Tag: Montgomery County, MD News

Supreme Court to consider new Va. sentencings for Beltway sniper Lee Boyd Malvo

The United States Supreme Court will consider whether younger Beltway sniper Lee Boyd Malvo should be resentenced in Virginia, where he received four convictions, and was sentenced to life in prison, with no chance of parole. The High Court announced Monday that Malvo’s case will be heard during its October term. Malvo was 17 years […]

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Surveillance video shows bumbling attempt to steal Silver Spring ATM

Four men tried to steal an ATM from a Silver Spring 7-11 in February, and it turned out to be trickier than they anticipated. Montgomery County police released a two-minute surveillance video of the Feb. 17 bungled burglary in the Hillandale neighborhood. It happened around 4 a.m. The video shows a pickup truck smashing backward […]

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Montgomery Co. student group plans 2nd mass walkout for gun control

WASHINGTON — Exactly a year after walking out of classes for gun control, a Montgomery County student-led group is planning another regionwide action in a continued call for stricter gun laws in the aftermath of last year’s Parkland, Florida, shooting. In a news release last week, Moco Students for Change detailed plans for a sequel […]

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Analysis: With Md. arrest, growing concerns about domestic terrorism

WASHINGTON — The arrest of Christopher Paul Hasson is a symptom of a shift in thinking inside the law enforcement community. For almost 20 years, deep, well-founded worries about international terrorists penetrating the homeland and launching massive, catastrophic attacks like that of 9/11 have driven policies and practices. But now, there is profound concern that […]

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Threat allegations keep Coast Guard officer jailed

JUST IN @ 1:55 p.m.: A judge has denied the release request of Coast Guard Lt. Christopher Hasson, the Silver Spring man who prosecutors called a ‘domestic terrorist’ and had harbored extremist views. Federal prosecutors have 14 days to charge him with more serious charges; Hasson currently faces drug and gun charges. Read more. GREENBELT, […]

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Silver Spring man accused of plotting domestic terror plot denied release

A judge has denied the release request of Coast Guard Lt. Christopher Hasson, the Silver Spring man who prosecutors called a “domestic terrorist” and had harbored extremist views. Federal prosecutors have 14 days to charge him with more serious charges; Hasson currently faces drug and gun charges. This is a developing story. Stay with WTOP […]

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Coast Guard officer accused of making hit list of Democrats

JUST IN @ 1:55 p.m.: A judge has denied the release request of Coast Guard Lt. Christopher Hasson, the Silver Spring man who prosecutors called a ‘domestic terrorist’ and had harbored extremist views. Federal prosecutors have 14 days to charge him with more serious charges; Hasson currently faces drug and gun charges. Read more. GREENBELT, […]

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Silver Spring man accused of plotting domestic terror attack

WASHINGTON — A Silver Spring, Maryland, lieutenant for the U.S. Coast Guard in D.C. has been arrested on suspicion of a domestic terror plot to kill numerous high-profile politicians and journalists in an attempt to establish a white homeland. Christopher Hasson, 49, was arrested Feb. 15. Court documents reveal Hasson described himself as a white […]

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Lowest and highest average car insurance premiums in the region

WASHINGTON — It’s not just the cost of new and used cars that keeps going up: area car insurance rates have also continued to climb. A new study shows rates have jumped about 3.5 percent since last year, and over 10 percent since 2011. And while that’s a lot, it’s still about half as high […]

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Winter weather likely to cause headache during Tuesday evening commute

WASHINGTON — If you’re coming into D.C. from the northwestern part of the WTOP listening area this morning, be sure to add some extra time to your commute. A blast of winter weather is on its way. Inside the Beltway, expect early morning conditions to be typical for this time of the year. But outside the […]

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Furloughed federal workers are warned of employment scams, bogus loans

WASHINGTON — As federal workers and contractors miss paychecks, consumer experts are warning them to be wary of scam artists who might seek to exploit their troubling situation. The Montgomery County Office of Consumer Protection said anyone in financial distress should watch out for bogus loans, illegal debt collection practices and work-at-home schemes. Short term, […]

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Incentives abound for DC blood donors before New Year’s

