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McLean Man Pleads Guilty to Robbing Pharmacies for Illegal Pain Medication

Jonathan Ross Carlton, 23, of McLean, Va., pleaded guilty late Monday to robbery and possession of oxycodone with the intent to distribute. 

Neil H. MacBride, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, and Colonel David Rohrer, Fairfax County Chief of Police, made the announcement after the plea was accepted by United States District Judge T.S. Ellis, III. 

Carlton faces a maximum penalty of 40 years in prison, along with restitution, fines, and a term of supervised release when he is sentenced on Feb. 4, 2011. 

“Shop with a Cop” Initiative Returns for Second Holiday Season

For the second year, Montgomery County Police are able to offer the holiday safety initiative, “Shop with a Cop.”  It begins the day after Thanksgiving, Friday, November 26, and runs through Thursday, December 23.  It was developed to help increase the safety of shoppers, pedestrians, and drivers in the county during this active holiday season.

            Officers in all six of the Montgomery County police districts will be detailed to shopping areas in their districts to provide high visibility, extra security, and to provide reminders about driving and pedestrian safety--especially in parking lots.  Officers will be distributing approximately 5000 bright green reflective and recyclable shopping bags with a driver and pedestrian safety message printed on them.  In some locations these bags will also be distributed by shop owners.

Driver of Marcum’s Stolen Vehicle Investigated as Potential Suspect

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police are continuing to investigate the murder of Sue Ann Marcum, age 52, from Bethesda.  She was discovered dead in her residence on Monday, October 25.  Investigators learned that her 1999 Jeep Cherokee was missing.  It was also learned that personal property had also been stolen from inside her residence.

Just after 12:00 a.m. on October 26, officers and detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department located the victim’s stolen Jeep near New Jersey Avenue and M Street in northwest Washington, D.C.  After a short pursuit, MPD officers arrested Deandrew Hamlin, age 18, from Washington, D.C.  Metropolitan Police charged him with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and felony fleeing from police. 

Maryland Cell Phone Ban Begins

Maryland residents and those residents who travel through Maryland need to know that on Friday, October 1, 2010 (this Friday) - cell phone use will become illegal while driving. The offense will be a "secondary" offense, meaning that offenders can only be cited with it if they are pulled over for another primary offense like speeding or running a red light.

Beginning on Friday, people who wish to make a call while driving MUST use a hands free device. The fine will be $40 for the first offense and $100 for subsequent violations of the law.

Texting while driving has been illegal for some time now and already carries a fine.

Maryland is following suit with several other states with cellular phone bans while in operation of a motor vehicle, but it is one of the only (if not the only) state to list the law as a "secondary" offense.