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Posted at 03:45 PM ET, 10/18/2011

William McQuain’s body found

Montgomery County police have found human remains they believe are those of 11-year-old William Mcquain, who was last seen about two weeks ago.

By Dan Morse and Josh White  |  03:45 PM ET, 10/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:06 PM ET, 06/07/2011

Md. girl, 12, was stabbed to death

The 12-year-old honor roll student killed inside her Gaithersburg townhouse last week was stabbed to death and her body was found in the basement, Montgomery County police said Tuesday.

By Dan Morse  |  05:06 PM ET, 06/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:57 PM ET, 06/01/2011

Dead Gaithersburg girl suffered upper body wounds: Police

Montgomery County police on Wednesday identified the 12-year-old girl found dead inside a Gaithersburg townhouse Tuesday night, saying she had suffered trauma to her upper body.

By Dan Morse  |  03:57 PM ET, 06/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:20 PM ET, 04/25/2011

Man killed in Md. fire was retired Howard professor

Montgomery County fire deparment officials on Monday identified the vitim of a Sunday house fire in Potomac as Sung Y. Kwack, 74.

By Dan Morse  |  05:20 PM ET, 04/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:52 PM ET, 04/20/2011

Video of Md. 7-Eleven robbery released

Montgomery County police on Wednesday released dramatic surveillance video as they appealed to the public’s help as they investigate an armed robbery at a 7-Eleven earlier this month in Laytonsville.

By Dan Morse  |  01:52 PM ET, 04/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:23 PM ET, 04/19/2011

Police Taser man holding knife, baby during dispute

A Montgomery County police officer deployed a Taser to subdue a 24-year-old man police said held a knife in one hand and a baby in the other before threatening to kill himself, officials said Tuesday.

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Posted at 10:28 AM ET, 04/14/2011

Reckless driving citation for Montgomery judge Brian Kim

A Montgomery County District Judge was cited for reckless driving Thursday after another driver told police the judge had driven erratically and cut her off along an interstate during evening rush hour, according to Maryland State Police.

By Dan Morse  |  10:28 AM ET, 04/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:25 PM ET, 03/24/2011

Olney killings suspect held without bond

The man charged with the murder of two men in Olney was ordered held without bond Thursday afternoon.

By Dan Morse  |  02:25 PM ET, 03/24/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:47 PM ET, 03/22/2011

Olney killings may be linked: Police

Montgomery County detectives are investigating whether the death of an 81-year-old man last week in Olney is connected to the fatal shooting of another man there Monday.

By Allison Klein and Dan Morse  |  01:47 PM ET, 03/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:51 PM ET, 03/16/2011

Drug charges against Md. police officer

Federal authorities said a Montgomery County police officer helped her fiancé, a convicted drug dealer, deal drugs.

By Maria Glod and Dan Morse  |  03:51 PM ET, 03/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:20 AM ET, 01/26/2011

4th guilty plea in Betts case

The last of four 19-year-olds charged in the murder investigation of well-known principal Brian Betts pleaded guilty in Montgomery County Circuit Court Wednesday to lesser charges, bringing prosecution of the case to a close. Deontra Q. Gray pleaded guilty to...

By Dan Morse  |  11:20 AM ET, 01/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:47 PM ET, 01/25/2011

Woman dies in Montgomery crash

A 65-year-old woman died Tuesday morning after the car she was driving hit a trash truck in the Gaithersburg area, Montgomery County police said. Dorothy Eisel, 65, was driving a Kia Spectra east on Olney-Laytonsville Road at Riggs Road shortly...

By Dan Morse  |  08:47 PM ET, 01/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:22 AM ET, 01/14/2011

Gunfight ends with 1 dead in Va.

Two men exchanged gunfire in Manassas Thursday night, leaving one dead, officials said Friday morning. The other is expected to survive. About 9:20, the men fired at each other in the area of Stonington Lane and Emerald Drive, according to...

