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Blaze at North Potomac Home Causes Almost $1.5 Million in Damage

Blaze at North Potomac Home Causes Almost $1.5 Million in Damage

Cody Calamaio for The Gazette.net reports that a North Potomac man, woman and dog are displaced after a fire Wednesday evening caused almost $1.5 million dollars in damage to their home, said Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Services spokesman Capt. Oscar Garcia.

After receiving a dispatch call at 5:21 p.m., Montgomery County Fire and Rescue deployed 60 firefighters to the blaze in the 13300 block of Query Mill Road, he said.

When fire and rescue crews arrived, a man with his dog said that everybody was out of the house, Garcia said. The two-level single family home had fire coming from every side and windows.

Because there is no municipal water supply in the area, six 3,500 gallon water tanks were sent to the scene, he said.

The fire caused significant damage to the home including the collapse of the second floor, Garcia said.

Man Who Tried to Install Computer Virus Sentenced

Man Who Tried to Install Computer Virus Sentenced

Montgomery County (AP)-Federal prosecutors say a man who tried to install a virus on Fannie Mae computers in Maryland has been sentenced to 41 months in prison.

Thirty-six-year-old Rajendrasinh Makwana of Montgomery County was sentenced on Friday. He was convicted of computer intrusion in October.

According to evidence presented at trial, Makwana had been fired as a contract worker at Fannie Mae's Urbana facility. Makwana programmed a computer with a malicious code that was set to spread throughout the Fannie Mae network and destroy all data.

Washington-based Fannie Mae is the largest U.S. mortgage finance company.

Bail Set For Uma Thurman Stalker After Rearrest

NEW YORK (AP) -- Uma Thurman's stalker has a chance at getting out of jail while he awaits trial on charges of trying to contact her again.

Jack Jordan's lawyers said it's unclear whether he can post the $250,000 cash bail or $500,000 bond a Manhattan judge set Wednesday. Jordan had been held without bail since his latest arrest last month at his family's home in North Potomac, Md.

The former psychiatric patient was told not to try to contact the Academy Award-winning actress for five years after his 2008 stalking and harassment conviction. But prosecutors say he called her again on Oct. 29 and Oct. 30.

He has pleaded not guilty to charges including stalking and criminal contempt of court. Prosecutors say the 39-year-old told police the calls were drunken mistakes.

Montgomery County's 311 Online and Telephone System Reaches Six-Month Milestone

Montgomery County's 311 Online and Telephone System Reaches Six-Month Milestone

Survey: 72 percent of Users Satisfied or Extremely Satisfied

  Six months after Montgomery County’s 311 online and telephone information system launched on June 17, calls coming into the system continue to increase.  Call volume peaked in August with almost 57,000 calls received.  The 311 web portal, which allows residents to find answers and check on the status of service requests, has consistently averaged 25,000 views per month.

Uma Thurman's Stalker Charged Again In NY

Uma Thurman's Stalker Charged Again In NY

NEW YORK (AP) -- Uma Thurman's stalker is in a New York City jail after he was charged again with trying to contact the actress.

Jack Jordan was arraigned Friday on charges of stalking and criminal contempt for violating a restraining order.

Jordan pleaded not guilty in front of the same judge who warned the 39-year-old he'd go to jail if he tried to contact her again. He was convicted in 2008 conviction of stalking the Oscar-nominated actress.

Prosecutors said he made several calls to the "Kill Bill" actress on Oct. 29 and Oct. 30. He was arrested shortly before Thanksgiving at his family's home in North Potomac, Md.

The former psychiatric patient had been sentenced to three years' probation. He was told not to try to contact Thurman for five years.

By COLLEEN LONG
Associated Press

Wiki Leaks and Whistleblowers: Why Private Information Goes Public

Ask an average person to name a whistleblower and they’re likely to think of ‘private citizens’ like Erin Brokovich, Karen Silkwood, and Jeffrey Wigand or journalists like Carl Berstein and Bob Woodward.  These red, white and blue American whistleblowers have been portrayed in Academy Award-winning movies as admirable people who had the courage to reveal wrongdoing in workplaces and government agencies in a spirit of justice.  

But are there other motivations that drive people to release sensitive documents and information that bring down companies and governments?  I believe the answer is yes.  Fame is certainly a motivator...and so is vengeance.  Employers in the private and public sectors that stubbornly refuse to acknowledge the link between employee engagement and corporate security are likely to find themselves the victims of leaks. 

Tracking Snow Plows Online This Winter

Tracking Snow Plows Online This Winter

ROCKVILLE,  Md. (WUSA) -- Montgomery County officials today announced the launch of a new, online tool that will make it easier for residents to decide when to safely venture out following a snowstorm. 

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The map tool will show the progress of snow plows throughout the County and indicate when emergency roads, primary neighborhood streets and neighborhood streets have been cleared. A zoom feature allows residents to focus on the plow status of their immediate neighborhood and surrounding streets and then zoom out to check on an entire trip route.