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& INTO THE BLENDER Violinist creates a marriage of classical, contemporary sounds B-5 The Gazette GAITHERSBURG | MONTGOMERY VILLAGE DAILY UPDATES ONLINE Wednesday, January 29, 2014 25 cents Records show no fence violations at site of boy’s death 20 inspections conducted at pond September 2012 to January 2014 n BY JENN DAVIS STAFF WRITER A developer that owns a pond where a 10-year-old recently drowned has been in compliance with regulations on required safety fencing, according to city of Gaithersburg records obtained by The Gazette. The pond, off Diamondback Drive, is in the Crown development’s Neighborhood One, which is owned by Westbrook Acquisitions. None of the 20 previous inspections of the sediment and grading in the Crown neighborhood — from Sept. 20, 2012, to Jan. 7, 2014 — show a violation for a safety fence around pond 1, the PHOTOS BY TOM FEDOR/THE GAZETTE The Covenant Life community holds a prayer vigil for Teressa Rosalind French in Gaithersburg on Sunday evening. French, 16, a Covenant Life School student, was killed in a car crash as she walked on a sidewalk Friday near the school. One dead, four injured in crash on Muncaster Mill Road; funeral for Washington girl scheduled for Thursday n n A Montgomery County District Court judge has ordered the two Germantown women accused in the killings of two toddlers to undergo further psychiatric evaluation at a state mental hospital. Judge Eugene Wolfe on For more Tuesday ordered Monifa coverage, visit Sanford, 21, to be transferred to Clifton T. Perkins Hospital Center in Jessup. Zakieya Avery, the mother of the two toddlers, was ordered to the maximum security psychiatric hospital Friday. Avery, 28, and Sanford told police they were trying to cast out demons they believed had pos- Luminarias line the walkway near the scene of the crash, where Covenant Life Church members held their prayer vigil. LINDSAY A. POWERS STAFF WRITER A larger percentage of Montgomery County Public Schools seniors tossed their mortarboards in 2013 than in 2012, according to Maryland State Department of Education data released Tuesday. The county school system’s four-year NEWS MAN HELD IN 7-ELEVEN DEATH Well-known worker died after being stabbed 75 times. A-3 graduation rate rose to 88.3 percent in 2013, an increase of about 1 percentage point from the 2012 senior class. The rate has increased about 1.5 percentage points since 2011. Montgomery’s rate stands about 3.3 percentage points higher than the state’s rate. Rates for student subgroups generally rose from 2012 to 2013 with the exception of the graduation rate for English for Speakers of Other Languages students, which declined slightly. Black students’ graduation rate increased by 1.6 percentage points to 83.9 percent. Hispanic students’ graduation rates rose by 0.8 percentage point to 77.5 percent. Special education students gained 4.7 percentage points for a 67.5 percent rate. Students who receive free and reducedprice meals — an indication of poverty — climbed 1.5 percentage points to a 78.1 graduation rate. The graduation rate of ESOL students declined about 1 percentage point after PASSION, PATIENCE AND COMMUNICATION The best players aren’t always the best coaches: a look at the qualities of a great coach. B-1 Avery Graduation rate changes High schools with greatest graduation rate increases High schools with greatest graduation rate decreases (in percentage points) (in percentage points) n 1. Rockville: 4.8 n 1. Wheaton: -7.5 n 2. Springbrook: 4.0 n 2. John F. Kennedy: -4.0 n 3. Clarksburg: 3.7 n 3. Walter Johnson: -2.2 n 3. Northwest: 3.7 n 4. Walt Whitman: -1.5 n 5. Northwood: 3.6 n 5. Albert Einstein: -1.3 SOURCE: MONTGOMERY COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS See RATE, Page A-9 SPORTS Sanford See DEATHS, Page A-10 Montgomery public schools’ grad rate rises BY ST. JOHN BARNED-SMITH STAFF WRITER Montgomery County police believe speed played a part in a Gaithersburg crash that killed one teenager and injured four more Friday afternoon. Washington, D.C., resident Teressa Rosalind French, 16, suffered life-threatening injuries and died at a local hospital that day. Her father, William French, said the Covenant Life School sophomore was a “thoughtful and caring young girl.” “[She] believed in God, and believed in Christ, and we know she’s in heaven right now,” he said. Most groups improve, but declines seen in ESOL, other students Both women have been transferred to Perkins hospital in Jessup BY BY SYLVIA CARIGNAN AND JENN DAVIS STAFF WRITERS n See FENCE, Page A-9 Exorcism death suspects set for mental evaluations ‘We know she’s in heaven’ See CRASH, Page A-9 site of the drowning, according to John Schlichting, Gaithersburg’s director of planning and code administration. Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service officials have said that when D’Angelo Jayvon McMullen of Rockville fell through the ice on the pond on Jan. 13 and died, there was only partial fencing. Of the 20 inspections listed on a summary report, Crown’s Neighborhood One ultimately failed nine and partially passed 11, but for reasons not related to fencing. Other violations listed in the report obtained by The Gazette include issues with sediment control, an asphalt berm needing repair, and mud and dirt tracking on to nearby streets. Copies of another six individual inspections — not listed on the summary report — do not Automotive Business Calendar Celebrations Classified Entertainment Opinion School News Sports Please B-14 A-11 A-2 A-13 B-10 B-5 A-14 A-12 B-1 RECYCLE Check out our Services Directory ADVERTISING INSIDE B SECTION 1906236

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