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Montgomery County Police Want You to Participate in “Prescription Drug Take-Back Day”

Montgomery County health officials and the Montgomery County Police Department urge residents to drop off expired, used or unwanted prescription drugs in Rockville and Bethesda on Saturday, September 25, as part of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.

            Drop-off locations will be at the following locations:

  • Montgomery County Police Headquarters, 2350 Research Boulevard, Rockville
  • Second District Police Station,7359 Wisconsin Avenue, Bethesda

            Collection hours will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at each location.  Look for police officers with collection boxes in the parking lots.

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Candidate Concedes More Than A Week After Primary

ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) -- More than a week after the primary election, the race for the Republican nomination in Maryland's 8th Congressional District is over.

Montgomery County attorney Bruce Stern conceded to Rockville businessman Michael Philips on Thursday evening. Stern trailed Philips last week, but hoped that absentee ballots could win him the nomination for the House seat.

Stern said he trailed Philips by 51 votes, less than .4 percent of the ballots cast, after absentee and provisional ballots were counted.

In a statement, Stern wished Philips luck in his race against incumbent Rep. Chris Van Hollen, who won the Democratic nomination.

Philips says the suspense of the lengthy count had not been overwhelming him, but Stern's concession means one less distraction for him as he campaigns for the House seat.

Rockville Police Charge Man in Kidnapping, Assault

The Rockville City Police Department charged a Bethesda man for his role in the assault and kidnapping involving a former girlfriend.

Rockville City Police charged today Michael Andrew Davila, age 22 (9/20/88), with one count each of kidnapping, first-degree assault, second-degree assault, stalking and violation of a protective order.

Davila was charged following an incident at approximately 7:50 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 21, in which he entered the passenger side of his ex-girlfriend's vehicle as she sat parked outside a friend's place of work in the 700 block of King Farm Boulevard. While parked, Davila got into the vehicle, displayed a six-inch knife then told the woman to drive, according to police. While in the vehicle, police report that Davila held the knife to the woman's throat and threatened to kill her.

The victim's friend saw the two drive off and called 911. Police responded to the area looking for the victim's vehicle.

Stink Bugs: Invaders from The North

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (WUSA) --  They're here, especially those suburbs north of Washington closer to Pennsylvania.  I'm talking about 'Stink Bugs'. 

First noticed in the Allentown, Pennsylvania region in the late 1990s, these Asian natives probably hitched a ride on a shipping container.   They have been spreading out ever since and their numbers are also increasing. 

Web Link: Dr. Raupp's Bug Of The Week

University of Maryland Entomologist Mike Raupp has been tracking these pesky bugs.  They've been eating crops and even some trees bark.  There is very little they won't eat except for people and animals.  Also, they have no natural predators in North America, so their growth has gone unchecked.

When the weather turns cold, they'll start coming indoors and that could mean an infestation of 'Stink Bugs' in your home.

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Maryland Schools Must Teach Environmental Education

BALTIMORE (AP) -- Maryland officials have ruled that schools must include environmental education in their pre-kindergarten through 12th grade classes.

The Maryland State Board of Education voted Tuesday to make environmental education part of students' education, but it will not be an official graduation requirement. Still, all students must complete a "local action" project to improve the environment either individually or with their school.

It's not clear how much schools will change as a result. In Montgomery County, for example, students already create butterfly gardens and vegetable patches, and "Green Teams" collect recycling items.

Beginning in 2015, superintendents will have to certify every five years that the regulation's requirements are met.

FBI Seeks Suspect In 38 Restaurant Robberies

BALTIMORE (AP) -- The FBI Baltimore field office says law enforcement agencies are searching for a man suspected of robbing dozens of restaurants in Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania and northern Virginia.

The FBI says since February 2009, there have been 38 armed robberies of restaurants in the region. That includes Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Frederick, Harford, Howard and Montgomery counties in Maryland; Newark, Del.; York, Pa.; and Fairfax and Prince William counties in Virginia.

Authorities say the man has displayed a gun in all the robberies and is considered armed and dangerous. The FBI is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect.

Montgomery County Housing Fair

Montgomery County's annual Housing Fair and Financial Fitness Day will be held, rain or shine, on Saturday, October 2 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Bohrer Park Activity Center, Summit Hall Farm, 506 S. Frederick Avenue, Gaithersburg, MD 20877.  To celebrate the tenth anniversary, the fair will expand its educational outreach to the community and provide new networking opportunities and publicity benefits for Sponsors and Exhibitors: housing providers, businesses, banks, credit unions, realtors, government agencies, community organizations, and nonprofits.