PETA SLAMS LOCAL GROUNDHOG EVENT

PETA, the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, has sent a letter to Melinda Kelleher, Executive Director of the Downtown Development Commission, urging her to skip the live groundhog aspect of activities next Tuesday. PETA’s letter points out that groundhogs “are prey animals who actively avoid human contact and transporting them to unfamiliar locations…

WOMAN CHARGED WITH ANIMAL CRUELTY

Oakland resident Leslie Gillespie has been charged with 26 counts of animal cruelty. Initially, on December 23rd, Garrett County deputies responded to a report of animal neglect. Seven dogs and a goat were located outside the residence on Wilson Road. On Christmas Eve, a search warrant was obtained, and two additional malnourished dogs and three…

WOMAN HELD ON $2,000 BOND

Cumberland resident Megan Marie Rooney was held on $2,000 bond, after she was served two bench warrants. They were for failure to appear for trial on October 5th of last year for theft, and identity fraud to avoid prosecution counts. Ms. Rooney received a District Court hearing, before being remanded to the Allegany County Detention…

WOMAN SENTENCED IN ESPIONAGE CASE

Berkeley County resident Elizabeth Jo Shirley was sentenced to more than 11 years in prison, after taking a national defense document with plans to contact Russian officials. She admitted that she took a National Security Agency document, containing top-secret intelligence information. She served on active duty with the U.S. Air force and received top-level security…

BOARD VOTES ON RETURN TO HYBRID/IN-PERSON LEARNING

The Allegany County Board of Education voted on a plan for a return to hybrid/in-person learning at a special meeting yesterday. Career Center Skill area students and students without connectivity will return on February 8th; on February 13th, fall athletics and extracurricular activities will begin. On March 1st, students  in pre-K, kindergarten and Grade 1,…

BALTIMORE MAN JAILED IN GARRETT COUNTY

Baltimore resident Tablu Anquir Dudley is in the Garrett County Detention Center after he was arrested Sunday on charges of felony assault and handgun possession charges. He was arrested on more than a dozen charges that included first-degree assault, possession of a handgun as a convicted felon, and other criminal offenses.

FIRE VICTIM WAS ELDERLY WOMAN

While fire officials continue the investigation into Saturday’s fatal fire in Romney, it is now known the victim was a 94-year-old woman and the cause was “most probably accidental in nature,” according to the West Virginia State Fire Marshal’s Office. The fire was reported around 3:11 a.m. in the 5800-block of Grassy Lick Road. Fire…

TRAFFIC STOP RESULTS IN DRUG CHARGES

Cumberland resident Breann Carol Haines was arrested Sunday morning, following a traffic stop on Centre Street, and now faces drug charges. She was a passenger in the vehicle; a free air sniff by a K-9 officer resulted in an alert for controlled dangerous substances. Following a search of the vehicle, officers recovered a pipe, used…

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CORONA RELATED NEWS

HOGAN ANNOUNCES PLANS FOR MASS VACCINATIONS

Once enough COVID-19 vaccines are available, the state will open mass vaccination sites. Initially, the Maryland National Guard will be set up at the Baltimore Convention Center, Six Flags America, and a third at M & T Bank Stadium. Plans are also underway for additional sites on the Eastern Shore and in Western and Southern…

MAN SENTENCED IN FRAUD CASE

Berkeley County resident Christopher Engle was sentenced to more than three years in prison for defrauding donors of a for-profit entity. Engle was convicted of wire fraud related to his actions supervising Hearts2Heroes, which was advertised as a group that creates care packages for deployed service members; Engle was the organization’s co-owner. The total loss…

TWO ADDITIONAL COVID DEATHS, 80 NEW CASES

The Allegany County Health Department is reporting two additional COVID-19 related deaths and 80 new cases since Friday. The county’s positivity rate is now at 9.33 per cent, while the statewide average is 6.84 per cent. The Health Department has also announced some additional vaccination appointments available for those 75 and older. To register, visit…

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