Unemployment Rate Rises in Maryland
The state of Maryland lost 11,000 jobs in June, causing the unemployment rate to rise from 6.7 per cent to 6.9. Maryland employers cut 2900 jobs, as opposed to 7500 that were lost in May. Maryland’s job loss for last month, however, is the third biggest in the country. Nationwide, the employment rate was set at 8.2 per cent.
Bedford County Boy Pronounced Dead
A 15-year old Everett boy died Friday morning, after being shot the night before by another 15-year old boy. The two were friends and the incident is being considered the result of irresponsible handling of a firearm, although the juvenile was charged in adult court. The incident happened around 11:30 p.m. in a residence on Riverview Road in West Providence Township. The boy, who was arrested, was released after posting $100,000 bail. A preliminary hearing is set for Wednesday.
Three Drug Arrests Made
Somerset County resident Jamie Hope Porcher was arrested in Johnstown this week, accused of being the organizer of a failed Roaring Spring heroin transfer. A sweep has yielded several drug trafficking arrests. Porcher allegedly provided 24-year old Nichole Rankin and 29-year old Peter Donato of Somerset County with 6,000 bags of heroin, to exhcnage for $16,000 cash with Roaring Spring resident Joseph Castro. A search of Castro’s home revealed about $180,000 worth of heroin, as well as a pair of sawed-off shotguns. Porcher’s bail at the Blair County prison was set at $100,000 cash. Police say they expect more arrests in the case.
Former Employee Charged With Vandalism
A former employee of Pristine Auto Sales in Keyser has been charged with the vandalism of one of the cars in its inventory. Jason O’Brien Baker has been charged with two counts of destruction or property in connection with the incident. Baker is accused of attempting to throw a brick through the front of a Honda sedan; when he was unsuccessful, he threw it threw the back, and shattered the windshield. He is also accused of throwing a brick through a large picture window of the business. Baker has been released on $2,000 bond, and will be back in court next Wednesday, to enter a plea.
Man Arrested on Breaking and Entering Charge
Twenty-eight year old Jason Lynn Winfield is being held on $45,000 bond, after being charged with breaking and entering and theft. Along with the burglary counts, Winfield was charged with two counts of CDS possession, not marijuana.
Two Arrested for Trespassing on CSX Property
Cumberland City Police and CSX are reminding residents that walking across railroad tracks, with the exception of crossings, is prohibited. Two Cumberland men were arrested late Thursday afternoon, as they were walking across the tracks in the area of Knox Street and Henderson Avenue. Both Rajon Al Tolib Byrd and Zakary Ryan Harding were issued criminal citations and released, pending trial dates in District Court.
Woman Charged In Alleged Assault Incident
Fifty-one year old Annette Washington of Cumberland has been charged with assault, following an incident Saturday evening on Maryland Avenue. Ms. Washington is accused of assaulting a female victim, causing a laceration to the head. She was held on $5,000 bond at the Allegany County Detention Center. The victim was treated at the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center.
Frostburg Teen Named Distinguished Young Woman of Maryland
Aleksandra Knepper of Frostburg has been named the Distinguished Young Woman of Maryland, and awarded $1900 in cash scholarships during a statewide scholarship program for high school girls held at Carroll Community College in Westminster. She was one of 15 high school senior girls from the state who competed to represent Maryland as the Distinguished Young Woman for 2013. She will represent the state at various public events and serve as a role model to young people by spreading the program’s national outreach message of “Be Your Best Self.” National Finals will be held next June in Mobile, Alabama, with Aleksandra competing to become the Distinguished Young Woman of America for 2013.
Ford Recalls Escapes For Fuel Line Problems
The Ford Motor Company is recalling 11,500 Escape SUV’s, due to a fuel line problem. The issue is very serious, in that Ford is telling drivers to stop driving them. The fuel lines could possibly crack, leak and spill gasoline, which could cause the engine to catch fire. The recall affects models with the 1.6 liter, four-cylinder engine, built from early April, through July 11th.
Agencies Reaffirm Maryland Rating
All three bond rating agencies have affirmed Maryland’s Triple-A bond rating, in anticipation of the retail sale of general obligation bonds on August 1st. The offering will include the direct retail sale of about $75 million worth of bonds, with first priority going to residents. The sale will include about $430 million of tax-exempt bonds and $20 million of taxable bonds.
Governor Makes Judicial Appointments
Governor Martin O’Malley has made several appointments, including Judge Dana Moylan Wright, who has been appointed to the Washington County Circuit Court. She had been serving on the District Court since 2009. Other appointments were made to Wicomico and Montgomery County District Courts.