Death Penalty Sought for Shirey
The Bedford County District Attorney will seek the death penalty against a Cumberland man, accused of the murder of Michael Wayne Simpson in March in Cumberland Valley Township. District Attorney Bill Higgins said that, considering the facts and circumstances in the murder, Bedford County citizens should have the opportunity to put Mark Allen Shirey to death. He was arraigned yesterday. He is accused of shooting Simpson to death on March 27th; Simpson was believed to be dating Shirey's ex-wife at the time of the murder.
Ride Will Travel Through Cumberland
The annual "911" motorcycle ride will travel through Cumberland after all. There was some specualtion as to whether Cumberland would be part of the journey from Shanksville to Washington, D.C., and on to New York City. Because this is the tenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks, a larger group is expected; the riders are expected to arrive in Cumberland about 8:15 a.m. on Friday, August 19th.
Edwards, Valentine Named to Marcellus Shale Panel
Maryland State Senator George Edwards and Allegany County Commissioner Bill Valentine have been named to a Marcellus Shale drilling study panel, formed by Governor Martin O'Malley. A final report is not expected until August of 2014.
Keyser Urged to Perform Dam Repairs
The city of Keyser is being urged by the West Virginia Department ogf Environmental Protection to perform modifications to its old dam, to bring it into compliance. The city had applied in 1999 to do modifications to the dam; if it were to fail, there may be a loss of life. A DEP Senior Engineer Delbert Shriver, says that if the city doesn't respond his group will have to do enforcement.
Child Endangerment Investigation Underway
A joint child endangerment investigation is being conducted between the Keyser City Police and Child Protective Services. An anonymous tip led police to a South Main Street home, where a 3-year old and a 5-year old child were found unattended, locked in their bedrooms, with no adults in the house. The house itself was strewn with trash and debris. The children are in the temporary custody of their biological father. The mother-who was not identified-faces child endangerment charges.
Violations Found at Athletic Complex
A number of violations have been found at the Keyser Athletic Complex, and those infractions need to be addressed before Keyser's first home football game can be played. Violations include a lack of handrails on both sides of the steps; the ouside area of the door must be leveled with gravel or concrete; and, the room that houses the inspector's sprinkler test must have a lock. Mineral County Board members are suggesting that a team of volunteers help complete the facility, so that it can pass inspection from the West Virginia State Fire Marshal's office.
City Repairs Slated
The city of Cumberland and Columbia Gas are planning to close the northbound lane of Park Street, at the Baltimore Street intersection beginning Sunday. Work will take place between the hours of 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. for about 15 days. Drivers are urged to be alert for changes in traffic patterns and for possible lane closings.
Woman Arrested on CDS Charge
Thirty-year old Leslie Chynae Stubbs was charged with marijuana and drug paraphernalia, following a Wednesday incident on Virginia Avenue. Ms. Stubbs allegedly dropped a clear baggie, containing suspected marijuana. A further search revealed a baggie of suspected marijuana in her shoe. She was taken to District Court and released on personal recognizance.
Redistricting Committee to Hold Hancock, Other Hearings
The first of 12 public hearings, conducted by a state and federal legislative redistricting committee, will be held next Saturday, July 23rd, in Hancock. the meeting begins at the Hancock Middle-Senior High School. A second hearing will be held on the same day at Hood College in Frederick. The third hearing will be held on July 25th in Prince George's County. Other hearing dates have not yet been announced. The Maryland General Assembly is expected to consider the committee's redistricting recommendation during a special fall session.
Comptroller Warns of Tax Scam
Maryland State Comptroller Peter Franchot is warning residents of a tax scam that is working its way across the country. A representative from a company known as Human Services Associates, LLC offers free money, asks for personal information, then asks to file residents' tax returns. The scam targets poor and elderly taxpayers and those who receive public assistance or draw from social security. Franchot urges residents not to share personal information, and to be present when tax returns are filed, to see the final document.
Man to Appeal Sentence in Decades-Old Murder Case
John Dawson was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of his wife nearly 30 years ago, and his attorney plans to appeal the sentence. A jury found hinm guilty of a charge of first-degree murder, and the mandatory sentence is life. Dawson received credit for 815 days served, but he will most likely spend the rest of his life in prison.