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30 Reasons Why People Should Be Getting Really Nervous About The State Of The U.S. Economy

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The mainstream media is full of happy economic news these days.  The S&P 500 has shot up 16 percent since the beginning of July.  Ford Motor Company just reported a profit that jumped nearly 70 percent in the third quarter.  It was Ford’s best third quarter performance ever and it was the 6th quarterly profit in a row for the company.  Other major firms have announced earnings that have far exceeded expectations in recent weeks.  Hooray!  The pundits are proclaiming that the economic collapse is over and that the U.S. economy has won.  It is almost enough to make one tear into a stirring rendition of “Happy Days Are Here Again”.  But perhaps we should take a moment and get a hold of ourselves first.  After all, the underlying economic fundamentals have not changed.  The same long-term trends that were ripping the U.S. financial system apart a month or two ago are still continuing to do so.  Millions upon millions of American families are still deeply suffering.  So exactly what in the world is going on here?  Well, this is what is known as a “sucker’s rally”.  Those on the inside know better than to throw money at this market.  In fact, corporate insiders are now selling off stock so fast you would think it is going out of style.  Meanwhile, hordes of innocent rubes are jumping back into the stock market thinking that it is the perfect time to get in. 

The truth is that these “good times” are only temporary.  Don’t get used to them.  The following are 30 reasons why people should be getting really, really nervous about the state of the U.S. economy…. 

#1 Corporate insiders are selling off stock at a blinding pace and are looking for the exits.  Alan Newman, the editor of the Crosscurrents newsletter, examined a number of the top performing stocks in the market including Google, Apple and Target and found that the ratio of corporate insider stock sold to corporate insider stock purchased over the last six months for those companies was 3,177 to 1.  At the group of firms that Newman looked at, corporate insiders had purchased 38,000 shares of stock over the last six months and yet had sold off over 120 million shares.

#2 Analysts at both Bank of America and Goldman Sachs both believe that the U.S. Federal Reserve is going to initiate a new round of quantitative easing in November.  It does not take a genius to figure out that this is very likely to push up inflation and have very serious consequences for the U.S. dollar.

#3 Economists at Goldman Sachs are projecting that the Fed will have to purchase at least $4 trillion in assets during this next round of quantitative easing to get the U.S. economy moving in a positive direction once again.

#4 In the United States today, there are 5,057 janitors with Ph.D.’s, other doctorates, or professional degrees.

#5 Investors have very little faith in the U.S. dollar (and in paper currencies in general) at this point.  Precious metals are soaring to obscene heights.  The price of gold has increased more than 20 percent in 2010.  The price of silver has skyrocketed about 40 percent this year.  These are not signs that indicate that the U.S. financial system is stable.

#6 Robin Griffiths, a technical strategist at Cazenove Capital, told CNBC on Monday that the U.S. dollar is in danger of becoming “toxic waste”.

#7 In the United States today, 317,000 waiters and waitresses have college degrees.

#8 U.S. lending institutions repossessed an all-time record total of 102,134 homes in the month of September.  That was the first time that home repossessions in the U.S. had ever exceeded the 100,000 mark during a single month.

#9 According to a Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller home price report that was released on Tuesday, single family home prices in the United States declined  for a second straight month in August.

#10 In the United States today, over 18,000 parking lot attendants have college degrees.

#11 During the months of August and September, the state of Nevada had an unemployment rate of 14.4 percent, which was the highest in the history of the state.  Not that the rest of the country is doing any better.  The state of California has become a complete and total economic disaster zone, and the city of Detroit, Michigan is literally dying.

#12 The “official” unemployment rate in the United States has been at nine and a half percent or above for 14 consecutive months.

#13 The number of people unemployed in the state of California is approximately equivalent to the populations of Nevada, New Hampshire and Vermont combined.

#14 According to the president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, there are approximately 3 million more vacant housing units than usual in the United States.

