Bedford County Trial Begins for Minister
The trial of the Reverend Walter Bradshaw began yesterday in Bedford County Court. Bradshaw, from Lexington, North Carolina, is accused of raping an 11-year old girl in a Bedford County hotel room several years ago; he has been in prison, awaiting trial, for two years. The girls' mother, who is accused of dropping her off at the Janey Lynn Motel, received a two to six year prison sentence, after pleading no contest for her part in the alleged incident. She also allegedly encouraged her daughter to lie to authorities. In total, Bradshaw faces 23 counts, and Bedford County District Attorney Bill Higgins says his office has enough evidence to convict him.
Park Has License Suspended
The Tri-State Zoological Park on Christie Road has had its license suspended, due to what is being termed "repeated violations of federal regulations" from 2006 to 2010. Owner Robert Candy contends he did nothing wrong, and that zoo regulations are vague and "open to interpretation." Fifteen violations were found, including a practice of taking groups on "behind the scenes" tours, within reach of caged lions and tigers, according to the Cumberland Times-News.
Change Order Issued for Keyser Primary School
A change order has been approved by the Mineral County Board of Education, to increase the square footage of the new Keyser Primary School. The revisions would add more space to the gym, and would expand the school's entrance road from two to three lanes. The order was approved at Tuesday's board meeting.
Dairy Strike Enters Second Week
The employees of Potomac Farms/Galliker's Dairy remain on strike. Fifty-five workers have been without a contract since February of last year, and overwhelmingly voted down a contract offer earlier this year. According to a release from Teamsters Local 453, the company is trying eliminate workers' pension benefits and refuses to include retroactive pay in its offer. The union had agreed to an extension to the contract which expired in February of 2011. One requirement of that agreement was that the workers would receive retroactive pay as part of any agreement.
Guilty Plea Entered in Sexual Assault Case
A twenty-three year old Somerset County man has pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a nine-year old girl in Somerset County. Nicholas Fate Krzysko had been homeless, and was invited to stay with a family at a Quemahoning Township residence. He allegedly assaulted the girl, who told her mother what had happened. Krzysko was asked to leave the home immediately. He will be sentenced on November 15th.
Property Owner In Dispute with Park Service, Contractor
A Somerset County man and his wife have hired an attorney to pursue legal action against the National Park Service and a contractor, working at the Flight 93 National Memorial. George Lasure says the pond was completely drained during construction of the Memorial. Lasure says he dedicated the pond to the memory of his late daughter, and sometimes goes there to reflect. While the contractor, Arrow Wallace Pancher, says it is working toward a resolution, Lasure says he hasn't heard of any compensation plans.
Gas Prices Rising Locally, Nationally
You've probably noticed gas prices rising the last few weeks, and they'll continue to climb as fall approaches. Triple "A" Mid-Atlantic says some relief is in sight, as prices are expected to drop by the end of this month, as gas at the pumps is expected to be switched to winter-blended gasoline. A check in Cumberland shows the price of a gallon of regular gasoline was the highest in the state at $3.91 per gallon.
More Money Spent on Gambling Campaign
More money has been spent on the gambling referendum than was spent in the last governor's race in the state. With seven weeks to go before the election, special interests on both sides of the issue have spent $19.4 million, and that figure could rise to $20 million in the next couple of weeks. On November 6th, voters will decide whether to uphold the gambling expansion legislation passed during a special session of the Maryland General Assembly last month.
West Virginia Unemployment Rate on the Rise
There are more West Virginians out of work. WorkForce West Virginia says the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate climbed two-tenths of a percentage point to 7.5 per cent. The number of residents without jobs rose to around 60,000. The national unemployment rate is 8.1 per cent, down two-tenths of a percentage point.