Heat Advisory in Effect Today; Two Robberies Reported After Online Sales Meet Ups

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Heat advisory in effect today

It’s going to be a scorcher. The National Weather Service issued a heat advisory for the region from noon to 8 p.m. today as temperatures are expected to rise into the upper 90s with high humidity. The weather service is warning residents to limit outdoor work and strenuous activity.

Police urge residents to use safe exchange zones after two Wheaton robberies

Police said a man and woman were robbed in two different incidents on July 6 and 8 when they tried to meet in person with buyers who agreed to buy items from them online. Both robberies happened in Wheaton after the sellers and supposed buyers met up. Police said residents should use safe exchange zones set up at county police district stations to sell items to buyers whom they reach agreements with online. [Montgomery County police]

Charter Commission chair says panel is considering changes to at-large County Council seats

Chairman Paul Bessel said the commission would examine whether to change the makeup of the County Council from four at-large members and five district members to possibly two at-large members and seven district members or simply nine district members. He said the term limits vote in November showed that voters may want to change the council’s structure and noted that three at-large members are from Takoma Park—Marc Elrich, George Leventhal and Hans Riemer—while other parts of the county don’t feel adequately represented. [MyMCMedia]

Montgomery County correctional officer charged with sexual assault

Investigators believe the officer, Olukunle Oyekanmi, 41, entered the cell of a female inmate at the county’s main jail in Clarksburg early Tuesday morning and forced her to perform a sex act on him. The inmate reportedly saved DNA evidence from the encounter that police were able to use to charge the corrections officer, who is no longer an employee of the department. [Washington Post]

State treasurer refuses to pay two Hogan cabinet secretaries who weren’t confirmed

Maryland Treasure Nancy Kopp is withholding the salaries of Gov. Larry Hogan’s Health Secretary Dennis Schrader and Planning Secretary Wendi Peters because they weren’t confirmed by the state Senate. The Senate Executive Nominations Committee rejected Peters’ nomination and delayed a vote on Schrader’s, but Hogan reappointed both after the General Assembly adjourned in the spring. Hogan’s office said it plans to contest the treasurer’s decision. [Baltimore Sun]

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