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& RETURN of the PIXIES Popular band stops by Strathmore with retooled lineup A-10 The Gazette DAMASCUS | CLARKSBURG DAILY UPDATES ONLINE Wednesday, January 22, 2014 25 cents Women charged in exorcism killing held without bail n Hearing for Monifa Sanford postponed until Friday BY ST. JOHN BARNED-SMITH STAFF WRITER She saw the devil possessing her four children, turning their eyes black, leaping from child to child, prosecutors said. So to try to exorcise the demon, Zakieya L. Avery, along with another woman who lived with her, attacked the little children. Avery stabbed them, killing her 1-year-old son and 2-year-old daughter. Thinking the devil inhabited the bodies of her older children, she attacked the other two — one 5, the other 8 — prosecutors said. Avery, 28, and her roommate Monifa D. Sanford, 21, call themselves the “Demon Assassins” and each faces two counts of first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder. They appeared in court via closed-circuit television Tuesday at a bail review hearing, where Montgomery County District Judge Gary G. Everngam ordered the two women remain in custody without bail. Avery must undergo a psychiatric evaluation by health officials. Sanford’s hearing was postponed to Friday. Officials say once the psychiatric evaluations are completed, both women will likely be transferred to a maximum security psychiatric hospital to receive further evalua- tion and care. If convicted, they face a maximum penalty of life in prison. At the hearing, prosecutors revealed the unimaginable details of Friday morning. Police had received a call from a woman who told them she had spotted a blue Toyota with its door open as well as a bloody knife lying nearby. Responding officers grabbed a Sanford See KILLING, Page A-7 Avery Clarksburg, halfway there It’s all downhill from here n Emerging corridor town has grown to 20,500 people BY VIRGINIA TERHUNE STAFF WRITER BILL RYAN/THE GAZETTE Daphne Darmon, 9, and Morgan Lipansky, 8, both of Clarksville, get in some quality sled time near their homes during Tuesday’s snowstorm, which snarled traffic and prompted officials to close schools on Wednesday. Unseasonably cold weather is forecast to linger through the weekend. The 1994 Clarksburg Master Plan envisioned Clarksburg as a community of 40,000 residents, and according to estimates, the area has reached the halfway mark. As of 1994, the number of housing units in Clarksburg totaled 811, according to the Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission division of Research and Special Projects. Since 1994, another 5,745 housing units have been built in Clarksburg, bringing the number to 6,556 units holding an estimated 20,500 people, according to December 2013 estimates. In addition to the 6,556 existing housing units, there also are 4,720 approved, but not yet completed, housing units in the Clarksburg pipeline, according to the commission. Those 4,720 units include houses under construction in the Cabin Branch area, as well as the Linthicum, Tapestry and Garnkirk subdivisions. Also in the pipeline are the remaining sections of Clarksburg Village and Clarksburg Town Center. Clarksburg’s growing population is relevant, because the County Council is debating about how much additional development, beyond what’s approved already, to allow in the Ten Mile Creek watershed, which includes parts of Clarksburg and Boyds. Members are balancing conflicting claims about whether three large proposed projects that would help build out Clarksburg would also significantly degrade the creek system, which drains south into Little Seneca Lake, a backup water supply for the Washington, D.C., region. Environmentalists want to steer future development outside the watershed, while developers want convenient access off Interstate 270 at the Clarksburg exit. Pulte Homes has proposed building 1,000 homes and town- See CLARKSBURG, Page A-7 Berliner introduces package Drowning site unsecured of green energy legislation n One measure would increase energy efficiency for buildings n BY RYAN MARSHALL STAFF WRITER The chairman of the Montgomery County Council’s Transportation, Infrastructure, Energy and Environment Committee has introduced a package of bills and zoning changes that he believes will help ce- ment the county’s standing as one of the country’s leaders in clean and sustainable energy. The legislation would make the county a “community that embraces sustainability at our core,” Councilman Roger Berliner wrote in a Jan. 14 letter to his council colleagues. The 11 bills in the package are scheduled for public hearings at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 11. The two zoning text amendments are scheduled for public hearings at 1:30 p.m. Feb. 25. Among the bills are ones that would seek to increase energy efficiency by requiring the county government to increase the chances for telecommuting, making it easier to approve alternative-energy projects and creating preferences in the county’s procurement process for companies that are greencertified. Councilwoman Nancy Floreen (D-At Large) of Garrett Park is cosponsoring all 11 bills. Council President Craig SPORTS 500 TO 1,000 SHOTS Sandy Spring Friends basketball player finds perfection in repetition. B-1 See BILLS, Page A-7 Automotive Business Calendar Celebrations Classified Entertainment Opinion School News Sports Please RECYCLE B-12 A-8 A-2 B-6 B-8 A-10 A-9 B-5 B-1 Developer cited for failing to install proper fencing BY ST. JOHN BARNED-SMITH AND KRISTA BRICK STAFF WRITERS The iced-over Gaithersburg sediment pond where a 10-year-old boy slipped through on Jan. 13 and later died lacked fencing required by city officials. On Jan. 13, D’Angelo Jayvon McMullen of Rockville had been playing with his brother and another boy on the pond when the ice gave way. Montgomery County Fire and Rescue personnel rescued two of the boys quickly, but had to search for D’Angelo for much longer. Rescue officials sur- mised that he could have been submerged for up to half an hour. He died at a local hospital later that night. The pond was only partially fenced. On Jan. 14, the city issued a Notice of Violation to Fran Speed, a representative of Warner Construction, the site managers for Westbrook Acquisitions LLC, the developer. The notice required a 42-inch high safety fence to be reinstalled on all open sides of the pond pursuant to the sediment and erosion control plan, according to Wes Burnette, division chief for the city’s Permits and Inspections Division. While there is not a city or state code requiring safety fencing on sediment ponds, a fence was required here as part of the planning approval process during construction. 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