Body Found Along Turnpike
A forensic archeologist from Mercyhurst College is being called in to excavate an area in Bedford County along the Turnpike, where the body of a woman was found on Wednesday. The body had been there several months, according to the Bedford Freepress. Hunters discovered the body around 9:35 a.m. There is no further information on the discvovery.
Juveniles Arrested in Vandalism Incident
Three juveniles were charged with destruction of property after they were caught spray painting several homes in the 700-block of Maryland Avenue and the 700-block of Elm Street. Nine separate locations were spray painted, and the amount of damages was valued at over a thousand dollars. A citizen tip led to the arrests of the juveniles.
Columbia Street Man Arrested for Possession
The Cumberland City Police arrested 30-year old Daniel Alvin Hill of Cumberland Wednesday evening on Columbia Street for possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. A Cumberland City Police, investigating a disturbance complaint, and found Hill allegedly using a glass smoking device, which is commonly used to smoke marijuana. Hill handed a small baggie of marijuana to the officer. He was released on personal recognizance, following a hearing in District Court.
Mayor, Council Endorses Prescription Program
The Keyser Mayor and City Council have voted to participate in a prescription drug program to benefit residents who do not have insurance to cover the cost of medications. The Mineral News-Tribune says the program, provided by Caremark, provides a discount of 20 to 25 per cent. The program, however, will not allow residents to “double-dip” by paying on prescriptions that are already covered by insurance.
Two Students Expelled in Somerset
Two students have been expelled from school in Somerset, with the expulsion to be discussed at the next school board meeting on December 12th. One of two sophomores brought a handgun onto a school bus, and gave it to a second earlier this week. The school’s DARE officer, Detective Rich Appel conducted a search of the building and interviewed other students after the two were removed from the school, and their parents were notified.
Maryland Department of Public Safety Reorganizes
Secretary of the Department of Public Safety and Corrections Gary Maynard has named J. Michael Stouffer to the new position of deputy secretary of operations, as part of a reorganization of the agency. Stouffer will oversee correctional operations in three regions, head security and parole and probation operations for the prison system. Allegany County’s North Branch Correctional Institution and Western Correctional Institution are considered to be in the North region.
Bartlett Chief of Staff May Run for District Seat
The chief of staff for Sixth District Congressman Roscoe Bartlett may be a possible candidate for the Congressman’s seat, implying Bartlett may not run for an 11th term next year. For his part, Congressman Bartlett says he has plans to run in 2012. Bud Otis has allegedly approached an unnamed political consultant to run his campaign, if he decides to do so. There is speculation Bartlett will withdraw from the race shortly before the January 11, 2012 candidate filing deadline.
Agency Returns Unspent Funds
The Maryland Developmental Disabilities Administration has returned more than $25 million in unspent funds back to the general fund. An audit has found weaknesses in communication among various offices; it was also revealed that DDA’s accounting system, most likely, masked the underspending. The DDA has a new chief financial officer and the department is hiring a consultant to help restructure its financial operations.
Tomblin, Maloney May Face Off Next Year
West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin may be facing Republican Bill Maloney during next year’s election. Both have filed their campaign papers, with less than six months to go before the May 8th Primary Election. During the October Special Election, Maloney came within a few percentage points of defeating Tomblin, who was then the Acting Governor and State Senate President.