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Maryland Woman Charged in Somerset Stabbing

Twenty-year old Maryland resident Ashley Kamilah Arnold has been charged in connection with stabbing a man three times with a kitchen knife in Somerset County, Pennsylvania late last week. She is alleged to have stabbed 21-year old Justin John Seeley, when he tried to separate Ms. Arnold and 18-year old Ashanti Matthews. Seeley was treated and released from Somerset Hospital. Arnold is being held on $50,000 bail.


Lonaconing Man Held on Burglary, Theft Charges

A 21-year old Lonaconing man remains jailed in the Allegany County Detention Center, on a total bond of $27,500. Wade Eston Alt was originally stopped on a traffic violation, and it was later determined he was a suspect in a recent burglary in the Barton area. He was accused of disabling the power to a residence, breaking in and stealing several items, including cash and firearms. He was charged with burglary and theft, along with tampering with an electric pole or lines.


Keyser Farm Service Office May Close

The proposed consolidation of USDA Farm Service Offices in West Virginia may result in the closure of the Keyser office. The FSA provides a number of services to area farmers. A public hearing has been set for next Thursday, February 2nd, at 1 p.m. at the Mineral County Health Department to discuss the possible closure. This will be the only hearing, where public comment will be taken.


MTA Changes Policy on Selling Used Cars

Allegany County Sheriff Craig Robertson, in an attempt to save the county money and upgrade the department’s fleet of cruisers, had looked to buying used cars from the Maryland Transportation Authority. However, the MTA now places the cars up for auction to dealers and the public; previously, police agencies had been able to request them. The MTA tells Sheriff Robertson they no longer allow this practice. The Sheriff’s Office has received budgetary money to buy only two new cruisers this year, and he is enlisting the aid of Delegate Kevin Kelly to upgrade the fleet.


Cumberland Man Arrested for Assault, Destruction of Property

Nineteen year old Dustin Lee Liller was arrested and charged with second-degree assault and malicious destruction of property, following an incident Monday evening on North Lee Street. Liller allegedly assaulted a family member and destroyed property during the incident. Following a bond hearing, he was released on his own recognizance.


Business Fined for Violating Anti-Smoking Laws

The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has fined the Wildwater Inn on National Pike for two separate violations of the Clean Indoor Air Act. The business was fined $100 by the state agency, and an additional $200 by the Garrett County Liquor Control Board. The Wildwater Inn allegedly violated the act by failing to prohibit smoking on two separate occasions, one in October and the other in November.


Beitzel Comments on FY 2013 Budget

Delegate Wendell Beitzel says there are several items of importance to Western Maryland in the Fiscal Year 2013 state budget. Allegany County stands to lose 3.2 per cent in aid to local government and primary and secondary education funds, under the proposal; for its part, Garrett County may lose 7.6 per cent of its funding. He and Senator George Edwards are urging their colleagues to take a look at the disparity in funding for the region that has resulted from the current economic crisis. He is urging citizens to voice their opposition to the educational cuts.


Ehrlich Uses Campaign Funds to Defend Schurick

Former Governor Robert Ehrlich allegedly used $168,000 in leftover campaign funds to pay for defense attorneys in Paul Schurick’s fraud trial. Schurick is a former aide to Ehrlich. A campaign finance report, filed last week by the Bob Ehrlich for Maryland Committee, shows the payments. Schurick, who is to be sentenced February 16th, is accused of authorizing a 2010 Election Day, automated call campaign to suppress the African-American vote by falsely suggesting that Governor O’Malley had already won and voters could stay home.


Restaurant Association Wants Alcohol Tax Amended

The Restaurant Association of Maryland is hoping to get the Maryland alcohol tax amended. The tax includes anything related to serving a drink. If, for example, a drink is served at a wedding, and there was a bar on a table with a tablecloth and glasses, the 9 per cent tax would apply to not only the drink, but also anything related to serving it, including the cloth, the table, and the glasses. Many restaurant owners believe neither the public, nor legislators, understood the law and what it meant.

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