#15 China has reduced the export quota on rare earth elements for the second half of 2010 by 72%, thus strengthening their position in the world economy even more.  Rare earth elements are absolutely crucial to the manufacture of a vast array of high technology products, and now even more of them will have to be made in China.

#16 In 1985, the U.S. trade deficit with China was 6 million dollars for the entire year.  In the month of August alone, the U.S. trade deficit with China was over 28 billion dollars.

#17 Wheat, corn and other staples are absolutely soaring in price on world markets.  These higher food prices are going to hit U.S. consumers hard.

#18 In 2007, 3 U.S. banks failed.  In 2008, 25 U.S. banks failed.  In 2009, 140 U.S. banks failed.  Last Friday, it was announced that 139 U.S. banks have failed so far this year and it is not even the end of October yet.

#19 Total student loan debt in the United States is climbing at a rate of approximately $2,853.88 per second.

#20 Back in 1980, the United States imported approximately 37 percent of  the oil that we use.  Now we import nearly 60 percent of the oil that we use.

#21 According to an analysis by the Congressional Joint Committee on Taxation, the health care reform legislation that Congress didn’t read but passed into law anyway will generate $409.2 billion in additional taxes on the American people by the year 2019.

#22 Median household income in the U.S. declined from $51,726 in 2008 to $50,221 in 2009.  That was the second yearly decline in a row.

#23 One out of every six Americans is now enrolled in a government anti-poverty program, and yet the number of Americans signing up for food stamps and other social programs just continues to set new all-time records month after month after month.

#24 The number of Americans working part-time jobs “for economic reasons” is now the highest it has been in at least five decades.

#25 American 15-year-olds do not even rank in the top half of all advanced nations when it comes to math or science literacy.

#26 According to a recent poll conducted by CNBC, 92 percent of Americans believe that the performance of the U.S. economy is either “fair” or “poor”.

#27 After analyzing Congressional Budget Office data, Boston University economics professor Laurence J. Kotlikoff came to the conclusion that the U.S. government is now facing a “fiscal gap” of $202 trillion dollars.

#28 A trillion $10 bills, if they were taped end to end, would wrap around the earth more than 380 times.  That amount of money would still not be enough to pay off the U.S. national debt.

#29 According to the U.S. Treasury Department, the U.S. national debt is rapidly closing in on 14 trillion dollars and and will climb to an estimated $19.6 trillion by 2015.

#30 At our current pace, the Congressional Budget Office is projecting that U.S. government public debt will hit 716 percent of GDP by the year 2080.

The U.S. economy is in the midst of a long-term decline.  There are always going to be moments when it seems like things are getting a bit better, but then reality will kick in and the depressing slide will continue.

If you really want to understand what is happening to the U.S. economy, do not become fixated on the short-term numbers.  Instead, always keep an eye on the long-term trends.

The U.S. economy is dying.  We are getting whipped by the rest of the world and we are drowning in a sea of debt.  A little rally in the stock market is not going to do a thing to fix our very deep fundamental economic problems.

  • Mike…there are no “innocent rubes”

    Individual, retail investors have been fleeing this market in droves to the tune of 80 billion in outflows in the past 6 months.

    Like you, I couldn’t figure out who is buying this market and why it is going up.

    The answer is Permanent Open Market Operations or POMO. The FED buys existing and maturing treasuries from member banks. Banks then use that money to buy stock. This is occurring because of the repeal of Glass Steagall.

    The only thing trading this market is high frequency trading algorithms, banks, foreign investors, retirement accounts and institutional investors. In fact, it may continue to ramp up as long as the FED continues POMO. ZeroHedge has been a great resource in demystifying the stock market. All of the FEDs paper flood has to go somewhere. With the housing market collapsed, the employment market collapsed, I couldn’t fig out who was buying. I am satisfied now. The market is completely off the rails and has no predictive value. I invite anybody who disagrees to enlighten me.

    This is a game that relies on greed. The best way to play this game, is not to play at all.

    I’ve written about it a little bit…just click^^my name.

