Stabbing Victim Identified
Cumberland City Police and the C3I unit are continuing the investigation into a fatal stabbing on Davidson Street Tuesday morning. They located the body of 30-year old Chad Dylan Robinette in the front room of the house; there was a single puncture wound in the victim's upper chest. An autopsy is being conducted, and investigators also interviewed four other people who were at the home, when the body was discovered. The investigation is continuing.
Driver Recovered from Potomac River
A tractor trailer driver was rescued yesterday morning from the Potomac River, after his rig went off the Oldtown toll bridge and into the water. The Bowling Green Water Rescue Team and other agencies responded to the scene, as the call was received just before 9 a.m. When they arrived, the driver was standing on top of the rig. He was later taken to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center. A crane was being transported to the area to remove the rig from thne water.
Shingler Trial Postponed Until May
The trial of Piedmont town foreman John Shingler has been postponed until May. The trial will take place in U.S. District Court in Martinsburg. He has been charged with six counts of embezzlement of federal property, and was indicted in November of last year. The embezzlement involves the alleged illegal purchase of six FEMA trailers through the town of Piedmont in 2009. The trial has been postponed several times. The trial will be held on May 21st, beginning at 9 a.m. with jury selection.
Police Seek Hit and Run Information
Cumberland City Police are seeking the public's help in finding a car, which hit another vehicle in the 300-block of Williams Street late Tuesday, and then fled the scene. A witness described the vehicle at fault, as being a Pontiac Grand Am or Grand Prix. Anyone with any information is asked to contact City Police at (301)-777-1600.
Land Open for Bid Through April 15th
The Chesapeake and Ohio National Historical Park is notifying the public that a 41-acre parcel of land, intended for agricultural use, is open for bid, now through April 15th. The parcel of land is referred to as Costlow Farm, and is located in the area known as Four Locks in Clear Spring. Applications are available through Jennifer Ryan at (301)-745-5859. You may also email her at Jennifer_m_ryan@nps.gov.
Work Begins on U.S. 522 Bridge Over Potomac
The Maryland State Highway Administration has begun work on the U.S. 522 bridge, over the Potomac River, between Hancock and Morgan County, West virginia. The work will be done at night, and require the bridge to be reduced to one lane, with flaggers alternating traffic, between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. each night, seven nights per week. The repairs are expected to take about five weeks, and will be finished in April, weather permitting.
Washington County Board Looking for Office Location
The Washington County School Board is still looking for a location for a new central office. Members and officials will meet early next week, to discuss the possibility of building on the former Allegheny Energy headquarters, for which they have offered a bid. The School Board will vote on whether to move ahead on the Allegheny Energy property on Downsville Pike during their April 2nd meeting.
Lawmaker Seeks Flat Income Tax Rate
A Washington County lawmaker has introduced a bill that proposes a flat income tax rate of 4.51 per cent in the state. This would apply to federal gross adjusted income for all Marylanders. The bill is revenue neutral, and seven other states-including nearby Pennsylvania-have a flat tax system. Critics of a flat tax say it would lead to greater income inequality.
State Senate Votes to Decriminalize Pot
The Maryland State Senate voted 30 to 16 this week, to decriminalize the possession of less than 10 grams of marijuana, but the legislation may meet with some opposition in the House of Delegates. The proposal would change the current penalty of up to 90 days in jail and a $500 fine, to a $100 civil fine. Proponents say it would save the state money by relieving the strain such crimes put on the criminal justice system; opponents say that decriminalization could increase drug use among youth.
Tomblin Orders Hiring Freeze
West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin has issued a temporary hiring freeze for all general revenue funded position in the executive branch of state government. Tax collections in the state are below estimates by $35 million and that number is expected to grow. There are no plans for furloughs or layoffs. The positions that are currently vacant or become vacant between now and June 30th won't be filled, unless they receive special approval from the Governor's office.