Man Tried To Kidnap Girl in Takoma Park; Residents Complain Bright Lights of Walter Reed Garage Are an Eyesore

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Police say man tried to kidnap girl in Takoma Park

A man allegedly tried to kidnap an 8-year-old girl in Takoma Park as she was waiting outside a house for a ride to school. Two men in a gray Chrysler Pacifica-style minivan approached the house on Elm and Pine avenues, and one man told her, “Come to my house. I have candy.” The girl ran back into her home. Police are looking for the two men and the van. [WTOP]

Bright lights of Walter Reed parking garage don’t please neighbors

The 650-space parking garage for Walter Reed National Military Medical Center is constantly lit up at night, a nuisance nearby residents say they weren’t ready for. The garage on Jones Bridge Road opened in October. Neighbors complain the lights shine through their windows all night and decrease their property value. A Naval Support Activity spokesman said that was the only place that worked for the garage and it was discussed at local meetings, though he noted that residents “were not explicitly notified” about the lights. [Washington Post]

Community reels and copes after two teens die by suicide

Jordana “Jojo” Greenberg, a sophomore at Walt Whitman High School, died by suicide in late November. Six days later, Thomas “Tommy” Silva, a junior at Walter Johnson High School, also died by suicide. Classmates and friends marked their deaths with a single heart emoji against a black background on Snapchat. The suicides led to conversations on the mental health issue at both schools and in the wider community. According to the county’s Department of Health and Human Services, there have been four deaths by suicide among young people this year. [Washington Post]

MARC trains canceled in cold weather

Mechanical problems related to the extreme cold were to blame for canceled MARC trains this morning. The 6:45 a.m. train from Baltimore to Washington was called off, as was a 7:20 train in the other direction. Updates on afternoon and evening trains will come this afternoon. [WTOP]

Police arrest 13 for DUI

The Montgomery County police task force dedicated to DUI enforcement over the holidays arrested another 13 people from Dec. 27 to 30, bringing the seven-week total to 192 people arrested. One arrest on Saturday involved a driver who fled from police and struck a parked car. [Police]

Snow likely tonight

Today should have a high near 34, but temperatures will drop again tonight, with snow likely early tomorrow morning after 4 a.m., according to the National Weather Service. There’s a 60 percent chance of precipitation. Less than one inch is possible.

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