Monday, April 1, 2013
Montgomery County Police training exercise begins at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday
As part of a training exercise, Montgomery County Police will stage an active shooter scenario at Julius West Middle School on Tuesday morning. The exercise is scheduled to start at 9:30 a.m. Police made the announcement Monday night on its official blog.
Monday, September 24, 2012
The bus was carrying students to Ritchie Park Elementary School.
Four Ritchie Park Elementary School students and their bus driver were among six people injured in a crash involving a school bus in front of Julius West Middle School on Monday morning, a county fire and rescue service spokeswoman said. The bus was carrying students on route No. 5104 to Ritchie Park, county schools spokesman Dana Tofig said. The crash occurred at Maryland Avenue and Great Falls Road, said fire and rescue service spokeswoman Beth Ann Nesselt. Police and fire and rescue units were called to the scene at 8:29 a.m. for a report of the incident involving a Montgomery County Public School bus and a black SUV, Rockville City Police Chief Terrance N. Treschuk said. Six people were taken to local hospitals, all with non-life-…
Sunday, June 24, 2012
Scott Duane Spear says he was wrongly accused, but 'the damage ... has been done.'
A Julius West Middle School teacher and Richard Montgomery High School coach has resigned his teaching and coaching positions, more than three months after the state dropped charges accusing him of having sex with a 16-year-old former student. In March, the state dropped both of the two fourth-degree sex offense charges against Scott Duane Spear, 47, of Rockville. "The allegations were false and this was a rush to judgment," Spear said in a statement released by his attorney, Steven VanGrack, Wednesday. "But after suffering through the highly publicized pain of being wrongly accused, the damage to my professional reputation has been done." Spear said he decided to resign because “the ordeal has been grueling for me and my family, and we …
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Reid FitzHugh not among the 50 semifinalists in the Scripps National Spelling Bee.
Update, 6:45 p.m., May 30: Reid Aleksander FitzHugh's journey ended Wednesday at the 2012 Scripps National Spelling Bee at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center at National Harbor. After the three preliminary rounds of competition, the 13-year-old eighth-grader at Julius West Middle School in Rockville, didn’t advance to the semifinals. FitzHugh, of Bethesda, correctly spelled ocarina in Round 2. In Round 3, he correctly spelled autoschediastic. The first round had students take a computerized spelling test with 50 words, of which only 25 would be scored. Then, in the two live rounds, each speller had two chances to test their skills in front of a crowd of 500 audience members. A correctly spelled word in the oral rounds earned…
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
State's attorney's spokesman: Top prosecutor "knows Mr. Spear."
The Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office has turned over to prosecutors from Anne Arundel County the case of a teacher and coach from Rockville charged with having sex with a 16-year-old girl. The Montgomery County office will not prosecute Scott Duane Spear “to avoid the appearance of impropriety,” said Seth Zucker, a spokesman for the Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office. The transfer of the case was first reported in The Sentinel. Montgomery County State’s Attorney John McCarthy “knows Mr. Spear,” Zucker said on Tuesday. “Even though the state’s attorney himself would not be prosecuting the case he has asked another jurisdiction’s prosecutor to prosecute the case.” The transfer request is not unusual, said Zucker, who …
Monday, February 6, 2012
ABC7: Julius West teacher 'offered to take a polygraph,' attorney says.
The former Rockville mayor representing Scott Duane Spear, a Julius West Middle School teacher accused of having sex with a 16-year-old student who he coached at Richard Montgomery High School, says the accuser is making up the story, ABC7 reports. Steven VanGrack, who served as Rockville’s mayor from 1985 to 1987, told ABC7 that Spear “professes complete innocence and in fact what was interesting was he met with me and offered to take a polygraph.” VanGrack also suggested that the accuser fabricated the allegations against Spear, who also coaches boys basketball at Richard Montgomery, where media was barred from a game against Col. Zadok Magruder High School on Friday evening. “This could be a troubled young girl who is making allegations…
Thursday, February 2, 2012
Police say Scott Duane Spear had sex with a 16-year-old who he taught and coached.
A Rockville man who teaches at Julius West Middle School and coaches boys basketball and track at Richard Montgomery High School was arrested Thursday and is accused of having sex with a 16-year-old student, county police said in a news release. Scott Duane Spear, 47, of the 1600 block of Auburn Avenue in Rockville, is charged with two counts of fourth-degree sex offense. Police said the department’s Family Crimes Division received information on Friday from an unnamed person who said that a 16-year-old Richard Montgomery student had told the source that she had sex with Spear. Spear, who teaches social studies at Julius West, had been the student’s teacher when she was in eighth grade and had been her track coach since 2009, according to …