Attorney To Enter No-Contest Plea
Garrett County attorney Ashley Shreve, who is accused of setting a fire at the Martinsburg law firm where she once worked, is expected to enter a no-contest plea to felony charges in Berkeley County Circuit Court. The presiding judge, Christopher Wilkes, will decide whether to accept a plea agreement on April 30th, during a plea and sentencing hearing. The fire, set in September of 2007, caused between $5,000 and $10,000 in damage to a law office. A DNA sample obtained from an envelope used to send a bomb threat matched a sample of Shreve’s.
Myers Introduces New School Attendance Bill
Delegate LeRoy Myers has introduced a new, and far less sweeping bill, addressing the out of county school attendance issue, which has caused a rift in the Western Maryland Delegation. The new bill is a scaled back attempt to at least partially accomplish the original objective. The bill would force the Board of Education to reverse its original decision not to include about two dozen middle school students in a clause that would have allowed them to continue at Hancock until they graduate from high school.
Trooper Shoots, Kills Man Following Crash
A Pennsylvania State trooper shot and killed a man he says assaulted him in a dispute, following a car crash on the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Fulton County. A trooper from Everett initially responded to the crash, and upon his arrival, there was a verbal confrontation between the two drivers involved in the crash. One of the drivers encountered the trooper with two aggressive Rottweiler dogs, and struck the officer several times with a metal flashlight. The trooper shot the man, fatally wounding him. He was identified as 45-year old Daryl Jerome Berry of Columbia, Maryland. The unidentified police officer was taken to the Altoona Regional Health System for treatment. State Police are investigating the incident.
Man Wanted in Allegany County Arrested in Keyser
A man, who was wanted on three separate warrants in Allegany County was arrested on North Main Street in Keyser late Tuesday afternoon. The arrest of 23-year old Dustin James Braithwaite was made without incident. He remains in the Potomac Highlands Regional Jail on $5,000 bond, pending a hearing to extradite him to Maryland.
Fee May Be Levied for Gas Exploration
The O’Malley administration is supporting an initiative that would levy a fee on some 150,000 acres leased for gas exploration in Allegany and Garrett Counties. The fee would help pay for the study on whether to allow hydraulic fracturing or “fracking,” on those tracts of land. Environmentalists support the bill, while business and oil industry representatives opposed the fee, arguing it could dampen prospects for drilling to boost the economy of the region.
Arson Suspected in Vehicle Fire
The State Fire Marshal’s Office is investigation an arson incident, involving a Chevy Minivan in the 700-block of Bedford Street late Tuesday afternoon. The vehicle, which was owned by Brent Cochran, was destroyed; a garage was also damaged by the fire. The blaze was discovered by a neighbor, and originated in the passenger compartment of the car. If anyone has any information, they are asked to contact the State Fire Marshal at (301)-791-4758 or the Cumberland City Fire Marshal at (301)-759-6484.
Keyser Councilman Cited for Illegal Dumpster Use
Keyser City Council member Herman Judy has been cited for unauthorized use of a city-owned garbage dumpster. It is a misdemeanor offense, and Judy can either pay the fine or contest the charge at Magistrate Court. For his part, Councilman Judy told investigating officers he was given permission to use the dumpster on Carskadon Lane. The Mineral News Tribune also charged 66-year old Milton Baker with the same offense.
Charges Expected In Accident
Charges are expected to be filed against Lonaconing resident Breanna Dawn Duncan, as the result of an early morning accident early yesterday morning near the intersection of Shaft Road and Upper George’s Creek Road. She was apparently driving at a high rate of speed, lost control of her car and sheared off the porch of an Upper George’s Creek Road residence. She also hit three parked vehicles. She was taken to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center and is expected to be charged, following her release from the hospital.
Blood Drive Sponsored by PharmaCare
There will be a public blood drive, sponsored by the American Red Cross on Tuesday at PharmaCare Home Medical Equipment, in Burton’s Shopping Center in LaVale. Hours are from noon to 6 p.m. Call PharmaCare at (301)-729-1780 or 1-800-RED CROSS, to schedule your appointment. Visit redcross.org for more information.