SOBRIETY CHECKPOINT IN HAMPSHIRE COUNTY TONIGHT
In an effort to increase awareness of the hazards of intoxicated driving, members of the West Virginia State Police will conduct a sobriety checkpoint in Hampshire County tonight from 8 p.m. until 2 a.m. tomorrow. The checkpoint will be conducted along U.S. Route 50 near Romney.
ALLEGANY EVENT CENTER NOW OPEN AT ROCKY GAP
Rocky Gap Casino Resort announced yesterday that the new 5,000 square foot Allegheny Event Center is now open and is available for groups up to 300 people in a variety of configurations including banquet, theater, or classroom style. There is now more than 12,000 square feet of meeting space at the resort including executive boardroom, restaurant, bar and lounge spaces with views overlooking the lake, and outdoor locations featuring a grill and views of the golf course and scenic Rocky Gap State Park.
WEST VIRGINIA REPLACES GED
West Virginia is doing away with the GED test, and replacing it with a high school diploma equivalency exam from CTB/McGraw Hill. The new Test Assessing Secondary Completion exam, or TASC, will be available in January. The GED exam is moving to a digital version, increasing the test fee from 50 to 120 dollars. The base price of the new exam is 52 dollars, and is available in print and online versions.
TIRES STOLEN IN MEYERSDALE
Pennsylvania Police say someone stole tires from Maple City Tire in Meyersdale sometime between Monday and Wednesday this week. The tires were valued at roughly $11,200. It was unclear how they entered the business. Anybody with information regarding this incident is asked to call State Police at 814-445-4104.
KEYSER HITS SNAG WITH WATER SYSTEM PROJECT
The city of Keyser may pursue condemnation proceedings against hold-out properties to allow the work to begin on a multi-million-dollar water system improvement project, by spring. At least 16 of 20 outstanding easements need to be obtained and Dunn Engineering, which is designing the project, reported at Wednesday's City Council meeting that the city still needs 14. The easements would allow the city to enter private property to install or replace existing water lines and make repairs or other improvements in the future. The holdup appears to be local residents who either will not sign or have not yet been made aware of the need for the easements. The city plans to make a concerted effort in the next two weeks to obtain the necessary easements, but if that effort is unsuccessful, the next step will be the court system and condemnation proceedings.
WIND TURBINES APPROVED FOR BACKBONE MNT.
The Maryland Public Service Commission approved Fair Wind Power Partners LLC’s application to construct up to 15 wind turbines on Backbone Mountain. Several residents voiced concerns that the wind project would just be an extension of the Criterion Wind project, which is the deadliest industrial wind project in North America for bats and birds. The Savage River Watershed Association Board of Directors said that the two other wind projects on Backbone Mountain kill thousands of migrating bats and hundreds of birds annually. The project, which would generate 30 megawatts of electricity, is slated to begin in the spring of 2014 and be operational in 2015.
STUDENT SERVICE CLUB SEEKS TAX RELIEF
A student service club at Allegany College of Maryland is asking the District 1 legislative delegation to help them with tax relief. The state requires payment of the six percent sales tax on items resold to raise money for charity. The Peace Studies Club has donated funds to the Union Rescue Mission, Toys for Happiness, organizations helping veterans returning from war, Doctors Without Borders, the Ark of Hope animal rescue and Haiti relief. Last year, though, those charities were deprived about $500, which went to pay Maryland taxes. Club members asked the delegation to intervene at the legislator’s pre-General Assembly session meeting Monday night at Allegany College of Maryland. Club members made a similar request last year, but said they’d gotten no response.
911 CALL NEVER MADE IT TO POLICE
The Cumberland Times-News is reporting that a 911 call made the night that Stephen Schleuniger, by his confession, took the life of 43-year-old Lisa Ann Simmons, never made it to police. A neighbor’s report of “loud banging” and “screaming” at 27 Browning St. the night of Sept. 5 made it to the Allegany County 911 center — but the caller finally told the 911 dispatcher to “forget it now” and not to send police. Roger Bennett, Allegany County 911 Division chief, said the matter was reviewed and there was no violation of protocol on the part of the dispatcher.
