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Ten Targeted in Potomac Center Investigation


At least ten suspects have been identified in the investigation which led to the removal of two dozen children from the Potomac Center in Romney. There is no word on what charges would be filed. Several employees had been suspended or fired, and Medicaid has cut off payments to the Potomac Center, as the children no longer receive services there. In addition, nearly a third of the center's employees were temporarily laid off and the rest of the staff had its hours cut.



Moorefield Resident Pleads Guilty


A resident of Moorefield, West Virginia, Jose Francisco Ramirez, has pleaded guilty to two counts in federal court. Ramirez, also known as "Chico," enter pleas to a count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, and one of "aggravated reentry of a previously deported alien." He faces up to 20 years in prison on each count. The case against Ramirez was investigated at the federal, state, and local law enforcement levels.



Man Held on Bond for Burglary


A 20-year old Keyser man, Anthony Haggerty, is being held on $5,000 bond at the Potomac Highlands Regional Jail, in connection with a December 30th burglary at the Grand Central Business Center. He was arrested after paying an unrelated fine at the Mineral County Magistrate's Office. An outstanding warrant had been filed against him. The business center, owned by First United Bank & Trust, is now empty after bank officials notified tenants that their leases would not be renewed this year.



Both Groundhogs See Shadow


Both Murray, Western Maryland's official groundhog and Punxsutawney Phil saw their shadows during ceremonies held yesterday morning. Both being in agreement, it means six more weeks of winter.



Woman Charged with Assault


A 29-year old Cumberland woman has been charged with second-degree assault, following an incident late Friday night at a Race Street residence. Jessica Hinzman is accused ot stabbing another person on the right hand and forearm with a broken picture frame. Others witnessed the argument and assault. The victim suffered only minor injuries, which did not require medical attention. Following a District Court hearing, she was released on $3,000 unsecured bond.



Ohio Man Arrested for Drug, Paraphernalia Possession


Twenty-one year old Ohio resident Brandon Michael Banks was arrested in the Grantsville area early yesterday morning. Marijuana was located in his vehicle, and he was also charged with possession of paraphernalia. He was charged, and released.


Applications Received for Authority Director


Sixteen applications have been received for the position of director of the Mineral County Development Authority. Mona Ridder, who had held the position for nearly five years, retired on January 1st. Two of the applicants are from out of town, and the next step is to choose fix or six of the candidates for interviews. Then, three finalist will be chosen for a second interview by board members.



Dallara Chosen to Succeed Howsare


Sixty-eight year old Alum Bank resident Barry Dallara has been chosen to replace outgoing Bedford County Commissioner Steve Howsare. He announced his resignation, which became effective yesterday, as he accepted the position of executive director of the Southern Alleghenies Planning and Development Commission. Dallara ran unsuccessfully for Bedford County Commissioner three years ago. He is being sworn into office today.



Large Drug Bust on Turnpike


A large amount of heroin was seized on the Pennsylvania Turnpike near Somerset late last week. A traffic stop led to the arrest of Quayln Cephis-Latimer and Rasheim London Wallace. About 7500 stamp bags of heroin were found, and both remain in jail.



Double Fatal Accident in Hagerstown


A single vehicle accident early Saturday morning took the lives of two Hagerstown residents. Both 31-year old Shawn Ashley Minnick and her male passenger, 29-year old Courtney Lee Bridge were killed, when Ms. Minnick's 2002 BMW went off Cearfoss Pike, hit a utility pole and large boulder. The vehicle came to rest on its roof.



Fentanyl-Laced Heroin Makes Its Way to Maryland


There has been a total of 37 deaths, related to heroin, laced with the potent painkiller fentanyl. Two of those deaths have been reported in Washington County. Dozens of people have died in several states, prompting law enforcement and health officials to issue warnings about its danger. Fentanyl is 80 times more powerful than morphine, and greatly increases the risk of death through an overdose, by causing respiratory failure.



House, Senate Join Forces on Tax, Business Bills


Maryland Speaker of the House Michael Bush and Senate President Thomas "Mike" Miller are working together to improve the state's economy, including tax credits and changes in the estate tax to exempt a higher amount from taxation. Through a series of bills, Miller says the General Assembly is trying to both create and retain jobs in the state. As for the estate tax, they are suggesting moving it from a one million dollar to a five million dollar exemption over the next four years. This is one of the few times Miller has "teamed up" with Busch on legislation.




Nearly Half of WV Graduates Work In State


The West Virginia University College of Business and Economics has found that 48per cent of West Virginia's public college graduates over the past decade are working in the Mountain State. Of those, the average income in 2012 was nearly $42,000. More than half of the graduates were employed in social assistance, education services and health care.

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