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One Dead in Bus, Truck Collision

One person is dead and about 20 others-mostly students-were injured yesterday when a Pepsi tractor-trailer collided with a school bus on a road near Kingwood in rural Somerset County, Pennsylvania. The accident occurred on Route 281, south of New Lexington, as the truck crossed over into southbound lanes, hitting the bus nearly head-on. The driver of the truck who died in the collision, has not been identified, pending notification of family. At least eight of the injuries were treated at Somerset Hospital.

 

Domestic Incident Results in Arrest

A Cumberland man was released on his own recognizance, following a domestic assault in the area of Canal Street. The victim told police that Somers William McKinley, her husband, had assaulted her with a belt. Injuries to her shoulders and back were consistent with her account. He was arrested, taken to Police Headquarters for processing, and taken to District Court for his initial appearance. He was charged with second-degree assault.

 

Charges Dropped Against Drub Suspect

Charges against a Morgantown man were dismissed against Morgantown resident Errol McCurrie earlier this month. He had been charged on January 17th with possession of marijuana and paraphernalia, along with possession with intent to distribute. Baltimore attorney Steven Silverman represented McCurrie, who filed a motion for the charges in Allegany County Circuit Court,  be dropped.

 

Bennett Named 911 Communications Head

Roger Bennett has been named the Allegany County 911 Joint Communications Division Chief in the Department of Emergency Services. The announcement was made by County Administrator David Eberly. He is an adjunct professor for the University of Maryland’s University college and an adjunct fire instructor for the University of Maryland’s Fire and Rescue Institute.  Bennett graduated from Beall High School in 1983, and lives in Frostburg with his wife and daughters.

 

Man Jailed After High-Speed Chase

Winchester, Virginia resident Andre T. Walker remains in jail, following a high speed chase early Wednesday, ending when police deployed stop sticks on Main Street in Romney. Walker had tried to elude police after attempting to flee in a motor vehicle. He remains jailed on $12,500 bond at the Potomac Highlands Regional Jail. Walker reportedly ran from the area, after his car became disabled; he was also allegedly combative with police as they were attempting to place him in the police cruiser.

 

Housing Grants Announced for West Virginia

Keyser and Piedmont’s Housing Authorities will be sharing in nearly $8 million in public housing grants. Senators Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin say the funds are being administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The funding will be used to house eligible, low-income families, the elderly, and persons with disabilities.

 

Meyersdale May Reduce Officers’ Hours

The borough of Meyersdale may reduce the working hours of two full-time borough police officers, as the end of a 14-week layoff draws near. Officers Dave Holler and Matthew Wright were laid off in January because of financial problems. The council has approved bringing back the officers, when their layoff ends next month, but some council members want to see the officers’ working hours reduced.

 

Miller:Gas Tax Hike Unlikely During This Session

Maryland Senate President Thomas “Mike” Miller says an increased tax on gas is unlikely because of high gas prices and the fact there is a proposal for an income tax increase to balance the budget. But, Miller did leave open the possibility of a special session in the fall to increase the gas tax, especially if fuel prices drop by then. Miller says lawmakers need to focus on the income tax increase to help cut an ongoing budget deficit in half.

 

Unemployment Rate Hits Three Year Low

Maryland’s unemployment rate fell to its lowest level in three years, with a rate of 6.5 per cent. That figure is nearly 2 full percentage points lower than the national average of 8.3 per cent. An improving jobless rate has been credited to hiring at technology companies, medical services, law and investment firms and for construction projects.

 

Salary Increases for State Judges

Beginning in Fiscal Year 2014, Maryland judges’ salaries will increase by roughly three per cent annually, hiking their pay by more than $14,000 over three years. Judges make an average of $151,852 annually, with the Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals earning the highest salary, at $181,352. The measure was passed as a joint resolution, rather than a bill. Governor Martin O’Malley, whose wife is a district court judge will not have to sign it.

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