Accused Brookeville Shooter Was Charged in 2014 with Threatening To Kill Then-Girlfriend; Democratic Gubernatorial Hopefuls Struggle for Attention

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Accused Brookeville shooter investigated in 2014

A man who police say shot and killed three people in Brookeville last week was accused in 2014 of placing a pistol against his then-girlfriend's head, according to law enforcement sources. Police investigated the allegations against Christopher W. Snyder and charged him with first-degree assault, using a gun in a felony and reckless endangerment. When the woman refused to testify, county prosecutors dropped the case against Snyder, a federally licensed gun dealer who was known to have a cache of weapons in his home, officials say. [Washington Post]

Democrats running for governor strive to stick out

The six contenders vying for the Democratic nomination for Maryland governor are having a hard time standing out in the crowd. The group includes several prominent figures, including the Prince George's County executive and a Maryland state senator. The large field has affected the candidates' ability to capture attention and fundraise. While the state leans to the left, the Democrats will have to go up against an incumbent Republican governor who has a 69 percent approval rating. [Washington Post]

Rockville man admits he tried to lure girl into sex acts

A Rockville man has pleaded guilty to trying to entice a 12-year-old girl to engage in sex acts, according to federal prosecutors. The man, Jose Adalberto Sandoval Quinonez, 26, posed as a 16-year-old boy on Instagram and Google Hangouts, authorities said. He pressured the girl to send him explicit photos of herself and sent her a photo of himself. Sandoval's sentencing is scheduled for August 10. [WJLA]

Rockville company developing drugs targeting bladder, breast cancers

A pharmaceutical company in Rockville hopes to bring two cancer treatment drugs to the market in the next two years. Rexahn Pharmaceuticals develops cancer treatments that don't affect healthy tissues in the body. Two new drugs, one for bladder or pancreatic cancer and one for breast cancer, are moving through Phase Two clinical trials. [Washington Business Journal]

Rainy weather expected to continue Wednesday

More rain is in the forecast for Wednesday, with a thunderstorm possible in the afternoon. Temperatures will climb to about 75 degrees, dropping into the 60s overnight.

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