This Week in Potomac

This Week in Potomac

Suicide Prevented, Arsenal Found

Montgomery County Police responded to a threatened suicide on the 7400 block of Westlake Terrace in Bethesda. When they arrived at the building, officers met with the victim’s girlfriend who told officers that he was threatening suicide with a shotgun and had taken numerous medications.

Several officers went to the floor where the victim was located, while Officer David Cary spoke to him on a phone in the lobby.

Cary convinced the victim to give himself up to police and he did so peacefully, say Montgomery County Police.

When officers entered the residence, they found and seized 17 rifles, 10 handguns, a homemade silencer, two stun guns, two blow guns, two concealed weapons permits in another person’s name, over 1,300 rounds of ammunition, 48 knives and six “samurai” swords in sheaths, say police.

Police do not have information about whether the victim had permits for the weapons. The weapons have been turned over to the Montgomery County Firearms Task Force, which will be investigating the incident.

Residential Burglaries

* Between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on Nov. 18, a house in the 8200 block of Raymond Lane was broken into. The front window was broken out, and guitars and accessories were taken.

* Between 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on Nov. 20, a house on the 10000 block of Counselman Road was broken into. The front door was broken out, and keys were taken.

New President in Town

The Montgomery County Council elected Steve Silverman (D-At Large) as president of the Council for 2004.

Silverman, 49, was first elected to the Council in 1998 and served as president in 2002. He lives in the White Oak area of Silver Spring with his wife, Stefanie Weiss and their son, Jordan.

The Council president acts as the chair of meetings of the full council. The term of president lasts for one year. He still has only one vote in Council proceedings.

Tom Perez (D-5) was elected vice-president. Perez, 41, lives in Takoma Park with his wife Ann-Marie and their three children Amalia, Susana, and Rafael. This is his first term on the council.

Food Donations

W.C. & A.N. Miller, Realtors is asking resident to drop off non-perishable food items to be donated to Martha’s Table.

Residents may drop off canned and other non-perishable food items, new and near-mint condition toys for boys and girls and clothing, including winter coats, at any W.C. & A.N. Miller location, including the location in Potomac Village at 10200 River Road.

The items will be given to Martha’s Table, a Washington, D.C.-based organization which provides children and teens with meals and learning activities every day of the year.

Donations will be accepted until Dec. 17. Call 301-299-6000 or visit