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Local Physician Arrested

Fifty-eight year old Robert Damean Cendo has been arrested on a variety of charges, including two counts of solicitation for prostitution and one of perverted practice. Cendo, a local physician, is accused of writing prescription for narcotic painkillers to a confidential informant, in exchange for sexual favors. Police also executed two search warrants, one at his residence and one at his office. A small amount of cocaine and marijuana was found, along with several prescription bottles of narcotic medication prescribed to several different individuals. Computers and documents were also seized. He is currently free on $10,000 bond pending his next court appearance, and additional charges are pending.

 

Body Found in Potomac River

A group of people, fishing on the North Branch of the Potomac River near Mexico Farms Road, spotted a body in the water last night around 6 p.m. A local water team retrieved the body. Officials have not yet identified the body, but say the death is being considered "suspicious" at this time.

 

Man Sentenced in Sex Offense Case

A 51-year old man has been sentenced to 8 years in prison, in connection with an incident that occurred in Allegany County. Clarence "Butch" Richard Taylor will be placed on five years supervised probation following his release. He will also be required to register as a sex offender for life. There are other conditions, and he is to have no contact with the victim or her immediate family. The victim was nine years old at the time of the offenses. Taylor was sentenced by visiting Judge Beachley in Allegany County Circuit Court.

 

Woman Arrested in Assault Incident

A twenty-four year old Cumberland woman was taken into custody and charged with two counts of second-degree assault and one of disorderly conduct, following an incident earlier in the month at a Central Avenue residence. Samantha Elizabeth Ann Swick is accused of assaulting two residents at their home on May 21st. She was charged and released pending trial in Allegany County District Court.

 

Traffic Stop Leads to Drug, DUI Arrests

Three people were arrested in the area of Arch Street Wednesday. The stop was initially conducted for an equipment violation, but further investigation revealed that the driver, 49-year old Ronald Scott Welsh was under the influence of alcohol. Two others-49-year old Patrick Edward Mullan and 43-year old Antonio LaPorte III-were found to be in possession of less than 10 grams of marijuana. Welch was also charged with possession of less than 10 grams of marijuana and possession of CDS paraphernalia.

 

Inmate Charged in Somerset Prison Incident

A 49-year old inmate has been charged in connection with a Memorial Day weekend incident that prompted the lockdown of the State Correctional Institution at Somerset. Mark Wilson is accused of punching a correctional officer in the face; numerous prison staff responded and used force to bring him under control. The officer, Sgt. Shawn Berchick, sustained a severe cut above the left eye and lost consciousness as a result of the assault. He is continuing treatment for his injuries. Wilson is serving a two to seven year sentence for robbery, and was transferred to Somerset in May of 2011.

 

Casino Job Fair Set for Tomorrow

Rocky Gap Casino Resort's Human Resources Department is holding a job fair tomorrow at Allegany College of Maryland. The event is set from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Rooms 12, 13, and 14 of the Continuing Education Building. Casino representatives are looking for approximately 50 people to fill such positions such as cooks, servers, housekeepers, valet attendants and cashiers. On the spot interviews will be conducted tomorrow during the fair.

 

Two Sought, One Arrested in Hagerstown Break-In

Hagerstown Police are searching for a suspect, and have one in custody, following the burglary of a home on Hamilton Boulevard late Wednesday night. Two black males forced their way into the residence, where a struggle ensued. A handgun was displayed, but the homeowner was able to chase the subjects from the area. Twenty-five year old Rodney Murchison was taken into custody; an air search was done for a second suspect, but that person was not found. Murchison also had several outstanding warrants in Frederick County.

 

New Transportation Secretary Named

Former Baltimore County Executive James R. Smith has been named by Governor O'Malley as the new Secretary of the Department of Transportation. He served as Baltimore County Executive from 2002 through 2010. If confirmed by the State Senate, Smith will be charged with spending over $4 billion in transportation money the state is expected to generate over the next six years, due to increases in the state's gasoline taxes.

 

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Local Physician Arrested

Fifty-eight year old Robert Damean Cendo has been arrested on a variety of charges, including two counts of solicitation for prostitution and one of perverted practice. Cendo, a local physician, is accused of writing prescription for narcotic painkillers to a confidential informant, in exchange for sexual favors. Police also executed two search warrants, one at his residence and one at his office. A small amount of cocaine and marijuana was found, along with several prescription bottles of narcotic medication prescribed to several different individuals. Computers and documents were also seized. He is currently free on $10,000 bond pending his next court appearance, and additional charges are pending.

 

Man Sentenced in Sex Offense Case

A 51-year old man has been sentenced to 8 years in prison, in connection with an incident that occurred in Allegany County. Clarence "Butch" Richard Taylor will be placed on five years supervised probation following his release. He will also be required to register as a sex offender for life. There are other conditions, and he is to have no contact with the victim or her immediate family. The victim was nine years old at the time of the offenses. Taylor was sentenced by visiting Judge Beachley in Allegany County Circuit Court.

 

Woman Arrested in Assault Incident

A twenty-four year old Cumberland woman was taken into custody and charged with two counts of second-degree assault and one of disorderly conduct, following an incident earlier in the month at a Central Avenue residence. Samantha Elizabeth Ann Swick is accused of assaulting two residents at their home on May 21st. She was charged and released pending trial in Allegany County District Court.

 

Traffic Stop Leads to Drug, DUI Arrests

Three people were arrested in the area of Arch Street Wednesday. The stop was initially conducted for an equipment violation, but further investigation revealed that the driver, 49-year old Ronald Scott Welsh was under the influence of alcohol. Two others-49-year old Patrick Edward Mullan and 43-year old Antonio LaPorte III-were found to be in possession of less than 10 grams of marijuana. Welch was also charged with possession of less than 10 grams of marijuana and possession of CDS paraphernalia.

 

Inmate Charged in Somerset Prison Incident

A 49-year old inmate has been charged in connection with a Memorial Day weekend incident that prompted the lockdown of the State Correctional Institution at Somerset. Mark Wilson is accused of punching a correctional officer in the face; numerous prison staff responded and used force to bring him under control. The officer, Sgt. Shawn Berchick, sustained a severe cut above the left eye and lost consciousness as a result of the assault. He is continuing treatment for his injuries. Wilson is serving a two to seven year sentence for robbery, and was transferred to Somerset in May of 2011.

 

Casino Job Fair Set for Tomorrow

Rocky Gap Casino Resort's Human Resources Department is holding a job fair tomorrow at Allegany College of Maryland. The event is set from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Rooms 12, 13, and 14 of the Continuing Education Building. Casino representatives are looking for approximately 50 people to fill such positions such as cooks, servers, housekeepers, valet attendants and cashiers. On the spot interviews will be conducted tomorrow during the fair.

