3 People Seriously Injured in Single-Vehicle Collision in Olney

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department- Collision Reconstruction Unit (CRU) are investigating a single-vehicle collision that occurred early this morning in Olney.

At approximately 1:23 a.m., officers and Fire & Rescue personnel responded to the area of Hines Road and Macduff Avenue for a single-vehicle collision. Arriving officers observed the driver and front-seat passenger trapped in the vehicle; the rear-seat passenger had been ejected from the car.

Preliminary investigation indicates that a 2011 Chrysler 200 convertible was traveling west on Hines Road (towards Cashell Road). For reasons still under investigation, the convertible left the roadway and struck a tree just prior to Macduff Avenue. The vehicle then continued across MacDuff Avenue and struck a light pole and a telephone box. It rolled over before coming to rest.

All three occupants of the vehicle were transported to local hospitals with serious injuries. The rear-seat passenger is being treated for life-threatening injuries.

All occupants of the vehicle are male. Both the driver and front-seat passenger are 17 years old. The age of the rear-seat passenger has not been confirmed.

The Collision Reconstruction Unit continues to investigate this collision at the scene. The names of the occupants of the vehicle will not be released until their families are notified. Anyone with information about this collision is asked to call the Montgomery County Police non-emergency number at 301-279-8000. Hines Road remains closed in the area of Macduff Avenue and motorists are asked to avoid the area until the investigation at the scene is complete.

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Update: Possible Sightings/Missing Gaithersburg Man

Martin Rogers

Martin Rogers

Detectives continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding a missing Gaithersburg man.

Martin John Rogers, age 54, of the 12900 block of Riffle Ford Court in Gaithersburg, was last seen on Thursday, August 21, at approximately 7:30 a.m. as he left his residence to go to work in Rockville. On that day, Rogers was driving a blue 2001 Audi A4 with Maryland tags: 1BF6739. The vehicle has not been recovered.

Since that time, police have received multiple calls regarding possible sightings on the towpath of the C & O Canal. Earlier in the week, Rogers was reported to have been in the Cumberland area and the northern portion of the towpath outside of Montgomery County. Today, August 28, Rogers was reported to have been seen at approximately 8:20 a.m. in the area of Edwards Ferry, near Poolesville and Violettes Lock near Darnestown.

Rogers is described as a white male, approximately 5’10″ tall and weighing 150 pounds. He has gray/white hair and blue eyes. He wears glasses and was last seen wearing brown khaki pants and a green and tan checkered, collared shirt.

Police and family remain concerned for Rogers’ emotional well-being and physical welfare.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Martin Rogers is asked to call the police non-emergency number at 301-279-8000 (24 hour line).

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Saving Ruby

UPDATE: October 22, 2014

Do you remember Ruby? She was shot with a shotgun by a family member on August 21 in a Wheaton home. When Officer Michelle Ballor responded to the home, she immediately loaded Ruby into her police vehicle and drove her to the Kindness Animal Hospital located at 2130 University Boulevard West in Wheaton. At the animal hospital, Officer Ballor was met by Dr. Jeff Zolkiewicz (“Dr. Z”), who immediately began life-saving measures. Veterinarians at the hospital determined that Ruby would need extensive medical care to save her life. Officer Noah Leotta spoke with family members and suggested that they consider surrendering Ruby to the hospital rather than euthanizing her so that she could have the opportunity to live.

After undergoing numerous medical procedures and surgeries, we are happy to report that Ruby has a “new leash on life.” She has been adopted by Dr. Zolkiewicz and is living with him and his family. She can also eat solid dog food again! (This is something that she could not do after the shooting).

THANK YOU to the community for supporting Ruby’s recovery! Over $5,000 has been raised for Ruby’s care. Many people have also donated supplies to the Kindness Animal Hospital and have sent well wishes to Ruby. Thank you to Dr. Zolkiewicz and the personnel at the Kindness Animal Hospital, who saved Ruby’s life and who continue to take care of her.

This Friday, October 24, Ruby and Dr. Zolkiewicz will visit the 4th District Station (located at 2300 Randolph Road) at 1:00 p.m. to thank the officers and residents who helped to save Ruby’s life.  Ruby would like to show everyone how well she is doing!  Everyone is invited to stop by and say HI to Ruby, Dr Zolkiewicz, and the officers of the 4th District.

 

Ruby saying, "Hi!" to Officer Michelle Ballor, who placed Ruby in her police cruiser and rushed her to the Kindess Animal Shelter

Photo taken October 13: Ruby saying, “Hi!” to Officer Michelle Ballor, who placed Ruby in her police cruiser and rushed her to the Kindness Animal Hospital.

 

 

 

 

ORIGINAL RELEASE:

On Thursday, August 21, Fourth District officers responded to a residence in Wheaton just before noon for the report of a shooting of a family dog by a family member.

