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General Assembly Enters 12th Week

Yesterday was “Crossover Day” in the General Assembly, which means was the deadline to pass bills in at least one chamber of the legislative body. A House-Senate conference committee is expected to be formed to negotiate a final version of a state budget and tax bill. The Senate is expected to take a final vote on a proposal that regulates where new septic systems can be installed. And, it is expected to debate, and possibly vote on, a bill to expand gambling in the state.


Garrett County Woman Faces Charges

Garrett County resident Miranda White is facing attempted murder charges after trying to run over her ex-boyfriend in Oakland. She and the ex-boyfriend got into an argument in the Oakland Town parking lot Sunday night; she then stole his vehicle, chased him down Second Street, and ran over him before crashing into the side of the “Brewed Awakenings” coffee shop. The extent of the man’s injuries and the amount of damage to the coffee shop are unknown. She was being held in the Garrett County Detention Center on a quarter-million dollar bond.  


Two Arrests Made in Pot Bust

The Mineral County Sheriff’s Office has made two arrests and seized over 60 marijuana plants from a mobile home in the Whitacre Trailer Park in Short Gap. They were originally called Sunday morning for a report of shots fired, and deputies found not only the plants, but also grow lights and other materials used to manufacture the drug. The original discovery was made at Lot 30; additionally, the residence at Lot 9 was also searched and over a pound of marijuana was found, along with containers and measuring devices. The street value of the drugs seized was around $83,000. The suspects in the incident have yet to be identified.


Piedmont Councilman Resigns

Piedmont City Council member Bob Fike has resigned his position, effectively immediately. He presented his letter of resignation on Thursday, and in it, he cited since the most recent city election, the council meetings have been filled with “hard feelings, arguments and paranoia.” He emphasized that his resignation had nothing to do with what he termed the “FEMA fiasco,” and that he was not going to represent the citizens of Piedmont under the “terrible conditions” he had mentioned.


Federal Grand Jury Indicts West Virginia Residents

Residents from Maysville, Petersburg, Moorefield and Cabins, West Virginia are among 14 people indicted by a federal grand jury in Martinsburg. Forty-one year old Consuelo Bosley of Maysville was indicted for possession of material used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine in Grant County. Moorefield residents Larry James Martin and Amanda Lipscomb face similar charges in Hardy County. Eleven others were named in the indictment, mostly for the manufacture and intent to distribute the drug.


Rockville Woman Held on Officer Assault Charge

Forty-year old Rockville, Maryland resident Paula Renee Carrasquillo is being held on $5,000 bond at the Allegany County Detention Center, following an early Sunday morning incident at a business on Pershing Street. Officers responded to the report of an assault at the business. One of those in the crowd became belligerent and began to assault the officer. She reportedly kicked several others as they were trying to put her into a police vehicle. She was eventually charged with three counts of second degree assault, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.


Woman Taken to Hospital Following Crash

Forty-seven year old Hyndman resident Karen Minnick was taken to the hospital, following a two-vehicle accident Friday morning on State Route 56. She slowed down for a vehicle turning left, when she was struck from behind by a 17-year old boy, driving a 2006 Hyundai Tiburon, near Hammond Hill Road. The boy and a passenger in her car were uninjured. The accident happened around 10:47 a.m., according to the Pennsylvania State Police at Bedford.


Fire Damages Friendsville Apartment

Damage estimates have been placed at between $10,000 to $15,000 as the result of an apartment fire on Water Street in Friendsville Sunday. The fire began in a bedroom of the ground-level apartment. Friendsville Fire Chief Terry Spear was alerted by Natural Resources Police Corporal Walt May, who was in the area and spotted smoke coming from the building.


Three Suspects Sought in Hagerstown Murder

Three black males are being sought in connection with a homicide on Linwood Road in Hagerstown early yesterday morning. The victim, thirty-five year old Alfarad A. Evans, was pronounced dead at Meritus Medical Center. A female resident at the home was not harmed in the incident. Witnesses reported three black males, in baggy clothing, ran from the residence toward Nolan Village, after gunshots were heard. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Hagerstown Police Department at (301)-790-3700.

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