Friday, August 26, 2016

6 of 7 victims of Flower Branch Apartments explosion identified

Montgomery County Police yesterday released the latest list of victims who perished in the Flower Branch Apartments explosion in Long Branch. Only one victim is yet to be identified by authorities.

The six deceased victims are Maria Auxiliadorai Castellon-Martinez, age 53; Augusto Jimenez Sr., age 62; Saul Paniagua, age 65;  Deibi “David” Samir Lainez Morales, age 8; Fernando Josue Hernandez Orellana, age 3 and Aseged Mekonen, age 34.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Ruby Tuesday closes at Wheaton Plaza

Of the Ruby Tuesday at Wheaton Plaza, Yelp user Tara B. said earlier this year, "this location should be shut down immediately." Four months later, it's happened. Ruby Tuesday has closed its doors in Wheaton.

Customers yesterday were being directed to their Greenbelt location (just a short jaunt up the road, right? Right.). Out with the old, in with the new. Olive Garden should be a huge upgrade when it opens at Wheaton Plaza.

The closure of the Wheaton Ruby Tuesday comes after the recent demise of the Rockville location. Ruby Tuesday has said it would close 100 of its worst-performing restaurants nationwide.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Man shot to death in Burtonsville last night

A man in his early twenties was shot in Burtonsville last night. Montgomery County Police and paramedics found the victim suffering from a gunshot wound to his upper body in a home in the 4500 block of Sandy Spring Road (Route 198) around 10:23 PM. He later died at a local hospital trauma center.

Police say they believe the victim knew the alleged shooter, and are investigating the incident as a homicide. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call the Major Crimes Division at 240.773.5070.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Firefighters responded to new gas leak 911 call at Flower Branch Apartments Sunday

Montgomery County firefighters responded to a 911 caller Sunday, August 21, who reported smelling a gas leak in an apartment building around 6:00 PM at 8674 Piney Branch Road, part of the Flower Branch Apartments complex in Silver Spring. That is the same complex where a natural gas-related explosion and fire killed 7 people just 11 days earlier, on August 10.

Based on scanner reports, Paramedic Engine 716 and Truck 716 of the Four Corners substation of the Silver Spring Volunteer Fire Department responded. Paramedic Engine 701 also responded from the Silver Spring Volunteer Fire Department.

A firefighter radioed the dispatcher a short time later, and appeared to suggest having Washington Gas come out to the site, "due to the nature of this complex." There was no confirmation via radio that any gas leak was present. No further information about the incident was relayed via radio, and all three trucks were released back into service about an hour later.

Washington Gas has not responded to an inquiry for comment submitted to a spokesperson early Monday morning as of this writing Tuesday morning.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Spring-Colesville Garage 21 demolition update (Photos)

The Montgomery County public parking garage at Spring Street and Colesville Road is slowly-but-surely being demolished. Removal of the garage is clearing the way for an expansion of the United Therapeutics campus. That expansion will include a 6-story building with 111,724 SF of offices and laboratories, and 10,000 SF of retail, and a new 3-story parking garage.

Friday, August 19, 2016

OSHA slams USPS for safety hazards at Silver Spring postal facility

The United States Postal Service is facing $111,000 in fines, after the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued USPS multiple citations for hazardous conditions at its 8827 Monard Drive facility in the Lyttonsville area of Silver Spring. A whistleblower complaint in February led to inspections that uncovered the noncompliant conditions, including blocked exits and tripping/falling hazards.

"The hazards we found at the Silver Spring location show that it continues to expose workers to powered industrial equipment hazards, blocked exits, and fall hazards," said Nadira Janack, director at OSHA's Baltimore Area Office.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Tilted Kilt sets opening date at Wheaton Plaza

After months of delays, the new Tilted Kilt at Wheaton Plaza is now planning to open on September 19. The restaurant and pub will have a prime market opportunity with Hooters closing in Rockville later this year, leaving zero competition in Montgomery County for the Tilted Kilt. You'd think Twin Peaks might want to step into this vacuum at this point.