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Takoma Park Man Indicted on Federal Drug and Gun Charges

The Gazette reports that a Takoma Park man known as the "Teflon Defendant'' who was arrested last month in one of the city's largest-ever drug arrests was indicted Wednesday on federal drug and gun charges after police said they saw him throw nearly $50,000 worth of cocaine into a Dumpster.

Corey Antonio Moore, 35, has been charged with possession with the intent to distribute cocaine and phencyclidine (PCP), possession of firearms relating to drug trafficking and being a felon in possession of guns and ammunition, according to a press release from the U.S. Department of Justice. He is being held without bond until he appears before the U.S. District Court in Maryland, which has not yet been scheduled, the release says.

Soccer Coach Arrested for Sexual Abuse

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Family Crimes Division have been investigating the report of sexual abuse by a soccer coach for the Real Maryland FC Soccer Club.  Roger Misael Fernandez, age 38, of Takoma Park, was arrested and charged with sexual abuse of a minor and one count of a fourth-degree sexual offense. 

On September 15, 2010, a juvenile male reported to police that Fernandez had touched him inappropriately in March of this year at the corporate offices of the Real Maryland FC Soccer Club in Silver Spring, MD. 

Fernandez is currently a volunteer with the Northwood High School soccer team.  He has been a soccer coach since 1993 in Montgomery and Prince George's Counties.  His duties with the Real Maryland FC Soccer Club involve traveling and coaching along the east coast.  Detectives would like to hear from anyone who has knowledge of any inappropriate contact by Fernandez with a juvenile.

Soccer Coach Arrested for Sexual Abuse

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Family Crimes Division have been investigating the report of sexual abuse by a soccer coach for the Real Maryland FC Soccer Club.  Roger Misael Fernandez, age 38, of Takoma Park, was arrested and charged with sexual abuse of a minor and one count of a fourth-degree sexual offense. 

On September 15, 2010, a juvenile male reported to police that Fernandez had touched him inappropriately in March of this year at the corporate offices of the Real Maryland FC Soccer Club in Silver Spring, MD. 

Fernandez is currently a volunteer with the Northwood High School soccer team.  He has been a soccer coach since 1993 in Montgomery and Prince George's Counties.  His duties with the Real Maryland FC Soccer Club involve traveling and coaching along the east coast.  Detectives would like to hear from anyone who has knowledge of any inappropriate contact by Fernandez with a juvenile.

Hit and Run

A 24-year-old woman was struck by a hit & run driver at Carroll Avenue across from New Hampshire Estates Elementary School.

Montgomery County Police say the woman was hit on Saturday around 8:15p.m. A neighbor says, the woman was hit by a speeding car and thrown under a parked pick-up truck. The victim was taken to a local Hospital and is in critical condition.

The vehicle was damaged in the collision and the right side mirror was found at the scene of the crime. The vehicle may have damage to the right headlight, the right side of the hood, and the right side of the windshield.

Anyone who may have information about this collision is asked to contact the Collision Reconstruction Unit at 301-840-2435. Callers may remain anonymous.

Maryland Cell Phone Ban Begins

Maryland residents and those residents who travel through Maryland need to know that on Friday, October 1, 2010 (this Friday) - cell phone use will become illegal while driving. The offense will be a "secondary" offense, meaning that offenders can only be cited with it if they are pulled over for another primary offense like speeding or running a red light.

Beginning on Friday, people who wish to make a call while driving MUST use a hands free device. The fine will be $40 for the first offense and $100 for subsequent violations of the law.

Texting while driving has been illegal for some time now and already carries a fine.

Maryland is following suit with several other states with cellular phone bans while in operation of a motor vehicle, but it is one of the only (if not the only) state to list the law as a "secondary" offense.

Three Arrested After Series of Robberies

Chief Ronald A. Ricucci from the Takoma Park Police Department announces the arrests of Eric Charles Bacon, 19; Todd Maurice King, 17; and a 15 year old juvenile, all of Washington, D.C., for First Degree Assault, Second Degree Assault, Armed Robbery, Theft less than $100 and Conspiracy to Commit Robbery.  King is being charged as an adult.

Hate Crime Leads to Arrest in Takoma Park

An 18-year-old male and a 16-year old juvenile have been arrested in Takoma Park, MD.

The pair were among a larger group who harassed two people leaving a neighborhood IHOP on New Hampshire Avenue at 2:20am.  As the victims were leaving, the group yelled slurs and insults based on sexual orientation.

It is confirmed by police that one suspect reached into the car to assault one victim while the other suspect damaged the hood of the vehicle.