NBCI Inmate Found Dead
The Maryland State Police Homicide investigators are continuing an investigation into the death of a state prison inmate, who was found dead in his cell yesterday morning. Twenty-eight year old Charles Richardson was an inmate at the North Branch Correctional Institution, and was serving a life sentence without parole for first-degree murder, assault and handgun violations. His cellmate was found outside of his cell, with what appeared to be bloodstained clothing. Richardson was found under a blanket, and had sustained head trauma. An autopsy is being conducted today, and the investigation is continuing.
Man Arrested in Connection with Pit-N-Go Robbery
Twenty-four year old Brendan Patrick Orr was arrested at the Country Club Mall in LaVale, where he attempted to steal items from the electronics department. Following his arrest, Maryland State Police troopers discovered there was an outstanding warrant for the robbery of the Pit-N-Go convenience store in Lonaconing in January of this year. Following a description of the suspect and a review of video surveillance, Orr was identified as a suspect. He is now jailed on a total $30,000 bond for both incidents.
Commissioners Approve Mount Savage Project; Meeting Set
The Allegany County Commissioners have approved a nearly $6 million contract to continue an upgrade of the Mount Savage water distribution system. Carl Belt, Incorporated was the low bidder on the project, and includes the placement of about 35,000 feet of water line and 30,000 feet of sanitary sewer lines, along with other work connected to the system. Meanwhile, the commissioners have scheduled a public meeting to discuss the project. It will be held on Wednesday, October 17th at the Mount Savage Fire Hall at 7 p.m. Public works personnel will be there to discuss the project details, water and sewer rates, and to answer questions.
Traffic Changes for Monday
Beginning on Monday, South Centre Street will be reduced to one lane from Winston Street to Harrison Street. Parking in the area of Veteran's Park will be prohibited during construction time. Detours should also be expected. Flaggers will be present in the area. There is no word on how long the construction will take.
Piedmont Appoints Chief
The town of Piedmont voted 3-1, to appoint Paul Karalewitz as its chief of police, replacing Ralph Rice, who was not reappointed by the Mayor and City Council there. Karalewitz previously served as the town's chief of police and is also a former prevention resource officer at Keyser High School. He recently resigned that position because of health reasons.
Eight Positions to be Cut in Bedford
The first agency to feel the budget crunch in Bedford County is the prison, which is cutting eight jobs through attrition, dismissal and outright layoffs. The county is facing a projected $600,000 year-end deficit, with part of that shortfall being about $250,000 that President Judge Thomas Ling has not turned over to the county. The jail's acting commander Sheriff Charwin Reichelderfer says that natural attrition and a recent disciplinary firing could dampen the blow of the layoffs.
Man Sentenced for Sexually Assaulting Child
A Johnstown resident has been sentenced to 30 to 60 months in jail for sexually assaulting an 11-year old girl over a five-year period. Albert Anderson pleaded guilty. He was classified as a sexually violent predator and will have to register as a Megan's Law offender for the rest of his life.
Two Jailed on $3,000 Bond Each in Downtown Incident
Two women are in the Allegany County Detention Center on $3,000 bond each, following a scuffle in the 100-block of North Centre Street on Wednesday. Twenty-seven year old Jessica Durham was hitting another female in the face with a closed fist. She was arrested, and while that was taking place, a second female-identified as Nakota Durham-began yelling at the officers and was subsequently placed under arrest. Both face several charges in connection with the incident. The victim did not require medical treatment.
Tri-State College Night Set
Allegany College of Maryland will host the annual Tri-State College Night on Tuesday, October 9th, beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the gymnasium. The 45th installment of this event, sponsored by the Allegany County Guidance Counselors' Association, strives to help high school students make educated decisions about post-secondary plans. A random drawing will determine the winners of scholarships, ranging from $200 to $500 to help them further their educations. Both two and four-year institutions will be represented at the College Night.
Gas Prices Falling in the State
Gas prices are on the decline in Maryland, dropping by more than a nickel in the past week. The average for regular-grade gasoline, according to marylandgasprices.com, is $3.70. The price is lower than the national average, by about ten cents. However, prices reported are almost 30-cents higher than this time last year, and almost 2-cents higher than a month ago.
Cardin Leadin in Poll
Incumbent Maryland State Senator Ben Cardin is favored by fifty per cent of residents in the latest Gonzalez poll of Maryland voters, released Wednesday. His nearest challenger, Dan Bongino, is supported by 22 per cent of those polled, and Rob Sobhani is favored by 21 per cent. Approximately 813 registered voters were polled the week of September 13th through the 17th, and has a margin of error of 3.5 per cent.
Former Firefighter Sentenced to Prison
Former Short Gap firefighter Stephen Wilson of Keyser was convicted of embezzling over $242,000 from the department, where he had held the position of treasurer for more than 14 years. He was sentenced to one to ten years in prison. Allegations of embezzlement came to light in January of last year, with accusations that Wilson had been shifting department funds into a hidden account. Wilson had been using the funds to pay personal bills, and the money was directly deposited to his personal business account. He must serve at least a year in prison before the parole board will consider reducing the sentence. He will also make full restitution to the Short Gap Volunteer Fire Department.
Fire Determined to Be Arson
The Maryland State Fire Marshal is investigating a fire at a vacant, two-story single-family dwelling on Ellerslie Road in Corriganville Sunday night. The current owner of the home is J.P. Morgan Chase Bank. Approximately $20,000 in damage was done to the structure. The fire, which was discovered by a neighbor, began in the basement, and was determined to be "incendiary" in nature. Forty-five firefighters took about 25 minutes to control the blaze.
Missing Man Found Dead in Somerset County
A New York man, who had been missing since September 10th, was found dead in a remote location of Somerset County. Robert Schweer's body was found in Jefferson Township. He was initially reported missing to Buffalo, New York Police, but had been spotted in the Somerset County area in the past week to ten days. Foul play is not suspected, but the investigation is continuing.
Man Held on $5,000 Bail
Twenty-four year old Chad P. Kenney is in the Allegany County Detention Center on $5,000 bail, following a Sunday evening incident on Henderson Avenue. Kenney is accused of injecting a controlled dangerous substance into a 41-year old woman. The woman allowed Kenney to do this. Police were called in reference to an overdose complaint. Kenney faces several charges, and the woman was taken to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center for treatment for non-life-threatening symptoms.
Bartlett Aide Acknowledges Error
Alex Mooney, the chair of the Maryland Republican Party, admits he made a mistake by not disavowing his congressional campaign, before working part-time for incumbent Sixth District Representative Roscoe Bartlett in June. Mooney began raising money for a 2012 bid to succeed Bartlett, but after he announced he was running again, Mooney indicated that he was holding on to the funds he had raised for a 2014 campaign. Under ethics rules for the U.S. House of Representatives, a congressional staffer may not continue to work for a Representative while the staffer is running to succeed that member of Congress. Mooney has filed a letter with the Federal Elections Commission, stating that he was no longer a candidate for Congress.
