Thursday, November 20, 2008

we're asking you not to pick up any hitchhikers . . .

One of the suspects in a bank robbery this morning in Howard County was shot this afternoon when a police chase ended in the Greencastle Lakes neighborhood, while another is still at large. According to the Washington Post, roadblocks were set up to check cars entering or leaving the immediate area in a search for the escaped suspect, while Burtonsville-area schools were placed on "Code Blue" lockdown. Students at Greencastle Elementary School, which is in the "search area," will remain in class until the police clear them for dismissal, says a statement from the MCPD.

My brother, who attends Galway Elementary School in Fairland - which did not have security restrictions in effect - says that he was kept in class for twenty minutes after school ended before he could take the bus home, while students living in the Greencastle area were kept until their parents could pick them up.

Montgomery County has issued a media advisory stating that all County-sponsored activities at the East County and Marilyn J. Praisner recreation centers have been cancelled for the rest of the day. Meanwhile, roads near Route 29 and Greencastle Road are closed except to local residents as the search continues. The police recommend that people living in these neighborhoods not answer their doors or offer rides to strangers, and to call 911 with any suspicious information.

We'll let you know if anything else comes up.

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