New County Web Site

Blends Services, Information Montgomery County officials have launched a new county government Web site, www.montgomerycountymd.gov, consolidating the county's interactive services and informational sites in a redesigned format.

The site replaces the county's first site, www.co.mo.md.us, which was started in 1995 with general information about the county government, and the www.emontgomery.org site, which later offered interactive services such as allowing residents to pay for parking tickets and property taxes online.

Residents who access the new site can register for recreation classes, participate in book discussions, reserve ballfields, find information on bus and rail routes, purchase bus and rail fares, register bicycles and renew library materials. In addition, online permitting services allow residents to check their application status, schedule inspections, and search for permits.

"We hope residents will check out the new site and let us know what other services and features they'd like to access," said County Executive Douglas M. Duncan (D).

Man Sentenced to 21 Years

For Attempted Rape A 19-year-old man was sentenced last week to 21 years in prison for the attempted first-degree rape of a woman who was raking leaves in her yard.

Christopher Agunbiade of Wheaton had pleaded guilty in Montgomery County Circuit Court to the Oct. 26, 2000, attack on the 67-year-old woman on Veirs Mill Road. Prosecutors said that during the attack her medical alert device was activated and an ambulance came to the scene. The medical personnel spoke with Agunbiade as he was in the process of leaving on his bicycle, prosecutors said. He told them that the woman was tired from raking leaves, and left, according to court records.

Police said an investigation identified Agunbiade as a suspect in other unrelated cases. After questioning by police, Agunbiade was linked to the Veirs Mill Road attack, prosecutors said.

Pedestrian Killed in Potomac

Identified as 66-Year-Old The pedestrian who was killed trying to cross Tuckerman Lane in Potomac on Nov. 20 has been identified as Shanta Parimoo, 66, Montgomery County police said.

Parimoo had just gotten off a bus and was trying to cross south on Tuckerman Lane near Deborah Drive, where she lived, when she was hit, police said. Investigators said they believe Parimoo was not at a crosswalk, and there was no pedestrian signal at the intersection.

The incident is under investigation.

Staff writer Phuong Ly contributed to this report.