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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.


Montgomery County Police Hunt For The Suspect

GERMANTOWN, MD (WUSA)--Residents of a Montgomery County independent living center are on edge after an 86 year-old woman was raped in her apartment there. Now, police are looking for the suspect and it may not be the first time he's committed such a brutal crime.

Family of Alaska Plane Crash Victim Returns to Maryland

The Associated Press reports the family of a Maryland father and son who were on board the plane that crashed in Alaska last week is preparing to return home.

Bill Phillips of Germantown, Md., served on former Sen. Ted Stevens' staff for five years and died in the crash with Stevens. Phillips' 13-year-old son, Willy, survived and remains hospitalized.

A funeral Mass for Bill Phillips is planned Friday at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church in Potomac.

Pepco Defends Storm Response To Maryland Regulators

BALTIMORE (WUSA/AP) -- Pepco is defending its response to recent storms that left many without power for days to Maryland utility regulators.

But during a hearing before the Maryland Public Service Commission on Tuesday Pepco officials also admitted that they've had problems communicating with customers.

The PSC noted in its order calling Tuesday's hearing that outages since late July have affected nearly a half million customers and customers complain the company has not communicated effectively during outages.

PSC Chairman Douglas Nazarin engaged in a long round of questioning. He says from hundreds of letters and complaints, the perception among customers is that "the power goes out too often, too easily, and takes too long to restore."

School Lunches Affected by Slow Economy and Budget Cuts

Education Week reports that due to summer school and transportation budget cuts in Montgomery County schools (and in counties across the country) fewer children are getting free lunches in at least one school district.

The recession has made an impact in school lunch and nutrition programs funded by the Department of Agriculture.  The number of free lunches provided to children in the summer has dropped drastically, and the outcome is proving to be detrimental to low income families.

While the cuts in free lunch assistance are heavy this summer, the program should be stabilized for the fall school year.

To read more, visit: http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2010/08/16/01nutrition.h30.html?tkn=MMLFZq6PoVB8iFvgg7dQ1KSCyQH0m549TsDC&cmp=clp-edweek

Montgomery County Council Members Meet Head-On with Pepco

Montgomery County Council President Nancy Floreen, Vice President Valerie Ervin and Council members Phil Andrews, Roger Berliner, Marc Elrich, George Leventhal, Nancy Navarro and Duchy Trachtenberg are set to meet in Baltimore on August 17 with Pepco’s chief operating officer and senior officials as the Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC) performs “a proceeding to investigate the reliability of Potomac Electric Power Company’s (Pepco) electric distribution system and the quality of electric distribution service that Pepco is providing its customers.”

According to the Commission, Pepco’s response to power outages and their communication with customers has been far from superior with the recent summer thunderstorms that have occurred in the area.

The continual year-round power outages that occur in Montgomery County have made the need for a more trustworthy electric company a “top priority”, says President Floreen.

Police Say Two Md. Men Shot Out 57 Car Windows

GERMANTOWN, Md. (WUSA) - Detectives with the Montgomery County Police Department have charged two Germantown men with several counts of malicious destruction of property for allegedly using a BB gun to shoot out the windows of vehicles.

Police said 29-year-old Mariano Vilchis and 22-year-old Raul Molina are responsible for 57 incidents that happened between July 26 and August 3, in Germantown, Gaithersburg and Rockville.

The men were charged with four counts of malicious destruction of property valued over $500, and 53 counts of malicious destruction of property valued under $500.

The men were arrested Friday and released on $10,000 bonds.