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Probe Into Fire Department To Continue

There have been no indictments, but investigators seem to be focusing on the alleged misconduct of Mc Coole Volunteer Fire Department Chief Charles Pearce. He is being investigated for the alleged mismanagement of the fire department's assets that led to its down fall, accumulating a million dollars of debt, and forcing the fire station in to foreclosure. One aspect of the case centers on an agreement that required the fire department to pay $3800 to lease Hamburger Haven; Pearce had been the manager of the restaurant. More witnesses will be heard on August 21st in Circuit Court.


New Jersey Woman Arrested for Heroin Possession

A New Jersey woman was found to have dozens of  baggies of heroin in her vehicle during a traffic stop on Interstate 68 near Frostburg. Dawn Elizabeth Negron of Vineland, New Jersey is being held on $5,000 bond. The drug was packaged for distribution, and officers also found a used hypodermic needle in the car.


Woman Pleads Guilty to Grand Larceny Charge

A former nurse at Potomac Valley Hospital has pleaded guilty to stealing two rings from a patient who died at the facility last year. Tonya Lenae Poland will be sentenced at a later date. She had been indicted in May by a Mineral County Grand Jury. She admitted to taking the rings, which had an estimated value of $1400.00. Ms. Poland waived her right to trial and entered the guilty plea.


Disturbance Complaint Results in Marijuana Charges

A disturbance complaint led to the arrest of a Park Street resident; the disturbance was caused over a suspected marijuana plant growing inside the home. The plant, along with potting materials, and indoor growth equipment were found. Arrested for possession of marijuana and growing equipment was 21-year old Kayla Willison-Beal. She was released on personal recognizance, pending trial.


Meth Lab Defendant Allegedly Violates Conditions

One of the defendants in a meth lab investigation in Meyersdale allegedly violated her probation by notifying the sister of another suspect that there was a warrant out for his arrest. Cheryl Anne Finzel of Berlin was picked up on the bench warrant is being held on $25,000 bail. She was originally charged with buying pseudoephedrine, a decongestant that can only be bought in limited quantities, for meth production.

“Burn House” Possible for Industrial Park

A “burn house,” used for fire training could be coming to the Forth Ashby Business and Technology Park. The possibility was discussed at a recent meeting, and at least one Mineral County Commissioner-Jerry Whisner-called it a “win/win” situation for the county. The closest training facilities of this type are located in Mount Storm and in Martinsburg. Possibly donating the land for the training center was also discussed.


Maryland’s Jobless Rate Increases in June

Unemployment rose three-tenths of a per cent in June, to an even 7-per cent. More people started looking for work then, but not all found jobs. Despite that, 4300 jobs were added in the state. Governor Martin O’Malley, in commenting on the statistics, says Maryland has recovered 99-per cent of jobs lost in the last recession.


Bond Rating Upgraded

Moody’s Investor’s Service has upgraded its outlook on Maryland’s general obligation bonds, from “negative” to “stable.” Moody’s had downgraded the outlook two years ago, citing ties to the federal government. The state has scheduled a sale of general obligation bonds this week, including $435 million in tax-exempt bonds and $40 million in taxable ones.


Body Shop Used as Front for Crime Operation

A Baltimore man is accused of using a family-owned business to run a lucrative drug operation, and family members of David Paschall could also be involved in other crimes, such theft, home invasions, and also arson. Customers would come to the body shop to purchase any number of drugs, such as oxycodone, percocet, and even cocaine and heroin. Twelve of 16 people who were indicted in the investigation, are in federal custody.


First Energy Seeks Dismissal of Investigation

The West Virginia Public Service Commission has denied a request from First Energy to dismiss the agency’s investigation into the meter reading, billing and customer service practices of Potomac Edison and Mon Power. Instead, the PSC is ordering First Energy to provide billing details for at least a year. Public comments hearings will also be scheduled after the PSC receives two months worth of reports. Mon Power and Potomac Edison serve over a half million customers in 37 West Virginia counties alone.



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