Three Weeks Left in Session
There are just three weeks left in the General Assembly, and state lawmakers are hurrying to pass hundreds of bills before next Monday night's "crossover" deadline. Any one of the 2400 bills introduced this year must pass at least one chamber of the General Assembly, in order to give the other chamber enough time to pass the bill ahead of the end of the session, which is April 8th. One of the major bills that still needs to pass at least one chamber is the transportation funding bill, introduced by Governor Martin O'Malley earlier this month.
Former Student Sentenced for Murder
A former Frostburg State University student was sentenced to 14 years in prison yesterday for the November, 2011 stabbing death of fellow student Kortneigh McCoy. Shanee Liggins was sentenced to 14 years in prison for the murder, which happened outside of an off-campus Frostburg residence. She was also ordered to serve five years of supervised probation, upon her release from prison. She had originally been sentenced to serve 20 years, but six were suspended.
Man Arrested for Possession of I.E.D.
A Montana man was arrested Friday evening, after he was found to be in possession of an apparent improvised explosive device. Thirty-two year old Rebecca Lynn Hare said he was en route to visit a power plant in Niagara Falls, was found outside the Sheetz store in Petersburg, after complaints were received that he was soliciting money outside of the business. What was reported to be an improvised explosive device was found in his backpack. Hare was jailed at the Potomac Highlands Regional Jail in lieu of $3,000 bond.
Man Arrested for Causing Disturbance
A Cumberland man was arrested Sunday evening for causing a disturbance in the area of the first block of Greene Street. Thirty-year old George Thomas, Jr., was accused of standing in the middle of the roadway, yelling at passing vehicles and causing them to stop. A second call to police resulted in his arrest. He received a District Court hearing and was remanded to the Allegany County Detention Center on $5,000 bond, charged with both disorderly conduct and failure to obey a lawful order.
Man Charged with Trespassing, Violating Ex-Parte Order
A Cumberland resident is being held on $25,000 bond, after his arrest for violating an ex-parte order. Thirty-three year old Richard Flanagan was initially served an arrest warrant for violating an ex-parte order. Following his release, he returned to a West Second Street address and assaulted a male subject in front of the residence. He was later located at his residence, and charged with violating the original ex-parte order and trespassing on private property.
Senator Works to Protect Memorials from Sequester
United States Senator Tom Coburn is working toward protecting historic areas, such as the Flight 93 Memorial in Somerset County from the federal sequester. Parks across the country could experience funding cuts, and Senator Coburn is asking Congress to shift money from other projects, to areas such as the memorial. Senator Coburn says the Flight 93 Memorial represents the final resting place for our loved ones.
Hardy County Names Chamber Director
Hardy County has named Mary Burgess as the new Executive Director of its Chamber of Commerce. Ms. Burgess is from the Los Angeles, California area, and graduated from U.C./San Diego with a degree in Literature. Her husband, Tom, was originally from the Charleston area; following their retirements from the Navy, the Burgesses opened a public relations firm.
Little Cacapon Access Road Widened
The West Virginia Division of Highways has completed the widening of the Little Cacapon Access Road to two lanes, with the exception of laying blacktop. The road had narrowed down to 14 feet up the grade off of Route 50, but has now been widened to 18 feet, which will be blacktopped. The Hampshire Review says the project lasted for about two weeks, and cost $20,000.
West Virginia Awaits Education Reform Bill
Voting on an education reform bill has been delayed twice by the West Virginia State Senate. Representatives have been meeting with stakeholders over several remaining issues, including teacher seniority, the 180-day calendar and Teach for America. Representatives say they are close to an agreement on Governor Earl Ray Tomblin's initiative.