Student Arrested in Bomb Threat
An 11th grade student at Fort Hill High School has been arrested and charged with a felony, in connection with making a false bomb threat and other charges. A threatening message was found in a second-floor restroom of the school on September 20th; the students were evacuated, while the school was searched. The student will be disciplined in accordance with the Board of Education's policy on student disciplined. Additionally, the Allegany County State's Attorney's Office and Cumberland City Police will be seeking restitution for the losses incurred by the Board as a result of the incident. Superintendent Dr. David Cox vowed to take an "aggressive and deliberate approach" to put a stop to what he called "this nonsense."
Keyser Man Charged With Drug Counts
Keyser resident Robert Lee Jessie has been arrested on a warrant, and for drug distribution charges, following a traffic stop earlier in the week. Jessie was taken into custody after police received an anonymous tip that he was driving in the area without a license. The court-contempt order was for possession with intent to distribute heroin and marijuana. He is being held at the Potomac Highlands Regional Jail on a total bond of $26,000.
Complaint Filed Against County Commissioners
A federal labor complaint has been filed against the Bedford County Commissioners, alleging that the county's inability or refusal to pay probation officers' overtime violates labor law. The complaint was filed by Bedford County Chief Judge Thomas Ling, and follows a related union grievance against the county. The county's eight probation officers went with either insufficient or non-existent overtime pay. Commissioner Kirt Morris blames Ling, who has allegedly refused to turn over more than $250,000 in government funds, according to published reports in the Altoona Mirror newspaper.
Police Find Decomposed Body in East Freedom Home
Police have identified the man whose body was discovered in an East Freedom township home last weekend. The remains of 24-year old Dustin Brown were severely decomposed, and police were not initially sure if they were of a man or a woman. The official cause of death remains undetermined, pending the results of toxicology tests. Investigators did not find any evidence of foul play, and the investigation is continuing.
Man Sentenced in DUI Manslaughter Case
A Somerset area man will serve nine months in jail for causing the death of a motorcyclist in September of 2010. Robert Hauser had pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and DUI this past July; he had been accused of hitting and killing motorcyclist Edward Helsel, Jr. along Somerset Pike in Conemaugh Township.
Trial Ordered for Former Teacher, Church Official
A trial has been ordered for Brian Eppley, a former Somerset County teacher, school board member and church official. Eppley is charged with engaging in inappropriate behavior with a young boy. He waived a court hearing earlier this week. The alleged incidents occurred at the Maple Spring Church of the Brethern in Jerome, where Eppley was a deacon. He is also accused of similar crimes involving two other boys, and has decided to stand trial on those charges.
Tomblin Visits Morgan County
West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin was in Morgan County on Wednesday to take part in a bond signing ceremony. The bonds will be used for more than $26 million in improvements to Cacapon Resort State Park. Noting that it was an "absolutely beautiful state park, Tomblin says the improvements will both create jobs and build tourism for that area.
O'Malley Speaks Out Against Anti-Gambling Ads
Governor Martin O'Malley has spoke out against television ads against Maryland's proposed gambling expansion. The Governor calls them, quote, "a bunch of West Virginia casino hooey." Governor O'Malley was particularly annoyed that the ad stated additional gambling proceeds won't go to education, as set out in the proposal. The gambling issue will be on the ballot in November. Penn National Gaming, which owns a casino in Maryland and another in West Virginia, has spent more than $18 million on its campaign against a casino in Prince George's County. Supporters of the issue have spent more than $14 million.