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Former NIST Guard Faces Prison Time

A former National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) security guard faces a maximum 20-year prison sentence after pleading guilty Aug. 21 to making less than 5 grams of methamphetamine at the federal facility. Christopher Bartley, 41, of Gaithersburg, is…

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First Responders Honored The Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce recently honored 46 first responders during the 20th annual Public Safety Awards Breakfast at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds. The honorees hail from the Gaithersburg Police Department (GPD), the Fifth and Sixth Districts…

National Night Out Brings Community Together

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This team of girls from Lakelands won the National Night Out scavenger hunt on Aug. 4

All across the country, neighborhoods participated in National Night Out on Tuesday, Aug. 4.  This campaign was set up to create a closer relationship between citizens and law enforcement, while also strengthening community spirit within individual neighborhoods.  Kentlands and Lakelands teamed up…

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Mayor, Council Approve Contract to Buy Ballistic Vests, Equipment The Gaithersburg Police Department will soon have new ballistic vests and equipment. During the Aug. 3 Mayor and City Council meeting, officials voted unanimously to approve the $43,500 purchase. The department…

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Security Guard Charged With Making Meth at NIST A month after an explosion rocked the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), a security guard has been charged with manufacturing the illegal drug methamphetamine at the federal facility. The U.S.…

Tips From Citizens Aided in Development of Suspects

On July 22, Gaithersburg police arrested suspects Jean Aka, 19, and Felipe Castellon, 20, of West Side Drive in Gaithersburg. According to the Gaithersburg Police Department (GPD), “Both individuals are charged relative to thefts from vehicles and garages in the…

Officers Represent U.S. in Games

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Sgt. Kathy Fairfield and Officer Marlon Ramirez from the Gaithersburg Police Department recently competed in the 2015 World Police & Fire Games.

Police officers represent their jurisdictions every time they put on their uniform, but it’s not often they get to represent the United States. Gaithersburg Police Department officers Sgt. Kathy Fairfield and Officer Marlon Ramirez recently competed in the World Police…

NIST Explosion Under Investigation

Federal authorities continue to investigate a July 18 explosion on the main campus of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Gaithersburg. An inquiry has also been launched by the U.S. Congressional Committee on Science, Space and Technology, which…