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Week Three of General Assembly Session Underway

Offshore wind energy legislation, school construction and renovation funding, and sex offender legislation are all on the agenda during this third week of the Maryland General Assembly. Governor Martin O'Malley is holding a rally today for his offshore wind energy bill, which would build wind turbines ten miles off the coast of Ocean City. School officials from around the state will be in Annapolis tomorrow, to outline construction and renovation projects they want the state to fund. And, the House Judiciary Committee will consider one bill involving sex offenders. The bill would include coaches in the law that penalizes school employees who have sex with students. Violators of the law face up to three years in prison.


Man Charged With Vehicular Homicide

An Oakland man, previously charged with DUI, in connection with a December crash that killed his passenger, has now been charged with three counts of homicide by motor vehicle. Twenty-four year old Bryson Dixon faces the counts in connection with the death of 21-year old Samantha Gibson, also of Oakland. The crash occurred on December 9th on George Washington Highway. Gibson lost control of his vehicle and hit an embankment, causing Ms. Gibson to be ejected.


Imler Man Killed in Single-Vehicle Accident

An eighty-two year old Imler man was killed in a single vehicle crash Sunday afternoon on Interstate 99 southbound at mile marker 12. Orville Ickes was traveling at a high rate of speed and driving erratically. He had passed two vehicles along the west berm of the road, before losing control of the 2005 Chevy Cobalt. He hit an embankment head on in the median; the car then rolled end over end, and rolled on its side. Ickes was ejected from the vehicle, and pronounced dead at the scene.


Investigation into Early Monday Fire

The Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office is investigating a fire at a vacant, two story single family dwelling at 106 East Roberts Street. The home, was owned by Steven Robertson, and had been vacant for two years after a fire caused the owner to relocate. The loss to the structure and its contents was placed at $10,000. It was initially reported at 3:15 a.m. by a neighbor; it is known the area of origin was on the first floor of the home. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Western Maryland Regional Office of the State Fire Marshal at (301)-766-3888.


Vermont Man Arrested for Drug Possession

Vermont resident Robert Lee Buehler was arrested in Garrett County on Sunday on possession of suspected marijuana and CDS paraphernalia. Buehler was initially stopped for a speeding violation. A probable cause search was conducted. The suspected drugs and paraphernalia were found and Buehler was placed under arrest. He was processed at the McHenry Barrack, and later taken before a District Court Commissioner.


Man Held on $20,000 Bond

A Cumberland man faces first and second-degree assault, and other counts, following a Sunday incident on Maryland Avenue. Twenty-two year old Antonio Maurice Smith was in the front seat of a car, when he began arguing with the operator. He allegedly grabbed the steering wheel, and turned it, causing the car to crash into an unoccupied vehicle in the 900-block of Maryland Avenue. The operator and a female juvenile in the vehicle were uninjured. Smith was also charged with manipulating a vehicle with malicious intent. He was held on $20,000 at the Allegany County Detention Center.


Men Jailed in Friday Assault

Two Cumberland men were jailed, following an assault incident at an apartment complex on West Oldtown Road last Friday. Twenty-two year old Jasmond Metheny and 19-year old Marley Zaire Powell entered a person's residence without permission and told him to come outside. Metheny allegedly grabbed him, ripping his shirt off; he then punched him several times in the head. Both face numerous charges; Metheny is being held on $100,000 bond, while Powell's bail was set at $50,000.


Addison Woman Robbed

The Pennsylvania State Police are looking for two armed men who robbed an Addison woman of money and prescription medication late last week. The two, who wore dark-hooded jackets and ski masks, forced their way into the home, pushed the woman onto a couch and stole the items. They fled in a dark-colored sport utility vehicle. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Somerset Barrack of the Pennsylvania State Police at (814)-445-4104.



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