Man Sentenced in Animal Cruelty Case
Cumberland resident Ricky Adams has been sentenced for his part in the so-called “Ducky” case from last year. Adams was sentenced to two, 90-day sentences which were suspended. He was placed on supervised probation for three years, with the condition of 100 hours of community service at the Allegany County Animal Shelter. He also was ordered to pay restitution of $1,372 to the appropriate parties, and was prohibiting from possessing or residing with a canine for the term of his probation.
Woman Sought in Skating Rink Assault
A female suspect is being sought in connection with the alleged assault of several children at the Star-Lite Roller rink Saturday evening. The woman got into a verbal altercation, which turned physical, with a number of children and the suspect. She allegedly punched, slapped, and pushed several of the children. She left the scene, which occurred around 10 p.m. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Maryland State Police at (301)-729-2101.
Victim Suffers Burns in Fire
An unknown victim suffered burns to his face in an accidental fire in the 700-block of Maryland Avenue early yesterday afternoon. Two other occupants of the home escaped injury. The structure is owned by Vicky Kasecamp. The cause has been traced to one of the occupants smoking near oxygen. Neither the identity nor the gender of the victim was known.
Ruling Expected in Request for New Sexual Assault Trial
A Bedford County judge is expected to make a ruling within 30 days, on whether to grant a new trial for Barry Lee Crespo. He was found guilty in March of 2009 on various sexual assault charges involving a 14-year old girl between late October and November of 2007. The incidents took place n both Bedford County and Berks County, Pennsylvania; Crespo was a mentor to the victim in the Youth Advocate Program, and claims his lawyer in the case was ineffective.
Charges Against Berlin Trio Dropped
Three Berlin residents who had prostitution charges brought against them, had the counts dropped, as part of a plea agreement. Sixty-three year old Jerry Streng, 34-year old Tonia Good and 50-year old Jacqueline Eubanks all pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct, and as part of the agreement, agreed to seek drug and alcohol evaluations. They also must complete any recommended treatment, before they are sentenced in three months. Eubanks and Good were charged with conspiracy to commit prostitution, while Streng was charged with patronizing prostitutes.
WVSBDC Offers Small Business Workshops
Two small business workshops are scheduled for Wednesday, February 8th in Moorefield, West Virginia. The workshops, “Business Fundamentals” and ‘Sustainable Growth” are part of the West Virginia Small Business Development Center new training and business coaching program. Both workshops will be held in the Hardy County Rural Developmnent Authority. To register, call (304)-530-4964.
Flush Tax Could Triple; Septic Fees Could Double
Under Governor Martin O’Malley’s proposed consumption-based tax for public water and sewer users, the fees for the so-called “flush tax” could triple, while septic users could see the fee double to a $60 cap. Under the proposal, homes on public water in the Baltimore-Washington suburbs would be the largest contributors to the Bay Restoration fund through the flush tax. The proposal caps the tax at $5 per month, or $60 annually. A consumption-based tax would lower the monthly payment to about $1.80 for a “low end user.” However, the fee would increase to over $9 per month for “high end users,” those using 8,000 gallons or more per month.
Maryland Realtors Alarmed Over O’Malley’s Mortgage Deduction Plan
The Maryland Association of Realtors is expressing alarm over a plan from Governor Martin O’Malley, which would cap state income-tax reductions for people who make more than $100,000, a change which would have a big impact on mortgage interest deductions. Under the plan, a single Maryland taxpayer whose federal adjusted gross income is more than $100,000 would see a ten per cent reduction in the amount they could claim in state income tax reductions. A single earner making more than $200,000 would see a 20 per cent reduction.
New Archbishop Should Be Named and Installed in March
Cardinal-Designate Edwin O’Brien says the new Archbishop of Baltimore should be named and installed by the end of March. O’Brien says he doesn’t know who that person will be, but he will remain in place until the installation. O’Brien succeeded William Keeler in 2007, and was recently selected to the College of Cardinals in Rome.