Concern for Missing Dickerson Man

Ali Alhaeri

Detectives from the 1st District Investigative Section are asking for assistance from the public to locate a missing 23-year-old man.

Ali Alhaeri, of the 25400 block of Old Hundred Road in Dickerson, was last seen at approximately 7:25 p.m. yesterday evening at the Falls Grove Shopping Center on Shady Grove Road in Rockville. Mr. Alhaeri is paralyzed and confined to a wheelchair.

Mr. Alhaeri is described as white male, approximately 6’0” tall and weighing 160 pounds.  He has short black hair, brown eyes, and was last seen wearing a black t-shirt and black pants.  He has a tattoo on his left arm of the letter “F” with four stars after it.  His wheelchair is black in color and is motorized.

Family and police are concerned for Mr. Alhaeri’s mental well being.

Anyone with information regarding Mr. Alhaeri’s whereabouts is asked to contact the Montgomery County Police at 301-279-8000.

Police Seeking Information on Incident Near Seneca Valley High School

Police are seeking information from the public regarding an incident involving a stranger and two high school female students that occurred yesterday evening in Germantown.

On August 27, at approximately 5:00 p.m., two female Seneca Valley High School students were returning to the school for cheerleading practice.  As they were walking in the area of Crystal Rock Drive and Middlebrook Road, the two girls were approached by a black male driving a white sedan with dark tinted windows.  The driver attempted to strike up a conversation with the girls.  The girls ignored the suspect and continued toward Seneca Valley High School.  The suspect followed the girls to the school where the girls hid in the parking lot.  The suspect then left the area of the school, and the girls attended their practice.

At approximately 9:00 p.m., the girls returned home, and their parents notified the police department of this incident.

Police are asking for anyone that may have been in this area or may have witnessed this incident or the suspect or vehicle involved to contact the 5th District station at 240-773-6200.

MCPD Chief Announces Promotions

Today, Chief J. Thomas Manger announced the following promotions:

Promoted to Captain (effective August 26, 2012):

  • Lt. Dinesh Patil – assigned as a Duty Commander

Promoted to Lieutenant:

  • Sgt. Edward Pallas – assigned to the 1st District (effective August 26, 2012)
  • Sgt. Alan Felsen – assigned to the 3rd District (effective August 26, 2012)
  • Sgt. Kevin Sullivan – assigned to the 4th District (effective August 26, 2012)
  • Sgt. Oneil Ormsby – assigned to the 2nd District (effective August 26, 2012)
  • Sgt. Michael Ward – assigned to the 5th District (effective September 9, 2012)

Promoted to Sergeant (assignments to be determined):

  • Cpl. Dean Cates (effective August 26, 2012)
  • POIII Maryann Magnelli (effective August 26, 2012)
  • Cpl. Kevin Ream (effective August 26, 2012)
  • POIII Mark Hayden (effective August 26, 2012)
  • Cpl. Neal Ridgeway (effective August 26, 2012)
  • POIII Matthew Krest (effective August 26, 2012)
  • Cpl. Jason Straughan (effective August 26, 2012)
  • Cpl. Monique Tompkins (effective September 9, 2012)
  • Cpl. Nicholas Augustine (effective September 9, 2012)

Promoted to Corporal (assignments to be determined):

  • POIII David Smith (effective August 26, 2012)
  • POIII Matthew Lynch (effective August 26, 2012)
  • POIII Donnell Cowan (effective August 26, 2012)
  • POIII Lawrence Phillips (effective August 26, 2012)
  • POIII William Cammarata (effective August 26, 2012)
  • POIII Shon Barr (effective September 9, 2012)
  • POIII Dawn Felsen (effective September 9, 2012)

The following personnel have been transferred to new assignments within the police department (effective September 9, 2012):

  • Captain Marcus Jones from Duty Commander to Major Crimes Division
  • Captain David Gillespie from Major Crimes Division to Special Investigations Division
  • Lt. Paul Liquorie from Criminal Investigations Division to Special Operations Division
  • Lt. Meredith Dominick from the 2nd District to Criminal Investigations Division
  • Lt. Ronald Smith from Special Operations Division to Special Investigations Division
  • Lt. Robert Carter from the 3rd District to Family Crimes Division

Congratulations to all promotees and best of luck in your new positions!

Important Back-to-School Safety Reminders

Montgomery County Public Schools will be back in session on Monday, August 27, and Police Chief J. Thomas Manger, along with the officers of the Montgomery County Police Department, want to encourage all community members to continue to make the safety of our children a top priority.

