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The Blotter: The Blotter: 2 sentenced in Thomas embezzlement

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Local,Crime,Scott McCabe,Naomi Jagoda

Girl, man shot in MontCo home invasion

A teenage girl and a man were shot during a home invasion robbery in the Aspen Hill area early Thursday.

Montgomery County police said two burglars forced their way into a home on the 13000 block of Freeland Road about 12:30 a.m., and demanded money from the people in the home. During the encounter, a 14-year-old girl was shot in the ankle and a 55-year-old man was shot in the upper body.

The culprits are described as white males who are both between the ages of 20 and 25.

Both victims were transported to area hospitals and are expected to survive.

2 sentenced in Thomas embezzlement

Two former leaders of a nonprofit have been sentenced for looking the other way as former D.C. Councilman Harry Thomas Jr. embezzled nearly $400,000 in taxpayer money meant for youth programs.

Marshal Banks and James Garvin, of the Langston in the 21st Century Foundation, were sentenced Thursday to three years of supervised probation and ordered to pay full restitution for helping conceal the misuse of $392,000 in grants from the D.C. government.

Banks and Garvin were among five people to plead guilty to charges in an ongoing investigation into activities involving Thomas, who was sentenced last year to 38 months in prison for stealing $353,000 in public money.

Pedestrian killed by school bus

A 55-year-old man has been struck and killed by Montgomery County school bus, officials said.

The incident took place shortly before 6:30 a.m. Thursday near the intersection of Clopper and Firstfield roads in Gaithersburg.

The pedestrian, George Pezdirtz III, was crossing Clopper Road outside of a crosswalk when he was hit by the bus, Montgomery County police spokeswoman Angela Cruz said.

Pezdirtz, who lives near where he was struck, died at the scene.

The school bus' driver was the vehicle's only occupant at the time of the crash.

-- Scott McCabe

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