Murder Investigation Continues
The Berkeley County Sheriff's Department is awaiting forensic test results in a deadly shooting outside of a bar earlier this month. They are also hoping a witness will come forward with more information. Twenty-eight year old Mississippi resident Samson Edmond was shot and killed outside of The Brick House Bar and Grill on the Mid-Atlantic Parkway. The owners of the bar says the planned to close the site. Five people, all from outside of the Martinsburg area, were detained for questioning. There's no word on when forensics testing will be complete.
Woman Dies in Single-Vehicle Crash
Eighteen-year old Bruceton Mills resident Samantha Lynn Snare was killed in a single vehicle accident in Preston County. The accident, on the Brandonville Pike, occurred as she lost control of her Pontiac Grand Am; she hit a tree and drove off the right side of the road.
Postal Facility Loses Bid To Stay Open
The city's postal sorting facility will have Saturday mail sent to Johnstown, Pennsylvania beginning October 1st, and all mail will be sent there by the end of the year. Between 30 to 40 jobs will be affected by the move. Rules have changed to allow for the decision by no longer requiring one-day delivery over large regions, but instead requiring it to be delivered within the same zip code. The county says it will send a letter, opposing the move.
Widmyer Resigns from Board
Orphan's Court Judge Mark Widmyer has resigned from the Canal Place Preservation and Development Authority. In his letter of resignation, Widmyer cited ethical concerns. He stated in a letter to the Allegany County Commissioners that he was concerned by recent board decisions which he says compromise his personal and professional ethical standards. Commission President Mike McKay asked for a motion to appoint himself to fill the position. While the commissioners approved that motion, the appointment must ultimately be approved by Governor Martin O'Malley.
Zoo Owner to Appeal Decision
Tri-State Zoological Park owner Bob Candy says he will appeal a recent license suspension from the United States Department of Agriculture. A fifty-page appeal was sent to the agency, which has 20 days to respond. The administrative law judge in the case reportedly found 15 violations. Candy stressed that the park has operated without interruption, despite the USDA ruling.
Fort Hill Incident
At about 10 a.m. yesterday, a threatening note was found in a rest room at Fort Hill High School. Students and staff were evacuated to Greenway Avenue Stadium. Law enforcement officials were on the scene, with bomb-detecting K-9 units also dispatched, to scan the school. Students were given the option to go to Washington Middle School for lunch during the evacuation, and students were dismissed from the stadium yesterday.
Man Arrested in Connection with August Incident
Forty-year old Cumberland resident Robert Kyle Miller has been charged with both assault and disorderly conduct, following an incident last month on Henderson Avenue. Miller is alleged to have assaulted a victim, while in a vehicle on Henderson Avenue. After the assault, Miller pushed the victim out of the moving vehicle. The victim was taken to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center for treatment. Miller's bond was set at $3,000.
Woman Charged with Assault, Disorderly Conduct
Twenty-one year old Kaitlyn Long was released on personal recognizance, after police served an arrest warrant on her, for second-degree assault and malicious destruction of property. She is alleged to have assaulted another person and destroyed some of their personal property. The victim did not require medical attention.
Checkpoint Set for Saturday
The West Virginia State Police will conduct a sobriety checkpoint in Mineral County, beginning this evening through tomorrow. The Sobriety Checkpoint will be conducted in Mineral County, along Route 28 in Short Gap. The Governor's Highway Safety Program, in conjunction with the West Virginia State Police will conduct events and patrols, concentrating on the arrest of intoxicated drivers.
Mathias Post Office Being Considered for Closure
Residents of Mathias and the surrounding area will have the opportunity to comment on the possible discontinuation of the post office there. A survey is currently being circulated to postal customers, and a meeting will be held Thursday, October 25th. Customers have several options, including the realignment of weekday service hours from eight hours per weekday to 6 hours per weekday.
New Congressional Search Engine Introduced
Congress has unveiled a new search engine to help lobbyists, researchers, students, and other interested citizens find legislation working its way through the House and Senate to become new laws. The new website is Congress.gov, and will eventually replace the THOMAS legislative search system, named for Thomas Jefferson. The new site will also be mobile-friendly, built so that the information can fit on a smartphone screen.
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.
Eberly Is Now County Clerk, Administrator
County Administrator David Eberly has been assigned an additional duty, that of county clerk. The county commissioners fired the present county clerk about four months ago in a cost-cutting measure, and in the interim, Eberly had been handling those duties. Some of the duties of the county clerk position were legally required, and Eberly is handling that aspect of the job. The rest of the non-essential duties have been divided among other members of the staff.
Man Enters Guilty Plea To Escape
Forty-two year old Cumberland resident Mark Daniel Haines has entered a guilty plea in U.S. District Court on a charge of attempted escape. Haines, who was an inmate at the Eastern Regional Jail on charges of bank robbery, had tried to dig out of a block at the head of his bunk, camouflaging his work. He faces a sentence of up to five additional years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
Keyser Lifts Mandatory Water Conservation
The city of Keyser has lifted the state of emergency and the mandatory water rationing plan, but Mayor Randy Amtower is still urging residents to voluntarily conserve water. After last week's announcement, the city contacted West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin, to explore the possibility of pulling water from the upstream dams of New Creek, which had a backflow of water from the North Branch of the Potomac River.
Man Tasered in Altamont Terrace Incident
Two people were arrested in an early morning incident yesterday on Altamont Terrace. Nineteen year old Savannah Renee Moreland is accused of assaulting Dezmond Holmes, and Holmes is accused of assaulting one of the responding officers. He was tasered by Cumberland City Police officers. Both were later taken to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center for treatment of injuries sustained in the incident. Holmes was charged with second degree assault, disorderly conduct, obstructing and hindering, resisting arrest and failure to obey a lawful order. For her part, Ms. Moreland faces three counts of second degree assault and other counts, similar to Holmes.'
Zell Sentenced to 22 Years
Berkeley Springs resident James Zell has been sentenced to at least 22 years of a 75 year maximum sentence for the murder of his pregnant girlfriend, Kelly Butler. He strangled Ms. Butler last December, and hid her body in a Hampshire County cabin. Along with two counts of second degree murder, he also pleaded guilty to concealing a deceased human body. He will be eligible for parole after 22 years.
Gambling Interests Spend Millions on Special Session
Casino owners, labor, and other interests reportedly spent $3.6 million during last month's special session of the General Assembly, dealing with expanded gambling. That breaks down to about $900,000 per day for the four-day session. Among the biggest spenders was a Washington-are labor organization, which poured $2.7 million into television advertising, designed to persuade the General Assembly to pass legislation, authorizing table games and a new casino in Prince George's County.
Berkeley County Questioning Five Individuals
The Berkeley County Sheriff's Office is questioning five individuals, after pursuing them into Washington County. The department is awaiting lab results in connection with the shooting death of Mississippi resident Samson Edmond. A fatal shooting took place Sunday morning in the parking lot of the Brickhouse Bar and Grill on Mid-Atlantic Parkway.
