Oldtown Shooting Suspect in Custody
The Maryland State Police are investigating a fatal shooting, occurring last night in the area of Pack Horse Trail in Oldtown. A suspect, 69-year old Alexander Malaska, has been arrested and is being held on $300,000 bond at the Allegany County Detention Center. He is being charged in the manslaughter death of 43-year old Dennis Liller of Pack Horse Trail. The shooting arose from a property dispute between the two. Along with the Maryland State Police, the Allegany County C3I unit was on the scene. The victim was shot in the side by a .22 rifle, according to dispatchers. A mobile crime lab from Calvert County was brought in to investigate the shooting.
Grand Jury Indicts Two
The Allegany County Grand Jury has indicted two people for their part in an attempted robbery, occurring recently at the Sears store in Country Club Mall. Forty-one year old Chanin Allison Clark of Slanesville, West Virginia and 28-year old Brandi Lynn Gaver of Romney were arrested in connection with the incident, involving a 77-year old male victim. Clark was arrested by the West Virginia State Police, and later returned to Maryland after waiving extradition. Ms. Gaver remains incarcerated at the Allegany County Detention Center on $10,000 bond.
Law Enforcement on K-2 Sweep
Law enforcement agencies have initiated Operation K-2. They combed Allegany County in search of businesses that sell the substance, commonly known as K-2 or potpourri. About 50 businesses were visited. Several purchases were made, and the substance will be submitted to the Maryland State Police Crime Lab, to determine if the substances purchases contain illegal chemical compounds. Officers will continue to make periodic purchases of the K-2 substance to ensure compliance with federal law and the Maryland Controlled Dangerous Substance Act.
Beitzel, Edwards Gain Approval for Wind Turbine Safeguards
The House Economic Matters Committee has favorably reported on House Bill 747, which would give the Garrett County Commissioners the authority to enact ordinances relating to setbacks and the decommissioning of wind turbines. The bill was introduced by Delegate Wendell Beitzel. A companion measure, sponsored by Senator George C. Edwards, has already been unanimously approved by the entire Maryland Senate. Both measures must now be approved by the opposing chamber by midnight on April 9th, when the 2012 session of the Maryland General Assembly ends.
Local Woman Arrested on Several Charges
Cumberland City Police served an arrest warrant on 30-year old Michelle Cook for several charges, including second-degree child abuse, second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and false imprisonment. The charges stem from a domestic assault incident that occurred on March 23rd at a residence on Paca Street. She was taken to an Allegany County District Court Commissioner for a bond hearing, and was released on personal recognizance.
Referendum Launched to Reject Redistricting Law
MDpeition.com has launched a petition to bring the newly-drawn Congressional redistricting map to referendum in November. The emergency bill, passed last fall, has been opposed by the League of Women Voters, Common Cause, Democratic Congresswoman Donna Edwards and every Republican member of the General Assembly. And, a Federal District Court Judge has called the map an “impermissible political gerrymandering” action that “crossed the line.”
Maryland Senate Passes Bill to Limit Septic Systems
The Maryland Senate has approved a bill to regulate where new residential septic systems can be installed. The legislation provides for a four-tiered system that counties are expected to use to limit where residential septic systems can be located, especially in the most rural parts of the state. State Senate President Thomas “Mike” Miller called it a “compromise bill,” and disputed claims, primarily from Republican leaders, that the bill creates a “war on rural Maryland.”