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Montgomery Co. Domino’s puts flyers with orders asking for info on driver’s shooting

WASHINGTON — Nearly a week after a Domino’s delivery driver was killed in Rockville, the Montgomery County store where he worked is making every effort to find his killer — attaching reward flyers to thousands of pizza delivery orders.

Though he only worked there a year, Francesco Michael DiGiovanni, 45, was one of the best employees Ed Treacy ever had.

“Francesco was a happy-go-lucky guy, humorous, always very positive. He is somebody who always went the extra mile,” Treacy said, who owns the franchise in Burtonsville.

Officers found DiGiovanni shot in the upper body after delivering a pizza from the Burtonsville store late Monday, May 21.

A police investigation found that DiGiovanni had just delivered a pizza when he was shot in his Jeep Patriot on Van Horn Way near Ballinger Drive. DiGiovanni then drove onto Ballinger Drive, where his vehicle stopped at Autumn Glen Circle, police said in a news release.

Police have not determined a motive in the case.

“He wasn’t doing anything wrong. He was actually helping the store out by working an extra shift. In reality, our drivers carry less than $20,” Treacy said.

To get the word out, Treacy said 2,500 pizza boxes leaving his Burtonsville franchise will have a flyer attached, reminding the community of a $7,500 reward for a tip that leads to a conviction in DiGiovanni’s killing.

“That’s all we’re hoping to do by this. We hope that somebody out there knows something and this encourages them to call the police,” he said.

DiGiovanni leaves behind a wife and family. His co-workers have been offered grief counseling after his passing.

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Man arrested in death at Bethesda tunnel house

WASHINGTON – An arrest has been made in connection with the death of a man in a Bethesda, Maryland, house last year in which hazardous materials and a network of tunnels were found.

Daniel Beckwitt, 27, was arrested Friday, the Montgomery County police said. He’s the son of David Beckwitt, the owner of the house in the 5000 block of Danbury Lane, where Askia Khafra was found dead in a fire last Sept. 10. Daniel Beckwitt, who neighbors said lived there, escaped the fire.

It’s not known yet what the charges are.

The police said after the fire that Khafra had been hired to dig tunnels under the house. It’s not known how deep or far-ranging the tunnels are, because officials haven’t been allowed in the house. Chemicals and wiring have also been found, fire officials have said.

The arrest comes a day after the Beckwitts responded to a civil complaint filed by the county in March, seeking injunctions to, among other things, “restore the property to a safe, buildable site;” “remove or remedy all dangerous conditions,” “remove and properly and safely dispose of all hazardous conditions or materials” and “remove all encroachments … from the right of way.”

In response, the Beckwitts said in court documents Thursday that they denied “that the residential building and tunnels are unsafe and/or require corrective action.” They also denied the county’s contention of hoarding conditions and its assertion that the “tunneling, excavations and cavities go into the public right-of-way, namely Danbury Road, and likely go beyond at least one property line.”

WTOP’s Jack Pointer and Megan Cloherty contributed to this report.

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Md. after-school program employee charged after inappropriately texting students

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WASHINGTON — A man who worked for an after-school program at an elementary school in Kensington, Maryland, was charged after police said he sent inappropriate texts to two students over a five-year period.

Christopher Steve Escobar, 27, of Germantown, was arrested Thursday and charged with two counts of sexual abuse of a minor, Montgomery County police said.

Escobar began inappropriately texting the two students when they were around 9 years old in August 2012, police said. He came into contact with the two boys as an employee of the Bar-T after-school program at Kensington Parkwood Elementary School, according to police.

He continued texting with the two students until 2017, when they were around 14 years old. The two victims did not know of each other’s texting with Escobar, police said.

Escobar is being held without bond.

Police believe there may be more victims. They are asking parents and guardians to talk to their children about possible interactions with Escobar and to contact detectives at 240-773-5400 if they believe their child was victimized.