CITY ORDINANCE VIOLATION
Cumberland City Police officers were dispatched to a recently condemned building on Davidson Street yesterday after it was reported that people were seen in and around the building. Officers entered the building and found three three suspects illegally inside the residence. Eric Rosenberger, 33 of Cumberland, Chasity Kesner, 23 of Ridgeley WV, and Amber Lynn Warner, 33 of Cumberland were escorted out of the building and taken to Cumberland Police Headquarters for processing. All three suspects were charged on citations under the City of Cumberland Housing Code Ordinances. All three were released after receiving citations pending trial at District Court.
CITY MAN CHARGED WITH ASSAULT
Cumberland City Police officers served a criminal summons on a Cumberland man yesterday, stemming from a private citizen complaint. 48 year old Fernando Alvarado, entered a restaurant on Queen City Drive and began to argue with employees earlier this month. A man attempted to step in and stop the disturbance and was allegedly struck in the face by Alvarado. He was charged with assault and disorderly conduct. Alvarado was served with the summons and released pending trial at the Allegany County District Court.
DOMESTIC ASSAULT ARREST
Cumberland City Police officers responded to a Bedford Street address yesterday in reference to a reported assault. While responding to the complaint, officers were advised that the suspect had fled the area on foot. 34 year old Travis Lee Houdershell, of Cumberland was located at a business on Frederick Street. He was arrested charged with assault. Houdershell was held at the Allegany County Detention Center on a $3000.00 bond.
GARRETT CO. TO HOST CHAMPIONSHIPS
The U.S. Adventure Racing Association has selected McHenry as the site for its 2014 U.S. National Championships of Adventure Racing, which consists of a grueling 100-mile/30-hour race, according to an announcement made by Deep Creek 2014. Deep Creek 2014 is the event production company and host organization presenting the 2014 International Canoe Federation Canoe Slalom World Championships, which will be held at ASCI from Sept. 17 to 21. Deep Creek 2014 Executive Director Todd Copley said “No other destination in the world can boast that they are hosting both a world championship and a national championship in the same year.” This race will be held in October. Garrett County will be featured on banners at 40 qualifying events and will receive extensive coverage in Adventure World Magazine during the year leading up to the event.
TWO LOCAL SCHOOLS ON BLUE RIBBON LIST
A handful of Maryland schools, including two in the local area, are on the state’s short list of best schools. The winners of the Blue Ribbon School awards were announced Wednesday. Frost Elementry in Allegany County, and Northern Garrett High in Garrett County, are among the six that made the list out of Marylands’ 1,400 schools. In a special ceremony, state school leaders congratulated principals, teachers and parents on the prestigious award. The Blue Ribbon committee looks at a number of factors when judging schools, including test scores and grades, and attendance.
TOUGHMAN CONTEST JAN. 17 & 18
Tickets for the 15th Annual Potomac Valley ORIGINAL TOUGHMAN CONTEST, that will be held January 17th & 18th at the Frankfort High School Gymnasium, will go on sale this Saturday. Ticket prices are $20 general admission and $25 for reserved ringside seats. Tickets will be available at Blankenship’s Store in Wiley Ford, Parkview Liquors in Cumberland, Jolly Roger Liquors in LaVale, Grady’s One Stop in Fort Ashby, Chestnut Ridge Gas & Liquors in Grantsville and Riverside Sports National Hwy, LaVale . To purchase tickets online, or To sign up to fight or sign up to be a Ring Girl visit wvtoughman.com.
CHARGES PENDING IN SCHOOL EVACUATION
Charges are pending against a the owner of a used Subaru dealership next to the Tunnelton-Denver Elementary School in Preston County. Nearly 40 students had to be taken to the hospital last Friday after students in the school building complained of breathing problems. West Virginia Division of Natural Resources Law Enforcement officers said Wednesday the dealership may have been burning illegal materials. The smoke from the burning materials was pulled into an outdoor furnace and pushed the smoke throughout the school. The state Department of Environmental Protection is testing samples of the burnt materials to determine what was being burned.
LAST DAY FOR RIDDER
With Mona Ridder serving her last day at executive director of the Mineral County Development Authority, a great deal of the meeting of the county agency Tuesday morning dealt with transition. In late October, Ridder announced her retirement from the development authority to be effective Jan. 1, 2014, and during the November meeting, board members suggested the last day for her could happen following the December meeting. The committee to seek an executive director is working toward creating a job description for the position while Commissioner Jerry Whisner told board members he had already received a resume for the position.
