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by BethesdaNow.com — January 9, 2013 at 1:30 pm 0

Montgomery Parks this week announced it will go ahead with a deer hunt in a Chevy Chase section of Rock Creek Park starting on Feb. 1.

The 277-acre Rock Creek Stream Valley Park has seen damage to natural resources, deer-related car accidents and the increased potential of Lyme disease because of the increased amount of deer in the area, Montgomery Parks claimed in a press release on Monday.

Montgomery Parks says estimates indicate the deer population in the park, east of the Connecticut Avenue and East-West Highway intersection, is three times the recommended density.

The agency, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and planning Commission, went through a public commenting period last year, during which a vast majority of residents supported the deer hunting plan.

Park Police sharpshooters will kill deer in the park, “under very stringent guidelines and in the most humane way possible,” according to the press release.

The hunts will take place from Feb. 1 through March 1 from 5:30 p.m. until sunrise each day. They may happen annually from Jan. 1 to March 31 if necessary.

Information about the hunts will be posted on signs throughout the park and Montgomery Parks will donate deer meat for consumption at local soup kitchens.

Flickr photo by John Dylan O’Leary

by BethesdaNow.com — January 9, 2013 at 12:05 pm 0

(Updated at 3:55 p.m.) A Chevy Chase resident recently caught a car thief in the act with video that clearly shows the man’s face and clothing as he cautiously looks inside a Jeep in a driveway.

The video, which has been circulating on the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Community listserv, comes from a neighborhood just east of Connecticut Avenue near Jones Bridge Road, where residents say a string of thefts from cars occurred over the New Year’s holiday.

Montgomery County Police posted the video on their website in an effort to help catch the suspect, who they believe is connected to another incident in the same neighborhood.

On Dec. 30, between 11 p.m. and 11 a.m., the suspect entered a vehicle in the driveway of a home in the 3700 block of Village Park Drive. The suspect didn’t take any items, police said. The owner of the car didn’t remember if the car was locked.

The next night, police think the same man entered three unlocked cars in a driveway in the 8600 block of Village Park Place. The suspect took an electronic device from one of the vehicles, police said.

Police are providing a few options for tipsters to give information on the suspect.

In the 2nd District’s latest available crime statistics, released on Nov. 15, thefts from autos were down 21 percent compared to the first 11 months of 2011.

But the 784 total reported thefts from autos were still a constant on weekly crime summaries. Suspects took iPods, GPS systems and other goods from unlocked and locked cars alike.

Chevy Chase Village, the 0.4-square-mile town with a population of just more than 2,000, was on pace for more thefts from autos in 2012 than it had been in 25 years.

There were a reported 68 thefts from autos in the town by October and it was of enough concern for the Village’s police chief to ask for and be granted a special bait car.

Video via Olafur Gudmundsson

by BethesdaNow.com — January 9, 2013 at 11:15 am 0

Thanks in part to fundraisers the last three years at Caddie’s on Cordell (4922 Cordell Ave.) the Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School baseball program has a new outfield fence, foul poles, batting cage nets and scoreboard.

Coach John Schmidt says there’s still more to do, which is why the team will have its 4th Annual Caddie’s Fundraiser from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 17.

The baseball program will receive 10 percent of of all receipts and a $5 donation at the door will get you discounted appetizers and pizza.

Schmidt said the reigning 4A South Division champs would still like to add bullpens to the field and improve the irrigation system. The Barons went 14-7 in 2012 and advanced to the 4A West Region semifinals.

“We will be experienced in the field and at the plate, but will have a lot of younger guys competing for innings on the mound this year,” Schmidt said.

For more information, visit the event website.

by BethesdaNow.com — January 9, 2013 at 10:10 am 0

Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service officials are investigating what caused a series of brush fires yesterday along I-270 that caused a significant traffic back-up on to the Beltway.

The cause has been ruled “undetermined” by fire and explosive investigators, MCFRS spokeswoman Beth Anne Nesselt said this morning.

Yesterday, a Maryland State Police official told The Gazette the fires might have been intentionally set.

There were about nine separate fires spread almost half a mile from the Rockville Pike ramp to Rockledge Drive. Firefighters were working simultaneously to put out fires on each side of the Grosvenor Lane overpass when the event was called in around 1 p.m.

Firefighters on the scene reported no abandoned vehicles along the right-hand shoulder that may have contributed to the fire.

To access the fire, firefighters and emergency personell had to use all three lanes of the highway, closing off all but one lane of traffic that was getting by in the left shoulder.

That caused back-ups on the outer loop of the Beltway into the P.M. rush hour.

by BethesdaNow.com — January 9, 2013 at 9:15 am 0

Bethesda Community Store Auction Called Due to Bankruptcy — Yesterday’s scheduled auction of the historic Bethesda Community Store (also known as Brown’s) was called off because property owner Gary Jaffe filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Monday. Jaffe said he doesn’t intend to change anything about the operation of the store. [The Gazette]

Board of Education Approves Elementary Security Measures — The county’s Board of Education yesterday voted to accelerate the installation of video intercom systems for visitors at all elementary schools. County Council members said the move would likely have support. [Washington Examiner]

Capital Crescent Trail Detour Is Gone — The Lot 31 construction-induced detour and overhead protection over the Trail at Bethesda Avenue has been removed. [Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center]


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