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by BethesdaNow.com — December 6, 2012 at 3:45 pm 1,040 1 Comment

Montgomery County Police today released details on arrests made during a special holiday shopping patrol on Tuesday night at Montgomery Mall.

Police say proactive enforcement that’s part of their “Shop with a Cop” program led to a traffic stop at around 8:15 p.m. Tuesday in the parking lot of the mall. Officers observed a vehicle being driven in the parking lot with a non-functioning headlight and non-functioning tag lamp.

Upon stopping driver Jonathan M. Logan, 21, of the 10700 block of Hollaway Drive in Upper Marlboro, and passenger Czaryna Mortley, 21, of the 3600 block of Spring Hollow Lane in Frederick, police say they observed the smell of marijuana.

Police searched the vehicle and say they located marijuana cigarettes, a baggie of cocaine and a pill determined to be a prescribed narcotic. Police say they also found a stolen credit card on Logan, who was charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance — marijuana, theft of a credit card and receiving/retaining a stolen credit car card.

Mortley was charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance — marijuana and two counts of possession of a controlled dangerous substance — not marijuana.

On Wednesday, while describing a recent burglary and robbery spike that’s hit the area, Bethesda Police District commander Capt. David Falcinelli used the Montgomery Mall arrest as an example of his officers’ increased patrol during the holiday season.

“Just last night, a black male and female were arrested outside of Montgomery Mall for drug offenses and both had significant criminal histories ranging from check/credit card fraud to robbery and possession of a handgun,” Falcinelli wrote.

Logan was arrested for having a handgun in his vehicle in 2011.

by BethesdaNow.com — December 6, 2012 at 2:45 pm 1,466 0

(Updated at 8:55 a.m. Friday) Developer StonebridgeCarras’ point person on the project says the blasting will last for about the next two months and will be confined to mostly two blasts per day between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. From Jane Mahaffie of StonebridgeCarras:

The Lot 31 excavation has reached a level of dense, hard rock that requires blasting.  Clark Construction began blasting this week and will be blasting daily for approximately the next two months.  The blasts will occur between the hours of 10 am and 2 pm.  Most days there will be two blasts.  The commercial and residential properties immediately adjacent to the Lot 31 project have been informed of the blasting and blast protocol.  Individuals in the immediate vicinity may also hear the horn notifications of the blasting subcontractor that occur approximately 15 minutes and 5 minutes prior to the blast and after the blast.

(Original story) Loud “earthquake-like” thumps yesterday and today at Bethesda’s most scrutinized construction site rattled some neighbors, but were nothing more than routine blasting in the excavation process.

Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center Director Ken Hartman said developer StonebridgeCarras is blasting rock at its Lot 31 project that was not rippable by excavation equipment. They set it up by sounding sirens right before the blast, which they started yesterday morning.

One resident told BethesdaNow.com the blast on Wednesday at about 10:30 a.m. shook her apartment complex at Bradley Boulevard and Wisconsin Avenue, about half a mile from the construction site at Woodmont and Bethesda Avenues.

A representative from StonebridgeCarras could not be reached today. Hartman said the blasting is not expected to go on much longer.

Construction crews are digging on the site of the old Lot 31 and the closed section of Woodmont Avenue to build a parking garage underneath. They will then repave Woodmont Avenue on top of the garage, which will serve two new apartment complexes near Bethesda Row and one of Bethesda’s busiest areas.

by BethesdaNow.com — December 6, 2012 at 1:40 pm 753 0

Two peeping tom incidents occurred a few weeks ago in Bethesda, according to the most recent Montgomery County Police crime summary:

On Friday, 11/23 between 9:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m., the suspect entered the female locker room at Bethesda Sport & Health Center, 4400 Montgomery Avenue, Bethesda.  The suspect fled when police arrived, but was later located and detained on an outstanding warrant for an unrelated theft.

On Saturday, 11/24 between 6:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m., the suspect entered the Hyatt Hotel, 7400 Wisconsin Avenue, Bethesda and sat across from the adult female victim.  The suspect exposed himself then fled.

Suspect: B/M, 29, 6’3”, 190 lbs.

Also, police are investigating whether an employee at a spa sexually assaulted a customer:

A sexual assault occurred at 7200 Wisconsin Avenue, Bethesda on Tuesday, 11/20.  An adult female victim reported that during her appointment at Jolie Day Spa, she was sexually assaulted by a male employee.  Investigation continuing.

