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  • Nearly 7K speeding tickets issued on ICC

    04/01/2013 4:28:02 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 47 replies
    WTOP ^ | March 29, 2013 | Ari Ashe
    LAUREL, Md. - Since the Intercounty Connector opened, nearly 7,000 speeding tickets have been issued, according to documents obtained by WTOP. While most tickets are clearly violations, some raise questions for drivers. Police issued nearly 200 tickets to drivers going less than 65 mph in a 55 mph zone. On Oct. 6, 2011, a driver was ticketed for going 59 mph. "That's crazy. I've never heard of that before and I don't understand it," says Sergio Gutierrez of Laurel. He says it's confusing, especially with the recent story of Maryland State Police ticketing a woman for driving 62 mph in...
  • Men use fire extinguisher in Gaithersburg restaurant robbery

    01/19/2013 9:09:32 PM PST · by detective · 10 replies
    Gazette.net ^ | January 19, 2013 | Elizabeth Waibel
    Men use fire extinguisher in Gaithersburg restaurant robbery Police investigating Thursday evening incident by Elizabeth Waibel Staff Writer Montgomery County police are investigating an armed robbery at a Gaithersburg restaurant Thursday evening. Shortly after 8 p.m., police responded to a call about a robbery at El Meson restaurant at 615 S. Frederick Ave. in Gaithersburg. Witnesses said two men opened the front door of the restaurant and discharged a fire extinguisher inside the restaurant, according to a news release from the Montgomery County Police Department.
  • I-270 gridlock cries out for solutions

    01/08/2013 6:40:13 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 37 replies
    WTOP ^ | January 7, 2013 | Ari Ashe
    WASHINGTON - Interstate 270 is considered one of the most choked roads in the Washington region, but solutions for the gridlock are few and far between. Figures from the Maryland Department of Transportation show about 114,000 cars use I-270 daily, and that number is expected to jump to 200,000 in the next 10 to 15 years. "Everyone who is familiar with 270 knows it is jammed up in the morning rush hour and evening rush hour," says Gus Bauman, who studies transportation and funding and who chaired a Maryland Blue Ribbon Commission on Transportation Funding. One proposal to ease congestion...
  • The Great Road: The Story of Frederick Road

    01/22/2012 10:17:21 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 8 replies
    Montgomery Village Patch ^ | January 22, 2012 | Susan Soderberg
    Traveled by Native Americans, presidents, generals, gypsies and families seeking a new life in the west, “The Great Road,” known today as Frederick Road or Route 355, provided a path for both the adventurer and the entrepreneur. As the main route northwest from Georgetown, the last port on the Potomac River, it was heavily traveled from the mid 18th century until it was replaced by Interstate 270 in the 1960s. It began as an Indian trail leading from the Piscataway settlement at the mouth of Rock Creek to the great “Conestoga,” a trail that included footpaths and waterways (what we...
  • Was that an earthquake? Yes

    07/16/2010 6:03:47 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 31 replies · 1+ views
    WTOP ^ | July 16, 2010 - 8:36am | WTOP staff
    WASHINGTON - A 3.6 magnitude earthquake woke the Washington metro region Friday, rattling homes and startling people. The U.S. Geological Survey says it happened at exactly 5:04:49 a.m. about 3 miles under the earth's surface. ..... "It was centered in the Germantown-Gaithersburg area," Randy Baldwin, a physicist with the U.S. Geological Survey's Earthquake Information Center
  • Gaithersburg struggles against crime, decay to recapture lost charm

    06/24/2010 9:01:12 AM PDT · by freespirited · 32 replies · 1+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | 06/20/10 | Brian Hughes
    When officials in Gaithersburg decided to install security cameras in an effort to stem a burgeoning crime rate, that illustrated the sad, swift decline of the once charming town center to an area of urban decay, some locals said. Dormant streets, a mishmash of empty shops and growing pockets of gang activity now afflict the former agricultural enclave in central Montgomery County. Even with recent pushes to revitalize the city, particularly Olde Towne, many say it has fallen too far behind to compete with increasingly popular walkable communities and already established suburbs in the area. "Everything is old," lamented Ali...
  • Commencement Justice

    06/18/2009 8:49:52 AM PDT · by bs9021 · 1 replies · 405+ views
    Campus Report ^ | June 18, 2009 | Deborah Lambert
    Commencement Justice by: Deborah Lambert, June 18, 2009 Just when you’d given up on the quality of this year’s commencement speakers, right triumphs in unexpected places. Take Quince Orchard High School in Gaithersburg Maryland, where Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas was this year’s commencement speaker. It all started when Justice Thomas, a football diehard who’s married to a Nebraskan, ran into one of Quince Orchard’s top jocks, Terrence Stephens, on a return flight from a U. of Nebraska recruiting session. He began a conversation that amazed Stephens and his fellow student Jason Ankrah, because “this guy knew so much...
  • Residents and others lament loss of trees

    05/05/2008 6:53:31 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 33 replies · 266+ views
    The Montgomery Gazette ^ | April 30, 2008 | Melissa J. Brachfeld
    In the community of Shady Grove Woods, trees are becoming more and more scarce. Residents and other anti-Intercounty Connector activists marched through the neighborhood on Saturday, pointing out the trees that were cut down to make way for the six-lane highway. ‘‘It’s just that we didn’t have a say in it in so many ways and we’re not talking about a two-lane road, we’re talking about a major highway running through here,” resident Sam Chim said of the ICC. ‘‘We have a lot of nice, private woods back here and now we’re going to have a highway running through instead....
  • Crabbs Branch is county pick for day-laborer center

