Judge Denies Request To Drop Charges Against Silver Spring Man Accused of Plotting Terrorist Attack

Judge Denies Request To Drop Charges Against Silver Spring Man Accused of Plotting Terrorist Attack

Ocasio-Cortez fights Total Wine expansion in her district; Three charged with robbing Churchill High student over vape materials

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Judge declines to drop charges against Silver Spring Coast Guard officer

Christopher Hasson, a Coast Guard lieutenant accused of plotting a terrorist attack, will be prosecuted on charges of unlawful possession of firearm silencers, possession of firearms by an unlawful drug user and possession of a controlled substance.

Hasson, 50, of Silver Spring, was arrested in February after federal authorities say he stockpiled weapons and created an enemies list of people to target in a “mass casualty event,” driven by white supremacist views.

Hasson’s attorneys had asked that the firearm silencer and drug charges be dropped, but U.S. District Judge George J. Hazel denied the request Friday. Hasson’s trial is scheduled for next month. [Washington Post]

Ocasio-Cortez opposes Total Wine expansion in her district

U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) is fighting to prevent the Bethesda-based retailer Total Wine & More from opening a location in her Queens, N.Y., district in the neighborhood of College Point.

The applicant for the store is Michelle Trone, the daughter of U.S. Rep. David Trone (D-Md.), who co-owns the chain. [New York Post]

Three charged with robbing Churchill High student over vape materials

Three people are accused of robbing a Winston Churchill High School student at gunpoint in Potomac this month over THC vaping pods.

Police said the student told them three men in a silver Honda Accord pointed a handgun at him and stole his backpack on Sept. 12. A patrol officer spotted the car and arrested the three men.

Police found that, besides the contents of the backpack the student described, it also contained multiple THC vape pods. [WJLA]

Fight ends Paint Branch-Springbrook football game early

Friday’s varsity football game between Paint Branch and Springbrook was ended early when a large fight broke out.

Two people were charged with assault and disorderly conduct. No injuries were reported.

A Springbrook football Twitter account said the game was called “due to disturbances in the crowd,” with Paint Branch ahead 50-6. [Washington Post]

Beer spills on Beltway after truck crashes

Several lanes of traffic were shut down early Sunday morning on the outer loop of the Beltway near the University Boulevard exit in Silver Spring when a truck carrying 4,000 pounds worth of canned beer struck a guardrail.

The crash, which happened around 4 a.m. Sunday, caused beer and rolling cans to spill into the acceleration lane, according to Maryland State Police. The truck driver was taken to a local hospital. The extent of his injuries was unknown. [WTOP]


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