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Maryland Passes Gun Control Legislation

On a vote of 28-19, the Senate has passed Maryland's gun control law, as proposed by Governor Martin O'Malley, following last December's tragedy at Newtown, Connecticut. The legislation is among the strictest in the nation, and was passed after several changes were proposed in the House of Delegates, which approved the measure on Wednesday. Among the provisions of the bill is a requirement that those who buy a handgun will have to submit fingerprints to the Maryland State Police. The measure also bans about 45 different types of assault weapons.


Grantsville Ag Service Victim of Robbery

The McHenry Barrack of the Maryland State Police is investigating a robbery at the Grantsville Ag Service, around 6 p.m. last night. An employee on duty said a person, wearing a ski mask, drove up to the enclosure, displayed a knife and demanded money from the victim. After handing over the cash, the victim was told to kneel in the enclosure. The suspect is described as a black male, driving a small black car. There were no injuries. Members of the Criminal Enforcement Division responded to the scene and will assume responsibility of the investigation.


Sex Offender Fails to Notify Law Enforcement

Forty-six year old Cumberland resident Anthony Reese Liller has been arrested by the C3I unit, for failure to provide a change of address notice to law enforcement authorities. Liller, a convicted sex offender, had not been living at the address provided. A follow-up investigation revealed that he was, in fact, in violation of the law. He was arrested Wednesday, and is being held without bond at the Allegany County Detention Center.


Friedens Man Arrested for Threatening to Kill Wife, Others

Listie Road resident Matthew Scott Martin was being held in the Somerset County Jail, in lieu of $10,000 bond, following an incident early Wednesday morning. The Friedens resident had called his wife at a local tavern, and threatened to kill her and everyone else there. He had been holding a firearm and making threats. at one point, he fired a round into the kitchen floor. He was eventually arrested in Somerset Township; his blood alcohol level was.14 per cent at the time. A preliminary hearing for Martin is scheduled for Tuesday morning.


Cumberland Resident Arrested on Assault Charges

Cumberland resident Danny Nair has been charged with first and second-degree assault charges, reckless endangerment and related charges, following a Wednesday afternoon incident. Nair allegedly assaulted another man with a pocket knife. The victim cut his hand, in an attempt to disarm Nair, who fled the scene. He was taken into custody by the Cumberland City Police Department; he was held on $15,000 bond.


Man Arrested for Assaulting Officer, Others

Sean McElwee of Cumberland faces numerous charges, including assault counts, along with reckless endangerment, and resisting arrest, following an incident early yesterday morning. McElwee initially assaulted a man and a woman at a residence he was visiting. When he was arrested he struck an officer in the face and gouged his eye. The officer broke free and deployed his electronic control device to subdue McElwee. Both were taken to the hospital for treatment of injuries, and McElwee was taken back to the Cumberland City Police Department for a bond hearing.


Garrett County Man Issued Citations

Garrett County resident Seth Adam McCombie was issued two citations by the Maryland State Police for both disorderly conduct and failure to obey the lawful order of a police officer, following an incident at the Sugar Shack in Friendsville Wednesday evening. McCombie was allegedly highly intoxicated and belligerent to other bar patrons and on the street outside. He was told to leave the area and not return to the bar. He re-entered it, and created another disturbance. He was later released to a friend, after being processed and signing the citations.


Mineral May Drug Test Middle Schoolers

The Mineral County Board of Education is moving toward reaching out to younger students to be drug tested if they  participate in extra-curricular or co-curricular activities The current policy now requires high school students be subjected to random drug testing if they participate in those activities, or drive a private vehicle to school. The board would like to see middle school students who participates in high school pre-conditioning activities to submit to random testing.


Former Sheetz Employee Accused of Embezzlement

A former Sheetz employee, from Phillipsburg, Pennsylvania,  is accused of embezzling over $45,000, using corporate software to transfer funds to bank accounts she controlled. Catherine Josefik allegedly credited her personal checking account as well as those held by her husband and three people with disabilities, including two members of her family, with bogus refunds, using debit card information. She used a co-workers' ID and password to make 199 of a total of 434 illegal transfers she is alleged to have made between September of last year and March of this year. She remains free on an unsecured $35,000 bond, and a preliminary hearing is set for next Wednesday in Altoona.


One in Three Have No Savings for Emergencies

More than one in three Maryland residents do not have the money to help themselves out of a financial emergency. They have almost no savings to fall back on, in the event of a job loss, health crisis, or other type of an emergency, according to an annual report released by the Corporation for Enterprise Development. Also, about 55 per cent of all Marylanders are using sub-prime credit and have an average credit card debt of about $13,000.

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