 

Two Sought, One Arrested in Hagerstown Break-In

Hagerstown Police are searching for a suspect, and have one in custody, following the burglary of a home on Hamilton Boulevard late Wednesday night. Two black males forced their way into the residence, where a struggle ensued. A handgun was displayed, but the homeowner was able to chase the subjects from the area. Twenty-five year old Rodney Murchison was taken into custody; an air search was done for a second suspect, but that person was not found. Murchison also had several outstanding warrants in Frederick County.

 

New Transportation Secretary Named

Former Baltimore County Executive James R. Smith has been named by Governor O'Malley as the new Secretary of the Department of Transportation. He served as Baltimore County Executive from 2002 through 2010. If confirmed by the State Senate, Smith will be charged with spending over $4 billion in transportation money the state is expected to generate over the next six years, due to increases in the state's gasoline taxes.

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Local Physician Arrested

Fifty-eight year old Robert Damean Cendo has been arrested on a variety of charges, including two counts of solicitation for prostitution and one of perverted practice. Cendo, a local physician, is accused of writing prescription for narcotic painkillers to a confidential informant, in exchange for sexual favors. Police also executed two search warrants, one at his residence and one at his office. A small amount of cocaine and marijuana was found, along with several prescription bottles of narcotic medication prescribed to several different individuals. Computers and documents were also seized. He is currently free on $10,000 bond pending his next court appearance, and additional charges are pending.

 

Woman Sentenced in Mountain Ridge Case

A woman, who had pleaded guilty to embezzling over $14,000 from the Mountain Ridge Band Parents Association, was sentenced yesterday. Carol Myers was handed a five year suspended sentence and was placed on five years of supervised probation. She was also ordered to make restitution, in the amount of $14,403.45 to the association, and was ordered to have no contact with the association or Mountain Ridge High School. The case arose from an incident involving sales from concessions used to support the Mountain Ridge Band.

 

Resident Reports Identity Theft

Investigators from the C3I unit are looking for two people who fraudulently used another person's debit card to make several purchases in the area. The victim told police the card was used in West Virginia at the Mountaineer Mart, Family Dolar Store in Fort Ashby and Daddy Lou's Pub in Short Gap, as well as Sheetz in Cresaptown and Walmart in LaVale. Investigators are looking for two suspects, and are asking for information in the case. Contact the C3I unit at (301)-777-0326.

 

Two Mineral Cases Continued

Two cases in Mineral County have been continued at the request of defense attorneys. In the first case, John and Tonya Cozatt, a follow-up hearing has not been scheduled. The pair were indicted in January on felony charges of selling synthetic marijuana in their Earth Zone stores. In the second, Leo Rodenhouser of Cumberland, was charged with three felonies in connection with a high-speed chase in October of 2011. A status hearing for Rodenhouser has been set for Monday, June 17th  at 1 p.m.

 

Frostburg Bridge Program To Close

The Frostburg Bridge program is closing after 23 years. The program, which is sponsored by the Frostburg United Methodist Church, will close on June 30th, due to recent fiscal instability. The program is designed for about 20 to 40 children of all nationalities and religions from the county, as well as some from Garrett County. The Bridge Program began as an after-school program for the community.

 

Mineral Students To Return in Mid-August

Students in Mineral County will be returning to class on August 15th of this year, but will be finished the school year before the end of next May. The calendar for next school year must be given final approval by the West Virginia State Board of Education. The calendar will require students to be in school for 180 days, no matter how many they miss for bad weather.

 

Officers Respond to Dilley Street Disturbance

Cumberland City Police arrested a Dilley Street resident late Tuesday evening as the result of a domestic disturbance. The victim said her husband, Joseph Brian Shaffer, had been arguing and fighting all night, and added that he had thrown multiple items at her to include drinks and a phone. A cut was seen on her forehead, but it did not require medical attention. He was charged with second-degree assault and held in the Allegany County Detention Center on $3,000 bond.

 

Valley Street Incident Investigated

A man, with no fixed address, was charged following a daytime incident on Tuesday. Twenty-nine year old Westley Alan Myers was allegedly intoxicated and refused to leave a Valley Street residence. He created a disturbance when asked to leave, and had elbowed a police officer in the face. Myers was taken to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center for injuries received during the arrest. He was later charged and held at the Allegany County Detention Center on $10,000 bond.

 

Xerox Adding 400 New Jobs in Frostburg

The Xerox facility in Frostburg is hiring 400 regular full-time and project-based customer care specialists, and is looking for people with prior customer experience, typing skills of 20 words-per-minute or greater and the ability to navigate in a Windows-based computer environment. Applicants should also have at least a high school diploma, or GED, and must pass a background and drug screening. Interested applicants may apply either by phone or in person.

 

Insurance Administration Sets Garrett County Stop

The Maryland Insurance Administration has scheduled a visit in Garrett County next week. Staff will be available next Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to answer consumer questions at the Garrett County One-Stop Job Center on South Third Street, on the second floor. A schedule of agency outreach activities and consumer materials are available on the website, www.mdinsurance.state.md.us. For more information, call (410)-468-2360.

 

Former HCC Student Charged in Connection with Fatal Shooting

A former Hagerstown Community College student and basketball player is one of two men, charged in connection with the fatal shooting of a one-year old boy in Baltimore. Twenty-year old Eddie Tarver had been a student at HCC from the fall of 2011 to the Spring of 2012. Also charged in the shooting death of one-year old Carter Scott was Cornell Harvey of Baltimore.

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Woman Sentenced in Mountain Ridge Case

A woman, who had pleaded guilty to embezzling over $14,000 from the Mountain Ridge Band Parents Association, was sentenced yesterday. Carol Myers was handed a five year suspended sentence and was placed on five years of supervised probation. She was also ordered to make restitution, in the amount of $14,403.45 to the association, and was ordered to have no contact with the association or Mountain Ridge High School. The case arose from an incident involving sales from concessions used to support the Mountain Ridge Band.

 

Resident Reports Identity Theft

Investigators from the C3I unit are looking for two people who fraudulently used another person's debit card to make several purchases in the area. The victim told police the card was used in West Virginia at the Mountaineer Mart, Family Dolar Store in Fort Ashby and Daddy Lou's Pub in Short Gap, as well as Sheetz in Cresaptown and Walmart in LaVale. Investigators are looking for two suspects, and are asking for information in the case. Contact the C3I unit at (301)-777-0326.

