Catch up on headlines you may have missed this week, including the latest on a brawl in Gaithersburg, scam artists who tricked a woman out of $20,000 and the events of the AT&T National golf tournament.
Suspect Wanted for Silver Spring Barbershop Fire
SILVER SPRING – A long-time Silver Spring barbershop was gutted by fire early Thursday and arson investigators are searching for a man who was seen in front of the store with a baseball bat shortly before the blaze erupted. Read more on Silver Spring Patch.
Missing Germantown Teen May Be in Michigan
GERMANTOWN — A teen girl reported missing by her adoptive family in Germantown may have traveled to Michigan to find her biological parents, a Montgomery County Police spokeswoman told Patch. Victoria White, 16, was reported missing on April 27. Read more at Germantown Patch.
Red Rock Cafe Closes After Massive Brawl
GAITHERSBURG – A handwritten note on bright yellow paper reading "Temperly Closed Thank-You" (sic) was taped to the inside of New Red Rock Cafe's front door Monday, a day after a brawl involving nearly 100 people sent seven to area hospitals. "One minute it was totally calm and the next minute it just busted out into a riot," a security guard told reporters. Read the full report on Gaithersburg Patch.
Montgomery County Leaders: Maryland Already Health Care Leader
MONTGOMERY COUNTY — Maryland leaders have had the chance to absorb the news: The Supreme Court, in a split decision, has upheld the individual mandate that requires the purchase of insurance as a tax. While Marylanders apparently have mixed feelings about the ruling, the response among Montgomery County leaders was upbeat. Read more at Germanotwn Patch.
Council OKs $38 Million for North Potomac Community Center
NORTH POTOMAC -- The Montgomery County Council has authorized spending $38 million to build a new community center in North Potomac. Most of the funding for the 33,000-square-foot facility, slated for Mills Farm and Travilah Roads, would come from General Obligation bonds, county records show. Read more at North Potomac Patch.
Potomac Businesses, Residents Prepare for Tiger Woods Tournament
POTOMAC -- With Tiger Woods in town this week for the AT&T National Golf Tournament, Potomac residents and local businesses have been preparing for an influx of visitors. Read more on Potomac Patch.
Bethesda, Potomac Residents Open Yards for Parking During Tournament
BETHESDA -- Driving along River Road near Congressional Country Club this week, you’ll probably find yourself stuck in a little more traffic than usual as cars pack the road trying to find parking for the AT&T National golf tournament. Read more on Bethesda Patch.
County Chooses to Expedite Wheaton Library Design
WHEATON -- Montgomery County's Department of General Services is accelerating the schedule for the renovation of Wheaton Library by not holding a design competition. Some in Wheaton say the county is cutting the community out of the design process; others say that expediting the project is necessary to replace the old facilities as soon as possible. Read more on Wheaton Patch.
Scam Artists Bilk $20K from 87-Year-Old Woman in Pigeon Drop Scheme
COLESVILLE – Police are looking for a man and woman they believe convinced an 87-year-old woman to give them $20,000 in cash and jewelry. The scam artists confronted the woman near Giant in White Oak and tricked her into withdrawing cash from her bank account and giving them jewelry from her home. Read more on Colesville Patch.
Bay Fireworks Chosen Despite Last Year's Delay in Takoma Park
TAKOMA PARK – Despite a delay which caused Takoma Park's Fourth of July fireworks display to be staged a day late, the Takoma Park Independence Day Committee will be using the same company for this year's display. Read more on Takoma Park Patch.
Chevy Chase Lake: Human Scale, Pedestrian-Oriented
CHEVY CHASE – County planning staff recommendations for development in the Chevy Chase Lake sector are ready for public review, and will be presented to the county planning board on July 16. Planning staff have recommended that 250,000 square feet of development, with building heights up to 70 feet, be permitted in the sector before the Purple Line is built through the sector. Once the Purple Line is underway, the development cap would be raised to 750,000 square feet, and building heights of up to 90 feet would be permitted. Read more on Chevy Chase Patch.