Category: Police Beat

Carrying a Torch for Special Olympics

The law enforcement community is known as a close-knit family. But it’s also an extended family. For decades now, police departments around the nation have supported the Special Olympics and its athletes. The Montgomery County Police Department and a host…

Officer and Artist Creates an Interesting Juxtaposition

When John Duke walks into his house after a long shift as a police officer, he’s like most other officers: He wants to relax. But he goes about it a little differently. After grabbing an iced coffee, he sits down…

Autism/IDD Night Out Benefits All Involved

The event has a long name and a very simple purpose: protecting some of Montgomery County’s most vulnerable people. On May 19, the Montgomery County Police Department hosts the fifth Autism/Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) Night Out. For the first…

Police Advise Vigilance on Gang Activity

As proceedings continue after the recent death of a Gaithersburg teen, county police are asking residents to work with police in reporting and ending gang-related activity. On Feb. 11, the remains of Gaithersburg resident Damaris Alexandra Reyes Rivas were uncovered…

Gaithersburg Crimes Declined in 2016

Serious crimes like rapes and aggravated assaults declined nearly 9 percent in Gaithersburg in 2016, according to the Gaithersburg Police Department. In its 2016 annual report, the department noted that serious or “Part I” crimes went down by 8.9 percent…

Police Blotter

Resident Charged With Impersonating Police Officer Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – Major Crimes Division have arrested and charged Itai Ozderman, age 35, of the 100 block of Elmira Lane in Gaithersburg, with impersonating a police officer and…

What to Do If You’re the Victim of an Egging

Gaithersburg police are keeping an eye out for vandals after an unknown person or group pelted private property with eggs in local neighborhoods. Five separate reports occurred on Feb. 26-27, with the vandals targeting mainly houses, but also one vehicle.…

County Hit by Child Kidnapping Scam

The phone rings. A garbled voice on the other end speaks. “We have your child.” There is the sound of screaming in the background, as if someone is scared or hurt. We will hurt your child, the voice says, unless…

Beef Up Your Cybersecurity

The Montgomery County Police Department (MCPD) is reaching out to local citizens to encourage them to be more vigilant when it comes to their online information. According to data released in 2015 by the federal Bureau of Justice Statistics, about…