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Man Arrested in Solicitation Case

Hyndman resident William Bowles III has been arrested and charged with two counts of solicitation of a minor and two counts of second degree assault. Bowles is accused of meeting two girls, ages 13 and 14 years of age, on Brice Hollow Road in Oldtown. He allegedly met them on Facebook for the purpose of sexual solicitation. Bowles is being held in the Allegany County Detention Center on $25,000 bond, pending his next court appearance.


Fire Destroys Home in Potomac Park 

A fire destroyed a home on Iris Avenue in Potomac Park yesterday afternoon, and caused damage to a second residence. The fire began just after 1 p.m. No injuries were reported. Also on the scene was the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office and several fire companies. There was no report on the amount of damage the fire caused.


Somerset Man Pleads Guilty to Corruption of Minors

Fifty-seven year old Brian Eppley-a former church deacon, school board member and middle school teacher-has pleaded guilty to several counts, including four of corruption of minors. Eppley had maintained his innocence, and requested five days be scheduled for his trial. However, he entered the guilty plea last week. He could face up to 27 years in prison and $55,000 in fines. The discussion during a plea hearing indicated he may be placed on probation.


Meth Lab Suspect to Face Charges at Trial

Twenty-one year old Justin Dale Carr of Somerset will face charges at trial in connection to a "one-pot" meth lab operation, found in town last January. Carr waived his right to a preliminary hearing last week, and will have another hearing on May 7th. More than one thousand grams of meth were taken from an apartment along South Vincent Avenue during a police raid. Carr remains in the Somerset County Jail on $50,000 bond.


Cumberland Man Charged with Unauthorized Use

Eighteen year old Corey Daniel Smith of Cumberland is being held on $1500 bail, following his arrest on Sunday. He is accused of using a vehicle-with the owner's permission-but then failing to return it. He was charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, driving a vehicle without the consent of the owner and taking a motor vehicle without the consent of the owner.


Man Accused of Deception

A Somerset County man with no known address is being sought for deceiving residents into giving donations to an organization that is run by members of the Pennsylvania State Police in Somerset County. Forty-six year old David Wayne Brant fraudulently solicited several Somerset County businesses to donate to Camp Cadet of Somerset County. He does not represent the camp, and fundraising is done annually through a mail campaign. Any businesses which were solicited by Brant is asked to contact the Somerset Barracks at (814)-445-4104.


National Day of Prayer on Thursday

The National Day of Prayer is scheduled for Thursday, with the annual prayer breakfast at 8 a.m. at the Downtown Cumberland Holiday Inn. The National Day of Prayer observance takes place at noon on the Mall. Tickets for the Prayer Breakfast are $15.00 and must be purchased in advance. Tickets can be obtained by calling (301)-697-6777 or (301)-722-7828.


Visioning Session for Allegany Project Set

The Allegany County Public School System will host a Visioning Session for the new Allegany High School Project on Thursday, May 16th from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the school's auditorium. The school community and community at large are encourage to attend and participate. The purpose is to allow architects Grimm and Parker to lead a discussion to gain input from the local community and project stakeholders. Participants are asked to RSVP to Mia Cross, Public Information Officer for the school system at by Monday, May 13th.

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