Monday, October 21, 2019

Moe's Southwest Grill coming to Wheaton Plaza

Montgomery County is a bizarro-land in regards to chain restaurants. Aside from a lack of variety in fast food establishments, MoCo is missing some of the most-popular sit-down dining chains ubiquitous everywhere outside its borders. Wheaton Plaza almost managed to end the totally-insane and inexplicable Montgomery County Olive Garden drought, until the deal fell through a few years ago. Then it tried, and - alas - failed, to bring us a Tilted Kilt. Mall owner Westfield must be hoping the third time is the charm, as they now are promising Moe's Southwest Grill.
No longer will the culinary delights of Moe's be exclusive to residents of D.C., Virginia, and assorted Maryland exurbs. Tex-Mex by way of Atlanta will be your birthright, as well, at Moe's in the food court at Wheaton Plaza. Moe's Famous Queso, and made-in-house salsas and pico de gallo, are finally coming to Montgomery County.

Friday, October 18, 2019

Police looking for suspected Silver Spring double burglar

Montgomery County police are searching for a suspect they believe burglarized two offices in downtown Silver Spring. Both occurred on September 17. He allegedly tried - and failed - to break into the offices of National Ready-Mixed Concrete at 900 Spring Street at 12:15 AM. Next, he broke-and-entered into the Children's Hospital Foundation office at 801 Roeder Street around 1:27 AM. He was successful there, and fled with stolen property.

Police have released a surveillance video of the suspect.

Anyone with information regarding this suspect or these crimes is asked to call the 3rd District Investigative Section at 240-773-6870. Those who wish to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477). Crime Solvers will pay a cash reward of up to $10,000 for information that leads to an arrest in this case.

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Arlington affordable housing organization goes regional with Silver Spring acquistion

The Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing, a non-profit providing affordable living for residents of that Northern Virginia county for 30 years, has announced it will become a regional organization. Its first move in that direction is its acquisition of Snowden's Ridge, a 13-building Section 8 housing complex developed in 1980 on Harlequin Terrace, in the Fairland area of Silver Spring.

APAH was able to acquire the complex through a financing partnership with Montgomery County and Atlantic Union Bank. They purchased the property for $18.5 million with an acquisition loan from the bank, and a $2.75 million loan from Montgomery County. The deal will ensure the current residents will be able to continue to afford to live there.

County Executive Marc Elrich lauded the deal in a statement yesterday. “Snowden Ridge is home to workers, seniors and families who are an essential part of our community," Elrich said. We were happy to work with APAH to ensure that these families can stay in their homes – and in Montgomery County.”

APAH says it plans to renovate the property, and institute programs to benefit the residents. One of the strongest points of Snowden's Ridge is that the majority of its units are 3-bedroom. Such larger units are the most-needed for families who require affordable housing, and are the least often built by developers as MPDUs.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Montgomery County officer shooting was self-inflicted, coroner rules

An already-tragic story took a sadder turn Tuesday, as the Chief Medical Examiner of Washington, D.C. declared the gunshot wound that caused the death of Montgomery County police officer Thomas J. Bomba was self-inflicted. Bomba was found wounded on the rooftop of a downtown Silver Spring garage Monday morning by colleagues, who were responding as backup to Bomba's earlier report of disorderly conduct he said was investigating in that garage.

Bomba's body camera was not activated during the shooting, police said. They did not indicate if the camera was active at any point prior to the shooting incident Monday morning. However, the police department announced it will conduct an "exhaustive investigation" of Bomba's death. No memorial service details have been announced as of this writing.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Montgomery County police officer dies from gunshot wound in Silver Spring garage

Montgomery County police have identified the officer killed in a downtown Silver Spring parking garage shooting as 13-year veteran and Gaithersburg resident Thomas J. Bomba, 38, who was assigned to the 3rd District. Bomba is survived by his wife and two children. He passed away at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, after being shot around 8:49 AM Monday morning in the garage at Ellsworth Drive and Fenton Street.

Bomba had radioed the police dispatcher that he was responding to a disorderly conduct call in the garage. The first officer to arrive as backup found Bomba suffering from a gunshot wound on the top level of the garage.

Police have not publicly released any leads, suspect descriptions or details about the shooting incident. They have only stated that the public is not in immediate danger.
Montgomery County Council places anti-police legislation
announcement directly above their statement on officer death
"Our hearts are hurting today. Officer Bomba is a hero," the Montgomery County Council said in a press release commenting on the shooting. Gone unsaid in that press release, and in media coverage, is the fact that the Council has spent the last ten months attacking, defaming and slandering the men and women of MCPD, which is arguably the finest and most-professional police department in the country. In fact, the Council had the audacity to post a press release announcing yet another anti-police bill directly above their statement on yesterday's shooting! Truly disgusting. Shameful.

Monday, October 14, 2019

Montgomery County police officer shot in downtown Silver Spring, shooter at-large

UPDATE: Police say the incident began with a "disorderly subject' in a Silver Spring parking garage around 8:49 AM. Officer called for backup, and officer responding found the first officer suffering from a gunshot wound.

The Montgomery County police department has confirmed that a County police officer was shot this morning in downtown Silver Spring. Who shot the officer, who is being taken to Medstar Washington Hospital Center, is currently unknown. No suspects have been identified publicly yet, and the shooter or shooters remain at-large.

Police first reported the shooting in the vicinity of Ellsworth Drive and Fenton Street around 9:10 AM this morning. There is, understandably, heavy police activity in downtown Silver Spring at this hour. Expect potential road closures along Fenton Street at Wayne Avenue, Cedar Street at Wayne Avenue, and Georgia Avenue at both Spring Street and near the Beltway interchange.

Friday, October 11, 2019

Armed man arrested in Silver Spring assault & burglary

Montgomery County police arrested a suspect in a White Oak assault and burglary case, that stemmed from a domestic incident on October 4. The suspect, Foday Gassama, 28, of Purple Mountain Lane in Gaithersburg, was spotted by officers in White Oak on Lockwood Drive on October 8.

After a brief foot chase, Gassama was taken into custody. When officers searched him, they allegedly found a loaded handgun with an obliterated serial number. He has now been charged with possession of a loaded handgun on his person, obliterating a serial number on a firearm, and the prohibited possession of a firearm due to a previous criminal conviction.
Handgun and clip officers found
on Gassama's person after pursuit
in White Oak
Prior convictions make Gassama ineligible to legally possess a firearm, detectives said. He is being held without bond at the County detention center.