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Year in Review: The Top 12 Montgomery County Stories in 2018

Year in Review: The Top 12 Montgomery County Stories in 2018

1. Elrich Turns into County Government

Voters roared in 2016, passing time period limits on County Council members and the county government. In 2018, the voters continued to roar.

First, within the Democratic main, voters winnowed an inventory of 38 candidates right down to 4 within the council’s at-large race. Subsequent, voters selected Marc Elrich as their social gathering’s selection for county government in a 77-vote determination that almost gave the nomination to millionaire David Blair.

Then when it appeared Elrich had a simple move to victory in Democrat-heavy Montgomery County, Councilmember Nancy Floreen departed the Democratic Celebration to wage an unbiased marketing campaign.

Because the marketing campaign moved ahead, rank-and-file Democrats started to query four-term Floreen’s ties to improvement, whereas Republican Robin Ficker failed to realize traction.

Elrich gained simply with 65 % of the vote.

In the meantime, candidates had the choice to finance their campaigns with taxpayer-funded subsidies. The fund spend about $6 million between the first and the overall elections.

2. Damascus J.V. Soccer Scandal

A Montgomery County grand jury indicted 4 teenage boys as adults in surprising assaults that befell on Halloween contained in the freshman soccer locker at Damascus Excessive Faculty. The boys, all 15-year-old members of the varsity’s junior-varsity soccer workforce, attacked others with a brush.

The boys face rape and different expenses have been held over on Thanksgiving however have been launched on bail afterward, in response to on-line courtroom data. The trials might begin as early as February.

Three. Tessier Homicide Case Ends with Suicide

Laura Wallen’s tragic demise become a nationwide story that particularly rocked the individuals of Montgomery and Howard County.

School, employees, and academics have been alarmed when highschool instructor Laura Wallen of Olney out of the blue stopped displaying as much as faculty with none discover and with out getting a substitute in September 2017. At a press convention that month, Tyler Tessier pleaded for Wallen, his pregnant girlfriend, to return house.

However it turned out investigators have been taking a look at Tessier as their primary suspect for the disappearance of Wallen. When police discovered Wallen’s physique—she was shot behind the top—that they had sufficient proof to cost Tessier for homicide.

Tessier was supposed to face trial this previous September. Nevertheless, that morning police confirmed that Tessier died by suicide in his jail cell; it was the second suicide within the county’s jail that summer time. Due to these suicides, the jail director ordered the removing of mattress sheets from all jail cells.

Later that morning, State’s Lawyer John McCarthy, held a press convention within the foyer of the Montgomery County Courthouse. McCarthy stated the household and justice system have been “robbed” of what would have been a day of “reckoning.”

Though the case was dropped by default, McCarthy and his colleagues mapped out the proof they have been planning to disclose through the trial.

“[Tessier] had psychopathic conduct that he carried on as he maintained a twin relationship with two ladies,” stated McCarthy. “For Tyler Tessier, mendacity was like respiration. He lied about all the things.”

Four. 2018 Is D.C.’s Wettest Yr Ever (and it’s not even shut)

Report rain pelted the Washington D.C. space in 2018 dumping over 64 inches on the area. The earlier document was 61.33 inches in 1889. That’s not a typo. Not 1989. 1889. Benjamin Harrison was the U.S. President on the time.

Not solely breaking however shattering a 129 year-old report just isn’t an aberration in accordance with longtime FOX 5 weathercaster and Montgomery County resident Sue Palka. She thinks local weather change is the reason for not solely the report rains however different climate abnormalities in recent times. “I truthfully consider that’s a part of our new world…we higher be prepared (for) frequent extremes.”

64 inches of rain is clearly a mind-boggling quantity however exhausting to place in perspective. The Capital Climate Gang, one of many favourite go to sources for climate information within the area, took on the duty.

In accordance with the CWG, 2018’s document rainfall totalled roughly 76 billion (with a “b”) gallons of water and would:

  • fill 115,000 swimming swimming pools
  • maintain the world’s thirst for 3 weeks
  • weigh the equal of just about Three,500 Washington Monuments


In line with Palka, “It’s been an unimaginable yr and admittedly I’m prepared for a brand new climate sample. Deliver on 2019.”

5. Pedestrian Security

Montgomery County misplaced 15 residents this yr to deadly pedestrian concerned collisions.

In September Captain Tom Didone referred to as the pedestrian fatalities “regarding,” noting comparable themes in most of the incidents: they occurred within the night, pedestrians weren’t crossing at crosswalks, and pedestrians have been sporting darkish clothes. In accordance with Didone, in deadly pedestrian collisions, 80 % of the time pedestrians are at fault for the collision.

Two of probably the most alarming (nonfatal) pedestrian collisions occurred in October. Within the first incident, 4 Kennedy Excessive Faculty college students have been struck by two automobiles as they waited for a bus within the Aspen Hill space. Within the second incident, two Northwest Excessive Faculty college students have been struck by two two automobiles colliding on Georgia Ave.

After these incidents, the county council despatched a letter to Governor Larry Hogan, advocating that the velocity restrict on Georgia Avenue be decreased to 45 mph.

In November, the county launched a brand new excessive tech effort in Silver Spring, hoping to teach drivers about how they will act shortly once they encounter sudden pedestrians and bicyclists on the roads.

