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Operation "Takedown III" Executed

The most recent Safe Streets Initiative, executed between February 19th and March 1st, resulted in the arrest of numerous individuals. During the past three months, a total of 77 suspects were apprehended, 106 arrest warrants were served and 10 individuals with violent criminal histories were arrested. The most recent group of individuals face a variety of charges, ranging from assault to theft to failure to appear charges


Chamber Opposes Minimum Wage, Paid Sick Leave Bills

The Allegany County Chamber of Commerce has sent letters to members of the General Assembly, opposing both a raise in the state's minimum wage and a bill that would require employers to offer paid sick leave to employees. Cost is the main issue, according to the Chamber letter on the minimum wage bill, stating that it would drive up employer costs. As for paid sick leave, the Chamber believes it would "further drive business away from the state of Maryland ."


Commissioners Approve Salary Increases

The Allegany County Commissioners have adopted the recommendations of a salary study commission, and will increase the salary of orphan's court judges and the sheriff. The changes would not take effect until after the 2014 general election; the commissioners' salaries will not be changed. The recommendations include an annual salary for the sheriff to $70,000 in 2015 and a three per cent each year after, with the salary reaching $76,491 in 2018.


Intersection to be Closed for Gas Line Tie-Ins

The city of Cumberland, on behalf of Columbia Gas of Maryland, has announced that Liberty Street, from the Pershing Street intersection to Harrison Street, will be closed from this evening at 6 p.m. until tomorrow at 7 a.m., weather permitting. The closure will allow the Columbia Gas contractor, Northern Pipeline to make service lateral tie ins in the area. If you must travel in the area, obey all traffic control devices and be alert to workers in the area.


Woman Killed in Somerset Crash

A Somerset County woman was killed in a two vehicle accident Sunday afternoon. Seventy-year old Eva Kline died when her car was hit by an SUV in Jenner Township. Both were taken to Conemaugh Valley Hospital. The Somerset County coroner is performing an autopsy. Ms. Kline was wearing her seatbelt, but the other driver, 19-year old Boswell resident Kyle Updyke,  was not. He was treated and released, and the investigation is continuing.


Man Arraigned on Vehicular Homicide Charges

Twenty-three year old Somerset resident Casey Miller has been arraigned on homicide by vehicle charges, in connection with a single-vehicle crash last summer. He is also charged with aggravated assault while driving under the influence. The crash occurred last August 20th at Chickentown Road and Skyline Lane in Somerset Township. Kody Dwire, 22-years old, was ejected from the car and died about six hours later.


Elderly Man Accused of Raping Relatives

A 78-year old Bedford County man has been jailed, after being accused of raping two young female relatives over a period of several years. Richard Main is charged with child rape, sexual assault and indecent assault. The victims were 8 and 10 years old when the alleged assaults began, and he continued with one of the girls until she was 15. He is accused of raping the girls as often as twice a week in his truck, home and barn.


Man Accused of Cell Phone Theft

Thirty-year old Cumberland resident Robert Cook has been charged with theft, after he was accused of taking a cell phone while at an after school athletic function at a Cumberland middle school. Cook was seen by surveillance cameras taking the phone that was in a hallway near the victim's belongings. He was served and released, pending trial in Allegany County District Court.


Variety Show Rescheduled

Due to predicted winter weather this week, the ACASC screening for the regional variety show is being rescheduled. The original screening date was this Thursday, but will now be held on Monday, March 11th from 6 to 8 p.m. at Allegany High School. The show itself is still scheduled for its original date of Friday, March 15th from 6 to 8 p.m. 


Indictments Filed Against RCI Officers

Two federal indictments have been handed down, charging a total of nine former or current correctional officers at Roxbury Correctional Institution in Hagerstown, with a pair of beatings of an inmate in 2008. The grand jury indictments were filed last week in Baltimore. The first indictment lists four men and the second includes five more for their roles in the March 8th and 9th assaults of the inmate, who has been identified as Kenneth Davis. Three other RCI officers have already entered guilty pleas in connection with the alleged incidents.


Judge Refuses to Dismiss Insurance Lawsuit

A federal judge has refused to dismiss a lawsuit filed by an insurance agent over the suspected death of Robyn Gardner of Frederick. Gaithersburg resident Gary Giordano is being sued by American Express, over a travel insurance policy taken out in Gardner's name. Giordano took out the policy before the couple's trip to Aruba, where Gardner vanished. The lawsuit says the policy is not enforceable, because the couple was never married. Giordano was arrested in connection with the disappearance, but later released because of a lack of evidence.


Baltimore Man Sentenced in U.S. District Court

Thirty-seven year old Baltimore resident Kevin Edward Moses was sentenced on drug charges in United States District Court in Martinsburg, West Virginia. Moses was sentenced to 262 months imprisonment, followed by six years of supervised release. He pleaded guilty in April of last year to one count of distribution of crack cocaine within 1,000 feet of a Winchester elementary school. He was cited as being part of a Baltimore-Martinsburg conspiracy which distributed heroin as part of its drug activity between 2008 and 2011. His sentence was more severe, because of his leadership role, use of a minor and distributing drugs within 1,000 feet of protected locations.


VA Schedules Creative Arts Festival

The Martinsburg VA Medical Center will host its annual Creative Arts Festival today from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There is a variety of art by local veteran artists, created independently within the last year. Many of the submissions were made in the Martinsburg VA Hobby Shop. Awards will be presented at noon. First Prize winners will advance to compete at the national level.

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