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Special Session Set Next Week; No Jobs Bill To Be Considered

It’s official…Governor Martin O’Malley has signed an executive order, calling lawmakers back into session Monday, to redraw the boundaries of the state’s Congressional Districts. Speaker of the House Michael Busch, and aides to Governor O’Malley both say there will be no consideration of any kind of jobs bill. Members of the General Assembly’s Tea party Caucus are planning to hold a rally next Tuesday in Annapolis to protest high state taxes.

 

Woman Charged With Theft of Medication

Cumberland resident Megan Michelle Batzel has been charged, following an investigation by Cumberland City Police, with the theft of medication from the Devlin Manor Nursing Home on September 19th. She was in possession of the medication, which was not prescribed to her. Following an appearance in District Court, she was released on personal recognizance.

 

Men Charged with Theft from Museum

Two Westernport men were charged in connection with the theft of an artifact from the Westernport Train Museum. Twenty-two year old Blake Cronk and 26-year old Randy Lee Marchinke are accused of taking the item, and trying to sell it at a scrap yard. Police were able to recover the item, and both men were released on personal recognizance, following a hearing before a District Court Commissioner.

 

Cumberland Man Charged with Assault Wednesday

Steven Michael Rose, of Cumberland, was released on personal recognizance, following an incident at a business in the 400-block of Baltimore Avenue. Rose is accused of pushing a city police officer in the chest; Rose was in the parking lot of the business, and was refused service due to his level of intoxication level, but he refused to leave. He tried to go back inside and was further charged with disorderly conduct.

 

Marijuana Growing Operation Discovered in Garrett County

Garrett County deputies discovered a marijuana growing operation, as they tried to serve a warrant on 40-year old Eric Carlton Sines for burglary and theft from a Loch Lynn home. Sines was not only charged in connection with the burglary, but faces additional charges of manufacturing a controlled dangerous substance and possession of marijuana and paraphernalia. Sines was held in the Garrett County Detention Center on $5,000 bond.

 

Compound Bow Shooting Was Self Defense

The woman at the center of a fatal confrontation in Somerset County says it was a matter of self-defense. Thirty-eight year old Lisa Woolley, of Central City, was planning to divorce her husband, Carl, to marry the victim, 43-year old  Tony Bittinger of Salisbury. Following Sunday’s confrontation, she said her husband fatally shot Bittinger with a compound bow, because he wouldn’t leave their home. State Police are still investigating the case, and have not said if charges will be filed, as they are awaiting the results of blood tests.

 

Father and Son bound Over to County Court

Fifty-four year old Manns Choice resident George Edward Dodd and his son, 23-year old Bradley John Dodd of Everett will remain in the Bedford County Jail, in connection with an October 6th incident, which took place at approximately 9:30 p.m. The two are accused of firing shots and alleged racial slurs during an argument with Manns Choice resident Marcus Lamor Nelson. Police also found marijuana in George Dodd’s home. He is charged with assault, terroristic threats and ethnic intimidation, among other counts. His son is charged with ethnic intimidation, recklessly endangering another person, terroristic threats and simple assault.

 

PACE Reception Dates Set

The Cumberland/Allegany County Industrial Foundation and the Garrett County Development Corporation are hosting the “PACE” Reception and Legislative Breakfast in Annapolis. The events are held to educate state legislators and officials about Allegany and Garrett Counties from the local perspective. This year’s theme is “Come to Play-Plan to Stay.” The PACE reception is planned for Thursday, January 26, 2012 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The Legislative Breakfast will be from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at the Loew’s/Annapolis Hotel.

 

NewPage Partners with West Virginia DNR

The NewPage Luke mill has announced that it is in discussions with the West Virginia Department of Natural Resources about converting some of its land on Green Mountain in Mineral County into a Wildlife Management Area. Full details are not yet finalized, but NewPage is considering the option to provide Green Mountain residents, mill employees and the general public an opportunity to use and enjoy certain company-owned lands in a safe and controlled environment.

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