Bedford County Woman Dies in Wreck
Twenty-seven year old Bedford County resident Nicole E. Wagner died Tuesday afternoon in a crash with a Pennsylvania Department of Corrections bus. Her car crossed the center line and hit the bus, headed in the opposite direction. Some of the prisoners in the bus were taken to Altoona Regional hospital for treatment of various injuries. Two schools in the area were “locked down” until all of the prisoners were accounted for; Route 22 in the area was closed for several hours.
Murder Suspect Arrested in Massachusetts
A man, wanted for the killing of a 17-year old Piedmont boy more than a decade ago, has been captured in Holyoke, Massachusetts. The U.S. Marshals Service says Vicky “Lucky” Bonilla was arrested by a fugitive task force unit. Bonilla had been wanted for the 2001 murder of Gabriel Lopez of New York at the VFW Post in Piedmont. The shooting was believed to be drug-related.
Railroad Bridge Could Become Part of Great Allegheny Passage
An old railroad bridge, near Southern States, could be rehabilitated and link the Great Allegheny Passage to North End. Plans to prepare the bridge are already being developed, with a total cost of about $75,000. Local volunteer and inmate labor would be used to construct the bridge, and would be used to accommodate bikers and hikers. The work would be funded by local and private funding sources.
Low-Flying Aircraft Prompts Calls
The Frostburg City Police received about 20 calls regarding a low-flying aircraft in the area between 8 and 8:30 p.m. Tuesday night. One report stated that the aircraft was flying low over the Eckhart area, but it couldn’t be determined whether it was a fixed-wing aircraft or a helicopter. The Maryland State Police Medevac helicopter was not in the area at the time. The Allegany County 911 Center also received several calls during the incident.
Keyser Man Arrested on Traffic, Weapons Charges
Keyser resident Christian Arnold faces traffic and weapons charges, as well as battery on a police officer, following a two-vehicle accident on South Mineral Street. Arnold’s car rear-ended another, driven by Garrett Kiddy of Cumberland; the car driven by Arnold had an improper license plate, and a knife, with a 4-inch blade. He was also charged with battery, following an incident at the Keyser Police Station.
New Expert Named in Gerholt Case
A new expert has been hired in the John Gerholt case; Gerholt is charged with shooting and killing his wife outside of a McDonald’s Restaurant, where she worked, in 2008. The expert was approved by Senior Judge Daniel Howsare, after a previous expert didn’t help Gerholt’s case.
Former Detective Sues for Wrongful Termination
Former Somerset County detective Samuel Scott Fogelsong is suing the county and district attorney, claiming he was fired because he supported District Attorney Jerry Spangler’s re-election last year. He is asking for both compensatory and punitive damages for wrongful termination. Foglesong claims that he was not in a policy-making position in the district attorney’s office, and that firing him for political affiliation is against public policy.
Two Vehicle Arsons Investigated
The Pennsylvania State Police are investigating separate cases of vehicle arsons in Somerset and Huntingdon Counties. In Somerset, arsonists set fire to a pickup truck, owned by Clifford Tressler in the village of Gray in Jenner Township. Officials say they don’t know how the fire started; it was discovered between 2 and 2:30 a.m. Tuesday.
O’Malley Leaning Toward Special Session
Governor Martin O’Malley says he will call a special session of the Maryland General Assembly to deal with $512 million in budget cuts and to adopt a tax package. When that session will be held is in question. O’Malley says he is looking for a consensus on a session; when that happens, he will call the session. O’Malley was not specific about how far apart the House and Senate are, but it did not appear a special session will happen soon.