Courtesy of Brian Starin (@Insta_Starin on Instagram)

Pizza Hut is returning to the Briggs Chaney Shopping Center, opening a new location at the Briggs Chaney Center (13884 Old Columbia Pike). The pizza chain previously had a larger, freestanding location in the shopping center for many years before it closed in 2017. The building was demolished and a new Popeyes restaurant opened in its place in 2021.

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Per MCPD: Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – 3rd District Investigative Section have identified a 15-year-old as the individual responsible for making the bomb threat against Paint Branch High School on Thursday, October 26, 2023.

At approximately 10:36 am, 3rd District officers, K-9 units, and Community Engagement Officers responded to the location for the report of a bomb threat that was made over the phone.

After the school was evacuated, officers searched the school and determined that the threat was invalid. Students, teachers, and staff then returned to their normal curricular activities.

With the assistance of Montgomery County Public Schools staff, detectives identified the 15-year-old as the individual who made the bomb threat against the school.

After admitting responsibility, the 15-year-old has been charged as a juvenile with Threats of Mass Violence and released to the custody of the parents. This case has been forwarded to the Maryland Department of Juvenile Services for review.

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12:45pm UPDATE: Paint Branch High School has been cleared. Students, teachers, and staff are returning to school.

Update: MCPD has provided two updates, at 12:01pm and 12:24pm, stating that the bomb threat is still under investigation.

According to Montgomery County Police at 11:41am, “Paint Branch High School is evacuating, following the report of a bomb threat. MCPD is investigating the validity of the threat. More information will be released as it becomes available.”

Two high schools evacuated yesterday (Wednesday, October 25th) due to bomb threats– Albert Einstein High School in Kensington and Springbrook High School in Silver Spring, before being given clearance to return a couple hours later. Before that, a12-year-old was identified as the person responsible for multiple bomb threats targeting Montgomery Blair High School and Oak View Elementary School has been identified. On October 13, 16, and 23, Montgomery County Public Schools received threats sent via email to Montgomery Blair High School.

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A suspect is in custody after a triple shooting left one dead and two injured Monday night in Fairland. According to police, “At approximately 10:57 p.m., 3rd District officers and Montgomery County Fire Rescue personnel responded to the 14300 block of Fairdale Rd., for the report of a shooting.

Upon arrival, officers located a male, unknown age, suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. A second male victim, suffering from apparent gunshot wounds, was located outside and transported to an area hospital, with non-life-threatening injuries.

A short time later, a third male victim, suffering from apparent gunshot wounds, was located and transported to an area hospital. The extent of his injuries are unknown at this time.  One individual is in custody.  This is an active and ongoing investigation.”

According to our public safety reporter, Cordell Pugh, officers were responding to a call for a robbery/home invasion when they found the victim who was shot. The shooter crashed into an officer, where an arrest was made and a gun was recovered. Featured image courtesy of Google Maps.

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Updated article can be found here

Montgomery County Police received a call at approximately 10:57 pm and responded to a shooting on the 14300 block of Fairdale Rd. in on Monday night. According to police, 3rd District officers arrived on the scene to find one victim who was shot. One suspect is currently in custody with more information to be released by police as it becomes available.

According to our public safety reporter, Cordell Pugh, officers were responding to a call for a robbery/home invasion when they found the victim who was shot. The shooter crashed into an officer, where an arrest was made and a gun was recovered. In a subsequent update, it was noted that at least one other victim was on the scene with a large police presence in the area who was also handling the related crash scene on Fairdale Rd., north of Briggs Chaney.

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Mrs. Estelle Moore has been teaching for a total of 53 years; three years in Pennsylvania and the last 50 in Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS). Having taught in MCPS since 1973, she has worked at Harmony Hills Elementary School, East Silver Spring Elementary School, Piney Branch Elementary School, Broad Acres Elementary School, Brooke Grove Elementary School, and Cloverly Elementary School. She has been at Greencastle in Silver Spring for 30 years, where she currently teaches 2nd grade.

During her illustrious teaching career, she spent a year teaching in Japan and four months in Ghana. Mrs. Moore was also named MCPS Teacher of the Year over 30 years ago while teaching at Brooke Grove Elementary School in Olney. When asked what the biggest difference she has seen in her fifty years teaching in MCPS, Mrs. Moore said “The curriculum. It seems like every 3-5 years there has been a shift in the curriculum, but I feel in recent years it has come full circle in ways.” giving the example of phonemic awareness. When asked what’s still the same, she said “Students still need to know that you care. They need to hear their name in a positive way and to know that they matter.”

Mrs. Moore doesn’t have any current plans to leave teaching behind– she immediately shook her head no when asked if she had any plans to retire. “I was given a gift from God and I plan to keep using it.” she said. She believes God will let her know when she is done and that she has no plans to stop. She also joked that she just finished her evaluation year so she’s good to go for another five years. She loves having been at Greencastle so long that she has taught the children of her students and feels like she’ll be teaching their grandchildren soon.

Mrs. Moore’s co-worker, Amie Wohlfarth, calls her “an overall awesome human being.” Ms. Wohlfarth told us “She met my son when he was in second grade and he is now a sophomore at PBHS. He comes and volunteers on an almost daily basis. She has made such an impact on his life.” We want to wish Mrs. Moore and all of the other wonderful educators a successful school year!

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Per MCPD: The Special Victims Investigations Division is asking for the public’s assistance in locating a missing 12-year-old.
Name: Kimora Neal
Age: 12
Last Seen: Wednesday, July 12, 2023, at approximately 1 p.m., in the 3400 block of Gateshead Manor Way in Briggs Chaney
Description: 5’6″, 135 lbs, black hair styled in a bun, brown eyes, nose piercing
Last Seen Wearing: Black sweatshirt, ripped blue jeans and orange Crocs

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Kimora Neal is asked to call Montgomery County Police Non-Emergency (301) 279-8000 (24-hour line).

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