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& A LIFE’S LESSONS Strathmore tribute honors Polish hero turned professor. A-11 The Gazette POTOMAC | NORTH POTOMAC DAILY UPDATES ONLINE Wednesday, February 26, 2014 25 cents County crime plunged since ’07 n Cooperation a major factor in success, officials say BY ELIZABETH WAIBEL STAFF WRITER Crime dropped by 26 percent in Montgomery County, comparing crime rates from 2007 to 2013, according to police data released Tuesday — this despite a recent rash of homicides to start 2014. Officials say cooperation between dif- ferent law enforcement agencies and the community has contributed to a drop in crime in Montgomery County over the past few years. County Executive Isiah Leggett, State’s Attorney John McCarthy, County Council President Craig Rice and Montgomery County Police Chief J. Thomas Manger spoke at a Tuesday press conference to tout their combined efforts to reduce crime in the county. Overall, the number of crimes in the county dropped by 26 percent from 2007 to 2013, according to year-end crime statistics from the county. Nationwide, the number of crimes declined by 9 percent from 2007 to 2012. This year, however, already has almost matched last year’s total number of homicides at eight as of Tuesday. There were eight criminal homicides in the county in 2013, down from 15 in 2012 and 19 in 2005, the earliest data available online from police. So far this year, there have been seven See CRIME, Page A-9 Cookies on CREDIT DAN GROSS/THE GAZETTE A runner negotiates the snow and ice Friday on the Capital Crescent Trail in Bethesda, just north of the Dalecarlia Tunnel . Snowy sidewalks spark proposal n Concerns raised about clearing snow on Capital Crescent Trail BY RYAN MARSHALL STAFF WRITER Nearly two weeks after Montgomery County’s biggest snowfall of the year, the issue of how to remove all that snow continues to generate discussion among the Montgomery County Council. Councilman Hans Riemer is trying to gather support among his colleagues for a proposal to improve the county’s plans for removing snow from sidewalks after winter storms. “We have a very robust snow plow operation that clears the roads very efficiently, and our superb highway team is always working to improve its performance,” Riemer (D-At Large) of Takoma Park wrote in a letter to See SNOW, Page A-9 Familiar names abound on County Council ballot Hucker, Barclay, Trachtenberg, Katz, Spiegel, Moore among candidates BILL RYAN/THE GAZETTE n Girl Scouts from Bethesda Troop 4959 — Amalia Sulk, 12, of Bethesda, Samantha Christenson, 12, of Rockville, and Miriam Herman, 14, of Bethesda — use a special smartphone device to take credit card payments for cookies at the NAMI store in Rockville on Saturday. n GIRL SCOUT TROOPS IN CAPITAL REGION NOW HAVE CREDIT CARD OPTION FOR SALES BY SHEMAIAH ELLIS SPECIAL TO THE GAZETTE D o you have a Samoa fix, but no cash? Do you need to curb your Thin Mint craving, but you’re short on dough? Your neighborhood Girl Scout might let you pay for your cookie order by credit card. The Girls Scouts recently adapted to the technological curve, thanks to Spark Pay by Capital One. This feature lets Girl Scout troops across the region accept credit cards, after years of cash-only payments. “This is an optional agreement depending on what troops think will work best for their group,” said Nancy Wood, the public relations director for the Girl Scouts Council of the Nation’s Capital. In addition to credit cards, Girls Scouts also are accepting personal checks this SPORTS SMALL SQUAD, BIG RESULTS Blake indoor track team needs only five athletes for a top-three finish. B-1 year. Troops that want the electronic payment option will get credit card readers that can attach to smartphones and tablets. “Working with Capital One is very exciting for the Girl Scouts. We have a good relationship with the company and I think having this optional way to pay for cookies is a great thing to add,” Wood said. BY STAFF WRITER In June’s primary elections, Montgomery County voters will have familiar political names to choose from for County Council seats. In District 5, Del. Tom Hucker (D-Dist. 20) of Silver Spring filed for the seat Tuesday and school board member See COOKIES, Page A-9 SPECIAL SECTION A NEW ERA FOR ANIMALS Learn all about the new Animal Services and Adoption Center opening soon ADVERTISING SUPPLEMENT INSIDE SELECT EDITIONS Automotive Business Calendar Classified Entertainment Opinion School News Sports Please RECYCLE RYAN MARSHALL Christopher Barclay filed for the seat Monday. In District 1, former Councilwoman Duchy Trachtenberg (D) of Rockville will challenge Councilman Roger Berliner (D) of Bethesda. District 3 features a showdown with three sitting elected officials in the Democratic primary: Gaithersburg Mayor Sidney Katz and Councilman Ryan Spiegel, and Rockville Councilman Tom Moore. Tuesday was the filing deadline for candidates to be eligible for the June 24 primary election. See RACES, Page A-9 B-11 B-5 A-2 B-8 A-11 A-10 B-6 B-1 Check out our Services Directory ADVERTISING INSIDE B SECTION 1906251

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