THEFT SUSPECT TURNS HIMSELF IN
Eighteen year old Romney resident Seth McDermott, who was wanted in connection with the breaking and entering and theft of a four-wheeler earlier in the month has turned himself into authorities. Bond was set at $14,000 and he remains in custody at the Potomac Highlands Regional Jail. McDermott is accused of taking the four-wheeler from a residence along Bethel Church Road. McDermott turned himself in earlier this week.
PUBLIC HEARING FOR KEYSER ANNEXATION
A public hearing will be held before any areas of Keyser will be annexed. A "minor boundary adjustment" would include the Airport Addition and Bonnieview residential areas, along with several retail and restaurant outlets along Route 220. If those areas are annexed, they would receive city services such as police protection and snow removal; and, they would also be paying city taxes.
MAN CHARGED WITH SECOND-DEGREE ASSAULT
Cumberland resident Brandon Livengood was charged with second degree assault, in connection with an incident earlier this month outside of a Columbia Street business. Livengood allegedly yelled at the victim, while in their vehicle; as the victim tried to get out of the car, he allegedly pushed their car door shut, striking them. Livengood was served with the charges and released pending trial in District Court.
MARTIRANO SELECTED AS W.VA SCHOOL SUPERINTENDEN T
Dr. Michael Martirano of this area, has been selected as the new state superintendent of West Virginia schools. The West Virginia Board of Education this week, named Chuck Heinlein as the temporary State Superintendent, but later announced Martirano as the permanent replacement. Current State Superintendent Jim Phares will retire on Monday, and Martirano will be introduced at the State Board of Education meeting in Charleston on July 9th.
MINERAL BOARD WANTS REPAID FOR K.H.S. DEBT
The Mineral County Board of Education has made it clear...they want to be reimbursed for their help in financing the Keyser High School Athletic Complex. The Board has extended a $2.2 million line of credit to the Campaign for Keyser High Committee, to help them pay off the remaining debt. Keyser has been unable to meet the annual payment of nearly $280,000, since the first one came due in 2009.
HOGAN COMMENTS ON PRIMARY WIN
Republican gubernatorial nominee Larry Hogan has gone on the offensive since Tuesday's primary win, calling his opponent, Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown "the most incompetent man in Maryland." Hogan says he is staying focused on the economy and taxes, and is looking forward to challenging Brown in November. It has been pointed out that the majority of registered voters in Maryland are Democrats; in fact Democratic gubernatorial candidate Heather Mizeur garnered more votes than Hogan. Only 25 per cent of registered voters turned out on Tuesday for the primary; Hogan acknowledges that Brown did very well...with a small turnout. He expects more voters to go to the polls on November 4th.
WINCHESTER WOMAN INDICTED FOR FELONY HOMICIDE
Twenty-four year old Jessika Smith has been indicted for felony homicide in the death of her two-year old daughter in December of last year. She is charged with two counts of child abuse, one for pushing her daughter and another for failing to get her medical attention. She could face up to 20 years on the felony homicide count and up to five years for each child abuse count. Her trial has been scheduled for September.
STATUE FUNDRAISER TOPS GOAL
A campaign to erect a statue in Morgantown, honoring the late Don Knotts has exceeded its fundraising goal. A recent gift from the Greater Morgantown Convention and Visitor's Bureau pushed the total to over $53,000; the original goal was $50,000. Any additional funds would be used to maintain the statue and surrounding grounds. The next step is to determine where the statue will be located. Knotts portrayed the character, "Barney Fife" in "The Andy Griffith Show."