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General Assembly Begins Tenth Week

The Maryland Senate is expected to approve its version of a state budget this week, which includes the broadest increase in the state’s income tax in 15 years. The bill includes Governor O’Malley’s plan to begin collecting the state’s sales tax on online purchases, an increase in the plan to increase wholesale tax on cigars and other tobacco products, and shifting the cost of teacher pensions from the state to county governments over four years. Lawmakers have a self-imposed deadline of April 2nd to pass the state budget.


Rawlings Resident Sentenced in Child Pornography Case

Thirty-six year old Rawlings resident Matthew Sluss has been sentenced to 33 years in prison for his part in a child pornography network that shared images of exploited children. Sluss was sentenced yesterday in U.S. District Court in Baltimore. He had previously pleaded guilty to a count of interstate advertising of child pornography. Sluss utilized file sharing technology for tens of thousands of photos and videos, which were shared with more than 70 online friends.


Fire Destroys Deep Creek Drive Home

A fire, that caused more than $115,000 in losses to Eric Jacoby, has been determined to be accidental in nature. The fire was at 743 Deep Creek Crive. Nobody was hurt in the early morning fire on Saturday. The property is owned by John Prutilpac, Jr. Originating in a crawl space of the home, it was determined to be accidental in nature. Smoke detectors were present and activated, and the occupants are being assisted by family and friends.


Traffic Stop Results in Arrest

Wooster, Ohio resident Angela Fischer was arrested on eastbound Interstate 68 over the weekend. Originally stopped for speeding, officers discovered she had two, loaded .380 caliber pistols in the driver’s door panel. She was taken to the McHenry Barrack of the Maryland State Police, then to a District Court Commissioners office. After a bond hearing, she was released on personal recognizance.


Fire Reported in McCoole

A fire reportedly engulfed a mobile home yesterday afternoon at Marsh Manor Court in McCoole. Volunteer firefighters from two counties responded to the blaze, reported shortly before 1 p.m., when a neighbor spotted the fire. There were no injuries reported and the Maryland State Fire Marshal’s office is investigating.


Police Called for “Out of Control” Teen

Cumberland City Police were called over this past weekend to a residence at Fort Cumberland Homes for a report of an out of control 13-year old. The officer tried to determine the problem, but she continued to yell and curse. When told she was under arrest, she kicked the officer in the leg and actively resisted arrest. She was charged and processed at police headquarters, and released to her mother, pending trial in Juvenile Court.


Cumberland-Carpendale Bridge  Discussed

A bridge, connecting Carpendale and Cumberland, was part of the discussion at the recent meeting of the Mineral County Development Authority. Building the bridge could be presented during next year’s Mineral County Day at the State Legislature in Charleston. The bridge, would be built in the northern end of Mineral County to the Upper Potomac Industrial Park, close to the on and off ramps of Interstate 68.


Capon Bridge Man Arrested for Drug Paraphernalia Possession

A Capon Bridge, West Virginia man was arrested late last week, after they found him sitting in his car with a gun and illegal drugs. Joshua Bowyer was taken into custody in Winchester. The matter remains under investigation by the Winchester Police Department. Bowyer was held on a $1,000 secured bond.


West Virginia Legislature Ends

The West Virginia Legislative session ended this past weekend, with some bills making it and some that did not. Both the House and Senate approved a bill that would ban texting and cell phone use while driving. Another bill, submitted by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin, dealing with substance abuse, was passed without a conference committee. And, an education bill from the Governor dealing with annual evaluations of teachers and principals, also passed on the final day of the session.

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