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Rezek Seeks New Trial in Murder of Deputy

Roberto Oskar Rezek, who was convicted in 1980, in the shooting death of Deputy David Livengood in Oakland, wants a new trial. The request was made, based on a higher court decision in the case of a man, convicted of murdering a Hagerstown Police Officer in 1975.


Hazmat Spill Closes Interstate 68 Eastbound

Eastbound Interstate 68 was closed for several hours yesterday morning by a truck fire and hazardous materials spill. There were no injuries in the 6:45 a.m. accident. The truck, operated by Estes Trucking, was hauling a corrosive liquid. Hazmat and other first responders were on the scene for about ten hours yesterday. The incident took place about six miles from the West Virginia border.


Three Garrett County Youths Charged

Three Garrett County teenagers were charged with manufacturing, possessing and distributing a destructive device, after they built a destructive device, which was located near Southern Middle School on Sunday. The three-two 16-year olds and a 15-year old-learned how to construct the device from the Internet. They tried to detonate it without success. After being referred to the Department of Juvenile Services, they were released to the custody of their parents.


Child Taken To WMRMC Following Accident

A 13-year old child was taken to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center, after being struck by a car, while on his bicycle. The accident occurred early Tuesday evening at the intersection of East Second and South Streets in Cumberland. The driver, Ron Claggett, Jr., was driving on South Street, when the child rode out into the street, and he was unable to stop. The child was treated for a leg injury.


Keyser Water, Sewer Rates to Rise Substantially

It's not a question of "if" water and sewer rates will rise for Keyser residents, but by how much. The city is proposing a 50 per cent increase in water rates, and a hike of 100 per cent or more for sewer rates. A public hearing on the issue was recently held at Keyser City Hall, and a decision is pending from an administrative law judge, commissioned by the West Virginia Public Service Commission.


Pennsylvania Brothers Plead Guilty in Federal Case

Two brothers, who owned and managed a multi-million dollar defense contracting firm in Somerset County, have pleaded guilty to charges of major fraud against the government and conspiracy. William and Ronald Kuchera entered the plea in federal court. They face a maximum penalty of up to 15 years in prison, and a $1.25 million fine and restitution. Kuchera Defense Systems submitted cost certifications to the Defense Department, containing unallowable expenses that inflated costs for overhead and general and administrative expenses.


Maryland Spent Over $5,000 for O'Malley Security

The Maryland State Police spent more than $5600 on security for Governor Martin O'Malley's trip to the Super Bowl in February. According to spokesman Greg Shipley says that the money was used for airfare, meals, vehicles, hotels and overtime. The city of Baltimore spent over $5,000 on Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's security during the event. O'Malley's office says no taxpayer funds were used for the trip, and that the Governor and his wife used two Super Bowl tickets, paid for with personal funds. Three other pairs of tickets were purchased at face-value by the Governor's public affairs director, the state budget director and a state delegate.


ATF Lays off 98 Employees at Martinsburg

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms has been forced to cut $82 million from its budget because of the federal sequester. Part of that fallout is 98 contracted employees, who have been laid off from the Martinsburg facility. The layoffs came about on April 1st, and primarily affected those who worked in data entry under the National Firearms Act. Those with the Bureau says the layoffs, for all intents and purposes, terminations.


Unemployment Rate Falls in West Virginia

West Virginia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate inches downward, three-tenths of a percentage point to 7 per cent in March. The total number of residents without a job fell to 56,200.The highest employment increases were in trade, transportation and utilities. Mining and logging added 400 jobs. The national unemployment rate declined one-tenth of a percentage point to 7.6 per cent.


Cross Lanes Woman Sentenced in Tax Fraud Case

Cross Lanes, West Virginia resident Deborah Starks could be in prison for up to 21 months for federal income tax fraud. Starks is the former director of MultiFest, the annual cultural festival in Charleston. She is accused of failing to report more than $300,000 she had stolen from MultiFest on her taxes over a five-year period. At the time, she was serving as the festival's treasurer and handling the organization's bank accounts. She has also been ordered to pay restitution for the full amount to MultiFest, and to the Internal Revenue Service.

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