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Keyser Man Charged After Fire Reported

A fire in a portable fan on Orchard Street in Keyser led to the arrest of 28-year old Cort William Anderson on drug charges. He was charged with possession with intent to distribute and was released after posting a $15,000 bond. The residence was searched, and Keyser Police seized marijuana manufacturing material, prescription medication not registered to Anderson, along with an assault rifle, ammunition and a tactical assault vest. Additional charges may be filed.


Smoking Ordinance Includes Fairs and Ball Fields

The Mineral County Clean Indoor Air Regulation of 2013 will eliminate outdoor smoking at playgrounds, fairs and festivals. Smoking is also prohibited in other places in the county as well. It is permitted in designated outdoor smoking areas, approved by the Mineral County Health Department.


Man Held Following Bond Review

A bench warrant was served on a Cumberland man, on a charge of failure to appear. Twenty-five year old Steven Grapes was to have appeared for trial on August 12th on a trespassing charge, but did not appear in court. He was taken to District Court for a bond review, and ordered held on $3,000 bond at the Allegany County Detention Center.


Man Released Following Summons

Cumberland resident Timothy Winkler was served with a criminal summons on charges that he stole a quantity of prescription medication, along with a wristwatch belonging to someone else at a location near Greene Street. The alleged theft took place earlier in the month. Following a District Court hearing, Winkler was released pending trial.


Warrant Served on Mount Savage Woman

An arrest warrant was served yesterday on Mount Savage resident Nichole Whetstone. She is charged with failure to appear on a trespassing charge. Trial was scheduled for July 25th, but she did not show up for court. She was ordered held on $2500 bond at the Allegany County Detention Center.


Frostburg To Buy Plow Truck

The Frostburg Mayor and Council approved $113,000 for a new plow truck, replacing one purchased in 2009. That vehicle has met with several mechanical problems recently. A water department debt was also refinanced at a lower rate, in a move that will save the city more than $200,000. Public comment will be taken on the refinancing move, during a September 19th hearing.


Hagerstown Man Arrested for Handgun Possession

An 18-year old Hagerstown man was arrested for handgun possession at a McDonald's Restaurant on Sharpsburg Pike Sunday afternoon. Brandon Duane Bloyer, an employee of the McDonald's, is accused of bringing a loaded .45-calibre into the restaurant. It was seized and Bloyer was arrested, and taken to the Hagerstown Barrack and the Washington County Detention Center for processing.


Body Found in Washington County

A body was found on Broadfording Road in Washington County Sunday afternoon. A passerby saw the body lying along the side of the road. While the identity has not been confirmed, authorities describe the person as a white male. The body has been taken to the Office of the Coroner in Baltimore for an autopsy. The cause of death is not known.


Attendance At Oriole Games on the Rise

New numbers show that attendance at Oriole games is on a dramatic rise this season. On average, 30,000 fans have been at Oriole home games this season, and that's up about 15 per cent from last year. Those figures "lead the league."  A spokesman for the Orioles simply said, "Winning helps." Oriole Park at Camden Yards is consistently voted one of the nation's top 10 ballparks. The team with the least amount of fans attending home games is the Miami Marlins with just 36 per cent. 


Commissioners Violate Open Meetings Act

The Maryland Open Meetings Compliance Board has issued an opinion that stated three Frederick County commissioners violated the state's Open Meetings Act,  when they appeared on a radio program without providing public notice of the show. The three commissioners were on the air to discuss the sale of two county-owned facilities. The commissioners disagreed with the opinion issued, stating the public was entitled to advance notice that legislative business would be discussed, even though they (the commissioners) did not intend to "conceal their discussion."


Binge Drinking A Budget-Buster for States

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that excessive alcohol use puts a huge economic burden on states. In Maryland, the CDC's Dr. Robert Brewer estimate the cost at more than 4-billion dollars in the year 2006 alone. That's almost 2-dollars per drink consumed in the state. Raising the cost of alcohol, according to Brewer, could be one way to curb the problem, although in many states, raising liquor taxes prompts opponents to compare lawmakers' efforts to Prohibition.


Unemployment Down in Many West Virginia Counties

Unemployment rates decreased in 30 of West Virginia's 55 counties in July, according to WorkForce West Virginia. Sixteen counties recorded increased joblessness last month. The state rate for July was 6.2 per cent, which was up from June's 6.4 figure. Pendleton and Jefferson counties are among those whose unemployment rate was under 5 per cent.

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