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Gaithersburg Police Arrest 11 in Online Sex Sting

Suspects are from Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and Washington, D.C.

The Gazette.net reports that Gaithersburg Police have arrested 11 men from Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and Washington, D.C., for attempting to solicit sex from minors on the Internet.

The arrests resulted from a five-day undercover operation in which officers with the Gaithersburg Police Department posted a profile online and arranged meetings with the 11 men via phone or text messages, according to police. The online operation, Gaithersburg's first, lasted from Nov. 15 to 19 and included the Montgomery County Police Department, Montgomery County State's Attorney's Office, Maryland State Police and the FBI.

“Shop with a Cop” Initiative Returns for Second Holiday Season

For the second year, Montgomery County Police are able to offer the holiday safety initiative, “Shop with a Cop.”  It begins the day after Thanksgiving, Friday, November 26, and runs through Thursday, December 23.  It was developed to help increase the safety of shoppers, pedestrians, and drivers in the county during this active holiday season.

            Officers in all six of the Montgomery County police districts will be detailed to shopping areas in their districts to provide high visibility, extra security, and to provide reminders about driving and pedestrian safety--especially in parking lots.  Officers will be distributing approximately 5000 bright green reflective and recyclable shopping bags with a driver and pedestrian safety message printed on them.  In some locations these bags will also be distributed by shop owners.

Gaithersburg Burglary Suspect Captured

Detectives have been investigating two burglaries that occurred at businesses on Contour Road in Gaithersburg.

On November 6 at approximately 4:55 a.m., police officers responded to the Marshall’s Department Store, located in the Off Price Shopping Center, at 18236 Contour Road for the report of a burglary in-progress.  The responding officers located the suspect inside of the store and immediately placed him under arrest.  The officers also recognized him as being the same suspect seen in the surveillance photos from the burglary at the Little Caesar’s Pizza Restaurant. 

Teen Struck by Police Cruiser

GAITHERSBURG, MD. (AP) — Gaithersburg police say a 14-year-old boy has been struck by a police cruiser.

It happened Monday about 3:15 p.m. when the teen was in the median, crossing the street at Darnestown Road at Quince Orchard Road.

Police say the youth was outside the crosswalk when he was hit by the cruiser. He was taken to a hospital with minor injuries. The accident is under investigation.

Rape Reported between Gaithersburg and Germantown

     Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Major Crimes Division are investigating a rape that occurred during the early morning hours of Sunday, September 26 in a wooded area near Route 355 and High Point Drive in Germantown.

      At approximately 3:30 a.m., Gaithersburg Police Officers were flagged down at the 7-Eleven located on Professional Drive for the report of a rape that had just occurred.  The preliminary investigation revealed that the 21-year-old female victim from Silver Spring was walking toward the 7-Eleven on Professional Drive.  As she was walking southbound on Frederick Road just south of High Point Drive she was grabbed from behind and forced into a wooded area where she was assaulted by an unknown male.  After the assault, the suspect fled in a southerly direction on Frederick Road.

Maryland Cell Phone Ban Begins

Maryland residents and those residents who travel through Maryland need to know that on Friday, October 1, 2010 (this Friday) - cell phone use will become illegal while driving. The offense will be a "secondary" offense, meaning that offenders can only be cited with it if they are pulled over for another primary offense like speeding or running a red light.

Beginning on Friday, people who wish to make a call while driving MUST use a hands free device. The fine will be $40 for the first offense and $100 for subsequent violations of the law.

Texting while driving has been illegal for some time now and already carries a fine.

Maryland is following suit with several other states with cellular phone bans while in operation of a motor vehicle, but it is one of the only (if not the only) state to list the law as a "secondary" offense.

Crack Cocaine Dealer Sentenced to Over 17 Years in Prison

        U.S. District Judge Roger W. Titus, sentenced Charles Aboke, age 28, of Gaithersburg, Maryland, today to 210 months in prison, followed by five years of supervised release, for possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine.  Judge Titus enhanced Aboke’s sentence upon finding that he is a career criminal, based on two previous felony drug convictions.  Judge Titus also ordered Aboke to forfeit $13,783 seized during a search of his home.

        The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge Theresa R. Stoop of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives - Baltimore Field Division; Chief J. Thomas Manger of the Montgomery County Police Department; and  Montgomery County State’s Attorney John McCarthy.