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On Nov. 2 loved ones of people who have died of a drug overdose and people in recovery joined together at a town hall organized by the Maryland Opioid Operational Command Center and the county’s Department of Health and Human Services to discuss the opioid crisis.

Attendees shared their experiences and urged Montgomery County and state officials to create more access to treatment for young people.

“I was 10 when I started,” said one woman who introduced herself as Ashley. “I’m 29 now and, at most, I’ve had a year clean.”

Emily Keller, the state’s special secretary of opioid response spoke at the meeting and said that a state advisory council has made recommendations to Gov. Wes Moore (D) about youth treatment centers and officials heard attendees “loud and clear.” [WTOP]

According to the Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office (MCSAO), in August 2020, Marvin Frazier, 24, shot and paralyzed a 19-year-old victim at a recording studio in Gaithersburg. He also pistol whipped another victim at the studio, according to the MCSAO.

Frazier fled the scene and was apprehended in 2022, per MCSAO. Charging documents state that Frazier is a member of Black Mob and one of the victims is a member of a rival gang Hittsquad.


Per MCSAO, Frazier was sentenced to 40 years with all but 25 suspended, plus five years of supervised probation after release. In addition, he was already on probation for unrelated gun charges, which he has a hearing for in February 2024. [My MCM]

Chip City, a cookie shop with flavors like Pecan Pie, Sweet Potato S’mores, Pumpkin Spice Latte and White Chocolate Cranberry Oatmeal, just opened the doors to their Bethesda shop at 4939 Elm St. on Friday.

The New York-based cookie shop has 25 locations across the east coast and offers catering and nationwide shipping.


Chip City Bethesda is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday to Sunday. [The MoCo Show]

Today’s weather:

Partly cloudy with a high of 63 degrees.

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