Top Headlines: Montgomery College Crisis Averted, Sex Abuse Trial, Brickyard Controversy and More

A roundup of the top headlines in Montgomery County this past week.

UPDATE: Police: Witness Said Montgomery College Student Told Them He Was 'Going to Shoot Everyone'

ROCKVILLE—A 19-year-old Montgomery College student was taken into custody by Rockville city police on Monday afternoon after fellow students said the man told them he—in his words—“felt like shooting people just for fun,” a college spokeswoman said. Read more on Rockville Patch.

Sex Abuse Trial Involving Germantown Middle School Teacher Continues

GERMANTOWN—The trial of a Germantown middle school teacher accused of sexually abusing one of his students began in Montgomery County Circuit Court on Tuesday. Cuyler Jay Cornell, 51, Germantown, was indicted on charges of sexual abuse of a minor and sexual offense. The trial was expected to reach the jury’s hands on Monday.  Cornell taught seventh grade English at Neelsville Middle School. Read more on Germantown Patch.

County Council Members Urge Resolution to 'Anxiety' of Brickyard Controversy

POTOMAC—In an attempt to help mediate a contentious community fight over soccer fields, organic farms and public process, several members of the Montgomery County Council have asked that negotiations be reopened over a piece of land in the heart of Potomac. Read more on Potomac Patch.

BETHESDA—Veterans across the country were recognized for their service this week. But one Bethesda veteran received a special honor—a home of his own, following decades of life on the streets. Read more on Bethesda Patch.

GAITHERSBURG—A tractor trailer overturned on top of a pickup truck, killing a Gaithersburg man and a Derwood man in Frederick County on Monday. Read more on Gaithersburg Patch.

C&O Canal Reopens Towpath at Old Angler's

POTOMAC—Residents and C&O Canal park employees on Saturday will celebrate the opening of the canal towpath at Old Angler's in Potomac, after a year-long repair project of storm damage that washed out part of the path. Read more on Potomac Patch.

Silver Spring Thanksgiving Parade Set for Nov. 17

SILVER SPRING—Montgomery County's annual Thanksgiving parade is gearing up for a victory lap around downtown Silver Spring on Saturday, Nov. 17. This year, viewers can expect different marching bands, pets from rescue organizations and performances by the Maryland Youth Ballet and Round House Theater. The parade is rerun on Thanksgiving day. Read more on Silver Spring Patch. 

Gaithersburg Gears Up For Bikeshare Program

GAITHERSBURG—Members of Gaithersburg's Transportation Committee told the mayor and City Council Tuesday they are considering bringing the Capital Bikeshare program to the city within the next year. Read more on Gaithersburg Patch. 

Bill Proposes Tax Credit for Struggling Burtonsville Businesses

BURTONSVILLE—Could a special tax credit help the business district of Burtonsville flourish? State legislators from Montgomery County hope to gain support for a bill that would give business owners a break of property taxes related to upgrading their businesses. Since an overpass was created on Route 29 that sent cars—and revenue—past the neighborhood, business has been slow in the town. Read more on Colesville Patch. 

Bethesda Rated #2 Healthiest City For Women

BETHESDA—SELF Magazine has released its list of top healthy cities for women, and Bethesda came in at No. 2. Read more on Bethesda Patch.

Ballot Breakdown: Low Voter Turnout in Chevy Chase

CHEVY CHASE—Is voting passé in Chevy Chase? The percentage of registered voters casting ballots in Chevy Chase on Election Day was less than that of both Montgomery County and of Maryland. Read more on Chevy Chase Patch.

Wheaton Small Business Survey Shows Parking Concerns

WHEATON—Wheaton's small businesses are concerned that, with the planned construction of a new office building in the middle of the Wheaton Triangle's biggest parking lot, the anticipated drop in customer traffic will force them to close up shop. Read more on Wheaton Patch.


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