Gun Control, Death Penalty Highlights of Session
Gun control and the death penalty will be two major issues during the 2013 session of the Maryland General Assembly, which gets underway Wednesday. General Assembly members also consider the reduction of the structural deficit by $200 million, “manageable” during this session. There are no major tax increases anticipated this year, except possibly for transportation. While the Governor would like more money for transportation, he is expected to receive fierce opposition to raising the gas or sales tax.
Beal Due in Court on February 1st
Twenty-three year old Jonathan William Beal is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on February 1st, in connection with the death of Justine Marie Jackson, a former Mountain Ridge student and a graduate of the Allegany County Center for Career and Technical Education. Beal is accused of murdering Ms. Jackson, and burying her body near the Great Allegheny Passage hiking and biking trail in Somerset County. He fled the area, but was arrested near New Orleans, Louisiana in November. He waived extradition and was returned to Somerset County to face homicide charges.
Bedford County Man Held on Rape Charges
Sixty-one year old Gary Weyant of New Paris, Pennsylvania has been arrested on rape charges, stemming from ten years ago. The incident allegedly happened between 2003 and 2004 at a residence in Napier Township. The alleged victim, who is now 17, first reported the case to police in March of last year. Following arraignment, Weyant was held in the Bedford County jail on $150,000 bail.
Destruction of Property/Theft in Midland
The Maryland State Police barrack is investigating the breaking and entering and theft from a vehicle in the 14,000-block of Paradise Street in Midland Friday morning. A Ford van had its passenger side window broken, and a purse, containing various cards and a Nintendo DS system were taken. If you have any information about this incident, please call the LaVale barrack at (301)-729-2101.
Man Faces Assault, Drug Charges
Twenty-three year old Cumberland resident Kevin McKenzie has been jailed on $7500 bond, on connection with a Saturday incident on Grand Avenue. McKenzie is accused of assaulting a man, repeatedly hitting him in the face with a closed fist. He fled the area, but was later apprehended in the parking lot of an Industrial Boulevard business. Police also found 22 Suboxone packets, a quantity of suspected marijuana, along with a digital scale and other CDS paraphernalia. He was processed at police headquarters, received a District Court hearing, and is now lodged in the Allegany County Detention Center.
Report Cards Delayed in Allegany County
Report card distribution for all Allegany County Public Schools will be delayed one day this marking period. Report Cards will now be distributed on Tuesday, January 29th, instead of Monday, January 28, 2013.
Janice LaRue New MineraL County Commission President
Janice LaRue, who is serving her second term as a Mineral County Commissioner, has been elected to serve as President of the group. Incoming Commissioner Jerry Whisner will take her place on the Mineral County Development Authority and Planning Commission. Fellow Commissioner Richard Lechliter will serve on the Region 7 Workforce Development Council. The next regularly scheduled commissioners’ meeting is tomorrow at 9:30 a.m.
Man Charged with Bringing Gun Into School
Charles V. King II, a well known chiropractor in the Somerset County area, has been charged with bringing a gun on to Turkeyfoot Valley School last month. King has also had his concealed weapons permit revoked, and has been banned from school property. King had come to the school to pick up a student on December 14th, when an office staff member noticed the gun in his back pocket. Authorities believe King meant no harm, but that the incident occurred just hours after the Newtown massacre on December 14th.
Flu Cases Top 10,000 in West Virginia
There are more than 10,000 confirmed cases of the flu in West Virginia, as of mid-December, the highest total for the period in five years. There were over 6600 cases in December of 2011. The Centers for Disease Control says West Virginia is among 31 states reporting widespread flu activity, and the number of confirmed cases in the Mountain State has steadily increased for five consecutive weeks.