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This Week in Potomac 5-24-06

Abduction and Rape in Rockville

On Monday, May 22, a 25-year-old woman from Washington, D.C. was abducted while getting into her car in a Safeway parking lot in Rockville, according to county police. She was approached by an unknown black male armed with a knife who then forced her into her SUV, police said. During the time she was abducted, she was raped by the suspect and forced to withdraw money from an ATM machine, according to the police.

The suspect then abandoned her in the area of Addison Road and Walker Mill Road in Prince George's County, police said. The suspect is described as a bald black male in his early to mid 30s, 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighs 175 pounds. He was wearing a light-gray sweatshirt, white Nike sneakers and a light blue and yellow basketball jersey.

Anyone who may have information to provide about this incident is asked to call the Major Crimes Division at 240-773-5070. Those who wish to remain anonymous should call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477). Crime Solvers will pay a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information provided to them that leads to an arrest and/or indictment in this felony crime.

Boat Replacement

The Montgomery County Council granted $35,000 through the budget reconciliation process to help replace the canal boat by Great Falls Tavern in C&O Canal National Historical Park, according to Jo Reynolds the Canal Boat Project. Friends of Historic Great Falls Tavern has overseen a fundraising effort that has raised more than $507,000 of the $545,000 necessary to replace the Canal Clipper, the replica canal boat that the National Park Service took out of commission more than three years ago. More than 50 stores in Potomac Village participated in Canal Boat Day on Saturday, May 21. Four women in 19th-century period costume walked around the Village with brochures. See www.buildacanalboat.com for more information.

‘The Diary of Anne Frank’

See a powerful and intimate performance of "The Diary of Anne Frank" at the Gaithersburg Arts Barn, now through June 4, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 3 p.m. Sundays. The City of Gaithersburg, in partnership with Silver Spring Stage, presents Wendy Kesselman’s new adaptation of "The Diary of Anne Frank" at the Arts Barn, 311 Kent Square Road in Gaithersburg. With Mark Shullenbarger as Otto Frank and Arielle Goldman as Anne Frank. $10 for residents and $12 for nonresidents. The Arts Barn houses an intimate, 99-seat theatre. For tickets call 301-258-6394 or use RecXpress online at www.gaithersburgmd.gov/RecXpress.

Correction

An incomplete version of the article "'Tempset' Blows into Region" ran in the May 17 edition of the Potomac Almanac. The article is about the Heritage Theater Company's production of William Shakespeare's "The Tempest" at the Amphitheater in the Woods at Cabin John Regional Park on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays through June 10. The name of actor Megan Dominy was also misspelled. For a complete version of the article, visit www.PotomacAlmanac.com and click on "'Tempest Blows into Cabin John Park." For more information about the Heritage Theatre Company's performance, visit www.theheritagetheatre.org.

Fourth of July CAN 5K Returns

Join the 6th Annual Cure Autism Now 5K and 1-Mile Fun Walk at the Potomac Library on Tuesday, July 4. Last year’s CAN 5K raised $175,000. Register early and save — entry fee for the 5K or Fun Walk is $25 until June 15, $30 from June 16-July 1, $35 on July 3 and $40 on July 4. Visit www.canrun.org.