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RATE INCREASE REQUESTED FOR PINTO, HIGHLAND ESTATES AREAS

An increase in the water and sewer rate for the Pinto and Highlands Estates areas of the county is being sought by Maryland Water Services, Incorporated. The Maryland Public Service Commission will examine the request for an increase of just over 29 per cent for the 950 customers in Pinto, and the 40 in Highland Estates.

 

FIRE MARSHAL INVESTIGATES "EXPLOSIVE DEVICE"

The Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office is investigating an incident where an "explosive device" was thrown at a residence on Wheeling Avenue in Mountain Lake Park yesterday morning. The device exploded, but there were no injuries. The incident took place around 1 a.m. yesterday, and the Fire Marshal's Office is continuing its investigation.

 

MAN HELD FOLLOWING ASSAULT INCIDENT

Frostburg resident Jeffrey Ward is being held on $3500 bond, following an assault incident Sunday afternoon in the vicinity of Harrison Street. Ward is accused of assaulting a woman in the car, and the victim jumped from a moving vehicle, after she asked Ward to stop the car. Ward was charged with second-degree assault, and received a hearing in District Court.

 

MAN CHARGED WITH FIRST, SECOND-DEGREE ASSAULT

Cumberland resident Michael Harper is being held on $7,000 bond, following an assault incident Sunday night in the 300-block of Furnace Street. Harper is accused of severely beating another person, who was found lying on a piece of furniture. He was taken to the hospital for treatment of injuries, and Harper was charged with first and second-degree assault, during an initial appearance in District Court.

 

MAN HELD ON DRUG COUNTS, OUTSTANDING WARRANTS

Indiana resident Joseph Deaton was charged with heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia, following a traffic stop on I-68 in Grantsville. It was also discovered that Deaton was wanted in Indiana on outstanding warrants. He was held at the Garrett County Detention Center, awaiting extradition to his home state on the outstanding warrants.

 

PAIR ARRESTED NEAR OAKLAND

A Virginia couple was arrested on drug charges Saturday on Route 39, east of Oakland. Richmond resident Travis Hunton was charged with possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, possession of cocaine and marijuana, and other drug paraphernalia. A passenger in the car, Lyndsay Eva George of Chester, Virginia was charged with possession of marijuana and paraphernalia, and released. Hunton received a bond hearing in Garrett County District Court.

 

SOMERSET MAN ACCUSED OF STEALING FROM EMPLOYER

Somerset resident Robert Taylor is due in court late next month on charges of theft and receiving stolen property from Key Way Auto in Somerset County. Taylor is accused of stealing approximately $38,000 from the business. His initial appearance has been set for July 29th.

 

DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY INCIDENTS INVESTIGATED

The McHenry Barrack of the Maryland State Police is investigating two destruction of property incidents from this past weekend. In the first one, reported Saturday, someone drove a vehicle through the lawn of the Wilhelm Flats Recreational Area on Avilton-Lonaconing Road, causing damage. In the second, a person broke a large window at the Route 40 Elementary School main entrance. If you have information on either incident, contact the McHenry Barrack at (301)-387-1101.

 

TGCC MEETS THURSDAY AT POTOMAC STATE

The Greater Cumberland Committee will hold its next meeting on Thursday at Potomac State College of West Virginia University in Keyser. The meeting begins at 11:30 a.m., and the featured speaker will be Dr. Elizabeth Morgan, former Superintendent of the Year and advisor to America's Promise Alliance. Dr. Morgan was the former superintendent of the  Washington County Public School System, and has been singled out as one of Maryland's "Top 100 Women."

 

REPEAL OF TRANSGENDER BILL FALLS SHORT

Those who oppose the so-called "transgender bill" in Maryland have conceded they are about 1,000 signatures short of having it placed on the November ballot. The bill bans discrimination against transgender people on matters relating to housing, employment, credit and the use of public accommodations. Opponents claimed the bill would enable predators posing as transgender people to enter opposite sex restrooms, and wanted the issue put to a vote.

 

MEDICAL MARIJUANA LAW TAKES EFFECT

Maryland's medical marijuana law went into effect on Sunday, but it may be some time, before it is put into practice. Dr. Paul Davies, the chair of the state's Medical Marijuana Commission, says they are working to get the regulations completed by September 15th; the regulatory process  may take another 6 months to implement. Dr. Davies says the commission has heard from many growers who are interested in participating. The industry itself may not be "up and running" until the end of next year, or the beginning of 2016.

 

MAN SHOOTS HIMSELF MID-TRIAL

A Berkeley County man, Tracy Orr, who was on trial for fleeing from police, shot himself at his home late last week; he is currently in stable condition at the Winchester Medical Center. Orr was found with a bullet wound to the head, and the judge was forced to declare a mistrial. Orr also faces separate charges of arson and fraud in an indictment returned last week.

 

DHHR ANNOUNCES CHANGES TO WIC PROGRAM

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources Office has announced changes for the special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children, expanding access to fruits and vegetables, who grains and low-fat dairy. The guidelines provide for a $2 increase in the monthly amount for fruits and vegetables, from $6 to $8.



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