WASHINGTON — Two organizations that collect blood for use in the D.C. area are asking for donations now. That’s because car accidents, cancer treatments and emergency surgeries don’t stop for the holidays. But donors don’t make as much time to give in late December as they do during other parts of the year. Donate at […]

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Pepco’s getting ready for winter and says you should too

WASHINGTON — With winter weather coming, Pepco on Thursday let customers know what they’re doing to get ready — and what customers can do too. At Pepco’s Benning Service Center in Southeast D.C., regional president Donna Cooper called the utility’s winter preparations “truly an all-hands-on-deck exercise.” She said Pepco “has already begun essential work” to […]

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Victim tried to extinguish Thanksgiving Eve house fire that killed 2

WASHINGTON — Investigators believe a Montgomery County man tried to extinguish the fire that killed him and his elderly mother in their home along the Maryland and D.C. line early Wednesday morning. At approximately 1 a.m., firefighters responded to a 911 call from neighbors of a burning house in the 4900 block of Western Avenue. […]

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WTOP’s Junior Reporter Contest winners bring talents to the newsroom

WASHINGTON — Three very special guests shared their broadcasting talents at the Glass-Enclosed Nerve Center on Monday. The winners of WTOP’s 2018 Junior Reporter Contest arrived at the Northwest D.C. newsroom, ready to learn about radio and to share their own stories. They were introduced to the WTOP Traffic Center with traffic reporter Bob Marbourg, […]

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Judge slams safety board for slow investigation in fatal Md. apartment explosion

WASHINGTON — The explosion at the Flower Branch Apartments in Silver Spring that killed seven people was more than two years ago, yet a still-to-be-completed federal investigation has stalled residents’ lawsuits and raised the ire of a Montgomery County judge. While the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives quickly determined the Aug. 10, 2016 […]

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Multiple crashes in slim time frame cause concern in Montgomery Co.

WASHINGTON — Rain-slicked roadways and poor visibility Monday night are being blamed for a series of vehicle crashes and pedestrians struck within a three-hour period in Montgomery County, Maryland. “Between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., Montgomery County Fire and Rescue crews have responded to … more than a dozen collisions, in addition to six pedestrians […]

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Report: Amazon to split HQ2 between Crystal City, Queens

WASHINGTON — Amazon is planning to split its long-anticipated second headquarters between two locations rather than choosing one, The Wall Street Journal reported Monday evening. Following the Journal’s report, The New York Times reported those two locations will be Crystal City, Virginia, and Queens, New York. The Times said Amazon is closing in on deals […]

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What Montgomery Co. can learn from DC about condom distribution

WASHINGTON — Montgomery County’s Board of Education is weighing a plan to make condoms accessible to all of its high school students. The proposal comes after an effort to distribute condoms in four of the county schools’ wellness centers is about to go into effect. In D.C., however, condoms have already been distributed to students […]

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WTOP moving to new headquarters in Maryland

WASHINGTON — The Glass-Enclosed Nerve Center is moving at the end of 2018 from its current D.C. newsroom to a new office space in Maryland. WTOP will live in an eight-story building that toes the D.C.-Maryland border, right near the Friendship Heights Metro station. After 30 years at 3400 Idaho Ave. in Northwest D.C., WTOP […]

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Man who fled to W.Va. after Georgetown killing gets 15-year prison term

WASHINGTON — A Maryland man arrested while on the run from police in West Virginia last year has been sentenced for killing a teenager in Georgetown last summer. Demarius Jackson, 25, of Hyattsville, Maryland, was sentenced to 15 years in D.C. Superior Court Friday. Jackson pleaded guilty to charges of voluntary manslaughter while armed and assault […]

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Takoma Park officer who wounded DC man in shootout is a 10-year veteran

WASHINGTON — The Takoma Park, Maryland, officer who wounded a man in Wednesday’s shootout near the D.C. border has been identified. Charles Hoetzel, a 10-year veteran of the department, has been placed on paid administrative leave as D.C. police internal affairs detectives continue their investigation, according to a tweet Friday from the Takoma Park Police Department. […]

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