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This Week in Potomac

Pedestrian Killed

A pedestrian was struck and killed on the Clara Barton Parkway on March 3.

Park Police were dispatched to the scene at 5:21 p.m. Daniel Sullivan, 82 of Cabin John, was crossing the parkway with his two dogs when he was struck by a black Honda near lock 8 of the C&O Canal.

The pedestrian was pronounced dead on the scene. The dogs were also killed. The investigation into the accident is ongoing.

Eat For a Good Cause

On March 11, Washington area residents can participate in “Dining Out for Life.” Residents who eat at one of the participating restaurants will have from 25-100 percent of their check donated to Food & Friends to help people living with HIV/Aids and cancer.

Restaurants participating include Bethesda’s BD Mongolian BBQ, Black’s Bar and Kitchen, Cafe Europa, California Tortilla, Hard Times Cafe, Persimmon Restaurant, Raku, Sala Thai, South Beach Cafe and Trattoria Sorrento. In Rockville, diners can go to Addie’s Restaurant, Amada Amante and Il Pinito.

Some restaurants pledge to donate more than others, and some will be donating lunch and dinner receipts, while others just dinner.

For a complete list, visit www.foodandfriends.org.

Man Charged with Stealing Drugs

Montgomery County Police have arrested Keenan Miller, 19 of the 7100 block of Swansong Way in Bethesda in connection with an incident at Montgomery Mall.

On Feb. 24 at approximately 4:30 p.m., Police responded to a call that there was a fight in progress at the mall, said Police spokesperson Derek Baliles.

One man had been robbed by two others and then chased them through the mall, say Police. The victim reported that cash and marijuana were stolen from him, police say. The victim has not been charged with possession of marijuana.

Police contacted mall security who were able to identify the two suspects, Baliles said. “They were working together.”

Police then went to Miller’s address. “He was placed under arrest at that address,” Baliles said.

Police have not yet arrested the other person alleged to have been involved in the incident. “There is a warrant on file,” Baliles said. Police do not typically release the names of individuals with outstanding warrants.

Miller was charged with robbery, conspiracy, first-degree assault, and possession of marijuana. No trial dates have been set.

Pickpocket Warning

Montgomery County Police have issued a warning about a series of pickpocketings in the Bethesda area.

Police say there appears to be a series of pickpocketings dating from September of 2003 through February of this year. In each of the events, the suspects were not seen taking the items, but several credit cards were used.

In most of the incidents a suspect described as a black male, 40-45 years old, between 165-170 pounds is in a wheelchair. He will ask victims for assistance in doing something, and take their wallet as they help him, say Police.

Credit cards are taken from wallets, and the cards are then used later by a woman described as white, 50-60 years old, 300 pounds, 5-feet-6 inches to 5-feet-8 inches tall with long, blond hair say Police.

Both suspects are described as well-dressed and they are said to drive a cream-colored van.

Anyone with information about the suspects should call police at 301-657-0112 or 1-800-673-2777. Montgomery County Crime Solvers is offering a $1,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest and/or indictment of the suspects.

Arson Ruled Out

Montgomery County Fire Officials believe that a fire at a Damascus Barn was not arson. “It appears to be accidental,” said Pete Piringer, spokesperson for the Fire Department.

Piringer cautioned that the finding is not definitive. “The exact cause is still under investigation,” he said.