Category: County News

County Sets Schedule, Changes for Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday

The county has set its schedule of closings and other changes due to the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday Monday, Jan. 21. All county government offices and libraries will be closed for the holiday, as will state offices and courts. The Department of Recreation’s administrative offices, senior centers and community centers will be closed. However, aquatic facilities and programs will be open, while all other programs and classes are cancelled. Patrons of the county’s parks, including ice rinks and tennis centers, should check for scheduling information. Ride On will operate on a modified holiday schedule, while travelers...

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County Police Identify Suspect, Officer in Yesterday’s Shooting

The county’s Police Department has released the names of the officer and the victim involved in yesterday’s fatal shooting following an armed bank robbery in Silver Spring. The suspect has been identified as Mikyas Mehary Tegegne, age 31, of no fixed address, according to a press release. The officer involved in the shooting was identified as Christopher LaPointe, currently assigned to the 3rd District’s Patrol Services Bureau. The robbery took place at the BB&T Bank at 1100 Wayne Ave. shortly before 11 a.m. The suspect approached the bank’s manager, claimed to have a bomb, displayed a gun in his waistband...

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Jawando Introduces Bill to Change Police Shooting Investigations

Councilmember Will Jawando (D-At Large) has introduced a bill that would change how investigations are conducted when a county police officer is involved in the death of an individual. Bill 1-19, Police Officer Involved Death—Independent Investigation, also known as the Law Enforcement Trust and Transparency Act, would require the county to engage at least two experienced investigators from an independent law enforcement entity to handle any investigation of the case. “Directing an independent review of police actions, when an officer is involved in the death of a resident, will protect both the integrity of the inquiry and the civil...

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Registration for County Summer Camps Begins Next Week

There may be plenty of snow on the ground, but parents can begin thinking about the county’s summer camp opportunities for children now. Registration for both the Recreation Department and Montgomery Parks summer camps begins one week from today—Tuesday, Jan. 22. The guide to the camps being offered this year is online; printed copies of the guides also are available at recreation and aquatic facilities around the county and include registration forms. The Recreation Department offers more than 150 camps covering interest areas including art, music, dance, cooking, STEM, filmmaking, sports, therapeutic recreation and more. Montgomery Parks offers outdoor...

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County Launches Shutdown Portal; Groups Offering Meals, Food Distribution

The Montgomery County website has a new portal where the county’s federal workers and contractors affected by the government shutdown can find information about assistance available to them. The portal includes summaries of information from county departments (such as Health and Human Services), local agencies, businesses, utilities, nonprofits, and community groups offering help to furloughed workers. In addition, visitors to the page will find links to additional information covering subjects such as unemployment insurance (as well as links to online claim forms). At the same time, several local community groups and other organizations are offering free meals and/or food...

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