Charges Dismissed in Potomac Homicide

Man Had Been Accused of Strangling Mother

Montgomery County prosecutors asked a judge to dismiss charges against Mark K. Makki, who had been accused of beating and strangling his mother, Shohreh Seyed-Makki, on Oct. 6 in their Potomac home.

The request for dismissal came Wednesday, a day before prosecutors were scheduled to present their case against him to a grand jury. The decision to drop the charges came after DNA samples from the crime scene showed that an unidentified man who is not Makki came into close contact with Seyed-Makki shortly before she was killed.

Pr. George's Teacher Charged With Rape

Man Accused of Assaulting Student, 14, Fired

A Prince George's County social studies teacher was arrested Wednesday and charged with raping a 14-year-old student. Greenbelt police and school officials said Pascal E. Brazey, 36, was fired Thursday by the school system.

A French citizen with a U.S. employment visa, Brazey was being held in lieu of $75,000 bond. According to police, Brazey was charged with two counts of rape and with sexual molestation and assault in an alleged incident in June 2004. His alleged victim was 14 at the time.

Police said he went to her home and had nonconsensual sex with her a day after she called in sick to school.

A charging document said Brazey said the sex was consensual.

Bill Allowing Canadian Drugs Approved

Montgomery Measure Affects County Workers

The Montgomery County Council approved a bill Tuesday requiring officials to give county employees the option to purchase lower-cost prescription drugs from Canada -- or anyplace else they can find a good deal.

The bill was approved despite warnings from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration that the county was on the verge of violating federal law and risked being sued.

The measure affects 12,500 county employees and retirees.

Frederick Picks Political Novice as Mayor

Republican Defeats Man Seeking Return to Office

A Republican political newcomer defeated a former four-term mayor who was seeking a return to the office in Frederick. W. Jeff Holtzinger, 41, a lawyer and licensed civil engineer, upset Ronald N. Young, 65, a Democrat.

Young had played up his experience in state and local government while Holtzinger campaigned as a new voice.

Report Faults SoccerPlex Business Plan

Higher Costs, Less Support Led to Financial Woes

A new report showed that the Maryland SoccerPlex, once touted as a model for public-private partnerships in Montgomery County, has been in financial peril since it opened because it had a faulty business plan.

The report, released to the County Council, says the SoccerPlex has been beleaguered by costs higher than anticipated and far less support from corporations and private donors than had been expected.

The financial woes led to soccer players having to pay more to use the Boyds facility, planners said.

Ex-State Senator Pleads Not Guilty

Racketeering Among Charges Against Bromwell

Former Maryland state senator Thomas L. Bromwell pleaded not guilty Monday to racketeering and other offenses as newly released court documents revealed that the FBI seized more than three dozen items, including his wife's diary, during a recent search of the Bromwell residence.

Bromwell's wife, Mary Pat, who also is charged in the case, also pleaded not guilty.

Bromwell is accused of using his influence to benefit a construction company and its former president and chief executive, W. David Stoffregen, in exchange for concealed payments of more than $190,000, free or discounted contracting services at his home and other favors.

Civil Rights Challenge Kendall Walker, left, and Dawn Hightower are plaintiffs in the Charles County arson case.