Facilities Plan Moved to Next Year
The facilities plan for the West Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind has been taken off the state Board of Education’s agenda until January of next year. WVSDB Superintendent Lynn Boyer made the recommendation, after sharing information on the cost of implementing the facilities’ design on the Romney campus and at undetermined sites in the Morgantown and Charleston areas. Information and recommendations will be gathered and presented in January of 2014.
Three Charged in Burglary
Three West Virginia residents face burglary and drug charges, following a Saturday incident in McHenry. Charles Edmond of Mabie, West Virginia, Patrick Odell of Elkins,
And 27 year old Angela Sharp of Mabie were arrested after burglarizing a home there. A search of the vehicle, which was found in the Burger King parking lot in McHenry, yielded a stolen .357-magnum handgun, along with drug paraphernalia, hydrocodone and
alprazolam. Each was held on bond, ranging from $10,000 to $15,000.
Lawmakers Look to Ban Synthetic Marijuana
Western Maryland Delegate Kevin Kelly is one of several legislators looking to make the manufacture, possession, or distribution of synthetic marijuana illegal. Delegate Kelly's legislation, which is expected to receive a favorable report with amendments, would order synthetic marijuana to the state's list of controlled dangerous substances. At least 41 states and Puerto Rico have legislatively banned synthetic cannabinoids in recent years.
Domestic Incident Results in One Arrest
Twenty-one year old Cumberland resident Tiffany Nicole Dayson was arrested following an assault incident in the 400-block of Arch Street yesterday. She is accused of arguing with her sister and biting her on the hand and thigh. Although her injuries did not require medical attention, Ms. Dayson was arrested and held on $7500 at the Allegany County Detention Center.
Man Attetmpts to Run from Police Following Disturbance
A thirty-nine year old Cumberland man was arrested after jumping from the roof and running from police following a disturbance on Saturday. Donald Lee Michaels lept from the roof of a home in the 300-block of Grand Avenue, and ran; he then tried to enter another residence by climbing through a window. It was discovered he was also wanted on a parole retake warrant through the Maryland Department of Corrections for violating parole. He was charged with several counts, including fourth-degree burglary, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. He was also detained on Department of Corrections warrant. Additionally, bond was set at $7500 at the Allegany County Detention Center.
WVU Student from Frederick Killed in Crash
A Frederick, Maryland student at West Virginia University was killed on northbound Interstate 79 in Washington County. Twenty-year old Sarah Marie Graham was a passenger in a car, when the driver lost control and hit a guardrail, before slamming into a tractor-trailer. The driver was taken to a Pittsburgh-area hospital.
Route 219 Expansion Work Underway
Work on expanding Route 219 to a four-lane highway from Somerset to Meyersdale began last Friday, with crews cutting down trees along the route. Two tree service companies will clear 250 acres of trees, and that work is expected to be completed by the end of next month. The $300 million expansion of an 11-mile stretch of the highway will start this summer and should be completed within five years.
Pennsylvania Suspends Breathalyzer Machines
Pennsylvania State Police have suspended the use of a certain model of breathalyzer, after a judge determined the unit was unreliable. Since that court ruling, several cases have been dismissed, and now State Police say they will be measuring blood/alcohol levels at the hospital, so that future cases won't be compromised. While the use of the Intoxilyzer 5000EN breathalyzer has been suspended, police are still using the hand-held breathalyzer. While those results are immediate, blood tests could take a few weeks to come back.