Potomac Businessman Announces Company Closure, 950 Layoffs; Driver in Crash That Killed 3 Expresses Remorse

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Potomac resident's moving company to close, lay off 950

Kane Co., whose owner and president lives in Potomac, is ceasing most operations and laying off about 950 employees on Sunday. The Elkridge-based moving company, the largest commercial mover in the U.S., had been dealing with financial pressures from lease costs, according to President John Kane. “We got stuck in a squeeze play between third and home, between old and new leases not terminating at the same time,” Kane told The Washington Post. “I made a couple of stupid mistakes. Our bank lost patience with us.” The shredding and storage components of the company will remain open.  [Washington Post]

Driver in crash that killed 3 describes feeling of invincibility while speeding

A 21-year-old man who pleaded guilty to vehicular manslaughter in a Bethesda crash that killed three people tells The Washington Post that he was “very naïve” in thinking he could handle high driving speeds. In a jailhouse interview, Ogulcan Atakoglu spoke about the invincibility he felt as he sped in his turbocharged BMW. Atakoglu was driving 115 mph on Feb. 27 when he crashed into a car containing a Bethesda family of four. A teenage girl, now a junior at Walt Whitman High School, was the only family member to survive the collision. Atakoglu’s sentencing is scheduled for Friday. [Washington Post]

Metro announces holiday hours, will stay open until 3 a.m. on New Year’s

Metro will stay open until 3 a.m. on New Year’s Day to shuttle revelers safely home, officials announced Thursday. The rail system will run from 7 a.m. to midnight on Christmas Eve, Christmas, New Year’s Day and the observed holidays on Dec. 26 and Jan. 2. Parking will be free at all Metro facilities, and riders will pay off-peak fares. Service will begin at 7 a.m. on New Year’s Eve and stay open until 3 a.m., according to a news release. [WMATA]

Gaithersburg police to get 11 new SUVs

Gaithersburg city leaders have decided to buy 11 new police SUVs to refresh the department’s aging fleet. The mayor and city council earlier this week approved the purchase of 11 Ford Interceptor SUVs over the next six months. The SUVs will last longer than other police cars and perform better in poor road conditions, Mayor Jud Ashman says. Buying the new vehicles is expected to cost $315,000 or less. Seven of the SUVs are replacements, and four are intended to expand the fleet. [WHAG]

Chilly, sunny day ahead

Friday is expected to be sunny and cold, with a high of about 38 degrees, according to the National Weather Service. Wind speeds will gust up to 26 mph. Skies will be mostly clear overnight, and temperatures will drop below freezing to about 26 degrees.

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