ONE DEAD, ONE INJURED IN HAMPSHIRE CRASH
Baker, West Virginia resident Debbie Saul died and her 65-year old husband, Larry, was taken to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center for treatment, following a single-vehicle crash Tuesday. The West Virginia State Police say Ms. Saul lost control of his pickup truck on Route 28, near Springfield; it ran off the road, hit some foliage, before coming to rest on the driver's side of the truck. Both Mr. and Mrs. Saul, were ejected out of the driver's side window. Neither was wearing a seatbelt. The investigation is continuing.
ALLEGED VICTIM CONSIDERING LAWSUIT
The victim who says she was molested by former LaVale MedExpress physician William Thomas Dando, says she is considering a lawsuit against him, and the State of Maryland Board of Physicians. The state medical board said last week that another female patient has made similar allegations, but has not pressed charges. The alleged victim was astonished when she learned Dando had served prison time for a 1987 Florida rape conviction. She is being represented by local attorney Kristen Bender. Dando's criminal trial is scheduled for September 3rd.
DEMOLITION PROJECT SLOWED BY DISPUTE
Two of nine contractors bidding on the demolition of the former Sacred Heart Hospital are disputing requirements in the board's minority hiring process. Two of those bidders have a problem the necessity of forms used in the process. One of the bidders asking for a waiver was the low bidder on the project; the waiver has been denied. The latest issue in the process will probably cause a delay of at least a month.
OLDTOWN MAN ARRESTED IN THEFTS
Fifty-year old Oldtown resident Donald Leo Fishel has been arrested in a series of thefts, including a lawn tractor from Naylor's Hardware on Industrial Boulevard. Fishel had sold a number of items to Scrap Brothers in Paw Paw, and the owner indentified Fishel as the one who had sold the items. Another lawn tractor, weed eaters, chain saws, lawnmowers and other pieces of equipment had been taken from several residences in the Oldtown area. Anyone who may have had a similar item stolen is asked to contact the C3I Unit at (301)-777-0326. The arrest capped an investigation among the Allegany, Morgan, and Hampshire County Sheriff's Offices and the C3I Unit. Additional charges are pending.
FUGITIVE ARRESTED IN RAWLINGS
Jacksonville, Florida resident Phillip Arnold Bennett, who had been wanted on assault and weapons charges there, was found and arrested Tuesday night in Rawlings. The Allegany County Sheriff's Office receive word he was in the area, and he was taken into custody around 10 p.m. Bennett was found hiding under a bed at a residence on Cool Breeze Drive. He is currently awaiting extradition back to Florida.
I-68 CLEANING AND PAINTING UPDATE
The State Highway Administration now says Salem Street will not be closed during the present phase of cleaning and painting the Crosstown Bridge. The project is part of a two-year bridge rehabilitation project; beginning this Monday, crews will work on the section of the bridge between Centre Street and the CSX railroad. An alternate staging area for equipment has been found to avoid the closure and detour of Salem Street.
RESIDENT HELD WITHOUT BOND IN ASSAULT INCIDENT
Cumberland resident Nathan Ray Frye is being held without bond at the Allegany County Detention Center, following a Tuesday incident in the 400-block of Arch Street. Frye allegedly knocked an item off of a wall, that struck a female victim in the leg, causing an injury. Police also found a clear plastic baggie of suspected marijuana, black digital scales and a small container with marijuana residue. In all, Frye was charged with second-degree assault, possession of marijuana, and possession of paraphernalia.
GARRETT FIRE RULED ARSON
Arson has been ruled as the cause of a vacant dwelling on Cooper's Lane in Swanton. The fire was discovered by the property owner late Tuesday morning; it originated in the interior living space of the single-story home, causing about $10,000 in damage. Anyone with information is asked to contact the state fire marshal's office or the arson hotline at 800-492-7529.
CASH, MARIJUANA, PARAPHERNALIA SEIZED
Columbia, Maryland resident Simon Lee was charged, following a traffic stop on Interstate 68, east of Amish Road, Monday afternoon. Maryland State Police troopers found marijuana, marijuana hash, paraphernalia, and $2600 in cash, which were all seized. Lee was arrested and charged accordingly.
BUSINESS CENTER TO BE REHABILITATED
The Grand Central Business Center in Keyser, which has been closed since December 31st, may be rehabilitated through at $2,000 grant from the West Virginia Redevelopment Collaborative group. The building is owned by First United Bank & Trust, buying it in 2011 when then-owner Kris Warner declared bankruptcy and the building was sold at auction. The city will take public input on what to do with the building, at a meeting next Wednesday at the Mineral County Health Department.
NEW LAW REQUIRES DEADBEAT PARENTS TO REPORT WINNINGS
A new law, which goes into effect October 1st will require those who owe child support and make money from gambling in the state, to report those winnings as part of their income. Frederick County Delegate Kelly Schulz, who sponsored the legislation, says some people claim they don't make enough money to pay child support, when they're earning a lot of money gambling.
LOW TURNOUT FOR PRIMARY PREDICTED
Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown has a nearly 2-1 lead over his closest challenger, Attorney General Doug Gansler in the gubernatorial race. On the Republican side, Larry Hogan also has a nearly 2-1 lead over Harford County Executive David Craig. Todd Eberly, professor of political science at St. Mary's College, says Marylanders should not expect a "massive turnout" for either the primary or general election in November. Eberly says he would be "impressed" if 20 per cent of registered voters would turn out for the Tuesday, June 24th primary. He adds it may very well be one of the lowest turnouts for any primary. Eberly observes that some people aren't aware the primary date was moved up; he also believes people don't perceive many differences among the Democratic candidates.