MAN CHARGED WITH DOG FIGHTING
A Piedmont man has pleaded guilty to three felonies, including one tied to the operation of a dog fighting venture. Timothy Paul Stewart, 34, of Piedmont, entered pleas of guilty to conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine, felon in possession of a firearm, and possession of dogs for dog fighting. In October of this year agents served a federal drug trafficking indictment upon Stewart at his Mineral County home, where officers observed seven firearms in plain view. officers then returned with a federal search warrant to seize controlled substances, the seven firearms, and ammunition. Officers then discovered evidence of an animal fighting venture including dogs, dog pelts, cages, and training equipment for the dogs in the basement. Officers also seized approximately 25 grams of cocaine base and $3,968 in U.S. currency. Stewart, who is in custody pending sentencing, faces up to 45 years in prison.
WE ARE FORT HILL HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES
The We Are Fort Hill organization will hold the 2013 Fort Hill High School Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Friday, January 24, 2014, at Fort Hill High School in the media center. This year the group will honor ten individuals who have made significant achievements in their lifetimes.
The following Fort Hill alumni will become members of the school’s HOF: James F. Combs, the Honorable George C. Eskin, Dr. Roseann Weber Harmon, Dr. John Archie Hardin, Dr. Walter L. Henry, Dr. Terri Ott Lally, the Honorable J. Frederick Sharer, Glen R. Shipway, Dr. Judy L. Twigg, and Shannon Workman.
The public is invited to attend the luncheon at a cost of $15 per person.
Domestic Assault in Cumberland
A Cumberland woman was arrested Monday evening, following a domestic disturbance. Officers arrived at a residence on Avirett Ave. at 5:17PM. A man told them his ex-wife lives at the residence with him, and she assaulted him during an argument. Jeri Gough Officers then contacted the woman, 51 year old Jeri Gough, inside of the residence where she admitted to the altercation. Officers observed injuries to the victim consistent as to what had happened. Gough was placed under arrest and charged with Assault 2nd Degree. She was released on her personal recognizance pending trial in District Court.
Multiple Calls for A Domestic Dispute
Cumberland Police arrested a Grand Ave. man after repeated calls to his residence shortly before 1am yesterday. The victim advised that she had been arguing with 28 year old Joshua Darby over relationship issues. She advised Darby became upset and grabbed her by the throat. She was able to get away from him. Officers observed injuries to the victim consistent to what they had been told had happened. Darby was placed under arrest and charged with Assault 2nd Degree and Failure to Obey. He was released on his personal recognizance pending trial in District Court.
Assault on Police / CDS Arrest
Cumberland Police responded to a residence on Davidson St. for a report of a disturbance outside on the street just after 3am yesterday. They made contact with two men sitting in front of the house in a vehicle. They advised that a subject in the house was the problem. . That subject exited the residence, mumbled something to the officer and then pushed him attempting to get back in the house. The subject, identified at 41 year old Daniel Levon McQueen of Baltimore, resisted arrest which resulted in a brief struggle with the officers. A search revealed McQueen had 27 baggies of crack cocaine. Several marijuana cigarettes were located in the ash tray of the vehicle. 32 year old Darrell Kevin Young of Glen Burnie, MD was arrested for the possession of marijuana. Both face numerous drug charges, McQueen was held on $150,000 bond.
One person is dead and three other injured in a two vehicle crash early yesterday morning in Hagerstown. Police say the driver of one of the vehicles, 32 year-old Jeremy Wayne Peel Sr of Hagerstown, was transported to Meritus Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. Three people in the other vehicle were also hospitalized, but the extent of their injuries is unknown. Police say charges are pending the results of their investigation. The accident occurred in the 600 block of Frederick Street at 1:44am yesterday.
AL/GAR SCHOOL BOARDS COLLABORATE
The Allegany County School Board announced at their regular monthly meeting yesterday that they have collaborated with the Garrett County School system to come up with a nine issue wish list, which is to be presented to the state General Assembly in the upcoming session. The list includes funding requests and reduced regulations. Both school boards plan to officially present their wish list to the District 1 legislative delegation during a joint meeting with the lawmakers on Monday.
RIDGELY COMMUNITY CENTER CLOSED
Ridgely’s Community Center will be closed until March. The Town Council made the decision yesterday, adding that a committee will be formed to determine ways to make the center financially solvent. From Jan. 2011 to November 2013, the community center lost more than 24 thousand dollars. Council members had asked for volunteers to serve on a committee, but no one showed interest at yesterday’s Town Council Meeting.
