Top Federal Prosecutor for Montgomery County Moves To Private Firm; Officials Praise Solar Energy Use in County

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Federal prosecutor who oversaw MS-13 cases in Montgomery County leaves position

After two years leading federal cases that covered Montgomery and Prince George’s counties, Arun Rao is taking a job in the private sector with Investigative Group International. In his work as chief of the Southern Division of the U.S. attorney’s office for the District of Maryland, he prosecuted cases involving MS-13, public corruption and heroin. [Washington Post]

Public meetings for the Bus Rapid Transit

The Bus Rapid Transit line is coming to Montgomery County in 2020 and will operate as a faster public transit option with limited stops on a 13.5-mile stretch of U.S. 29 between the Silver Spring Transit Center and Burtonsville. The Montgomery County Department of Transportation will host three open houses about the transit line this month: Wednesday at the East County Regional Service Center; Thursday at Montgomery Blair High School; and Monday at the Silver Spring Civic Center. [MCMedia]

Veterinarian vouches for service dog group with suspended contract with Walter Reed

In the spring, a contract officer wrote a letter of concern about a service dog group that allowed several dogs with “loose bowels” to visit the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. In response, veterinarian Dr. Claire Porter visited the Warrior Canine Connection facility in Boyds and gave the group a clean bill of health, saying the dogs were well cared for. Walter Reed has since suspended its contract with the group, saying it was not related to the issues in the letter but a matter of moving “in another direction.” [WTOP]

Officials praise Montgomery County solar projects

Use of solar energy has grown in recent years in the county and officials expect it to keep increasing. That includes more permits to install solar panels on houses, as well as solar panel canopies over parking lots. The county has 16 solar energy projects approved so far. [WDVM]

Cloudy, cold day

There’s a high near 50 today, with some winds and cloudy skies that should become sunnier later, according to the National Weather Service. Some light winds tonight and a low of 34.

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