 

Two Mineral Cases Continued

Two cases in Mineral County have been continued at the request of defense attorneys. In the first case, John and Tonya Cozatt, a follow-up hearing has not been scheduled. The pair were indicted in January on felony charges of selling synthetic marijuana in their Earth Zone stores. In the second, Leo Rodenhouser of Cumberland, was charged with three felonies in connection with a high-speed chase in October of 2011. A status hearing for Rodenhouser has been set for Monday, June 17th  at 1 p.m.

 

Frostburg Bridge Program To Close

The Frostburg Bridge program is closing after 23 years. The program, which is sponsored by the Frostburg United Methodist Church, will close on June 30th, due to recent fiscal instability. The program is designed for about 20 to 40 children of all nationalities and religions from the county, as well as some from Garrett County. The Bridge Program began as an after-school program for the community.

 

Mineral Students To Return in Mid-August

Students in Mineral County will be returning to class on August 15th of this year, but will be finished the school year before the end of next May. The calendar for next school year must be given final approval by the West Virginia State Board of Education. The calendar will require students to be in school for 180 days, no matter how many they miss for bad weather.

 

Officers Respond to Dilley Street Disturbance

Cumberland City Police arrested a Dilley Street resident late Tuesday evening as the result of a domestic disturbance. The victim said her husband, Joseph Brian Shaffer, had been arguing and fighting all night, and added that he had thrown multiple items at her to include drinks and a phone. A cut was seen on her forehead, but it did not require medical attention. He was charged with second-degree assault and held in the Allegany County Detention Center on $3,000 bond.

 

Valley Street Incident Investigated

A man, with no fixed address, was charged following a daytime incident on Tuesday. Twenty-nine year old Westley Alan Myers was allegedly intoxicated and refused to leave a Valley Street residence. He created a disturbance when asked to leave, and had elbowed a police officer in the face. Myers was taken to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center for injuries received during the arrest. He was later charged and held at the Allegany County Detention Center on $10,000 bond.

 

Xerox Adding 400 New Jobs in Frostburg

The Xerox facility in Frostburg is hiring 400 regular full-time and project-based customer care specialists, and is looking for people with prior customer experience, typing skills of 20 words-per-minute or greater and the ability to navigate in a Windows-based computer environment. Applicants should also have at least a high school diploma, or GED, and must pass a background and drug screening. Interested applicants may apply either by phone or in person.

 

Insurance Administration Sets Garrett County Stop

The Maryland Insurance Administration has scheduled a visit in Garrett County next week. Staff will be available next Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to answer consumer questions at the Garrett County One-Stop Job Center on South Third Street, on the second floor. A schedule of agency outreach activities and consumer materials are available on the website, www.mdinsurance.state.md.us. For more information, call (410)-468-2360.

 

Former HCC Student Charged in Connection with Fatal Shooting

A former Hagerstown Community College student and basketball player is one of two men, charged in connection with the fatal shooting of a one-year old boy in Baltimore. Twenty-year old Eddie Tarver had been a student at HCC from the fall of 2011 to the Spring of 2012. Also charged in the shooting death of one-year old Carter Scott was Cornell Harvey of Baltimore.

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School Vandalized; Items Stolen

The Allegany County Sheriff's Office is investigating a breaking and entering and theft that occurred at George's Creek Elementary School. A suspect gained entry to the school and removed two laptop computers and several medicinal EpiPens; school officials are taking an inventory of the school, to see if any other items may have been taken. Video surveillance showed the suspect entered the school at 9:25 p.m. Monday evening and remained there for an extended period of time. The investigation is continuing by the C3I unit.

 

Fireworks Won't Be Set Off From Park

A new state fire regulation will prohibit this year's 4th of July fireworks display from being launched at Constitution Park. The regulation limits the use of fireworks within a certain radius of occupied buildings; in this case, the building in question is the county's 911 emergency communications center on Hudson Avenue, adjacent to the baseball field. The city is looking to find another location for the annual display.

 

Commissioners Submit ARC Projects to Tri-County Council

The Allegany County Commissioners have approved the submission of a number of prioritized projects for Appalachian Regional Commission funding. The projects will be submitted to the Tri-County Council of Western Maryland. Road projects will require no county match, but development projects will need a 50 per cent county match. Among the projects are a pilot program through Frostburg State University, a water line replacement at the Allegany County Fairgrounds and work on an access road to the Frostburg Business Park.

 

Emergency Dispatchers See Pay Raise

Allegany County emergency dispatchers will see an increase of three per cent for each year of a new, three-year contract, signed by the employees and the county late last week. The county had planned a 3 per cent cost of living adjustment in 2013, which would cost just over $442,000. The agreement also includes a no-strike clause. The dispatchers are represented by the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees.

 

CDS Arrest Near Friendsville Road

Homestead, Florida resident Benjamin Seals was arrested yesterday troopers from the McHenry barrack of the Maryland State Police on Interstate 68 westbound, near Friendsville Road. Seals was initially stopped for speeding, and was found to be in possession of a glass smoking device. He was charged on a criminal citation with possession of drug paraphernalia. Seals was later released.

 

Woman Cited After Collision

A 31-year old Inwood, West Virginia woman was cited, after she fell asleep at the wheel of her car and hit a guardrail along Interstate 68. After striking the guardrail, the vehicle driven by Lisa Fleming overturned, blocking all lanes of Interstate 68 Eastbound, near the 60-mile marker. Both she and her 6-year old son were transported by Flintstone Ambulance to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center for treatment. She was charged with both negligent driving and failure to transport a child in a child safety seat.

 

Man Charged With Drug Violations

An equipment violation on a car led to the arrest of a Cumberland man. Cumberland City Police stopped the car for not having any front registration. The officer saw a black digital scale, in plain view in the center console of the car, containing marijuana residue. Zakary Ray Harding was subsequently charged with possession of marijuana, possession of Clonazepam, and possession of CDS paraphernalia. He was released on personal recognizance, pending trial in District Court.

 

Man Charged With Destruction of Property

Eighteen year old Tyrell Aaron Morris has been charged with malicious destruction of property, following a Monday incident at Salem Children's Trust in Frostburg. Morris is accused of damaging multiple items inside of a building, belonging to Salem. He was transported to the McHenry barrack of the Maryland State Police, where he was charged. He was released on a criminal citation.

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Downtown Cumberland Businessman Passes Away

 

Mort Peskin, who along with his wife Sue, owned Peskin's in downtown Cumberland for many years, passed away yesterday. The store opened in 1921, and Mort Peskin took over the day to day operations in 1957. Peskin's at one time, had been regarded as the premier shoe store in the state of Maryland, according to an article, written by Dave Shapiro in the Baltimore Jewish Times in 2012. He is survived by his wife, three children, three grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.  The Scarpelli Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.  

