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Man is "Person of Interest" in Murders

Charles Severance, who had been arrested several times in Cumberland in the early 2000's on charges of assault and indecent exposure, has been called a "person of interest" in three northern Virginia murders. Severance has been living in Loudon County, Virginia, but was taken into custody over the weekend on a charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

 

Safe Streets Initiative Conducted

Another in a series of "Safe Streets" warrant initiatives was conducted last week. A total of 31 people were arrested on 32 warrants being served. Numerous charges were lodged, ranging from fraud, to violation of probation and theft, and obstruction of justice. The Safe Streets operation sought, and received, help from citizens in locating and apprehending those who were wanted.

 

Woman Hits Freight Train

A driver hit a CSX freight train early Sunday morning, but was not injured. Nikita Courtney Hall told police the brakes on her car failed, causing her to strike the train at the Franklin Street Crossing. When her vehicle struck the train, a safety alarm was activated. The train was stopped so it could be inspected. CSX officials noted the train did not appear to be damaged during the collision. Ms. Hall's vehicle was towed from the scene, as it suffered extensive damage to the front end.

 

Fire Unit Called to Bedford Road Sheetz

A unit from the Cumberland Fire Department was called to the Sheetz store at Nave's Crossroads yesterday morning. About 60 gallons of fuel apparently spilled from pump #7. It was unclear whether the fuel spill, which was reported around 7:35 a.m., was caused by a malfunction, or whether a customer had problems with it. Along with the Cumberland Fire Department, the Sheetz Corporation also had a cleanup crew on the scene. Units cleared the scene at about 1:10 p.m. yesterday.

 

Mineral Wants Bigger Share of Delinquent Taxes

Mineral County Sheriff Jeremy Taylor presented the Board of Education with a letter, requesting the county receive part of the share of recovered personal property taxes. Currently, the Board receives 71 per cent of total collections, and there are over $100,000 in delinquent property taxes at stake, some dating back to 2009. Personal property taxes are collected on items such as mobile homes, business inventory, and vehicles. The issue is on the agenda for tonight's Mineral County Board of Education meeting.

 

Somerset Man Arrested After Police Chase

Somerset resident Larry Eugene Tinkey is facing felony and misdemeanor charges, after leading police on a high speed chase early Sunday morning. The incident ended when he traveled off Deans Road, and his car came to rest in a farm creek. Speeds during the chase reached up to 90 miles per hour. He was injured and was taken to Somerset hospital.

 

Pennsylvania Man Arrested on CDS Charges

Pennsylvania resident John Patric Milligan was charged with possession of marijuana and CDS material during a traffic stop this past weekend in Garrett County. Milligan's car was stopped in the area of mile marker 22 on I-68. He was charged, then released.

 

Senate Debates Minimum Wage

The Maryland State Senate continues its work on a minimum wage bill for the state. Senator Mac Middleton, chair of the Senate Finance Committee, says there will be differences with the House version of the bill. There has been a proposal "floated" in the General Assembly, where the minimum wage would be set at $8.25 per hour, but with an increase in the Earned Income Tax Credit, according to Senator Middleton. Senator Middleton see a compromise of both an increased minimum wage and Earned Income Tax Credit.

 

Monday "Crossover Day" in Annapolis

Yesterday was "Crossover Day" in Annapolis, when lawmakers have to pass bills in at least one chamber, if they have any chance of getting to the Governor's desk. This week, the Senate will begin floor debate on its version of "Jake's Law," named after five year old Jake Owen who was killed in a car crash by a distracted driver. The Senate bill would impose up to a three-year jail term on distracted drivers who cause a crash, resulting in injury or death. The House passed its own version that would impose a one year sentence, and lawmakers will have to work out a compromise.

 

Keedysville Man Charged in Murder of Grandparents

A Keedysville man has been charged in the double murder of his grandparents. Nineteen year old Joseph Michael Minoglio is accused of stabbing his grandparents, Joseph and Peggy Minoglio. They were pronounced dead at their home. The grandson was arrested in Montgomery County, Virginia, while driving his grandparents' car, which was missing from their home. He is being held there, pending extradition.

 

AG Returns Money to State

The West Virginia Attorney General has returned about $16.5 million to the state's general fund in the last 14 months.  About 9-million dollars was returned in the last week or so. The Legislature will use that money to plug a budget gap, and fund a program for senior citizens and disabled residents.

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