BRUCETON MILLS BANK ROBBERY
The Preston County Sheriff's Department and WV State Police are looking for a suspect that robbed the Wesbanco Bank in Bruceton Mills. It was reported an unknown male entered the bank, demanding money from bank employees at about 2:47PM Monday. The suspect then fled the scene on foot with an undisclosed amount of money. Officers are asking anyone with information regarding this crime to contact the Preston County Sheriff's office at 304-329-1611 or the West Virginia State Police at 304-329-1101.
BEDFORD DRUG RAID
Police in Bedford County arrested at least 18 of 23 people accused of low-level drug dealing Tuesday in a countywide sweep that targeted suspects as young as 17 and as far away as Altoona. The early morning arrests, dubbed "Operation Stocking Stuffer" for the holiday season, hit alleged dealers who, according to police affidavits, sold heroin, prescription pills and counterfeit drugs to undercover officers and their informants. One is accused of illicitly selling a handgun, while at least two allegedly involved children in deals. District Attorney Bill Higgins said at a press conference that "Taking these people off the streets will make Christmastime in Bedford County a lot happier,". Higgins acknowledged that there were "no major players in this arrest," which followed a similar operation in March. All the targets in that sweep have since been convicted, Higgins said.
EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT IN HAMPSHIRE CO SEEKS TO UPGRADE
Emergency Management in Hampshire County is seeking aid to move a 1 million dollar hazardous materials command module from Hardy County to Hampshire County. Brian Malcom, Homeland Security and Emergency Management director in Hampshire county, told the county commission that the high tech defense against weapons of mass destruction tractor trailer, is scheduled to be pulled from the region due to lack of funding. The commissioners agreed to set aside 10 thousand dollars to get the equipment ready.
Maynard Steps Down
After more than six years on the job, Gary Maynard is stepping down as the Secretary of the Department of Public Safety and Corrections. The announcement was made late yesterday afternoon in a news release. Governor Martin O'Malley credited Maynard with closing the House of Correction in Jessup in just 12 days, shortly after taking the job in 2007. The nearly 130 year old prison had been plagued by inmate violence, including the stabbing death of a corrections officer in 2006. Maynard is expected to leave his job by the end of the month, and will become senior vice president of the Criminal Justice Institute. It's a non-profit consulting firm for prisons. The governor has named Gregg Hershberger, Acting Secretary of Public Safety and Corrections. He is currently the Deputy Secretary for Operations.
UPDATE – BEDFORD COUNTY FIRE VICTIM IDENTIFIED
A Bedford County man who was killed in an early morning blaze Monday has been identified. The body of 58 year Denver D. Yoakum was found in a two story log cabin on Warmuth Lane, about 6 miles south of Bedford just off of Route 220. Yoakum was an employee of Miller Quality Recycling, which owned the structure. Authorities have said he died of smoke inhalation. Firemen had trouble accessing the sit of the blaze, and were hampered by frigid temperatures and blowing snow. The Pennsylvania State Police Fire Marshal’s office is continuing to investigate the cause of the blaze.
MAN KILLED IN BEDFORD COUNTY FIRE
One man was found dead after a fire in a log cabin about 6 miles south of Bedford yesterday morning. Firefighters were called to a 2 story log cabin on Warmuth Lane, just off of route 220 at Miller Quality Recycling. The roof collapsed and the structure was destroyed. The victim’s identity has not been released, but authorities confirm the man died of smoke inhalation. He was apparently an employee of the company. Firemen were hampered by frigid temperatures and blowing snow, as well as the remote location of the fire. The cause of the fire remains under investigation by the Pennsylvania State Police Fire Marshal.
Local legislators met with constituents for about two hours Monday night at their annual pre-session meeting. The District 1 Delegation About 30 people attended the meeting with Sen. George Edwards and delegates Wendell Beitzel, Kevin Kelly and LeRoy Myers Jr. Topics of discussion included Freedom of speech, community schools, matters pertaining to safety of correctional officers, limitations on practice by nurse practitioners and the potential for slot machines for veteran’s organizations. The meeting took place at the Allegany College of Maryland Auditorium.
