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Contractor Killed in Fall From Tree

A contractor who fell from a tree in Garrett County has died, marking
the fourth storm-related fatality in the state. The unidentified
contractor was removing limbs from a storm-damaged tree in Oakland, when
he fell 30 to 40 feet. Other storm-related deaths from last Friday
include a man who died when his boat capsized off southern Maryland and
a woman who died when a tree crashed into her home.

Man Arrested for Entering Vehicles

Twenty-seven year old Brian Alan Lindeman was held on $3,000 bond,
following his arrest for entering vehicles in the early morning hours of
Tuesday in the 1100-block of Virginia Avenue. Several stolen items from
a vehicle, that was unlocked, and were found and returned to the owner.
Lindeman was taken to District Court. The Cumberland City Police is
reminding residents to keep their vehicles locked and remove valuables
when left unattended.


Garrett Woman To Be Sentenced

Garrett County resident Karen Jean Hovatter is awaiting sentencing on various counts, after she was found guilty of those charges in Garrett County Circuit Court. Ms. Hovatter was found guilty of maintaining a common nuisance, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Her bond was revoked. The charges were lodged after a search and seizure warrant was executed at her home in Mountain Lake Park in February.

Bedford Advances Second Reassessment

Bedford County is advancing the second reassessment in three years,
which will dictate residents’ property values for the next several
years. Overall, those values appear to be slightly lower than in 2009,
but changes vary from property to property. The appeals process begins
July 15th, a little more than a week after most property owners are set
to receive their new values. Residents who believe their assessments are
inaccurate, have until September 1st to submit appeals.

Suns Fined in Connection to Teen Death

The Hagerstown Suns baseball team has been fined $3500 in connection
with the death of 18-year old Mitchell Akers. The teen was working at
Municipal Stadium in April, when he fell from a vehicle and struck his
head. Additionally, the team was fined $5,000 for violations inspectors
found at the stadium as they investigated Akers’ death. The Maryland
Department of Occupational Safety and Health found the violations and
levied the fines against the team.

New Audit Reveals Wasted Money

The Maryland Office of Legislative Audits has uncovered as much as $63
million in wasted money over the past three years. Some state
departments are repeatedly making the same mistakes. As one example, the
Maryland Department of Health issued $2.5 million in tax dollars to
Medicaid recipients who are dead, and the Maryland Transit
Administration’s Paratransit Program paid out $744,000 in gas taxes,
even though it is exempt from paying it. In another example, the
University of Maryland, Baltimore County, failed to charge some students
tuition, while giving others improper refunds.

Police Investigating Jefferson Death

Police are investigating whether the death of a 66-year old Jefferson
County, West Virginia man was related to last Friday’s storm, which left
much of that region without power. The victim, who had used a wheelchair
and had pre-existing heart and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
problems, was found in his home, which was at least 95 degrees inside.
An autopsy is being conducted by the West Virginia Office of the Chief
Medical Examiner to determine if his death was, in fact, heat-related.

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