Train Derails in Bloomington
Seventy-six coal cars derailed on CSX tracks, north of Bloomington early yesterday. The derailment occurred about three miles north of the town. Two engines remained standing on the track, and there were no injuries. Another derailment happened near there in January of 2000; that incident destroyed a nearby occupied residents and killed a 15-yerar old boy. Four other members of the family of Eddie Lee Rogers were injured in that incident.
Police Seek Information on Wisp Assault
The McHenry Barrack of the Maryland State Police is investigating an assault incident at the Wisp Tubing Park. Police say a black male, between 25 and 30 years of age, wearing ski clothing, assaulted two employees at the Wisp Tubing Park. He was said to be with a large group of people and fled the area after the assault. No injuries were reported. Anyone who witnessed the assault or is able to identify the unknown male is asked to contact the McHenry barrack at (301)-387-1101.
Man Charged with Theft
A Cumberland man faces two charges, following an incident on Pine Avenue late last week. A vehicle, driven by James Aaron Twigg, was stopped for a vehicle violation. It was learned the registration sticker was reported as stolen. The officer determined the sticker had been taped on the registration plate. He was issued two traffic citations, charging him with the registration violation and he was issued a criminal citation for theft. He was released, pending trial in District Court.
Woman Arrested in Assault Incident
Forty-five year old Elizabeth Anne Bonner is accused of striking her boyfriend five to six times with a metal baseball bat. The incident allegedly occurred Sunday in the 700-block of North Mechanic Street. The victim reported he had been hit in the head and back with the bat. He refused further medical treatment, but was checked out by the Cumberland Fire Department ambulance crew. Bonner was taken to District Court and ordered held on $5,000 bond at the Allegany County Detention Center on charges of first and second-degree assault and reckless endangerment.
Keyser Schedules Meeting Time Changes
The city of Keyser has reached an agreement on meeting times. Council passed a measure last week, setting the time for the first meeting of the month for 4:30 p.m., and the second monthly meeting at 6 p.m. The meeting times are not “set in stone,” and the 6 p.m. time was established to allow more citizens to attend meetings.
Lawsuits Filed Against Lawyers
The Berkeley County Circuit Court Clerk has filed lawsuits against two attorneys-one from Maryland and one from West Virginia-in an attempt to collect hundreds of dollars in fees they were charged upon obtaining copies of court documents from her office. The suits were filed against Amanda Lewis of Martinsburg and Kenneth Ford of Middle River, Maryland. They allegedly owe nearly $1300 between the two of them, although Ford’s license to practice law in West Virginia has been annulled. For her part, Ms. Lewis has made arrangements to pay the bill by the end of March.
Man Arrested After Stabbing and Stand-Off in Hagerstown
Thirty-eight year old Jenerette Dixon has been arrested, following a weekend standoff with police in Hagerstown. Dixon allegedly stabbed a teenager, then kept police at bay, following the incident. He has been charged with attempted murder, reckless endangerment, and a weapons offense. The victim was hospitalized with “very serious injuries.” Dixon surrendered to authorities around 6:35 p.m. Saturday evening.
One Injured in I-68 Accident
One person was taken to Ruby Memorial Hospital, following a two vehicle accident Sunday on Interstate 68, near mile marker 12 in Monongalia County. The accident happened as a man lost control of his truck and hit a guard rail. The vehicle bounced back into traffic and collided with a tractor trailer. The passenger in the truck was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.
Former Superintendent Sues State Board
Former West Virginia State School Superintendent Jorea Marple is suing the State Board over her firing. Her attorney believes the decision was done in secret, and brought to a close a nine-month effort by school board President Wade Linger to get rid of her. He says she was denied the due process guaranteed her in the both the U.S. and West Virginia Constitutions. The lawsuit seeks compensatory and punitive damages, a full hearing to establish the exact grounds for her firing, and a jury trial where applicable.