Police Find Body of Missing Teacher and Charge Her Boyfriend With Murder; O’Malley Ally Joins Delaney Presidential Campaign

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Boyfriend of missing teacher arrested, charged with her murder

Laura Wallen, a 31-year-old high school teacher from Olney, had been missing for more than a week when Montgomery County police found her body in a shallow grave Wednesday. Hours later, police arrested her boyfriend, Tyler Tessier. Police previously allowed Tessier to speak at a press conference, which they said was a “calculated decision” to see what he would say. At the event, Tessier held Wallen’s mother’s hand and pleaded for Wallen to come home. Wallen was four months pregnant, and police believe Tessier was the father. [Washington Post]

Metro ramps up enforcement of fare evasion

Metro transit police have doubled the number of citations issued for fare evasion in the first six months of this year. The effort is meant to save money for the transit system, as well as prevent confrontations with transit workers. Some stations use audio alarms and magnetic “gate stops” to catch people who try to skip paying. [Washington Post]

Former chair of Maryland Democrats becomes chairman of Rep. Delaney’s presidential campaign

Terry L. Lierman, formerly the chairman of the Maryland Democratic Party and a longtime political operative in the state, has joined Rep. John Delaney’s presidential campaign as chairman. Lierman served on former Gov. Martin O’Malley’s unsuccessful presidential campaign. [Baltimore Sun]

Maryland would be great for Amazon headquarters—if the Purple Line is finished

The Washington, D.C., area, with its development and public transportation could be a perfect home for Amazon’s new headquarters, but only if the Purple Line is finished quickly, a writer with Washingtonian argues. The Purple Line would allow the company to build its planned 8-million-square-foot property with easy access to transportation, he writes. [Washingtonian]

Showers and possible thunderstorms today

There’s a chance of showers today, with thunderstorms possible after 3 p.m., according to the National Weather Service. Rain could continue into the evening. There’s high near 78 today and a low around 64 tonight. 

In case you missed it:

14-year-old Rockville Boy Missing Since Monday

Montgomery County Trying To Lure Amazon

Rockville Mayor Asks for More Student Capacity at Elementary School Under Construction

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