Montgomery County Prosecutors: Man Admitted Shooting His Pregnant Girlfriend; Cloverly Elementary Parents Call on School Officials To Improve Safety

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Prosecutors say man charged in teacher's death kept changing his story

Montgomery County prosecutors recently detailed the shifting story told by Tyler Tessier, who is charged with murdering his pregnant girlfriend. Tessier at one point told police that he and Laura Wallen, a teacher in Howard County, had been kidnapped by several men in Olney and forced to drive to Damascus, where the men shot her. He later retracted the story and said he'd shot Wallen because he was worried he'd buried her alive after she was injured in a fight between them, according to prosecutors. [WTOP]

Series of arrests disturbs parents at Cloverly Elementary

Parents at Cloverly Elementary School in Silver Spring planned to meet Tuesday with Superintendent Jack Smith after a string of arrests at their school. In 2016, teacher John Vigna was charged with sexual abuse. Later, a lunch aide, Sean Kelley, was accused of possessing child pornography. Then, in March, substitute teacher Steven Katz was charged with sexual abuse of a minor. Parents at the school say they hope Smith will take steps to improve student safety. [Washington Post]

Vignarajah says candidates should boycott Sinclair

A Democratic candidate for governor has pledged to boycott stations owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group. Krish Vignarajah on Tuesday urged all her opponents and others to avoid buying political ads on these stations, as well, until the company stops requiring news anchors to read scripts condemning so-called fake news. The company has come under fire for compelling the anchors at its 193 stations to recite the statement. [Baltimore Sun]

White Oak Library re-opens

Montgomery Count officials on Monday celebrated the re-opening of White Oak Library after a year-long project to refresh the building. The $2.5 million project included two new collaboration rooms, a coffee shop and laptops that visitors can use. County Executive Ike Leggett remarked that the county has pushed forward on library projects even while money was tight during the economic slump. [Montgomery Community Media]

Storm possible around midday

A thunderstorm is possible in late morning or early afternoon Wednesday, with cloudy skies expected through much of the day. High temperatures of around 64 degrees are anticipated. Overnight will be mostly clear with lows of about 33 degrees. 

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