 

 

Hagerstown Man Held on $40,000 Bond

 

Twenty-five year old Hagerstown resident Robert Earl Mitchell is being held on $40,000 bond at the Allegany County Detention Center, after breaking into a Park Street home and threatening a person and guests. Mitchell began to assault the victim and guests and threatened to kill them with a gun he had in a car outside; no weapon was found. He is wanted on an out-of-county warrant as well as a Department of Corrections re-take warrant. He was charged, and taken to District Court for a hearing, following his arrest.

 

 

Cumberland Resident Charged with CDS Possession Counts

 

A Cumberland resident, Keith August Palmisano, was charged with drug possession, following an incident on Bellevue Street on Sunday. A female resident claimed that Palmisano had entered their residence illegally; Palmisano had previously lived there and still had belongings inside. Officers found him to be in possession of suspected cocaine, marijuana and CDS paraphernalia, and he was charged. He was released by the District Court Commissioner on a $2,000 unsecured bond.

 

 

Turnpike Expansion Uproots Residents

 

A $150 million plan to wide the Pennsylvania Turnpike will mean several homeowners in the village of Earlston in Bedford County will have to leave as soon as this summer. The work would widen the highway to six lanes, south and west of Everett, one phase in expanding the turnpike statewide. Another step is widening and expanding it to Bedford and Breezewood.

 

 

Sixth Guard Pleads Guilty in Inmate Assault

 

A sixth former Maryland prison guard has pleaded guilty to beating an inmate at the Roxbury Correctional Institution near Hagerstown in 2008. Jeremy McCusker has also admitted to conspiring with other officers to cover it up. McCusker acknowledged that he and four other officers were involved in the assault on inmate Kenneth J. Davis, to punish him for striking another officer during a prior shift. He faces up to 15 years in prison and sentencing has been set for August 23rd.

 

 

Tucker County Investigating Meth Lab

 

There is an ongoing investigation into a meth lab, found in Tucker County, West Virginia. The operation was found on Church Hill Lane, after an anonymous tip was received. Materials usually found in a meth lab, and a small amount of marijuana and other drug paraphernalia were found. No arrests have been made. The Parsons Volunteer Fire Department provided breathing apparatuses and chemical suits during the initial investigation.

 

 

Fire Police Volunteer Injured in I-68 Crash

 

A volunteer for the Washington County Fire Police was injured late last week, when a car, driven by a Martinsburg woman hit his vehicle, as he was standing in front of it, directing traffic from a previous accident. Graham Snow was injured, when a vehicle, driven by Ashley Khodayar traveled through a flare/traffic cone pattern, set up on Interstate 68 westbound, just west of Mountain Road. Both were taken to Meritus Medical Center, and Ms. Khodayar faces numerous charges in connection with the accident, including failure to control speed to avoid a collision, negligent driving, speeding and failure to reduce speed in dangerous highway conditions.

 

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Downtown Cumberland Businessman Passes Away

Mort Peskin, who along with his wife Sue, owned Peskin's in downtown Cumberland for many years, passed away today. The store opened in 1921, and Mort Peskin took over the day to day operations in 1957. Peskin's at one time, had been regarded as the premier shoe store in the state of Maryland, according to an article, written by Dave Shapiro in the Baltimore Jewish Times in 2012. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.


Two Arrested for Breaking, Entering and Theft

Two Cumberland men have been arrested and are being held on $7500 bond each, following the breaking and entering and theft of a residence at 125 Polk Street in Cumberland. The victim had been out of the area, and when she returned, she found items missing from her residence. Cumberland City Police developed 39-year old Raymond Travis Larson and 45-year old Roy Scott Schimminger as suspects. Larson admitted the two had gone to the residence with a van, and removed items belonging to the victim. Both are charged with 1st, 3rd, and 4th degree breaking and entering and theft of items between $1,000 and $10,000 in value.


Man Faces Theft, Drug Charges

An East Fourth Street man faces theft and drug charges, following an incident late last week. Twenty-one year David Lee Kesler is accused of taking his girlfriend's laptop computer, a phone and her medication, and left the residence. He later returned, at which point, he was arrested. Officers also found a white pill that was identified as being a controlled dangerous substance, along with two smaller baggies, containing suspected crack cocaine. He was charged with theft of less than $1,000 and CDS possession-not marijuana. His bond was set at $3500.


Assault Prompt Lockdown at SCI-Somerset

Several recent staff assaults have forced Pennsylvania correctional officials to lock down the State Correctional Institution at Somerset. There have been two inmate assaults on guards, and the officers required medical attention. While it is not uncommon for prisons to be searched several times a year, the assaults prompted the most recent lockdown. The medium-security facility has more than 2300 inmates and approximately 585 employees.


Dodge Contributes to Mountain Ridge Booster Club

Billy Bender Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge recently hosted a Dodge brand Booster Club Fundraiser at Mountain Ridge High School, during its baseball benefit. A check, in the amount of $3,180 was presented to the school's booster program. Each test drive participant earned the school a $20 contribution from the Dodge brand, with no limit to the automaker's contribution. Since 1993, Dodge has helped raise millions of dollars for schools with test drive programs, such as the Dodge Booster Club Fundraiser.


Tucker County Investigating Meth Lab

There is an ongoing investigation into a meth lab, found in Tucker County, West Virginia. The operation was found on Church Hill Lane, after an anonymous tip was received. Materials usually found in a meth lab, and a small amount of marijuana and other drug paraphernalia were found. No arrests have been made. The Parsons Volunteer Fire Department provided breathing apparatuses and chemical suits during the initial investigation.


Fire Police Volunteer Injured in I-68 Crash

A volunteer for the Washington County Fire Police was injured late last week, when a car, driven by a Martinsburg woman hit his vehicle, as he was standing in front of it, directing traffic from a previous accident. Graham Snow was injured, when a vehicle, driven by Ashley Khodayar traveled through a flare/traffic cone pattern, set up on Interstate 68 westbound, just west of Mountain Road. Both were taken to Meritus Medical Center, and Ms. Khodayar faces numerous charges in connection with the accident, including failure to control speed to avoid a collision, negligent driving, speeding and failure to reduce speed in dangerous highway conditions.

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Two Arrested for Breaking, Entering and Theft

Two Cumberland men have been arrested and are being held on $7500 bond each, following the breaking and entering and theft of a residence at 125 Polk Street in Cumberland. The victim had been out of the area, and when she returned, she found items missing from her residence. Cumberland City Police developed 39-year old Raymond Travis Larson and 45-year old Roy Scott Schimminger as suspects. Larson admitted the two had gone to the residence with a van, and removed items belonging to the victim. Both are charged with 1st, 3rd, and 4th degree breaking and entering and theft of items between $1,000 and $10,000 in value.


