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Operation "Takedown V" Announced

Operation Takedown V is happening this week, through Friday. This second warrant operation is being conducted as part of the Operation Safe Streets Initiative, and began yesterday. The Safe Streets Operation is asking for the public's help in apprehending 16 individuals on open arrest warrants. Charges range from failure to appear, to probation violations, to drug charges and assault. The goal of the Operation Safe Streets program is to involve the community in helping to make our streets safer. Local law enforcement authorities are looking to reduce the backlog of arrest warrants.

 

Barton Woman Served Criminal Summons

Thirty-year old Barton resident Juanita Lynn Covalt was served a criminal summons in connection with an incident that happened in May of last year. Cumberland City Police stopped Ms. Covalt in the area of Baltimore Avenue, after they received reports of a vehicle traveling erratically. The officer observed signs of impairment and requested that she participate in a battery of field sobriety tests. She was arrested for driving under the influence, after failing the battery of tests.

 

Bedford County Vandalism Reported

Two separate acts of vandalism were reported in Bedford County over the weekend. In the first, several PennDOT signs were damaged along Lake Gordon Road in Cumberland Valley Township. In the second, the window of a Toyota Camry was damaged, while parked on Pensyl Hollow Road in Bedford Township. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Pennsylvania State Police at (814)-623-6133.

 

Residents Work to Repair Bridge

Residents of the Sunnydale Addition in Mineral County have come together, to repair a bridge that was damaged by a Keyser Volunteer Fire Department ladder truck on February 23rd. Several residents have taken the initiative to repair the bridge, as it is the only access to their homes.

 

Bedford Girl Charged with Bringing Knife to School

A 14 year old Bedford County girl is being charged with bringing a pocket knife to school last Thursday. She is a student at Nulton Diagnostics School on East Pitt Street. The Pennsylvania State Police are continuing the investigation.

 

House Passes Medical Marijuana Legislation

The Maryland House of Delegates voted 108-28 on a bill that would legalize marijuana for medicinal use. The measure now goes to the Senate, and puts the state on a path toward developing medical marijuana in the state within a couple of years. The bill would create an oversight commission for medical marijuana programs. The commission is not expected to be operational until Fiscal Year 2016.

 

Frederick, Hagerstown Control Towers to be Closed

Air traffic control towers in Fredrick and Hagerstown will be shut down next month, as part of the across-the-board budget cuts mandated by Congress. A total of five towers are being shut down across the state, including those in Easton, Salisbury-Ocean City, and at Martin State airport in Baltimore County. The shutdowns are scheduled over a four-week period, beginning on April 7th. Some are concerned it could affect flight safety at those airports.

 

Firm's Bankruptcy Leads to Legislation

The recent closing and bankruptcy of a Maryland payroll company may lead to the regulation and oversight of that type of business in the state. Harford County Republican Senator Barry Glassman has introduced a commission to study the regulations of payroll service companies. The bill would create a commission, led by the Maryland Comptroller's Office. The company in question, AccuPay, is being sued, because it closed its doors earlier this month, leaving many of its 600 clients with unpaid federal and state tax bills.

 

Two Enter Federal Pleas

Two West Virginia residents recently entered guilty pleas in U.S. District Court in Clarksburg. Derek Deleon Brown entered a guilty plea to distributing crack cocaine in June of last year. He faces up to 20 years in prison and a one-million dollar fine. In the other case, Jason Saunders pled guilty to distribution of crack cocaine within 1,000 feet of an elementary school. He faces a prison term of up to 40 years and a two-million dollar fine.

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