Chef Mike Isabella Reaches Settlement with Employee; Police Locate Bel Pre Area Man Wanted in Killing

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Mike Isabella settles harassment lawsuit with former employee 
Celebrity chef Mike Isabella, who owns Kapnos Kouzina in Bethesda, and his business partners have settled a lawsuit with a former employee who said she was sexually harassed at work. The details of the settlement agreement are not being released, the parties said in a statement. The employee had claimed that Isabella and his partners had touched her without permission, commented on her buttocks and used crude terms to refer to her. [Washington Post]  

Mexican police arrest man charged in Bel Pre area killing 

A 30-year-old man has been arrested in Mexico on charges of murdering his wife in the Bel Pre area of Silver Spring. Ruel Francis Dempster II has been extradited to the United States and will return to Montgomery County for prosecution. He is accused of killing his 34-year-old wife at the couple’s Bel Pre Road apartment in April. Montgomery County police on Sunday learned Dempster had been found by Mexican authorities. [Montgomery County Police Department]

Local doctor charged with writing fake prescriptions for heavy-duty painkillers

Montgomery County police have charged a local doctor with writing a forged prescription and drug possession for allegedly unlawfully obtaining thousands of pills for a fictitious patient. Detectives began investigating Dr. Brandt E. Rice after a pharmacist at Rite Aid in Potomac became suspicious and contacted them. Rice had asked for 100 tablets of Oxycodone, allegedly for a sick patient who was unable to leave home. Police could not find anyone by the patient’s name and leaned Rice had used the same strategy to obtain heavy-duty drugs over the past seven years. [ABC7]

Montgomery County man found with nearly $80,000 worth of unstamped cigarettes, officials say

A Takoma Park man was arrested after authorities found 12,370 packs of unstamped cigarettes in his car, according to state officials. Jermaine Shabazz Grant was taken into custody during a Wednesday traffic stop on Interstate 95 in Cecil County. Altogether, the cigarettes were valued at nearly $80,000. Grant was charged with a felony count of transporting unstamped cigarettes. [Maryland Comptroller’s Office]

Clear skies ahead Tuesday 

Tuesday is expected to be sunny with highs of nearly 75 degrees. The skies will stay clear overnight, and the temperature could fall to about 53 degrees.

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