Week in Review: Basketball Tournament and a New Year
A look at the top news from Dec. 26 to Jan. 1.
Basketball, fires and New Year's Eve plans have been the prominent news stories this past week in Potomac.
On Monday, Montgomery County Fire and Rescue responded to a house fire in the 13200 block of Violettes Lock Road in Darnestown near Potomac. Fire and Rescue Capt. Oscar Garcia said on Dec. 28 that the fire was an accidental incident and that the tenants had working smoke alarms and a lawful wood-burning stove, where the fire originated. According to the final report, firefighters were dismissed from the scene at 2:40 p.m. on Dec. 27, and damage to the home was estimated at $95,000.
A Potomac man and North Potomac woman were arrested Tuesday for possession of heroin in downtown Silver Spring. Police found heroin on Faisal Abdullah, a 25-year-old from the 12700 block of Greenbrier Road in Potomac, and Rebecca Amick, a 25-year-old from the 14400 block of Lake Winds Way in North Potomac, after they were pulled over for driving above the speed limit near the intersection of Georgia and Thayer avenues in Silver Spring.
The bouncing of basketballs and cheering of fans could be heard coming from Winston Churchill High School this week as the Bulldogs hosted the second annual Bobby Miller Classic basketball tournament on Wednesday and Thursday. The tournament was an eight-team, two-day high school basketball tournament featuring both the Churchill boys and girls' teams. The Churchill boys wound up winning the tournament on Thursday evening with a 69-44 win against Einstein.
On Wednesday, the Bethesda Chicken Out Rotisserie closed its doors after serving the community for almost 20 years. The Bethesda location decided not to continue its lease; however, the Potomac location, as well as 11 other stores, are still serving food to hungry customers.
The big lead up this week has been New Year's Eve. Potomac Patch ran many stories this past week about ringing in the new year, including stories about residents' resolutions; making tasty treats for a party; some of the top places to be on New Year's Eve; making resolutions with your kids; and how police are cracking down on drunk driving on Dec. 31.