Suspect: H/M, 45, 6’-6’2”, moustache

More from the crime summary after the jump.

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by BethesdaNow.com — December 6, 2012 at 12:30 pm 765 0

Santa will be riding into Bethesda in style next week, on a motorcycle with about 20 cops in his entourage.

The annual “Santa’s Escort Ride,” to benefit the Children’s Inn at NIH will go on all day next Wednesday, Dec. 12, when MCPD motor officers escort Santa from Germantown to NIH with gifts in tow.

The Children’s Inn at NIH provides residences and services for sick kids undergoing treatment at NIH and their families, many who come from across the country to the Bethesda campus. The MCPD officers on the ride will give the kids gift bags and donations the department raised in a party at the Inn.

The riders will begin at the 5th District Germantown Station at 10 a.m. and hit the Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce, Gaithersburg’s Sheehy Ford and stop at Vince and Dominics Pizzeria in Bethesda (10474 Auto Park Ave.) for a special luncheon.

The riders will then meet with Bethesda-Chevy Chase Chamber of Commerce representatives and Police Chief Thomas Manger and depart for the Inn, where the party will start around 5:30 p.m.

Those interested in donating money to help police purchase gift cards for the event, should make clear they are donating to the “Santa Police Ride” when donating on the Children’s Inn website.

Photo via MCPD

by BethesdaNow.com — December 6, 2012 at 11:20 am 562 0

The Lazarus Program, a well-connected volunteer and community service initiative at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School, is looking for applicants for 2013.

The program, which began in 1997 and was named in honor of philanthropists Julius and Dorothy Lazarus, has led to more than 43,000 hours of community service.

The program will accept 15 B-CC sophomores and juniors who will become Lazarus fellows by attending seminars, participating in leadership training and developing a 200-hour community service project over the summer, “to make something happen that might not happen without the initiative of the Fellow.”

It also includes support from a who’s who list of Bethesda organizations, including the Bethesda Kiwanis Club, Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rotary, the Lerch, Early and Brewer law firm, the Jim and Carol Trawick Foundation, Bethesda Urban Partnership, Honest Tea, Bethesda Magazine and the Strathmore Hall Arts Center.

Last year’s program included visits to many of those organizations and a graduation ceremony in September.

For more information, visit the program’s website.

by BethesdaNow.com — December 6, 2012 at 10:25 am 841 0

 

Montgomery County hopes a new Ride On bus ad campaign will encourage businesses to join its Green Business Certification Program.

The county’s Department of Environmental Protection, Montgomery College and the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce showed off the new ad last night in North Bethesda before the Chamber’s annual awards dinner.

It reads, “Mommy and Daddy: Where do you work? Get certified. Their future depends on it.” It also includes the 43 certified members.

The program certifies businesses that attempt to reduce energy and waste, prevent pollution, manage runoff and water use and use efficient travel and transportation methods. The program recently partnered with the University of Maryland’s Smith School of Business’ Center for Social Value Creation, which will match up the businesses with graduate students who will devise further “green” opportunities.

Nonprofit business incubator Bethesda Green, investment company Calvert Investments, the Bethesda location of tax firm Cohn Reznick, synagogue Beth El and Congressional Bank on Rock Spring Drive are the five Bethesda organizations in the program now.

by BethesdaNow.com — December 6, 2012 at 9:00 am 550 1 Comment

Chevy Chase Village Can’t Find Board Volunteers — After Chevy Chase Village lost its appeal, two of its Board members resigned instead of facing more stringent ethics filings. Now the Village is appealing again after having little success finding replacements. [The Gazette]

Metro Ridership Down Past Projections — A fare increase and drop in the amont of fare the federal government gives its workers was expected to lead to a decline, but not nearly as much as reported. Metrorail raised $4.1 million less than projected. [Washington Examiner]

O’Malley Coming to Chevy Chase to Fill War Chest — Gov. Martin O’Malley (D), a presumptive 2016 presidential candidate, will come to a Chevy Chase home for a PAC fundraiser. Minimum contribution is $1,000. [Politico]

Developer Buys Up-Zoned White Flint Property — Foulger-Pratt bought the building at 11600 Nebel Street, part of the White Flint Sector Plan, for $5.1 million. The property is a small office building now but can be built into the type of high rise, mixed-use development going on throughout the White Flint area. [citybizlist]

Flickr photo by Ochinko

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