Silver Spring Puppy Cruelty Case Ends With Six-Month Jail Sentence; County Bill Would Exempt Hotels From Lifeguard Requirement

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Man gets sentenced in Silver Spring puppy strangling case

A Montgomery County judge on Wednesday sentenced a man to six months in jail for trying to strangle two puppies on a Silver Spring street. James Edward Jones, 31, of Wheaton said he had smoked marijuana and didn't realize what he was doing when he harmed the puppies in 2015. The dogs, Mia and Chance, recovered from the attack and were adopted by two families. [WTOP]

Katz wants to stop requiring lifeguards at hotel pools

A Montgomery County Council member has advanced a proposal lifting a requirement for hotels to station a lifeguard at their pools. The measure was introduced by council member Sidney Katz on Tuesday and is tentatively scheduled for a June 20 public hearing. Thirty-six hotels have pools in Montgomery County. [Montgomery Community Media]

Judge hears arguments in county pesticide ban case

Attorneys on Wednesday presented arguments on a law prohibiting Mongtomery County residents from using pesticides on their lawns. The County Council approved the law in 2015 to address the environmental impact of pesticides. A group of county residents, lawn care companies and pesticide industry representatives challenged the ban in court. If it stands up to legal scrutiny, the ban is set to go into effect at the start of 2018. [WTOP]

Rosenstein puts special counsel in charge of Russia probe

U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein, who formerly served as the U.S. attorney in Maryland, on Wednesday designated a special counsel for the investigation into Russian interference in last year’s election. Rosenstein named former FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III to lead the investigation into whether there was collusion between the Russian government and President Donald Trump’s campaign. “I determined that a special counsel is necessary in order for the American people to have full confidence in the outcome,” Rosenstein said in a statement. [Baltimore Sun]

Hot weather expected for Thursday

Temperatures are expected to top 90 degrees Thursday, and sunny skies are in the forecast, according to the National Weather Service. Overnight, there is a chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms before 10 p.m.

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