In an effort to maintain the safety of children who walk to school and to help manage school-related traffic, the department employs approximately 165 crossing guards  that cover approximately 130 elementary schools and 15 middle schools.  Their primary responsibility is to facilitate the safe crossing of students to and from school each day in all weather conditions.  Stationed at major intersections and crossing points near schools, these crossing guards are trained and certified in traffic and pedestrian safety.  Each one wears a highly-visible, bright yellow, reflective safety vest over the uniform of a white shirt and tan pants.

To supplement the crossing guards, there are approximately 6500 school safety patrols in the county who help keep fellow students safe.  These boys and girls are selected by teachers and principals and are assigned to work with adult crossing guards and on school buses.  They can also be seen on the street corner assisting school children crossing intersections and setting a good example for pedestrian safety.  Look for those boys and girls out there in the bright yellow belts.

To help reduce speeding in school zones, our Automated Traffic Enforcement Unit will deploy a fleet of mobile speed-camera vans rotating between schools from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.  This will be in addition to the 21 fixed speed camera sites already in place in school zones across the county.

Some students will be riding bicycles to school.  Police remind bike riders that they must follow all traffic rules and signs, i.e. stop signs and traffic lights.  By law, all children under the age of 18 must wear a bicycle helmet when riding or being carried on a bicycle while riding on a public street, right-of-way, or on a bicycle path.

Many students will be riding buses to school, and all drivers are strongly reminded that they are required to stop at least 20 feet from school buses that are stopped with flashing red lights.  It is also recommended that adults accompany young children to bus stops, and remain with them until the bus arrives.

Montgomery County Police remind drivers that it is very important to obey the posted speed limit and pay close attention to their surroundings at all times.


Safety Tips for Parents, Motorists, and Children

  • Expect delays near schools.  Know your route, start early, and drive the posted speed limit.
  • Motorists not involved in dropping off or picking up students should consider adjusting their route or schedule in order to avoid arrival and dismissal traffic in front of schools.
  • Park only in lawful areas.  Parking within 20 feet of a crosswalk is against the law and can obstruct visibility for both pedestrians and motorists.
  • Unload school children onto the sidewalk or the right side of the vehicle.  Unloading school children into a traffic lane could put a child in harm’s way.
  • Instruct children to remain alert and look left, right, then left again before crossing the street.
  • Pedestrians should not use cell phones to talk or text or wear headphones when crossing the street.

The start of school is also a good time to remind children of basic safe practices.  Children should not speak to strangers and, once they are home, they should not open or answer a knock at the door if an adult is not present without first determining who is there.  Children should have a list of parents’, neighbors’, and/or relatives’ phone numbers that they can call for assistance.  Children should also know when it is appropriate to call 9-1-1 and 301-279-8000, the police non-emergency number.

As we make school safety a top priority, County police remind motorists that the violations of these Maryland Transportation Articles may results in the following penalties:  speeding in a school zone incurs a fine of up to $1,000.00 and 5 points on your license and passing a school bus with flashing red lights incurs a fine of $570.00 and 3 points on your license.  Parents who bring their children to school or pick them up after school are reminded to obey the “No Parking, No Stopping, and No Standing” signs in a school zone.  A violation of these signs incurs a fine of $50.00.

MCP Traffic Division to Announce Back to School Enforcement Campaign

When:  Friday, August 24, 1:00 p.m.

Where:  Damascus High School, 25921 Ridge Road, Damascus, MD

What:  Back to School Enforcement Campaign

Tomorrow, the MCP Traffic Division will be announcing this year’s Back to School Enforcement Campaign which is set to begin on the first day of school, Monday, August 27.  In addition to the traditional enforcement of speed, school bus, and pedestrian violations, this year’s campaign will include the expansion of the use of speed cameras.  Speed cameras will be deployed in Speed Camera Corridors around many new school zones including Damascus High School and Cedar Grove Elementary School.

MCP Traffic Division Director, Captain Tom Didone, will highlight this year’s enforcement campaign and answer questions on both Back to School safety and the Speed Camera Corridor initiative.  Mr. Todd Watkins, MCPS Transportation Director, will be in attendance to answer any school bus related inquiries.  Mr. Todd Jackson from the ACS/Xerox Corporation will be available to open and discuss the new portable speed camera units (PCU’s) and the improved technology associated with the Safe Speed program.