Monday, May 6, 2013
A 60-year-old Germantown man was killed in the collision.
A 60-year-old Germantown man was struck and killed by a vehicle at the Lakeforest Bus Station on Friday, April 26, Montgomery County police said Monday. The victim, identified as Silvano Celedonio Alvarado, of the 12900 block of Walnut View Court, succumbed to his injuries on April 29, police said. Alvarado was attempting to cross Lost Knife Road near Odendhal Avenue when he was struck, police said. He was crossing Lost Knife Road from the median to the curb when he was struck by a black 2005 Lexus 300 that was traveling southbound on Lost Knife Road. The driver of the Lexus has been identified as Song Hee Lee, age 71, of the 200 block of Shadow Glen Court in Gaithersburg, police said. Lee stayed on the scene of the collision and assisted…
Monday, April 8, 2013
Kentlands Chocolatier SPAGnVOLA will open a second Gaithersburg location in May.
It's about to get easier for chocoholics to get their fix in Gaithersburg. Kentlands-based chocolatier SPAGnVOLA announced Monday it will open a second location at Lakeforest Mall. The new store's opening is scheduled for early May, according to a news release. “This expansion offers customers greater exposure to our brand, while allowing us to serve the community and expand our business organically,” Eric Reid, the CEO and Founder of SPAGnVOLA, said in a statement. “Our focus is to elevate the SPAGnVOLA brand to become Gaithersburg’s best chocolate. In doing so, we will bring our product and services to customers who don’t traditionally shop on the west side of Route 355, where our current boutique is located.” Lakeforest Mall Marketing …
Thursday, April 4, 2013
Four to six serious incidents per year occur at the Gaithersburg mall, according to the report.
The number of crimes occuring annually at Lakeforest Mall have remained about the same for a number of years, according to a report by The Gazette. Since January 2010, four to six serious incidents per year—which include burglary, assault, robbery and carjacking—have occurred on mall property, according to data from the Gaithersburg Police Department cited in The Gazette report. “We do have a lot of officers work there part-time, in collaboration with mall security,” in an effort to curb incidents like those, Gaithersburg police Officer Dan Lane said, according to the report. The mall was sold to Five Mile Capital Partners in September and will be managed by Urban Retail Properties. Mall officials declined to comment on the topic of mall …
Monday, January 28, 2013
The mall recently asked its nearly 5,600 Facebook followers what stores they would like to see new owners Five Mile Capital Partners bring to the facility.
Anticipation grew for revitalization of Lakeforest Mall when it was purchased in early September of last year, and within the last week, the mall has sought input from its shoppers on future retailers. On Thursday, Jan. 24, Lakeforest Mall asked its approximately 5,600 Facebook followers a simple question: "What new stores would YOU like to see at Lakeforest?" The thread had received more than 80 comments as of Monday morning, with many shared opinions for the mall's future. Lakeforest Mall planned to remove the thread from its Facebook page Tuesday morning. "The feedback is very much appreciated and we'll be forwarding the information to the new owners," Lakeforest spokeswoman Susan Davis said. The two most popular retail stores for the …
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Need to return that ugly sweater Santa got you? Here are the shopping hours for Montgomery County malls and retailers—including Lakeforest Mall, Best Buy, Apple store, Walmart, Target and more.
Want to know when you can start shopping with all the money relatives gave you this Christmas? Or do you just need to return the gifts you don't want? Well, many malls and retailers are opening early for the day after Christmas sales on Wednesday, Dec. 26 and some customers can return unwanted presents. Here's what's open and where they are located: Lakeforest Mall 701 Russell Ave., Gaithersburg MD 20877 Hours: Wednesday, Dec. 26 — 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 27-Saturday, Dec. 29 — 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Westfield Montgomery 7101 Democracy Boulevard Bethesda, MD 20817 Hours: Wednesday, Dec. 26—8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 27-Saturday, Dec. 29 — 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Walmart 20910 Frederick Rd. Germantown, MD 2087 Hours: 6 a.m. …
Monday, November 26, 2012
Gaithersburg and Montgomery County Police Departments conducted a two day “Holiday Safety” initiative at Lakeforest Mall.
Plain clothed officers from Gaithersburg and Montgomery County police departments arrested 13 people during a two day "Holiday Safety" intitative at Lakeforest Mall, police said Monday afternoon. The initiative, conducted on Nov. 23 and 24 in partnership with mall security, resulted in four people being charged with misdemeaner thefts, three charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance paraphernalia, one charged with possession of alcohol, two had outstanding warrants for failure to appear in court, and three were charged with possession with intent to distribute a controlled dangerous substance. “We appreciate the efforts and support of the Gaithersburg police and the Montgomery County police departments during the busy …
Monday, November 5, 2012
A suspect fled on foot after stealing two rings from Zales The Diamond Store, police said.
Police are looking for a man who fled on foot after stealing two rings from a Lakeforest Mall jeweler, Gaithersburg police officer Dan Lane said. Police responded to a theft at Zales The Diamond Store at 5:51 p.m., and it's unclear what direction the suspect was headed after fleeing the scene, Lane said. The suspect, a black male with stubble on his face, was last seen wearing a blue, green and white plaid shirt with jeans, Montgomery County police officer Britta Thomas said. Editor's Note: This article was updated at 7 p.m. to include a description of the suspect.
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Five Mile Capital Partners, an asset management firm based in Stamford, Conn., acquires Mall for nearly $100 million, The Washington Post reports.
Update (9:04 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 5): Gaithersburg Economic Development Director Tom Lonergan confirmed the sale of Lakeforest Mall at Tuesday evening's Mayor and Council meeting. Lonergan said the city will meet with new management group Urban Retail Properties on Wednesday and new owner Five Mile Capital Partners within the next week to learn more about plans to revitalize the mall. Plans for the property are subject to city approval, Lonergan said. Original Post (12:09 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 4): Six months after being put up for sale, Lakeforest Mall is off the market. Five Mile Capital Partners, an asset management firm based in Stamford, Conn., acquired Lakeforest Mall last week for nearly $100 million after its previous owners …
Saturday, August 18, 2012
Montgomery County police officers responded to a fight at Lakeforest Mall early Saturday afternoon.
Montgomery County police responded to a fight at Lakeforest Mall early Saturday afternoon, MCPD spokesperson Gloria Jackson reported. Two people were fighting and surrounded by a lot of bystanders, Jackson said describing the scene, but the situtation is under control. Police officers are on scene dispersing the crowd, Jackson said, and an ambulance responded to "check up" on potential injuries. Gaithersburg Police Department spokesperson officer Dan Lane said the fight involved three people and two females were arrested. The type of charges could not be confirmed at this time. Additional officers were requested as standard procedure due to the large crowd and multiple suspects, Lane said.
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Sentencing set for Thursday for Royal Jewelers owner Kyong Cha Fromme
A jewelry store owner convicted of fencing stolen goods at Lakeforest Mall is scheduled for sentencing Thursday in Montgomery County Circuit Court. Kyong Cha “Mrs. Kay” Fromme, of Columbia, Md., was found guilty of failing to keep proper records of jewelry pawned at her shop, the now-closed Royal Jewelers, and failing to submit the business transactions to law enforcement as required under Maryland law. Instead, police allege, Fromme paid cash for the loot and made frequent trips to New York to melt down the jewelry, some of which she kept hidden in a lunch box, according to records filed in Montgomery County Circuit Court. Fromme will also be sentenced Thursday for a similar conviction stemming from a September investigation by …