GARRETT COUNTY DRUGS
Arrests were made following searches at residences in Friendsville and in Mountain Lake Park last month. 38 year old Jaynelle DeWitt of Friendsville and 37 year old Sarah Greene of Mountain Lake Park face numerous drug possession and manufacturing charges. The search warrants were executed by the Garrett County Narcotics Task Force, C3I Narcotics investigators, the Garrett County Sherrif's Department, MD State Police, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the MD State Fire Marshal's office.
FIRE ORIGIN DETERMINED
The origin of a fire Saturday that displaced 6 tennants in an apartment building on Central Avenue in Cumberland has been determined. The Cumberland Fire Department says the blaze was caused by improperly discarded smoking material. Fire damaged one of the apartments, causing 15 thousand dollars in property damage, while two other apartments sustained smoke damage. No one was injured in the fire.
Garrett County Money Woes
Garrett County is facing a 5.4 million dollar loss in 2015, according to a news release. A previous estimate of a $2.5 million projected loss of real property tax revenue has increased to $3.2 million. The Garrett County Public School System is facing a loss of 2.2 million dollars. The school system is attempting to alleviate some of the pressure by going ahead with plans to close three elementary schools. Grades in the Northern schools would be reconfigured, and school boundary lines would be adjusted to accommodate the closings. County officials have yet to determine a date to publicly release a budget proposal.
PROJECT YES DONATIONS
For the 10th consecutive holiday season, two area businesses have made donations to the Allegany County Public Schools’ Project Y.E.S. (Youth Experiencing Success) program. The money will be used to purchase Christmas gifts for several deserving high school students, and the non-monetary contributions will be wrapped for opening on Christmas morning. Kelco Federal Credit Union , and The Final Touch sports shop donated cash or products to the project. The Project Y.E.S. program offers in-school support, tutoring services, and guidance in career planning to all qualifying ACPS students in grades six through twelve. Other donations are still being sought. Interested parties should contact any of the area high schools for more information.
FRIENDSVILLE DOMESTIC ASSAULT
State Police from McHenry were called shortly after 6pm yesterday for a domestic assault on First Avenue in Friendsville. 36 year old Matthew Umble was arrested after he allegedly assaulted a woman. He was taken before the District Court Commissioner and held on 3 thousand dollars bond.
WV COUPLE ARRESTED IN GRANTSVILLE
A West Virginia couple was arrested for marijuana possession Saturday afternoon near Grantsville. Maryland State Police say they pulled a vehicle over for a traffic violation on I-68, and a probable cause search revealed a quantity of the drug. Arrested were 32 year old Warren Brown and 26 year old Jada Brown. The woman was also found to be wanted by Frederick County authorities for prostitution.
TRUCKER FOUND DEAD ON TURNPIKE
A truck driver was found dead in the sleeping compartment of his rig just before 11 am Saturday on the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Troopers from the Somerset Turnpike and the County Barracks say 49 year old Robert Slaven Jr of Springfield, Ohio was found in his truck about a mile west of the Somerset Interchange. An autopsy reveald the cause of death as natural.
On Sunday December 8, 2013, at 3:59 am, Cumberland City Police Officers responded to a residence at the 100 block of Memorial Avenue for a reported assault. Investigation into this matter revealed that the victim observed her boyfriend Richard Welsh destroying household property. The victim attempted to stop Welsh when she was allegedly bitten on her shoulder by him. Welsh left the area and was later located on Virginia Avenue and placed under arrest. It was also revealed that Welsh had a No Trespassing order on the premises where the incident took place. Welsh was transported to the Cumberland City Police Department where he was processed, served and taken to the Allegany County District Court Commissioner’s Office for a bond hearing. He was held on a $3,000.00 bond at the Allegany County Detention Center. The victim did not require medical attention.
On Sunday December 8, 2013, at 9:41 pm, Cumberland City Police Officers responded to a business on Park Street for a reported Theft. Store personnel advised that Daniel Miller, age 31 of Cumberland, was seen taking items and walking out without paying for them. Miller was placed in custody and transported to the Cumberland City Police Department where he was processed and served. He was taken to the Allegany County District Court Commissioners for a bond hearing. He was held without bond at the Allegany County Detention Center.
