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Armed Robbery at Piedmont Legion

Several people playing cards at the Piedmont American Legion were robbed at gunpoint early yesterday morning. There were no injuries in the 12:40 a.m.  incident, when two black male suspects entered an upstairs room through a rear door, brandished a gun, and demanded money from several victims. They then ran from the area. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Mineral County Sheriff’s Office at (304)-788-0441. There were no further details on a description of the suspects.


Two More Arrested in Sweep

Two more suspects have been arrested in connection with a warrant sweep that began on Monday. Thirty-year old Justin Travis Scarpelli was arrested for violation of probation and was held on $40,000 bond. Twenty-seven year old Ashley Nicole Scardina was arrested for theft, and was released on her own recognizance. Investigators are continuing to search for other suspects who are currently wanted, and will continue the operation until they are apprehended.


Garrett County To Assume Ownership of Course

Garrett County will assume ownership of the Adventure Sports Center International, after the developer of the site defaulted on more than $3 million in bank loans. However, the county won’t be liable for the center’s bank debt. The deal will not affect plans for the International Canoe Federation to hold its 2014 world whitewater paddling championships there. In a related story, the center’s executive director, Matt Taylor, is leaving to become the executive director of the Westwind Stewardship Group in Oregon.


Dr. Gibralter Finalist For Kentucky Presidents

Dr. Jonathan Gibralter, president of Frostburg State University is one of three finalists for the position of President of Northern Kentucky University. He began his duties at FSU in 2006, succeeding Dr. Catherine Gira. All three of the finalists for the Northern Kentucky job will visit the campus next month and the school should make its decision by the middle of next month.


House Votes to Charge For Drilling Studies

The Maryland House of Delegates has approved a measure that would charge a $15-per-acre fee to finance studies on best practices for extracting natural gas from Marcellus Shale. The fee would raise roughly $1.8 million to pay for the studies. Supporters of the bill cite health and environmental concerns about the drilling process, while opponent are asking why businesses that would help create jobs should have to pay for a study to determine whether they can do business in this area of the state.


Grant, Hardy County Residents Indicted

Eleven Grant County residents and two from Hardy County have been indicted by a federal grand jury in Martinsburg. Most of the charges stem from illegal drug activity from 2009 through 2011. If convicted, the suspects face a variety of fines and prison sentences. The indictments were the result of investigations conducted by a variety of law enforcement agencies, including the West Virginia State Police, the Pendleton and Grant County Sheriff’s Departments and the Petersburg Police Departments.


Proposal Would Double “Flush Tax”

The House Environmental Matters Committee has passed a bill that would double the state’s “flush tax” from $30 per year to $60. The bill would enable the state to finish upgrades to the 67 largest sewage plants in the state to reduce Chesapeake Bay pollution. The flush tax is now $2.50 per month.


Incident Brings Indecent Exposure Charge

Cumberland City Police responded Tuesday to a report of indecent exposure at a business in the 200-block of Williams Street. Witnesses say they observed a man, standing outside of a vehicle in the parking lot, exposing himself. Sixty-three year old Lawrence Silvers was arrested at the scene and charged. He was held on $10,000 bond in the Allegany County Detention Center.


Frostburg State University Honored for Community Service

Frostburg State University has been honored by the Corporation for National and Community Service, as a leader among institutions of higher education for their support of volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement. FSU was admitted to the 2012 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for engaging its students, faculty and staff in meaningful service that achieves measurable results in the community.


Report Card Distribution to be Delayed

The third marking period report card distribution, originally scheduled for April 13th has been delayed until April 18th. In response to a change in the date for the Maryland Primary Election, the school board amended the 2011-2012 school calendar to include a spring break for students, which in turn, has pushed report card distribution back one week. Schools and offices will be closed on April 3rd for Primary Election Day.


Man Sentenced for Murder of Former Girlfriend

Randy McPeak has been sentenced to live in prison for the fatal shooting of his former girlfriend, Heather Harris in June of last year. McPeak pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and related charges last November 28th in Washington County Circuit Court.  He would have to serve at least 15 years, before being eligible for parole. Ms. Harris died five days after the shooting, which also included McPeak holding law enforcement authorities at bay for 7-1/2 hours at her Dual Highway home.


More Cuts, Tax Hikes Next Year

Maryland Senate President Thomas “Mike” Miller says there are merits to both the House and Senate versions of the proposed fiscal year 2013 budget, but changes made by the House version could mean deep cuts and the need to raise revenue next year. The House proposal would raise income tax for fewer taxpayers than the Senate version, and rejects the Senate and Governor O’Malley’s plan to apply the state’s sales tax to online purchases.  The House plan would not raise enough money to handle the state’s $1 billion deficit, according to Miller.

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