Police Cruiser Containing Ammo Goes Up in Flames in Damascus; Baltimore Transit Advocates Feel Overlooked By State

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Damascus fire destroys police cruiser, sets off ammunition

A fire that damaged a Damascus home also triggered ammunition explosions inside a nearby police cruiser on Friday, according to authorities. The blaze also sent two of the home’s occupants to the hospital for smoke inhalation. Authorities went to the home in the 26600 block of Haney Avenue a little before 3 a.m. The cruiser was completely destroyed, and the fire left the home seriously damaged, according to officials. Investigators are seeking to determine what started the fire. [Washington Post]

Purple Line progress leaves some Baltimore residents feeling left out

Some Baltimore residents are expressing the feeling that they’ve been overlooked as state officials seek to improve Maryland’s public transportation systems. A proponent of the Red Line, a now defunct light-rail project that had been planned for Baltimore, voiced the sentiment at a recent Silver Spring transit rally to celebrate federal funding for the Purple Line, which will connect Montgomery and Prince George’s counties. The frustration is bubbling up as the state launches BaltimoreLink, an overhaul of the public bus system. Some argue that the bus initiative is an inadequate substitute for the Red Line project. [Washington Post]

Olney car crash kills one, injures three

A weekend car crash in the Olney area killed a 45-year-old Germantown woman, according to police. Two cars collided at about 10:30 a.m. Sunday as they were traveling in opposite directions along Bowie Mill Road near Fraley Farm Road, authorities reported. Wenshuo Zhu, a passenger in one of the vehicles, died from injuries she suffered in the crash. The drivers of both cars and a 13-year-old girl riding with Zhu were hospitalized. [Montgomery Community Media]

Bill Cook launches District 1 County Council campaign

The Bethesda man held a campaign kick-off at Elm Street Park on Sunday afternoon to formally announce he will run for the District 1 County Council seat being vacated by Roger Berliner. Cook is billing himself as a political outsider and progressive. [Cook campaign website]

Bill Cook at his campaign kick off event on Sunday. Provided by Cook campaign.

Madaleno to kick off gubernatorial bid

Maryland Sen. Richard Madaleno Jr. of Kensington is about to announce his bid for state governor. Madaleno, 52, is expected to kick off his candidacy at Shady Grove on Monday and will be the fifth Democratic candidate for governor. Madaleno told The Baltimore Sun that if elected, he’d be the first Montgomery County resident and the first openly gay person to serve as the state’s governor. Madaleno said he aims to freshen up the state's Democratic Party and is touting his progressive accomplishments. [Baltimore Sun]

Rain, warm temperatures ahead for Monday

Some rain, with scattered showers and thunderstorms are expected to hit the area Monday afternoon. The day will be mostly cloudy, and temperatures will rise to near 90 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.

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