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Christopher Steve Escobar, 27, of Germantown, was arrested Thursday, May 24, 2018. (Courtesy Montgomery County Police Department)

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Germantown man charged with beating his dog

WASHINGTON — A Germantown man is facing animal cruelty charges after police say he hit his poodle-mix and knowingly denied the dog medical care.

On Thursday, Montgomery County police arrested 75-year-old Herbert Allen Green following an investigation into animal cruelty that began a month ago.

On April 24, the police department’s Animal Services Division responded to a call about suspected animal cruelty, where they found Benji, a small, neutered, male poodle-mix. Benji was bleeding from the head, lethargic and needed immediate medical attention, Montgomery County police said in a Friday release.

Officers transported Benji to a veterinary hospital, where he received lifesaving care. A veterinary ophthalmologist found recent trauma had rendered him blind, according to police.

Earlier this month, police interviewed Green, who admitted to striking the dog and not providing him with needed medical care.

Green faces three charges of animal cruelty: cruelly beating an animal, inflicting unnecessary suffering or pain on an animal, and failing to provide an animal with necessary veterinary care, while the animal is in a person’s charge or custody.

Green was released on $2,000 bond.

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Marriott volunteers build Silver Spring playground in a day

WASHINGTON — Bethesda-based Marriott International held its annual employee volunteer day this week, with 2,700 of its local employees volunteering on various project throughout the Washington metro area.

One of those projects included transforming an empty site in Silver Spring into a kid-designed, state-of-the-art playground — and they did it in just six hours.

The playground, at Park Montgomery, was a project tackled by volunteers from the J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation, who worked with the Community Preservation and Development Corporation and nonprofit KaBOOM!, which helps communities build playgrounds.

Earlier this year, children from the surrounding community worked on a plan for the playground they wanted. The result is based off their drawings.

“This great project will provide the children at Park Montgomery much better access to a key factor for growing up healthy — a high-quality playground — and will boost our Community Impact Strategies, which provide our low-and moderate-income residents space and resources to create greater opportunities for their families,” said J. Michael Pitchfork, president of the Community Preservation and Development Corporation.

The Park Montgomery playground is the 12th playground Marriott volunteers and KaBOOM! have partnered to build.

Marriott’s volunteer day, called “Spirit to Serve Our Communities Day,” is part of its Associate Appreciation Week.

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Confirmed case of measles in person who spent time in Md., Va.

WASHINGTON — Maryland health officials have confirmed a case of measles in a person who spent time around the D.C. area in the past week.

Montgomery County’s Department of Health said Thursday that the person contracted the disease outside the United States, but only developed symptoms after returning. The person, who is not being identified, was diagnosed with measles Wednesday, and is undergoing medical care for the highly-contagious disease.

The patient arrived at Dulles International Airport May 15 and spent time at the international arrivals and baggage claim area from 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., according to information the Montgomery County’s Department of Health released Thursday.

The person visited the Nordstrom Rack in Gaithersburg, Maryland, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on May 17. The next day, they spent time at the Circuit Court of Maryland in Rockville, Maryland, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The person was in Hearing Room 2K on the second floor of the south tower.

Health officials are advising people who may have visited any of the locations to monitor for potential symptoms such as fever, runny nose, water eyes or a cough, followed by a rash. If you think you’ve been exposed, contact your local health department before vising the doctor, health officials said.

While most people in the United States are vaccinated against measles, exposure poses potential risk to those who have not been vaccinated.

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Brothers defend tunnel house, say county im

WASHINGTON — Months after the fatal Sept. 10 Bethesda house fire and the subsequent discovery of both hazardous materials and a network of tunnels, the homeowner and his brother have broken their silence, disputing claims made by the county.

Court documents from David and Daniel Beckwitt reject most of Montgomery County officials’ contentions about the since-condemned property in the 5000 block of Danbury Road.

A civil complaint filed in March by the county is seeking injunctions to, among other things, “restore the property to a safe, buildable site; “remove or remedy all dangerous conditions”; “remove and properly and safely dispose of all hazardous conditions or materials”; and “remove all encroachments … from the right of way.” 