Man Faces Theft, Drug Charges

An East Fourth Street man faces theft and drug charges, following an incident late last week. Twenty-one year David Lee Kesler is accused of taking his girlfriend's laptop computer, a phone and her medication, and left the residence. He later returned, at which point, he was arrested. Officers also found a white pill that was identified as being a controlled dangerous substance, along with two smaller baggies, containing suspected crack cocaine. He was charged with theft of less than $1,000 and CDS possession-not marijuana. His bond was set at $3500.


Morgantown Man Charged with Possession

A Morgantown man was arrested late Friday afternoon on Interstate 68 Eastbound in the vicinity of Amish Road in Garrett County. Matthew Thomas or Morgantown was charged with marijuana possession on a criminal citation and released from the McHenry barrack of the Maryland State Police.


Arrest Warrants Served on Cumberland Man

A Cumberland man was served with an outstanding bench warrant and is being held on $10,500 bond at the Allegany County Detention Center. Timothy Lee Hairston is accused of assaulting another person on Virginia Avenue in April of this year. He also allegedly destroyed the victim's property and acted in a disorderly manner during the incident. He also was arrested for violation of probation. Hairston was taken to District Court for a bond hearing, before being held at the detention center.


Assault Prompt Lockdown at SCI-Somerset

Several recent staff assaults have forced Pennsylvania correctional officials to lock down the State Correctional Institution at Somerset. There have been two inmate assaults on guards, and the officers required medical attention. While it is not uncommon for prisons to be searched several times a year, the assaults prompted the most recent lockdown. The medium-security facility has more than 2300 inmates and approximately 585 employees.


Dodge Contributes to Mountain Ridge Booster Club

Billy Bender Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge recently hosted a Dodge brand Booster Club Fundraiser at Mountain Ridge High School, during its baseball benefit. A check, in the amount of $3,180 was presented to the school's booster program. Each test drive participant earned the school a $20 contribution from the Dodge brand, with no limit to the automaker's contribution. Since 1993, Dodge has helped raise millions of dollars for schools with test drive programs, such as the Dodge Booster Club Fundraiser.

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Oakland Man Arrested on Arson Charges

A thirty-two year old Garrett County man was arrested for his involvement in setting his ex-girlfriend's house on fire earlier this month. Jason Michael Weaver is charged with intentionally setting the fire that caused about $60,000 in damage to the home on Sanders Lane in Oakland. He faces numerous charges and is being held on $100,000 bond. If convicted, he could face up to 83 years in prison and/or $65,000 in fines.

 

County Water Rates to Increase

Allegany County water customers could see a slight rise in their water and sewer rates in the upcoming fiscal year. Some districts, such as those in the Jennings Run area could see the largest hikes, up to $8.00 per quarter for sewer surcharges. Cresaptown will pay $9.00 more per quarter. the increased costs will, however, be phased in over a three year period, with another increase planned for 2015.

 

Four To Hospital at NewPage Corporation

Four people were taken from the NewPage facility yesterday morning, following reports of an "unusual odor" early yesterday. All four were treated and released from the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center. The odor was traced to a hydraulic pump at the plant. Although the incident remains under investigation, normal operations resumed following the incident.

 

Development Authority President Resigns

The President of the Mineral county Development Authority, Rick Linthicum, resigned this week. A question arose about a $250 expenditure to the Greater Cumberland Committee, with Linthicum claiming he was being "badgered." The money in question was written for the North/South Subcommittee of the Greater Cumberland Committee; according to the Authority's by-laws, the director has the "discretion of spending money." There were other questions concerning the authority, such as paying for broadband access, and paying down the debrt on the shell building in the Fort Ashby Park.

 

Two More Charged in Meth Dump Site

Two Meyersdale residents have been charged in connection with a methamphetamine dump site discovered in Summit Township. Forty-eight year old Debra Custer and 25-year old Vanessa Housel have been released on a $10,000 unsecured bond. Police found and seized several items used to manufacture meth during a search of an apartment on Mason-Dixon Highway; police subsequently fund the dump site along Sand Spring Road in Summit Township.

 

Man Charged With Arson

A former Cairnbrook resident is accused of starting two fires at his ex-girlfriend's residence, and has been arraigned on those charges. Thirty-eight year old William Henry Ulderich is charged with intentionally setting the two fires, on May 7th and May 20th of last year. Bail has been set at $10,000 in each case. A preliminary hearing has been set for June 3rd.

 

Downtown Celebrates Memorial Day Weekend

Memorial Day in Downtown Cumberland begins tonight with Friday After Five, music on the Liberty Street stage tomorrow night, and Sunday's "Bargains on the Bricks." The Allegany Jazz Band will play from 6 until 7 tonight; immediately following that, there will be a viewing of the MPT video, "Our Town-Cumberland," on a giant blow-up outdoor movie screen, furnished by the city's Parks and Recreation Department. Tonight's Friday After Five is being sponsored by the Downtown Cumberland Business Association, and donations are greatly appreciated.

 

Hagerstown Man Sentenced for Assaulting Child

Hagerstown resident will spend the next 14 months in jail, and will be on probation for five years, after he pleaded guilty to assaulting his infant son last June. Thirty-one year old Jerome Jackson will spend that time in the Washington County Detention Center. The two-month old boy was treated for a broken femur at Meritus Medical Center; a Hagerstown Police Officer was called. Jackson will also undergo a mental health evaluation and will not be allowed to have any unsupervised contact with the child.

 

PSC To Open Investigation of Potomac Edison

The Maryland Public Service Commission will allow individuals to participate in an investigation of complaints against Potomac Edison. There have been several complaints from Western Maryland customers, who say they've been overbilled because P.E. failed to read their meters as often as required by law. A list of issues will be circulated among parties, including attorneys for the PSC, Potomac Edison, and the state Office of People's Counsel. That list will then be submitted to a judge.

 

Baltimore 5th Most Unhealthy City

Baltimore ranks fifth, when it comes to unhealthy environs, according to a blogger on the"movoto.com" website. A number of factors were taken in to consideration, including smoking, obesity, access to fitness centers, walkability, and access to healthy food. "Charm City" actually ranks first, when it comes to the number of fast food restaurants per square mile, and also has an "F" ranking from the American Lung Association for air quality. Indianapolis, Indiana ranked first, however, in the "most unhealthy" category.

