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Winston Churchill Student Faces Drug Charges; Police Identify Body as Missing Montgomery County Teen; Rockville …

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By Joe Zimmermann

Published: 2017.02.15 08:01

Winston Churchill Student Faces Drug Charges; Police Identify Body As Missing Montgomery County Teen; Rockville ...

Police charge Winston Churchill student with dealing Xanax

Connor Harrington, 19, of Potomac is facing drug charges because of a January incident. On Jan. 19, a Winston Churchill High School security officer noticed two students in the same stall in a boys bathroom and saw Harrington and another teen exit. When the guard asked the students to come with him to the security office, Harrington slipped away and left the school while the guard found 24 Xanax pills and nine Effexor pills in the other student’s backpack. He said Harrington sold them to him. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Harrington for March 3. [ABC7[1]]

Body of missing Montgomery County girl is found in Virginia

Police believe they found the body Saturday of a missing Montgomery County teen in an industrial park in Fairfax County, Virginia. Alexandra Reyes, 15, of Gaithersburg was reported missing Dec. 10. A medical examiner determined the death to be a homicide and reported she suffered trauma to her upper body. There had been concern for her safety because she might have been in contact with gang members. The investigation is ongoing. [NBC[2]]

County readies to relocate confederate soldier monument

County officials say there are plans to release proposals for a new location for a Civil War statue commemorating confederate soldiers. The monument, which stood in the county for more than 100 years, has become a controversy to officials in recent years, as County Executive Ike Leggett and others have pushed for the statue to be removed from its place in front of the Red Brick Courthouse in Rockville. In 2015, the statue was vandalized and it has remained boxed up since. Details of the possible new location have not been released, though it will stay in the county. [Montgomery Community Media[3]]

Montgomery County Council signs off on White Oak development

The Montgomery County Council voted Tuesday to approve a plan to build a science town center near the Food and Drug Administration headquarters in White Oak. The 110-acre area would become “Viva White Oak,” a “life sciences” center with a number of medical and science companies, in an effort to bring jobs, housing and economic vitality to the eastern region of the county. [Washington Post[4]]

Comptroller asks for expanded power to fight tax fraud

Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot is seeking expanded power for his office to fight against tax fraud, which he said is a growing problem. Legislation, supported by Franchot and Gov. Larry Hogan, would extend the statute of limitations on tax offenses and give police powers to the comptroller’s field enforcers, allowing them to apply for warrants to search documents. [Maryland Reporter[5]]

Showers in the early day followed by sun

The National Weather Service forecasts isolated showers before 4 p.m., with the day becoming mostly sunny with a high near 48. Wind gusts of up to 29 miles per hour expected. Slightly calmer winds tonight, which should be mostly clear with a low around 29.

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References

  1. ^ ABC7 (wjla.com)
  2. ^ NBC (www.nbcwashington.com)
  3. ^ Montgomery Community Media (www.mymcmedia.org)
  4. ^ Washington Post (www.washingtonpost.com)
  5. ^ Maryland Reporter (marylandreporter.com)

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