ROCKVILLE – Montgomery County Emergency officials are trying to understand what errors took place that caused firefighters to be sent to the wrong location.
According to a press release issued by the Montgomery County Police (MCP) on Dec. 9, the Montgomery County Emergency Communications Center (911) received a call on Dec. 6 at 10:18 p.m. requesting help for smoke at a residence located at 2005 Prichard Road in Wheaton.
The operator misunderstood and entered the address as 2005 Piccard Drive in Rockville as they continued to talk to the caller.
Firefighters arrived at 10:25 p.m. to find nothing was going on at the Rockville address.
The operator asked the caller to verify the address, and it was confirmed that the address provided was incorrect, officials said. The caller and the operator spoke for 10 minutes as emergency information and instructions were being provided.
Six minutes later, at 10:31 p.m., firefighters arrived at the correct address in Wheaton and were able to stop a fire that began on the second floor of the home. Everyone was safely removed from the house and provided medical treatment.
“This incident is still under review, and appropriate actions will be taken to mitigate the chances of such an error occurring in the future,” according to the statement.
Pedestrian dies in collision
Montgomery County Police (MCP) are investigating a car accident that killed a pedestrian in Silver Spring on Dec. 9.
According to police officials, a 1990 Chevrolet USPS mail truck that was being driven by Thanh Van Cao, 57, of Gaithersburg, was traveling westbound on University Boulevard when it hit Rita Jo Sultan, 81, of Silver Spring. Sultan was attempting to cross University Boulevard.
Officers and medical personnel arrived at approximately 6:46 p.m. once they received a call for a personal injury collision involving an adult female pedestrian. Sultan was pronounced dead at the scene. Cao remained at the site and was not injured in the accident. Police closed off the area surrounding the incident as they investigated the scene.
The Collision Reconstruction Unit is investigating the accident. No charges have been filed as of Dec. 10.
Court date set for Silver Spring man with alleged cockfighting charges
A court date has been set for a Silver Spring man that is accused of hosting 100 chickens on a Burtonsville property for cockfighting.
Raymond Romig, 59, of Clement Place in Silver Spring, was arrested on Nov. 26 and charged with 22 counts of aggravated cruelty to animals after MCP Animal Services Division officers found evidence of possible cockfighting during a routine pet licensing call on Nov. 18. He made bond on Dec. 2 and his court scheduling date is set for Jan. 14 according to online case records.
Officials say that during the call, multiple roosters were found individually housed with their combs and wattles removed. A warrant was issued on Nov. 21 with animal services seizing 100 roosters and hens that displayed physical evidence related to possible cockfighting.
If found guilty, Romig could face three years in prison or a fine of up to $5,000 or both, for each count.