Officials fear that the tunnels might actually extend underneath Danbury itself.

In response, the Beckwitts “deny the residential building and tunnels are unsafe and/or require corrective action.” The brothers also deny the county’s contention of hoarding conditions and its assertion that the “tunneling, excavations and cavities go into the public right-of-way, namely Danbury Road, and likely go beyond at least one property line.”

The Beckwitts also claim that orders from the county’s Department of Permitting Services to remedy the situation are unconstitutional, and that the department is preventing them “from accessing the property for the purposes of inspecting and/or repairing the property.”

The brothers also ask that the county cover their legal costs and that they’re awarded “further relief.”

It’s the latest chapter in a bizarre story that began with a fatal house fire Sept. 10. Responding firefighters found the body of Askia Khafra, 21, in the basement, dead from smoke inhalation and thermal injuries. Daniel Beckwitt safely escaped.

Authorities later said Khafra had been hired to dig the tunnels.

What has since followed has been a back-and-forth between the Beckwitts and Montgomery County officials. Underscoring all of this is both uncertainty about the extent of these tunnels — county officials cannot legally access the property to assess the risk — and, as a result, neighborhood safety.

Other questions that remain unanswered are the length, width and purpose of those tunnels. The Beckwitts’ property sits about 15 feet back from Danbury and a mile away from the National Institutes of Health and the Walter Reed campus. It’s bordered by other homes on three sides.

While the brothers have indicated that they are open to a settlement, the county is not, and anticipates it going to court.

WTOP has reached out to the Beckwitts’ attorney, George A. Bealefeld III.

In an email to WTOP, county spokesperson Patrick Lacefield said “we are grinding away in court to get resolution.”

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50+ cats found in Montgomery County hoarding situation

WASHINGTON — Montgomery County Fire & Rescue found more than 50 cats in an otherwise unoccupied home while responding to a fire around 1 p.m. Wednesday.

The cause of the fire — which was located in the basement of a one-story, single family home at 3402 Weller Road in Wheaton, Maryland — is still undetermined.

Public Information Officer Pete Piringer tweeted that the home had over $75,000 worth of damage from the fire, the house was condemned and the firefighters’ gear was contaminated.

While many cats were rescued by Montgomery County Fire & Rescue or escaped on their own, Piringer tweeted that responders were dealing with multiple cat fatalities with the assistance of Animal Services.

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Q&A: Macy Gray brings signature sound to Bethesda Blues & Jazz

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WASHINGTON — She has one the most unique voices in recent music memory.

This weekend, Macy Gray brings her signature raspy sound to Bethesda Blues & Jazz.

“We’re going to have a great time this weekend in Bethesda,” Gray told WTOP. “My band, we’re going to have a ball. It’s going to be like the biggest party you’ve ever been to. I can’t wait.”

Growing up in Canton, Ohio, she always knew she had a different voice from the other kids.

“When I was younger my voice was super high-pitched, so people were always knocking me and calling me names,,” Gray said. “I knew my voice was different. I didn’t think it was unique where I could do something with it until much later. But it was always a peculiar sound to it.”

Born Natalie McIntyre, she randomly discovered her stage name during a childhood bike ride.

“I was riding my bike, I fell down, I looked up and the mailbox said, ‘Macy Gray.’ That was it!” Gray said. “All through school, we would have to write stories and stuff and I would always name one of my characters ‘Macy Gray.’ Then when I joined this band in college, this rock band, everybody had to make up a name to be in the band, and so I said, ‘Macy Gray.’”

She studied screenwriting at the University of Southern California, where she also began writing songs for her musician friends. One fateful day, one of her colleagues failed to show up for a recording session, allowing Gray to step in studio and record her first real song.

“I was writing lyrics to songs, so I would write the lyrics and someone would come in and sing them. But she stopped showing up, so I had to sing the songs just to show everyone how the song went. So I already had little tapes with my voice on them, so that was the beginning.”

Promoting your band was a much different task in the era before social media.

