Chen to plead guilty to carrying a gun in school

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Alwin Chen.  FILE PHOTO  Alwin Chen. FILE PHOTO  ROCKVILLE — Alwin Chen, the Clarksburg High School student who brought a loaded Glock 19 handgun to school, is expected to plead guilty on a charge that could send him to jail for three years.

Chen, 18, entered into a plea agreement April 5 to carrying a handgun on school property and will learn of his fate in a hearing before Circuit Court Judge John Maloney on April 24. He can be sentenced to 90 days to three years.

In exchange for his expected guilty plea, two other charges were dropped, including possession of weapon by a minor and bringing the handgun to school on other days.

Chen has been in jail since his Feb. 15 arrest, when the gun was found in his backpack.


Local high school student to appear at Kennedy Center

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — At age 16, Clarksburg High School Student Mateo Ferro will achieve something many performing artists only dream of: he will perform at the Kennedy Center. 

Ferro’s interest in musical theater began while a student at Rocky Hill Middle School in Clarksburg, where a teacher encouraged him to audition for the school productions when he was in sixth grade.


“Almost a psychopath”

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Judge holds high school student without bond following disturbing journal entry made public

Alwin Chen.  FILE PHOTOAlwin Chen. FILE PHOTOROCKVILLE — A Montgomery County District Court judge ruled Tuesday that authorities will continue to hold an 18-year-old high school student without bond after he brought a loaded handgun to school.

District Court Judge John C. Moffett said defendant Alwin Chen, 18, of Clarksburg High School would remain in jail without bond to ensure the safety of the community.

Moffett said information found in Chen’s private journal helped him to make the decision.

Police found Chen’s journal when they searched his home following his arrest. Assistant State’s Attorney Frank Lazzaro said Chen included sentiments about shooting evil people in the journal. Lazzaro said Chen wrote more than once in a journal entry dated May 2, 2017 he wants to kill criminals such as serial killers or gang members.

Chen in a journal entry dated April 24, 2016 “compared himself to a vigilante comic book hero known as the Punisher “because I am almost a psychopath.’ Later in the entry, he writes ‘someone ought to put a bullet in my head for my wrong doings and thoughts,’” Lazzaro wrote.


Clarksburg HS student who brought loaded gun to school to remain without bond

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Alwin ChenAlwin Chen. FILE PHOTO  ROCKVILLE — A Montgomery County District Court judge ruled Tuesday that authorities will continue to hold an 18-year-old high school student without bond after he brought a loaded handgun to school.

District Court Judge John C. Moffett said defendant Alwin Chen, 18, of Clarksburg High School would remain without bond because he could not ensure the safety of the community. Police arrested Chen at school Feb. 15 in connection with possession of a handgun, possession of a firearm by a person under age 21 and possession of a firearm on school property.

Chen’s trial is scheduled for the end of March.


Arsenal of weapons found in Clarksburg HS student’s home

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Alwin Chen.  FILE PHOTOAlwin Chen.   FILE PHOTO  An arsenal of weapons including an AR-15 assault rifle, grenades, a landmine detonator and revolvers were found inside the home of a Clarksburg High School student arrested last week for bringing a loaded Glock firearm to school.

District Court Judge John C. Moffett said there was clear and convincing evidence that Alwin Chen was a serious danger to the community and ordered Chen to remain in jail without bond.

A police officer speaking on behalf of the state’s attorney’s office said that during the execution of a search warrant, a list of people with whom Chen bore grievances and wanted to harm was also found.


Clarksburg HS student arrested for bringing loaded handgun to school

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Police arrested Clarksburg High School student Alwin Chen for bringing a loaded handgun onto school property.  COURTESY PHOTOPolice arrested Clarksburg HS student Alwin Chen, 18, for bringing a loaded handgun to school. COURTESY PHOTO  One day after a former student shot and killed 17 people at his Florida high school, Montgomery County Police arrested an 18-year-old Clarksburg High School student for bringing a loaded handgun and knife to school.

A Montgomery County Police school resource officer arrested Alwin Chen at approximately 2:20 p.m. Thursday after police and school security confiscated two weapons Chen had in his possession, according to a Montgomery County Police press release.

Chen became the focus of police and school security interest after the police officer based at Clarksburg received a tip that Chen may have brought a gun with him to school.


Clarksburg High dedicates student memorial

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CLARKSBURG – Clarksburg football coach Larry Hurd raised four fingers in the air Sept. 8 on the Coyotes’ home field, each one honoring the four Clarksburg High School students who died in the past year.

"Please keep the families in your minds and in your hearts," Hurd said. "They love you; we love you guys very much.”

The day before the football team’s season opener, community members gathered to dedicate a memorial to former students Jacob Dennis, Cary Greene and Patrick Shifflett, who all died in a June car wreck, as well as John DeReggi, who died after being struck by a train last September.


Clarksburg High Mourns A Trio of Fallen Heroes

Prayers go out to the families of the three Clarksburg High School football players who were killed in a car crash in Damascus on Tuesday night.

Jacob Tyler Dennis, 17, Patrick Andrew Shifflett, 18, and Cary Mauri’ce Greene, 17, were all juniors at the Upper Montgomery County public school.


Three Killed In Car Crash

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Clarksburg students die after truck drives off the road on eve of graduation

Cary Greene cropped 6-8-16Cary Greene    Jacob Dennis cropped 6-8-16Jacob Dennis   Patrick Shifflett cropped 6-8-16Patrick Shifflett


CLARKSBURG – Brooke Asbury woke up 6:30 a.m. Wednesday to the sound of her mother entering her bedroom.

Robin Asbury gained her composure and told her teenage daughter what she first heard from her son and then from a friend.

“You lost three of your friends last night,” Robin told Brooke.


Falcons hunt down a Coyote for head coach

Clarksburg head coach G.J. Kissal will not be returning to coach the Coyotes’ boys basketball team next season.

Kissal, a longtime public school coach in Montgomery County, has accepted the head coaching position at his alma mater Good Counsel.

“I am humbled by the opportunity to lead this special program into the future,” Kissal said in a posting on Facebook. “I will take enormous pride in representing the school many of us call home.”

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