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Two Arrested in String of Early Morning Fires

Two Arrested in String of Early Morning Fires

Rockville - - - Good police work, fire investigation and K9 dogs quickly halted a Rockville arson spree.  Montgomery County Fire and Explosive Investigators have arrested and charged an adult and a juvenile in connection with early morning fires that occurred in the Rockville area. Fire and Explosive Investigators assisted Rockville City Police on the scene of an auto fire in the 1500-block of Crawford Drive in Rockville at 1:45 a.m. this morning. While processing the scene, a vandalized vehicle in the vicinity of the arson was discovered. As investigators collected evidence, a call for another car fire several blocks away was dispatched by the County’s Emergency Communication Center.

DNA Matches Suspect to 1984 Rape

DNA Matches Suspect to 1984 Rape

(AP)-Montgomery County Police have arrested a man in a 1984 rape after a DNA profile matched a man to the crime.

Police charged 53-year-old Hubert Allan Marlin, whose last known address was in Michigan, with rape and assault with intent to maim. He was arrested on Sunday and is being held without bond.

Police say on Oct. 13, 1984, a woman was walking home from her job at Montgomery Mall when she was approached by a man who beat and raped her.

In April of this year, the case was reopened and evidence from the crime scene underwent a forensic examination. A DNA profile was obtained and the suspect was identified.

“Shop with a Cop” Initiative Returns for Second Holiday Season

For the second year, Montgomery County Police are able to offer the holiday safety initiative, “Shop with a Cop.”  It begins the day after Thanksgiving, Friday, November 26, and runs through Thursday, December 23.  It was developed to help increase the safety of shoppers, pedestrians, and drivers in the county during this active holiday season.

            Officers in all six of the Montgomery County police districts will be detailed to shopping areas in their districts to provide high visibility, extra security, and to provide reminders about driving and pedestrian safety--especially in parking lots.  Officers will be distributing approximately 5000 bright green reflective and recyclable shopping bags with a driver and pedestrian safety message printed on them.  In some locations these bags will also be distributed by shop owners.

Robbery of an M & T Bank in White Oak

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Major Crimes Division – Robbery Section and the FBI are investigating a bank robbery that occurred in White Oak. 

Yesterday at approximately 11:16 a.m., 3rd District officers responded to the M & T Bank located at 11161 New Hampshire Avenue in White Oak for a bank robbery that had just occurred.  The preliminary investigation revealed that the suspect entered the bank and pointed a handgun at a teller.  The suspect then demanded and obtained an undisclosed amount of cash before fleeing from the bank on a bicycle towards Lockwood Drive.    

The suspect is described as a black male with a light complexion, 25 to 35 years of age, and between 5’07” to 5’08” tall.   He was armed with a handgun and was last seen wearing a black ski mask, sunglasses, a black baseball cap, and a black denim jacket.      

Elkridge man charged with stabbing security officer

Howard County police have arrested an Elkridge man for stabbing a security officer in the neck at an Ellicott City restaurant last week.

Joshuwa Wayne Collins, 21, of 7120 Beverly Drive in Elkridge, is charged with attempted first-degree murder, first-degree assault and reckless endangerment.

Police were called to La Palapa Grill in the 8300 block of Main Street for a reported stabbing on Nov. 3 at approximately 10:10 p.m. Based on investigation, detectives believe a security officer was escorting Collins out of the restaurant when Collins began to struggle, threatened the security officer’s life and cut the officer in the neck with an unknown sharp object. The suspect and acquaintances then fled on foot in different directions on Main Street.

The security officer, Brian Johnson, 44, of Rockville, was transported by ambulance to the University of Maryland, Shock Trauma, where he was treated and released.

Two Juveniles Involved in First-Degree Assault near a School

            Detectives from the 3rd District Investigative Section are continuing to investigate a first-degree assault that occurred in the White Oak area.    

            On Thursday, November 4 at approximately 7:26 a.m., a fight occurred behind Springbrook High School, located at 201 Valleybrook Drive, involving a handgun.    

What Is The Point of the MD Cell Phone Law?

When behind the wheel, the primary focus should always be on the road.  Besides, you’re operating a vehicle that’s so heavy it can only be weighed in tons; so, why would you allow yourself to be distracted?  Unfortunately, people allow the distractions every day while operating their vehicle.  Due to this gross negligence, there have been far too many injuries and unfortunately deaths.

In 2009 alone, there were 342,000 auto accident injuries due to the use of cellular devices while behind the wheel.  That is unfathomable! So on October 1st of this year when Maryland’s cell phone law took effect, you would have thought the state was moving in the right direction to protect drivers and pedestrians.  But when I read the specific details of the law, I was a little disgusted (to say the least) and wondered what the point of having this law, was.