Robbery Suspect Arrested
Pasadena, Maryland resident Alexander Devault is being held in connection with the robbery of First People’s Community Federal Credit Union on Main Street in Lonaconing Friday afternoon. An Allegany County Sheriff’s Deputy, who was in the area, quickly made the arrest after the 2:40 p.m. incident. Devault is being charged not only with robbery, but also theft and resisting arrest, as he initially ignored refused orders to stop from the deputy. All of the cash taken during the robbery was recovered and none of the credit union employees was injured.
Oakland Man Killed in ATV Crash
Garrett County resident David Shillingburg was killed early yesterday in an ATV crash on Smith Drive. Shillingburg failed to negotiate an intersection, traveling into the woods; the ATV rolled on top of him. The accident, near Crescent Lane happened shortly after midnight yesterday. A further investigation is being conducted by the Maryland State Medical Examiner’s Office and the Garrett County Sheriff’s Office.
Charges Remain Against Man
The Allegany County State’s Attorney’s Office says that the report of all charges being dropped against Errol Caprice McCurrie is false. In a statement from Michael Twigg’s office, the case against McCurrie remains in place for violations of the Controlled Dangerous Substance Act. The matter was originally docketed by Circuit Court as a prayer for trial by jury. The matter, however was not forwarded to Circuit Court. It was for the waiver of a preliminary hearing. The charges are the same as in the original docketed case, and is currently pending in Circuit Court.
Residents Oppose Moorefield Recycling Facility
Several community members appeared at a recent meeting of the Moorefield Council, to oppose the location of a recycling facility at the site of the former American Woodmark facility. Hub Scrap, of Hagerstown, an industrial recycling company, has expressed interest in buying the building, but the residents are concerned about increased truck traffic, pests and hazardous waste. The citizen group, while not opposed to jobs or recycling, say they believe there are other areas that would be more preferable than the American Woodmark facility.
Senate Approves Budget, Income Tax Hike
Most Maryland taxpayers will be paying a little more, as the result of legislation, passed this week in the Maryland General Assembly. State Senator George Edwards voted “no” on the income tax increase. The Senate also approved the state budget on a vote of 37 to 9. A separate budget reconciliation measure that includes cuts and taxes on tobacco other than cigarettes and applying the state’s sales tax to online sales was passed on a 34-12 vote. The package of budget legislation now goes to the House of Delegates.
Senate May Vote on “Justice’s Law”
The Maryland Senate may vote on a bill increasing the penalty for child abuse, causing death, from the maximum 30-years in prison to life. The bill is known as “Justice’s law,” after Justice Christopher Calvin Myers-Cannon, who was shaken to death in January of 2007. Hagerstown resident Floyd Edward Bingaman was sentenced to 30-years in prison for his death. The bill still has to go to the House as well.
Pennsylvania Voter ID Bill Passes
The Pennsylvania Voter ID bill has passed, requiring voters to show photo identification before their votes could be counted, beginning with this year’s Presidential election in November. Those without proper identification would be able to cast a provisional ballot. They would then have six days to get an acceptable ID and deliver a copy to county elections officers in person, by email, or fax. Governor Corbett is expected to sign the bill into law.