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Concern for Missing Juvenile from Gaithersburg

Kathy Pereira

Kathy Pereira

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police-Special Victims Investigations Division are asking the public for help in locating a missing Gaithersburg juvenile.

Kathy Pereira, age 15, of the 500 block of Mandolin Court in Gaithersburg, was last seen on August 17. Kathy is described as a Hispanic female, 5’03” tall, and weighing 120 pounds. She has brown eyes and brown hair.

Anyone who has information regarding the whereabouts of Kathy Pereira is asked to call the Montgomery County Police Special Victims Division at 240-773-5400 or the police non-emergency number at 301-279-8000 (24 hours).


Detectives Investigate Single-Vehicle Fatal Collision in Rockville

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department-Collision Reconstruction Unit (CRU) are investigating a fatal collision that occurred on Sunday, August 23 in Rockville.

On August 23 at approximately 1:53 p.m., 1st District officers and Fire and Rescue personnel responded to the area of Gruenther Avenue and McAuliffe Drive for the report of a single-vehicle collision.
Preliminary investigation indicated that a black Toyota Avalon left the roadway, struck a fence, and then struck a tree. The driver of the Avalon was transported to Suburban Hospital where he was pronounced deceased. The initial investigation indicated that the driver may have suffered a medical event prior to the collision. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) has ruled the manner of death to be accidental from multiple Injuries suffered in the crash.

The driver of the Avalon is being identified as Arthur Levine, age 67, of the 300 block of Bradley Avenue in Rockville.

This collision remains under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call the Collision Reconstruction Unit at 240-773-6620. Callers may remain anonymous.


Man Charged with Armed Robbery of Olney Verizon Store

Jamal Ronell Austin

Jamal Ronell Austin

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Major Crimes Division – Robbery Section have charged Jamal Ronell Austin, age 26, of the 5500 block of Yorkshire Drive in Temple Hills, with armed robbery and first-degree assault.

On August 24 at approximately 12:01 p.m., 4th District officers responded to the report of an armed robbery at the Verizon Wireless store located at 3229 Spartan Road in Olney. The investigation revealed that Austin entered the store displaying a handgun and ordered the store employees and customers to the ground. Austin removed several items from the store and fled out of the back door and was seen entering a black Dodge Charger.

Officers responding to the robbery observed the black Charger fleeing the area and attempted to stop it. The driver of the Charger refused to stop for police and fled from the Olney area onto the Inter-County Connector (ICC) toward Interstate 95 in Prince George’s County. Officers were in pursuit of the vehicle when the driver of the Charger rammed a marked Montgomery County police car on the Inter-County Connecter at Georgia Avenue. Officers from several jurisdictions continued to pursue the vehicle into Prince George’s county where they ultimately lost sight of it.

Investigation revealed that the suspect vehicle is registered to Austin. A warrant was obtained for his arrest on August 24. Detectives located and arrested Austin that same evening in Temple Hills.

Austin has been charged with one count of armed robbery and four counts of first-degree assault. He is currently being held on a $100,000 bond.



Concern for Missing 50-Year-Old Montgomery Village Woman

Jennifer Susan Knight

Jennifer Susan Knight

Detectives from the 6th District Investigative Section are asking for the public’s assistance in locating a missing 50-year-old woman.

Jennifer Susan Knight of the 9800 block of Lakeshore Drive Avenue in Montgomery Village was last heard from on the telephone on August 6.

Jennifer Susan Knight is described as a white female, approximately 5’7” tall, with a thin build. She has long brown hair and brown eyes. It is not known what clothing she was wearing at the time of her disappearance.  Police and family are concerned for her emotional and physical well-being.

Anyone with any information regarding Ms. Knight’s whereabouts is asked to call the Montgomery County Police Department immediately at 301-279-8000.


Montgomery County Law Enforcement Agencies Conduct Drug Take-Back Day

On Saturday, September 26 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., Montgomery County law enforcement agencies will be conducting a Prescription DrugsDrug Take-Back Day. This is a safe, free and anonymous opportunity to dispose of unused, unwanted or expired prescription drugs. This initiative is part of an effort to prevent the increasing problems of prescription drug abuse and theft that continues to occur nationwide.

On September 26, there will be drop-off locations throughout Montgomery County. These locations will accept prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications only. Liquids, illicit drugs, needles, sharps and syringes cannot be accepted as part of the take-back program. Officers will staff collection boxes in the parking lots or in the lobbies of the following facilities:

Collection Sites:

Montgomery County Police Department:

  • 1st District/Headquarters – 100 Edison Park Drive, Gaithersburg, 20878
  • 2nd District Friendship Heights Community Center – 4433 S Park Avenue, Chevy Chase, 20815
  • 3rd District – 1002 Milestone Drive, Silver Spring, 20904
  • 4th District – 2300 Randolph Road, Wheaton, 20902
  • 5th District – 20000 Aircraft Drive, Germantown, 20874
  • 6th District – 45 West Watkins Mill Road, Gaithersburg, 20878

Chevy Chase Village Police Department – 5906 Connecticut Avenue, Chevy Chase, 20815

Gaithersburg Police Department – 14 Fulks Corner Avenue, Gaithersburg, 20877

Maryland State Police Rockville Barrack – 7915 Montrose Road, Rockville, 20854

Rockville City Police Department and the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office  – 2 W. Montgomery Avenue, Rockville, 20850

Takoma Park Police Department – 7500 Maple Avenue, Takoma Park, 20912

The Montgomery County law enforcement community is particularly interested in medications containing controlled substances but will accept any medications brought for disposal. All sites will take pills and medication patches of all kinds. If possible, prescription labels should be removed or personal information should be blacked out; however, pill bottles will still be accepted if the labels are attached. No questions will be asked. This is an opportunity to safely empty out a medicine cabinet of drugs that are no longer needed.

Disposing of drugs through a drug take-back day is the safest option. If it is safe to dispose of a drug by flushing it down a toilet, the drug label or prescription information will indicate that option is an appropriate means of disposal. Otherwise, unused drugs should not be poured down a sink or flushed for disposal.

Drugs should not be thrown in the trash unless specific safety precautions for safe disposal are followed. The County’s Division of Solid Waste and Services offers these suggestions:
1.Place unwanted or expired medication into a plastic bag (with a seal) or other empty container with a lid to prevent liquid medications from leaking out.
2.Mix with kitty litter, coffee grounds or sawdust. (Liquid medications can be solidified using kitty litter or sawdust.)
3.Seal the bag and/or container.
4.Crush pills or tablets.
5.Put the container and/or bag containing the medication into your regular household trash.
6.Remove the label with the patient’s name from the original medicine vial or bottle.
7.Place the empty plastic vial or bottle into your blue County recycling bin. Empty aerosol inhalers can also be recycled in the County recycling bins.

Unused and/or expired medicines that remain in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. According to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.

All the returned medications on Drug Take-Back day will be destroyed by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.