Category: General News

Zoning Change Would Allow More Flexibility for Accessory Dwelling Units

Property owners in the county would have greater flexibility to add accessory dwelling units under a proposal introduced last week by Councilmember Hans Riemer (D-At Large). Zoning Text Amendment (ZTA) 19-01 – Accessory Residential Units – Accessory Apartments, is intended to remove current barriers preventing homeowners from building these units. An ADU is a separate dwelling unit that is on the same lot as a single dwelling unit with its own entrance, full kitchen, and bathroom. The ADU tenant does not have access to the rest of the home. Examples cited in a fact sheet distributed by Riemer’s office...

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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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Upcoming Events, Jan. 18-25

Friday, Jan. 18 The UnNaugural Concert, Cultural Arts Center, Montgomery College Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus, 7995 Georgia Ave., $75 GA, $250 VIP, $10 students, 7:30 p.m. Carroll Café presents Richie and Rosie, Seekers Church, 276 Carroll St. N.W. $18-$20, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Improv Comedy Night, The Highwood Theatre, 914 Silver Spring Ave., $11, 8-9:30 p.m. Opening Night, ”A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder,” The Highwood Theatre, 914 Silver Spring Ave., $22, 8-10:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19 MLK Jr. Service Food Drive, participating Giant stores, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. MoComCon, Silver Spring Library, 900 Wayne Ave., noon-4 p.m. Head and Heart...

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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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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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