Man Pleads Guilty in Meyersdale Murder Case
Twenty-four year old Meyersdale resident Jonathan William Beal has pleaded guilty to charges in the death of 19-year old Justine Marie Jackson of Ellerslie. Ms. Jackson had been living with an aunt in Meyersdale at the time of her death. Her body was found near a viaduct along the Great Allegheny Passage in Larimer Township last September 14th. He had been charged with voluntary manslaughter, abuse of a corpse, and tampering with evidence.
Former Mayor's Hearing Rescheduled
A status hearing for former Ridgeley Mayor Jim Twigg, which was to have been held yesterday, has been rescheduled. Twigg is accused of fraudulently using a government issued purchase card. A motion to dismiss was denied in July. Mineral County Circuit Court recently ruled that a recent indictment of Twigg on theft charges was proper, and the county had jurisdiction and venue to proceed in the case.
McHenry Burglary/Theft Investigated
The Maryland State Police at McHenry are investigating a burglary and theft that happened in the 800-block of Bear Creek Road in Friendsville. Several pieces of jewelry were taken sometime between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Tuesday, a person or persons entered the home through a rear window and stole numerous pieces of jewelry. The Garrett County CrimeSolvers unit is offering a reward of up to $2,000 for the recovery of the jewelry and/or the arrest of those responsible.
Board Approves Capital Improvements Program
The Allegany County Board of Education has approved its 2015 Capital Improvements Program, including a request for the second year of funding for the Allegany High School project. Other funding requests are for roof replacements at Braddock and Washington Middle Schools, and at Mount Savage. The design committee for the Allegany High project recently met to discuss the layout and adjacencies of the academic classrooms; additional meetings with the Allegany High School staff have been scheduled for October 9th.
Cumberland Woman Charged With Assault
Cumberland resident Talia Lynne McCrory was served with a criminal summons, charging her with second-degree assault. Charges were the result of an assault complaint that was handled by the Cumberland City Police Department on August 15th of this year. McCrory allegedly grabbed and slapped a female victim in the area of 105 West Oldtown Road. She was released following a hearing in District Court.
Board Receives Food and Nutrition Services Update
Among the updates from the Food and Nutrition Services Department of the Allegany County Board of Education, was an announcement that there will be a slight increase of six cents per meal this school year. Food served outside school meal program will also have to meet several criteria, effective July 1st of next year. This includes food offered in vending machines. It will not apply to food students bring from home in a packed lunch.
Water Conservation Requested
Crews are currently dredging the Keyser/New Creek/McCoole reservoir. They are asking for voluntary water conservation for the next 48 hours, while this is being done.
Winchester Sex Offender Being Sought
A convicted sex offender, who failed to re-register, is being sought by police in the Virginia area. Law enforcement authorities are on the lookout for 45-year old Jerry Paul Jenkins. He is wanted on several charges, including that felony probation violation to re-register as a sex offender, and being in contempt of court. Jenkins has a history of violence and crimes against children. He shouldn't be approached, and residents are asked to immediately contact law enforcement officials. He may be in the Winchester, Virginia area.
Governor Perry Launches Ads Against O'Malley
Texas Governor Rick Perry is launching ads, to air in Maryland, urging businesses here to move to his state. Similar ads have aired in California, Illinois, Missouri, New York and Connecticut. For his part, Governor O'Malley dismissed the ads as a "tired old PR gimmick." He cited strong reports on Maryland schools, and a top rating from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, naming Maryland the best state in the nation for innovation and entrepreneurship for two years in a row. O'Malley says Perry should come to Maryland to see, firsthand, the choices that led to those results.
"Smart Meters" May Create New Vulnerabilities
Over the past few years, hundreds of thousands of Maryland residents have received new wireless, digital devices from their power companies, known as "smart meters." They transmit information about energy use to the utility, and they're delivered with the promise of improving efficiency and reliability. They could also bring an increased risk of cyber-attacks and surveillance. Producer Josh del Sol debuts a film online this week that asks serious questions about smart grid technology, called "Take Back Your Power." Del Sol says some people who've had smart meters installed have also experienced health problems and fires.
West Virginia Student Performance Low
Less than one-third of West Virginia public schools are meeting goals for both student learning and improvement, and fewer than half are meeting one of those goals. Data was released this week under the state Department of Education's new accountability system. In the "support" category of the report, it was shown that 89 schools, or 14 per cent are not going in the right direction and need help in every area; there were 31 historically low-performing schools, or about 5 per cent, in the priority category. Seventy-three per cent of the students who didn't meet proficiency marks in math and 68 per cent of those in reading showed no academic improvement.