Tuesday, October 3, 2006


Location Proposed for Day-Laborer Center

Gaithersburg city officials have identified a tentative location for a county-funded employment center that will serve mostly immigrant day laborers, City Manager David B. Humpton said yesterday.

He said the management of the Festival Center at Muddy Branch, near Interstate 270 on Muddy Branch Road, has provided a letter of intent to lease 2,050 square feet of storefront space at the eastern end of the property. A lease has not been signed.

The City Council will hold a special work session on the proposal Oct. 12 at 7:30 p.m. at Gaithersburg City Hall.

The Montgomery County Council has been pushing the city to find a place to accommodate the laborers, who had been gathering each morning in the parking lot between another shopping center and a church on North Frederick Avenue until city police made them leave. Plans for the center to open at another facility on North Frederick Avenue fell through after residents complained that it was too close to their houses.

-- Nancy Trejos


Man Sought in Sexual Assault of 12-Year-Old

Howard County police are offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of a man suspected of sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl Sunday afternoon outside a shopping center in Elkridge.

The man approached three girls at a shopping area in the 6500 block of Waterloo Road, according to Sherry Llewellyn, the county police spokeswoman. The man claimed he was selling magazines, but the girls walked away; police say he followed them to a wooded area. Two of the girls, ages 12 and 13, ran off. He forced the third girl to perform a sex act, Llewellyn said.

The man ran away when the two girls returned with friends to confront him, Llewellyn said. The third girl went to a hospital, where police were notified of the crime. Llewellyn said she did not know whether the girl had been injured.

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