Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Silver Spring construction update: Astro Lab Brewing (Photos)

Progress continues at Astro Lab Brewing at 8216 Georgia Avenue in downtown Silver Spring. The brewery is currently hiring a Taproom & Retail Manager, and a Kitchen Manager. They've already successfully brewed some test batches.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Another MCPS employee arrested for sexual abuse of minor

Montgomery County police have arrested a Montgomery County Public Schools paraeducator after he allegedly propositioned and inappropriately touched a 16-year-old student at Horizon Child Care, Inc. in Silver Spring, where he was simultaneously employed. Police say Thomas Henry Ridges, 38, of Chase Terrace in Beltsville offered the girl a ride home and propositioned her on July 20.

Ridges had previously inappropriately touched the same victim two years ago at Horizon's summer camp, detectives say. In the latest incident, Ridges allegedly encouraged the girl to send him nude photographs of herself. He also allegedly drove her to a liquor store, and encouraged her to drink alcoholic beverages.
Police have charged Ridges with two counts of sexual abuse of a minor and a fourth-degree sexual offense, but he is now free on bond. Detectives are concerned that there may be other victims in the case. This is just the latest sex abuse scandal involving an MCPS employee, who in this case was also a coach at Springbrook High School, as well as an MCPS paraeducator.

Detectives are requesting that parents of juveniles who attend Horizon Child Care, Inc. or who have had contact with Ridges to talk to their children about possible interactions with Ridges and contact SVID detectives at 240-773-5400 if they believe their child was victimized.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Silver Spring construction update: Jerry's Subs and Pizza (Photos)

Jerry's Subs and Pizza looks somewhat closer to opening at 8517 Colesville Road in downtown Silver Spring. There's even a Pepsi beverage dispenser in place inside. But other parts remain to be finished. Then there's that weird sign on the door about "urgent notice." Jerry's has shrunk in size around the county in recent years, so it's good to see a new one opening.

Friday, September 14, 2018

Silver Spring man missing

A man who lives in the Montgomery Knolls area of Silver Spring off of University Boulevard near Long Branch is missing. Police say Randall Herbert Renjilian, 51, was last seen by a family member at Renjilian’s home on Daleview Drive the evening of September 12.

Detectives revealed that Renjilian has been in communication with a family member by text message, but will not reveal his whereabouts. They have received a tip that Renjilian may have traveled to Connecticut.

Renjilian is described by police as a white male, 5’ 09” tall, and weighing 180 pounds. He has balding white hair, and is driving a 2007 white, Mazda3 with Maryland tag: 6DHY56.

Anyone who has information regarding the whereabouts of Randall Herbert Renjilian or his vehicle is asked to call the police non-emergency number at 301-279-8000 (24-7).

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Maryland Hispanic Gala to award post-graduate scholarships tonight in Silver Spring

Denise Venero
Two past Maryland Hispanic Gala scholarship recipients will be awarded again at the 2018 gala, to be held tonight at The Fillmore in Silver Spring from 7:00-11:00 PM. Fabian Leon and Denise Venero will be the inaugural recipients of the postgraduate scholarships.
Fabian Leon
Myriam Torrico, Maryland Hispanic Gala Scholarship Committee Chair, said MHG has added the scholarships for postgraduate work, because even successful past winners "continue to face financial challenges to pay for their higher education."

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Have you seen this Wheaton-Glenmont package snatcher?

Montgomery County police are searching for a thief who is accused of snatching several packages from doorsteps in the Wheaton-Glenmont area. Detectives have caught the individual on camera in several incidents, and now want to catch the alleged thief in-person. They have released photographs of the suspect in hopes that the community can identify this person, whom they believe drives a dark-colored Mitsubishi Outlander Sport SUV.

If you had a package stolen from your doorstep, but did not report it to the police, you might want to now. The package thefts reported so far are as follows:

  • July 24 at approximately 6:00 p.m. – 3900 block of Isbell Street
  • July 31 at approximately 5:24 p.m. – 3500 block of May Street
  • August 26 at approximately 4:37 p.m. – 1400 block of Billman Lane

Anyone with information regarding this suspect is asked to call the 4th District Patrol Investigations Unit at 240-773-5476. 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.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Hogan declares state of emergency ahead of Hurricane Florence

Potomac River at 
flood stage at
Little Falls, 
White's Ferry closed,
National Guard alerted

Will Hurricane Florence hit Maryland hard? We don't know yet, but Gov. Larry Hogan isn't taking any chances. "While we're hoping for the best, we are preparing for the worst," Hogan said at a press conference, where he announced he has declared a state of emergency. The governor said the declaration would allow the state to mobilize the resources and personnel potentially needed in the areas expected to be hardest hit.

Hogan warned of the strong possibility of "historic, catastrophic, and life-threatening flooding," in coastal and low-lying, flood-prone areas. "At my direction, the state is currently taking action to activate all available resources," he told reporters, "including alerting the Maryland National Guard."

Sporting a yellow-trimmed polo shirt, Hogan said he is in constant contact with the National Weather Service and National Hurricane Center, to obtain up-to-the-minute briefings on the storm's track. He said the state's Emergency Management Center is "fully-staffed" at this hour, at that emergency shelters around the state are now standing by to receive displaced residents.

Pepco will face its first real test of its "new" system. The utility will have no excuse to be short on personnel, because Hogan explicitly mentioned that he has personally alerted the state's electrical companies to mobilize now.

The governor urged residents to "start now to prepare your families and your homes for potential heavy rains, wind and possible flooding." He recommended citizens "have water, batteries, and flashlights at the ready in case of power outages."

Hogan said he expected to know more about the storm's potential impacts by later today.

Suburban News Network
Storm Center Update

The National Weather Service has put a Dense Fog Advisory into effect until 10:00 AM this morning. A Flood Warning remains in effect until noon Wednesday. The many preceding days of heavy rain have put the area behind the 8-ball before Florence even arrives near the end of the week.

Already, the Potomac River is above flood stage at Little Falls, and high water has closed White's Ferry for now.

Current temperature in Silver Spring and Takoma Park is 69 degrees. It is 68 in Wheaton, Glenmont Leisure World and Aspen Hill; and 67 in White Oak, Burtonsville and Olney.

The high today will be 80, with a shower or thunderstorm expected this afternoon. Winds are from the WSW at 2 MPH, gusting to 6 MPH.