This Week in Potomac

This Week in Potomac

Teen Pleads Guilty

Young Song, 19, pleaded guilty to one count of first degree assault and one count of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle on March 26. Song faces a maximum of 29 years in prison, according to the Maryland State’s Attorney’s office. Sentencing has been set for June 17.

Charges stem from a Nov. 8, 2002 incident in which police say Song and two others lured an adult entertainer to a Potomac home. Song struck her with a bat before she was taken to the house’s basement where the other two assaulted her, according to police. Song was determined to have left the residence in the victim’s car prior to the sexual assault.

Ryan Baird, 15, was tried as a juvenile for his involvement in the incident. Baird pled “involved,” the juvenile equivalent of guilty. His sentence can only last until he turns 21.

Andrew Klepper, 15, is currently charged as an adult and is scheduled for trial on May 27.

No New Trial

Circuit Court Judge S. Michael Pincus denied Zakaria Oweiss' motion for a new trial, which was filed by his attorney Peter Davis on Monday, March 23. Pincus denied the motion on Wednesday, March 25.

In March, Oweiss was convicted of the second-degree murder of his wife Marianne Oweiss, 49. Marianne Oweiss, a Potomac real estate agent, was murdered in her Potomac home on Aug. 15, 2001. Zakaria Oweiss is scheduled to be sentenced on May 23, 2003.

Parents of Kindergarteners

An orientation will be held on April 9 at 7 p.m. for the parents of children entering kindergarten next year at Potomac Elementary. The program is for parents, not the children themselves. Call 301-469-1042.

<sh>Clue in Murder Case

<bt>Investigators are asking the public for help in finding information about a mink coat which was missing from a homicide.

On Feb. 8, Vanessa Johnson-Sosin of Potomac went to work at the consignment shop she owned in Rockville. Johnson wore the coat to work.

Her body was discovered after fire/rescue units responded to a fire at the shop, but her injuries were not consistent with a fire.

The coat was not found, nor was it consumed in the fire. It is described as a full length black mink coat with a vertical striping of mink pelts and a black fox collar and trim. It is approximately a size 8-10 medium, 45 inches from the base of the neck to the bottom of the coat.

Anyone with information about the current location of the coat is asked to call 240-773-5070 or Crime Solvers at 1-800-673-2777. A total reward of $11,000 has been offered for information leading to the identity, arrest, and indictment of those responsible.

Friends of Cabin John Creek

Several different activities are planned for this Spring with Friends of Cabin John Creek.

Stream monitoring is scheduled to take place at the following times.

Saturday April 5, 9:30-11:30 a.m. and Sunday, April 6, 1-3 p.m.

Contact Roy Seidenstein at or (W) 202-564-9274.

Several trash cleanups are also scheduled in a variety of points along the creek. The first is set for Saturday, APRIL 12, from 9:30 - Noon at the Carderock Springs Site. The cleanup area is between Seven Locks Road and River Road, and a bit upstream of River Road. Meet at 9:30 a.m. at the parking lot of Carderock Springs Swim & Tennis Club, 8200 Hamilton Spring Court in Carderock Springs. Contact Jim Finucane at or 301-365-3485.

Additional cleanups are scheduled for April 26 and 27.