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This Week in Potomac

Carjacking Near Wootton

On Aug. 15 at 3 p.m., a vehicle was carjacked in the Rockshire Shopping Center at the intersection of the Wootton Parkway and Hurley Avenue, said Louise Marthens, spokesperson for Montgomery County Police.

Marthens stated that the vehicle, a black, 2002 Mitsubishi Galant, has been recovered and that the victim of the carjacking was not injured.

No arrests have been made. “The incident is under active investigation,” Marthens said.

She stated that while carjackings are known to occur in the county, “in that area, it’s rare.”

Remains Identified

Montgomery County Police have identified the skeletal remains found on an island off Swains Lock on Aug. 10 as Jay Hanna, formerly of the 10000 block of Raynor Road in Silver Spring.

Hanna was reported missing on Feb. 27, 1998. His car was found on a bridge in Brunswick, Md. on Feb. 26, 1998.

The cause of death has not yet been determined, but police state there was no evidence of foul play. From the condition of the bones, police believe that they had been in the water for several years and that they recently became exposed due to flooding from heavy rains this past spring.

Residential Burglary

Between 4 p.m. on Aug. 11 and 7:30 a.m. on Aug. 13, a house on the 12700 block of Maidens Bower Drive was broken into. The method of entry is unknown and computer equipment and a console game system were taken.

Comments Requested

The Montgomery County Charter Review Commission is seeking suggestions from County Residents on amendments to the County Charter — the framework for county government.

The commission will present its report with possible recommendations to the Montgomery County Council in May of 2004. Its recommendations will be considered by county voters in November of 2004.

The commission is requesting the views of residents, civic groups, organizations, county agencies, employees and other individuals.

For a copy of the current charter, call 240-777-7900.

Suggestions may be submitted to Charter Review Commission, 100 Maryland Ave., 5th Floor, Rockville, MD 20850. The deadline for submission is Oct. 31, 2003.

Survey To Start

Park and Planning will begin a telephone survey on Sept. 3 to gather information about recreation and park use and attitudes in the county. Researchers are seeking to determine park activity preferences and to assess residents’ opinions on the quality and quantity of the commission’s park facilities and services.

The last survey was conducted in 1997 and included over 1,000 county residents. For more information, call 301-495-4557

The Nominees Are …

The Potomac Chamber of Commerce is starting its search for nominees for Businessperson of the Year, Citizen of the Year and Youth of the Year for 2003.

These awards are given annually by the Potomac Chamber of Commerce and are presented annually at the Potomac Day Parade, this year scheduled for Oct. 25.

Businessperson of the year must work or do business in Potomac (20854 zip code), be a member of the Potomac Chamber and must have benefited the community. Citizen of the year can be a private citizen or organization that has benefited the local, regional or national community. Youth of the year must live or attend high school in Potomac. Youths must be nominated by their school principals or counselors.

Nomination forms and guidelines may be obtained from Fred Goldman 301-294-0007, fax 301-294-9055. The deadline for entries is Sept. 26.