MCP K9 Lambert Receives Ballistic Vest

The Montgomery County Police Department’s K9 Lambert has received a ballistic vest thanks to several nonprofit organizations, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc., and the Henry A. Strohminger Family Foundation, Incorporated.  The Strohminger Family Foundation, based in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, donated the cost of Lambert’s vest, which was $950.00.

K9 Lambert is four and one-half years old and has been a Montgomery County Police K9 for three and one-half years.  He is a mixed breed (German Shepherd and Malinois), and is named after the former National Football League (NFL) Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker, Jack Lambert.  K9 Lambert is trained in many areas, to include article searching, tracking, building searching, apprehension, and narcotics detection.  His handler, Officer Bill Seidel, says that Lambert is a great partner.

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c (3) charity located in East Taunton, Massachusetts.  The charity’s mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States.  The nonprofit was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with this potentially lifesaving body armor for their four-legged K9 officers. Since its establishment in 2009, through private and corporate partnerships, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. has provided over 1417 law enforcement dogs in 49 states with protective vests at a total cost of over 1.3 million dollars.  Each vest costs $950.00 and has a 5 year warranty.

The organization orders the United States made vests exclusively from distributor Regency Police Supply in Hyannis, Massachusetts; the company also does the custom embroidery on the body armor. Vests are manufactured by Armor Express in Central Lake, Michigan.

New K9 graduates as well as K9s with expired vests are eligible to participate in the program. The program is open to certified law enforcement dogs who are employed in the United States and are at least 19 months of age.

For more information about Vested Interest in K9s, including information about volunteer opportunities with the organization, please call 508-824-6978. Tax deductible donations and event listings are via the website:





K9 Lambert


Officer Seidel and his partner, K9 Lambert









Police Investigate Fatal Collision in Ashton Area

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department- Collision Reconstruction Unit (CRU) are investigating a single vehicle, single-occupant fatal collision that occurred this morning in the Ashton area.

At approximately 8:00 a.m., officers and Fire&Rescue personnel responded to the 300 block of Olney-Sandy Spring Road (Route 108) for a single-vehicle collision.

Preliminary investigation indicates that a 2006 Honda CRV was traveling west on Route 108 when for reasons still under investigation, it left the roadway and struck a utility pole.  The driver and sole occupant of the vehicle, Ioanna Kaskasian, age 41, of the 18900 block of Bloomfield Road in Olney, was transported to a local hospital where she succumbed to her injuries.

This collision remains under investigation. Anyone who believes that he/she witnessed the collision is asked to call the Collision Reconstruction Unit at 240-773-6620.



Update: Missing 65-Year-Old Man Located

Ayalew Ishete, age 65, of the 1900 block of Rosemary Hills Drive in the Woodside neighborhood of Silver Spring has been located safe and unharmed in Prince George’s County.

Police and family thank the public and media outlets for sharing this missing person case.


Detectives Charge Mother in Death of Five Year Old Son

Narges Shafeirad

Narges Shafeirad

On June 16 at approximately 3:38 a.m, 6th District officers and Fire/Rescue personnel responded to the area of 10098 Fields Road, near Sam Eig Highway for a vehicle fire. Upon arrival Fire/Rescue personnel observed smoke and flames emanating from the inside of a white 1993 Toyota Corolla that was resting on the westbound side of Sam Eig Highway. Paramedics approached the vehicle and observed the driver, later identified as Narges Shafeirad, face down outside the driver’s side of the vehicle. She was screaming in pain. Paramedics began to extinguish the fire and noticed a small child, later identified as Daniel Dana, on the rear floorboard of the vehicle. Due to the flames, first responders were unable to remove Daniel Dana from the vehicle. He was later pronounced deceased.

Shafeirad was transported to a hospital for 2nd and 3rd degree burns over 40% of her body. The Collision Reconstruction Unit (CRU) and Fire Marshals responded to the scene to assist in the investigation.
Over the next few hours the investigators determined that the fire did not start outside of the passenger compartment, but instead started in the front-seat area. During the investigation, the investigators ruled out any mechanical malfunction, including the fuel lines and fuel tank. Fire Marshal Investigators detected a strong odor, similar to gasoline, in and around the white 1993 Toyota Corolla. Fire Marshall’s determined that the fire originated in the passenger compartment of the white Toyota and believe that the fire was intentionally started using an accelerant. due to these suspicious circumstances, the Montgomery County Police Major Crimes Division began to lead the investigation.

Detectives continued the investigation through interviews, search warrants, document and forensic analysis. An autopsy was completed by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) on June 17. On July 28 the OCME ruled that Daniel Dana’s cause of death was Diphenhydramine intoxication and the manner of death was ruled a homicide. Diphenhydramine is a common ingredient in over-the-counter medications.
Major Crimes detectives have determined that Narges Shafeirad intentionally gave her son, Daniel Dana, an amount of Diphenhydramine that would cause his death.  Shafeirad then intentionally set fire to the vehicle. Investigators applied for and were issued an arrest warrant charging Shafeirad with 1st degree murder and arson in the first degree. On July 30 Major Crimes detectives, with the assistance of the U.S. Marshal’s Task Force, served Shafeirad with the warrant. Shafeirad will be transported to a detention center in the near future for processing.

The Major Crimes Division thanks the following units for their assistance in this investigation: the Collision Reconstruction Unit, Montgomery County Fire Rescue, Montgomery County Fire Marshal’s Office, U.S. Marshal’s Task Force, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, and the Maryland State Police Forensic Sciences Laboratory

Original Press Releases from June 16 and June 17:



SealWHEN: Friday July 31, 11:00 a.m.

The Director of the Major Crimes Division, Captain Darren Francke will be providing updated information regarding the investigation into the death of 5 – year- old Daniel Dana which occurred on June 16th at the intersection of Sam Eig Highway and Fields Road in Gaithersburg.

Montgomery County Public Safety Headquarters

100 Edison Park Drive, Gaithersburg MD 20878

Original Press Release:

For more information please contact Lieutenant Carafano or 240-773-5046