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Baltimore Man Served with Retake Warrant

Forty-three year old Baltimore resident Michael Oneil was arrested at a North Centre Street residence on Wednesday. The warrant charged him with violation of probation, as a result of a previous arrest in Baltimore County. The charges against him there included possession of heroin, distribution of CDS, assault on police, resisting arrest and obstruction of justice. Cumberland City Police were assisted by members of the C3I Fugitive Warrant Unit. He was taken to the Western Correctional Institution, and was to have a parole hearing in Baltimore.

 

Keyser Man Arrested on Drug and Traffic Charges

Keyser resident Timothy Sirk II was arrested on a number of charges, following a traffic stop near "B" Street. Sirk was using a cell phone while driving, which is illegal in the Mountain State. Sirk also was driving on a suspended license, and he also had two oxycodone pills, for which he did not have  a prescription. He was charged with misdemeanor possession and driving with a revoked license, and issued a warning for the cell phone offense.

 

Violation of Probation Charge Against Cumberland Man

Eighteen year old Duranique Miller of Cumberland was served a bench warrant for violation of probation. Miller is accused of failing to pay fines and costs from a previous theft arrest. Miller was arrested when police went to a disturbance call at a home on the Old Willowbrook Road. He was one of the individuals involved. He was processed, served, and released after posting bond of $157.50.

 

Destruction of Property Investigated

The Allegany County Sheriff's Department is investigating a destruction of property incident that happened at the Route 36 Park and Ride in Frostburg. Someone caused significant damage to a car that was parked in the lot. The incident happened sometime between 6:45 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. yesterday. Anyone who may have witnessed the incident is asked to contact Corporal J.M. Dowden at (301)-777-1585, extension 224.

 

Edwards Receives Award

Maryland State Senator George Edwards has been honored by the Maryland Business for Responsive Government for what is termed his "exemplary track record of supporting pro-business legislation in 2013." The organization is a statewide,  non-partisan organization which selects recorded votes in the General Assembly session that have practical or philosophical importance to the widest possible range of Maryland businesses, trade associations, and chambers of commerce. Senator Edwards received a cumulative score of 84 per cent, along with a minimum of four years of service.

 

Somerset Man Arrested in Stabbing

Somerset resident Kyle Duane Haer was arrested for allegedly stabbing another person with a four-inch knife. Brian Eugene Schreck sustained injuries to his right shin and the side of his forehead. An argument between the two apparently began when Haer asked Schreck for a ride to his girlfriend's house. Her name was not released.

 

Mineral Commissioners Oppose Pay Raise

Due to a number of factors, not the least of which is the economy, the Mineral County Commissioners have gone on record, opposing a bill, which would increase the salaries of county elected officials. The bill would implement a pay raise for all county elected officials, including county commissioners, circuit clerks, county clerks, prosecuting attorneys, sheriffs and assessors. The commissioners oppose the raise also because of impending money woes for the year, decreases in severance monies, and budget cuts on the state and federal levels. Currently the county commissioners earn just under $35,000 annually. County clerks earn just over $53,000, and prosecuting attorney's salaries are around $90,000 annually.

 

Meeting on Health Exchange Set

Even though legislators had indicated there wouldn't be enough time to conduct an investigation into the Maryland Health Exchange problems before the 2014 session ends in April, some of the top lawmakers changed their minds and will hold more hearings. Democratic Senator John Astle, the vice-chair of the Senate Finance Committee, says the hearings are being held on the progress of fixing the site. And, Senator Astle says he would also like to know how we got here. Senator Allan Kittleman, who sits on the Senate Finance Committee, characterized Monday's meeting as a "briefing," rather than a hearing. Some legislators have pushed for a special committee.

 

Casino Revenues Down for January

It's being called "lackluster." Maryland's four casinos brought in only about $66.2 million in January, the third lowest monthly total since the Rocky Gap Casino Resort opened last May. The Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency says December, in fact, was the worst month during the same period, with about $65 million in revenues reported. Revenue for January were up 43 per cent, when compared to January of 2013, and that was before the addition of table games at all casinos, and the opening of Rocky Gap in May of last year.

 

Judge Denies Bond for bomb Suspect

Magisterial District Judge Jeffrey Auker has denied a motion to reduce bail for a Russian student, accused of building bombs in his Juniata apartment. The bond will remain at $500,000 cash for Vladislav Miftakhov, a Penn State-Altoona student from San Carlos, California. The judge denied a reduction after determining the amount was appropriate, given the seriousness of the charges.

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