Charges May Be Filed in Potomac Center Case
Charges will be brought to those proven to be involved in alleged abuses at the Potomac Center in Romney, West Virginia. Specific details on the alleged abuses from an undetermined number of lower management employees have not been revealed, but it is known that minor incidents of sexual abuse may have taken place. State representatives will be traveling to Charleston to discuss the situation with the Department of Health and Human Resources.
Man Charged with Attempted Murder
Schellsburg resident Paul Joseph Griffith has been charged with attempted homicide, aggravated assault, simple assault, and other charges, following an incident this past weekend. Griffith got into a fight with Manns Choice resident Brian Keith Barnett at a home on Buena Road about 2 a.m. Both suffered stab wounds to the neck during the fight. Griffith was released from the hospital, and is being held in the Bedford County prison on $500,000 bail.
Shots Fired at Homes
The Bedford detachment of the Pennsylvania State Police are investigating two cases, in which gunshots were fired into homes. One of the shootings took place near Claysburg and the other on the Maryland border. Police aren't saying whether the shootings are connected; they are searching for shell casings at the two sites. The investigation by the State Police is continuing.
Keyser Woman Facing Charges
Forty-six year old Keyser resident Karen Harms is being held at the Potomac Highlands Regional Jail, following a disturbance at the CVS pharmacy in Keyser. Police say Harms was belligerent and disorderly throughout the incident, resulting in additional charges, including public intoxication and indecent exposure. Bail was set at $2500.
Carpendale Bridge Topic of Discussion
A bridge, linking Carpendale, West Virginia to Maryland was the topic of each meeting during Mineral County Day in Charleston. The bridge is a priority project for several reasons, including the development of a business park, additional employment, and additional revenue for Mineral County. The project was estimated to cost around $5 million, which is-according to Mineral County officials-a small price, when compared to the economic possibilities the bridge would bring.
Analyst Encourages State Budget Cushion
Warren Deschenaux, a top budget analyst is encouraging Maryland lawmakers to create a greater budget cushion than the one in Governor O'Malley's budget plan. He would like to see a fund balance of about $100 million for the next fiscal year; O'Malley's budget has a $30 million cushion. The state's Rainy Day Fund has a balance of about $800 million, but lawmakers always aim to have that money safely set aside without needing to be tapped.
Miller Skeptical of Over $10 Minimum Wage
Maryland Senate President Thomas "Mike" Miller says that it is going to be difficult to find a solution to address economic differences in the state. Prince George's and Montgomery Counties have already decided to raise the minimum wage to $11.50 by 2017, but Miller says lawmakers from other, rural parts of the state won't be able to support an increase that high. Governor O'Malley is proposing a minimum wage of $10.10 per hour, but Miller says the debate over raising it will be difficult.
Morgantown Runway Closed Briefly
A runway at Morgantown's airport was closed for about 10 minutes, when a small plane tipped forward upon landing. There were no injuries. The plane's owner was flying with an instructor pilot, when the plane landed quickly. The propeller was damaged when the aircraft tipped forward onto its nose. A small amount of fuel was cleaned from the runway.