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Man Arrested for Lonaconing Home Invasion

Following a standoff with Montgomery County Police, 23-year old Kensington, Maryland resident Brendan Patrick Orr was arrested in connection with a home invasion robbery, which took place earlier this month in Lonaconing. Orr is alleged to have entered a private residence with two others,  on Gill’s Hill, demanding “drugs and money” from the victims. The suspects had guns and fired a shot into the ceiling of the home. One of the victims identified Orr and he was taken into custody late last week.


Maryland Politicians Discuss Taxes, Marcellus Shale

While an increase in the gas tax is more of a sure thing, Senate President Thomas “Mike” Miller says an increase in the sales tax “is not happening.” Democratic leaders discussed increasing construction and jobs, Republicans are criticizing the slow movement on allowing drilling in Western Maryland’s Marcellus Shale. A final report with findings and recommendations isn’t due until 2014.


Bone Resigns as Executive Director of Canal Place Authority

Following the resignation of Renee Bone as the executive director of the Canal Place Preservation and Development Authority, the board will meet tomorrow to discuss the issue. Andy Vick, chairman of the group, says they will be discussing a plan to move forward. Ms. Bone sent out an email last week, indicating she would be resigning, effective February 7th.


Mineral County Highlights Broadband Project

Mineral County representatives were in Charleston recently to discuss the availability of high speed internet service. Mona Ridder, Executive Director of the Mineral County Economic Development Authority, commented on how limited broadband is in the region, but county officials are moving forward, with or without state assistance. It should take about six months to establish high speed internet service, once construction begins.


School Board Recognizes Three ‘Schools of Distrinction’

The Allegany County Board of Education honored Cash Valley, Frost, and Mount Savage Elementary Schools for being chosen as Schools of Distinction for the 2011-2012 school year. The program recognizes and honors schools at each level, that exhibit high performance and/or significant improvement in student achievement. It is also designed to identify schools striving to become eligible for a Blue Ribbon School nomination for the Maryland Blue Ribbon Schools Award.


Fires Under Investigation

Two barn fires and one residential fire are under investigation in Bedford County. The barn fires were reported in Monroe Township, and have been identified as suspicious in nature. The other, at a vacant house on Fourth Street in Everett, has also been listed as suspicious. Damage in the barn fires was estimated at around $500 each.


6th District Race Draws 13 Candidates

The Maryland Sixth District Congressional race will see a total of 13 candidates for the April 3rd primary. Incumbent Representative Roscoe Bartlett is seeking his 11th term this year. Congressman Bartlett will see 7 challengers in the primary. The deadline to file for office in the primary election was last Wednesday at 9 p.m.


Utility Rates Rise in Mountain State

West Virginia residents paid an average of 2 per cent more for utilities last year, according to an annual report released by state Consumer Advocate Byron Harris. The report measures rates for gas, electricity, water, and telephone service. Driving the numbers up were the rates for electricity. Harris says he doesn’t believe natural gas prices will continue to decline, noting that, at some point it will hit bottom, then begin to rise. The average utility ratepayer in the Mountain State now pays just under $293 per month for gas, electric, water and telephone service. A year ago, that amount was $287.01.

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