    01/19/2007 4:53:06 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 5 replies · 357+ views
    The Gazette ^ | January 18, 2007 | Sebastian Montes
    A parcel in the County Service Park, a county-owned cluster of industrial facilities just south of Shady Grove Road, will be the site of a new employment center for day laborers, county officials announced Thursday. The center will be located on a half-acre parcel behind a Department of Liquor Control warehouse at 16640 Crabbs Branch Way. According to a statement from County Executive Isiah Leggett (D), the location is more than half a mile from the closest residential area. It is also about 700 yards from the nearest bus stop. The Shady Grove Metro station is a little more than...
  • Gaithersburg finds site for laborers, recall threatened

    10/03/2006 11:06:06 AM PDT · by JZelle · 20 replies · 611+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 10-3-06 | Keyonna Summers
    Gaithersburg city officials have announced that a property owner is willing to lease space to open a day-laborer center by winter, after rejections this year by more than 30 landlords. But several residents said yesterday that they will sue the city and force a recall of the mayor and the City Council if members approve the plan to help find work for laborers including illegal aliens.
  • Day laborers told to stay out of lot (Md)

    09/20/2006 11:30:41 AM PDT · by JZelle · 6 replies · 559+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 9-20-06 | Keyonna Summers
    Dozens of day laborers who have gathered for years in a Gaithersburg parking lot must find a new place to seek work beginning today because the lot's owners have asked police to shut down the site. The lot, owned by S&B Partnership, is at 117 North Frederick Ave. between a shopping complex and Grace United Methodist Church. Laborers had been allowed to loiter there daily until 9:30 a.m.
  • Teacher Arrested After Anti-Islam Tirade

    09/13/2006 10:08:08 AM PDT · by george76 · 214 replies · 6,055+ views
    The Associated Press ^ | September 13, 2006 | The Associated Press
    Woman Escorted From Maryland High School. A Maryland substitute teacher was arrested after an alleged anti-Islamic tirade in front of high school students. Carol Joan McVey, 49, was charged with resisting arrest, trespassing, disorderly conduct and disturbing the peace. Police said McVey became upset when she heard some students at Gaithersburg High School, who were being assisted by another teacher, practicing a speech and using some Arabic words. The Washington Post said she reacted after overhearing the group utter an Islamic greeting of peace. Charging documents allege McVey shouted, "Islam doesn't mean peace, it means killing everyone for peace" and...
  • Gaithersburg day-laborer center plan stalls (MD)

    08/10/2006 11:14:19 AM PDT · by JZelle · 2 replies · 322+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 8-10-06 | Keyonna Summers
    Gaithersburg officials said yesterday that a proposal for a day-laborer center for illegal aliens has been further delayed because landlords, merchants and other residents say it would bring crime and other problems into their neighborhood.
  • Gaithersburg eyes day-laborer panel

    10/19/2005 11:22:06 AM PDT · by JZelle · 200+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 10-19-05 | Keyonna Summers
    Gaithersburg officials are looking to form a task force to decide how to deal with scrapped plans for opening a day-laborer center in the city. Mayor Sidney Katz and City Council members will hold a work session next Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. to discuss the task force's duties, composition and application process. The session will be broadcast on Gaithersburg's public access Channel 13, or Channel 95 in the rest of Montgomery County. Those chosen for the task force will help determine how to deal with day laborers who loiter outside Grace United Methodist Church.
  • Gaithersburg two-time combat vet fights in Iraq

    09/19/2005 6:12:16 PM PDT · by SandRat · 6 replies · 352+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Sep 19, 2005 | Cpl. Mike Escobar
    FALLUJAH, Iraq (Sept. 19, 2005) -- Corporal Darryl Toquinto is a warrior and a Purple Heart recipient who has seen combat in Afghanistan and Iraq and doesn’t mind the lulls that come between missions. "It's our job to be hot, bored and miserable, but suck it up and carry on with the missions," said the 24-year-old infantryman with 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, a unit currently conducting counterinsurgency operations here. "We're here to do a job, and we know we didn't come out here for seven months of sun tanning and sitting in the AC." Although this Gaithersburg, Md., native...
  • Eight held in region in probe of 'jihad'

    06/28/2003 12:51:22 AM PDT · by sarcasm · 7 replies · 519+ views
    Washington Times ^ | June 28, 2003 | Jerry Seper and Matthew Cella
    <p>FBI agents have arrested eight men in Maryland, Virginia and Pennsylvania in a suspected scheme by Islamic extremists to engage in "holy jihad" to drive India out of the disputed Kashmir territory in South Asia.</p> <p>The men, along with three others, were named in a 41-count federal grand jury indictment handed up in U.S. District Court in Alexandria accusing them of conspiracy to "prepare for and engage in violent jihad" against foreign targets in Kashmir, the Philippines and Chechnya. Nine of the 11 were identified as U.S. citizens.</p>
  • First Woman al Qaida Suspect

    03/30/2003 6:13:05 AM PST · by Eye4nEye · 23 replies · 297+ views
    Syracuse Daily Orange (UPI) ^ | 3/39/03 | ANWAR IQBAL
    First Woman al Qaida Suspect By: ANWAR IQBAL Source: United Press International WASHINGTON, Mar 29, 2003 (United Press International via COMTEX) -- The first woman accused of links with the al-Qaida terrorist network has a doctorate in neurological science and is a mother of three, FBI officials said. The FBI recently issued a worldwide search notice for Aafia Siddiqui, the first woman the federal investigations agency has accused of actively helping Osama bin Laden's terrorist network. Bin Laden is the Saudi exile suspected of being the driving force behind the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Siddiqui, 31, lived in Boston...