By Dan Morse  |  10:22 AM ET, 01/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:24 AM ET, 12/17/2010

Baby girl born in car on I-270

A woman gave birth to a baby girl Friday morning after the Mazda she was in pulled over to the shoulder off Interstate 270 in Montgomery County, authorities said. A man inside the vehicle received delivery instructions over the phone...

By Dan Morse  |  11:24 AM ET, 12/17/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:25 AM ET, 12/10/2010

Radio Shack robber punches employee

Montgomery County detectives are looking for a man who punched a Radio Shack employee in the face and fled with a Sony PlayStation, authorities said Thursday. Just before 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, police were called to the store at 8213 Georgia...

By Dan Morse  |  07:25 AM ET, 12/10/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:15 PM ET, 11/30/2010

3rd suspect pleads in Betts slaying

The third of four suspects originally charged in the slaying of Principal Brian K. Betts pleaded guilty Tuesday.

By Dan Morse  |  06:15 PM ET, 11/30/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:45 PM ET, 10/14/2010

Two cops on leave after man dies

Montgomery County police have placed two officers on administrative leave who were involved in an altercation with a 65-year-old man who died Thursday morning. The officers used a electronic stun device and pepper spray on the man Sunday night, and...

By Dan Morse  |  07:45 PM ET, 10/14/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:02 AM ET, 10/14/2010

Man dies who had conflict with police

A 65-year-old man hospitalized after a Sunday night encounter with Montgomery County police died early Thursday morning, according to his family and authorities....

By Dan Morse  |  11:02 AM ET, 10/14/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:31 AM ET, 10/08/2010

'Interest' in Md. suspect in duck's death

The Montgomery County man suspected of slashing the tires of his Hispanic neighbors’ cars also is under suspicion for stealing a duck from one of their backyards and cutting its head off, according to police arrest records filed in court...

By Dan Morse  |  07:31 AM ET, 10/08/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:01 PM ET, 10/06/2010

Silver Spring barricade ends

A 59-year-old man reportedly armed with a machete tried to assault his daughter-in-law Wednesday morning, holed up inside a Silver Spring house and eventually was taken into custody by police, officials said. Officers were called to the house -- in...

By Washington Post editors  |  06:01 PM ET, 10/06/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:24 AM ET, 10/05/2010

Montgomery to honor citizen rescuers

Montgomery County officials on Tuesday will recognize a group of "Everyday Heroes," including a FedEx driver who came to the rescue of unconscious passengers inside an idling vehicle, county officials said. The ceremony will take place at 2 p.m. in...

By Dan Morse  |  10:24 AM ET, 10/05/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:08 PM ET, 09/16/2010

Recap: Discovery hostages on Oprah

Update: 4:50: It's over. Hostage Jim McNulty said he heard SWAT officers fire multiple rounds: "Pop, pop, pop, pop, pop," he said. Here is a recap, based on a rush transcript of my notes. There will be a full story...

By Dan Morse  |  05:08 PM ET, 09/16/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:55 AM ET, 09/15/2010

Top job for longtime Md. deputy sheriff

Montgomery County voters elected Darren Popkin yesterday as Democratic candidate for sheriff. Popkin has served for more than 10 years as chief deputy to Montgomery's long-time sheriff, Raymond Kight, who earlier decided to retire after six terms. No Republicans ran...

By Dan Morse  |  09:55 AM ET, 09/15/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:46 PM ET, 08/31/2010

Driver rams vehicle at tow lot: Police

Picking up a car from the impound lot can be frustrating. To hear Fairfax City police tell it, though, a woman took things well past too far on Monday afternoon. At 4:39 p.m., an employee at Henry's Wrecker Service 10401...

By Dan Morse  |  01:46 PM ET, 08/31/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:50 AM ET, 08/31/2010

More crime, more time in Montgomery

Looking down from his bench at a convicted thief on Monday, Montgomery County Circuit Judge Eric Johnson expressed sympathy -- for the man's attorney. "I know Ms. [Samantha] Sandler must have almost had a heart attack when she found out...

