Rabies Clinics Offered in Montgomery County

The Montgomery County Police Department’s Animal Services Division will be sponsoring five rabies vaccination clinics during 2013.  The clinics will be held at the Montgomery County Animal Shelter located at 14645 Rothgeb Drive in Rockville.  Each clinic will begin at 10:00 a.m. and will end at 12:00 p.m. (noon) on the following dates:

  • Sunday, April 21dog_paw_20110407064137_320_240
  • Sunday, May 19
  • Sunday, June 16
  • Sunday, July 21
  • Sunday, August 18

Maryland law requires that all dogs, cats, and ferrets over the age of four months be vaccinated against rabies. Failure to vaccinate an animal as required may subject the owner to a $500 fine.  When brought in for vaccination, all dogs must be leashed.  Cats and ferrets must be in carriers or otherwise contained.

At the clinics, the rabies vaccinations will be administered by a participating veterinarian at no charge for dogs and cats owned by residents of Montgomery County. There will be a minimal $4.00 charge for ferrets and out of county pets. County residents, as well as residents of the City of Rockville and the City of Gaithersburg, will be required to purchase a pet license if their pet is not currently licensed.

In previous years, rabies cases have been reported in 49 states as well as Puerto Rico.  Wild animals traditionally account for 95% of the reported cases in the United States and raccoon rabies is now prevalent in all of the eastern coastal states, including Maryland. The most common carriers of rabies in Maryland include raccoons, foxes, bats, and skunks.

Public health activities, including the vaccination of companion animals, protect pets from the deadly rabies virus and also contribute to a reduction in the transmission of the virus from wild animals to humans.  Exposure to rabies can be prevented:

  • Have your dogs, cats, and ferrets vaccinated against rabies and keep the vaccinations up to date.
  • Avoid sick animals and those acting in an unusual manner.
  • Do not approach, touch or feed wild or stray animals.
  • Do not allow pets to roam free.
  • Teach children to stay away from wild animals or animals they do not know.
  • Prevent bats and other wildlife from entering your home by using appropriate window screens and chimney caps.

Those with questions may contact the MCPD Animal Services Division at 240-773-5925.




Suspect Arrested for Burglary on Tralee Terrace

Jesse Fleming

Jesse Fleming

Officers from the 5th District have arrested a suspect responsible for a burglary that occurred on Tralee Terrace in Damascus on March 24.

On March 24, at approximately 7:01 p.m., officers responded to the 10500 block of Tralee Terrace for a report of a suspicious situation.  Neighbors informed police dispatch that a male subject had gained access to an apartment through a back window and had removed a TV from the apartment.  A suspect description was provided to officers.

Officers arrived on-scene and located a male subject matching the description of the suspect.  Officers detained the subject, and further investigation lead to the discovery of evidence linking the detained subject to the burglary.  The suspect was placed under arrest.  Following his arrest, the suspect lead officers to where he had hidden the TV that had been stolen from the apartment.

The suspect has been identified as Jesse Fleming, age 33, of the 24200 block of Preakness Drive in Damascus.  Fleming was charged with first degree burglary and theft under $1,000.  Fleming was released on bond on March 26.


Detectives Arrest Suspect for Multiple Burglaries in Damascus Area

Steven Haines

Steven Haines

Detectives from the 5th District Investigative Section have arrested a suspect believed to be responsible for a series of burglaries that has been occurring on Mountain View Road in Damascus since December 2012.

The following burglaries were reported:

  • December 9, 2012 – Pleasant Grove Church at 11225 Mountain View Road.
  • February 2, 2013 – (Attempted burglary) at the Pleasant Grove Church.
  • February 10, 2013 – 11400 block of Mountain View Road.
  • February 19, 2013 – Pleasant Grove Church.

Through the course of investigation, Steven Tyler Haines, age 19, of the 11400 block of Mountain View Drive in Damascus was developed as a suspect.  An arrest warrant was issued for Haines on February 28, 2013, but Haines’ whereabouts were unknown.

On March 23, 2013, a burglary was reported in the 11300 block of Mountain View Road, and on March 24, 2013, a theft was reported in the 11300 block of Mountain View Road.

Following the theft on March 24, 5th District officers received information that Haines may be at an address on Mountain View Road.  Officers located and arrested Haines following a foot pursuit.  Upon arresting Haines, officers discovered property on him that had been stolen in the March 23 burglary.

The arrest warrant from February 28 was served on Haines following his arrest charging him with three counts of second degree burglary and theft-related charges.  Haines was also charged with an additional count of second degree burglary and theft following the March 23 burglary and the March 24 theft.  Haines is currently being held on two $100,000 bonds.


Police Investigate Pedestrian Collision on Westport Road


Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Collision Reconstruction Unit are investigating a  collision involving a pedestrian and a vehicle that occurred on Westport Road in Chevy Chase.

On Tuesday March 26th,  at approximately 7:57 a.m., 2nd District officers and Fire/Rescue personnel responded to the area of Westport Road and Saratoga Avenue for the report of a personal injury collision.  Preliminary investigation revealed that a pedestrian was walking on Westport Road just east of Saratoga Avenue and was struck by a 2012 Toyota Sienna that was turning from northbound Saratoga Avenue onto eastbound Westport Road.

The pedestrian has been identified as Alice Ann Winkler, age 50, of the 5200 block of Saratoga Avenue in Chevy Chase.  She was transported to the Cowley Shock Trauma Center with serious injuries.  She remains there in serious condition.

The driver of the Toyota was identified as Pablo Martinez Varela, age 51, also of the 5200 block of Saratoga Avenue in Chevy Chase. Varela remained on scene of the collision and provided information to investigators.

The circumstances surrounding this collision remain under investigation.  Detectives are asking anyone who witnessed or may have information about this collision to contact the Collision Reconstruction Unit at 240-773-6620.  Callers may remain anonymous.


MCPD Chief Announces Promotions

Yesterday, Chief J. Thomas Manger announced the following promotions effective on Sunday, April 7, 2013:


Promoted to CAPTAIN:

  • Lieutenant Darren Francke – assigned to the Training and Education Division
  • Lieutenant James Daly  – assigned to Duty Commander
  • Lieutenant Laura Lanham – assigned to the Legal and Labor Relations Division


Promoted to LIEUTENANT:

  • Sergeant Sean Gagen – assigned to the 6th District
  • Sergeant Sheila Sugrue – assigned to the 5th District


Promoted to SERGEANT:

  • Corporal Lawrence Phillips
  • Corporal Thomas D’Albora
  • PO3 Gregory Jordan

* Assignments to be determined


Promoted to CORPORAL:

  • PO3 Catherine Birk
  • PO3 Douglas Miller

* Assignments to be determined


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