Rowlesburg Woman Dies in Oakland Crash
Rowlesburg, West Virginia resident Jacqueline Bell died en route to Garrett Memorial Hospital, in an accident that was most likely caused by an underlying medical condition. She struck the rear of a Chevy pickup on East Oak Street on Thursday, and had been complaining of severe pain on top of her head at the scene. She died as the ambulance reached the parking lot of the hospital. Police are awaiting results of an autopsy from the Medical Examiner’s Office in Baltimore.
Death Penalty Sought in Hardy County Murders
Federal prosecutors are seeking the death penalty in the 2009 slayings of a Hardy County family. Lorie Ann Taylor Keller, who along with her husband, are charged with the deaths of 36-year old Dennis “Chip” Taylor; Taylor’s wife, Allaina Whetzel Taylor and her five year old daughter Kaylee Whetzel. Taylor-Keller’s ex-husband is “Chip” Taylor. Several factors entered into the decision to seek the death penalty, including “substantial planning and premeditation” of the murders, multiple killings, and a vulnerable victim, 5-year old Kaylee Whetzel.
First Baby Of the New Year
The first baby of the New Year was born just before 5 a.m. Sunday to Debbie Grieves and Blair Carter at the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center. Their daughter, Amiah Nevaeh Carter weighed in at 7 pounds, 2.6 ounces, and was 19-inches tall.
New Year’s Night Crash Kills Man
Somerset County resident Christopher Tressler was killed late New Year’s night, after crashing his all-terrain vehicle. Tressler was riding along Route 601 in Boswell, when he swerved off the road, hit a tree, and crashed into another tree around 11 p.m. He was thrown from the vehicle, and later pronounced dead at the scene.
Reward Offered for Information on Missing Vehicle
The owner of a black, 2000 Ford Mustang GT Convertible is offering a $500 reward for information leading to its return. The car was stolen sometime between December 1st and December 27th from a residential garage on Pysell Road in McHenry. The car has the words, “Bad Pony” in white stickers on the lower part of both doors. There is a white racing stripe over the hood and trunk, and it has black leather seats, with white panel inserts. All calls will remain anonymous. If you have any information on the car, contact Detective DeLauter of the Maryland State Police at (301)-387-1101.
General Assembly Could Approve Medical Marijuana
The General Assembly could give the green light to medical marijuana when it convenes later this month. However, state pharmacists will mostly likely not be part of the distribution portion of the program. Current proposals would give the go-ahead to so-called “compassion centers,” which could distribute the drug. Medical marijuana is used to treat many forms of illness and pain, such as seizures, severe nausea from cancer and other treatments, and muscle spasms.
Governor To Submit Legislation on Septic Systems
Although he was not specific, Governor Martin O’Malley says he will submit legislation regarding septic systems for large housing developments. The Governor says increased pollution from the systems is undermining state progress in protecting the Chesapeake Bay. Critics have called O’Malley’s septic-control policies a “war on rural Maryland,” but O’Malley says science if firmly on the side of those who want to control the growth of septic systems, typically used for large-lot developments in outer suburban and rural areas.
Powerball Prices Rising
Powerball tickets will now cost $2.00, with organizers hoping the price change will entice more people to play. The move is a strategy to separate Powerball from the MegaMillions game. Both are sold in 42 states, plus the U.S. Virgin Islands and Washington, D.C. Some who play Powerball say the price increase may keep them from playing more often, or not at all.
Somerset Foundries Closing
The Somerset Foundries company closed as of last Friday, and some employees say no notice was given. About 30 people will be out of work. The plant employed about 150 people ten years ago, but has downsized. The Foundry manufactured components for a variety of products, and shipped to industrial manufacturers in the eastern half of the U.S. and Canada. One worker said he didn’t believe the foundries were closing due to a lack of work, but that a representative from the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration had been there twice in the past two weeks