  • I am never optimistic about the US economy, but this sounds a bit… too scary, I suppose?

    Also sprach Analyst

  • I’d say that I can’t wait for people to take to the streets but Americans have become way to docile now. We accept our fate like cows going to the slaughter.

  • CJFYuma

    I can only comprehend the magnitude of this rapid decline, since 2008, in the nation’s economy, in the context of Bible prophecy. Otherwise, I don’t have any rational explanation for it. This recession, and purported “jobless” recovery, doesn’t fit the pattern of previous post-WWII recessions and recoveries at all. It is indeed truly unique, “prophetic” in nature.

    Why “prophetic”? Because the United States economy, and government, is prophesied to collapse before the 7-year “Tribulation Period” mentioned in the book of Daniel and Revelation begins. The U.S. must collapse in order for Satan’s NWO government to become the next world superpower by proxy. This NWO government will replace all fiat currencies with personal, implanted electronic chips used for all economic transactions.

    Furthermore, Christ’s own words in Matt. 24:34 (Parable of Fig Tree) point to His Second Coming sometime in 2018, with the “Tribulation” beginning 7 years beforehand (2011).

    The collapse of America coincides with the beginning of the 7-year Tribulation, according to leading theological interpretations of these prophecies. Could this be the prophetic time of the U.S. economic collapse, and the beginning of the Tribulation period, starting in 2011?

    Can someone offer me another, rational explanation for this tumultuous decline in America occuring right now? In the meantime, I’ll keep my Bible, U.S. Constitution, and firearms handy as we enter this unprecedented period of history.

  • #31 Fewer stocks are making new highs. There is also evidence that the Federal Reserve has been propping up the stock market.

    #32 The National Debt is already over $200 trillion according to the Congressional Budget Office. It will not be possible to prevent an economic collapse.

    #33 In the near future, the US government will have to reduce spending. Unless our manufacturing jobs start coming back from Communist China, unemployment will exceed 33 percent.

  • @rehab. Nobody “accepts” anything, except debt-financed gov’t chex.

  • jox

    rehab, it is the same here in Spain. People are too docile. And the same in Portugal, Italy or UK.

    I think this is because there are no clear alternatives in the classic political parties. But I believe that soon we are going to see new leaders from outside the system, able to canalize all the rage.

    Depending on the personality of those leaders, it can become dangerous.

  • The population in the developed world are suffering due to the hangover from excessive borrowings from lenders who lent to anyone on the street to maximise their own bonuses.

    The problems have been compounded by Outsourcing

    and Rampant Speculation allowed in all the exchanges.

    The problems are hereto stay as till date no one in the political arena has even acknowledged the problems let alone find solution to them.

  • “Happy Days Will Be Here Again” when ALL elected and non-elected goverment (so-called)
    “Servants of The People” keep their grimy hands off of America’s economy and let the economy go down to a natural bottom! Because the sooner the economy gets to a natural bottom, the sooner America’s economy will get back on top again! Washington printing lots of new money is not the answer! The problem was that prices were rising historically from 1983 to 2007 and we are ALL paying for those crazy years with this Depression now. We had an inflation high about the year 2005, we need a deflation low now. If we get it by the year 2015 the economy will finally start turning around for real!

  • Joe Palooka

    Corruption is rampant, and not just economic. Wall street has destroyed the economy, with the assistance of politicians. Hollywood has destroyed the morality of the country, with the assistance of politicians. The news media has brainwashed the last two generations of students, who are now the news media. Everything that made America great has and is under attack. America is the last, and only true light in this world made by hell, and when the light goes out due to the thousands of forms of corruption everywhere and within all, so goes the world. War will follow and with it all maner of disease and death. However, there are still many millions of core Americans who love what is right and get up to go to work, any work, each day. If only we could harness all this energy and take back our country. Sadly, hell’s emissaries such as Soros and others have so much money they can buy the loyalty of those who have it in them to accept such payoffs, at the expense of our country and world. Suggested web site to learn the art of spiritual and mental self-defense against this onslaught:

