MEN ARRESTED IN BREAKING AND ENTERING
Silver Spring resident Phillip Anthony Battaglia and Brendan Ryan O'Connor of Front Royal, Virginia were arrested for breaking and entering a Wood Street residence in Frostburg early Saturday morning. The victims were awakened to find two men in the home; one victim said she found Battaglia straddling her and licking her face. Another victim awoke to find another man kicking him. Additional charges may be filed, pending further investigation.
TWO FACE POSSESSION CHARGES
Two men were arrested in Frostburg early Saturday morning; one faces marijuana possession charges, while the other has a number of possession counts against him. Sean Thomas Major of Cumberland was issued a criminal citation for possession of less than 10 grams of marijuana, while Eduardo Arroyo of Barrelville was found to have a number of oxycodone pills on him. Arroyo was charged with intent to distribute a controlled dangerous substance, possession and obstructing and hindering a police officer.
MAN ARRESTED IN PHARMACY BURGLARY
A Baltimore man was arrested in connection with the burglary of Deep Creek Pharmacy, which happened in January of last year. Twenty-nine year old David James Wilson was located at the University of Baltimore, where he was arrested by University Police. A warrant for his arrest was obtained last month, when evidence analysis was completed by the Maryland State Police Crime Lab. Wilson is being held at the Baltimore City Detention Center on $5,000 bond.
KEYSER VOTES TO ALTER CITY HALL HOURS
The city of Keyser is changing its city hall hours in an effort to coincide with other departments and better serve the public. The new hours, which take effect today, will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The change was unanimously approved by the council.
MAN ARRESTED FOR DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY, TRESPASSING
Cumberland resident Brian Green was arrested early Friday evening, near a North Mechanic Street business. He had been inside, asking patrons for money, and appeared to be intoxicated. He was escorted out, but again became disorderly and broke a window. He was restrained by the owner, and he was taken into custody without incident. He was charged with trespassing and destruction of property and released pending trial.
CUMBERLAND MAN ARRESTED FOR TRESPASSING
Cumberland resident Duane Montaque-Bey was served a criminal summons by City Police for trespassing on CSX property along Queen City Drive. The incident actually took place in March, and Montaque-Bey was served recently with the summons. He was released pending trial in District Court.
JUDGE RULES AGAINST SOMERSET COUNTY DITRICT
A judge has ruled against the Shade-Central City School district, which was attempting to get the Somerset County Appeals Board to adopt a new methodology for valuing coal. The district had tried to see higher taxes levied on property used for coal mining, arguing that multiple parcels of the resource were under-assessed. About 60 parcels owned by coal companies in Shade Township were affected by the ruling.
USS SOMERSET ARRIVES IN SAN DIEGO
The USS Somerset arrived at its home port in California, several weeks after its commissioning. The ship was commissioned on March 1st and traveled through the Caribbean Sea and Panama Canal to reach its port in San Diego. The ship was named in honor of the crew and passengers of United Airlines Flight 93, which crashed in Somerset County on September 11, 2001.
CHILD CARE WORKERS STAGE INFORMATIONAL PICKET
Nearly 24 child care workers and supporters at the West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and the Blind have been staging an informational picket in front of the campus. The school has notified 35 workers that their positions are being eliminated, to be replaced by employees who have, or be working on, an associate's degree. The new workers will be paid about $8,000 more than those they replace.
KELLY COMMENTS ON DECRIMINALIZATION
Western Maryland Delegate Kevin Kelly considers himself a conservative Democrat, and opposed the recently passed decriminalization of marijuana. Delegate Kelly claims that one of six children under the age of 15 who try the drug once, will become addicted to that or a more serious drug. He says the state is sending a message to its youth. One drawback of the decriminalization is that to get the drug, a person has to enter what he called the "drug culture," where there is no quality control, and buyers have no idea what they're purchasing. There are vast differences in the potency of marijuana. Delegate Kelly added that parts of the bill were not thought through; while a person cannot be arrested for having less than 10 grams of marijuana, the bill does not address paraphernalia such as rolling papers, pipes and baggies.
TASK FORCE SEEKING TWO ON DRUG CHARGES
The Mountain State Fugitive Task Force is looking for two people who had been charged in Berkeley County By the Martinsburg Police Department for operating a clandestine drug lab. A trailer fire occurred on April 1st, which led authorities to look for James Exline and Amy Burcker. Exline is 5 feet, nine inches tall with brown eyes and hair. Ms. Burcker is 5'3" with hazel eyes and blonde hair. Both have ties to Berkeley County, along with Maryland and Florida, and both are believed to still be in the area, and are being helped by family and friends. They should be considered armed and dangerous, and tips are being treated as anonymous. Information can be forwarded to Deputy Mike Ulrich at (304)-267-7179.
COAL COMPANY LAYING OFF MINERS
Patriot Coal is expected to lay off at least 100 miners at its Boone County location, which is devastating news for that community. There are nearly 850 workers at two mines in the area. Boone County lost nearly a million dollars last year in its budget, with coal severance accounting for half of that. However, a spokesman for Patriot says he can see metallurgical coal making a comeback sometime next year.
MAN TRANSFERRED TO PSYCH HOSPITAL
A 19-year old Keedysville, Maryland man who is accused of the March 15th stabbing deaths of his grandparents, is being transferred to the Clifton T. Perkins Hospital in Jessup. Joseph William Minoglio will receive a mental health examination, before he is cleared to return to the Washington County Detention Center.
VOTERS UNDECIDED ON GOVERNOR'S RACE
Maryland's primary election is June 24th, and at this point, more than half of the state's voters are either not thinking about it, or are undecided on who will become the next governor. A poll, by St. Mary's College, shows that Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown has a double-digit lead over his competitors.
MORE FAMILIES TO BE AIDED BY WIC
More West Virginia families will be helped by WIC, as the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources has raised its income eligibility guidelines. A family of four, for example, can earn $44.123 and still qualify for the Women, Infant, and Children's program; that is an increase of $555 in the eligibility ceiling. Nearly 46,000 mothers and young children are already served each month.