Elrich backed by Progressive Maryland for Montgomery County executive

Progressive Maryland endorsed council member Marc Elrich (D-At Large) Monday in the Montgomery County executive race. Elrich, who has served on the council since 2006, has also been endorsed by the Metropolitan Washington Council AFL-CIO, SEIU Local 32BJ and Casa in Action.

Progressive Maryland touted Elrich’s efforts to protect the health of Ten Mile Creek, support grass fields over artificial turf, raise the minimum wage and promote responsible development.

The other Democrats in the June 26 primary are council members Roger Berliner (Potomac-Bethesda) and George L. Leventhal (At Large), Potomac businessman David Blair, state Del. C. William Frick and former Rockville mayor Rose Krasnow. Republican Robin Ficker is also running to succeed County Executive Isiah Leggett (D).

— Rachel Chason

Woman dies in District Heights fire

An 84-year-old woman died after a fire in Prince George’s County, officials said.

The incident happened about 11 p.m. Sunday in the 6000 block of North Hil Mar Circle in District Heights. The victim was identified as Doris Miller of District Heights.

A 911 caller reported a person trapped in a townhouse that had fire showing when firefighters arrived, officials said. Crews discovered Miller on the second floor after a search. She died at a nearby hospital.

The fire displaced two others and remains under investigation.

— Dana Hedgpeth

Coach charged with soliciting minor

A coach from Manassas has been charged with soliciting a minor after sending sexually explicit images through social media to a juvenile, Fairfax County police said.

Joshua Schroeder, 26, who was general manager at the Sport and Speed Institute in Chantilly, was arrested Saturday and charged with three counts of solicitation of a minor, police said.

On Feb. 5, a school resource officer took a report of a minor who had received a sexually explicit image, and investigators determined that Schroeder was inappropriately communicating with the child, police said.

Schroeder is scheduled for arraignment Feb. 15, authorities said.

— Justin Jouvenal