Man Arrested Twice in Same Day
Cumberland resident John Esposito was arrested twice in the same day Thursday. At 10:54 a.m. he was stopped in the vicinity of Maryland Avenue, and failed those tests. He was released pending trial in District Court. Later that day, he was arrested a second time for driving while impaired. A search also led to the recovery of a small amount of suspected marijuana. He was then taken to District Court and held on $5,000 bail.
Judge Denies Contempt Claim
A Bedford County judge has denied a motion to hold a County Commissioner in contempt for alleged disparaging remarks he made about the Bedford Area School District. The school board had filed suit against Commissioner Gary Ebersole. The School district had wanted the judge to find Ebersole in contempt for statements made in the Bedford Gazette and Shoppers’ Guide. The District’s Attorney, however, failed to establish that his advertisements and comments in his unsuccessful run for re-election this past fall disparaged or humiliated the district or its employees.
Man Seeks to Establish Shooting Range
A Mineral County resident and former gun shop owner wants to lease the former tennis courts along Route 46, in order to build a public shooting range. Greg Harr says he has been approached by several people, wanting to have a place to practice their marksmanship. The range would be available to those who become members of the Mineral County Sportsmen’s Association, and Harr says he now has about 60 potential members. He is expected to present the proposal to the Keyser City Council at a future meeting.
O’Malley Hosts Redistricting Hearing
Governor Martin O’Malley hosted a recent hearing, concerning the proposed legislative redistricting map for 188 seats in the Maryland General Assembly, and says he will weigh comments and consider changes, before formally submitting the map on the first day of the General Assembly. Opponents of the proposal criticized having less than a week to review the map, which was made public on December 16th. Once submitted, lawmakers will have 45 days to either approve it or pass an alternative plan. If lawmakers don’t approve an alternative plan, the Governor’s proposal becomes law.
Woman Wanted on Arson Charges
A Frederick County woman is being sought in connection with intentionally setting fire to her home in November. Patricia Cullop then barricaded herself in the attic of the home. She also made the “911” call to report the fire. She may be in the Frederick County area, and anyone with information on her whereabouts should contact police.
Gardner’s Boyfriend Believes She is Alive
The boyfriend for Robyn Gardner, who went missing while on vacation in Aruba with Gary Giordano, believes she is still alive, and the victim of human trafficking. Richard Forester said that Giordano’s story that she went snorkeling and was swept out to sea is implausible, because she was afraid of the ocean. Forester says he will remain patient and won’t give up, until there is information on her whereabouts.
Marcellus Shale Bill Signed into Law
West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin has signed a bill, establishing a comprehensive regulatory framework for natural gas drilling in Marcellus Shale. The bill establishes permit fees for drillers, requires companies to provide public notice of drilling sites and mandates that new well pads are at least 625 feet from residences. Named the Horizontal Well Act, the bill overwhelmingly passed the House and Senate earlier this month, during a special session.
Man Pleads Guilty To Robbery
An Eastern Panhandle resident has entered a guilty plea to robbing the BB & T bank in Martinsburg. Mark Daniel Haines is accused of using the drive-through of the bank, and demanding money, which the teller put in the drawer. He fled with over $7500. The case was investigated by the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.