By Dan Morse  |  11:50 AM ET, 08/31/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:51 PM ET, 08/26/2010

New Montgomery speed camera sites

Montgomery County police today announced the 24 new locations where it will post its rotating fleet of mobile and portable speed cameras. Officials also announced an additional fixed pole location: The 12200 block of New Hampshire Avenue, where two cameras...

By Dan Morse  |  04:51 PM ET, 08/26/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:25 PM ET, 08/20/2010

MoCo cop charged with assault

Montgomery County police say an officer who chased down a graffiti suspect has been indicted on an assault charge. Police say Officer George Saoutis was among officers who responded to a building in Silver Spring on March 3 for a report of graffiti vandalism. They say as a group of men ran from the scene, Saoutis pursued one of them, eventually arresting and charging a 16-year-old boy with vandalism.

By Washington Post editors  |  01:25 PM ET, 08/20/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:06 PM ET, 08/16/2010

Duo charged in Md. BB gun spree

The two suspects aren't accused of killing -- or even hurting -- anyone, but to 57 automobile owners who had their windows shot out recently, the two men represent a rather high level of aggravation. Mariano Vilchis, 29, and Raul...

By Dan Morse  |  03:06 PM ET, 08/16/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:54 PM ET, 07/30/2010

New District Court judge in Montgomery

Audrey A. Creighton, an assistant public defender in Montgomery County, has been appointed a District Court judge. Governor Martin O’Malley appointed her to fill the vacancy created by the elevation of Judge Cheryl A. McCally to the Circuit Court, the...

By Dan Morse  |  02:54 PM ET, 07/30/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:42 PM ET, 07/30/2010

Driver dies in Md. after hit from behind

A driver died Thursday night in Burtonsville after the Toyota 4Runner he was driving was hit from behind while stopped at a red light, authorities said. The 4Runner driver, Anthony Lee Austin, 57, of Silver Spring, was flown to Prince...

By Dan Morse  |  12:42 PM ET, 07/30/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:01 PM ET, 07/01/2010

Life for Md. man who killed teen

UPDATE: Tracy Bailey was sentenced to life in prison Thursday. Under Maryland laws, he could eventually become eligible for parole; the governor's office must sign off on parole for murderers who receive life sentences. ORIGINAL POST: Tracy Bailey, who pleaded...

By Dan Morse  |  04:01 PM ET, 07/01/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:25 AM ET, 07/01/2010

Body found in Potomac River

Officers from the Maryland Natural Resources Police found a body in the Potomac River about 8 a.m. Thursday in the area where a boat sank Tuesday night, officials said. Police are working to confirm if the body is that of...

By Dan Morse  |  09:25 AM ET, 07/01/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:53 AM ET, 05/20/2010

Woman gets 10 years in Montgomery crash that killed 2

A 34-year-old woman was sentenced to 10 years in prison Wednesday in connection with a drunken-driving wreck that killed two men on the Capital Beltway in Montgomery County on July 7. Kelli Loos had pleaded guilty two counts of vehicular...

By Washington Post Editors  |  07:53 AM ET, 05/20/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:10 PM ET, 05/19/2010

Fourth suspect charged with murder in Betts case

Update, 1 p.m.: Police identified the suspect as Joel Johnson, 19, of an unconfirmed address. He was charged with one count of first-degree murder, one count of armed robbery, three counts of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder, and three counts...

By Washington Post editors  |  01:10 PM ET, 05/19/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:26 PM ET, 05/13/2010

Two men slashed in Gaithersburg

Montgomery County police were investigating a stabbing or slashing in the Gaithersburg area Thursday evening that may have involved a tire iron, officials said. Two men were taken to Suburban Hospital with non-life threatening injuries, according to Capt. Oscar Garcia,...

