Man Sentenced to 40 Years for Break-In at Germantown Home of Casino Winner; Senate Delays Confirmation of Trump Nominee from Silver Spring

Man Sentenced to 40 Years for Break-In at Germantown Home of Casino Winner; Senate Delays Confirmation of Trump Nominee from Silver Spring

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Man to serve prison time in Germantown break-in

A Baltimore man has received a 40-year sentence in a Germantown home invasion in 2015. Kevin Darnell Carroll helped place a GPS tracker on the car of a man he'd watched win at Baltimore's Horseshoe Casino. Carroll and another man learned the gambler lived in Germantown and broke into the home, according to prosecutors. The burglars tied up two children inside the home and left with $6,000 and an iPhone, police said. Carroll was charged with home invasion, armed robbery and first-degree assault. [WTOP]

Senate delays confirmation of nominee for U.S. attorney in Maryland

Senate Republicans are asking for more information before approving President Donald Trump's nominee to be the U.S. attorney in Maryland. The legislators have delayed Robert K. Hur's confirmation until they get answers to questions about Robert Mueller's probe into Russian interference in the election. Hur of Silver Spring is a former assistant U.S. attorney in Maryland and in recent months has worked in the Justice Department. Hur works for Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein, who named Mueller to lead the investigation. [Baltimore Sun]

Local filmmaker earns accolades for documentary

A Silver Spring filmmaker is getting recognized for his documentary, "Dear Everyone, Sincerely, Virgin Island." Trey Carswell spent three months shooting the film about conditions on the Virgin Islands after Category 5 hurricanes had ravaged it. U.S. Del. Stacey Plaskett, a Democrat from the islands, has praised Carswell for the documentary. Carswell is founder of M'oonk Films Devoted, a production company based in Silver Spring. [Washington Business Journal]

Local nonprofit honored for giving foster children care bags

A Rockville nonprofit wants to make sure foster children no longer have to carry their belongings in trash bags. Children often end up using garbage bags when they move from one foster home to another. To prevent this from happening, the group Comfort Cases gives children across the country bags of blankets, shampoo, stuffed animals, books and more. The group was recognized by the county, which declared Tuesday "No More Trash Bags for Children Living in Foster Care Day." [NBC4]

Sunshine, chilly temperatures expected for Friday

The area could see scattered flurries in the morning, but the skies will be mostly sunny throughout the day. Temperatures are expected to climb into the mid-40s, according to the National Weather Service. Overnight, lows will be around 28 degrees.

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