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Kroll Pleads Guilty in 1980 Sexual Assault

Cumberland resident John Leroy Kroll has pleaded guilty to all charges filed against him in Bedford County, in connection with a 1980 incident in which he kidnapped a girl in Cumberland, and sexually assaulted her in the Lake Gordon area. Bedford County District Attorney Bill Higgins credited his counterpart in Cumberland, Michael Twigg, for his extreme vigilance in the prosecution of Kroll, who will be sentenced on January 12th of next year. He will remain in the Bedford County Jail until his sentencing.

 

Special Session Wrapping Up

Governor Martin O’Malley has signed a bill that sets new boundaries for the state’s eight Congressional Districts. Meanwhile, Sixth District Congressman Roscoe Bartlett, whose area was drastically altered by redistricting, criticized the plan, but says he filed for re-election in June and approval of the map has not changed his plans to seek re-election to represents the residents of Maryland’s Sixth District in the U.S. House of Representatives.

 

Amtower Criticized Over Administrative Assistant

The same citizen movement that helped to elect Keyser Mayor Randy Amtower, Keyser Citizens for Fiscal Accountability, is now criticizing him over his hiring and staffing practices. One resident challenged Amtower for hiring Frostburg resident Carisa Fazenbaker as his administrative assistant. In his defense, Mayor Amtower says the hiring was cost-neutral, because Keyser did not fill a vacant position in the water department, according to the Mineral News-Tribune.

 

Former Correctional Officials Dropped from Civil Case

Former Public Safety and Correctional Services Secretary Mary Ann Saar and former Division of Correction Commissioner Frank Sizer have been dropped from a civil case stemming from an inmate’s murder aboard a prison bus. The charges, brought by the parents of Philip Parker, allege that five correctional officers aboard the bus traveling from Hagerstown to Baltimore in 2005, were negligent in failing to prevent their son’s murder. For its part, the state says the officers weren’t negligent, because they had no way of knowing Parker was in danger. Kevin Johns was convicted of the murder, but killed himself in prison in 2009.

 

Driver Sought in Hit and Run

The Maryland State Police are trying to identify a man, who struck another vehicle in the rear at the intersection of Campground and Braddock Roads Wednesday afternoon, and drove away. The vehicle is described as a mid-sized SUV. It struck a black Chevrolet Cavalier that was stopped at a traffic signal. The man is described as having sandy-colored hair and wearing a black uniform with a yellow patch. The impact caused damage to the front end of the SUV. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Maryland State Police at (301)-729-2101.

 

Man Served With Criminal Summons

Twenty-nine year old Cumberland resident Chad Robinette was served with a criminal summons on Wednesday, charging him with three counts of possession, other than marijuana. The summons was served in connection to an incident that happened on October 9th, where a Cumberland City Police officer in the area of Queen City Center, observed his acting suspiciously. Officers found three different types of controlled dangerous substances on Robinette.

 

Bedford County Hears Budget Requests

Bedford County’s commissioners are conducting budget hearings and heard presentations from several departments on Wednesday. The Sheriff’s Office has requested an increase in the budget for uniform allowance, travel expense, materials, supplies and other services. The Tax Assessment and Tax Claims Office is requesting just over $300,000 for FY 2012. That represents an decrease from the estimated spending total of just over $9700, when compared to FY 2011.

 

Gas Tax Increase Not a “Tough Sell”

Leaders from Maryland’s two largest counties and Baltimore city have asked lawmakers to raise the state’s gas tax to fund road projects and create jobs, and Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake says the tax increase won’t be a “tough sell,” because residents realize there is a need to patch roads, which would create jobs. Governor Martin O’Malley, who is advocating an increase, says a 15-cent increase would put tens of thousands of people to work. The current tax is 23.5-cents a gallon.

 

Maryland Bans Sale of “Bath Salts”

The state has taken emergency action to ban the sale of so-called “bath salts,” sold in mini-marts and smoke shops. They are being banned because of how dangerous they are; they can be inhaled, smoked, ingested or injected. The end result of taking the drug can be paranoia, hallucinations, and other extreme effects. The emergency regulation takes effect immediately.

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