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Rape Reported between Gaithersburg and Germantown

     Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Major Crimes Division are investigating a rape that occurred during the early morning hours of Sunday, September 26 in a wooded area near Route 355 and High Point Drive in Germantown.

      At approximately 3:30 a.m., Gaithersburg Police Officers were flagged down at the 7-Eleven located on Professional Drive for the report of a rape that had just occurred.  The preliminary investigation revealed that the 21-year-old female victim from Silver Spring was walking toward the 7-Eleven on Professional Drive.  As she was walking southbound on Frederick Road just south of High Point Drive she was grabbed from behind and forced into a wooded area where she was assaulted by an unknown male.  After the assault, the suspect fled in a southerly direction on Frederick Road.

157 Montgomery County Public School Students Are National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists

There are 157 National Merit Scholarship semifinalists from Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) in the 2011 competition, eight more than the previous year. The semifinalists will go on to compete nationally for scholarships that will be offered in the spring. The competition is sponsored by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. 

The MCPS semifinalists come from 16 high schools. The schools and their number of semifinalists are:

Bethesda-Chevy Chase: 8
Montgomery Blair: 40
Blake: 1
Winston Churchill: 13
Clarksburg: 1
Einstein: 1
Poolesville:  9
Quince Orchard: 2
Richard Montgomery: 30
Rockville: 1
Seneca Valley: 1
Springbrook: 3
Walter Johnson: 7
Walt Whitman: 24
Watkins Mill: 1
Wootton: 15

Germantown Man Who Impersonated a Federal Immigration Agent Pleads Guilty

        Robert Fred Mejia, age 29, of Germantown, Maryland, pleaded guilty today to conspiring to transport money obtained by fraud across state lines and to  impersonate an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”) officer; and to transporting money obtained by fraud, in connection with a scheme to purportedly provide immigration services.  Mejia also pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of ammunition.

        The guilty plea was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge William Winter of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Office of Homeland Security Investigations; Special Agent in Charge Peter P. Paradis, Sr. of the Department of Homeland Security - Office of Inspector General; Chief J. Thomas Manger of the Montgomery County Police Department; and Montgomery County State’s Attorney John McCarthy.

Maryland Cell Phone Ban Begins

Maryland residents and those residents who travel through Maryland need to know that on Friday, October 1, 2010 (this Friday) - cell phone use will become illegal while driving. The offense will be a "secondary" offense, meaning that offenders can only be cited with it if they are pulled over for another primary offense like speeding or running a red light.

Beginning on Friday, people who wish to make a call while driving MUST use a hands free device. The fine will be $40 for the first offense and $100 for subsequent violations of the law.

Texting while driving has been illegal for some time now and already carries a fine.

Maryland is following suit with several other states with cellular phone bans while in operation of a motor vehicle, but it is one of the only (if not the only) state to list the law as a "secondary" offense.

Stink Bugs Destroy Crops At Germantown Farm

GERMANTOWN, Md. (WUSA) -- The Red Wiggler Community Farm in Germantown is infested with stink bugs.

Founder Woody Woodroof says the stink bugs cause discoloration, changes the texture, and make crops inedible.

He says his farm has lost 15 percent of its crops to the bug. It's a loss for the farm and for the people that work there.

"We grow and sell vegetables as a framework for training adults with developmental disabilities," Woodroof says.

He says they are using a floating row cover to protect crops from stink bugs.

"We're a certified organic farm," Woodroof says, "What that means is we don't spray chemical based pesticides or herbicides."

Woodroof says nothing else has worked, nor have any other insects prayed on the stink bug.

He says other farms are seeing the same thing.

Congressman Roscoe Bartlett says he will asking for $3 Million to help fund research to protect crops from the the stink bug.

QIAGEN Ground Breaking Promises Over 90 Jobs in the Area by 2015

After 10 Years of Growth in County, $52 Million Project Will
Enhance Manufacturing Capabilities, Add 90+ Jobs By 2015

Friday, September 24, 2010

1:30 and 3:30 pm – facility tours upon request to Shelly Ducker

2:00-3:30 pm – event program/groundbreaking

QIAGEN

19300 Germantown Road, Germantown

Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett will participate in a groundbreaking ceremony for QIAGEN’s 117,000-square-foot, $52 million expansion project, which will allow the company to consolidate many of its Maryland manufacturing operations and offices, and add more than 90 new jobs within the next five years.

ALDI Opens First Germantown Store

The first Germantown ALDI store officially opens to the public on Oct. 6.

What:   ALDI store opening                                               

Who:    Local community members invited

When:  Oct. 6, 2010, 9 a.m.

Where: 20904 Frederick Road, Germantown, Md.

 

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