Pennsylvania Woman Accused of Sickening Boyfriend Waives Hearing
A Fulton County, Pennsylvania woman accused of sickening her boyfriend with eyedrops waived her preliminary hearing this week. Thirty-three year old Vickie Jo Mills is charged wsith ten felony counts of aggravated assault, 10 misdemeanor counts of simple assault and 10 misdemeanor counts of reckless endangerment. She is accused of putting the eyedrops in the drinking water of 45-year old Thurman Edgar Nesbitt III; he had been treated for nausea, vomiting and blood pressure problems. A blood test revealed a chemical found in over-the-counter eyedrops and nasal sprays. Ms. Mills allegedly told investigators she never meant to kill Nesbitt, but only wanted to make him pay more attention to her.
Workers Continue Strike at Local Dairy
Workers remain on strike at the Potomac Farms/Galliker's Dairy, and they have received no word from management since last Wednesday. Among the complaints are a lack of recognition from the company as a result of winning a number of awards over the years, including the most recent, from the Quality Chekd Dairies, Incorporated trade organization.
Meals on Wheels Program Transferred
The Meals on Wheels program is being transferred from the Western Maryland Health System to the Allegany County Human Resources Development Commission, effective October 15th. The program currently serves about 25 city residents. Participants have been notified of the change, and the HRDC is assisting them with enrollment, so there should be no interruption of service in the delivery of their meals.
Bridge Repairs Could Begin Next Week
Temporary repairs on the Washington Street Bridge could start next week, but city engineer John DiFonzo says that documents, verifying CSX Corporation's ownership of the bridge might have been destroyed in a 1910 fire at City Hall. The bridge has been closed since last month, and the city is trying to have CSX make the repairs to the structure. For its part, CSX is attempting to establish ownership of the bridge. If the city were to take ownership, it might be eligible for federal grants to pay for the repairs.
Man Released Following Domestic Complaint
Twenty-seven year old Eric Plummer was released on personal recognizance, following an incident on Sunday, when he allegedly assaulted another person at a residence on Baltimore Avenue. Plummer was taken to City Police headquarters for processing and a bond hearing afterward. The victim did not require medical attention. Plummer was charged with second degree assault.
Keyser Appealing Water Rates
The city of Keyser will make another appeal to the West Virginia Public Service Commission on its water rates. State officials had recommended a rate hike of only 3.7 per cent, while the city was seeking an increase of up to 14.6 per cent. For sewer rates, the PSC endorsed a rate hike of 12 per cent, less than 1 percentage point below the city's original request. The increases are intended to pay for an $11 million upgrade to the city's water system.
Family Support Meeting Set
The Allegany County Family Support Services will host a meeting this Thursday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the support services office at 3 Pershing Street. The meeting will address the Individualized Education Program, and will address any questions or concerns that parents may have. Any parent whose child has an IEP in the public school system is encouraged to attend.
Governor O'Malley Visits Iowa in Advance of 2016 Elections
Governor Martin O'Malley is visiting Iowa in an effort to elect a Democratic Governor in 2014, and not to "sow seeds" for his own presidential ambitions. O'Malley is the chair of the Democratic Governors' Association. He told reporters he was asked by Senator Tom Harkin to attend the fall fundraiser, which is traditionally a common stop for early White House aspirants.
Revenue Collections Lagging in West Virginia
Coal production in West Virginia is down, and that has an impact on the state's revenue collections. State tax collections for August were approximately $14 million below estimates; collections for the state severance tax were also down, $10 million below estimates. Most other taxes exceeded estimates, but personal income tax collections missed estimates by nearly $14 million.
Burglary Suspect Sentenced
Thirty-seven year old Corey Lucas Klingler has been sentenced to 15 years in prison on a conviction of second-degree burglary. He will be required to serve 7-1/2 years with the remaining term suspended. He was arrested last December, after he was seen entering a building in the Potomac Industrial Park; after his arrest, several items that were stolen from the building were found in his possession. Klingler will also have to make restitution and submit to random drug testing, following his release.
Bedford County Woman Killed in Crash
Twenty-six year old Bedford County resident Billie Heeter was killed and four people were injured in a two vehicle crash late last week. The accident occurred at Routes 30 and 1033 in Bedford Township. Injured were Joshua Eschmann, 16-yeear old Randall Nicely, along with Jennifer Eschmann, Chelsea Cinko of Schellsburg. There were taken to the hospital for treatment.
Stabbing on Linden Street Investigated
Twenty-six year old Cumberland resident Jude David Smith has been charged with both first and second degree assault, along with reckless endangerment, following an incident on Linden Street over the weekend. Smith admitted that he had stabbed another person, because they were involved in a confrontation with each other. The victim was taken to the hospital for treatment.
Man Arrested in Breaking, Entering and Theft
Forty-seven year old Randy Walker of Cumberland has been charged in connection with an incident that happened last Tuesday on Altamont Terrace. Walker is accused of breaking and entering into a home there, and taking about $5,000 worth of property. He was held on $20,000 bond at the Allegany County Detention Center. The investigation is continuing and additional arrests are pending. Along with the breaking, entering and theft charges, Walker is also charged with possession of CDS paraphernalia.
Ramp Closures Announced for This Week
The Maryland State Highway Administration is advising drivers the work to improve the I-68/U.S. Route 220 Interchange will require intermittent overnight closures this week. The work will be concentrated in the Fletcher Drive/Brown Avenue area to Interstate 68.The ramps will be closed from 8 p.m. To 6 a.m. From tonight, to no later than Thursday overnight, weather permitting. Detour signs will direct traffic onto westbound Interstate 68, the access eastbound I-68 at the LaVale interchange.
Road Work Scheduled on Midlothian Road
Beginning today through Friday, the Maryland State Highway Administration will perform maintenance on drainage pipes at the intersection of Midlothian and Shaft Road, south of Frostburg. The work will require both shoulder and single-lane closures on the two-lane road. Motorists should anticipate flagging operations on Both the Midlothian and Shaft Roads between 8:30 a.m. And 3 p.m.
Former Garrett Man Pleads Guilty to Robbery
Former Garrett, Pennsylvania resident Samuel “Sammie”McFarland has pleaded guilty to a case in which he accosted two juveniles outside a store and in a 2009 case in which he accidentally fired a gun in his vehicle. He faces a maximum of seven years in prison and nearly $16,000 in fines when he is sentenced on November 27th.
Maryland Receives Money to Help with Health Care Decisions
The Maryland Health Education and Advocacy Unit has received over $700,000 to help residents navigate insurance choice and resolve coverage disputes. The money was received through the health care act. The unit falls under the attorney general’s office, which has received nearly $1-1/2 million in grant money from the Affordable Care Act. So far, it has used the money to hire staff to handle cases and work with consumers.
Warrants Executed in Bath Salts Cases
Agents from the C3I Narcotics Unit, along with members of the Federal Drug Enforcement Administration and local law enforcement agencies executed three search and seizure warrants, related to the possession and distribution of substances commonly known as bath salts and synthetic cannaboids. Warrants were executed at two businesses, known as Emerick's Sub Shop in Cumberland and Maximum Novelties in Cresaptown, as well as a private residence in Allegany County. They were allegedly involved in the sales and storage of the illicit substances. The warrants were the culmination of a six-month investigation, involving nearly every law enforcement agency in the county. The investigation is ongoing and charges are pending against all those involved.
