Minnick Enters Alford Plea
Accident resident Jeffrey Minnick has entered an Alford plea to two counts of first-degree murder in the slayings of two Oakland residents. An Alford plea, while not admitting guilt, acknowledges the state could win a conviction at trial. Minnick is charged with the murders of 18-year old Jessica Irene Baker and 24-year old Timothy Lax. Minnick could receive a sentence of dual life terms.
Man Charged in Brother’s Death
Romney resident David Corey has been arrested in connection with the January 8th shooting death of his brother, Daniel. Forensic evidence linked David Corey to the crime. Daniel Corey was found dead of a gunshot wound to the chest in the second-floor bedroom of his residence on January 8th. He was jailed without bond at the Potomac Highlands Regional Jail in Augusta, pending his next court appearance.
Frostburg Expected to Approve Memorandum of Understanding
The city of Frostburg is expected to approve a memorandum of understanding, which will allow Frostburg State University police officers to patrol neighborhoods near campus where students live. The assistance of the campus officers is part of the memorandum, which will be announced at tonight’s meeting of the Mayor and Council at 7 p.m.
Traffic Group To Meet
The City of Cumberland Traffic Group is meeting today in the City Hall Council Chambers. A full agenda of the meeting will be posted on the city of Cumberland’s website, which is www.ci.cumberland.md.us. Questions can be directed to the City of Cumberland Engineering Department at (301)-759-6600.
Break In Reported at Somerset County Medical Office
It’s unclear whether anything was stolen, but Pennsylvania State Police in Somerset are investigating a break-in at Medical Associates of Boswell in Stoystown borough this week. A plate-glass window inside the office was broken, and personnel are now taking inventory. The Pennsylvania State Police at Somerset are asking anyone with information to call them at (814)-445-4104.
Corbett Signs Marcellus Shale Bill
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett has signed a Marcellus Shale bill into law, and local officials are cautious in their support. The “impact fee” could raise about $180 million for those wells already drilled by the end of 2011, using average natural gas prices, and given that local governments impose the fee. In Bedford County, only one well has been drilled.
O’Malley Unveils Gas Tax
As promised, Governor Martin O’Malley has unveiled the details of his gas tax. The bill, as proposed, phases in the state’s 6 per cent sales tax on gasoline over three years. For the first three years the tax is in effect, gas tax collections would be halted for one year, if gas prices increase 15 per cent. The bill also puts limits on “raiding” the transportation fund, using highway money to balance the budget. Tax collections would also be halted, until the money transferred is put back into the transportation fund.
Same Sex Marriage Progressing
A bill to legalize same-sex marriage in Maryland is progressing to the House of Delegates. Two committees voted to send the measure to the full chamber. It is possible the House could take its final vote on the bill by Friday.