By Patch Staff
A roundup of recent stories from the 49 Patch sites around Maryland:
Police Suspect Crime Ring in Verizon Store Robberies
At least three robberies of cell phone stores in Anne Arundel County may have been the work of a crew that has struck stores all over the region, police said.
Former Anne Arundel County Exec Will Serve 30 Days Jail Time
John Leopold was sentenced Thursday to two years in jail with all but 60 days suspended.
Biden's Press Office Apologizes for Bullying Student Reporter at Rockville Event
Vice President Joe Biden’s press secretary apologized to a Capital News Service reporter and the Philip Merrill College of Journalism Wednesday after a press office staffer demanded the reporter delete photos taken at an event in Rockville. The CNS article is at Rockville Patch.
Silver Spring: Where the Young Folks Live
If you're an adult under the age of 34 in Montgomery County, there's a good chance you've chosen to live in Silver Spring, according to Census data analyzed by Greater Greater Washington. Read more on Silver Spring Patch.
Redistricting Council Boundaries Could Reshape Politics in Anne Arundel
Crofton would be moved to District 4, District 1 would have command over west county under a proposed redistricting.
First Cracker Barrel Coming to Anne Arundel
Crews are expected to break ground on the future site of the restaurant in the Linthicum area by the end of March.
Broadneck High Teacher Charged with 'Sexting' with Student
Police say the student was a minor at the time, but is now an adult.
Bethesda Restaurant Dubbed ‘Roof’
The restaurant planned to occupy the second floor and roof deck of a new commercial building in Bethesda has been dubbed ‘Roof.’ The owner of Tommy Joe’s is behind the new eatery. Read more on Bethesda Patch.
Bicyclist Dead After Car Collision
A 23-year-old man died Monday after he was hit by a car while riding his bike in downtown Silver Spring, police said. The cyclist's death marks the fifth pedestrian/bike fatality this year in Montgomery County. Read more on Silver Spring Patch.
Police: Construction Worker's Fatal Fall in Wheaton Ruled Accidental
Montgomery County police have identified the 31-year-old man from Beltsville who fell to his death at a construction site in Wheaton on March 8. A gust of wind caused the man to lose his footing, police said. Read more on Wheaton Patch.
County Planning Board Approves Kensington Design Guidelines
The Montgomery County Planning Board unanimously approved the Kensington Sector Plan's design guidelines, which illustrate the sector plan's recommendations and provide a framework for redevelopment of parts of Kensington. Read more on Kensington Patch
Person In Custody After Bus Stabbing At Shady Grove Metro Station
Police say suspect was 'yelling and acting erratically' before stabbing. Read more on Gaithersburg Patch.
Watkins Mill Student Struck By Vehicle Walking To School Tuesday
The student "was struck by a car as he was walking across Apple Ridge Road on the crosswalk adjacent to our school," principal Scott Murphy said. Read more on Montgomery Village Patch.
Report: $50M Shady Grove Arena Sketched By Developers
"A Taylor Swift concert could dominate the space one night, and a Disney show could take center stage the next night," developer William Askinazi said. Read more on Gaithersburg Patch.
Man Wanted in Nail Salon Shooting Surrenders
After an eight-month disappearance and a spot on America's Most Wanted, Tuan Minh Pham is in police custody.
Top School Zone Speeding Locations in Howard County
A new report released by the police department details how many tickets are issued by speed camera vans in locations around the county. We've used that data to figure out where the most tickets per hour were issued.
Carroll County Catholics 'Excited' for New Pope
Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio—to be named Francis—was elected as the new pope Wednesday, multiple media outlets report.
State's Attorney's Office to Decide if Officer in Taneytown Shooting Will Face Charges
The Maryland State police recently completed its investigation of the police-involved shooting in Taneytown in late December.
Senior Villages in Need of County-Level Coordination
As the number of senior neighbors-helping-neighbors "village" networks increases in Montgomery County, assistance at the county level could be of use in helping these virtual villages form and coordinate services. Read more on Chevy Chase Patch.
Potomac Resident Starts Gender Empowerment Camp for Teens in Thailand
Ji Kim, a Peace Corps volunteer from Potomac, is working to start a sexual health and gender empowerment training camp for high schools students in a community in Thailand. Read more on Potomac Patch.