Category Archives: crime and punishment

laura martinez, where R U???

Laura Martinez of Germantown, MD, age 15

 

Montgomery County police are searching for a 15-year-old Germantown girl who was reported missing this week. Laura Martinez was last seen by her family at their home in the 20000 block of Cabana Drive on Monday, Feb. 28, about 11:30 p.m.

Laura is described as a Hispanic female, 5 feet 4 inches tall, 105 pounds, with brown eyes, and brown shoulder-length hair. She wears a black North Face jacket.  Anyone with information is asked to call 240-773-5400 (MC Police Family Crimes Division) or 301-279-8000 (MC Police non-emergency). Or just stop any cop.

update: the man who would love altar boys

Cote as a boy-magnet (NY Daily News)

Aaron Cote, Catholic priest, is supposed to be receiving counseling as part of his probation for Germantown priest – altar boy interactions. He is not. But he has an excuse. The Gazette tells the story well.

Fortunately Cote will probably end up being counseled by some Montgomery County clinic, per court instruction. But that hasn’t happened yet.

Cote had established a life in Manhattan, the home of his religious order. But is now residing in Gaithersburg.

In November, 2009 Cote was found guilty of showing porno to an altar boy in Germantown. He has made a few tiny indiscretions outside of Maryland. Without his mandated counseling, Cote may very well be tempted to operate as usual.

A prosecutor for the Montgomery County state’s attorney’s office when Cote was released (in 2009) warned the judge that Cote is “more likely to reoffend.” Cote then moved to Manhattan, on probation, sans counseling.

sometimes a BB gun is safer with a child…

On Friday, August 13, 2010, members of the 5th District Special Assignment Team (SAT) arrested and charged two Germantown men who were responsible for 57 incidents of using a BB gun to shot out vehicle windows in Germantown, Gaithersburg, and Rockville, between July 26 and August 3, 2010.

source: The Washington Post

volunteer Seneca Valley coach arrested on sex charges. also violated school rules.

Jennifer Glad, volunteer (MCP mugshot)

A 24-year-old woman has been arrested and charged with sexual abuse of a 15-year-old male student.

For the last three months Jennifer Michelle Glad served as a volunteer assistant coach for the boys’ varsity basketball team at Seneca Valley High School in Germantown.

Montgomery County police say she carried on a sexual relationship with a student for several weeks during December, 2009.

It has not been revealed if the high school boy is a varsity basketball player. As with any child sex victim, his name is being kept confidential.

The fifteen year old is a sex victim because he is under the age of consent. And with this type of crime, the victim is usually the girl.

Jennifer's facebook pic. In her younger days?

Police said Jennifer M. Glad of Ferry Landing Circle in Germantown was charged four counts of sexual abuse of a minor and four counts of a third-degree sexual offense. The coach ran and hid in her car after leaving the Montgomery County Detention Center in Rockville Friday night.

According to police, the two would have sex in the back of her vehicle in parking lots convenient to their respective homes. At least one of the sexual encounters took place in the parking lot of Roberto Clemente Middle School.

Glad talks with an unidentified student at a game

Glad was charged with four counts of sexual abuse of a minor and four counts of sexual offense in the third-degree.

Glad works as a personal trainer at Healthtrax Fitness & Wellness at the Suburban Wellness Center in Germantown.

Glad’s neighbors say she lives with her parents and young sisters.

Glad graduated from Seneca Valley herself in 2003. According to the Post, she went on to attend the University of Maryland in College Park.

“I am totally in shock. Totally! They walk their dog all the time,” said Glad’s neighbor, Danita Hill, whose daughter attends Seneca Valley.

but i already stole a wood stove…

Gary Arter while napping

According to the Gazette, a forensics specialist with the Montgomery County Police has been caught allegedly stealing firewood from a Home Depot in Germantown. Gary Arter, 43, of Littlestown, PA, has been placed on administrative leave pending internal and criminal investigations.

A security spokesman stated that the Home Depot security guards “recognized him” and thought he was up to something. Some are wondering why the guards recognized him. He may have just been a Home Depot regular, getting free coffee and donuts at the contractor desk.

The alleged thief was charged with misdemeanor theft under $100, a MCP spokesman states. The alleged thief is a civilian forensic specialist at county police headquarters in Rockville and has worked in the county police forensic services section for almost 16 years.

At about 7:40 p.m. Jan. 13, security guards at the Home Depot at 21010 Frederick Road, saw Arter pushing a cart with 15 bundles of firewood out of the store. Each bundle retailed at about $4.50. The guards stopped him in the parking lot and asked for a receipt, but Arter only had a receipt for a few cheap items. Nice try.

Dan Morse of the Washington Post supplies us with a light piece.

Arter, the alleged shoplifter, testified in the 2003 John Allen Muhammad sniper trial. Under oath, he brought a few articles to the stand in a Lowe’s paper shopping bag. AAAHHH!!! At least the evidence probably wasn’t stolen.

During cross examination by defense council, Arter admits that he himself did not find the bag but it was pointed out to him by another officer on the scene. Those defense attorneys are always puncturing your limelight.

According to The New York Times, people shoplift even when they don’t need to.

In March, 2006 a White House adviser to Bush, Jr. was arrested for shoplifting schemes involving various stores including the Target, near the Home Depot. It is sad to see people with so much potential just carting away crap they could easily purchase.

NOTE: Arter is not a police officer. Not even a Barney Fife type. He’s more like a CSI-babe type, minus the babe.

high school safety and incidents: 2008-2009

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seneca valley high school, germantown

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Northwest High School

Seneca Valley High School

Clarksburg High School

Watkins Mill High School

 

see here for a listing of all MCPS data.

early 6/18/09: germantown home invasion

a Cinnamon Woods townhouse

a Cinnamon Woods townhouse

Shortly after midnight on Thursday morning, at a home in the 18000 block of Sage Way, a man answered a knock at the door and three armed suspects forced their way inside. This happened at a townhouse in the Cinnamon Woods subdivision.

Here’s a good account of the home invasion by The Washington Post. And one by the Gazette.

If you look on the internet, people have commented about the Cinnamon Woods subdivision, sometimes called Criminal Woods. A woman with a screen name of firefightermom writes on a discussion group, “Germantown is going down and not slowly…gangs are very prevalent here, even in the grade schools, such as Fox Chapel. The Brandermill development has regular police activity, as does Cinnamon Woods.The local cops call the area the Wild West.”

Another discussion group user calling himself TrippingJay writes, “I work in Germantown and agree that the general consensus is that there are some good areas and some bad areas. Cinnamon Woods [and others] are the not so great areas as these areas have a lot of low income housing. I believe a lot of people from SE DC and PG county have moved to Germantown which has unfortunately resulted in higher crime. The closer you are to Boyds, Richter Farm Dr, or the area close the Kentlands are the better parts of Germantown.”

My observation is that there are many good Germantown subdivisions, and a few that are more dangerous.

Germantown is no stranger to home invasions.

Montgomery County Police press release for this incident and a home invasion in 2007.

Another news report and video. Another video.