Author Archive for Jeff Kinney

Police Say Cameras Are Saving Lives

Photo | Phil Fabrizio

A traffic camera at Education Boulevard enforces safe speed near Gaithersburg High School.

Speed cameras might be annoying, but they have curtailed speeding and saved lives, according to Sgt. Scott Scarff of the Gaithersburg Police Department’s traffic unit. Scarf recounted the origins and accomplishments of the Safe Speed Program on Nov. 6, a…

Police Blotter

Residential Burglary On Oct. 4 at 5:34 p.m., a residential burglary was reported in the 300 block of Inspiration Lane. Sometime on Sept. 24, an unknown suspect(s) entered the garage and damaged property. An investigation is ongoing. Thefts From Autos…

Tips for a Safe, Spooktacular Halloween

Photo | Phil Fabrizio

Candle-lit Jack o’lanterns are a potential hazard. The CDC recommends keeping them away from doorsteps, walkways, landings and curtains and placing them out of reach of pets and small children.

Who doesn’t remember dressing up for Halloween and trolling the neighborhood for treats as a child—or possibly as an opportunistic teenager? It’s a ritual as American as apple pie, a true joy of youth. Unfortunately, it can also be dangerous.…

Police Blotter

Residential Burglary On Sept. 24 at 3 p.m., a residential burglary was reported in the unit block of Turham Court. An unknown suspect(s) entered the residence by breaking a rear door and removed property. On Sept. 24 at 10:26 p.m.,…

Study Cites Nuclear Materials at NIST as Insecure

Photo | Phil Fabrizio

A study by the Nuclear Proliferation Prevention Project faulted NIST for lax security.

The National Institute of Standards and Technology campus  in Gaithersburg, which contains a civil nuclear research reactor filled with bomb-grade uranium, was faulted for lax security in a study released in August. Fox News reported that the study by the…

Protect Yourself: Get the Rabies 411

Photo | Robert Burton, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Raccoons are the primary carriers of rabies in Montgomery County.

Two rabid raccoons were reported in the city in June and July of this year—a fairly typical number—and several more cases were found countywide. As a result, although there is certainly no reason to panic, Animal Control Division Chief Lisa…