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Eberly Is Now County Clerk, Administrator

County Administrator David Eberly has been assigned an additional duty, that of county clerk. The county commissioners fired the present county clerk about four months ago in a cost-cutting measure, and in the interim, Eberly had been handling those duties. Some of the duties of the county clerk position were legally required, and Eberly is handling that aspect of the job. The rest of the non-essential duties have been divided among other members of the staff.


Man Enters Guilty Plea To Escape

Forty-two year old Cumberland resident Mark Daniel Haines has entered a guilty plea in U.S. District Court on a charge of attempted escape. Haines, who was an inmate at the Eastern Regional Jail on charges of bank robbery, had tried to dig out of a block at the head of his bunk, camouflaging his work. He faces a sentence of up to five additional years in prison and a $250,000 fine.


Keyser Lifts Mandatory Water Conservation

The city of Keyser has lifted the state of emergency and the mandatory water rationing plan, but Mayor Randy Amtower is still urging residents to voluntarily conserve water. After last week's announcement, the city contacted West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin, to explore the possibility of pulling water from the upstream dams of New Creek, which had a backflow of water from the North Branch of the Potomac River.


Man Tasered in Altamont Terrace Incident

Two people were arrested in an early morning incident yesterday on Altamont Terrace. Nineteen year old Savannah Renee Moreland is accused of assaulting Dezmond Holmes, and Holmes is accused of assaulting one of the responding officers. He was tasered by Cumberland City Police officers. Both were later taken to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center for treatment of injuries sustained in the incident. Holmes was charged with second degree assault, disorderly conduct, obstructing and hindering, resisting arrest and failure to obey a lawful order. For her part, Ms. Moreland faces three counts of second degree assault and other counts, similar to Holmes.'


Zell Sentenced to 22 Years

Berkeley Springs resident James Zell has been sentenced to at least 22 years of a 75 year maximum sentence for the murder of his pregnant girlfriend, Kelly Butler. He strangled Ms. Butler last December, and hid her body in a Hampshire County cabin. Along with two counts of second degree murder, he also pleaded guilty to concealing a deceased human body. He will be eligible for parole after 22 years.


Gambling Interests Spend Millions on Special Session

Casino owners, labor, and other interests reportedly spent $3.6 million during last month's special session of the General Assembly, dealing with expanded gambling. That breaks down to about $900,000 per day for the four-day session. Among the biggest spenders was a Washington-are labor organization, which poured $2.7 million into television advertising, designed to persuade the General Assembly to pass legislation, authorizing table games and a new casino in Prince George's County.


Berkeley County Questioning Five Individuals

The Berkeley County Sheriff's Office is questioning five individuals, after  pursuing them into Washington County. The department is awaiting lab results in connection with the shooting death of Mississippi resident Samson Edmond. A fatal shooting took place Sunday morning in the parking lot of the Brickhouse Bar and Grill on Mid-Atlantic Parkway.


Pennsylvania Woman Accused of Sickening Boyfriend Waives Hearing

A Fulton County, Pennsylvania woman accused of sickening her boyfriend with eyedrops waived her preliminary hearing this week. Thirty-three year old Vickie Jo Mills is charged wsith ten felony counts of aggravated assault, 10 misdemeanor counts of simple assault and 10 misdemeanor counts of reckless endangerment. She is accused of putting the eyedrops in the drinking water of 45-year old Thurman Edgar Nesbitt III; he had been treated for nausea, vomiting and blood pressure problems. A blood test revealed a chemical found in over-the-counter eyedrops and nasal sprays. Ms. Mills allegedly told investigators she never meant to kill Nesbitt, but only wanted to make him pay more attention to her.

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