6. Northwest Women’ Volleyball Workforce Win Fourth Straight State Title

Not one. Not two. Not three. However 4 straight 4A state titles. That’s what the Northwest Excessive Faculty women’ volleyball workforce completed by beating Urbana within the state 4A ultimate in School Park on November 20.

Led by All-Met participant of the yr and four-time All-Met choice Jenaisya Moore, the Jaguars beat Urbana in straight units enhancing their season report to 19-1. Moore and her senior teammates misplaced solely twice of their whole highschool careers.

With a four-peat beneath their belts, is a five-peat within the playing cards for Northwest subsequent yr? Maybe however will probably be fairly a problem as a result of the Jags are dropping six seniors together with Moore – who will probably be attending Ohio State within the Fall – off this yr’s group.

A Four-Peat Championship for @NWHSvolleyball going 76-2 throughout Four years. Arduous to beat the Jags. @NWJagSports Congratulations from @mymcmedia pic.twitter.com/g9jkkS1HBY

— Phil Fabrizio (@Photoloaf) November 20, 2018

7. Quince Orchard Soccer Group Wins 4A State Title

The Quince Orchard soccer workforce had gained two state titles of their faculty historical past however none since 2007. That each one modified this yr with a 13-1 marketing campaign that culminated in a 40-33 victory within the 4A state last towards North Level in Annapolis. The Cougars scored 27 unanswered factors in path to taking the title. They received to the ultimate by dethroning three-time defending state champs Sensible 31-6 within the semi-final recreation at Navy Marine-Corps Memorial Stadium.

The Cougars excessive powered offense was led by All-Met operating again Marquez Cooper who ran for 247 yards within the last placing him over 2,000 yards for the yr.

No extra tears ⁦@QO_Coach_Kelley⁩ solely tears of pleasure on this night time ⁦@mymcmedia⁩ ⁦@QOAthletics⁩ ⁦@QO_FOOTBALL⁩ pic.twitter.com/1kKjJoxWmd

— Phil Fabrizio (@Photoloaf) December 1, 2018

eight. Police Shootings

Robert White was out for a stroll when he met Officer Anand Badgujar. Badgujar insisted White speak with him. White as an alternative turned combative. In moments, the officer shot him.

The Howard County’s State’s Lawyer’s Workplace, which has an settlement with Montgomery over police-involved shootings, discovered no purpose to cost the officer. Montgomery County police’s inner evaluate continues.

In one other police-involved capturing, John Carlos Natera-Perez was shot and killed after he barricaded himself inside his ex-girlfriend’s townhouse. He tried to set the house on hearth together with his Three-year-old son inside.

And in November, Devin Conlon Brunner was shot after waving a pistol at neighbors in his Germantown cul-de-sac. Brunner has been jailed and faces six assault fees.

9. MCPS College students Get Politically Lively Outdoors the Classroom

Montgomery County’s Board of Schooling voted unanimously on a decision permitting highschool college students to obtain excused absences for collaborating in political protests and civic engagement actions.

This yr particularly, MCPS college students proved to be engaged politics. Every week after the mass homicide at Marjory Stoneman Douglas Excessive Faculty in Florida, a whole lot of MCPS college students gathered at Montgomery Blair Excessive Faculty to take part in a walkout protesting gun violence. From Blair, they marched into Washington D.C. to face in solidarity for these impacted by gun violence.

The protests didn’t cease there, nevertheless. In March, college students joined lawmakers by taking to the streets of Washington D.C. to demand that congress take motion.

The Board of Schooling is constant to switch the scholar absence coverage relating to political demonstrations. They’ve made modifications that may simplify the method for college kids receiving an excused absence.

The Board is asking for the general public’s suggestions on their modifications to the coverage by Sunday, Jan. 13.

10. Damascus Varsity Soccer Group Breaks Maryland All-Time Consecutive Wins Report

When Urbana set the state document with 50 consecutive wins from 1998-2001, it promised to final fairly a very long time. 17 years later, Damascus, the three-time defending state champs, broke the revered report.

On October 19, the Hornets beat Walter Johnson tying the mark at 50. Then the next week, they beat Seneca Valley to set the state document at 51.

At one level, Damascus had the longest lively profitable streak within the nation.

The streak reached 53 consecutive wins till Damascus, enjoying at residence, was upended by Oakdale 24-7 within the state 2A West last, their bid to four-peat thwarted. It was the Hornets’ first loss since November of 2014.

11. The Ike Leggett Legacy

Ike Leggett ended 12 years as county government, capping off a public service profession spanning many years.

He made his first run on the County Council in 1986 — a race he didn’t need to pursue. However he gained, and he gained handily.

“That’s a mirrored image I feel not a lot about me, per se. I feel it’s a mirrored image of the very variety, beneficiant and supportive individuals of Montgomery County,” he stated in an interview with Montgomery Group Media.

Ultimately, Leggett left the council and have become county government.

12. Pursuit of Amazon HQ2

In the long run, Montgomery County as soon as once more misplaced to Virginia … and New York … and Nashville.

For a yr, on-line retail big Amazon teased communities throughout the nation with the promise of 50,000 high-paying jobs. Maryland provided as a lot as $eight billion for the corporate’s HQ2, together with $1 billion in tax incentives from the county.

Amazon opted for Crystal Metropolis, the place staff might stroll to Nationwide Airport, in addition to New York and a middle in Nashville.

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