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Morning Notes

By Aaron Kraut

Friday - 8/9/2013, 9:15am  ET

Photo by Abigail Reid

Caddies On Melrose? — Plats from 1894 show a slightly different Woodmont Triangle than today. Cordell Avenue was Melrose Avenue, Woodmont Avenue was Arlington Avenue and most of the area was likely vacant lots. [via tracktwentynine]

Second Man Pleads Guilty To String Of Smash-And-Grab Robberies — Walter Douglas, 34, of D.C. pleaded guilty on Thursday to a role in the string of smash-and-grabs at high-end area stores, including in April at the Cartier store in Chevy Chase. Douglas acknowledged he was the getaway driver for that robbery, though he took part in many of the other robberies. Douglas is the second of the group to plead guilty to the federal robbery charges. He said the group hit stores as far away as Richmond and suburban Philadelphia for a take of between $800,000 and $1.5 million in jewelry, watches and handbags. [Washington Post]

Montgomery County Public Libraries Launches New Website — MCPL launched a redesigned website that includes a library catalog search on the header of each page, downloadable e-books and audiobooks, online renewal and holds of library materials and a “How do I…” section for frequently asked questions. [MCPL]

Police Looking For Citizen Academy Participants — The Montgomery County Police Department is accepting applications for its Citizen Academy, which offers 18 night courses in traffic law, investigating major crimes, drug identification and a number of other policing topics. The idea is for citizens to be more aware of what the police department does and how it operates. The courses start in September and run each Tuesday night. Participants can tour the Montgomery County Detention Center and go on a ride-along with a police officer. [MCP]

Photo by Abigail Reid