WOMAN CHARGED WITH 2ND DEGREE MURDER
Twenty-eight year old Jessyca Laine Kimble has been charged with second-degree murder, after stabbing her husband, Edward Allen Kimble at their Broad Street residence in Midland. They had been involved in an argument, when Ms. Kimble allegedly stabbed him in the upper left chest area, with a steak knife. Mr. Kimble went to a neighbor's house, but collapsed on the porch. His body will be taken to the State Medical Examiner's Office for an autopsy. Ms. Kimble received an initial appearance before the District Court Commissioner, and the investigation is continuing.
LAWSUIT FILED AGAINST DOCTOR
A lawsuit has been filed against former MedExpress Doctor William Dando. In the suit, a Keyser woman is alleging Dando fondled her during an examination for a fall she suffered in September of last year. She contends MedExpress knew, or should have known, about Dando's 1987 conviction and incarceration for raping a woman at gunpoint in her home near Orlando, Florida. His license has been suspended and a trial for allegedly molesting another woman is set for September 3rd.
ACCIDENT VICTIM IDENTIFIED
A Virginia man has been identified as the person killed on Saturday evening in Oldtown. Fifty-three year old George Offerman suffered fatal injuries, when he fell from the tailgate of a pickup truck, operated by Peter Fred Hart of Sterling, Virginia. Two others, who were injured in the accident, were not identified. Hart was charged with driving under the influence, but no criminal charges were filed in connection with the death of Offerman.
MAN CHARGED WITH FELONY CHILD ABUSE
Thirty-five year old Andrew Christopher Conner is being charged with felony child abuse, resulting in injury, in connection with an incident where a one-year old child was impaled by scissors last week. The mother of the child and Conner were arguing at the Pine Wood apartments, when Conner became upset and hurled the scissors across the room, striking the child in the temple. The scissors lodged about two inches deep in the child's head. He underwent surgery in Morgantown. Conner is being held on $5,000 bond.
TWO HOMELESS AFTER FIRE
Two people were left homeless after a fire on Church Street in Deer Park late Monday. Homeowner Joseph Harper and a child were displaced by the fire. Nobody was home at the time. Damages are estimated at approximately $185,000, and the victims were assisted by the American Red Cross.
KEYSER HIRING NEW OFFICERS
The Keyser City Police Department is hiring two more officers to replace a pair who are departing. One officer recently left, to follow his wife to Petersburg, where she had been hired for a better paying job. The other officer went to the Mineral County Sheriff's Office. The city police force includes 11 sworn officers, but because of attrition, it is often undermanned.
DISTRICT ATTORNEY, SHERIFF WARN OF SCAMS
Both Bedford County District Attorney Bill Higgins and Sheriff Charwin Reichelderfer are warning against scams seeking the immediate payment of money. In the most recent scheme, a caller, with a Middle Eastern accent, identifies himself as a sheriff's deputy, calling from the Detention Center. The caller demands a sum of money to avoid arrest. In another, the caller claims to need bail money immediately, and banking information is given to the caller. Both incidents are scams, according to the District Attorney and Sheriff.
MARYLAND PSC APPROVES SURCHARGE
The Maryland Public Service Commission has approved a request by Columbia Gas of Maryland, to impose a $2.00 monthly surcharge on residential customers. The utility says this will help pay for nearly $50 million in gas supply-line improvements. The PSC has determined that the request meets the requirements of a state law that allows utility companies to institute a surcharge to help finance infrastructure improvements.
BEDFORD COUNTY ROAD CLOSURE
Beginning today, a portion of Route 31 near the intersection of Powell Road in Harrison Township (Bedford County) will be temporarily closed. The closure is necessary to replace a failing pipe. The roadway is expected to be closed through Friday afternoon. Traffic will be detoured, using Route 30, Route 160, and Route 31.
WOMAN SENTENCED TO STATE PRISON
Twenty-four year old Clear Spring resident Brittany Michelle Ice has been sentenced to four years in prison. Ms. Ice, who was pregnant at the time of her arrest, entered Alford pleas to charges of second-degree assault and transporting a handgun in a vehicle. She also entered a similar plea to possession of marijuana.
APPALCHIAN MOUNTAIN I.R.T. CONTINUES THROUGH TOMORROW
The Appalachian Regional Training exercise, or I.R.T., is continuing through tomorrow at the Allegany County Fairgrounds. Free services are being offered to area residents in the medical, dental, and optical fields, and spay/neutering and rabies shot for pets through the HRDC, Allegany County Health Department, Appalachian Regional Commission, and the Western Maryland Health System. The work is being done by the Navy and Army Reserve's 48th Combat Support Hospital. Lt. Col. Janice Baker, of Fayetteville, North Carolina-working in veterinary services-says one of the goals is to ensure the health of animals in the area.