MoCo Headlines: Cold Case Turned Homicide, Racehorse Ownership Made Easy

The week’s top Montgomery County news.


Each week editors compile the top stories from Patch sites across Montgomery County. This week, a cold case turns into a homicide in Takoma Park, Gaithersburg's City Manager resigns, a Chevy Chase man makes simplifies ownership of racehorses and more.

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TAKOMA PARK—Prince William County police identified a Takoma Park woman after skeletal remains that were found in 1982 were just matched to her DNA,
police announced Wednesday. The case is now considered a homicide. 

Cynthia Joan Gastelle had been reported missing from Takoma Park on
April 3 1980. The case went cold.

Remains were found nearly two years later on Feb. 12, 1982 on Bull Run
Mountain off of Mountain Road in the Haymarket area of Prince William
County and on May 10, 2012 the DNA was matched to Gastelle.

Police in Prince William County are investigating Gastelle's death as
a homicide and seeking the public's help in their investigation,
police said in a press conference Wednesday. .

A Neelsville Middle School English teacher was indicted on sexual offense and abuse charges, a Montgomery County State's Attorney's Office spokesman told Patch. Seventh-grade teacher Cuyler Jay Cornell, 50, is accused of inappropriately touching a student in 2011. Read more at .

GAITHERSBURG—Effective Friday, June 15, the Gaithersburg city manager has resigned from employment with the city of Gaithersburg, according to a press release by the city. Jones had served in the role since September of 2008. Deputy City Manager Tony Tomasello will serve the position on an interim basis. .

ROCKVILLE—Rockville Mayor Phyllis Marcuccio says she hopes that city officials won’t have to talk to Carlos Vargas, the city’s former human resources director, about harassment and discrimination claims by former city employees. .

CHEVY CHASE—Chevy Chase resident Justin Nicholson is only 26, but he's already working at his dream job, as head of a Bethesda-based horse-racing syndicate he founded last year. Through 90 North Racing Stable, individuals may buy shares in racehorses purchased and trained by the syndicate. Shareholders enjoy the full experience of owning a racehouse without the expense of buying and maintaining an entire horse. 

A local church is attempting to bridge the free-lunch gap that can leave children undernourished from the time school ends in the spring to the time it resumes in the fall. Epiphany Lutheran Church in Burtonsville will be the only East County site for the USDA's federal summer meals program which provides lunch to any child who shows up. . 

POTOMAC—Released last week, “r” by Mark Shriver tells the story of the relationship between Mark and , founder of the Peace Corps and architect of President Johnson's War on Poverty. Sargent Shriver . 

WHEATON—Reading lists and summer events are available for kids and youth throughout the county. 


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