Update: Montgomery County Police Officer Charged with Perjury and Felony Workers’ Comp Fraud

It was announced today through the State of Maryland, Office of the State Prosecutor’s Office, that Montgomery County Police Officer Gilbert L. Payne has been charged in Baltimore City Circuit Court with perjury and felony workers’ compensation fraud.

In September 2008, Officer Payne testified at a workers’ compensation hearing. The accuracy of his testimony came into question. The matter was then referred to the Office of the State Prosecutor by the Baltimore City Inspector General’s Office.

A trial date has not been set. The perjury charge carries a maximum sentence of 10 years. The fraud charge carries a maximum sentence of 15 years and a fine of $15,000.

Officer Payne was hired by the Montgomery County Police Department on July 12, 2010, and is currently on administrative leave pending the outcome of the trial and administrative investigation.

See the press release from the Office of the State Prosecutor by clicking on the link:  Office of State Prosecutor press release.

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Suspect arrested for numerous 7-11 and CVS robberies

Detectives from the Montgomery County-Major Crimes Division have arrested Ricardo Oneil Brooks, age 27, of the 18700 block of Pier Point Place in Montgomery Village, for the armed robberies of numerous 7-11 and CVS stores.

Investigation by the Montgomery County-Major Crimes Division revealed that during these robberies, the male suspect, later identified as Brooks, would enter the store when there were few to no customers, approach an employee and display a handgun.  He would demand money, taking bills and coins, and sometimes cigarettes.

Brooks was determined to be responsible for the below robberies:

  • August 1, 2014 7-11 at 8035 Snouffer School Road in Gaithersburg
  • August 8, 2014 7-11 15339 New Hampshire Avenue in Cloverly
  • August 21, 2014 7-11 at 9900 Key West Ave in Rockville
  • August 27, 2014 7-11 at 7305 MacArthur Boulevard in Bethesda
  • August 28, 2014 CVS at 7955 Tuckerman Lane in Rockville
  • September 4, 2014 CVS at 9920 Key West Ave in Rockville
  • September 8, 2014 7-11 at 6850 Olney Laystonsville Road in Laytonsville

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Brooks was arrested by Howard County Police on September 12 after they responded to the CVS located at 3300 Centennial Lane in Ellicott City for an armed robbery.  A search warrant was then executed and evidence recovered connecting Brooks to the robberies in Montgomery County and Howard County.  Brooks is also a suspect in two Carroll County cases and one Frederick County case.  Brooks is currently being held in Howard County.

 

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Update: Hoggle Children Missing Persons Case – Police Ask for Assistance from Business Owners

The Montgomery County Police Department continues to investigate the missing persons case of  Jacob and Sarah Hoggle.  Detectives remain concerned for the children, as there have been no confirmed sightings of the children since they were reported missing by their father on Monday, September 8.

The children were last known to be in the company of their mother, Catherine Hoggle. Catherine Hoggle also went missing on September 8.  She was found and taken into custody by Montgomery County Police on Friday, September 12.  The children were not with her when she was taken into custody, and she has not divulged their whereabouts.

Detectives would like the public to be aware of the following flyers showing the two vehicles that Catherine Hoggle was known to have driven during the time Sarah and Jacob went missing.  The vehicles are accounted for.  However, business owners are being asked to please take note of the dates and times that are posted on the flyers, and to check any business video surveillance tapes for evidence that these vehicles, Catherine Hoggle, or Sarah and Jacob Hoggle were in the area of their businesses during those dates and times.  The public is asked to contact County Police with any information about this case.

Update: Hoggle Children Missing Persons Case – Police Ask for Assistance from Business Owners

Montgomery County Launches New One-Week Social Media Safety Outreach Campaign; Don’t Pass a Stopped School Bus, but Do Pass That Message On

Montgomery County Government, Police and Public Schools are teaming up to educate drivers about the importance of complying with Maryland laws pertaining to stopped school buses with activated flashing lights and stop arms. This week, a new easy-viewing informational outreach campaign, #PassItOn, is being launched through social media.

Each day a new video message will be tweeted multiple times supporting the campaign. Recipients are encouraged to view them, and then just like with a good deed, pay it forward – Retweet them. The goal is to reach as many people (motorists) as possible. Media outlets and other organizations are encouraged to add these videos to their websites.

A school bus with lights flashing and stop arm out is hard to miss. Yet drivers continue to either stop for a moment and then proceed, or totally ignore the stop sign and signal and drive right by. Our school-bus-riding-children should not have to worry about that kind of danger. It’s a serious problem, but one that community members can help solve by taking an active role in getting the information out.

Video topics include:

  • Day 1 – “Back to School & Back to the Problem” identifies the three types of people who are prone to commit this type of violation with comments from MCPD Traffic Division Director Tom Didone and Police Chief Tom Manger.
  • Day 2 – “When to Put the Brakes On” created by the County Cable Montgomery production staff, this user-friendly informational message explains the laws. It will be tweeted out in a 2-minute package, but it is also available in an 11-minute version.
  • Day 3 – “The Short Arm of the Law” created by MCPS producer Todd Hochkeppel, is a clever public service announcement (PSA) meant to grab drivers’ attention. This PSA, in 30-second and 60-second lengths, is available in English and Spanish on YouTube. It is also available in professional broadcast standard formats for use by any media outlet. A link to download for broadcast or webcast will be provided after the Day 3 social media release.
  • Day 4 – “New Cop in Town” created by MCM Cable (Montgomery Community Media) is a behind-the-scenes look at how the Montgomery County Public School PSA was created, including a special interview with its star performer.
  • Day 5 – “We’ve Said it Before and We’ll Say it Again” highlights County government, school and law enforcement officials speaking out about the problem and why it must be stopped.

All of these short, viewer-friendly videos will be available on Playlist, with a link provided at the end of the week.

It’s the Law:

When approaching a stopped school bus with activated flashing red lights, Maryland law requires that motorists traveling in the same direction as the bus must stop.  The law also requires that motorists approaching the bus from the opposite direction must stop UNLESS there is a physical barrier, such as a median.

Basic Facts:

Currently, there are 25 school bus cameras strategically deployed throughout the County that record vehicles that pass stopped school buses with activated flashing red lights. Those cameras will eventually be deployed on up to 100 buses. These violations are reviewed by the police department’s Automated Traffic Enforcement Unit and citations are mailed to the registered owner. The camera-generated fine is $125. No points are associated with a citation issued through this program. A citation for the same offense issued by a police officer is $570 and three points on the license.

In Conclusion:

There were 713 violations recorded last school semester, despite an active public education campaign to make sure that drivers understood the laws pertaining to stopping for school buses. County government, law enforcement and school officials are hoping that releasing information through a one-week social media push will get this important safety message out to more motorists in our County and beyond.

Take a few minutes each day this week to watch and listen to a short video (#PassItOn) and then Retweet it. Please don’t pass a stopped school bus, but please do help pass these important safety messages on to help keep our kids safe!

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