This Week in Potomac

This Week in Potomac

Goodbye, Dr. Marco

<bt>Whitman Principal Dr. Jerome Marco has announced that he is retiring at the end of this school year. Marco has been principal at Whitman since 1975 and is completing his 41st year with Montgomery County Public Schools.

<sh>Man Arrested

<bt>A Rockville man was arrested and charged with passing counterfeit checks at stores, including the Sears at Montgomery Mall.

After an accident at the Rockville Pike and First Street in Rockville on May 28, a City of Rockville Police officer conducted a routine check and arrested Howard Edward Parker, 25 of the 200 block of Forrest Avenue in Rockville on an open warrant.

Sears had notified the Montgomery County Police that a person had been passing counterfeit checks at its locations at Montgomery and Lakeforest malls, say Police

Police say that Parker had passed more than $50,000 in counterfeit checks at different stores in Maryland, Washington D.C., Virginia, Delaware and Pennsylvania since January.

He was charged with numerous counts of theft over $500, fraud and uttering — the formal name for passing counterfeit checks or bills.

He has been released on $15,000 bond.

<sh>Cure Autism Run

<bt>Cure Autism Now hosts the 4th annual CAN 5-Kilometer Race and 1-Mile Fun Walk on July 4 by the Potomac Library. Call 301-419-8198 or visit to register or for more information. Register online for $20 through June 2, or by mail for $25 through June 27 at Cure Autism Now Mid-Atlantic Chapter, 7731 Tuckerman Lane, Box 147, Potomac, MD 20854.

<sh>Residential Burglaries

<bt>* Triple Crown Road, 12600 block: Between 6:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. on June 7, suspects climbed through a window and took computer equipment, a video recorder and money.

* Armat Drive, 7100 block: Between 1:28 p.m. on June 1 and 4:37 p.m. on June 7, suspects attempted to pry open a door.

<sh>Storm Blows Through

<bt>A brief storm blew through Potomac on Tuesday afternoon, but the effects were felt for hours. "That area seems to have been hit pretty hard," said Joyce Utter, spokesperson for Montgomery County Police.

Police were forced to close parts of several roads as a result of the storm.

* The 13700 block of River Road was closed because of flooding.

* The 12600 block of Maiden’s Bower Drive was closed because of a tree on the road.

* The 14100 block of River Road was closed because of wires down.

* Query Mill Road near Turkey Foot Road was closed because of a two-foot tree across the road.

Police expected to have all the roads re-opened before the Wednesday morning rush hour, Utter said.