UPDATE: Detectives Make Arrest in Acts of Vandalism and Theft in Damascus Region

Detectives of the Germantown Investigative Section have made an arrest in the  acts of vandalism and theft that occurred in the Plantations II neighborhood in the Damascus region of the county from September 1 to September 2 during the overnight hours.  Detectives obtained home video surveillance of three suspects attempting to open vehicle car doors in the neighborhood and released the video to the public and circulated the video to officers.

A Montgomery County police officer reached out to his contacts in the community and was able to identify one of the suspects in the video as Rodney Sylvester Hall, age 18, of the 12900 block of Summit Ridge Terrace in Germantown.  An arrest warrant was obtained by detectives for Hall, charging him with rogue and vagabond, theft $1,000 to under $10,000, and conspiracy to commit theft $1,000 to under $10,000.  Hall was arrested on September 14 and transported to the Central Processing Unit.  Hall has a court date of November 8, 2012.

Detectives continue to work to identify the two remaining suspects.  Detectives of the 5th District are asking anyone who has information about these crimes to please call Officer Bromley at 240-773-6249. Those who wish to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477) or enter a tip online. Crime Solvers will pay a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information provided to them that leads to an arrest and/or indictment for this felony crime.

Still shot of suspect

Rodney Sylvester Hall

Reminder: New Non-Functioning Traffic Light Law to Take Effect October 1

Beginning October 1, a driver approaching a non-functioning traffic control signal from any direction at an intersection shall stop:
-at a clearly marked stop line;
-before entering any crosswalk; or
-before entering the intersection.

After stopping, the driver must:
-yield to any vehicle or pedestrian in the intersection; and
-remain stopped until it is safe to enter and continue through the intersection.

Violations of the new law carry a fine of $90 and two points if the offense does not contribute to an accident. If the violation contributes to a collision, the fine is $130 and three points.

Read more about this new law in a Maryland State Police press release.


Update: Collision Reconstruction Unit Investigates Fatal Collision in Kentlands Area of Gaithersburg

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police – Collision Reconstruction Unit (CRU) are investigating a fatal collision that occurred last night on Great Seneca Highway at Lakelands Drive in the Kentlands area of Gaithersburg.

Yesterday evening at approximately 7:49 p.m., officers from the Gaithersburg Police Department and the Montgomery County Police 6th District responded to Great Seneca Highway and Lakelands Drive for a report of a two vehicle collision.

Preliminary investigation has revealed that a 2003 Toyota Highlander was traveling south on Great Seneca Highway.  A 1999 Black Lexus LS 400 was traveling north on Great Seneca Highway and attempted to make a left turn onto Lakelands Drive.  The two vehicles collided in the intersection.

The female passenger in the Lexus was transported to a local hospital by ambulance and was declared deceased at the hospital.  The male driver of the Lexus was transported to a local hospital by ambulance and remains in critical condition.  The  female driver of the Toyota was transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.  The male passenger of the Toyota was transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The driver of the Lexus has been identified as Seymour Baden, age 77, of the 200 block of Hart Road in Gaithersburg.  The female (deceased) passenger of the Lexus has been identified as Elizabeth Colvin Colton, age 69, of the same address.  The driver of the Toyota has been identified as Rachel Leah Weintraub, age 21, of the 13600 block of Anchor Cove Court in Rockville.  The passenger of the Toyota has been identified as George Dancer, age 25, of the 14100 block of Marianne Drive in Rockville.

The circumstances surrounding this collision remain under investigation.  Investigators are asking anyone who witnessed this fatal collision to contact the Collision Reconstruction Unit at 301-840-2435.  Callers may remain anonymous.

Officers and State’s Attorneys Receive Anti-Defamation League SHIELD Award

Congratulations to 4th District Community Services Officer Sharif Hidayat, Detective Matthew Vendemio, Hispanic Liaison (Public Information Office) Blanca Kling, Assistant State’s Attorney George Simms, and Assistant State’s Attorney Curtis Zeager, who among other recipients will receive the 2012 Anti-Defamation League (ADL) SHIELD Award tonight in Washington, DC.  The award honors law enforcement for major successes in the fight against hate crimes and domestic and international terrorism.

These officers and state’s attorneys are being honored for their investigation and prosecution of a hate crime.  Between March of 2006 and August of 2010, the neighborhood of Burnley Terrace, Amherst Avenue, and Reedie Drive in Wheaton had experienced a series of tire-slashing vandalisms in which the victims were primarily Hispanic.  Through the course of the investigation, officers identified approximately 28 victims.  On October 6, 2010, a suspect was arrested and charged with one count of malicious destruction of property under $500 and one count of race/religious harassment of a person.

The members of the community came together in early May after the sentencing of the defendant to show their solidarity as a community.  Members of MCPD stopped by for some food and good conversation.

Commander Damskey (left), 4th District Officer Sharif Hidayat (center), Assistant State’s Attorney Curtis Zeager(right), and community members at the community celebration