County Bans Synthetic Drugs
On a unanimous vote, the Allegany County Commissioners voted to approve a local law, banning synthetic drugs. Sheriff Craig Robertson noted that deputies would be visiting certain businesses today, to make sure owners are aware of the law. The legislation is modeled after a similar bill in Ocean City, that specifies certain chemicals and chemical compounds that are banned. The law is effective immediately.
Strike Continues at Dairy
The strike at Galliker's/Potomac Farms Dairy on Industrial Boulevard is in its second day. Local 453 represents about 55 workers in Cumberland and other locations in West Virginia and Virginia. One of the chief issues is the company ending a contribution to the employee pension plans. Union members, according to the Cumberland Times-News, are also concerned that there is no retroactivity for wages for the 15-1/2 months spent in negotiations. The union sent the company a 48-hour strike notice on Monday of this week.
Man Sentenced in Tax Evasion Case
Fifty-year old Oldtown resident Kenneth Harold Hogan has been sentenced to 18 months in prison on tax evasion charges. Hogan will also be on three years' supervised probation following his release. He has been ordered to also make restitution of over $200,000 to the Railroad Board and the Internal Revenue Service. He had pleaded guilty to a count of knowingly making a false statement for causing an award to be made and one felony count of attempting to evade and defeat taxes for calendar year 2008. The case was heard in U.S. District Court in Martinsburg.
Trial for Evangelist Set for Next Week
The jury has been seated in Bedford County, to hear the sexual assault trial of a traveling evangelist. The Reverend Walter Bradshaw is accused of having sex with an 11-year old girl at a Bedford County motel. Bradshaw, who is 63 years old and a native of North Carolina, has been in jail since 2010. At the time of the alleged incident, he had been holding revival meetings throughout the region.
FSU Recognized as College of Distinction
Frostburg State University has been recognized as a College of Distinction, having been assessed in four different areas. FSU excelled in all four and will be profiled on the Colleges of Distinction website. The site offers college profiles and search tools for students, parents and counselors. It offers tips from high school guidance counselors, as well as essays from college students, presidents and other members of campus communities. Frostburg was nominated by Middletown High School Counselor Sue Mentzer-Blair.
Meyersdale Man Arraigned in Two Cases
Meyersdale resident Matthew Hollada has been arraigned in two separate cases, including charges of sexual assault and fleeing apprehension. On the first charge, he is accused of fleeing from officers on August 15th. In the second arraignment he is accused of having inappropriate sexual relations with a 14-year old girl in Elk Lick Township in April. There will be two separate preliminary hearings on September 20th and 21st.
School System Complying with Food Guidelines
The Allegany County Public School System has implemented various healthy modifications in order to comply with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's federal regulations to update meal patterns and nutrition standards for school lunches and breakfasts. The intent of the order is "to provide nutrient-dense meals that better meet the dietary needs of school children and protect their health."
Giordano Sued by Insurer
Gary Giordano of Gaithersburg is being sued by an American Express subsidiary. The company is seeking to void a travel insurance policy that Giordano took out on his traveling partner, Robyn Gardner. She remains missing, after vanishing in Aruba last year. AMEX Assurance Company says Gardner "had no role in the decision to purchase insurance." Giordano reportedly took out the policy, made himself the beneficiary and sent in the forms. Giordano sued the company earlier this summer, seeking to collect $3.5 million under the terms of the policy.
City Council Hears Demolition Bond Issue
The Cumberland Mayor and City Council held its first reading of a bond issue, which would authorize $5.25 million, designed to pay for the demolition of the former Memorial Hospital and other city projects. The bonds will be issued through the Maryland Local Government Infrastructure Financing Program. The cost of the Memorial demolition alone could be as high as $3.5 million; if it is lower, then the additional money can be used for other projects in the city. The cost estimate is based on the recent demolition of a similarly sized hospital in Hagerstown.
Dairy Workers On Strike
Members of Teamsters Local 453, employees of Galliker's/Potomac Farms Dairy, went on strike last night. The issue for about 55 workers is a lack of collective bargaining rights and pension fund issues. The employees have been working without a contract since February of last year. Production and delivery ended at 8 p.m. at the plant, located on Industrial Boulevard in Cumberland.
Frostburg Man Arrested in Two Thefts
Thirty-five year old Harry Shanholtz of Frostburg is being held on a total $100,000 bond at the Allegany County Detention Center. Shanholtz is accused of breaking into a person's residence on Arch Street and stealing personal checks, which he fraudulently cashed at various businesses in the Cumberland area. In a second incident, he allegedly took a large amount of currency from a business on South Centre Street, a theft which was recorded by video surveillance. He received a hearing at District Court, before being taken to the Detention Center.
Construction Worker Injured in Mount Savage
A construction worker, who was apparently working with a concrete saw, was injured while working on a project in Mount Savage yesterday. The worker was taken to the Mount Savage fire station by private vehicle for transport to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center. The victim was working for a construction company in the area when the injury occurred.
Dr. Bambara to be Inaugurated
Although she has been on the job for over a year-and-a-half, Dr. Cynthia Bambara will officially be inaugurated as the fifth president of Allegany College of Maryland tomorrow at the College Center. The inauguration is intended to celebrate the achievements of the college and recognize those who have contributed to its success, as it honors and officially installs the chief executive officer, who will be leading it into the future. The theme for the inauguration is "Launching a Legacy" as ACM begins its second, half-century in the region.
Keyser, New Creek, McCoole Institute Mandatory Conservation
Because Dam 14 is out of service, and there has been a significant lack of rain, both Keyser and New Creek, West Virginia are instituting mandatory water conservation for its citizens. Presently, Keyser is relying on a water feed from New Creek. Keyser Mayor Randy Amtower says the city is prohibiting things like residential car washing, the watering of lawns and other uses of water. At the request of the city of Keyser, mandatory water rationing has been instituted in McCoole, until further notice. There has been limited rainfall during the summer months and the water table is low. The length of the ban in both towns will depend on the amount of rainfall received.
Board Recognizes Seven Schools for Early Childhood Programs
The Allegany County Board of Education has recognized seven schools for receiving full validation of their early childhood programs from the Maryland Department of Education. Those schools are Beall, Flintstone, George's Creek, John Humbird, Northeast, South Penn and West Side. The schools are now certified to meet the "Standards for Quality Early Childhood Programs;" additionally, Maryland's Race to the Top Learning Challenge will recognize programs successfully completing the validation process through the Maryland EXCELS program.
Fundraising Continues for Flight 93 Memorial
Earlier in the week, both Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and Vice-President Joe Biden stressed the importance of completing the Flight 93 Memorial in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. On the 11th anniversary of the terrorist attacks, the Flight 93 National Memorial still needs $5 million to build the planned visitors' center, the learning center and the Tower of Voices. The plan is to have everything completed in four years, so it can be dedicated on the 15th anniversary of the attacks.
