Monday, May 13, 2013
Gaithersburg police partnered with Montgomery County and Rockville city police to aggressively enforce the nighttime use of seatbelts.
Gaithersburg police partnered with officers from Montgomery County and the city of Rockville to issue 139 traffic citations in a Friday night sting to aggressively enforce the nighttime use of seatbelts, county police announced. From approximately 7:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m., officers were stationed at entrance and exit ramps of I-270 and I-495 and observed vehicles for seatbelt non-compliance and other safety violations, according to county police. The following citations were issued by police: Capt. Thomas Didone of Montgomery County police knows the vital importance of buckling up, both professionally and personally. “I’ve investigated hundreds of crashes in my career but, in 2008, tragedy hit home,” Didone said in a statement. “My son – a…
Friday, May 3, 2013
Police: The suspect was located within the wooded area behind Bugaboo Creek Steakhouse and placed under arrest.
A 26-year-old man was was charged with two counts of second degree burglary and theft less than $1,000 in connection to two burglaries of a Gaithersburg veterinary hospital, police say. Joshua Richards, of no fixed address, twice broke into Negola's Ark Veterinary Hospital, located at 9401 Fields Road, according to Gaithersburg police. After the second incident, which occurred on April 30 at 2:17 a.m., Richards was observed fleeing on foot to the rear of the building, police said. He was later located within the wooded area behind Bugaboo Creek Steakhouse and placed under arrest. Two days earlier, police said they responded to the veterinary hospital at 3:57 a.m. for the report of a commercial burglary alarm. Richards is also believed to …
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Police officers conducted a pedestrian safety sting last week in Kentlands, stopping about 100 vehicles in one hour for violations.
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Tuesday, April 23
Gaithersburg police officers stopped about 100 vehicles in one hour for violations during an educational pedestrian sting in Kentlands last week, The Gazette reported. Conducted at the intersection of Market Street and Center Point Way, officers used a handful of volunteers in bright yellow T-shirts to act as pedestrian decoys, according to the report. Drivers were warned after officers saw them driving without wearing seat belts, not yielding to pedestrians and not stopping at the marked line at a stop sign, Gaithersburg police officer Dan Lane told The Gazette. Gaithersburg officials are also warning bicyclists to remain cautious while riding. A combined 43 vehicle accidents involved a bicyclist during 2011 and 2012 in Montgomery County'…
Friday, April 12, 2013
Police perched on exit ramps on I-270 and I-495 last week targeted safety belt use.
Last week police NINJAs were on the prowl, ready to ticket motorists who weren’t wearing their seatbelts. NINJA—which stands for Nighttime Injury Avoidance—is a campaign to enforce seatbelt use at night. It’s a collaborative effort among several police agencies: Montgomery County Police, Gaithersburg Police, Rockville City Police, Montgomery County Sherriff’s Office and Maryland State Police. Officers were located on exit ramps on Interstate 270 and Interstate 495 to catch seatbelt offenders between 10 p.m. and 3 a.m. on Friday, April 5. According to Montgomery County Police Department’s official blog, operation NINJA wielded the following results:
Monday, April 1, 2013
April 1 marks the 50th anniversary of the Gaithersburg Police Department.
April 1 marks a day for jokes, but the Gaithersburg Police Department has been all business for 50 years. On April 1, 1963, a resolution was signed by then Mayor Merton F. Duvall establishing the Gaithersburg Police Department. In the 50 years since, the department has grown from three sworn officers and one civilian clerk to 57 sworn officers and 15 civilians, according to a city news release. “Over the last half century, the department has seen many changes, including increased strength of officers, technological advancement and training, and redesigns of the police cruisers and uniforms; however, our mission has not changed," Chief Mark P. Sroka said in a statement. "We remain committed to our core values of Service, Integrity and …
Friday, March 29, 2013
Locals can drop off their unwanted prescription drugs at two Gaithersburg locations on April 27.
As part of local Drug Take Back day, two Gaithersburg locations are among 11 in Montgomery County where residents may drop off unwanted prescription drugs, according to a news release. Those looking to rid their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescriptions can bring unused medications for disposal to one of the following locations between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on April 27: Gaithersburg City Police Take Back Location 14 Fulks Corner Avenue, Gaithersburg Montgomery County Police Drug Take-Back Locations 1st District (Rockville) Station – 1451 Seven Locks Road, Rockville 2nd District (Bethesda) Station – 7359 Wisconsin Avenue, Bethesda 3rd District (Silver Spring) Station – 801 Sligo Avenue, Silver Spring 4th …
Police were stationed at three Gaithersburg intersections promoting pedestrian safety for both walkers and drivers.
In hope of preventing another fatal incident involving a pedestrian, Gaithersburg police took to three high-risk intersections to promote pedestrian safety to walkers and drivers alike. On March 26, from 4-9 p.m., Gaithersburg officers were stationed at Clopper Road at Firstfield Road, Route 355 at Odend Hal Avenue and Great Seneca Highway at Orchard Ridge Drive, according to a news release. The focus was on pedestrians not properly using crosswalks, drivers failing to stop at clearly marked stop lines and drivers failing to yield to pedestrians. Drivers and pedestrians observed in violation received either a citation or a pre-printed warning. Officers issued 131 warnings and nine traffic citations to both pedestrians and drivers and …
Friday, January 18, 2013
A 27-year-old Silver Spring man was arrested for burglaries at a Gaithersburg restaurant and office building, police said.
A 27-year-old Silver Spring man was arrested for burglaries at a Gaithersburg restaurant and office building, police said. Larry Harris Jr., of Banquo Terrace, was charged with second and fourth degree burglary and theft less than $1,000 in two burglaries on South Frederick Avenue. On Jan. 9, police from both Gaithersburg and Montgomery County responded to Burma Road Restaurant, located at 617 South Fredrick Avenue, at 10:42 p.m. for the report of a commercial burglar alarm, police said. An unknown suspect had entered the business through a window and an undisclosed amount of money was taken. Police said Harris was observed fleeing from the direction of the restaurant and was subsequently charged with burglary-related offenses. A day …
Thursday, December 27, 2012
Suspect at large in armed robbery of Pizza Hut on Muddy Branch Road
Police were alerted to a hold-up in progress at a Pizza Hut by a customer who had called the restaurant to place an order and was told the restaurant was being robbed. Gaithersburg Patch posted the initial story that Gaithersburg Police were investigating an armed robbery at the Pizza Hut at 299 Muddy Branch Road on Wednesday. Montgomery County Police later said in a statement at its news blog: At approximately 1:43 p.m. police received a call from a woman who had called the Pizza Hut to order a pizza. When her call was answered she was told that the store was being robbed and she could hear someone demanding money. Gaithersburg and Montgomery County police responded to the restaurant, where a robber with a gun had demanded cash and left …
Gaithersburg Patch counts down the top 30 stories from 2012, continuing with No. 25-21.
What was the top story for Gaithersburg in 2012? We're counting down the year's top 30 stories on Gaithersburg Patch as 2012 comes to a close. Interested in more top stories? Check out the top 24 stories from across all Maryland Patch sites in 2012 on Gaithersburg Patch. No. 30-26 in the Gaithersburg Top 30 countdown were revealed Wednesday. 25. Report: Crown Farm Site Sold for $28M (July 18, 2012) -- A 20-acre section of Gaithersburg's Crown Farm has been sold for $28 million to developers JBG Rosenfeld Retail and the Bozzuto Group. 24. City, County Police Arrest 13 In Holiday Sting at Lakeforest Mall (Nov. 26, 2012) -- Plain clothes officers from Gaithersburg and Montgomery County police departments arrested 13 people during a two day "…