Flash Mob Robbery in Germantown | News

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Recently, it seems that flash mobs are more commonly employed for petty crimes, like panty raids, rather than awkward protests and copycat marketing. This video shows a large group of teens swarming a Germantown 7-Eleven and stealing candy, chips, ice cream, and soda — basically anything that will, over time, render them morbidly obese. So who gets the last laugh?

According to the store owner, police didn’t want a copy of the surveillance tape because they thought it would be hard to capture the teens based on the footage, which, to our eyes, seems clear enough. Nonetheless, a Montgomery County officers tells NBC Washington, “We’re going to take this very seriously.” Right. (The owner also didn’t want to reveal the location of his store; there are six in Germantown, so it shouldn’t be hard to figure out if you live there.)

It’s come to the point where, when we see a large group of people, we expect that we will be robbed, not treated to a live rendition of “Born This Way.” We almost miss the days when flash mobs were simply annoying, rather than a societal menace.

Did you see what happened at the 0:50 mark? A boy knocks a bag onto the ground, and a girl behind him picks it up and puts it back on the rack. They may be shoplifting en masse, but hey, at least they’re keeping organized what don’t steal!

Two People Shot Near MD Nightclub | News

Two people were shot near the former Le Pearl Ballroom, now known as MSG Nightclub

(Via WUSA9)

CAPITOL HEIGHTS, Md. (WUSA) — Prince George’s County Police are investigating a double shooting near a Capitol Heights nightclub that has sent two people to the hospital.

Officials tell 9 NEWS NOW police responded to the 7900 block of Central Avenue around 2:44 Monday morning for a report of a shooting. Police arriving on scene found two victims suffering from apparent gun shot wounds near the MSG nightclub.

Police say a 20-year-old female victim, who is from District Heights, was taken to a local hospital in serious condition. She is currently in critical condition.

The second male victim was transported with non-life-threatening injuries.

Right now there is no information available on possible suspects or motive in the shooting. The investigation is ongoing.

Red & Blue Lines Closing This Weekend | News

Weekend Line Impact Stations Closed Work Performed
August 6-7, 2011 Blue lineOrange line Single tracking between Eastern Market and Stadium-Armory
more info
None Replacement of rail fasteners
August 6-7, 2011 Red line Buses replace trains between Bethesda and Rockville
more info
Medical Center
Grosvenor-Strathmore
White Flint
Twinbrook
Leak-mitigation work in tunnels to reduce corrosion; platform rehabilitation at Twinbrook and White Flint stations; NTSB-recommended cable insulation testing; federally mandated installation of cable for enhanced cell phone coverage
August 7, 2011
(Sunday only)
Blue line Buses replace trains between Franconia-Springfield, Van Dorn Street and Eisenhower Ave. All Blue Line trains will originate/terminate at Huntington.
more info
Franconia-Springfield
Van Dorn Street
VDOT bridge work on Telegraph Road
August 20-21, 2011 Red line Buses replace trains between Glenmont and Fort Totten Takoma
Silver Spring
Forest Glen
Wheaton
Glenmont
Tie replacement, rail surface improvement (tamping), NTSB-recommended cable insulation testing, federally mandated installation of cable for enhanced cell phone coverage

For full major MetroRail track work calendar, click here.

(via WUSA9)

Two sections of two separate Metro lines will close this weekend, affecting thousands of commuters on the Red and Blue lines.

The biggest issue will be on the Red Line. There will be no service between the Rockville and Bethesda stations. That will close the Twinbrook, White Flint, Grosvenor-Strathmore, and Medical Center stations. The closure begins at 10:00pm Friday (August 5) and will last through Sunday night. Regular service should be restored for the Monday morning commute (August 8).

Metro will operate free shuttle buses between all of the affected stations. There will also be an express shuttle bus operating between the Rockville and Bethesda. Riders should add about 45 minutes to get through the closure. Red line service will operate normally between Bethesda, downtown Washington, and Glenmont.

Metro says the closure is needed to do some important maintenance and safety work.  According to its website, the transit agency will “install new rail, repair tunnel leaks, replace ties and fasteners, install new communications cables to enhance cell phone coverage, and conduct preventive maintenance on 23 elevators and 10 escalators.”

A section of the Blue Line will also be closed for part of the weekend. There will be no train service Sunday, August 7 between the Franconia-Springfield, Van Dorn Street, and King Street stations. The closure will be in effect all day Sunday.

Metro will operate free shuttles from the Franconia-Springfield and Van Dorn Street stations to the Eisenhower Avenue station on the Yellow Line. Commuters should add on 30 minutes to their travel time. Blue line trains will depart from the Huntington station on their way through Northern Virginia, the District, and on to the Largo Town Center station.

The Blue Line issue is not due to Metro. The Virginia Department of Transportation is doing work on the Telegraph Road bridge near the King Street station. In order to allow VDOT to do its work safely, Metro will not be able to run trains along the southern end of the Blue Line near the bridge.

Customers on the eastern ends of the Blue and Orange Lines will have to deal with a slow down due to single-tracking. Trains will share the same track between Eastern Market and Stadium-Armory. The single-tracking begins Friday night at 10:00 and goes through Sunday. Metro is telling customers to add 20 minutes of travel time.

Breaking News: Melvin Smith Wanted For First Degree Murder | News

 (via @WUSA9)

WASHINGTON (WUSA) — Police are searching for a Maryland man wanted for the murder of 33-year-old Tranice Richardson of Frederick Maryland.

Investigators say Melvin Smith, also known as “Rock,” shot and killed Richardson Friday night at Orchard Terrace and Hill Street. After further investigation, police say the suspect and the victim were involved in a romantic relationship.

The suspect is wanted for charges related to the homicide.

Smith is 26-years-old, 5’08 and 150 lbs. He has black hair with brown eyes and has an identifiable tattoo on his right forearm of a skull. He is said to be armed and dangerous.

Anyone with information on his location is asked to contact the Frederick Police Department at 301-600-2102 or by using any of the following available resources for reporting crimes or suspicious activity:

Report Crime anonymously 301-600-TIPS (8477) or fpdcrimetip@frederickmdpolice.org

Report Drug Activity anonymously: 301-600-2246 fpddrugtip@frederickmdpolice.org Text Crime TIPS to 240-674-TIPS (8477)