  • Pete Bromley

    The interesting statistics have to do with the chronically underemployed. A college degree,unless it is in engineering or nursing or math/science education,or accounting,is pretty much a waste of time and money.I graduated with honors with a dual degree in Political science and history back in 1988,and other than needing to have a degree to become a Marine Officer,I’ve never used it.
    A much more practical approach to life would be to encourage young people to learn a vocational skill,and quit pushing college for those other than the academically gifted.I worked in sales for years,and finally got into a program that allowed me to become a board certified hearing instrument specialist;Distance learning program and a one year apprenticeship to make 6 figures,no college necessary.Common sense goes a long way when choosing training for your vocation,and liberal arts is a waste.

  • I absolutely agree with rehab – a near collapse is not enough to shake people here awake. Americans are drugged out on consumerism and so long as there’s a cheap chinese “fix” they can buy at the walmart next door they don’t want to wake up from the American Dream.

  • markytom

    Tax revenues continue to go down dramatically yet defense spending continues to increase. The US military budget makes up almost half of the entire world’s defense spending. The last month’s durable goods orders report came in positive thank’s to increases in military spending – otherwise it would have been a negative print. How much longer can the US mask the “recovery” by increasing defense spending?

  • Another excellent article!!! The American people have been to passive for way to long!!! What’s it going to take to wake people up? Most American have totally forgot about American history and the cost of freedom!!! Paul Revere and our forefathers would be appalled at the passiveness this country has turned too!!! Wake up people before they come take everything you and family have!!! I’m thankful for the personal research and investigation that this article provides to help people see the reality of life!!!

  • Highschooler

    Even worse is that we are on the edge of ecological collapse as well. Ground level ozone is killing plants worldwide. If we allow o3 to do this a depression will be the least of our concerns. Here is a collection of links and studies about the dangers of o3.

  • tommer

    If we would start drilling for our own oil we could put thousands of people back to work

  • Even though energy prices were included, they should have been the top reason. Triple digit oil barrel prices brought us this recession, and will double up the next one. Energy spike prices have preceded every major recession in US history, and the 2008 crash was preceded by the highest oil barrel prices yet at $147 a barrel. Pay attention to oil, because not only will it crash us, but the end of cheap energy is here, so economic decline is just the beginning of a much broader and deeper cultural and lifestyle decline. Of course, we can look at this as a good thing, seen in the right light.

  • mondobeyondo

    You are exactly right. A “sucker’s rally” is exactly what this is.

    The same thing happened after the stock market crash in October 1929. The market slowly gained during 1930, and those investors who didn’t lose their shirts, gradually began to get back in the market. Perhaps the crash was just a cruel fluke. Then the market plunged to rock bottom in late 1931 and 1932. Those investors lost their pants, hats, and underwear, not to mention their houses and farms.

    It’s happening again. The stock market, injected with morphine, um, quantitative easing, will shoot upwards. Naive people will jump in, anticipating big profits. The happy faced MSM will trumpet “Dow Wow Wow”, “Record Profits for Company X,” etc.

    And then the bottom will fall out.

    “Soup kitchens and bread lines, as far as the eye can see
    So tonight we’re gonna party like it’s 1933”

  • Snipped this to bolster my earlier argument. Who’s buying stock and propping that mess up?

  • Michael

    I wonder how Ford caould post a 70 percent profit. Auto sales are at a 28 year low. It’s either accounting fraud, or they are getting money from the government.

  • sharonsj

    How come we understand that the Wall Street rallies have no connection to our finding jobs, but the government doesn’t? I have always refused to buy stocks and bonds because I will not give my money to those thieves. Instead I own things of value. When everything falls apart, I can still find somebody who will buy or barter for the antiques and the jewelry. And if things don’t fall apart, I can still find somebody who will buy my stuff. I can’t lose.

