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International Beauty School Remains Open

The International Beauty Schools in Cumberland and Winchester, Virginia remain open, despite a raid Wednesday morning by officials from the FBI and the Department of Education. Federal officials were assisted by the Cumberland City Police, but there is very little information as to why the operation was conducted. Agents were seen carrying cardboard boxes from the Winchester location on Berryville Avenue. Some of the students were questioned when trying to enter the Winchester location Wednesday morning.


Burlington Resident Indicted

Burlington resident Marvin Junior Thompson has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Martinsburg on a charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm. Thompson has a 300-caliber bolt-action rifle, and faces up to ten years in prison, if convicted. The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.


Technology Park Has New Tenant

The Capon Bridge Technology Park has a new tenant in DirectAnswer, Incorporated, which specializes in database management and other business solutions meant to maximize growth. The company has its headquarters in Oxon Hill, Maryland; it has signed an agreement for a 15-year lease, with a three-year opt-out policy.


Body From 1986 Murder Identified

A 1986 murder victim, whose body was found in Little Orleans, has been identified as Carl Bughoo. He was in his late 30's at the time of the murder. Authorities say he was born in Trinidad, and also went by the names of Carlos Fernandez and Cali Cruz. His body was found on a farm in Little Orleans, near the West Virginia border; it was estimated the body had been there for several months.


Man Held In Domestic Incident

An argument over $20 has led to Cumberland resident Michael Thomas Sharon being jailed in lieu of $5,000 bond. The victim-his girlfriend-told police Sharon became angry over $20, and the argument became physical. He also grabbed her 2-1/2 week old son and tried to leave the Arch Street residence with him. He put the child down in an aggressive manner. When police arrived, he ran out the back door of the residence. He was located several blocks away, but denied assaulting the victim.


Police Seeking Sex Trafficker

The West Virginia State Police are looking for a Baltimore man, who is wanted on a charge of sex trafficking of minors. William Quandre Waters has been spotted in the Berkeley Springs area, and is also known as Brew, Drew, Andrew and Sam. Along with the sex trafficking indictment, Waters also allegedly has distributed heroin in the Baltimore area. Anyone with information is asked to contact West Virginia State Police or the Mountain State Fugitive Task Force.


Couple Identified in Blaze 

The identities of the couple who died in a fire at their home in Maugansville have been identified. Eighty-three year old Donald Keith Alt and his 72-year old wife, Betty June, died of smoke inhalation early Wednesday morning. The cause of the fire remains under investigation. No smoke alarms were found in the home, and damages have been estimated at $18,000.


Jewelry Heist Thwarted in Hagerstown

Two men are being sought for robbing Bruce Carson Jewelers in Hagerstown Tuesday afternoon. Although they got away with some jewelry, described as a "smash and grab" operation,  an employee-armed with a handgun-challenged them, and fire a single warning shot. The two came into the store, on Shank Farm Way, and smashed the display cases with a hammer. The two ran, and a K-9 track was unsuccessful. Anyone with information is asked to contact Hagerstown City Police at (301)-790-3700, extension 234.


Three Dead in Apparent Murder/Suicide

Three people are dead in an apparent murder/suicide in the New Market area of Frederick. An infant boy, an adult male and female are all dead. They have been identified as 40-year old Benyam Asefa, 40-year old Barbara Giomarelli and 3-month old Samuel Asefa.  A five year old girl made it out of the house, near Wood's Court, and went to a neighbor's house for help. Child Protective Services were also called to the scene.


More Maryland Kids Getting Health Insurance

Maryland is among the top ten states in the nation, when it comes to making sure children have health insurance, according to a new report from the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families. Executive Director Joan Alker says even through the poverty rates are increasing, Maryland has been successful in making sure children stay insured through programs such as Medicaid and CHIP. Health policy expert Leigh Cobb with Advocates for Children and Youth in Maryland, agrees, and hopes the success of those joint federal-state programs will inspire optimism about the future of the Affordable Care Act.


Deputy Chief of Staff Leaving O'Malley Administration

Governor Martin O'Malley's deputy chief of staff, Catherine Motz, is leaving that post to become executive director of the College Bound Foundation in Baltimore. She has been with the O'Malley administration for seven years, and will start her new job in January. Several top aides have left the administration in anticipation of O'Malley's term ending in January of 2015.


West Virginia Unemployment Rate Unchanged

The unemployment rate in West Virginia remained unchanged from September to October at 6.2 per cent. West Virginians without a job fell by 100 in September to 49,400, but climbed up 200 to49,600 in October. The highest gains were in the trade, transportation and utilities sectors, while mining and logging experienced the largest losses at 600. The national unemployment rate decreased to 7.2 per cent in September, but rose slightly to 7.3 per cent in October.

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