Officers responded to the scene and found Ruby, a nine-month-old boxer mix, bleeding profusely and having trouble breathing; she had been shot on the left side of her face and shoulder with a shotgun. Officer Michelle Ballor immediately loaded Ruby into her police vehicle and drove her to the Kindness Animal Hospital located at 2130 University Boulevard West in Wheaton. At the animal hospital, Officer Ballor was met by Doctor Jeff Zolkiewicz, who immediately began life-saving measures. Veterinarians at the hospital determined that Ruby would need extensive medical care to save her life. Officer Noah Leotta spoke with Ruby’s owners and suggested that they consider surrendering Ruby to the hospital rather than euthanizing her so that she could have the opportunity to live.

When Sergeant Dawn Felsen visited Ruby in the hospital earlier this week, she learned that Ruby was improving after undergoing several surgeries but needed to undergo additional procedures. Sergeant Felsen discovered that Doctor Jeff Zolkiewicz had absorbed all of the costs for these surgeries. Doctor Marc Katz, one of Doctor Zolkiewicz’s colleagues at the hospital, says that, “Doctor Zolkiewicz has made it his mission to save this dog.”

Due to the nature of her injuries, her appearance, and possible need for future specialized care, the hospital staff does not think that Ruby is a good candidate for adoption. But there is great news. Doctor Zolkiewicz recognizes that Ruby is a real “gem” and has decided to adopt her.

The police shift that responded to the initial shooting call is collecting money at the Fourth District station located at 2300 Randolph Road in Wheaton to help defray some of the costs of Ruby’s care.

We’re thrilled that Ruby has a new “leash on life” with Doctor Zolkiewicz and the entire police department is rooting for Ruby to make a full recovery.

*Note: The firearm discharge investigation is ongoing.

 

Online fundraiser page for Ruby : http://www.youcaring.com/medical-fundraiser/saving-ruby/226139

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4th District officers who responded to the call

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Ruby recovering from surgery

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Just some of Ruby’s injuries

 

Fatal Motorcycle Collision on River Road in Potomac

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department-Collision Reconstruction Unit (CRU) are investigating a fatal motorcycle collision that occurred this afternoon in Potomac.

At approximately 3:53 p.m., officers and Montgomery County Fire&Rescue responded to River Road at Rivers Edge Drive for a collision.

Preliminary investigation indicates that a 2014 Honda NC700 motorcycle was traveling south on River Road and a 2011 BMW X5 (an SUV) was traveling north on River Road. The BMW attempted to make a left turn onto Rivers Edge Drive and collided with the motorcycle. Witnesses to the collision stopped and administered first aid to the motorcyclist. He was transported to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries and succumbed to his injuries at the hospital. The operator of the BMW was transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The motorcyclist is being identified as Navdeep Singh Kang, age 25, of the 1600 block of Blackburn Heights in Sewickley, Pennsylvania. The driver of the SUV is being identified as Ritula Bhutani Mehndiratta, age 46, of the 10000 block of Abbey Drive in Potomac.

The circumstances of this collision remain under investigation. Anyone with information about the collision is asked to contact the Collision Reconstruction Unit at 240-773-6620. Callers may remain anonymous.

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Witness’ Cell Phone Photos Capture Robbers

Taizye Chirwa, age 31, of Montgomery Village, and Pedram Mariani, age 26, of Rockville, have been arrested and charged with committing robbery and assault. Detectives have obtained an arrest warrant for the third suspect, Alhassane Coulibaly, age 23, of Gaithersburg.

Last night at approximately 6:16 p.m., officers responded to an assault that had just occurred in an apartment parking lot located in the 18300 block of Lost Knife Circle in Montgomery Village. Officers located the 51-year-old victim who was suffering from a laceration to his forehead. The victim stated that as he was talking with friends in the parking lot, four suspects approached him and asked him for a dollar and a cigarette. When the victim responded that he did not have money or a cigarette, the suspects repeatedly punched him and knocked him to the ground. One suspect stole the victim’s cell phone. The victim was transported to a local hospital and was treated for bruising and for a laceration to his forehead.

A witness was able to photograph the suspects fleeing the scene and photograph the getaway vehicle and its tag number. The victim was also able to provide a description of the suspects.

Officers in the area of the robbery located that vehicle, occupied, in the parking lot of Lakeforest Mall, located at 700 Russell Avenue in Montgomery Village. Officers stopped the vehicle in Rockville. The driver, Mariani, and the passenger, Chirwa, were identified, arrested, and transported to the Central Processing Unit. They were both charged with robbery, first and second-degree assault, and conspiracy to commit robbery and assault. Mariani was also charged with possession of marijuana and resisting arrest. Investigators have obtained an arrest warrant for Coulibaly, charging him with robbery, first and second-degree assault, and conspiracy to commit assault and robbery.

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Pedram Mariani

Pedram Mariani

Taizye Chirwa

Taizye Chirwa