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& ON THE MOVE Ohio dance troupe visits for Strathmore choreographer’s big night. B-5 The Gazette POTOMAC | NORTH POTOMAC DAILY UPDATES ONLINE Wednesday, January 15, 2014 25 cents answers 10-year-old boy dies after fall through ice SEARCHING FOR Two others rescued and treated for hypothermia n BY ST. JOHN BARNED-SMITH STAFF WRITER A 10-year-old Rockville boy died Monday evening after being pulled out of a sediment pond in Gaithersburg’s new Crown Farm neighborhood. The boy, identified on Tuesday as D’Angelo Jayvon McMullen, of the 10100 block of Reprise Drive, died at about 7:46 p.m. Monday after being taken to a local hospital in critical condition, according to Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Assistant Chief Scott Graham. “They were kids, just playing,” Graham said of the three boys whom rescue personnel were called to save Monday at about 4:15 p.m. The pond was iced over, but not thick enough to support their weight. “The takeaway here is that TOM FEDOR/THE GAZETTE Montgomery County Council President Craig Rice (left) of Germantown and Greg Ten Eyck of Safeway wheel donations collected for the families affected by last week’s Cider Mill Apartments fire in Montgomery Village to a waiting van Monday outside of the Goshen Oaks Safeway in Gaithersburg. Rice, radio station WPGC, Women Who Care Ministries, Safeway and other community volunteers coordinated the effort. Community activists ask residents to give n BY SYLVIA CARIGNAN STAFF WRITER One week after Lancelot Quarshie celebrated his fourth birthday, he was gone. Lancelot died in a two-alarm blaze in Montgomery Village on Jan. 8, leaving his family — and their community — in shock. The fire displaced 40 residents and sent four people to the hospital. According to his aunt, Francesca Jones, Lancelot’s parents are not sure how the fire started and are waiting for an official report from county investigators. Lancelot’s death has been hard for his father, Samuel Quarshie, to handle, she said. Samuel was asleep in the apartment with Lancelot when the fire started, and he was unable to get his son out. “He is very devastated,” Jones said. “He is not in his full mind. I’m sure anyone in his position would feel the same way.” Jones remembers seeing smoke in the sky from her workplace on Interstate 270 before getting the news. Lancelot’s mother and Jones’ sister, Nana Sarpong, called her. “She was yelling and screaming,” she said. “I was in shock.” Lancelot’s parents have declined to talk to The Gazette. On Monday afternoon at a Safeway store in Gaithersburg, volunteers from Montgomery Village and Germantown handed shoppers wish lists. Nonprofit organizations and radio station staff set up booths to help raise awareness about the fire and displaced residents’ needs. Judith Clark, executive director of Women Who Care Ministries, said that about $500 was collected in the first hour of fundraising in front of the grocery store. “We’re getting a really good community response,” she said. She said her organization collected more than $2,000 in food donations, about See ANSWERS, Page A-10 Capital budget to focus on schools, roads n Spending plan outlines proposed six-year schedule for county BY RYAN MARSHALL STAFF WRITER Montgomery County will pour hundreds of millions of dollars into the White Flint area in an effort to promote private growth and redevelopment around the Metro station there as part of the capital budget proposed by County Executive Isiah Leggett. Almost $340 million of public money will be dedicated to generating private investment of even more money in White Flint, according to a draft copy of the proposed budget provided to the Gazette. The six-year capital improvement plan features plans to construct a new road and bike lane on the area’s Main/Market St., reconfiguring Executive Boulevard North and reconfiguring the intersection of Old Georgetown Road, Executive Boulevard and Hoya Street. The project includes $170 million in county funding for road projects on Mon- trose Parkway East and Chapman Avenue Extended and relocating the White Flint Fire Station in efforts to promote redevelopment in the area. The Montrose Parkway East portion will build a new road to connect with the existing Montrose Parkway/Rockville Pike interchange to Viers Mill Road. There are also plans to build a new parking garage for a conference center in the area to combine with future retail space and areas for affordable housing. See BUDGET, Page A-10 NEWS SPORTS County revenues are running ahead of projections, Leggett says. Northwood punter/lineman suffers complications after a season of playing football with torn ACL. A-4 B-1 NO RUSH TO BOOST FUNDING PLAYING THROUGH INJURY Automotive Business Calendar Classified Entertainment Opinion School News Sports Please FAMILY PHOTO D’Angelo Jayvon McMullen died Monday evening after being pulled out of a sediment pond in Gaithersburg’s Crown Farm neighborhood. no ice in this region is going to withstand human weight,” Graham said, warning people not to go onto iced-over lakes or other bodies of water even if they appear frozen over. The two other boys also were taken to a local hospital after being rescued from the pond See DIES, Page A-10 Lawmakers propose limits to police spying Drones, automatic license plate readers would be regulated n BY KATE S. ALEXANDER STAFF WRITER Two state senators — one very liberal and the other very conservative — have joined efforts in the Maryland General Assembly to protect citizens’ privacy from police unnecessarily using technology like drones to conduct searches. Sens. Jamie B. Raskin and Christopher B. Shank, with the backing of the American Civil Liberties Union, will introduce four bills to regulate police use of drones, automatic license plate readers, email surveillance and location tracking so as to not infringe on privacy rights. “It’s getting Orwellian out there,” Raskin (D-Dist. 20) of Takoma Park told reporters Tuesday morning. Shank (R-Dist. 2) of Hagerstown called the situation a “slippery slope.” “I am not content to sit here and allow this current diminution of our privacy rights to get to a point that one day my chil- dren or grandchildren are going to wake up and government is constantly spying on them,” he said. Maryland last amended its privacy laws in 1988, he said. Yet technology has vastly outpaced the law. Raskin said the package of privacy bills aims to create a balance between law and technology. Specifically, absent an emergency, the bills would require search warrants before looking at citizens’ emails and online data as well as before tracking someone via their cell phone. It would impose limits and regulations on aerial surveillance by drones and prevent police from keeping, for longer than 90 days without cause, the license plate and location data collected by the automatic scanners. In the House, the bills are cosponsored by Dels. Jeff Waldstreicher (D-Dist. 18) of Kensington, Alfred C. Carr Jr. (D-Dist. 18) of Kensington, Michael D. Smigiel Sr. (R-Dist. 36) of Chesapeake City and Samuel I. “Sandy” Rosenberg (D-Dist. 41) of Baltimore. B-14 A-11 A-2 B-11 B-5 A-14 A-12 B-1 RECYCLE Check out our Services Directory ADVERTISING INSIDE B SECTION 1906227

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