departments during the busy …
Saturday, October 27, 2012
Keep your children, pets and house safe this October 31st.
- Ben Gross
Saturday, October 27, 2012
Oct. 31 is the one day a year on which kids (and many adults) let loose and have fun – dressing up as their favorite sports and music personality, movie star or the more traditional zombies, vampires, ghouls and ghosts. The Montgomery County and Prince George’s Police Forces and Fire Departments as well as the ASPCA have issued a number of tips for keeping children, adults and even pets safe this Halloween. For trick-or-treaters: For Halloween party-goers: For pets:
Monday, September 24, 2012
New statement urges discontinuing recreational trampolines.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has issued a statement strongly discouraging the use of recreational trampolines at home. According to a Reuters article, in 1999 the AAP recommended stronger safety measure to help prevent injuries on recreation trampolines, and manufacturers responded by adding safety nets and padding. The article quoted Dr. Susannah Briskin, who helped draft the updated statement, as saying, "As best we can tell, the addition of safety nets and padding has actually not changed the injuries we have seen." Statistics cited in the article show that while from the number of injuries has been dropping – from 111,851 cases treated at ERs in 2004, to 97,908 in 2009 – Briskin cautioned that, "Even though there has been…
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
State officials: Sale of bumper pads could be outlawed by next June.
Crib bumper pads may soon become a thing of past if health officials in Maryland get their way. Several months after the American Academy of Pediatrics called for parents to discontinue use of crib bumpers because of the risk of death for babies, Maryland is poised to become the first state to ban their sale. “The safety and health of infants in Maryland is our first priority,” said Dr. Joshua M. Sharfstein, head of the state's Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. “After an extensive, year-long review of the evidence and thoughtful consideration of public comment, we agree with our expert health advisors that baby bumper pads pose unreasonable risks to infants.” The Maryland Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics has thrown its …
Monday, March 12, 2012
Sunny skies, planning controversy, and MoCo headlines.
It's going to be partly sunny today, according to the National Weather Service, with a high around 67 and a low near 53. Planning Director Rollin Stanley was under fire for comments some say are sexist, although he apologized, a local activist is calling for his resignation. Many think school should start later for students. What's your opinion? Vote in our poll. Miss any headlines around the county last week? Don't miss our MoCo news roundup. Assault, theft and burglary headline this week's police blotter.
Sunday, March 11, 2012
Here's the blotter for Feb. 20-28
Montgomery County Police released a recent crime summary for Feb. 20 through Feb. 28, which included an assault and a theft.
Friday, March 9, 2012
Cloudy skies, controversy at the Planning Department, and sector plan news.
It's going to be mostly cloudy today, according to the National Weather Service, with a high near 54 and a low around 31. Montgomery County Planning Director Rollin Stanley has come under fire for comments some have deemed sexist. The Montgomery County Council voted to add language to the Kensington Sector Plan, aiming to strengthen the plan's section on the Konterra property. This week's Readers' Choice is looking for the best workout spots in the area. Vote for your favorite in our poll. Should Maryland abolish the death penalty?
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Drivers who pass stopped buses will face up to $250 in fines.
Drivers who don't stop for children getting off of school buses will soon face a fine of up to $250 under a law passed by the County Council on Tuesday. The council passed the measure unanimously at its Tuesday meeting, and Councilmember Valerie Ervin said it will send a clear message to drivers that Montgomery County is serious about children's safety. The bill, introduced by Ervin, does not specify a cost, fine amount or number of cameras. Instead, it authorizes Montgomery County Police to consult with the Board of Education on a plan to install cameras on certain buses. County Police Chief Thomas Manger, who joined Ervin and others at a news conference Tuesday, said there's no excuse for ignoring a school bus' stop sign and flashing …
Sunday, March 4, 2012
Here's the blotter for Feb. 13-21.
Montgomery County Police released a recent crime summary for Jan. 30 through Feb. 7, which included thefts and robbery.
Thursday, March 1, 2012
Sunny skies, a zoning debate, and burglary suspects.
It's going to be sunny and warm today, according to the National Weather Service, with a high around 64 and a low near 38. The County Council debated whether Kensington should allow greater heights for the proposed Konterra project at a meeting this week. Police released surveillance photos of the suspects in a few area burglaries, including some in White Flint. Don't miss your chance to vote on the best late-night restaurants in the area. Local students got a chance to learn from renowned pianist Brian Ganz at Strathmore this month.