By Washington Post editors  |  07:26 PM ET, 05/13/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:45 AM ET, 05/13/2010

Park Police seek man who robbed cars in park lots

U.S. Park Police investigators are looking for a thief who stole credit cards from a parked car in Greenbelt Park on Aug. 16, 2009. The credit cards were used in several stores in Greenbelt and Silver Spring....

By Dan Morse  |  09:45 AM ET, 05/13/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:54 PM ET, 05/11/2010

Man who led Md. chase was driving stolen car

The case of a 19-year old who led Montgomery County police on a chase Tuesday morning is getting more interesting. Turns out, police say, the man had been released from custody -- on a different set of charges -- just...

By Dan Morse  |  03:54 PM ET, 05/11/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:05 AM ET, 05/07/2010

Wizards' Gilbert Arenas leaves Montgomery halfway house

With little fanfare, basketball star Gilbert Arenas left a Montgomery County halfway house Friday morning, driving away at 7 a.m. Thus ended his month-long sentence at the county's Pre-Release Center, a hitch that stemmed from his gun troubles. He left...

By Dan Morse  |  10:05 AM ET, 05/07/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:29 AM ET, 04/16/2010

Police seek charming car thief who got three in one day

Montgomery County detectives are searching for a woman who they say used a stolen identity and flirtatious approach to steal three high-priced vehicles from dealerships on the same day. The suspect, identified as Somsook Jasmin McCollum, 37, of the 18500...

By Washington Post Editors  |  08:29 AM ET, 04/16/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:54 PM ET, 04/09/2010

Gilbert Arenas begins sentence in Montgomery jail

Washington Wizards star Gilbert Arenas began serving his sentence Friday night when he arrived at the Montgomery County Detention Center at 7:40 p.m., jail officials said. Arenas pleaded guility to a gun charge in the District and a judge sentenced...

By Washington Post editors  |  07:54 PM ET, 04/09/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:15 PM ET, 03/04/2010

Rowdy hoops fans could get booted from school

It's not totally clear what to call last night's post-basketball game activityat the University of Maryland: Melee? Disturbance? Rowdy celebration? Riot? The final term seems too strong, but the school itself has come up with something kind of similar: "Riot-related...

By Dan Morse  |  04:15 PM ET, 03/04/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 03/02/2010

A likeable, salty, 84-year-old fraud victim: Meet Evelyn Zucker

What to make of Evelyn Zucker? The 84-year-old fraud victim's violator, ex-con Roger Greenberg, was found guilty of theft, embezzlement, financial exploitation of a vulnerable adult and neglect in a trial in Montgomery County on Monday. None of the jurors...

By Dan Morse  |  10:30 AM ET, 03/02/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:30 PM ET, 03/01/2010

Man convicted in swindle of elderly wife

A man who married an elderly woman in the front seat of a car was convicted in Montgomery County Monday of swindling more than $100,000 from his wife and neglecting her so badly that she had to be hospitalized. The...

By Washington Post editors  |  04:30 PM ET, 03/01/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:00 PM ET, 02/25/2010

Second suspect found in home improvement scheme

A construction worker in Miami who was watching "America's Most Wanted" this month, saw a coworker and picked up the phone. "I'm 100 percent sure it's him," the viewer reportedly told the show's operators, said Cpl. Dan Friz, a spokesman...

By Dan Morse  |  02:00 PM ET, 02/25/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:25 AM ET, 02/23/2010

Trial set to start of alleged scam of invalid widow

A jury has been selected. The legal issues have been hammered out. Now, a trial is set to go this morning of an ex-con accused of biling an invalid widow of $112,829 and convincing her to marry him in the...

By Dan Morse  |  10:25 AM ET, 02/23/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:01 PM ET, 02/17/2010

Accused Silver Spring dog thief demanded money, victim says

The Crime Scene was able to speak with Gloria Chicas, owner of the dogs discussed in Wednesday's post about a dognapping in Montgomery County, earlier this afternoon. We also learned how Scooby, the dog county police said was recovered by...