    Meanwhile, what the country needs is an immediate program like the WPA during the great depression. It wasn’t only shovel-ready construction, it was also art and culture. But the Dems are too cowardly and the Repubs will only block it. In fact, if the Repubs take control, you can also kiss any sanity goodbye.

  • mondobeyondo

    #4 and #7 are downright scary.

    If you are a waiter or waitress, 17 years old and in high school…do everything you can to keep your job. Many people twice your age, and with three times the experience, are fighting for your job. Besides, you’ll be better off in the long run, than the out of work 40-50-year old professionals you’re serving.

  • Russell

    Congress needs to replace our national debt with a fixed amount of debt-free money and outlaw government borrowing and fractional reserve lending by private banks! The key to sovereignty is for the people, through Congress, to create their own debt-free money and control its quantity. See Bill Still’s excellent documentary, the Secret of Oz, free on youtube and SPREAD THE WORD!! Otherwise, get used to serfdom.

  • Number Geek

    Actually a trillion $10 bills taped end to end would encircle the earth 3891 times. The height of a stack of 100 billion $100 bills would be about 6786 miles with a weight of about 102,000 tons. The weight of the current national debt in $100 bills is about 140,000 tons!

  • Mike

    “Something Wicked This Way Comes” is a typrical example of the white trash uneducated people brain washed by fox news. They think Bush was right and anytime the rich do not get their way it is communism. They will give all the money to the top 2% and let everyone starve.

    These right wing nut jobs are nore dangerous than the Al Queda. They use fear to spread foolish policies only benrfiting the rich.

  • Gary

    amen Mike-well said.

  • The ones about all the college degreed people working at entry level jobs is kind of missing the point. Not all college degrees are the same. There is a big difference between a BS in chemistry and a BA in political science.

  • Matt R

    @Mike: If what Bush did was so wrong (it was), why is it okay for Obama to do the same thing times three? Just curious.

  • ALEX

    MIKE – YOU ARE 100% RIGHT!!!!



  • Mike, you are only 1/2 right. CBS, MSNBC, etc also are just as guilty along with the democrats. It’s not only white trash, but uneducated and complacent trash of all races that have been brainwashed by ALL of the mainstream media. Obama is just as bad or worse than Bush. All of them are bad for our nation and it’s citizens. All of the parties.

  • Randy

    Alex; per Russel Means in an interview, “if voting could change anything . . .it would be illegal”

  • David

    Another reason, your government is making stuff up!
    Yemen plot = fake terror

    It is not even real! More proof that the white house whether republican or democrat controlled just wants the american people to not think about the real problems we face!

  • It is ironic that people in 3rd world countries in South America will take to the streets in protest rising prices, reduced pensions, etc. but citizens of the USA will not. I often wonder why.

    I see that most countries in South America are doing just fine, ie Brazil, Peru and Chile and have a rapidly growing middle class while the USA is doing the opposite and the middle class is disappearing and the gap between rich and poor keeps increasing.

  • cathy

    All societies have a time line. They flourish,
    decline, and disappear. Maybe ours is just following that progression, and when the time comes to start over, hopefully we will have learned something from past mistakes. Plan on
    things being really painful from now until 2013.

  • Tructor man

    If “fighting in the streets” happens, it won’t be the “people” against the “banks/capitalists/Fed”– it will be desperate folks shooting at other desperate folks. W Americans are the most armed populace in history. Hooray for the 2nd Amendment(!) It’s time to buy the Kevlar.

  • m

    We have been fluoridated into submission and nothing will happen until bread and circuses end.

    This is all purposely caused by CORRUPT politicians accepting “campaign contributions” from corporations, special interests, foreign governments and rich crazies.

    Let the TREASON trials begin.

  • m


  • Nick L NYC

    More alarmist thinking. What about personal responsibility especially for all these college kids?? Instead of sucking the teat of mom & dad while in school maybe they can ‘work’ and at least have some experience.

    A college degree is no longer a direct entitlement to a 100K a year entry level job sorry to say. Only a few will get job offers on Wall Street and be able to pay Manhattan rents,

  • Nick is right. A college degree is no guarantee of anything these days.

