Top Headlines: A Hung Jury in Germantown, A Garage Fire in Gaithersburg and Groundbreakings in Rockville and White Oak

News from around Montgomery County this week.


WHITE OAK — County and police officials were on hand to break ground on the Silver Spring-3rd District's new facility, which will be "strategically located" in White Oak, near the center of the district that polices the entire Route 29 corridor. The $11.7 million project is the first new police station to be built in the county in 30 years. .

GERMANTOWN —  the jury considering charges against a man on trial for allegedly kidnapping, robbing and trying to kill a Germantown man could not agree on a verdict. . 

GAITHERSBURG — A Saturday night fire caused by the illegal discharge of fireworks in a Kentlands garage resulted in damages upward of $70,000. .

POTOMAC — The Montgomery County Council will likely support a sewer extension for the Glenstone museum in Potomac, after tentatively  .

ROCKVILLE — State and county officials joined Federal Realty Investment Trust executives on Monday as the Rockville-based development company broke ground on the 3.4 million-square-foot Pike & Rose project. 

TAKOMA PARK — It was a close race and more than double the voters turned out in this election than in last year's, but Jarrett Smith is the new Ward 5 councilman, according to unofficial results on the Takoma Park Web site

BETHESDA — The Maryland Transit Administration has launched "Maryland Purple Line," a Facebook page focused on the controversial 16-mile light rail line that's planned to connect Bethesda and New Carrollton. 

CHEVY CHASE — With eager spirits, three volunteers set off on a humanitarian trip to Haiti. Forty hours later, they were back in Maryland, never having gotten past Newark, NJ. 

GAITHERSBURG — A 23-year-old Gaithersburg native plead guilty Thursday morning to two felony counts in what police say was a drunk driving incident that killed an 18-year-old girl in Vermont. .

GERMANTOWN — Formal charges have been filed in Montgomery County Circuit Court against the alleged ringleader of a Germantown burglary ring. 

ROCKVILLE — Stronger storms than the region has seen in decades mean Maryland needs a stronger electrical grid — and that means the state’s Public Service Commission has work to do after it holds hearings next month, Gov. Martin O’Malley said during .


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