Supreme Court Won't Review Gun Law
The United States Supreme Court has declined to review a decision, upholding Maryland's law, requiring handgun applicants to demonstrate a "good and substantial reason" for carrying a weapon outside their own home or business. The High Court refused to hear the case, from Raymond Wollard and the Second Amendment Foundation, who say the law violates the Second Amendment. Wollard obtained a permit after a home invasion 11 years ago, but was denied a renewal for that permit in 2009. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the law, which the Supreme Court refused to review.
Fire Reported on Roberts Street
A fire in a garage on Roberts Street is the latest in a series of what the Cumberland Fire Department is terming "suspicious" in nature. The fire was reported early yesterday morning in the first block of Roberts Street. The garage, a 24-by-12 foot structure was owned by Ralph Layman. Several fires have occurred in the same section of town over the last several months.
Bedford County Woman Struck, Killed
An Everett woman was struck and killed along Business Route 220 in Bedford Township Monday. Fifty-seven year old Glenda Riley entered the roadway to slow traffic after a deer was hit. She was struck by a pickup truck, driven by Timothy Baumgardner of Manns Choice. Ms. Riley was pronounced dead at the scene of the 11:08 p.m. incident. The investigation is continuing.
Former Mayor Pleads Guilty
Former Ridgeley Mayor Jim Twigg has pleaded guilty to four misdemeanor counts of failure to perform his duties. The charges involve the misuse of a government-issued purchase card. Twigg will have to pay $100 for each count, and to serve 100 hours of community service by July of next year.
Canal Place Addressing Shortfall
The Canal Place Preservation and Development Authority is anticipating a shortfall of $125,000 by 2015. The group is exploring other funding options, as were discussed during a meeting earlier this month. Senator George Edwards has suggested they look into the availability of $1.5 million in capital funds, and requesting the governor place a line item in the budget for Canal Place
Hidden Valley Resort Sold to Seven Springs
Seven Springs Mountain Resort has purchased Hidden Valley Resort for just over $7.5 million. The Buncher Company sold the resort, according to five property transfers, filed in Somerset County. Buncher bought Hidden Valley for $12.4 million in 2007. Hidden Valley Resort includes 1200 acres, 29 ski slopes and trails, as well as an 18-hole golf course. The two properties are about 13 miles apart.
Shell Building Repairs, Work Plan Discussed
The Mineral County Development Authority approved repairing the shell building at the Fort Ashby Business and Technical Park and a work prioritization plan for its executive director during yesterday morning's meeting. Along with those two items, the MCDA sent a letter of support for the Mineral County Substance Abuse Treatment Center, and heard reports from towns and municipalities that make up the Authority.
Domestic Assault Suspect Held on $20,000 Bond
A Bond Street man is being held on $20,000 bond, after assaulting his wife early Sunday morning. The victim stated she had been locked out of the house by her husband, Joshua Wratchford. She was assaulted as she tried to get into the house. Police officers saw injuries to her arms, consistent with what had happened. He was arrested and charged with second-degree assault.
Genetic Update Conference Held
The 2013 Genetic Update Conference was recently held at Frostburg State University. The conference featured internationally known lecturer, Dr. Sam Rhine, and was held to teach the latest in genetics advances and active research areas. Teachers, and students who are being taught in Biology, and A.P. Biology classes. Many students who have completed their Life Science classes also attended. Dr. Rhine is a graduate of Harvard Medical School and Indiana University's School of Medicine.
Program Offers Free Meals for More Maryland Children
All students who live in communities with high poverty could get their meals at school for free-with no application and no worry. The program, the Community Eligibility Option, or CEO, is a federal initiative, with a goal of reducing hunger and eliminate the stigma associated with students being singled out to participate in the free and reduced-price lunch program. The director of Maryland Hunger Solutions, Michael J. Wilson, says it's been a tremendous success in some Maryland communities, and he wants more school systems to participate. Madeleine Levin with the Food Research and Action Center says the program has been relatively easy to implement. She describes those tasks as improving meal quality and providing nutrition education to staff and students.
Missing Hagerstown Woman Found Dead
A Hagerstown woman who was last seen Thursday driving away from Skye Court, has been found dead. The body of 25-year old Mellissa Wetzel was found in the Four Locks area, but Washington County Sheriff's Deputies say there was no evidence of foul play.
Hearing Delayed for Man Accused of Murder
A pretrial hearing for Tennis Maynard, charged with killing Mingo County Sheriff Eugene Crum was postponed from yesterday, and has been rescheduled for November 6th. Contributing to the delay was a change in prosecutors. The original prosecutor, Michael Sparks had been part of a conspiracy to help protect the reputation of Sheriff Crum in a drug case. Sparks, named in a federal charge last week, resigned and the State Supreme Court revoked his law license. A trial for Maynard has been set for December 9th.
Truck Driver Identified in Fatal Crash
The driver of a logging truck that collided with a passenger train last weekend atop Cheat Mountain, has been identified. The truck driver was identified as Frank, West Virginia resident Danny Lee Kimble, Sr. The train had been carrying 63 sightseers and four crew members, and had embarked on a fall foliage trip. At Davis Memorial Hospital, 23 people were treated for injuries and 42 were examined and found to be unharmed. Kimble was pronounced dead at the scene.