“Back then, it was all like playing clubs, mailing your demo tape out to labels, going all over town and putting stickers of your band all over the place,” Gray said. “It was a different kind of hustle because there wasn’t all of that internet and Instagram and stuff like that.”

Soon, she was spotted at a nightclub in Los Angeles on the Sunset Strip.

“They had all these venues on Sunset that a lot of new bands would play because all the labels hang out there. Me and my band were always over there. One day, we played a space called the Roxy and a guy from Atlantic came. He was coming to see another band, but he came early and we were playing. He talked to me after and I got a record deal two weeks later.”

Wouldn’t you know it? Her debut studio album “On How Life Is” (1999) went multiplatinum, selling over three million copies on the strength of the single “I Try,” which owned the radio.

“I think lyrically everybody could relate,” Gray said. “Everybody has that situation or that relationship where they’re always talking about they’re going to leave it or they’re going to change it, and you wake up the next day and you’re not going nowhere.”

The song won a Grammy for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance and was also nominated for Record of the Year and Song of the Year, making Gray an international sensation.

“It changes everything,” Gray said. “Suddenly you’re on the radio and people know who you are. I had never been out of the States before, except to Canada. So I went all over the world and, I don’t know, it just opens (your eyes). You just see all of this stuff you never saw before.”

The worldwide fame got her cast in her first movie, “Training Day” (2001). Director Antoine Fuqua cast a number of musicians, including Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre, rubbing elbows with Hollywood movie stars like Ethan Hawke and Denzel Washington, who won the Oscar.

“I was a huge Denzel fan, so to be sitting there talking to him like he was my boy … that was wild! I wasn’t expecting that. I think it was my first movie and I had no intentions of becoming an actress. It’s different when you don’t put all that pressure on you like you want to be the best actress in the world, or when you go do it because it’s fun. … It was that kind of vibe for me. I was loose and that made it doable for me because it wasn’t all intense at the time.”

More film projects followed, starring in Sam Raimi’s “Spider-Man” (2002), contributing to the soundtrack of “Chicago” (2002) and appearing in Netflix’s “Fuller House” (2016).

“I love acting, I just tour quite a bit with my music and I’m constantly making records in the studio, so that’s my No. 1. I’ve had to pass up on stuff because I’m doing stuff with my music.”

That focus on her music led to her upcoming tenth album “Ruby,” due out in September.

“It’s my favorite album,” she said. “I can’t wait for you to hear it. You guys are gonna play it like crazy on the radio. You’re gonna hear it, trust me. It’s amazing. You’re gonna love it.”

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‘Bio-center’ planned for downtown Bethesda

WASHINGTON — Developers StonebridgeCarras and the Donohoe Cos. will jointly develop a bio-center in downtown Bethesda, Maryland, to attract life sciences companies to the new co-locating facility.

The 175,000 square foot Bethesda Bio building will be developed at 8280 Wisconsin Avenue.

The building will focus its commercial space on bringing life sciences companies to the Bethesda Central Business District.

“The Bethesda Central Business District has continued to demonstrate its great success in attracting a wide range of companies to its premier mixed-use environment,” said Douglas Firstenberg, principal with StonebridgeCarras.

“It represents one of the most attractive untapped markets to locate life sciences near two world-class institutions — the National Institutes of Health and the Walter Reed National Medical Center,” Firstenberg said.

The purpose of the building will be to meet the need for premier lab space.

Already 75 percent of the commercial lab space in the D.C. region is located in Montgomery County’s I-270 corridor.

“One of the greatest challenges to continue the growth of Montgomery County’s outstanding Bio market is quantity and quality of commercial lab space,” said David Petr, president and CEO of the Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation.

“The development … allows Montgomery County to compete with other urban markets such as Cambridge in Boston and the East Bay in San Francisco to provide an urban option located next to the largest support and driver of bio research in the world at NIH.”

The developers have begun the approval process and expect to begin construction in the third quarter of 2019, with the building completed in the summer of 2021.

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