Mother Nature brought disappointment to some, and relief to many others over the weekend. While some icy conditions exist this morning, the 6 to 8 inches of snow that was predicted over the weekend never materialized. Trecherous driving conditions do exist this morning and many schools are operating on a delay, or are closed. Stay tuned to this station for updates, or click the storm center on this stations website for the latest information.
Fort Hill Wins!
The Fort Hill Sentinels won the Maryland Class 1A State Football Championship on Saturday, beating Frederick Douglas 25 to 0 at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. Coach Todd Appel said his players knew they were playing a team that offered a great defense…..Fort Hill won the state football championship two other times, in 1997 and 1975.
Central Avenue fire
Cumberland firemen were call shortly before midnight Saturday to a three-unit apartment complex on Central Avenue. Firemen say the blaze was contained to the second story unity, but the other two sustained smoke damage. The occupant of the apartment was not at home at the time of the blaze, the fire was discovered by other tenants. The fire was brought under control in about 10 minutes. Six people were displaced by the blaze. The cause remains under investigation.
Maryland Residents Are Getting Older
Maryland's population is getting older, and the AARP thinks the state needs a better plan to deal with it. AARP Maryland state director Hank Greenberg said he hopes the 2014 Maryland General Assembly will work toward a comprehensive plan to protect the state's aging population.
"Maryland is now at a point where there are more people who are over the age of 60 than there are children in school," he said. "The resources need to match some of those needs that we know are coming." Greenberg said some of those needs include improving caregiving, retirement planning and utility reliability.
Health exchange director resigns
The director of Maryland's health insurance exchange resigned Friday amid ongoing technical problems and questions about a Caribbean vacation she took while the online marketplace faltered. Rebecca Pearce was hired two years ago to build a $107 million exchange. Her resignation was accepted during an emergency session Friday night. Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, who was tasked by the governor with overseeing the state's implementation of the federal health care reform law, said that he did not know Pearce planned to leave town until she was already gone.
2 Preston County Schools Evacuated Due to Carbon Monoxide
Students at Tunnelton-Denver Elementary School and South Preston Middle School in West Virginia were evacuated Friday afternoon after being exposed to higher than normal levels of carbon monoxide. A neighboring business' furnace apparently pushed smoke into the school, which caused the high levels of carbon monoxide. Ambulances from 7 counties were called to the school to transport 37 patients to several hospitals. Students were complaining of nausea and dizziness. None of the illnesses seemed severe.
Randolph County, WV Man Charged for Sexually Assaulting 11 Year Old
Bond was set at $150,000 cash only for the Randolph County, WV man who allegedly had sex with an 11-year-old girl twice. WV State Police arrested Jared Michael Iseli, 20, of Beverly, last week, and charged him with two counts of sexual assault. Police said Iseli told them he had met the girl at a park in Elkins and kept in contact with her through Facebook and text messages.
Steeler QB Aids Hagerstown Fire Marshal
The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation awarded the Hagerstown Fire Marshal’s department with a grant, which will be used to get a dog, a trained explosives detection K-9, and also for training for the dog's handler. Officials said the grant allows the city to replace a program that was cut because of the budget a few years back. A representative from the Steeler Quarterback’s Foundation sent a statement saying: "We are proud to be able to assist their K-9 unit's vital impact on their community."
Two Local Companies Adding Workers
Hunter Douglas fabrication plant in the North Branch Industrial Park has announced it will be adding 250 jobs by July. The company has scheduled an open house and job fair next Tuesday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Hunter Douglas is expecting a greater demand for its products, and is anticipating this by adding the extra workers. Hamilton Relay of Frostburg has also announced it is expanding its workforce. It wants to fill more than 20 new captioning assistant positions. Hamilton also has additional openings for other positions.
Clarysville Chief Indicted
The chief of the Clarysville Volunteer Fire Company, Eric Clark, was indicted last July for misuse of fire company funds. Clark faces various charges involving theft, embezzlement, and the misappropriation of funds involving the county's bar operation. Clark was the manager of that as well. He is scheduled to appear in court on December 18th to face the charges. Clarysville is not the only fire company that has recently experienced difficulties; the Baltimore Pike and McCoole Fire Departments have also experienced financial difficulties.
Accident Man Jailed on $25,000 Bond
Accident resident Ben E. Nicol is being held at the Garrett County Detention Center on $25,000 bond, following an incident involving his estranged wife and her male companion. Nicol is accused of threatening the couple with a shotgun, which was found in the residence in the 10,000-block of Bittinger Road. He faces numerous charges in connection with the incident. There were no physical injuries sustained by either of the two adult victims.
