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Robbery Suspect Arrested

The West Virginia State Police have arrested a suspect in the robbery of Penny’s One Stop convenience store Saturday evening. Twenty-nine year old William Ault of Ridgeley was taken into custody Monday afternoon. Numerous tips from citizens were received by law enforcement, along with numerous interviews that were conducted with witnesses in Allegany and Mineral Counties. He has been charged with robbery and theft. He is incarcerated in West Virginia, pending extradition to Maryland.

 

Man Pleads Guilty in Fatal Child Neglect Case

Augusta resident Joseph Bennett has pleaded guilty in connection to the death of his daughter’s girlfriend. He was sentenced to serve three to 15 years in state prison. The case involved one-year old Alexis May Harbaugh in July of last year. Bennett was said to have acted negligently, but not intentionally, resulting in the death of the infant. An autopsy determined the child had suffocated last July 11th at her Burlington home

 

Five Charged with Detonating “Soda Bottle Bomb”

That small explosion on Gephart Drive Monday night was the result of a “soda bottle bomb,” and five male juveniles have been charged in connection with the incident. The five suspects learned how to make the device online. The boys were charged with manufacturing, possessing and the use of a destructive device, among other counts. “Soda bottle bombs” are considered to be Improvised Explosive Devices, and it is considered to be a felony. The juveniles were released to the custody of their parents.

 

New Allegany Project Clears Another Hurdle

The Maryland State Clearinghouse has approved plans to build a new Allegany High School at the location of the former Braddock campus of the Western Maryland Health System. The Board of Education had submitted a request for site approval in December, and the approval is considered a significant step forward in the process.

 

Investigation into Double Fatal Fire Continues

The investigation into the January fire on Harrison Street that killed two youngsters is continuing. The Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office says it knows the origin of the fire, but not the exact cause. The fire took the lives of 7-year old Paige Ford and her sister, four-year-old Jymera Ford.

 

Fire Traced to Front Porch Steps

Monday afternoon’s fire at Marsh Manor Court in McCoole has been traced to the front porch steps of the mobile home, and is under investigation by the Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office. The blaze caused approximately $35,000 damage to the structure and its contents. It was owned by Randy McDonald and occupied by Russell Stallings, Jr. Smoke detectors were present, but no operating. If anyone has information, you are asked to contact the Office of the Fire Marshal at (301)-791-4758 OR (301)-729-5021.

 

Manns Choice Resident To Go To Trial

Manns Choice resident Richard Woy will be bound over for trial. Woy is accused of viewing images of nude children or children in sexually provocative poses online during February and March of last year. He faces 19 counts of sexual abuse of children, and one count of criminal use of a communication facility-all felonies. He is also charged in an unrelated case of sending explicit sexual material over the Internet. Woy’s $50,000 unsecured bond was not modified, and he is prohibited from contacting minors and using the Internet.

 

West Virginia Governor Expected to Sign Funding Bill

West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin is expected to sign a bill, that would fund construction at Cacapon State Park in Morgan County. Senate Bill 362 provides for $3 million each year for 30 years from excess video lottery revenues to finance a $52.5 million state bond issue that will pay for additions and improvements at Cacapon and Beech Fork state parks. The bond issue will build an 82-room addition to the park’s lodge, a new dining room, and lounge with a commercial kitchen, meeting rooms, an indoor/outdoor pool and spa and make renovations to the park’s gold course.

 

Conflict Cited in Representing Defendant

A court-appointed attorney for Wardensville, West Virginia resident Amy Hartinger told a circuit court judge that he had a conflict of interest and couldn’t represent her. Hartinger acted as a police informant last year, buying drugs from various people in the Wardensville area. When those people were arrested and assigned court-appointed attorneys, they couldn’t represent Ms. Hartinger either. A canvas of attorneys in the courtroom showed they also had conflicts and Ms. Hartinger’s arraignment was postponed. She was arraigned on two separate indictments, one of which charged her with delivery of a controlled substance.

 

No Smoking Legislation Considered

A measure has received preliminary approval in the state Senate that would prohibit residents from smoking in a car with a passenger younger than eight years old. One senator tried to revise the bill, so that a violation of the proposed law would be a secondary, rather than a primary offense. Another amendment was proposed that would have prevented a child from riding in a vehicle in which someone had smoked at all.

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