Suspect Remains In Hospital
Everett, Pennsylvania resident Joseph "Corey" Clingerman remains at the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center after being injured early yesterday morning, while fleeing from the police. Clingerman, who had been driving a 2001 Dodge truck without the owners' permission, wrecked the truck he was driving on Route 220, near the Pennsylvania State Line. The Allegany County Sheriff's Office and the Maryland State Police were pursuing the truck, and successfully deployed tire deflation devices. The Maryland State Police Medevac helicopter also responded to the incident.
Bill To Strengthen Tourism, Economic Opportunities
United States Senators from both Maryland and West Virginia have introduced legislation that would strengthen tourism in those states by securing federal funding for a new National Heritage area in Mountain Maryland, and extend existing National Heritage areas in Wheeling and southern West Virginia. The West Virginia National Heritage Area Act of 2013 supports continued National Park Service funding and technical assistance for the Wheeling National Heritage Area and the National Coal Heritage area. The new region would encompass 16 counties in West Virginia, and Allegany and Garrett Counties in Maryland.
Man Wanted Locally Arrested in Keyser
Moorefield resident Brandon Kausky has been arrested in Keyser after trying to elude police. Officers were investigating an alarm at Clancy's Pub, when they saw him pull onto Old Waxler Road, and then turn around and drive away at a high rate of speed. He was eventually stopped on Armstrong Street. Kausky faces several motor vehicle charges, and he was wanted here in Allegany County for failure to appear in court.
Two Somerset Residents Charged With Insurance Fraud
Sixty-year old Boswell resident Evan Blair and Patricia Mock of Stoystown have been charged with providing false information on an auto insurance claim to obtain money to replace a missing laptop computer. Mock said that her boyfriend, Blair, had observed damage to her vehicle and that some personal items had been taken. However, an insurance appraiser concluded that the damage in question had been there for some time. Blair eventually admitted that the insurance money was to have been used to replace the missing computer.
Missing Terra Alta Girl Found Unharmed
A 14-year old Terra Alta girl, who had gone missing a week ago, was found unharmed in Bessemer, Alabama. The man with Betty Jo Price, 39-year old Kenneth Forsythe of Dunbar, Pennsylvania was taken into custody there and is awaiting extradition to West Virginia. The girl was found, as the result of a joint investigation between the West Virginia and Alabama State Police. Forsythe will face charges of concealing a minor. The investigation into the case is continuing.
Slanesville Store Damaged By Fire
The Slanesville General Store was partially damaged, when a motorcycle outside caught fire. A BMW bike, owned by a person living above the store, was left running while the renter went inside to get his cell phone. He returned to find the bike fully engulfed in flames, which caught the front half of the store on fire. The bike was destroyed, and the top rafter, a door frame, and door were burned.
Man Hurt in Tree-Cutting Accident
An unidentified man was injured Tuesday in Morgan County while chopping wood. A tree limb landed on him and fell on his head. He was taken to the Winchester Medical Center for treatment. Officials are reminding people to be careful when chopping wood, by wearing the appropriate safety gear, working in a group, and being aware of the surroundings.
Gas Prices At Lowest Point of the Year
Maryland gas prices are at their lowest point of the year, and should decline through the end of 2013, according to Greg Laskowski of Mdgasprices.com. He says that, at one service station downstate, the gas price was quoted at $3.05 per gallon. Although prices will continue to go down through next month, all good things must come to an end. Laskowski says he expects prices to rise in the first quarter of 2014. The prices are low now, because of "winter blend" gas coming into the market.
New Restrictions on GPS Use
The Third Circuit Court in Philadelphia has established new restrictions on police who use GPS tracking devices to catch suspected criminals. An expanded opinion on the practice now requires police to get a warrant before attaching a GPS device on a suspect's vehicle. The court agreed that it amounts to a violation of Fourth Amendment protection against unreasonable searches. For its part, the American Civil Liberties Union says it would be easy for police to abuse the practice, because GPS devices are so cheap.
Jury Seated in Child's Death Case
A trial is underway in Berkeley County in connection with the death of a 3-year old boy, who died on New Year's Day, 2012. Jasmine Dawkins is one of two people accused in the abuse death of Kaiwon Connelley. While Dawkins is not the child's biological mother, 21 year old James Mauldin is, and he will face trial in January. Prosecuting Attorney Pamela Games-Neely says the two had severely beaten the boy; evidence at the trial includes text messages, that indicate Dawkins had encouraged Mauldin to abuse the child after she had beaten him. The two are also accused of lying about how the child became injured. Kaiwon died at Children's National Medical Center in Washington, after being flown there from the Berkeley Medical Center.