Special Session Could Conclude Today

The special session of the Maryland General Assembly should be finished by today. The session was held to avert about $500 million in cuts, and includes tax increases on people who make more than $100,000 per year. Montgomery County’s Democrats are expected to push for an amendment to replace the income tax increase with an increase in the state sales tax rate from 6% to 7%. The General Assembly may re-convene later in the summer to consider table games legislation.


Man Held on Combined Bond

Cumberland resident James Derek Coffey is being held on a combined bond of $8500 in the Allegany County Detention Center. Coffey was arrested on a number of charges, including assault, violation of an ex-parte order, telephone misuse and harassment.


Hardy Voters Pass School Bond Issue

Students in Hardy County schools  will have two rebuilt high schools, as a result of a$21.5 million school bond passed in the most recent primary election. The bond passed by a sizeable, 12 per cent margin, and means that Moorefield High School will be rebuilt, with East Hardy High School being significantly renovated. The bond should be matched with a similar amount from the West Virginia School Building Authority.


No Swimmer Found in Potomac

Nobody has been found after police received reports of a man, trying to swim the Potomac River, from the West Virginia side to Maryland, near Hancock. Authorities were told by dispatchers that gunshots had been fired on the West Virginia side of the river, but they weren’t sure who fired the shots. A search was conducted by the Maryland State Police, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and the National Park Service.


Potomac on List of Most Endangered

The Potomac River is the most endangered river in the United States, threatened by both urban and agricultural pollution. The Potomac provides drinking water for more than 5 million people, and recreational opportunities for many more in Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Washington, D.C. The annual report was released by the “American Rivers” group.

Business Fundamentals Workshop Set

A workshop on “Business Fundamentals” will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 30th in  Parsons, West Virginia. The workshop is part of the West Virginia Small Business Development Center’s Training and Business Coaching Program. Registration is required by Friday, May 25th. To register, call (304)-530-4964.


Fire Marshal Finds Evidence of Manufacture of IED

The Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office has evidence that improvised explosive devices were made at a residence near Hancock. The evidence was seized early Sunday from a home on Orchard Ridge Road. A suspect has been identified in the case. The Washington County Sheriff’s Office assisted at the scene.


Ex-Girlfriend Faces Charges in House Fire

 A Hagerstown woman faces serious charges after allegedly intentionally setting fires in her ex-boyfriend’s home. Kimberlyn White, an ex-girlfriend of the tenant, confessed to the arson, at 438 East Franklin Street,  and was arrested. She is being held on $500,000 bond at the Washington County Detention Center. The incident was reported Sunday night, bringing out the Hagerstown Fire Department. The Fire Marshal remained on the scene until 3:15 a.m. Monday.


Kitchen Stove Started Hagerstown Fire

A Hagerstown fire that resulted in two deaths was caused by an active burner on a kitchen stove. The fire, at 334 Summit Avenue, killed three-year-old Hope Goins along with her mother, Patricia Goins. Surviving the fire were Hope’s father, Kenneth Goins and Patricia Goins’ father, Quintin Coldsmith. Donations collected will go towards the Hope Goins fund at Susquehanna Bank locations, to help cover medical expenses and funeral costs.


Harassment on Social Media Sites Banned

During this past session, the Maryland General Assembly passed a law to expand the definition of electronic harassment. The law prohibits harassment on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. If found guilty, a person can face up to a year in prison, a $500 fine or both.