Drug Sting Nets 11 Dealers in Morgan County
"Operation Opiate Overdose," the largest drug sweep in Morgan County, West Virginia's history, saw 11 of 24 suspects behind bars. The sting took months to complete. There are 13 more warrants that have been issued, and the Sheriff's Department says warrants are pending for five more suspects. About 120 undercover drug purchases have been made in the past 13 weeks; in the past three years, there have been four similar undercover operations, with 83 arrests made and about $100,000 in drug forfeiture money has been collected. "Operation Opiate Overdose" was named to honor those who have died due to overdoses.
Cumberland Mayor and Council to Meet
The Cumberland Mayor and City Council will meet this evening, and will receive an update on the status of repairs to the CSX-owned bridge on Washington Street. They will also consider a proposal for a $5 million bond issue, to pay for the demolition of the former Memorial Hospital building and other city projects. Also to be considered will be a final decision on the property transfers, which would pave the way for a new Allegany High School at the site of the former Braddock Campus of the Western Maryland Health System on Haystack Mountain.
Victim in Fatal Crash Identified
Cumberland City Police have identified the victim of Sunday’s fatal, single-vehicle crash on Henderson Boulevard. Eighty-one year old Fred Ketterman died after crashing his truck at the corner of Henderson Avenue and GlennStreet, shortly after 1 p.m. He was extricated from the vehicle and taken to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center, where he later passed away.
Remembrance Ceremonies Slated
Vice-President Joe Biden is visiting the Shanksville, Pennsylvania location of the 911 attacks today. The Allegany County Commissioners will conduct an observance of the 11th anniversary of the attacks this Friday at 10 a.m. The remembrance ceremony will take place at 10 a.m., at the Allegany County Office Building on Kelly Road, Room 100. The public is invited to attend.
Patrol Results in One Arrest
The Maryland State Police conducted a DUI Saturation Patrol on Maryland Route 36 and Route 40, in and around the LaVale and Frostburg areas. Four Troopers stopped 26 vehicles, and issued 30 warnings. The patrol also resulted in the arrest of one person for disorderly conduct. Motorists are encouraged to report possible intoxicated drivers by contacting the Maryland State Police at (301)-729-2101 or #77 on a cell phone.
Troopers, Deputy Placed on Administrative Leave Following Shooting
The West Virginia State Police are investigating the shooting of a suspect, following a two-hour standoff in Charles Town Sunday afternoon. The suspect, who was barricaded in a home on East Washington Street, had made verbal threats to kill anyone who tried to enter the home. He was reportedly armed with a 9-mm handgun. Shots were then fired and the suspect was taken into custody and then to the hospital for treatment. The troopers and deputy sheriff involved have been placed on administrative leave, pending the initial internal investigations. The suspect is being charged with assault on police officers, terroristic threats, entering without breaking and a felon in possession of a firearm.
Turnpike Access Road to Open Soon
If you’re traveling the Pennsylvania Turnpike, it’s been announced that the Somerset interchange safety improvement project will be open to traffic in less than two weeks. A new intersection with a traffic signal and two access roads make up part of the $4.5 million project that turnpike officials will enhance safety and traffic flow for both local drivers, and those using the turnpike.
Triple “A” Wants Surplus for Transportation
Comptroller Peter Franchot, last week, announced the state has a $230 million surplus, and one group, Triple “A” wants that money to help pay for Maryland’s roads and mass transit projects. One Frederick County delegate, Patrick Hogan, thinks at least someof the money should go into the fund, if the state’s economy continues to improve. A billion-dollars has been borrowed from the transportation fund, without being repaid, according to the state commission.
New Law To Require Insurance on Mopeds, Scooters
Operators of mopeds and motor scooters will be required to obtain titles for the vehicles, show proof of insurance and wear a helmet and eye protection after October 1st. The new requirements are in addition to the existing law that requires all motor scooter and moped operators to possess a valid driver’s license or a moped operators’ permit.
Man Dies in Henderson Avenue Crash
An elderly man died yesterday afternoon at the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center, after he hit a building and several street signs on Henderson Avenue at Glenn Street. The man was extricated from the vehicle by the Cumberland Fire Department and transported to the hospital, where he later died. His name is being withheld, pending notification of the family. The Allegany County Sheriff’s Office Accident Reconstruction Team assisted with the accident.
Minor Injuries Reported in Crash of Antique Plane
A pilot suffered minor injuries in a crash yesterday in the Black Oak Bottom area of Route 220 near Rawlings. Robert Keith Armstrong reported that his 1927 Pitcairn Fleetwing bi-plane took off from a private air strip, and climbed to approximately 100 feet; he then experienced engine problems. He was taken to the hospital by private vehicle. The FAA and NTSB were notified of the incident, and a further investigation will be conducted by the Federal Aviation Administration.
Correctional Officer Arrested
A Correctional Officer at the Allegany County Detetnion Center has been arrested for having inappropriate sexual contact with a female inmate, who was incarcerated there at the time. Forty-one year old Steven Andrew Hart of Rawlings has been charged with a fourth-degree sex offense, second-degree assault and indecent exposure. The charges are the result of a joint investigation by the Sheriff’s Office and the C3I unit. He was released on personal recognizance pending his next court appearance. Hart has been placed on administrative suspension, pending the outcome of further court proceedings.
Department of Justice Grant To Benefit Frostburg
The United States Department of Justice has awarded the city of Frostburg $350,000 under the “Safe Havens: Supervised Visitation and Safe Exchange Grant” program. The grant will be used by the city to develop and implement supervised visitation and safe exchanges of children between parents in cases where there has been a history of domestic violence, child abuse, dating violence, sexual assault and/or stalking. Participating in the grant program will be the city, its partners, the Family Crisis Resource Center, the Allegany County Sheriff’s Office and Allegany County Circuit Court. The grant was jointly announced by United States Senators Barbara Mikulski and Ben Cardin.
Man Arrested on Active Warrant
Fifty-five year old Jackie Lee Wooldridge was arrested by Cumberland City Police late Thursday night, after he was found lying on a Virginia Avenue sidewalk. A check was conducted, and it was discovered he was wanted on an active arrest warrant. He is accused of trying to abduct a young juvenile in February of this year on Baltimore Street; however, the child was never taken from the guardian. He was charged on the outstanding warrant, and also on a charge of marijuana possession. He was held on $10,000 at the Allegany County Detention Center.
Woman Arrested in Domestic Incident
Forty-one year old Brenda Lee Davis was charged with second-degree assault, following an incident in the 700-block of Frederick Street last Thursday afternoon. Two people were involved in an argument, concerning the discipline of a child. The male victim suffered scratch marks on his face, but did not require medical treatment. She was taken to police headquarters, where she was held on $3500 bond at the Allegany County Detention Center.
New York Residents Accused of Counterfeiting
The McHenry Barrack of the Maryland State Police stopped two New York men on Interstate 68 in the Grantsville area last Thursday. Twenty-four year old Christian Orellana and 31-year old Luis Lopez were charged with possession of approximately $6600 in counterfeit U.S. currency. Additionally, Orellana was charged with driving under the influence of drugs. Both were taken before a District Court Commissioner for an initial hearing.
