Incoming Park Service deputy helped Dan Snyder in tree-removal flap
A new deputy director of the National Park Service is a former official who once helped Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder improperly remove trees obstructing the river view at his Potomac estate. P. Daniel Smith was working as special assistant to the Park Service director when he assisted Snyder in 2004. The tree-clearing decision should’ve been made by biologists and horticulturalists, a report later found. Smith was appointed deputy director by the Trump administration. [Washington Post]

Chevy Chase woman leaves by night as neighbors accuse her of wrongdoing 

A mysterious woman named Madame Giselle has moved out of her Chevy Chase home and appears to have left the country as accusations against her pile up. Neighbors have claimed Giselle tricked them into giving her tens of thousands of dollars, money she had promised to invest in business ventures. Giselle is sentenced to prison time in her native Colombia in a fraud case. [Washington Post]

Lockheed slips off the county’s list of top employers 

Lockheed Martin Corp. is no longer one of the county’s top 10 employers. The county’s annual financial report shows that Montgomery College and Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring are on the top-10 list. Lockheed fell off the list because the company divested its Gaithersburg-based Information Systems and Global Solutions division. [Washington Business Journal]

Police: Reported abduction in Takoma Park didn’t happen

Police have determined that a reported abduction attempt in the city of Takoma Park  did not occur. The city’s police agency posted the investigation update on Facebook on Friday and announced it would hold a community meeting to educate children about staying safe. The meeting was scheduled for Monday, but was later canceled. Initially, police investigated reports that a man had tried to abduct an 8-year-old girl waiting for a ride to school. [Facebook]

Warmer weather ahead

After a string of frigid days, Tuesday is expected to be comparatively mild. Highs could reach the mid-40s, and the skies are expected to stay mostly sunny. Overnight lows will likely dip into the upper 20s.

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