January of 2012 was a busy month, as the County Council dealt with some serious issues and the community responded to some tragic incidents. Click on the links to read the full stories, and check back each day through Dec. 31 for a review of the top stories from each month of the year.
Meade Grads Among 4 Killed in Route 50 Crash
It was a challenging year for the Meade High community, as it lost several students and graduates to tragedy in 2012. Two Meade graduates, Zachary Rose and Brittany Walker, died on Jan. 28 in a head-on collision on Route 50.
Pro Wrestling Student Dies in Practice
A 25-year-old man died on Jan. 25 practicing moves at Gillberg’s, a pro wrestling academy in Severn. Quentin Latrell Washington from District Heights died from a head injury, but officials ruled his death to be an accident.
Route 3 Disruptions Push Traffic Up Patuxent Road
If you want to get to Odenton from Crofton, one common route is to take Patuxent Road. And that road has seen increased traffic due to the change in pattern on Route 3 and the ongoing growth at the Waugh Chapel Towne Centre.
Sweep of Little Patuxent Finds 47 Bazooka Rockets
Weapons technicians did a search of the area near Fort Meade to find old weapons that may have gotten lodged in the Little Patuxent River. The 47 practice rockets were actually the fewest found since periodic sweeps began in 2001.
Jones Council Seat Declared Vacant
After then-Council member Daryl Jones was convicted of failing to file income tax reports, the Council voted to vacate his seat. Members said that by residing in prison, Jones could not show that he was residing in the county. The move set up a drawn-out saga over the filling of the seat.
Hodgson Named Fire Chief
Ray Hodgson is one of the most well-known faces of the Odenton Volunteer Fire Co. The OVFC 28 named Hodgson as its new chief on Jan. 10. Jimmie Allen remained on as company president.
Former Odenton Resident Gets 5 Years for Child Porn
Prosecutors said Bret Desmarteau had more than 600 images of child porn on his computer. He was sentence to five years in jail and a lifetime of supervised release.
Piney Orchard Bloom Becomes Food Lion Again
The grocery store in Piney Orchard opened as a Food Lion, shifted to a Bloom and then became a Food Lion again. The parent company of both chains phases out the Bloom brand in early 2012.