Top Headlines: School Security, Armed Carjacking Arrest, Same-Sex Couple Weds
Catch up on headlines this week from across Montgomery County.
An attempted murder that may have stemmed from a dice game dispute; a health scare for the mayor of Rockville; school security upgrades and a wedding for the first same-sex couple in Montgomery County. These are just a few of the stories Patch reported this week. Get caught up on top headlines here.
GERMANTOWN—A New Year’s Day shootout in Silver Spring that resulted in attempted murder charges against a Germantown man may have stemmed from a five-month dispute over a dice game and some money. The full story is at Germantown Patch.
GAITHERSBURG—Gaithersburg's Joe Rouch and Jeff Aberle were the first same sex couple to be married in the Montgomery County Courthouse. Read more on Gaithersburg Patch.
POTOMAC—Montgomery County parents may rest a little easier after the county school board voted Tuesday to speed up spending to increase security at Montgomery County elementary schools. If the Montgomery County Council approves the request, all 132 elementary campuses could receive the upgrade by July. Read more on Potomac Patch.
GERMANTOWN—Seventeen thousand Potomac Edison customers were left in the dark Tuesday after a problem at a substation led to the loss of four other substations. Germantown Library and BlackRock Center for the Arts were forced to close. The full story is at Germantown Patch.
WHEATON—The Montgomery County government has formal liaisons to the African American, Latino, Asian American, and interfaith communities. Should the county also establish a liaison to the LGBT community? Read more on Wheaton Patch.
GERMANTOWN—A North Carolina man was found guilty of murdering his wife and her 11-year-old son in 2011, according to published accounts. Curtis Lopez will be sentenced in April and faces life in prison. The full story is at Germantown Patch.
SILVER SPRING—Police want residents to be on the lookout for a silver Volkswagen Jetta that they said was stolen from Hyattsville and used as the getaway car in a purse snatching downtown. Read more on Silver Spring Patch.
ROCKVILLE—Rockville Mayor Phyllis Marcuccio was especially happy to return to work during the City Council’s first meeting of the new year on Monday. Marcuccio offered “a shout-out to Suburban Hospital" and the medical staff that saved her after her heart stopped during a visit for what was to be a routine procedure. Read more on Rockville Patch.
GAITHERSBURG—Lakelands Park Middle School health teacher Stacy Bureau and her fiancé are finalists in Mix 107.3's 'My Wedding In A Week' contest. Read more on Gaithersburg Patch.
BETHESDA—Bruce Variety, a 60-year fixture on Arlington Road, will close its doors Sunday. But owners say they're in negotiations to relocate to a new space in Bethesda. Read more on Bethesda Patch.
CHEVY CHASE—The Montgomery County Police Department posted a video on its website of a suspect entering a vehicle in Chevy Chase. The incident is one of two thefts (or attempted thefts) from vehicles in Chevy Chase "believed to have been committed by the same suspect" on or just before Dec. 31, 2012, police said. Read more on Chevy Chase Patch.
POTOMAC—Police say two suspects approached a food delivery driver and demanded his car at gunpoint. After getting into the car the suspects were unable to operate the manual transmission car and then fled on foot, police said. Read more on Potomac Patch.