MINERAL MURDER TRIAL DATE SET
The trial for a man who shot another man to death in Ridgeley two years ago has been set for the week of March 23rd of next year. Twenty-five year old Taj Green will stand trial for the shooting death of Ryan Henry. He was indicted by a Mineral County grand jury this past September. Status hearings in the case have been set for December 12th and February 19th of next year in Mineral County Circuit Court.
LEGISLATURE TO DEAL WITH BACKGROUND CHECKS
The Maryland General Assembly may be asked to tighten regulations, to make sure no physician with a criminal past will be allowed to practice medicine in Maryland. Discussion was sparked by the arrest of former Med Express physician Dr. William Thomas Dando; criminal charges were later dropped, but Dando gave up his medical license. Maryland is only one of 13 states that does not regularly check criminal backgrounds. A new plan would require doctors to have those background checks when applying for a medical license and periodically thereafter.
FROSTBURG MAN ARRESTED IN BURGLARY
Twenty-five year old Ronald Dewain Smith has been arrested for the burglary of Gianni's Pizza Shop Wednesday morning. Smith allegedly struggled with the owner, was chased by Frostburg Police and arrested. He is jailed in lieu of $50,000 bond. Gianni's was also burglarized twice in the past month. The investigation is continuing by the C3I unit.
FRIENDSVILLE MAN ARRESTED FOR BURGLARY
Friendsville resident Phillip Workman has been arrested in connection to a burglary on Bittinger Road in Grantsville. Workman allegedly entered a home and stole a number of coins from the home. He was released on personal recognizance, following a hearing in Garrett County District Court.
TWO ARRESTED IN DRUG DEAL
Two men have been arrested, in connection with an alleged drug deal in the parking lot of the Frostburg Pool. Nineteen year olds Nicholas Reid Harper and Tyler Scott Valentine were taken into custody and charged with various counts of possession of CDS. Both were released. Found at the scene were both marijuana and heroin.
MAN ARRESTED FOR VIOLATION OF PROTECTIVE ORDER
Cumberland resident Matthew John Gonzales was arrested for violation of a protective order Wednesday evening in the 100-block of Pennsylvania Avenue. Police officers saw him on the property, after he had previously been served with an order of protection, instructing him to stay away from the property. He received a District Court hearing, and was released on personal recognizance.
CUMBERLAND MAN FACES CRACK COCAINE, ECSTACY CHARGES
Twenty-five year old Terrell Rondell Grey of Cumberland faces two counts of CDS possession, following a traffic stop on Greene Street. A K-9 "free air sniff" around the vehicle resulted in a positive alert for drugs. Grey was found to have the drug, "Ecstacy" in his pants pocket; crack cocaine was located in his under garments. He received an initial appearance in District Court and was held on $4,000 bond at the Allegany County Detention Center.
FIRE DOES $100,000 DAMAGE
Wednesday morning's fire on Mountain Knight Road in Oldtown did $100,000 in damage. The home is owned by Ronald and Jacqueline Edwards; the fire, discovered by the owners, began on the deck of the home, and the cause remains under investigation. Smoke detectors were present and activated.
LOCAL HEALTH OFFICIALS PLANNING FOR EBOLA
The Allegany County Health Department is developing response plans and implementing procedures to identify those at risk of contracting the Ebola virus, and will be taking the necessary steps to prevent its spread. Ebola, a severe viral illness that begins much like the flu, is contracted through the transfer of blood or bodily fluids, particularly someone who is sick. For the latest information, visit the Allegany County Health Department website.
SCHWAB APPOINTED PRESIDENT OF REGIONAL UNITED WAY
Betsey Hurwitz-Schwab was recently named president of the United Way of the Potomac Highlands,which includes Allegany, Garrett, Mineral, and Hampshire Counties. She is also the chair of the Legacy Committee, which is for those who give $1,000 or more to the Allegany County United Way. Ms. Schwab says the agency is addressing important, necessary, and primary needs of people in the community. Allegany County, she says, directs its "impact funding" to the homeless population, as it is the only county to have a homeless program. The other counties send homeless residents here for help. One in three people receives services through an affiliated County United Way agency. Ms. Schwab encourages everyone to give to the County United Way, and she promises upcoming changes that will address specific needs of the community.
LAWSUIT CHARGES VOTING BY NON-CITIZENS IN MARYLAND
Baltimore County Republican Delegate Pat McDonough is joining with a group of Frederick County residents in a federal lawsuit. In the suit, they are alleging that non-citizens have been allowed to vote in Maryland elections, dating back to 2006. Although he could not provide exact numbers of illegal votes cast, he produced documents that showed residents declined summons to serve on jury duty, because they were not U.S. citizens; they did however, cast ballots in state and local elections. The Maryland State Prosecutor may investigate the matter further, to see if it occurred in other counties.
SET CLOCKS BACK ONE HOUR TOMORROW NIGHT
Reminder: Set your clocks back one hour before going to bed tomorrow night. We're returning to Eastern Standard Time then. E.S.T. will be in effect, through March 8th, when we "spring forward." It's also a good idea to check the batteries in your smoke detectors, too!