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Piedmont Police Chief Not Reappointed


Piedmont Police Chief Ralph Rice has been terminated, as the Town Council voted 3 to 1 to not reappoint him. One council member, who voted against the motion, says he has concerns about the way the firing was done.  Piedmont is currently under investigation by the West Virginia State Police for the alleged Federal Emergency Management Agency trailer fraud. The motion required a three-fifths vote of the council, but one member, Ray Hall, is currently incarcerated in the Potomac Highlands Regional Jail for attempted extortion. Council member Robert Patenaude expressed concern that if the termination weren’t handled correctly, according to the city charter, it could be facing a lawsuit.



Resident Tasered After Running From Police


A Cumberland man was tasered by Cumberland City Police Friday evening, following a disturbance between a man and a woman in the area of Cecilia Street. Twenty-eight year old Keith Palmisano ran from the scene, and a city police officer ordered him to stop several times, before utilizing the taser. Palmisano was wanted on a bench warrant for violating his probation. He was charged with resisting lawful arrest and obstructing and hindering a law enforcement officer. He was held on $3,000 bond at the Allegany County Detention Center.



Woman Charged with Violation of Protective Order, Assault


Twenty-eight year old Jamie Nicole Doonis was charged with several counts, following an incident early yesterday morning in the 800-block of Columbia Avenue. She was at a residence there, creating a disturbance, in violation of a protective order She also destroyed flower pots, which were on the front porch of the home. While being arrested, she became combative and kicked an officer, who was not injured. She was charged with violation of a protective order, disorderly conduct, destruction of property and second-degree assault. She was held, pending a bond hearing in District Court.



Oldtown Road Work Continues


Beginning on Wednesday, the eastbound lane of Oldtown Road, from Wempe Drive to New Hampshire Avenue will be closed for about 30 days. Traffic from Oldtown Road in that direction, will become one-way, westbound. Side streets in the affected area will be closed to thru traffic; local traffic will be permitted. Drivers are urged to use caution in the work zone, obey traffic control devices, and follow the detour route for westbound travels. Delays should also be anticipated during working hours.



More Charges Expected Against Former Teacher, Deacon

More charges are expected in the case of Brian Eppley of Somerset County. Eppley is accused of inappropriate conduct with several young children. Eppley has resigned from his post in Conemaugh Township. Eppley was also a church deacon, and retired as a teacher in the school district this past spring. The inappropriate conduct allegedly took place in several rooms of the church, as well as the Lions Club and Historical Soceity, both in Davidsville, Somerset County.



Maryland Experiences Rebound in Revenue Collections


The state of Maryland is projecting it will end the current fiscal year with a $225 million surplus, adding to a similar amount from the past fiscal year. The Board of Revenue Estimates is crediting a rebound in revenue collections, with the state’s take from the personal income tax, corporate income tax, sales tax and lottery sales coming in higher than the previous projection in March. Comptroller Peter Franchot says the extra money should go into the state’s Rainy Day Fund.



Suspect Killed In Shootout; Two WV State Police Officers Dead


A 22-year old Oak Hill man was killed in a shootout last week, which also killed two West Virginia State Police Officers. Luke Baber, who had several past run-ins with the law, shot both Corporal Marshall Bailey and Trooper Eric Workman. Bailey was killed at the scene, while Trooper Workman died several days later. The shooting happened along the Roane/Clay County, West Virginia line; Baber had somehow hidden a gun and shot the troopers from the back of the cruiser. Baber himself was killed by Roane County Sheriff’s deputies.



PATH And MAPP No Longer Needed


Because of a drop in demand, the Potomac-Appalachian Transmission Highline and the Mid-Atlantic Power Pathway lines have been dropped from regional transmission plans. Projects such as PATH and MAPP won’t be needed for another 15 years or so; additional power generating stations have also reduced the need for such high voltage lines. Allegheny Energy and Appalachian Power announced last year that they had suspended the PATH project, due to a drop in demand. The line was to have run from West Virginia, into Virginia, and terminate in Maryland.

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