Traffic Change for Keyser Effective Monday
The southbound left turn lane on U.S. Route 220, Mineral Street, at its intersection with State Route 46 will be eliminated, beginning today. No left turns will be allowed at the light there, as motorists come off the Memorial Bridge into Keyser. The traffic change will be in effect until traffic is allowed onto the new bridge.
District Six Candiate Forum Set
The first scheduled forum among the candidates for Maryland’s Sixth Congressional District has been announced. It will be held on October 17th, from 7 to 8p.m., at the Kepler Theater of Hagerstown Community College. Participants will include incumbent Roscoe Bartlett, and challengers Democrat John Delaney and Libertarian candidate Nickolaus Mueller. All candidates will be asked to respond to a series of opening questions, that they will have received in advance of the event. They will also answer audience-generated questions, which will be passed onto the moderator.
Farmer’s Almanac Calls for Snowy Winter
The latest publication to call for a snowy winter in the state is the Farmer’s Almanac. Weather patterns indicate a lot of snow for the northern portion of the country; locally, that could mean some sleet and rain mixed for the mid-Atlantic and Ohio Valley. In particular, the almanac has indicated that February 12th through the 15th and March 20th through the 23rd could bring “major coastal storms along the Atlantic seaboard,” which means potential repeats of “Snowmaggedon-like” storms.
Charges Pending in Incident
Lonaconing Police Chief Royce Douty is preparing charges against a man, in connection with an incident yesterday morning on Castle Hill. The man, 23 year old Dennis Ernest Kerling, had threatened to kill Douty with a pair of scissors, but was overpowered by the officer. Kerling was described as being intoxicated and under the influence of prescription medications. Kerling was taken to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center.
Deputy, Commissioners Named in Suit
Mineral County Sheriff’s Deputy Ronald Anderson and the Mineral County Commission were named in a civil rights suit, brought by Grant County resident Charlotte Carter. She claims the deputy used excessive force when arresting her for driving under the influence two years ago. She reported suffered several injuries, when, according to the suit, she was “violently forced to the ground.” The suit was filed in U.S. District Court in Martinsburg. Ms. Carter was eventually sentenced to 30-days in jail on charges, which ran concurrently. She was also fined a total of just over $750.00.
Cat Killing Case Closed
Barring any new evidence, the case of last summer’s cat poisoning at Constitution Park has been closed. A C3I investigator reviewed the case with the state’s attorney, who felt there was insufficient evidence to proceed with criminal charges. One person was investigated in connection with the incidents, because he allegedly admitted to poisoning the cats. That person was later interviewed, but denied the statement in subsequent questioning.
Woman Arrested in Domestic Incident
A Frostburg woman, Crystal Gayle Grady, is being held on $5,000 bond at the Allegany County Detention Center, following a domestic assault incident at her Burton Park Drive residence. The victim, who was 44 years old, suffered visible facial injuries. Ms. Grady was taken to District Court for an initial appearance, where bail was set.
Man Jailed on Second-Degree Assault Charge
Thirty-year old Chad Dylan Robinette of Cumberland is jailed on $20,000 bond at the Allegany County Detention Center, following an alleged assault incident in the 300-block of Harrison Street Wednesday. The victim, who refused treatment at the scene, told police Robinette had assaulted him, using a small cement sculpture. Robinette was charged with second-degree assault and disturbing the peace. He received an initial appearance in District Court.
Parent Conferences To Be Held this Month
Allegany County Public Schools will hold the first parent conferences of the new school year on Thursday, September 27th. Parents are encouraged to take advantage of the opportunity to meet their child’s teachers and review with him, his or her academic and behavioral progress. Elementary conferences will be held from 8 to 11 a.m. and from 12 to 3:30 p.m. Secondary conferences will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 2 to 5:30 p.m.
Shots Fired at Bedford County Home
Police are investigating reports of three shots being fired at a home in Londonderry Township early Wednesday morning. The shooting happened around 1:30 a.m., along Hyndman Road. One bullet penetrated the house, while another hit the outside and a third missed altogether. There were no injuries, and anyone with information is asked to contact the Bedford Barrack of the Pennsylvania State Police at (814)-623-6133.
Two More Counties Join Coalition
Dorchester and Somerset Counties have joined the Maryland Rural Counties Coalition, formed in December of last year. Other governing bodies included are Allegany, Frederick, Carroll, Frederick, Cecil, and Washington Counties. The Coalition was formed to strengthen their policy-related standing in the halls of Annapolis. Allegany County Commission President Mike McKay noted that the rural counties must “speak with a unified voice, on behalf of the state’s rural citizens in order to be heard.”
Friedens Man Receives Leniency in Murder Case
Friedens resident Ronald Lee Ziegel was sentenced to less time for his part in a drug-related murder in Somerset County, partly because of a Pennsylvania State Trooper’s intervention. Zeigel was accused of driving two Michigan men to a Somerset County residence, where a fatal shooting occurred in August of 2009. Trooper Todd Sherle noted that Ziegel played a vital role in ending a local drug operation. Twenty-nine year old Bryant Adderly, who ran the Somerset County territory for a large illegal drug distribution ring, was shot 22 times.
West Virginia Teacher of the Year Named
The West Virginia Department of Education has selected Michael Funkhouser as its Teacher of the Year. Funkhouser is an English teacher from East Hardy High School, and he was selected from six finalists. He has been a teacher for 31 years; the one thing he says he cherishes most from his years in the classroom is the relationships he has built over the years, and urged other educators to recognize that “what they do is worth it, and that is really, truly is about the students.”
Art Modell Dies at 87 Years Old
Former Baltimore Ravens owner Art Modell died yesterday morning at Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he was admitted Wednesday. Modell died of natural causes. Modell moved the Cleveland Browns to Baltimore, after the Colts left for Indianapolis. That move is believed to be the main reason Modell never made it into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Modell’s wife, Patricia, died last year.
Murder Suspect Convicted in Allegany County
Oldtown resident Alexander Eugene Malaska was convicted by an Allegany County Grand Jury of Voluntary manslaughter in the death of Dennis Liller. After an ongoing property dispute with his neighbors, Malaska was accused of carrying a loaded .22-calibre rifle, and firing several shots into the street, one of which struck and killed Liller. Malasaka is being held without bond, pending sentencing. A pre-sentence investigation was ordered in the case.
Murder Trial Postponed
The trial of a Frostburg State University student, accused of killing another, has been postponed until December 3rd. Shanee Lynnette Liggins’ trial was to have begun next week. She is accused of stabbing and killing Kortneigh McCoy in November of last year outside of a Maple Street residence in Frostburg, where a large party was taking place. This is the second postponement of the trial; it was originally supposed to begin in April of this year.
