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& RETURN of the PIXIES Popular band stops by Strathmore with retooled lineup B-5 The Gazette ROCKVILLE | ASPEN HILL | WHEATON DAILY UPDATES ONLINE Wednesday, January 22, 2014 25 cents No bail for women accused of children’s exorcism deaths 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 in order 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 inhab- ited the bodies of her older children, she attacked the other two — one, 5, the other, 8 — prosecutors said. Avery, 28, and her roommate Monifa 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 TV 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 trans- ferred to a maximum security psychiatric hospital to receive further evaluation 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’d spotted a blue Toyota with its door open as well as a bloody knife lying nearby. Responding officers grabbed a key from inside the car and let themselves into Avery’s home on Cherry Bend Drive, and discovered a hellish scene inside — Avery’s two toddlers who had been Sanford See DEATHS, Page A-10 Avery Berliner issues package of bills for environment One measure would increase energy efficiency for buildings n BY RYAN MARSHALL STAFF WRITER TOM FEDOR/THE GAZETTE People gather on Friday night to remember 10-year-old D’Angelo Jayvon McMullen, who drowned on Jan. 13 after falling through an ice-covered sediment pond near the corner of Ellington Boulevard and Diamondback Drive at the developing Crown Farm in Gaithersburg. Pond where boy died lacked safety fence n Westbrook Acquisitions LLC cited for failing to fence in sediment pond 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 surmised 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. John Schlichting, Gaithersburg’s director of Planning and Code Administration, said in an email that the fence must be at least 42 inches high, have posts spaced no farther apart than 8 feet, have mesh openings no greater than two inches in width and four inches in height, with a minimum of 14-gauge wire. Once construction is complete on the property and the pond is converted to a stormwater management pond, the fence can be permanently removed, Burnette wrote in an email to The Gazette. Westbrook Acquisitions LLC, is one of the developers of the Crown project, a mix of residential and retail units built on the former Crown Farm at Fields Road and Great Seneca Highway. John Wolf, managing principal at TEAMMATES SAY GOODBYE Players from the Rockville Football League and friends left flowers, balloons and notes along a fence Friday night to remember their teammate who drowned in a Gaithersburg sediment pond Jan. 13. Ten-year-old D’Angelo Jayvon McMullen of Rockville was a member of the Rockville Football League Pony Wolverine Navy team, according to Eric Heckman, president of the RFL Board of Directors. Teammates were asked to share expressions of sympathy or memories at the candlelit memorial held at the site of the tragedy. On Jan. 13, DJ, as his friends knew him, 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 DJ for much longer. Rescue officials surmised that he could have been submerged for up to half an hour. He died at a local hospital later that night. — KRISTA BRICK See FENCE, Page A-10 SPORTS 500 TO 1,000 SHOTS Sandy Spring Friends basketball player finds perfection in repetition. B-1 Automotive Business Calendar Celebrations Classified Entertainment Opinion School News Sports Please B-13 A-11 A-2 A-13 B-10 B-5 A-14 A-12 B-1 RECYCLE 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 cement 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 green-certified. Councilwoman Nancy Floreen (D-At Large) of Garrett Park is cosponsoring all 11 bills. Council President Craig Rice (D-Dist. 2) of Germantown, Vice President George Leventhal (D-At Large) of Ta- See BERLINER, Page A-10 Adventist HealthCare mulls long-term growth Proposal increases hospital campus by 500,000 square feet n BY ELIZABETH WAIBEL STAFF WRITER Adventist HealthCare is looking ahead to its future in Rockville as part of the county’s science and health care research district. On Thursday, the Montgomery Planning Board is scheduled to review a preliminary plan for the organization’s campus in Rockville, which includes Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, Adventist Rehabilitation Hospital of Maryland, Adventist Behavioral Health and Shady Grove SPECIAL SECTION GAZETTE SENIORS You’re never too old to shoot some hoops; recording your personal history; about the new rules for reverse mortgages; grappling with credit card debt; locals over 90 share their secrets to a long, happy life INSIDE TODAY Adventist Aquilino Cancer Center. In Montgomery planning lingo, preliminary plans are applications that property owners submit when they want to divide a property into smaller pieces. Adventist HealthCare’s preliminary plan proposes subdividing its property into seven lots, according to Planning Board documents, and requests approval for more than 500,000 square feet of new development. Tom Grant, vice president of public relations and marketing for Adventist HealthCare, said the organization is not bringing any specific development projects to the Planning Board for approval yet, but it See ADVENTIST, Page A-10 SPECIAL SECTION SUMMER ACTIVITIES GUIDE Featuring detailed information about summer camps for children ADVERTISING SUPPLEMENT 1906232

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