  • Did someone just say “Vote” to bring about change? WOW! You still just don’t ‘get it’. When has voting ever changed anything? You are in for a rude awakening, the things that are about to happen in this country no ‘vote’ can stop. The economy is going to collapse so prepare yourself for serious change that this country will NEVER recover from. These are the last days and we are entering into a “New Age”. Expect mass rioting and chaos really, really soon. They have orchestrated all of these events with their own hands to bring about the downfall.

    These people are not your friends, you run out and vote for these satan-worshipers who bow down to owls/satan and you expect some great change?

    Time to wake up!

  • KeepYourrRosariesOffMyOvaries

    You know I can never figure out why crazy christian radical extremists get this economic stuff right but then try to force their religion on everybody too. Like Rand Paul, I might have liked him except he wants to own my body and force me to have the child of a rapist. He is NOT a liberatarian, Libertarians do not try to tell people what to do with their own bodies. I don’t believe in the bible so to say that they present a “rational” alternative explanation of these events is as persuasive as telling me the telephone directory explained it to you. Do you know how crazy you sound????

    Governments are suppressing gold and silver prices for a very simple reason, they don’t want ANY real alternative to the paper fiat currencies that they control. People on their own are making gold and silver once again the currency of choice all over the world and that makes them very nervous. They HAVE to prevent a real alternative money system or their economies will all collapse when they are replaced by gold/silver. So they keep the prices low by selling gold and silver that DOESN’T EXIST. Anybody who thinks they own gold and silver but didn’t take physical posession is going to get a nasty shock when they try to redeem their worthless paper gold and silver.

  • KeepYourrRosariesOffMyOvaries

    Nobody is going to believe that there is an urgent necessity to turn to real money (gold/silver/copper) when the prices are still so low. People are turning to metals faster than they can keep pretending to sell it with these fake “certificates of ownership” thus the prices are rising.

    In my personal opinion, Atlas is Shrugging and if you haven’t made your own plans to get to a remote enough location that you don’t get overrun by refugees from the large cities desperately trying to find food enough to stay alive, you are probably not going to be safe.

    We are going back to the time when land is the basis of wealth (food, wood for heat, etc.) and just so the jesus brigade knows – I shoot too, so don’t try to tell me what to do with my land or my body. I don’t understand why those who claim to love the constitution cannot seem to grasp the concept of leaving people alone and not forcing their chrstian extremism on others. That is not what america is about – keep your religion to yourself.

  • Rick

    This is not a result in a single issue, rather this the combination of our greed. We want more and more we get. We wanted higher wages and we got them. We wanted cheap energy and we got it. We wanted cheap food and we got it. To get to this we created a global market that weakened us to the point that we just now seeing the results of our decisions over the last 50 years. You may say that we or I did not decided to have what we have now. Consider every time you pulled the lever to vote and returned to the capital those career politicians you decided to keep them deciding to vote our country, our jobs and our children away. You say that it is their fault not mine, well who placed them into office. Think about every time you pick something off the shelf and it says made in China, think about how many American jobs were lost so that you could a cheap product. Or when you drive your foreign car to get cheap fuel, what is the cost? Where we are now is a direct result of our decisions or lack there of. We do not have to take the mark of beast we already have sold ourselves to the new world order.

  • TheTruth

    It cracks me up the way the neo-liberals get all worked up about ‘tax cuts for the rich’ and how the rich receive the majority of tax cuts and the poor get little or none. Here’s a news flash… the poor don’t pay taxes!! The bottom 46% of wage earners in the USA don’t pay taxes!! You can’t cut taxes for people who don’t pay taxes!! Guess who pays the poor’s fair share? Yep, the other 54%.