"Scam Artists" Hit Keyser
Two people are being sought by Keyser Police for scamming at least two businesses with what is being called a "quick talking shell game," that has netted them $100 or more in cash. The Mineral News-Tribune says the two-an African American couple-went into a restaurant and paid with their food with a $50 bill. They then argue over the amount of change provided, and following the confrontation, there are loud exchanges with restaurant staff. Money is passed back and forth and the two leave with extra money. One incident occurred on November 23rd and the other just this past Monday.
Drug Dealers Sentenced
A Baltimore resident and a woman from Windsor Mill, Maryland have been sentenced on drug distribution charges. In the first case, Cornelius Boyd Allmond was sentenced to 14 years in prison, with four years suspended, for heroin distribution. In the second, Windsor Mill resident Qiona Rashawn Davis was sentenced on similar charges. Davis had tried to deliver heroin to an inmate housed at the Federal Correctional Institution. She was sentenced to three years in prison, with two suspended. She will serve her sentence on home detention.
Man Arrested for Disorderly Conduct, Marijuana Possession
Thirty-six year old Cumberland resident Donald Ray Devore is being held in the Allegany County Detention Center, following an incident Wednesday in the area of East Oldtown Road and Grand Avenue. He was outside yelling and screaming profanities near a church there. He continually refused to lower his voice, and a search revealed a baggie of marijuana. He was taken to the District Court Commissioners' Office for a bond hearing. He was charged with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and possession of marijuana.
County Looking to Cut Jail Costs
Mineral County is looking for ways to cut costs, and to cut down on ways to keep non-violent offenders out of jail. The county now must pay over $48 per day each, to house inmates. Mineral County has not paid its bill since February. Among the options are home confinement, and not jailing non-violent offenders between court appearances. County Commissioners across West Virginia have also tried, through legislation, to remove the burden of paying for inmates from the counties.
Kelly Comments on Legislative Process
Even though the Maryland Sheriff's Association and the state Fraternal Order of Police opposed it, Maryland still passed one of the strictest gun control measures in the country. Delegate Kevin Kelly says 71 votes are required to pass any type of legislation. Of that number, the majority of representation comes from the larger metropolitan areas. And Governor Martin O'Malley has little trouble in mustering the votes he needs. Delegate Kelly adds bills cannot be amended from the floor of the House. Delegate Kelly sits on the House Judiciary Committee, and he says there were two major issues it encountered during the last legislative session. And, Delegate Kelly says he received about 27,000 emails, primarily on gun control. He says there are major flaws in the gun control laws; he commented on the rush to buy handguns and assault-type rifles, before the law went into effect on October 1st.
Teacher Earns Certification
Forth Hill High School Honors and AP biology teacher Ann Stark recently achieved National Board Certification. She now joins 23 other county teachers who have earned this advanced teaching credential, which is achieved upon successful completion of a voluntary assessment program designed to recognize effective and accomplished teachers.
Opening of Keyser Primary School Undetermined
A problem with the curing process for concrete floors at the new Keyser Primary School, and some other minor issues have prevented the facility from opening, and there is no definite date on when that will happen. It was announced last July that the school was not ready for use, and primary school students are currently attending the Keyser Middle School. Officials there say they want all the items on what they called a "punch list" to be addressed, before the school can open.
Financial Disclosure Rate for Judges High in Maryland
The Center for Public Integrity rates Maryland highly, when it comes to judges who disclose financial information at the state's highest court level. The Center did an investigation into personal financial disclosures where they found judges who oversaw cases where they had a financial interest. The Maryland Court of Appeals received a score of 72.5 out of 100, second only to California. However, the state does not allow financial disclosure information to be made easily accessible by the public. Citizens must visit a court's offices in person for that information.
Marylanders Second Most Likely to Swear
Marylanders came in second to Ohio, in a survey of states in which people are most likely to curse. But, interestingly, Maryland is the third most courteous state in the country. The Marchex Institute conducted the survey, which showed that, beside Ohio and Maryland, the most likely residents who cursed were found in New Jersey, Louisiana and Illinois. The most courteous states, in order, were South Carolina, North Carolina, Maryland, Louisiana, and Georgia.
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