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March 14, 2019 | Deirdre Byrne

North Potomac Ranked Nationally, Locally as Great Place to Live

The website Niche has ranked North Potomac as the 13th best U.S. suburb to raise a family, as well as the best place to live in Maryland. In an email, Jessica Hair, who works in media relations for Niche said, “North Potomac rose to #13 by excelling in factors like area public schools, cost of living, […]

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March 7, 2019 | Staff Writer

MVA Adding Staff, Hours to Ease REAL ID Burden

The Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration has added extra staff and hours at eight high-volume locations across the state to help motorists meet an Oct. 1, 2020, deadline to get federally-required REAL ID driver’s licenses or ID cards. The Montgomery County location for the extra hours is in Walnut Hill, in Gaithersburg. The others are in […]

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December 18, 2018 | Deirdre Byrne

Maryland Jesuits Release Names of Priests ‘Credibly Accused’ of Sexually Abusing Minors

The Maryland Province Jesuits released the names of 24 priests—former, deceased, and current Jesuits “no longer serving in ministry”—who were “credibly accused” of sexually abusing minors. In a letter, Fr. Robert M. Hussey, who oversees Maryland Province Jesuits said he apologized to the victims of the named priests. “We view the disclosure today of our shameful […]

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October 13, 2017 | Mitti Hicks

Boyfriend Indicted for Pregnant Teacher’s Death (VIDEO)

Tyler Tessier was indicted by a grand jury on Thursday for the death of Laura Wallen. Wallen, 31, was a teacher at Wilde Lake High School in Columbia.  Her family reported her missing and held a news conference at the Montgomery County Police Department’s headquarters in Gaithersburg. She was found dead just days later in a […]

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October 5, 2017 | Mitti Hicks

Community Still Mourning Slain Teacher (PHOTOS)

There is a hole in the lives of the Wilde Lake High School community following the death of their teacher and friend. But there was a sense of reassurance Wednesday night during a memorial service at the Wilde Lake Interfaith Center in Columbia, where hundreds of people gathered to celebrate the life of Laura Wallen. Wallen, […]

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September 14, 2017 | Mitti Hicks

Father of Killed Teacher: ‘Tessier is a Monster’ (VIDEOS)

It was not the ending the Wallen family hoped for. Just three days after pleading for the public’s help to find their missing daughter, the family fought back tears describing the man who has been accused of killing her. “He is a monster and he is a liar,” said Mark Wallen, describing Tyler Tessier. Tessier, […]

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September 13, 2017 | Douglas Tallman

Missing Teacher’s Boyfriend Charged With Her Murder (VIDEO)

The boyfriend of an Olney teacher, missing nine days, was arrested Wednesday afternoon and charged with her murder, police said Wednesday night. Tyler Tessier’s arrest follows the discovery, earlier Wednesday, of Laura Wallen’s body in a shallow grave off a quiet country road near Damascus, Police Chief Tom Manger said at a news conference. Tessier […]

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September 11, 2017 | Mitti Hicks

Family of Missing Teacher Offering a $25,000 Reward (VIDEOS)

Family and friends of a missing Olney teacher gathered at the Montgomery County Police Headquarters in Gaithersburg on Monday to ask for the public’s help with finding her. Laura Wallen, 31, is a teacher at Wilde Lake High School in Columbia and four-months pregnant. Police said the family became concerned after Wallen was a no-show […]

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September 10, 2017 | Staff Writer

Police Find Car of Missing Olney Woman

The car driven by a missing Olney teacher, Laura Elizabeth Wallen, was found Thursday evening outside a Columbia apartment complex, Montgomery County police said Saturday. Wallen, 31, of Rolling Meadow Way, is four months pregnant, police said. She had been known to frequent the Columbia area, police said. Her car, a 2011 Ford Escape, was […]

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March 9, 2017 | Douglas Tallman

Bethesda Man Arrested for Carjacking, Robbery

Montgomery County police charged a 27-year-old Bethesda man for an armed carjacking and an armed robbery. Michael Gainer Rothenberg, 27, of Buxton Terrace was charged in the carjacking, which occurred March 1, and the robbery, which occurred March 4, a police statement said. The carjacking occurred about 5 p.m., in the parking lot of the […]

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