Regional Recap, December 9, 2011

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Anne Arundel Teacher Charged With Having Sex With 3 Students. Police arrested an Anne Arundel County teacher Thursday amid allegations that he was having a sexual relationship with several students. County police have charged Jeffrey Sears, 29, of Glen Burnie, with multiple counts of sexual abuse of a minor, sex offense, perverted practice, sexual solicitation of a minor and assault.Sears was an English teacher at Glen Burnie High School, and the coach of the junior varsity boys’ basketball team. He had taught at the school since 2006.Through evidence and interviews, investigators determined that Sears had a sexual relationship with the three victims on and off campus both during and after school hours. Police said the victims were 15 and 16, and the incidents happened from November 2009 up until last month.

Vehicle Overturns On I-97. It’s been a busy Friday morning so far on the roads.At 6 a.m., WBAL’s Sarah Caldwell posted on Facebook: ” New accident reports coming in…SB I-97 at Rt-3, an overturned vehicle reported….Also in Taneytown at Rt-194 and Crouse Mill Rd…Closures remain in effect SB 924 at Vale Rd in Bel Air.At 6:20 a.m., she posted: “Rt-924 CLOSED in both directions at Vale Rd in Bel Air…avoid it by taking Rt-24. Plus…Wreck coming in in the Outer Loop I-695 approaching I-95 on the Southwest side…looking at delays at Wilkens Ave. SB I-97 at Rt-3, an accident reported and an Overturned Vehicle in Taneytown Rt-194 at Crouse Mill Rd”

Video From Slain Virginia Tech Officer’s Car Shows Man With Gun.  A video camera mounted inside the police car of a Virginia Tech police officer slain Thursday showed a man with a weapon who appears to be same person as a man who was later found shot dead about a quarter of a mile away, a Virginia state police official said Thursday night.Maj. Rick Jenkins added that, at this point in this investigation, “we cannot say definitively” that the second victim had fired the shots that killed Officer Deriek W. Crouse. But the man does appear on video footage from moments before that officer was killed, and he also matches the description first put out by police of the suspect.

University System To Update Child Abuse Reporting Policy. More than a dozen public Maryland colleges and universities must now abide by a new set of policies relating to child abuse and neglect.11 News education reporter Tim Tooten said the university system of Maryland Board of Regents is set to approve that new reporting policy at its monthly meeting. The proposed changes come on the heels of allegations of sexual abuse at Penn State involving a former assistant football coach.

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