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PRIMARY ELECTION RESULTS UNOFFICIAL

In unofficial returns from last night's primary, Lieutenant Governor Anthony  Brown will face Republican challenger Larry Hogan in November's gubernatorial election. Locally, Mike McKay defeated Ray Givens in the District 1-C race, and will face Nick Scarpelli in the general election. Jake Shade led the race for the Republican nominations for seats on the Allegany County Commission. He received the most votes, followed by incumbents Creade Brodie and Bill Valentine. Mark Widmyer received 1,624 votes. If those totals stand, Widmyer would be eliminated from the race.

 

GARRETT COUNTY COMMISSIONERS VOTED OUT OF OFFICE

The three sitting Republican commissioners were unseated during yesterday's primary election. Winners in the three districts were Larry Tichnell, Paul Edwards and Jim Hinebaugh, who will move onto the general election in November. In the Allegany County Board of Education race, all of the incumbents apparently will move onto the general election in November. If last night's unofficial totals stand, the only candidate for the board who would not move onto the general election would be Tammy Fraley. There are three seats open on the Board, with a total of six candidates in the general election.

 

FOUR CHARGED WITH FIRST-DEGREE MURDER

Four West Virginia residents have officially been charged with first-degree murder, in connection with the heroin overdose death of 38-year old Keyser resident Bobbie J. Blacka. Keyser residents Daisy Stewart, Melissa May Stewart, John Davis III, and Christian Pierce of Maysville are being held without bond at the Potomac Highlands Regional Jail. Ms. Blacka was found unresponsive about 1 a.m. on the night of May 7th, but EMS was not called to the Keyser House facility until nearly 6 hours later. According to the complaint, the four traveled to Cumberland to purchase the heroin, and brought it back to Keyser.

 

CHILDREN KILLED WHEN TREE HITS CAR

Two children were killed, when a tree hit a car, traveling on Tire Hill Road in Somerset County Monday. The force of the tree falling on the car, sent it into the opposite lane. Two other people in the car were taken to the hospital with injuries, including a pregnant woman in the front seat of the car. She was likely the mother of the two children killed, but the identities are not known.

 

PIEDMONT MAYOR CALLS FOR SPECIAL MEETING

Piedmont Mayor Leon Garland called a special meeting of the mayor and council for Friday morning. The meeting is to discuss obtaining legal counsel to pursue its options in regard to the burned out buildings on Childs Avenue and Second Street. The meeting is open to the public.

 

WATER TO BE TURNED OFF IN PARTS OF WESTERNPORT

Water will be shut off in certain areas of Westernport, beginning at 10 p.m. tomorrow night, through about 5:30 a.m. Friday. The shut-off is to accommodate a water line tie-inon the new lines of the Phase Two Water Project. The shut off will affect all of Westernport Hill, Main Street, Church Street, Maryland Avenue, the 100-block of Philos Avenue, and the Franklin-Brophytown area.

 

BURGLARY SUSPECT JAILED ON $50,000 BOND

Cumberland resident Demond Scott is being held on $50,000 bond, following a burglary incident early yesterday morning in the 700-block of Baker Street. Scott is accused of breaking the glass in a rear door of the home and reaching inside to unlock the door. He also began arguing with the resident and fled on foot. Scott is also accused of removing property from the residence. He was taken to the Allegany County Detention Center, pending his next court appearance.

 

MAN ACCUSED OF STEALING GOLF CART

Cumberland resident Tariq Purnell was arrested and accused of stealing a golf cart from Allegany College of Maryland on Willowbrook Road. The cart was later found in the parking lot of the Allegany County Health Department. He was charged with theft, taken for an initial appearance in District Court and later released on his personal recognizance, pending trial.

 

MORE SCHOLARSHIPS AWARDED TO GRAUDATES

Several 2014 graduates have earned prestigious scholarships, including a $10,000 Northrup-Grumman Scholarship. Mia Perlozzo-Cross, public information officer for the Allegany County Board of Education, says that Jacob Zembower, of Fort Hill earned the engineering scholarship. Two scholarships were earned by Mountain Ridge students, including the Edward and Sarah J. Moran Scholarship and the Community Trust Foundation Scholarship. Anna Broadwater and Haley Lindsay, who are both attending WVU in the fall, and Sharon Jones, who will be going to Allegany College, earned the Moran Scholarship. The Community Trust Foundation Scholarship was earned by Kylie Humbertson. She will be attending St. Francis University.

 

MAN ENTERS INSANITY PLEA IN MURDER, KIDNAPPING

A man, accused of murdering his ex-wife and kidnapping his daughter, has entered a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity. Timothy Virts claims he is not criminally responsible for the crimes. He is accused of stabbing his daughter's mother to death on March 6th in Dundalk, and kidnapping his daughter, Caitlyn. He and the girl were later found in Florence, South Carolina on March 7th.

 

RESOURCE CENTER IN MARTINSBURG TO CLOSE

The West Virginia Aging and Disability Resource Center in Martinsburg is closing at the end of the month, due to state budget cuts. The center served Berkeley, Jefferson and Morgan counties. The center had its budget cut by 7.5 per cent; only three of 11 centers in the state will remain open, including locations in Petersburg, Fairmont and Princeton.

 

MAYORS VISIT WHITE HOUSE

The Mayors of Ranson, Charles Town, and Morgantown were among 25 from around the country, to visit the White House to talk about technology and to help inventors make their mark. It was called "Makers Faire," and showed off some of the latest high tech gadgets. The goal for the inventors is to find uses for their products and produce them in the United States, employing American workers. President Barack Obama was on hand for the event.



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