 

Capito Mobile Office Visit Set

The mobile office of Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito will be visiting the Romney area next Friday. A staff member will be on hand at the Romney Senior Center from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. to assist residents with problems they are having with a federal government agency, such as the Social Security Administration, Medicare, or the Veteran's Administration. Residents also will be able to send a message to the Congresswoman, through her representative. 

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Rocky Gap Casino Officially Open

The Rocky Gap Casino is now open, after receiving approval from the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency. The casino will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and features approximately 550 slot machines and 10 table games. There have also been extensive renovations to the lobby, hotel rooms, restaurants and the Jack Nicklaus signature golf course. A new event and conference center is expected to open in the fourth quarter of this year.

 

Mutual Assault Lands Couple in Jail

Cumberland City Police arrested a North Center Street couple early yesterday morning, and both were charged with assault. Twenty-eight year old Frederick Listman III and 28-year old Candice Fratiani assaulted each other, and although neither set of injuries was serious, they were placed under arrest. They received a District Court hearing and were released on personal recognizance.

 

Fire Determined to Be Electrical in Nature

A truck fire, across from Bumblebee Road in McHenry Tuesday evening, was determined to be electrical in nature. The Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office says the 2000 Mack dump truck experienced an electrical short in the battery wiring. The truck, owned by Foote Excavating, sustained about $25,000 in damage. The fire was discovered by a person residing in the area, and was quickly extinguished by firefighters from the Deep Creek Fire Department.

 

Commissioners To Meet in Flintstone

The Allegany County Commissioners will hold their weekly public business meeting in Flintstone next month. The meeting is set for June 20th at 5 p.m., and it will be held at the Flintstone Volunteer Fire Department. Community members and all interested individuals are invited to attend. Ample parking is available and the facility is handicapped accessible.

 

Health Department Warns of Lyme Disease

The Allegany County Health Department is warning of Lyme disease, caused by tick bites. Ticks are in abundance this year, and Lyme disease is one of the ten most commonly reported notifiable diseases in Maryland for 2011. Symptoms generally occur within 3 to 30 days after the tick bite, and include a rash, fever, fatigue, and headache. If untreated,. the disease can progress to include both the cardiac and nervous systems. More information can be obtained by calling the Health Department at (301)-759-5000.

 

PIA Opens Campus in Washington County

The Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics opened an 18,000-square foot facility in Washington County earlier this week; the newly completed $2 million branch campus, next to the Hagerstown Regional Airport, features a large hangar space, as well as classrooms and shops, built to specifically provide students with hands-on aircraft training. The training facility will serve students looking for work in the aviation field, along with many of the airport businesses that need Federal Aviation Administration-certified mechanics.

 

Pennsylvania Primary Held on Tuesday

Only about 15 to 20 per cent of registered voters exercised that right in Tuesday's Pennsylvania Primary Election. Election officials noted the light turnout may have to do with the large number of uncontested races. Those who had them, were asked to show their Voter I.D.s; officials aren't sure when the I.D.'s will be fully enforced, but some say residents don't agree with it.

 

New Prosecutor Joins U.S. Attorney Office in West Virginia

Jarod Douglas has been appointed to the position of Assistant United States Attorney for the Northern District of West Virginia. The Northern District includes Jefferson, Berkeley, Morgan, Mineral, and Hampshire counties. Douglas will receive the oath of office on Monday, and will prosecute federal criminal matters occurring in the Eastern Panhandle.

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Five Charged in Sacred Heart Break-In

Five people-two adults and three juveniles were arrested in connection with last week's breaking and entering of the former Sacred Heart hospital building on Seton Drive. John Michael-Fraley and Jonathan Edward Urgiles and three 17-year olds were taken into custody. The Sacred Heart site, owned by the Allegany County Board of Education, is the site of the future Allegany High School. The five removed a single fire extinguisher and several other miscellaneous items. They are being charged with second-degree burglary, theft and destruction of property.

 

EPA Approves Route 219 Expansion

The Environmental Protection Agency has informed the Army Corps of Engineers it would not seek a higher review of the improvement and expansion of Route 219. This means the Army Corps will issue the final permit needed before construction can begin. Construction, for now, will expand Route 219 between Somerset and Meyersdale; the ultimate plan is to extend the roadway into Maryland and New York. The project has been 42 years in the making.

 

Potential Skydiving Business for Cumberland Airport

A Garrett County man, who operates a skydiving business in Garrett County, wants to explore the possibility of a similar business at the Greater Cumberland Municipal Airport. Neil Porter received his training while serving in the U.S. Army and was in business in Colorado for 10 years. Porter cited the Cumberland airport as having "a good landing area, great weather, field trucks and maintenance." He presented his idea at a recent meeting of the Potomac Highlands Airport Authority, and it was decided that, pending legal review, the business would be accepted at the airport, according to the Mineral News-Tribune.

 

Excess Funds Devoted to Employees, Vehicle Purchases

The city of Keyser's finances are better than expected and that excess will be devoted to its employees, and for the purchase of vehicles for the police and street departments. One of those expenditures will be a $100 clothing allowance for each of the city's 40 employees. Earlier this year, a 30-cent across the board pay increase was approved for employees as well.

 

Bedford Woman Arrested in Disturbance

Nineteen year old Mary Delisle of Bedford was released on her own recognizance, following a disturbance complaint in the vicinity of Seymour and Third Streets Monday evening. She was accused of acting in a disorderly manner and yelling at other individuals, including the officers. She failed to comply with their requests, and was taken into custody. She was charged with failure to obey a lawful order, disturbing the peace and disorderly conduct.

 

Georgia Man Arrested in Gun Incident

A thirty-seven year old Monroe, Georgia man was arrested in the parking lot of a local pizza shop in Garrett County Monday evening. James T. Cleveland allegedly brandished a .22-calibre semi-automatic pistol during an altercation with other individuals. The gun was recovered and Cleveland was placed under arrest.

 

Air Conditioner Stolen from Residence

The McHenry barrack of the Maryland State Police is investigating the theft of an air conditioner from a private residence in the 12000-block of Friendsville Road. The theft occurred either last Wednesday or Thursday. Anyone with information is asked to contact the McHenry barrack at (301)-387-1101.

 

Sobriety Checkpoint Set for Friday Night, Saturday Morning

The West Virginia State Police will conduct a sobriety checkpoint from Friday night at 8 p.m. until Saturday morning at 2 a.m. It will be in Mineral County, along Route 220, south of Keyser. 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.

