October 6, 2021 | Suzanne Pollak

Jury Finds Silver Spring Man Guilty of Second Degree Murder

A Silver Spring man was convicted of second degree murder Wednesday in the stabbing death of Jose Augusto Ruiz on June 14, 2020. Denzel Kasaka, 23, will be sentenced Feb. 18 in connection with Ruiz’s death. Kasaka faces a maximum of 40 years. During prosecution, Assistant State’s Attorney Donna Fenton said Kasaka used Instagram to […]

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September 27, 2021 | Collin Riviello

‘Potomac River Rapist’ Pleads Not Guilty to Murder Charges; Trial Set for November 2022

The suspect in a string of sexual assault crimes and a murder in the 1990s pleaded not guilty to two murder charges in a D.C. courtroom Monday morning. Giles Warrick, 61, made his first courtroom appearance in D.C. Superior Court Monday accompanied by his lawyer, Stephen Mercer, pleading not guilty to one count of first-degree […]

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September 9, 2021 | Suzanne Pollak

Boyds Man Found Guilty in Shooting Death of Two Men In White Oak

Andy Panton of Boyds was found guilty of first-degree murder in the deaths of two men who were found shot to death, execution-style, inside a crashed car in White Oak on Jan. 28, 2019, according to a spokesperson from the Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office. A jury found the 22-year-old man guilty Thursday on two […]

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September 2, 2021 | Suzanne Pollak

Appeals Judge Denies Request to Dismiss Murder Charges Against Hoggle

The Maryland Court of Special Appeals Murder agreed with a lower court and refused to dismiss charges against Catherine Hoggle, charged with murdering her two young children, Sarah and Jacob Hoggle. The children were last seen in her care on Sept. 7, 2014. She will remain committed and continue to be considered incompetent to stand […]

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August 9, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

Man Pleads Guilty to 2019 ‘Gruesome Murder’ in Germantown

Lawrence Sakkestad, 35, pleaded guilty on Monday to the first-degree murder of 39-year-old Jennifer Sparks in Germantown in 2019, according to online case records. Sentencing is set for Aug. 27 and Sakkestad continues to be held without bond. In 2019, Montgomery County Police reported Sakkestad was arrested Sept. 9 and charged with first-degree murder. Officers […]

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August 4, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

Police: 92-Year-Old Woman Died from Asphyxiation; Roommate Admitted to Killing Her Last Week

Julia Birch, 26, last week admitted to killing her roommate, 92-year-old Nancy Ann Frankel, according to Montgomery County Police (MCPD). Frankel’s cause of death was asphyxiation, Officer Carlos Cortes, with the police department’s Public Information Division, told MyMCM in an email Tuesday. According to police, officers and fire/rescue personnel responded to a home on Spruell […]

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August 2, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

Police: Woman, 26, Admitted to Killing 92-Year-Old Roommate in Kensington 

A woman has been arrested and charged with killing her roommate in Kensington, Montgomery County Police (MCPD) wrote in a release. Julia Birch, 26, admitted to killing 92-year-old Nancy Ann Frankel, police said. MCPD said that around 8:20 a.m. July 28, officers and fire/rescue personnel responded to a home on Spruell Drive in Kensington for […]

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July 26, 2021 | Gracie Tanner

Sentence Stands in Brutal Murder Case

Eric Sylvester Dyson, accused of the murder of a World War II and Korean War veteran, was denied early release after seeking a sentence reduction on July 26. Dyson was tried by Judge Stephen G. Salant in the Circuit Court for Montgomery County. Dyson was convicted in the 2015 brutal murder of 94-year-old veteran Dan […]

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June 25, 2021 | Suzanne Pollak

Five Arrested in Murder of Montgomery Blair Student

Prince George’s County Police Department’s Homicide Unit charged five men with the murder of 15-year-old Nelson Ramos of Takoma Park. He was a 10th grader at Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring at the time of the April 7 murder. William Rivera-Martinez, 20, of Reston, Va.; Jiecsin Marcel Portillo Cruz, 19, of Chillum; Edras […]

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April 20, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

County, State Leaders React to Derek Chauvin Guilty Verdict

Montgomery County and state leaders are reacting to the verdict in the trial of former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin, who on Tuesday was found guilty for the murder of George Floyd. Chauvin was found guilty on all three of his charges: second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. Chauvin was convicted for killing Floyd, […]

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