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New Page/Verso Merger Hits Snag

Although the debt exchange offers are open until February 10th, the lack of interest by creditors in a debt exchange plan could cause a problem in the New Page/Verso merger, announced earlier this month. A letter has been received by New Page, expressing Verso's concern about its ability to satisfy the condition of the merger, and thus, close it. New Page Corporation emerged from bankruptcy in December of 2012.


Woman Struck By Vehicle on Evitt's Creek Road

Forty-seven year old Sue Moessinger was taken to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center, after being struck by a car while running along Evitt's Creek Road on Sunday. Bedford resident Charles Barb, who was approaching Ms. Moessinger, sounded his horn. Barb moved into the southbound lane to avoid her, but when he sounded his horn, she jumped into the southbound lane and was struck. Barb was not charged in connection with the incident.


Three Arrested in Burglary Incident

Two men-24-year old Jeffrey Morris of Bedford and 28-year old Matthew Trail of Clearville, along with a juvenile boy have been arrested and charged with a burglary on Ragged Mountain Road that occurred between January 14th and 18th. The three are also believed to be involved in other burglaries in the area. They were additionally charged with receiving stolen property. The Pennsylvania State Police are continuing the investigation.


Oakland Man Jailed in Burglaries

Twenty-nine year old Oakland resident Derek Steffan is currently in the Garrett County Detention Center on $14,000 bond, after he was charged with three burglaries at the Success Floor Covering business on Liberty Street. Evidence was found in an apartment in the Success building; Steffan also faces additional charges of theft, destruction of property and drug possession. Cash was taken from the business over the Thanksgiving holiday, in addition to December 19th and 22nd.


Bedford Men Arrested During Traffic Stop

Bedfore residents Eric Klavuhn  and Michael Kovach were arrested during a traffic stop on Interstate 68, and now face fugitive and drug-related counts. A check for wanted individuals was done, and it was learned both were wanted in Bedford for burglary and theft. In addition, several hypodermic syringes and other heroin paraphernalia were found on Kovach. They are being held without bond at the Allegany County Detention Center.


Brothers Jailed for Assaulting Father

Two Keyser brothers-Jason and Wilson Riggleman-have been jailed for assaulting their father outside a Maryland Street residence there. Both are being held at the Potomac Highlands Regional Jail following the incident. Keyser City Police responded to a domestic incident, only to find a man lying on the sidewalk, complaining of a rib injury. Additionally, Jason Riggleman was charged with assaulting two police officers at the Keyser Police Station.


Information on Burglary Requested

The McHenry barrack of the Maryland State Police are looking for information on a burglary that recently took place. The burglary was initially reported on January 2nd in the area of Gosling Lane. If anyone has information, they are asked to contact the McHenry barrack at (301)-387-1101.


Action Awaited on Legislation

Maryland State Senator George Edwards has four bills pending, and is waiting for a  hearing time and date on each. The legislation includes a bill regarding the Sideling Hill Wildlife Management area, and the prohibition of off-highway recreational vehicles. Another bill would regulate Sunday hunting in Allegany, Garrett and Washington counties. Another bill would take a look at Sunday deer hunting in the three westernmost counties. Finally, a bill dealing with an enterprise zone property tax credit in Garrett county is still awaiting a time and date for a hearing.


Board Meets in Executive Session

The Garrett County Board of Education is holding an executive session meeting this afternoon at 5:15 p.m., before the start of the Special Business Session Meeting at 6 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Central Office in the Board room, and deals with discussing a confidential personnel matter regarding an employee, and to consult with counsel for legal advice. The executive session is not open to the public, but the Special Business Session will be public.


Delegate Comments on Marijuana Bill

A Baltimore City delegate is trying to have recreational marijuana legalized, despite Governor O'Malley's stance that he's "not much in favor" of such a bill. Delegate Curt Andersen commented on what he says is the "inordinate" amount of times people are arrested for marijuana possession. Andersen says his bill would do the same thing as similar legislation in Colorado. Despite the bill not having much of a chance of passing, Andersen says that is why there is a 90-day session; people can change their minds.


Maryland Gains Jobs in December

Maryland added 7300 jobs in December, the most job creation since 2004. Most of the gains came in the private sector; government agencies accounted for 300 jobs added last month and 1900 of the jobs added last year. The December unemployment rate was 6.1 per cent, down from November's rate of 6.4 per cent.


Tank Examined by Federal Hazmat Team

The FBI's Hazardous Material Response Team was on the scene of Freedom Industries, to examine the source of this month's chemical spill in Charleston. The team is reviewing where the leak occurred in the tank, and videotaping the inside of it. Freedom Industries has agreed with an order from the Department of Environmental Protection and Governor Earl Ray Tomblin that dismantling of the tanks should begin no later than March 15th. 

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