 

West Virginia Granted Waiver

The West Virginia Board of Education has received a waiver from the U.S. Department of Education on a proposal seeking flexibility under the No Child Left Behind Act. The waiver frees the state's public schools, and allows them to focus on achievement and improvement, so that all students can be prepared for college and career success. The state board of education has identified 32 low-performing schools across the state as priority schools, making them eligible for extra funds and resources.

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Rocky Gap Opening Tomorrow

The Rocky Gap Casino officially opens tomorrow, offering 558 slot machines and 10 table games in converted conference space at the Rocky Gap Lodge. A "test run" of sorts was completed yesterday; Rocky Gap will be Maryland's fourth casino, and will add 250 jobs. Private bondholders agreed to write off about $26 million to help Lakes Entertainment buy the resort for about $10 million. The lodge and golf course incurred an operating loss of $4.3 million in 2011.

 

Foreman Enters Guilty Plea

John Shingler, foreman for the town of Piedmont, has pleaded guilty to a charge of conversion of government property in U.S. District Court in Martinsburg. Shingler represented the town of Piedmont when he obtained six surplus travel trailers from the West Virginia State Agency for Surplus Property in 2009. Shingler claimed the property was being obtained for use by the city; the trailers were to be used for specific purposes, but were instead claimed by private citizens who paid for them. The value of the trailers was placed at $111,000. Shingler is facing a prison term of up to ten years and a fine of up to $250,000. He may also be ordered by the court to make restitution.

 

Garrett County Fire Determined to be Arson

A Sunday morning fire on Sanders Lane in Garrett County was deliberately set, according to the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office. There were no injuries, and damages totaled $70,000. The origin of the fire was inside the home and was discovered by the owner, Ashley Spady. Along with several fire companies, both the Garrett County Sheriff's Office and Potomac Edison responded. Anyone with information is asked to contact the fire marshal's office at (301)-766-3888.

 

Teen Victim Identified

Fifteen year old Kaleb John Rightenour has been identified as the victim of last Saturday's crash, involving his all-terrain vehicle at the Bedford County dirt track near New Enterprise. Rightenour, of Martinsburg, Pennsylvania was a sophomore at Northern Bedford High School, and was enrolled in the school's welding and technical program. His death was the first in 30 years at the track. President of the Blair-Bedford Dirt Drags, Bill Ickes, says he is devastated by Saturday's events. Grief counselors and local ministers are being made available to the students at his school.

 

Ridgeley Woman Jailed on $2500 Bond

Thirty-five year old Ridgeley resident Crystal Smith was jailed on $2500 bond, following an incident on Maryland Street in Keyser. She was charged with domestic assault for threatening to slam her two-week old baby onto the sidewalk, if the child's father did not come out of his residence to talk to her. She was additionally charged with domestic battery for grabbing the father during the incident. He was given temporary custody of the child, and was also granted a temporary restraining order against Ms. Smith, which, in effect, bars her from regaining custody.

 

Man Charged With Malicious Burning

A nineteen-year old Cumberland man was arrested and faces a number of charges in connection with an incident in the vicinity of the Sunshine Laundry at Greene and Chase Streets. Patrick Norman Younger was arrested on Allegany Street. He is accused of setting a trash can on fire at 20 Chase Street. He was positively identified by a witness, was arrested and held on $2500 bond at the Allegany County Detention Center.

 

Domestic Dispute Results in Arrest

A Grantsville man was taken into custody and charged, in connection with a domestic incident Sunday evening on Castle Ridge Road in Grantsville. Maryland State Police determined that a domestic assault occurred between Stephen Wilt and hit live-in girlfriend, Sherry Lynny Fike. It was also learned that Wilt had also assaulted Brady Lynn Fike, who resides with the suspect. Wilt was charged with second-degree domestic assault. He was taken to a Garrett County Court Commissioner for a bond hearing.

 

Service Interruption Planned in Hampshire County Area

Potomac Edison is planning a service interruption tomorrow from 9:30 to 12 noon in the Hampshire County area. Crews will be working on lines, beginning at the Verizon Building in Burlington to Russeldale Road and down Williamsport Road to the Hampshire County Line.

 

Shooting Reported in Meyersdale

The Pennsylvania State Police are investigating a shooting incident on Broadway Street in Meyersdale Borough Sunday evening. The original call was for a domestic dispute; on e person was taken to Conemaugh Meyersdale Medical Center for treatment. It is not known if the gunshot wound was self-inflicted.

 

Head of State Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services Leaving

A 26-year veteran of the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services is leaving for a federal job. The head of the unit, Jesse Ballard, is going to work for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. DPSCS handles investigations of inmates, detainees, employees and others. The Department has recently come under fire after a federal indictment, charging 25 people in a contraband conspiracy was handed down. The indictment included 13 correctional officers.

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Bedford Racer Dies of Injuries

 

A 15-year old Bedford County racer died Saturday night at the Bedford County Dirt Racers Dirt drags. The incident took place when the racer lost control of the quad racer; it struck a tire barrier on the side of the track, causing the machine to flip. The driver was thrown from the vehicle, and struck a light pole. The operator died when medical personnel were attempting to treat the injuries. The investigation from the Pennsylvania State Police is continuing.

 

 

 

Sections of Bridge To Close This Week

 

The State Highway Administration is closing a section under the Crosstown Bridge, beginning today, as work continues to repair, clean and paint the more than half-mile bridge over the city. The parking area under the bridge between Queen City Drive and South Centre Street will close; this is a permit-only parking area, and is operated by the city of Cumberland. Permit holders will be directed to another nearby parking area. Beginning Saturday, June 1st, the parking area under the bridge, between South Johnson Street and Bridge Street, west of Wills Creek, will also close. Both sections will be closed for several months.

 

 

 

C3I Investigating Breaking and Entering

 

The C3I unit is investigating the breaking and entering and theft from the former Sacred Heart Hospital building on Seton Drive which is currently owned by the Allegany County Board of Education. Unknown suspects had broken a window to gain entry to the building. Video surveillance led to the identity of the four. They removed a single fire extinguisher and several other miscellaneous items. Criminal charges will be filed.

 

 

 

Cumberland Man Charged with Burglary

 

Thirty-year old Cumberland resident Jason Robert Edwards was charged with burglary, theft and malicious destruction of property, following an incident early yesterday morning. Edwards allegedly threw something through the window of a West Second Street residence, and forced his way through a door. He also allegedly assaulted several people inside. He was charged and was awaiting an initial appearance in District Court.

 

 

 

Mc Coole Fire Protection Meeting Set

 

The Allegany County Emergency Services Board will have a public meeting on Wednesday, June 5th at 7 p.m., to discuss fire protection services in the McCoole area. Input is being sought from community members and the general public on the subject. The meeting will be held at the McCoole Cornerstone Ministries Church, on Queens Point Road.

