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HAMPSHIRE RESIDENTS INDICTED

Mandy Lee O'Hara and John Steven Shoemaker of Hampshire County have been indicted by the grand jury there. They are accused of killing Mandy O'Hara's estranged husband, Michael, around September 26th. They are also accused of conspiracy, burglary and concealment of a body. The two were among 17 indicted when the grand jury met yesterday.

 

EVERETT RESIDENT KILLED IN CONSTRUCTION ACCIDENT

Thirty-two year old Jared Ritchey of Everett was killed while working in a construction site in Somerset County Monday afternoon. Ritchey was pinned by a large concrete form that had become dislodged. Co-workers tried to free him, and he was pronounced dead at 3:40 p.m. The investigation by the Pennsylvania State Police is underway, while an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death is being conducted.

 

CRACKER BARREL MAY LOCATE IN LAVALE

Although the Holiday Inn Express has been in the works for some time, there is now word that a Cracker Barrel restaurant will also be locating in the LaVale area. Concept plans have been filed for the restaurant and has identified several locations in LaVale.  Cracker Barrel has eight restaurants in Maryland. Representatives with the chain are working with state officials, before moving ahead with plans.

 

POLICE SEEK MAN CONVICTED IN THEFTS

Former Somerset County resident Chad Adam Flick, who is serving time in Greene County, Pennsylvania escaped while he was being taken to a hospital for treatment. Flick ran from a security officer, and fled into nearby woods, and has yet to be located. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact the Waynesburg, Pennsylvania barracks of the State Police at (724)-627-6151.

 

MAN ARRESTED FOR DISTURBING THE PEACE

Cumberland resident Robert Jay Toey was arrested by Cumberland City Police, having been accused of creating a disturbance in the 400-block of Maryland Avenue. A store employee stated that he became angry for no apparent reason, and began yelling and screaming. He was processed, taken to a District Court Commissioner for an initial appearance, and released on personal recognizance.

 

COUNTS LODGED AGAINST CUMBERLAND MAN

Nineteen year old Jordan Earl Turner was charged with disturbing the peace, two counts of disorderly conduct and destruction of property, following an incident in the 900-block of Glenwood Street early yesterday morning. Turner is accused of damaging a car there by kicking it. He was located in the downtown McDonald's parking lot, and was positively identified by the victim. He received an initial appearance, and was released on personal recognizance.

 

MOOREFIELD SCHOOL WINS HISTORY TITLE

A group of eighth graders from the Moorefield Middle School has won the West Virginia History Bowl. Two dozen teams from schools in 15 counties competed in Charleston last week, and was sponsored by the West Virginia Division of Culture and History. The tournament featured questions about state and county history, culture, government, heritage, sports and tourism.

 

TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK

Public polling consistently shows education to be a priority with Maryland voters, so educators are taking note, with several running for office this year. Elizabeth Paul, a teacher and candidate for Democratic State Delegate in Washington County's District 2-A, says that while the state does well in funding education, policies could use more expert input. Wilde Lake high school teacher Eric Ebersole is running for a House of Delegates seat in District 12. He acknowledges that almost every candidate says education is their most important issue.

 

CELL PHONE VIOLATIONS TRIPLE

Statistics show that nearly 14,500 drivers have been charged with using a cell phone while driving since a new law took effect last October. From March through September, there were a little over 4,000 violators. Many drivers support the law, which calls for an $83 fine for first-time violators, $140 for the second time, and $160 for a third time. The only exception to the rule is during an emergency, but even then, State Police say to pull to the side of the road first.

 

HANCOCK WOMAN FACING CHARGES

Hancock resident Gladys Darlene McClary is being charged with theft and harassment, after she tried to steal syringes from a McConnellsburg doctor's office. She tried to steal about 50 needles from the office of Dr. William Milroth, and tried to flee the scene, causing minor injuries to a 44-year old woman from Three Springs, Pennsylvania.

 

MVA OFFERING NEW ONLINE SERVICES

The Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration is expanding online services for customers, making some license renewals, duplicate driver's license requests, and change of address easier. As for license renewal, drivers under 40 can renew online. They can also renew by mail at an MVA kiosk, located at branch offices. The license will be mailed to the address on record at the MVA. The website is www.mva.maryland.gov.

 

MARYLAND 9TH WORST STATE FOR RETIREES

Maryland is considered the ninth worst state in which to retire, because the retirement dollars you've worked so hard to save simply just don't go as far. Many retirees are moving south, also blaming the higher tax burden, which is, by the way, the seventh highest in the country. The number one worst state in which to retire is New York, which also has a reputation for higher taxes.

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