By Dan Morse  |  03:01 PM ET, 02/17/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:50 PM ET, 02/08/2010

Police worry that overconfident drivers will hit gas, cause accidents

As motorists grow more self-assured, they could cause more wrecks. Several reasons: The same road can go from good to poor instantly; melting snow can lead to ice after dark; a clear road is clear only because of huge snow-piles...

By Dan Morse  |  03:50 PM ET, 02/08/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:16 PM ET, 02/08/2010

Web resources for area residents with court dates

Defendants throughout the region facing trials on Monday -- at least those who in fact are guilty as charged -- got reprieves thanks to the snow. Nervous about tomorrow?...

By Dan Morse  |  02:16 PM ET, 02/08/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:28 AM ET, 02/08/2010

Montgomery County courthouses aim for Tuesday reopening

The administrative judges of Montgomery County's courthouses ordered them closed Monday because of the snow, according Darren Popkin, chief deputy at the county's sheriff's office. That means no happenings at the District Court, where people show up to contest traffic...

By Dan Morse  |  10:28 AM ET, 02/08/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:13 PM ET, 01/29/2010

Man accused of targeting officer by setting fire to his apartment building

Montgomery County arson investigators arrested a Hyattsville man Friday in connection with a Jan. 19 blaze in Germantown, and accused him of setting the fire to harm a police officer who lives there and had previously had arrested him. "He...

By Dan Morse  |  03:13 PM ET, 01/29/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:20 AM ET, 01/28/2010

Police: Thief preyed on C&O Canal hikers, kayakers

As they park their cars, it's a calculation joggers, hikers and boaters make all the time: Do I take my valuables with me? Pros: Someone breaking into the car won't get them, I'll have spending money should I come across...

By Dan Morse  |  11:20 AM ET, 01/28/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:35 PM ET, 01/20/2010

Montgomery apartment blaze likely arson: Fire officials

An apartment fire that led to the balcony rescues of four people in Germantown on Tuesday appears to have been set deliberately, Montgomery County fire department officials said Wednesday. Arson investigators think an unknown substance that aided the growth of...

By Dan Morse  |  01:35 PM ET, 01/20/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:30 PM ET, 01/19/2010

Rockville man who had plans to kill Obama gets 5 years

Collin McKenzie-Gude, 20, who pleaded guilty last year to possessing bombmaking chemicals kept in his bedroom closet, was sentenced to 61 months in prison Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Greebelt. That sentence does not include an additional 17 months...

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Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 01/13/2010

Montgomery shooting victim was Pr. George's man

Montgomery County police found the county's first homicide victim of the year early Tuesday, an 18-year-old man who had been reported missing since late November in Prince George's County, authorities said. Montgomery police identified the victim as Alex Nando Roman,...

By Mary Pat Flaherty  |  09:00 AM ET, 01/13/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:37 AM ET, 01/13/2010

Md. fire station catches on fire

Three Montgomery County firefighters had just finished lunch Monday when their lieutenant approached with alarming instructions: Part of the station was on fire. Find it. Things turned out OK. No one was hurt. A sprinkler system kept the blaze --...

By Dan Morse  |  06:37 AM ET, 01/13/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:07 AM ET, 01/11/2010

Goodwill would have helped accused robber, spokesman says

If you'be been reading The Crime scene regularly, you've probably seen our recent coverage of the man charged with two armed robberies at a Montgomery County Goodwill store. Today, Dan Morse has more on the story.

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Posted at 04:53 PM ET, 01/08/2010

Herndon man charged with rape

Montgomery County police have charged a 20-year-old Virginia man who they say befriended a 12-year-old on the Internet, picked her up at her house on Christmas night and sexually assaulted her in a parking lot, according to court records....

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Posted at 01:37 PM ET, 01/07/2010

Sentencing of Md. man caught with bombmaking materials postponed

The Federal sentencing of Collin McKenzie-Gude, who pleaded guilty to storing bomb-making materials in his bedroom closets, was postponed for one week. A federal judge in Greenbelt on Thursday delayed the sentencing hearing that began Thusrday, saying that McKenzie-Gude's attorney...

