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Another Metro Access Driver Accused Of Sexual Assault

GAITHERSBURG, Md. (WUSA) -- Samuel Kingston, 59, of Gaithersburg is charged with sexually assaulting one of his female passengers.

He is employed by Challenger Transportation, a subcontractor that provides Metro Access service. The victim alleges that Kingston attacked her on August 27th in Montgomery County.

"I was just kind of like oh my gosh. You know, because he seems like a cool guy," said next-door neighbor, Teresa Diaz.

The allegations have surprised those who know him in his quiet Gaithersburg neighborhood.

"We don't really talk that much, but I was in shock," said Diaz.

"What I can say is he's a very quiet person. I normally see him park his car right here," said neighborhood security guard, Prince Afari. "I think it feels so bad having someone like that live in the community."

Drivers Tattletale To Gaithersburg Police

GAITHERSBURG, Md. (WUSA) -- Have you ever been so angry at another driver, you wished there was a cop right around the corner? Gaithersburg Police want to know about it, by filling out a form on the Police Department's website.

"You fill the make, description of vehicle, plate number, location of occurrence," says Captain Christopher Bonvillian, Gaithersburg Police.

People can check off the infractions on a list of 20 violations. Police then send out a letter.

"It is a warning. It basically says on this date and time you're vehicle was observed being operated in violation of Maryland Law, and it will cite the specific violation," Bonvillian says.

There's no ticket and no points. But some people say it goes too far.

"I really hate the idea of training people to turn each other in," says Stuart Tart of Gaithersburg.

Police Investigate Burglary At Gaithersburg High School

GAITHERSBURG, Md. (WUSA) -- Montgomery County Police are investigating a burglary at a Gaithersburg High School.

Officials tell 9 NEWS NOW police were called to Watkins Mill High School in the 10300 block of Apple Ridge Road around 11:25 p.m. after a security alarm went off at the school.

Officers were able to arrest one person at the scene, however a second suspect is still at large. Police are not sure if the suspect got a way with school property.

 

 

 

 

Early Voting In Maryland Begins

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) -- Gov. Martin O'Malley is hoping early voting in Maryland for the first time will create higher voter turnout.

O'Malley, a Democrat, was the 222nd voter who cast a ballot in the primary at the Public Safety Training Facility in Baltimore on Friday afternoon, the first day of early voting in Maryland.

Former Gov. Robert Ehrlich, O'Malley's likely opponent in November, also is encouraging people to vote early, even though he's been critical of early voting and vetoed legislation to create it when he was governor.

Ehrlich says it's now the law in the state and he's going to live with it and, it is hoped, take advantage of it. Andy Barth, an Ehrlich campaign spokesman, says Ehrlich is expected to take part in early voting next week.

Maryland schools battle with limited funding and space as enrollment grows by Michael Bimbaum, WAPO

Michael Bimbaum for the Washington Post reports: More than 200,000 Maryland students streamed back to crowded classrooms Monday as school systems dealt with growth but little money to hire more teachers.

In Montgomery County, the state's largest school system, parents said they were anxious about increased class sizes but sanguine about the schools' future under a successor to Superintendent Jerry D. Weast, who is retiring in June. Enrollment swelled by 2,200 students -- 1.5 percent -- this year, hundreds more than forecast. Howard and Charles counties also returned to school Monday.

Where Are Montgomery County's New Speed Cameras?

MONTGOMERY COUNTY (WUSA)  Montgomery County announced 25 new locations for speed enforcement.   All but one of the following locations will be enforced using six mobile speed vans.  Fixed cameras will be installed at the New Hampshire Avenue location.

Deployment begins August 30th.  Enforcement will be rotated among the sites periodically.

Fingerprint Scanners Coming To Montgomery Rec Centers

ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) -- Montgomery County residents will soon be required to scan their fingers to enter recreation centers.

Officials say switching from plastic passes to finger scanners will save the recreation department $50,000 annually. The scanners will be put into use this fall at three centers, and will be expanded to all the county's centers next year.

Privacy advocates say the measure is intrusive and unnecessary. Marc Rotenberg, executive director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center, says it isn't appropriate for a community pool.