On September 19, the Maryland State Highway Administration announced that the current closure of Brookeville Road, between Georgia Avenue (MD-97) ,and Grayheaven Manor Road, has been extended through late November. According to the State Highway Administration, the newly–extended duration of the Brookeville Road closure will allow contractors to efficiently complete Brookeville Bypass construction tasks.

The State Highway Administration recommends utilizing Georgia Avenue (MD-97) and Olney Laytonsville
Road (MD-108) as alternate routes during the Brookeville Road closure. The Brookeville Bypass project is currently 72 percent complete. The project includes a new 0.7-mile, two-lane highway with bicycle-compatible shoulders between north of Goldmine Road and south of Holiday Drive. Once complete and open to traffic, the new roadway will make Georgia Avenue more accessible and safer for local residents, cyclists, and pedestrians. The project also includes construction of two bridges – one at Meadow Branch stream and the other at Reddy Branch stream – and two single-lane roundabouts that will improve traffic and safety operations. MD 97 functions as a major north-south commuter route between Brookeville and northern Montgomery and Frederick counties.

MD 97 has a 90-degree curve at Market Street, which is accompanied by a steep hill.


For Immediate Release: Friday, February 18, 2022

Gaithersburg, MD – Over the course of several months, the Montgomery County Police Department has conducted an investigation regarding illegal activity in Brookeville.

As a result of the investigation, detectives conducted a search warrant on a home in the 21300 block of Denit Estates Drive. Inside the residence, Detectives discovered a large quantity of cocaine, several pounds of marijuana, other miscellaneous controlled dangerous substances and paraphernalia, and a large quantity of US Currency. Also located in the residence were ten firearms, nine of the which were privately manufactured firearms (PMF), commonly referred to as ghost guns, and a large quantity of ammunition.

During the search, an 11-year-old was located in close proximity to the firearms and drugs, which were not secured.

Detectives have charged Richard Jimenez, 31, of Brookeville, with multiple firearm and drug related charges.

This investigation was a coordinated effort of the Montgomery County Police under the Maryland Criminal Intelligence Network (MCIN).  Governor Larry Hogan launched MCIN in 2017, and provides grant funding and strategic support through his office of Crime Prevention, Youth, and Victim Services to MCIN member sites to identify, disrupt, and dismantle criminal organizations through inter-agency collaboration and data sharing to make Maryland safer. The Governor’s Office of Crime Prevention, Youth, and Victim Services funded this project under subaward number, MCIN-2022-0018. All points of view in this document are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the official position of any Maryland State office or agency.

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Steve Atwater was inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame last night, having to wait a year due to Covid postponing last year‘s ceremony. The hard-hitting safety was one of the most feared players in the NFL during his time as a player.

Atwater won two Super Bowls in 10 seasons with the Broncos before finishing his career with the Jets in 1999. After his pro career came to an end, he lived in Georgia where he coached his two oldest sons youth football teams and started a real estate company.

In January of 2012, Atwater moved to Montgomery County. His youngest son, Paris, was a student at Sherwood High School where he played football, and Steve joined the Sherwood staff as defensive backs coach while he lived in Brookeville.

He only coached in MoCo for one season, but the impact of a future NFL Hall of Famer coaching local student-athletes is still talked about nearly a decade later.




Wednesday afternoon, Montgomery County Police received reports of a male threatening to harm himself in the area of Brighton Dam Road and Bordly Drive, between Georgia and New Hampshire Avenues.

A large number of Montgomery County Police and Maryland-National Capital Park Police units responded to the area to assist in the search. A Maryland State Police-Aviation Command helicopter assisted in the search. The situation was resolved peacefully shortly before 5PM Wednesday.


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