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Posted at 01:45 PM ET, 01/05/2010

Warrant for former staffer 'very disturbing': IMF executive

A top International Monetary Fund official addressed the news that Montgomery County detectives are looking for a former entry-level IMF economist they think tried to kill a current IMF economist -- and may have fled to China -- in an...

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Posted at 03:46 PM ET, 12/30/2009

Judge quotes Ten Commandments when defendant cites God during sentencing

Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge Paul Weinstein, one of the county's most experienced, turned a defendant's mention of God into an opportunity for a stern rebuke in court on Tuesday. Ana Rodas, wife of Jose Alvarado -- who last week...

By Dan Morse  |  03:46 PM ET, 12/30/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:20 PM ET, 12/23/2009

Montgomery County crime totals continue to fall

Montgomery County police today announced that crime fell 4.1% in the third quarter compared with the same period a year ago. For the first nine months of 2009, crime is down 4.7%. One particularly large drop has been auto thefts,...

By Dan Morse  |  05:20 PM ET, 12/23/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:25 PM ET, 12/23/2009

Car searches over, Montgomery police seeking heist suspect

UPDATE: Montgomery police looking for the robbery suspect have called off their car-to-car search. The developing investigation shows the armored truck driver was robbed by a man with a shotgun inside the bank. ORIGINAL POST: Montgomery Police are making car-to-car...

By Dan Morse  |  04:25 PM ET, 12/23/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:20 AM ET, 12/22/2009

Bomb threat clears Montgomery County courthouse

Update, 12:40 p.m.: We caught Montgomery County Sheriff Raymond Kight coming out of the circuit courthouse. "You've got to take it seriously these days, and we do," he said. Someone called from the nearby Metro train station in Rockville, reporting...

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Posted at 08:51 AM ET, 12/17/2009

Bedsheets for inmates: A reader, official discuss

An interesting question-and-answer between a reader and an official turned up in the comments section of a recent Crime Scene post about the death of a Montgomery County inmate. I've posted the exchange below. And I encourage readers to weigh...

By Dan Morse  |  08:51 AM ET, 12/17/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:14 PM ET, 12/16/2009

On tape, an alleged theft inside courtroom

Montgomery County courtrooms have played host to countless theft trials. Now, according to recent charges, a courtroom played host to an actual theft. The video, captured during a break in a civil trial, shows the alleged pilfering of a document...

By Dan Morse  |  06:14 PM ET, 12/16/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:22 PM ET, 12/10/2009

Teen girl repels man with punch, police say

A 15-year-old Montgomery County girl touched by a man inappropriately as she was walking two dogs Wednesday evening chased him off with a punch and a shout, authorities said Thursday. The suspect was last seen in a dark-colored compact car...

By Washington Post Editors  |  01:22 PM ET, 12/10/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:44 AM ET, 12/10/2009

One man suspected in eight Potomac burglaries

In one heist, he made off with more than $100,000 in jewelry from a home. He strikes during weekdays, and appears to avoid confrontation. Montgomery County detectives said as many as eight recent home burglaries in the Potomac area may...

By Dan Morse  |  10:44 AM ET, 12/10/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:50 PM ET, 12/04/2009

Robbery suspect in referee shirt strikes again

With the latest report out of Delaware on Friday, police now believe the referee shirt-wearing bandit who struck at two Zales stores in Maryland made off with more than $60,000 in jewelry during a spree that lasted about five hours....

By Dan Morse  |  03:50 PM ET, 12/04/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:38 PM ET, 12/04/2009

Police say suspects' shapes led to Montgomery capture

Here's an update to a post from earlier today: Turns out the distinctive measurement descriptions of two robbery suspects -- a man at 5'11", 150 pounds, a woman at 5'6", 300 --- led to their capture. "The significant weight difference...

