Man In Custody After Domestic Incident
Twenty-six year old James Richard Lease is in custody, following an incident yesterday in McCoole. During a domestic incident with his girlfriend, he took the couple’s nine-month old child and fled their home on Red Maple Lane in McCoole. He was located by railroad tracks, just off of Route 135. Officers tried to convince him to release the child, and after repeated attempts, Lease was Tasered. The child was not injured, and Lease was charged with numerous counts, including assault, false imprisonment, and reckless endangerment. A search of the home was conducted and several firearms were removed.
Arson Determined in Auto Fire
Arson has been cited as the cause of an auto fire along the Mount Savage Road late Friday afternoon. The vehicle, a 2000 Camaro Z-28, was owned by Nathan Wagaman, and it sustained $3,000 in damage. The fire was discovered by a neighbor and originated in the passenger compartment. The Allegany County Combined Criminal Investigations unit is assisting the Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office in the investigation.
Lonaconing Administrator Dies Sunday
Lonaconing’s town administrator, John Winner, passed away Sunday evening at the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center. He was 73 years of age. Winner was a lifelong resident of Lonaconing, and Mayor Jack Coburn credited Winner for securing many grants for the town, and called him “a large asset” to the community, according to the Cumberland Times-News. Visitation will take place today at the Eichhorn-McKenzie Funeral from 2 until 8 p.m. Funeral services are set for tomorrow.
Letter Carriers Circulate Petition
Postal carriers at the Keyser Post Office are circulating a petition, that would allow the postal service to avoid a financial shortfall they say could force the closure of thousands of facilities around the country. The petition is on the bulletin board of the lobby of the Keyser Post Office, and will be presented to Representative Nick Rahall in advance of Tuesday’s rally on behalf of the bill. The Mineral News-Tribune reports that the legislation, known as H.R. 1351, would “restore the U.S. Postal Service to sound financial footing, without using a dime of taxpayer money.”
Rural Development Funding for Sewer Project
Funding, from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, will fund a sewer upgrade project in Keyser’s Hawthorne Heights neighborhood. Nearly twenty per cent of a $15.5 million grant will go toward the project, as announced by U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller, along with Representative Nick Rahall. More than $2.6 million will be spent to replace existing sewer lines along Chestnut Street and in Hawthorne Heights. About 68 customers will benefit from the upgrades.
Juvenile Arrested For Assaulting Father
A 14-year old boy was arrested Saturday evening, and was charged with assaulting his father. The boy had been reported missing, but when he returned to his Lincoln Street home, he assaulted his father, after an argument turned physical. Following his arrest, he was taken to Police Headquarters, where he was charged and processed. The Department of Juvenile Services was contacted and eventually returned the boy to his home.
Bribery Trial Gets Underway in Baltimore
The bribery trial of State Senator Ulysses Currie is underway in Baltimore. Currie had been a consultant for Shopper’s Food Warehouse, and allegedly asked to be put on the payroll of the chain. In exchange, Currie agreed to use his position as chairman of the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee to obtain liquor licenses for Shopper’s stores and have traffic lights installed near them. He was indicted in September of last year on eighteen separate charges, half of which were dropped in May of this year.
Union Blames Federal Government for Postal Problems
The best way to save the U.S. Postal Service is get the federal government out of the way, and let the Post Office operate as a private company…that, according to the Director of Organization for the American Postal Worker’s Union, Rich Shelley. He claims three independent audits have determined the USPS has overpaid pension funds by at least $55 billion, and the current employee health care is overfunded. He says there is mounting support for a bill that would place the postal on solid financial footing and preserve the current 6-day a week service, all without a single cent of taxpayer money.
Tomblin Has Ten Point Lead
Acting West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin has a ten-point lead over his opponent, Republican businessman Bill Maloney, heading into next week’s special election. A poll of 500 potential voters shows that 46 per cent support Tomblin, while 36 per cent favor Maloney. Eighteen per cent are undecided. Tomblin has a 51 per cent favorability rating, according to the survey, taken by the Mellman Group, Incorporated. The special election will be held next Tuesday, October 4th.