Mineral County Jury Indicts Four in Fatal Shooting
A Mineral County Grand jury has indicted four men, in connection with a fatal shooting in Ridgeley, on Labor Day weekend 2011. The shooting killed Ryan Henry, and seriously injured his brother, Richard. Both are from New Jersey. Named in the indictment were Rasshamach Roberts, Rasjahnon Roberts, Tavon Joseph Kearney and Taj Green, all of whom are currently in jail. Several others were also indicted for various crimes by the grand jury.
Woman Pleads Guilty to Federal Charges
Piedmont resident Crystal Metz has pleaded guilty to distribution of crack cocaine. The plea was entered in U.S. District Court in Martinsburg. She is currently housed in the Potomac Highlands Regional Jail in Augusta; she was initially charged in June in Mineral County. She faces a mandatory sentence of ten years in jail, followed by six years of supervised probation, due to a prior drug conviction in the Northern District of West Virginia.
Guard Terminated by County
Bedford County prison guard Ryan Scott Clapper has been fired, after being accused of placing frozen shackles on a female inmate at the jail. The incident allegedly occurred on August 19th, and Clapper will face a non-criminal citation for the incident. Police list it as “harassment” in a report, but did not elaborate. Warden Donald Orr resigned in June; since that time, Bedford County Sheriff Charwin Reichelderfer, along with Deputy Warden Jerry Beck have been in charge of the facility.
Mayor’s Decision Upheld by Piedmont Council
The Piedmont Town Council, on a 3 to 1 vote, upheld last week’s decision not to reappoint Ralph Rice as the town’s chief of police. Rice says town officials blame him for his involvement in the recent FEMA trailer investigation. For his part, the former chief says he excused himself from the investigation, due to a conflict of interest. One council member says Rice is welcome to address the council about the decision at its September 12th meeting.
Airport, Restaurant Must Move Signs
A sign for a new restaurant at the Greater Cumberland Municipal Airport will have to be moved, according to the West Virginia Division of Highways. The sign for Louie Louie’s restaurant had allegedly been placed illegally on the D.O.H. right-of-way along Route 28. Restaurant owner Lou Yearby says the sign is attached atop the one for the airport, and that one has been at the intersection of Route 28 and Airport Road for over 10 years. There are two solutions: place the sign on the Buskirk-Chaney Insurance Agency property, or contract with the D.O.H. to utilize an approved 24-by-24 logo sign.
Man Held on $3,000 Bond
Cumberland resident Stuart Everette Bryant III is being held on $3,000 bond, after he allegedly violated a protective order. He was arrested in the 200-block of East Elder Street yesterday. He was taken to Allegany County District Court for an initial appearance, where bond was set.
Inmate to Stand Trial for Criminal Homicide
Laurel Highlands State Correctional Institution inmate mark Farabaugh will stand trial on charges he killed another inmate in a fight over food. State Police reports state that a fight happened on March 24th between Farabaugh and 52-year old Keith Williams, who died two days later. There were several eyewitness accounts, which stated they saw Farabaugh strike Williams at least once with his fist. Williams suffered a fractured skull, consistent with repetitive blows. A preliminary hearing in the case was held earlier this week in Somerset County.
Shooter Indicted on 29 Counts
Fifteen year old Robert Wayne Gladden has been indicted on 29 counts, related to the shooting of a classmate at Perry Hall High School last week. The charging document alleges Gladden had the intent to kill eight other people. The victim, Daniel Borowy who has Down’s syndrome, was sitting at a lunch table with other students, who were the alleged targets; three other staff members were also singled out, because they intervened after the intitial shot was fired. The shot that injured Borowy was fired in the direction of that table, but the victim was apparently chosen at random. Gladden’s attorney plans to file a motion to move the case to juvenile court, and to ask for a bail review.
Officer Assaulted, Inmate Recaptured
A WCI inmate is back in custody, following the stabbing of a correctional officer and assault of a motorist yesterday morning on Interstate 68 near Grantsville. Inmate Larry Johnson used a pair of pliers to stab Correctional Officer Robert E. Goss and escaped in the prison van. The vehicle and attached trailer jackknifed, and Johnson flagged down passing motorist Alan Gnegy of Morgantown. He was assaulted by Johnson, who drove off in his car. After a brief car chase, Johnson was recaptured, and will be charged with numerous counts, including two counts of attempted first-degree murder.
Capon Bridge Man Goes on Shooting Spree
Capon Bridge resident Chris Fleming, apparently angry at his wife, went on a shooting spree in Hampshire County Monday night. Firing several shots outside his home at the Bear Garden Trailer Park, Fleming left in a black Jeep. Along the way he allegedly pointed a gun at a woman and threatened to shoot her. Fleming eventually crashed into the side of a police cruiser. He then pointed the rifle at law enforcement authorities, who fired a round at him, and he immediately surrendered. He is currently being held at the Potomac Highlands Regional Jail at Augusta on $125,000 bond.
Man Held on $5,000 Bond Following Hospital Incident
A Cumberland resident was held on $5,000 bond, following an incident Monday evening at the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center. Twenty-nine year old Frank Germaine MacDonald is accused of creating a disturbance in the emergency department; he is also accused of stealing several items from there. He was not a patient at the facility. MacDonald was charged with theft of less than $100, disorderly conduct, disturbing the peace and resisting arrest.
Charges Pending Against Rig Driver
Charges are pending against a Texas truck driver, following an accident Monday afternoon in Friendsville. Thirty-year old George Allen Frost was traveling northbound on Route 42 at Second Avenue, when his truck which was hauling paper, went out of control and went off the roadway. The fuel tank ruptured, causing about 100 gallons of fuel to spill. A residence, located at 903 Second Avenue, was also damaged by flying debris from the truck. Frost was uninjured, and the investigation is continuing.
Almanack Predicts Heavy Winter Snowstorms
The first snow of the season could fall as early as November 28th, and could continue to hit the area until the end of March. The Hagers-Town Town and Country Almanack is also predicting two December nor’easters. The forecast is calling for about 15 possible heavy snow days. The amount of snow and temperatures depend on the size of a developing El Nino. If it is weak to moderate, snow could be in the range of 50 or more inches. If it is strong, then the winter will be wet and warm.
O’Malley Addresses DNC
Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley addressed the Democrats on the first night of the national convention in Charlotte, North Carolina. Governor O’Malley seemingly contradicted himself over the weekend. On “Face the Nation” this weekend, Governor O’Malley was asked if people are better off now than they were four years ago. He answered in the negative, but clarified his comments by blaming the policies of the Bush administration for the current economic climate.
Database Helps Track Pawn Shop Sales
The Regional Automated Property Information Database was launched in Maryland about two years ago, and it has become a valuable tool in catching thieves. Every stolen item that goes into the FBI’s National Crime Information Center’s database can be checked against the “RAPID” database, allowing law enforcement authorities to find items pawned in Maryland, no matter where they were stolen. Montgomery County was the last to sign onto the program, joining in December of last year.
New York Murder Suspect Arrested in Cumberland
A 17-year old Brooklyn, New York man, wanted on a fugitive from justice warrant on a murder charge, was arrested on Baltimore Avenue in Cumberland Sunday. Seventeen year old Akbar Junior Johns gave officers a false name. Further investigation revealed he was in possession of marijuana and was placed under arrest. He was held in the Allegany County Detention Center, until detectives from New York City arrived to question him. He remains in the detention center, held without bond, awaiting extradition back to New York.