By Dan Morse  |  01:38 PM ET, 12/04/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 12/04/2009

Manassas Subway robbery suspects picked up in Montgomery

Sometimes the numbers behind crime suspects' lookout descriptions make for a distinct vision. Example: Male fugitive at 5'11", 150 pounds. Female at 5'6", 300. The pair was apprehended shortly before 6 p.m. Thursday by Montgomery County police. Authorities in Manassas...

By Dan Morse  |  11:30 AM ET, 12/04/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 12/03/2009

Dog attack victim details vicious ordeal

Lying on his back in a hospital bed this week, Orlando Romero walked us through what it’s like to be attacked by your own 120-pound dog that is a Rottweiler-Pit bull combo. “What came to my mind -- I was...

By Dan Morse  |  11:30 AM ET, 12/03/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:18 AM ET, 12/03/2009

Personal foul: Man in referee shirt steals diamonds

Attention, brides-to-be and others hoping to see the good, serious jewelry this holiday season: If your man presents you with two diamond rings and asks you to chose – particularly if furtive glances are involved – you may want to...

By Dan Morse  |  10:18 AM ET, 12/03/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:10 AM ET, 12/03/2009

Errant toilet search leads to firehouse investigation

An internal investigation into behavior that led to alleged improper bathroom use, among other things, has the ranks buzzing at the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service. At issue is the night of Oct. 8 inside the Burtonsville Volunteer Fire...

By Dan Morse  |  08:10 AM ET, 12/03/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:40 AM ET, 12/02/2009

Anger over noise may have led to man's death

A 45-year-old man in a tiny Frederick County town was charged with murder Wednesday morning after investigators said he shot his younger brother inside their house, officials said. Details were still emerging, but Allen L. Nichols apparently had become upset...

By Dan Morse  |  11:40 AM ET, 12/02/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:40 AM ET, 12/02/2009

Man found shot dead in Temple Hills

A 32-year-old man was found dead in Temple Hills early this morning, according to Prince George's County police. The man was pronounced dead at 12:13 a.m. in a parking lot of the Oxon Terrace Apartments in the 2500 block of...

By Dan Morse  |  09:40 AM ET, 12/02/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 12/02/2009

RIP, 'Yorkie'

His mind starting to slip, one thing 85-year-old James Thomas "Yorkie" Yorkshire liked to do was take late-night walks, his nephew recalled Tuesday. Sometimes the Southern Maryland man would set out looking for people no longer alive. "I was trying...

By Dan Morse  |  09:00 AM ET, 12/02/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:45 PM ET, 12/01/2009

Phone store worker bound, robbed

Montgomery County police converged on a T-Mobile mobile phone store in Rockville Tuesday afternoon after an employee there reported being bound during an armed robbery about 1:30 p.m., a police spokesman said. At least one suspect entered the store, in...

By Dan Morse  |  02:45 PM ET, 12/01/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:32 PM ET, 11/30/2009

Former Miss Maryland exits stage of criminal case

A former Miss Maryland USA caught up in a drug investigation was placed on probation Monday under terms that leave her without a conviction from the case on her record. Tia Shorts, who won the crown in 2004, was granted...

By Dan Morse  |  03:32 PM ET, 11/30/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:12 AM ET, 11/25/2009

When crime scene photos are too gory

Sometimes, it appears, crime scene photos can be too gory even for prosecutors who want to convince jurors that someone is a cold-blooded killer. An example arose recently when Montgomery County prosecutors explained a strategy employed during a murder trial....

By Dan Morse  |  10:12 AM ET, 11/25/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:20 PM ET, 11/24/2009

A win for embattled Bethesda physician

Suspended Bethesda physician Eric Greenberg -- the subject of a mugshot that stunned even longtime police officers -- is on a bit of a roll. A Montgomery County jury last week overturned his previous cocaine possession conviction, two months after...

By Dan Morse  |  02:20 PM ET, 11/24/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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