  • Jason

    Folks the truth is that Jesus Christ is coming back for those who love Him. All of the disasters around the world are going to very quickly culminate into one of the single most important moments in time. The return of God in the flesh here on Earth, Jesus. You will either be prepared for this return or not up to you. These recent world wide pains are to draw you away from the worldly natures and hopefully bring us closer to the spiritual purpose of our existence. Like it or not a real and true change is quickly coming our way. A change towards love, a change towards the heart of Jesus. We need God now more then ever, see the signs of the times and put your faith in Jesus(: Praying for us all….

  • Maryland Community News

    Published: Wednesday, March 7, 2012
    County police reports
    The following is a summary of incidents in Rockville to which the Montgomery County Police responded recently and that crime and terrorism are up due to the bad economy and declining morale among the police departments.

    1st District
    Strong-arm robbery

    * On Feb. 19 at 1:02 a.m. at Howard Avenue and North Stonestreet in Rockville. The five robbers forcefully removed property from the victims.

    Vehicle larceny
    * 4000 block of Sampson Road in Silver Spring, at 8:57 p.m. Feb. 14. A 22-year-old man from Silver Spring was arrested.

    * 100 block of Beall Avenue in Rockville, between 9 p.m. Feb. 15 and 4:30 a.m. Feb. 16. Parts taken from a vehicle.

    * 400 block of Elmcroft Boulevard in Rockville, at 11:45 p.m. Feb. 21. A 25-year-old man was arrested.

    Commercial burglary

    * Gude Deli, 14809 Southlawn Lane in Rockville, at 10:15 p.m. Feb. 17. Attempted forced entry, nothing taken. A 27-year-old homeless man was arrested.

    * Safeway, 1902 Veirs Mill Road in Rockville, at 3:38 a.m. Feb. 20. Unknown entry, unknown if anything taken.

    * Hilton, 1750 Rockville Pike in Rockville, between 10:15 p.m. and 11:20 p.m. Feb. 17. Forced entry, property taken.

  • Maryland Community News

    Published: Wednesday, March 7, 2012
    County police to focus on Montgomery Village crime by Alex Ruoff
    Staff Writer

    In response to increased complaints about crime in Montgomery Village, county officials say they plan to expand police efforts in the area since that crime is going up and that many residents have soon moved out and leaving the empty apartments vulnerable to vandals and squatters coming in to trash the places and set them on fire to terrorize the complexes.

    Councilman Craig Rice (D-Dist. 2) of Germantown said Montgomery County police will begin a “comprehensive approach” to respond to the increase in crime in Montgomery Village late last year that includes altering police patrols and expanding police presence there.

  • Maryland Community News

    Published: Thursday, March 8, 2012
    Suspected MS-13 gang members charged with raping girl, 17, in Gaithersburg by Jeremy Arias
    Staff Writer

    Two suspected MS-13 gang members charged with raping a 17-year-old girl in Gaithersburg last month were ordered held without bond in court this week and police say that MS-13 is a protege’ of al-Qaeda operatives along with the SUR-13 and the Latin Kings gangs.

    Carlos Dominguez, 17, of Silver Spring, was arrested Tuesday and is being charged as an adult. Police also arrested Jose Portillo, 20, of Gaithersburg, on Thursday in relation to the crime, which took place in an abandoned house at 599 Pelican Ave. on Feb. 18.

  • Maryland Community News

    Published: Thursday, February 16, 2012
    Man arrested for robbing Rockville adult store admits to Kentlands robberies by Jen Bondeson
    Staff Writer

    A North Bethesda man who was arrested Saturday after robbing an adult toy store in Rockville has admitted to two robberies that occured last month in the Kentlands neighborhood of Gaithersburg, according to Montgomery County Police.

    Police arrested Ramon Michael Gunn, 25, of the 11400 block of Rockville Pike, shortly after 10:45 p.m. Saturday, Night Dreams,11550 Rockville Pike, was robbed, police said.

    Gunn walked into the store, showed what appeared to be a handgun to employees, and demanded and received cash, police said. He was walking to his car, which he had parked on a side street, when police arrested him.

    Upon arrest, officers found the cash Gunn had stolen, a black pellet gun and a black mask, police said.

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