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Police believe someone in the area knows the suspect.

Germantown, Md. (WUSA) -- Montgomery County Police were looking for leads Tuesday evening for a rapist who may be linked to two attacks on elderly women in Germantown.

Karen Valloch, a Germantown resident says that with one brutal act of violence her sense of security is gone..."I've lived here 10 years, I'm single, I deliberately moved into a second floor, just to be on the safe side. And I've never known anything happening in this area....every night now I check my doors and everything two or three times. I keep my blinds closed all day. I keep my blinds on my balcony closed. And I'm not used to living that way. I don't like to do that."

At sunset, Montgomery County Police officers blanketed the neighborhood, trying to unearth clues that could lead to the man who robbed these residents of their peace of mind.

The suspect is described as a black male, 17 to 25 years old, 5-7 to 5-10, with a slim build and no facial hair.

Maryland schools battle with limited funding and space as enrollment grows by Michael Bimbaum, WAPO

Michael Bimbaum for the Washington Post reports: More than 200,000 Maryland students streamed back to crowded classrooms Monday as school systems dealt with growth but little money to hire more teachers.

In Montgomery County, the state's largest school system, parents said they were anxious about increased class sizes but sanguine about the schools' future under a successor to Superintendent Jerry D. Weast, who is retiring in June. Enrollment swelled by 2,200 students -- 1.5 percent -- this year, hundreds more than forecast. Howard and Charles counties also returned to school Monday.

Sick Fox Roaming A Germantown Neighborhood

GERMANTOWN, Md. (wusa) -- They call it "The Thing", an animal believed to be a fox nesting inside a storm drain on the corner of Ridgecrest Drive and Stoney Bottom Road.

"He had patches of hair missing and now he's completely bald, which mainly means he's got mange," Monica Hill explained.

Tim Poland told us, "it doesn't look well."

The animal appears sick and poses a threat to people but calling for help has not been easy.

Christine Opdenaker says, she called numerous county agencies to take care of the animal but she tells 9 News Now, nobody took responsibility.

"Everybody seems to be passing the buck, you call animal control, and they say it's not their problem, you call the department of transportation, they say it's not their problem, you call the humane society, it's not their problem," Opdenaker said. 

Where Are Montgomery County's New Speed Cameras?

MONTGOMERY COUNTY (WUSA)  Montgomery County announced 25 new locations for speed enforcement.   All but one of the following locations will be enforced using six mobile speed vans.  Fixed cameras will be installed at the New Hampshire Avenue location.

Deployment begins August 30th.  Enforcement will be rotated among the sites periodically.

Fingerprint Scanners Coming To Montgomery Rec Centers

ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) -- Montgomery County residents will soon be required to scan their fingers to enter recreation centers.

Officials say switching from plastic passes to finger scanners will save the recreation department $50,000 annually. The scanners will be put into use this fall at three centers, and will be expanded to all the county's centers next year.

Privacy advocates say the measure is intrusive and unnecessary. Marc Rotenberg, executive director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center, says it isn't appropriate for a community pool.

2 Germantown women assaulted


Is This The Germantown Rapist?

GERMANTOWN, Md. (WUSA)  Montgomery County police on Thursday released a new sketch of a man they say raped an 86-year-old woman.

The woman was sleeping her in ground floor room at the Churchill Senior Living Community on Father Hurley Boulevard last Saturday when police say a man climbed in through an open window and raped her.

The attacker is described as a black man between the ages of 18 and 25, about 5 feet 8 inches tall, with a thin build and no facial hair.  Police say the man was wearing black jeans.

Police want to know if this attack is related to a similar assault in June.  A 68-year-old Germantown woman was attacked as she slept.  The assailant in that case has not been captured.