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“Dear PoPville,

My friends’ dog Capote bolted after they were involved in a serious car accident early this morning. He was last seen wearing a red harness and blue collar, heading toward the woods on BW Parkway near 95. They suspect he may have gotten into Greenbelt Park. The owners are both in hospital at the moment and completely broken up about this as they can’t search themselves. Local animal shelters are being contacted. If you’re up in the College Park/Greenbelt area, please keep a lookout. Please send sightings to [email protected]

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via Maryland DNR

Putting snakes falling from the sky in proper perspective…

“Black Bears Spotted in Suburban #Maryland. Take Commonsense Precautions.”

From Maryland’s Department of Natural Resources:

“The Maryland Department of Natural Resources would like to alert citizens that juvenile black bears have been seen wandering through the state’s more suburban areas this spring. There have been recent, confirmed bear sightings in Baltimore, Howard, Montgomery, and Prince George’s counties as juvenile bears disperse, or seek out a new territory.

“Please treat bears the same as you would any wild animal,” Bear Project Leader Harry Spiker said. “Give them plenty of space and allow them to move on at their own pace. If a bear has been spotted in your neighborhood, please take down bird feeders and secure trash cans so that the bear does not get an easy meal, which may prolong their visit to your neighborhood.”

A reader passes on the horrifying account from the Washington Post:

“A 39-year-old woman was raped at knifepoint on a moving Metro train just before 10 a.m. last month in the Wheaton-­Glenmont area of Montgomery County, prosecutors said in court Monday.”

Update from Metro Transit Police:

“Metro GM has directed MTPD to make public notification of any violent crime the same day where doing so will not hinder investigation #wmata”

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Gary House

From a press release:

“Chef/owners Susan Limb and Patrick Musel announce the opening of Praline Bakery & Bistro at historic Glen Echo Park. The concept will be quick service/casual with items such as sandwiches, soups, quiches, salads, freshly popped popcorn and other delicious fare to eat in the café or take out. They will also offer a kid-friendly menu and full-service catering for onsite events. The café will be located next to Glen Echo Park’s historic Spanish Ballroom and will open around Glen Echo Park’s ‘Family Day’ on April 30th. (more…)

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Victoria Pickering

From Montgomery County Government:

“Due to the extremely cold temperatures predicted for tonight, January 18 and the next several days, the Director of the Montgomery County Animal Services Division Thomas Koenig is announcing enforcement of Executive Regulation 10-10AM, Anti-Cruelty Conditions for Dogs.

Section II-C of the regulation states that “a person must not tether a dog under circumstances that endanger its health, safety, or well-being including: unattended tethering of the dog during a weather emergency.” The enforcement of this regulation is put into effect during periods of high heat and humidity, and during conditions of extreme cold, wind, and heavy snow which can all be damaging to dogs and other animals. The penalty for this violation is a $500 fine.

Montgomery County Police Animal Services officers want to remind citizens to be particularly careful with all pets during this period of cold weather. The best advice during periods of extreme weather conditions is to bring pets indoors. Even animals that are accustomed to living outdoors can be susceptible to the dangers of cold weather. Livestock animals should have a place to get out of the wind and dry bedding should be provided to protect them from frostbite.
ASD Officers will be on-call, patrolling neighborhoods and responding to any animal-related emergencies. If you see an animal left outside that appears to be in danger, please call the Animal Services Division immediately at 301-279-8000.”

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via gofundme

From an email:

“I am a teacher at Brightwood Education Campus. We had several families affected by the car crash in Hyattsville last weekend. One of our kindergartners passed away. We have a first grade student who is still in critical condition, as well as several parents and siblings who were seriously injured. The school is raising money to help the families with funeral costs and medical care for the families involved. Could you share the link with readers who may be interested in donating?”

On Sunday, November 8, 2015, there was a horrific car accident in Hyattsville, Maryland that involved a church van and a truck, where four people died and fourteen others were injured.

Sadly, Stanley Gomez-Rodriguez, a kindergartener, at Brightwood Education Campus, died as a result of the accident. In addition, her mother and baby sister were also critically injured.

Unfortunately, there was another family from our school in the accident. Diana Rodriguez, a first grader, and her brother, Freddie Rodriquez, a fourth grader, and their parents were also severely injured in the accident.

Our school (Brightwood Education Campus, Washington, DC) is seeking immediate donations to help these families cover burial expenses for Stanley and medical expenses for those who have been hospitalized. Prior to the accident, these families were surviving on meager incomes. Your contributions will be used solely to help defray the cost of the funeral and to aid those who will need medical treatment over the weeks and months to come.

We hope you will reach deep within your hearts to help us support these families during their time of crisis. In advance, we thank you for your support and your generosity.

If you are able you can make a donation here.