Two Face Numerous Charges
Two Cumberland women face numerous charges in connection with an incident on August 23rd at a residence in the 400-block of Grand Avenue. Jermail Cassandra Young and Keren Michael Maistros were arrested Sunday. During the incident both women attempted to kidnap a five-year old child from his residence. They argued with the guardian of the juvenile over the lack of supervision. When the police were called, the two let the child out of their vehicle and fled. Ms. Maistros was actually charged with attempting to abduct the child, while they both face various charges in connection with the incident. Ms. Young was held on $29,000 bond and Ms. Maistros’ bail was set at $25,000.
Domestic Assault Prompts Arrest
Thirty-one year old Cumberland resident Timothy Hairston was charged with second-degree assault, following an incident Sunday evening in the 100-block of Grand Avenue. He allegedly assaulted his girlfriend, by striking her in the face several times and pulling her hair. He was taken to police headquarters, then to District Court. His bond was set at $5,000, following a hearing in District Court, and he is being held in the Allegany County Detention Center.
Man Charged Following Washington County Stabbing
A nineteen year old Boonsboro man is accused of injuring two people, following a dispute in Boonsboro Saturday night. Tyler Michael Szarvas is accused of stabbing a 20-year old man, who was taken to Shock Trauma in Baltimore for treatment. A female who was injured, was treated and released at Hagerstown’s Meritus Medical Center. The incident occurred just before 3 p.m. Saturday in the 100-block of Orchard Manor Drive.
Weekend Flooding Reported in Morgan County
A weekend storm in Morgan County dropped about four to six inches of rain, with one of the hardest hit areas being Berkeley Springs. Much of the downtown area was under several feet of water shortly before 7 p.m. Saturday. Visitors to the area said they had never seen flooding as extensive as it was Saturday. The last time the flooding in Berkeley Springs was as extensive was in 1996, but even then it was still 9 or 10 inches lower than Saturday’s flooding.
Gas Prices May Decline Soon
With record high prices for this time of year, Triple “A” Mid-Atlantic says they should be declining soon. Gas prices are 29-cents higher than last Labor Day. One of the major factors in the higher prices is Hurricane Isaac; however, there are no major reports of damage to oil rigs in the gulf, and production may resume rather quickly. Coupled with that, the busy driving season ends this month, which triggers a lower demand for gas.
“9/11” Commemoration to be held Next Tuesday
The 11th anniversary of the 911 attacks will be observed next Tuesday in Shanksville,Pennsylvania. The Flight 93 National Memorial will honor the 40 passengers and crew of United Flight 93, which crashed in Somerset County. While there will be four actual days set aside for the observance, the September 11th program will begin at 9:45 p.m. At the Memorial Plaza. At 10:03 a.m., the moment Flight 93crashed, the names of the passengers and crew members will be read and Bells of Remembrance will be run by members of the Families of Flight 93 and community members who assisted in the aftermath of the crash.
Piedmont Police Chief Not Reappointed
Piedmont Police Chief Ralph Rice has been terminated, as the Town Council voted 3 to 1 to not reappoint him. One council member, who voted against the motion, says he has concerns about the way the firing was done. Piedmont is currently under investigation by the West Virginia State Police for the alleged Federal Emergency Management Agency trailer fraud. The motion required a three-fifths vote of the council, but one member, Ray Hall, is currently incarcerated in the Potomac Highlands Regional Jail for attempted extortion. Council member Robert Patenaude expressed concern that if the termination weren’t handled correctly, according to the city charter, it could be facing a lawsuit.
Resident Tasered After Running From Police
A Cumberland man was tasered by Cumberland City Police Friday evening, following a disturbance between a man and a woman in the area of Cecilia Street. Twenty-eight year old Keith Palmisano ran from the scene, and a city police officer ordered him to stop several times, before utilizing the taser. Palmisano was wanted on a bench warrant for violating his probation. He was charged with resisting lawful arrest and obstructing and hindering a law enforcement officer. He was held on $3,000 bond at the Allegany County Detention Center.
Woman Charged with Violation of Protective Order, Assault
Twenty-eight year old Jamie Nicole Doonis was charged with several counts, following an incident early yesterday morning in the 800-block of Columbia Avenue. She was at a residence there, creating a disturbance, in violation of a protective order She also destroyed flower pots, which were on the front porch of the home. While being arrested, she became combative and kicked an officer, who was not injured. She was charged with violation of a protective order, disorderly conduct, destruction of property and second-degree assault. She was held, pending a bond hearing in District Court.
Oldtown Road Work Continues
Beginning on Wednesday, the eastbound lane of Oldtown Road, from Wempe Drive to New Hampshire Avenue will be closed for about 30 days. Traffic from Oldtown Road in that direction, will become one-way, westbound. Side streets in the affected area will be closed to thru traffic; local traffic will be permitted. Drivers are urged to use caution in the work zone, obey traffic control devices, and follow the detour route for westbound travels. Delays should also be anticipated during working hours.
More Charges Expected Against Former Teacher, Deacon
More charges are expected in the case of Brian Eppley of Somerset County. Eppley is accused of inappropriate conduct with several young children. Eppley has resigned from his post in Conemaugh Township. Eppley was also a church deacon, and retired as a teacher in the school district this past spring. The inappropriate conduct allegedly took place in several rooms of the church, as well as the Lions Club and Historical Soceity, both in Davidsville, Somerset County.
Maryland Experiences Rebound in Revenue Collections
The state of Maryland is projecting it will end the current fiscal year with a $225 million surplus, adding to a similar amount from the past fiscal year. The Board of Revenue Estimates is crediting a rebound in revenue collections, with the state’s take from the personal income tax, corporate income tax, sales tax and lottery sales coming in higher than the previous projection in March. Comptroller Peter Franchot says the extra money should go into the state’s Rainy Day Fund.
Suspect Killed In Shootout; Two WV State Police Officers Dead
A 22-year old Oak Hill man was killed in a shootout last week, which also killed two West Virginia State Police Officers. Luke Baber, who had several past run-ins with the law, shot both Corporal Marshall Bailey and Trooper Eric Workman. Bailey was killed at the scene, while Trooper Workman died several days later. The shooting happened along the Roane/Clay County, West Virginia line; Baber had somehow hidden a gun and shot the troopers from the back of the cruiser. Baber himself was killed by Roane County Sheriff’s deputies.
PATH And MAPP No Longer Needed
Because of a drop in demand, the Potomac-Appalachian Transmission Highline and the Mid-Atlantic Power Pathway lines have been dropped from regional transmission plans. Projects such as PATH and MAPP won’t be needed for another 15 years or so; additional power generating stations have also reduced the need for such high voltage lines. Allegheny Energy and Appalachian Power announced last year that they had suspended the PATH project, due to a drop in demand. The line was to have run from West Virginia, into Virginia, and terminate in Maryland.
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