Montgomery County first responder describes ‘crazy’ floods in Ellicott City

Montgomery County Fire & Rescue Service Lt. Peter Gillis took part in more than two dozen water rescues during the flooding in Ellicott City on Sunday. Gillis, a Bethesda resident and part of the Swift Water Rescue team, described the water as “crazy” and said “anybody that says they’re not scared is lying.” As he assisted in the rescue of people from homes and historic buildings, he saw the flood waters flip a car over as the water continued to rise. [WUSA9]

Hearing scheduled for Monday on Ervin’s request for new ballots

An Anne Arundel County Circuit Court judge has refused to order the state to use new ballots that list Valerie Ervin as a candidate for governor, but the judge has scheduled a hearing to decide the ballot issue on Monday. Ervin replaced her former running mate Kevin Kamenetz after his death this month. Current ballots would still list Ervin as a candidate for lieutenant governor. [Washington Post]

ACLU calls on Maryland to end “virtual book ban” for inmates

The American Civil Liberties Union sent a letter to state prison officials Thursday asking them to end a policy they say severely restricts access to books. The prison system adopted a new policy in April that restricts book offerings to two private vendors, which the ACLU described as “extremely limited.” Prison officials say there is no intent to change the policy, which is meant to curb drug smuggling in books. [Washington Post]

Tipsters, “Call of Duty” backpack lead police to 7-Eleven robbery suspect

Montgomery County police identified the suspect of an armed robbery in Germantown by reports from tipsters and his distinctive backpack. A man armed with a handgun robbed a 7-Eleven on Clopper Road on May 19. When police released surveillance video two days later, multiple tipsters identified the man as Logan Stefon Lawson, of Germantown. A “Call of Duty” backpack seen in the video was given to customers who pre-ordered that video game during a specific time, and police confirmed he had bought it at that time and received the bag. Lawson was arrested last week. [Police]

Scattered showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon

The National Weather Service forecasts a 30 percent chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms today, mostly after 2 p.m. with patchy fog in the morning. Thunderstorms and showers could continue tonight, with a 60 percent chance of precipitation. Today’s high is 89 degrees while tonight’s low is about 70 degrees.

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