FSU POLICE OFFICER ARRESTED
Frostburg State University police officer Jarrett Devon Warnick has been arrested by the Allegany County C3I unit. Warnick is accused of engaging in a sexual act with a then-18 year old female freshman student in a police vehicle, while armed and on duty. The incident allegedly happened in the fall semester of 2009, and the alleged victim has come forward with the information; she has since graduated from FSU. Warnick has been charged, and was released on an unsecured $50,000 bond. He has also been suspended without pay by FSU, as per the University's personnel policies and procedures. The investigation is continuing, and there is the possibility of additional charges.
SUSPECTS CHARGED WITH FELONY BURGLARY
Lucien Paxton and Nicole Linaburg, who were arrested earlier in the month for the robbery of the CVS store, have been charged with the felony burglary of the Grand Central Business building. They broke in the night before the CVS robbery, and went back after the robbery. While Paxton remains jailed on a total $20,000 bond, Ms. Linaburg remained free on bond. Additional charges may still be filed against the pair.
CUMBERLAND MAN CHARGED FOLLOWING INCIDENT
Forty-two year old David Cassady of Cumberland was arrested and charged with assault, disturbing the peace and other counts, following an incident at the Union Rescue Mission Wednesday afternoon. He got into an argument with a staff member, then allegedly threw food around the dining room area, and spat on a staff member. He also allegedly kicked a police officer during his arrest. He was being held on $8500 bond at the Allegany County Detention Center.
DUAL-CREDIT QUESTIONS ADDRESSED IN MINERAL COUNTY
The Mineral County Board of Education is moving to clarify a number of questions on dual credit for high school students. A new policy will specify which classes will be covered by an agreement between Mineral County Schools and Potomac State College, including two English classes, two social studies classes, and two math classes.
MINERAL COUNTY HAS UPCOMING VACANCIES
Several committees, under the jurisdiction of the Mineral County Commissioners, have some vacancies, which will open at the end of the current fiscal year. The commissioners are accepting letters of interest to serve on such committees as the Potomac Highlands Airport Authority, the Mineral County Development Authority, the Parks and Recreation Committee and the Mineral County Planning Commission. Anyone who is interested in serving can submit a letter of interest to the Mineral County Commission, 150 Armstrong Street, Keyser, West Virginia, 26726.
CUMBERLAND MAN SERVED SUMMONS
Twenty-six year old Jose Gomes was served a criminal summons, in connection to three separate disturbance calls in which he was involved. Gomes was yelling and threatening neighbors and disturbing the peace. He was eventually released pending trial in District Court.
FBPA THANKS SENATOR EDWARDS
The Frostburg Business and Professional Association presented a plaque to State Senator George Edwards this week, during its meeting this week. Senator Edwards sponsored legislation that would offer up to a 50 per cent tax credit to help with the rehabilitation of commercial structures across the state. Senator Edwards commented that the bill signed by the Governor was actually better than the original bill. Senator Edwards also said he hopes it will act as an economic stimulant to cities and towns across the state. Senator Edwards adds the bill was passed, through non-partisan cooperation.
STATE POLICE STOP 300 VEHICLES AT CHECKPOINT
The McHenry Barrack of the Maryland State Police stopped about 300 vehicles during its "Cruising Into Summer" sobriety checkpoint Wednesday evening. Of that number, one vehicle was directed to the roadside for further testing, resulting in an arrest for DUI. The checkpoint lasted for an hour and 22 minutes, and took place along southbound U.S. Route 219 in the area of Timber Ridge Drive.
WEST VIRGINIA PSC ISSUES METER READING ORDER
The West Virginia Public Service Commission has issued a final order, regarding the general investigation of meter reading, billing and customer service practices of FirstEnergy subsidiaries Monongahela Power Company and the Potomac Edison Company. The companies are being directed to implement monthly meter readings and billing as quickly as possible, but no later than July 1, 2015. They also have to maintain adequate staff to perform monthly readings and continue to submit statistical metrics to the Commission through December of 2015.
WVU PROFESSORS TO STUDY SHALE GAS
Six West Virginia University professors have each won a $10,000 research grant from WVU's National Research Center for Coal and Energy to explore issues related to shale gas. They will study the potential impacts on heart health, water resources and policy development around the world. Research projects will also include improving the safety and efficiency of shale gas exploration and production.