MS-13 Member Found Guilty in Killing of Gaithersburg Teen; Parents Divided as MCPS Relaxes Rules on Cellphones

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Member of MS-13 convicted in murder of 15-year-old girl from Gaithersburg

Sanchez Serrano, a 21-year-old member of the MS-13 gang, was convicted Tuesday of second-degree murder for the killing of Damaris Alexandra Reyes Rivas, 15, who had been abducted, tortured and found dead in Virginia in February. The trial included video of the torture and stabbing of Reyes Rivas. Her family and Serrano cried while the video played. Investigators believe the killing was an act of revenge for a Jan. 12 murder along the Potomac River in Virginia. [NBC]

Montgomery County Public Schools weighs student cellphone use

This fall, Montgomery County Public Schools allowed elementary students to bring their cellphones to school with them and let middle school students use phones during lunch if principals approve. Some parents believe their child’s access to a phone makes them safer, while others point to them as an unnecessary distraction. School system officials say the change is in step with the times, when even about 40 percent of third-graders have a cellphone. [Washington Post]

Metro robbers, identified by their mom, sentenced to prison

Two brothers from Washington, D.C.—Marcus Lee and Antwan Haynie—have been sentenced to six and seven years of prison, respectively, for robbing Metro riders in Montgomery County this year. The first incident occurred April 16 and involved a group beating up a man on a Red Line train between Wheaton and Glenmont to steal his wallet. Police caught the two men after their mom identified them to police as robbing Metro riders. [WTOP]

Hogan remains popular in polls, but Marylanders still prefer Democrats in General Assembly

Annapolis-based Opinion Works found in a new poll that 67 percent of Marylanders approve of Gov. Larry Hogan’s performance in office—in stark contrast to the 63 percent who disapprove of the job Trump is doing, with more than half disapproving strongly. Responders also said they are more likely to vote Democrats into the General Assembly than Republicans, by a 43 to 23 percent margin. [Baltimore Sun]

Another cold and cloudy day

The National Weather Service forecasts a mostly cloudy day with a high near 48 degrees and some winds in the afternoon. There will probably be some rain or drizzle tonight and patchy fog.

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