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Maryland Cell Phone Ban Begins

Maryland residents and those residents who travel through Maryland need to know that on Friday, October 1, 2010 (this Friday) - cell phone use will become illegal while driving. The offense will be a "secondary" offense, meaning that offenders can only be cited with it if they are pulled over for another primary offense like speeding or running a red light.

Beginning on Friday, people who wish to make a call while driving MUST use a hands free device. The fine will be $40 for the first offense and $100 for subsequent violations of the law.

Texting while driving has been illegal for some time now and already carries a fine.

Maryland is following suit with several other states with cellular phone bans while in operation of a motor vehicle, but it is one of the only (if not the only) state to list the law as a "secondary" offense.

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.

Suspect Arrested for Credit Card Theft

Second District patrol officers, with the assistance from the 2nd District Investigative Section, have been investigating a felony credit card theft that occurred in Rockville. 

      On February 9, 2010, a patron at the Gold’s Gym on Randolph Road reported that three credit cards were stolen from his wallet.  The suspect then proceeded to fraudulently purchase over $1200 dollars worth of merchandise with the stolen credit cards.