Man Sentenced to Life Without Parole
A Garrett County man will spend the rest of his life in jail, after entering an Alford plea earlier in the year, in connection with the deaths of two people in Oakland. Forty-seven year old Jeffrey Charles Minnick, a convicted sex offender, acknowledged the state had sufficient evidence and would likely find him guilty, under the Alford plea. He is accused of the murder of 24-year old Timothy Brandon Field Lax and 18-year old Jessica Irene Baker, shoe bodies were found at a campsite near the railroad tracks in Oakland. Minnick was adamant that he had not killed Ms. Baker, however.
Driver Cited in McMullen Highway Crash
A Lost City, West Virginia man was cited for negligent driving, after his rig went out of control, near the Western Correctional Institution on Friday. Benjamin Pyles was traveling south on McMullen Highway, when his vehicle drifted off the roadway, striking a tree near the Mullaney Building. It took several hours to remove the truck, but did not affect traffic on McMullen Highway. Pyles refused medical treatment, and after receiving a citation, was released from the scene.
Cumberland Woman Charged in Assault
An argument over money resulted in a Cumberland woman being charged with second-degree assault Saturday night. Twenty-one year old Jerica Brooke Barnes was taken in to custody, following the incident in the 200-block of Maple Streeet. The victim suffered a bloody nose, a swollen eye and scratches on the face. Ms. Barnes was released on personal recognizance, following a hearing in Allegany County District Court.
Snowmobile Accident Injures One Person
A person was taken to Garrett County Memorial Hospital over the weekend, after a snowmobiling accident on Mason School road. The incident happened around 9:42 p.m. Saturday. Neither the identity nor the condition of the victim is known. Southern and Northern Garrett Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene.
Addison Man Charged With Holding People at Gunpoint
Forty-seven year old Addison resident James Owen Holliday is accused of keeping four people at gunpoint last week, threatening to shoot and kill them numerous times over several hours. He is also accused of threatening to shoot an officer in the head, and then kill the others and himself. Bond for Holliday was set at $150,000,with special conditions, including a mental health evaluation.
HCC Considering Renaming of ARCC for Brown
The Hagerstown Community College Board of Trustees is considering naming the school’s Athletic, Recreation and Community Center after former Coach and Athletic Director Jim Brown. A decision will be made at the board’s February 19th meeting. The Washington County Commissioners have unanimously approved a resolution in support of the move.
Child ID Theft Bill to Take Effect
A Maryland law, which allows parents to better protect their children from identity theft is taking effect this week. The child identity law will allow parents to freeze their child’s credit at any time. The bill will also help the elderly and developmentally disabled, who could become victims of identity theft. The law not only applies to those 16 and younger, it also affects an incapacitated person, who has a legal guardian.
Gambling Lobbyists Top Spending List
The State Ethics Commission has released a list of employers who spent $50,000 or more on gambling lobbyists between May and October of this year. Building Trades for National Harbor, Inc., spent about $2.7 million, the most money on the list. Eight lobbyists reported more than a million dollars in compensation for lobbying to have expanded gambling passed in Maryland. Topping that list is Timothy Perry, who earned just over $1.3 million for his efforts.