Teen Charged With Road Rage Assault Outside Bethesda Church; Delegate Proposes County-by-County Public Financing

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Teen arrested in reported road rage assault near Bethesda church  

A teen has been charged with knocking a man unconscious outside a Bethesda church Sunday. The road rage incident happened as a group of people were getting out of a car at the Armenian church, according to court documents. Timothy May, 19, who was in another car, began honking and making obscene gestures, the court documents indicated. He then left his vehicle and punched a 64-year-old man who'd been in the other car, the court records stated. [ABC7]

Montgomery County delegate pitches public financing idea

A Maryland delegate from Montgomery County is pushing a proposal that would enable counties to establish public financing funds for state legislative races. Del. Jeffrey Waldstreicher hasn’t drafted the bill, and it’s still unclear how the pool of campaign funds would be filled. Montgomery County already sets aside money to provide matching funds for candidates in county races; the county has put $11 million into the public financing system so far.  [Washington Post]

County prepares to ramp up apartment inspections

Montgomery County is hiring nine new housing code specialists to inspect apartments. A county bill passed in November requires more frequent checks to multi-family properties. The proposal came about three months after a natural gas explosion killed seven people at the Flower Branch Apartments in Silver Spring, but the county’s director of housing and community affairs says the increased inspections aren’t related to the fire. [Montgomery Community Media]

Officials plan another controlled blast along Rockville Pike

A controlled blast is scheduled for Wednesday afternoon as part of a construction project along Rockville Pike near the Medical Center Metro station in Bethesda. The blast is set to take place between 1 and 2 p.m., according to a county update. An alarm horn will go off about five minutes before the controlled explosion, and traffic will be stopped along Rockville Pike between Jones Bridge Road and South Wood Drive for about 10 minutes. Officials said the vibrations from the blast should be minimal. [Montgomery County government]

Marriott hopes headquarters project will provide economic boost

Marriott International hopes its $600 million project to build a new headquarters in downtown Bethesda will generate $89 million for construction jobs. The effort could yield $2.3 billion in annual business activity and $1.8 billion in local taxes across 20 years. The headquarters and flagship hotel should be open by 2022. The development will be handled by project partners, the Bernstein Cos. and Boston Properties. [Crain’s]

Sun, light winds in the forecast

Wednesday’s weather is expected to be mostly sunny and breezy, and temperatures will climb to about 84 degrees, according to the National Weather Service. Clear skies are also in the forecast for the night, with lows of about 64 degrees.

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