Bethesda Massage Therapist Charged with Sexual Assault; Silver Spring Woman Nominated to Lead Peace Corps

Bethesda Massage Therapist Charged with Sexual Assault; Silver Spring Woman Nominated to Lead Peace Corps

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Massage therapist working in Bethesda accused of sexual assault

A woman told police she was assaulted during a massage with VMG Massage Therapy, which was renting a room in FITology next to Trader Joe’s in downtown Bethesda. Victor Mendoza-Gonzalez, 39, the massage therapist who owned the company, allegedly asked her to take off her underwear before he massaged the woman’s upper thighs and crotch and forced oral sex on her. In November, he was charged with sex offenses and second-degree assault. Police believe there are additional victims. [ABC7]

Silver Spring woman to be named to lead Peace Corps

Josephine Olsen, who lives in Silver Spring, will be nominated by the Trump administration to serve as the director of the Peace Corps. She was the acting director of the organization during the first months of President Obama’s administration, and had been appointed as deputy director in 2002. She has a doctorate degree from the University of Maryland and teaches at the University of Maryland, Baltimore. [Baltimore Sun]

Trump administration’s announcement on marijuana raises questions about Maryland industry

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Thursday the Justice Department would rescind an Obama-era policy allowing states to legalize marijuana. The decision gives federal prosecutors the ability to decide what federal resources to devote to marijuana enforcement in states. Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh said the decision “throws all of the state laws into chaos.” Marijuana sellers in the state worry what the policy will mean for their businesses, which recently became legal in the state. [Baltimore Sun]

Lawmakers could review traffic crossings

Maryland lawmakers plan to review pedestrian crossings in the state when the General Assembly reconvenes this month. The review would include crossings in and around all of Maryland’s public high schools to promote pedestrian safety. [LocalDVM]

Hogan, Frosh oppose offshore drilling

The Trump administration is moving to expand offshore drilling off the Atlantic, but the move is opposed by both Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan and Attorney General Brian Frosh. Hogan is directing Frosh to investigate the U.S. Interior Department’s plan, calling for “legal claims, actions or suits against the U.S. government” to prevent drilling off Maryland’s coasts. [AP]

Wind chills in the negative again

Temperatures won’t hit higher than around 18 degrees today, but the wind chill will make it feel like -7 degrees, according to the National Weather Service. Today also will likely be breezy with wind gusts as high as 33 mph. More wind is expected tonight, with a wind chill of -8.

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