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This Week in Potomac

Police Seek Help

Investigators from the Montgomery County Police Major Crimes Division Homicide/Sex Section need additional help from the community regarding the Feb. 8 homicide of 39-year-old Vanessa Yvette Johnson-Sosin from the 14200 block of Masterpiece Lane in North Potomac.

Fire/Rescue personnel discovered the body of Ms. Johnson-Sosin inside the InStyle Consignment Shop at 18 West Montgomery Avenue in Rockville when responding to a reported fire. The victim’s injuries were not consistent with the fire, and her death is being investigated as a homicide.

Montgomery County Police investigators are still interested in hearing from anyone who can help locate a woman who was seen leaving the consignment shop the afternoon of the day of the fire. She is described as a 30- to 40-year-old black female with a large build. The day of the fire, she was seen wearing a black, puffy, perhaps down-filled coat with a hemline above the knee, and a black pill-box-style hat with ear flaps. She was seen carrying several shopping bags. The woman appeared to be known by the victim.

On March 31, detectives released a description of a distinctly-designed mink coat that the victim had worn to the shop the day of the fire and was not found in the shop after the fire. The coat is described a full-length black mink and black fox coat with vertical striping of the mink pelts and a black fox collar and front trim.

Anyone who may have information pertinent to this case is asked to call 240-773-5070 or 1-800-673-2777. The individual who called on Monday, July 14, is asked to call again. There is a $11,000 cash reward for information leading to the identity, arrest, and indictment of the person(s) responsible for the homicide.

The Gingerbread Man

The Adventure Theatre at Glen Echo Park will be presenting The Gingerbread man. The show will run on Saturdays and Sundays from Aug. 2 through Sept. 7 at 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. It is recommended for ages four and up, and a sign language interpretation will be available during the Sept.. 7 show at 3:30 p.m. Tickets cost $6. Group rates are available. Call 301-320-5331.

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.