 

 

 

Two Charged with Marijuana Growing Operation

 

Two Somerset, Pennsylvania residents were charged, after State Police found more than two dozen marijuana plants in Jenner Township. Twenty-one year old Johnathan Barr and Mary Elizabeth Beeman of Somerset were taken into custody. They were arrested after Somerset police came to their apartment to investigate a domestic incident with the pair. They volunteered information about a larger marijuana growing operation in Somerset County, and that information was passed on to State Police.

 

 

 

Maryland Tax Court Misses Deadlines

 

The Maryland Office of Legislative audits says that the Maryland Tax Court failed more than 40 per cent of the time to resolve homeowners' appeals of property tax assessments within 90-days of filing, as required by state law. The Tax Court missed the deadline by a month or more in 293 cases, or 41 per cent of the 720 appeals filed. They appeals were either filed or heard between July 1, 2010 and February 20th of this year. A prior audit showed a 62 per cent failure rate.

 

 

 

AccuWeather Predicts Active Hurricane Season

 

AccuWeather.com is predicting at least three hurricanes will make landfall in the U.S. this season, as opposed to four in 2012. Meteorologists are calling for 16 tropical storms, with four of those possibly developing into major hurricanes. An average year sees 12 tropical storms, 6 hurricanes, three of which a major hurricanes, and two storms that make landfall.

 

 

 

Attorney Sentenced for Defrauding West Virginia

 

An attorney from Belington, West Virginia was sentenced to 12 months and one day imprisonment for bill the state for services she did not perform. Lisa Weese, who had been a panel attorney in the circuit court of Barbour, Randolph, Tucker and Taylor counties billed the state for over $159,000, and will have to make restitution. She will self-report to a designated federal institution. The case was investigated by the West Virginia Commission on Special Investigations.

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Governor Signs Several Bills

Governor Martin O'Malley signed several bills yesterday, including one of the strictest gun control laws in the nation. The National Rifle Association and other opponents say they will immediately challenge that measure, which takes effect October 1st,  in court. O'Malley also signed the first gas tax increase in 20 years. And, using a handheld cellphone to talk or text will be considered a primary offense, after October 1st. The first offense would be punishable by a fine of up to $75; fines increase up to $175 for a third offense.

 

DNR Boat Sinks At Deep Creek Lake

There won't be too many details until a report is filed, but a Department of Natural Resources boat sunk yesterday afternoon at Deep Creek Lake. The DNR boat was unmanned at the time, and it was brought to the surface with air bags. The 24-foot Ottercraft is a work boat and is able to lift heavy loads. Two staff members were in a boating accident, but no other information will be provided until the report is finished.

 

Second Case of Rabies In Garrett County

There has been a second case of laboratory-confirmed rabies in Garrett County. The case involved a goat in the southern area of Garrett County. The animal became ill, and died on Monday, May 6th. It tested positive for rabies; a total of seven peopled initiated post-exposure treatment for the virus, and an additional goat was vaccinated against rabies, and will be watched closely for six months.

 

Three Personnel Changes for County Schools

The new school year will see two new principals and a new chief academic officer for the coming year. Scott Sisler will replace Steve Wilson as principal at South Penn Elementary School. Candy Canan will become principal at the Center for Career and Technical Education. Kim Green has been named the chief academic officer for the school year. The appointments are effective July 1st.

 

Man Arrested After Forcing His Way Into Home

Twenty-year old Keyser resident Matthew Ryan O'Reilly was arrested after forcing his way into a home...the home of Mineral County Sheriff Jeremy Taylor. O'Reilly thought he was at his uncle's house; Sheriff Taylor's wife was able to call her husband to report the incident. O'Reilly had admitted to using about a gram of crystal methamphetamine earlier in the day. He is being held in the Potomac Highlands Regional Jail on $10,000 bond.

 

State Police Seek Man In Connection to March Incident

The McHenry Barrack of the Maryland State Police is attempting to locate Brian Keith DeBerry. He is wanted in connection with a March 9th incident on Teaberry Lane in Accident. DeBerry is wanted on an arrest warrant, charging him  with second-degree assault and malicious destruction of property charges. He may be in the Oakland, Maryland or Terra Alta or Fairmont, West Virginia areas. Anyone with any information is asked to contact the McHenry Barrack of the Maryland State Police at (301)-387-1101.

 

Man Held Without Bond

A 27-year old Mount Savage man is being held without bond, following his arrest on Wednesday. Andrew Wade Ridgeley is charged with the fraudulent use of a credit card last February 13th and February 14th. He is charged with I.D. theft and 7 counts of illegal use of a credit card.

 

Baltimore Man Charged with Unauthorized Use

Baltimore resident Rodricus Marquees Wilkes is being charged in Cumberland with driving a vehicle without the owner's consent and unauthorized removal of property. The incident occurred earlier this week, when the victim lent Wilkes a car, but failed to return it after several hours. The victim could not get in touch with him, and enlisted the help of the Cumberland City Police. After his appearance in District Court, Wilkes was released on personal recognizance.

 

O'Malley, O'Reilly Battle It Out

It seems to be a war of words between Governor Martin O'Malley and talk show host Bill O'Reilly, when it comes to the corruption that has been uncovered in Maryland's jails. O'Reilly has referred to Corrections Secretary Gary Maynard as a, quote, "moron." O'Malley says he has no desire to fire Maynard. Meanwhile, Tavon White, who federal authorities call a gang kingpin, has complained about conditions in Cumberland, where he is being held, following his transfer from Baltimore.

 

Fewer West Virginians Seeking Unemployment Benefits

The state of West Virginia's unemployment rate declined four-tenths of a percentage point to 6.6 per cent in April, and this is the lowest rate in four years. The number of unemployed residents fell 2600 to 53,500. Trade, transportation, and utilities and other services added 200 jobs, while educational and health services showed the largest unemployment declines at 800.

 

Man To Stand Trial in Fatal Shooting of Sheriff

An October 21st trial date has been set for 37-year old Tennis Maynard, who is accused of fatally shooting Mingo County Sheriff Eugene Crum on April 3rd. Maynard pleaded not guilty to the charges of first-degree murder, attempted murder and felony fleeing a police officer during Wednesday's arraignment hearing in Cabell County. A bond hearing has been set for June 17th in Huntington.

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Myers Won't Seek Re-Election

Delegate LeRoy Myers has decided he will not seek re-election to the Maryland General Assembly next year. Myers, who represents parts of both Allegany and Washington Counties, says that while there was no single motivating factor in his decision, he is frustrated by the political dynamics in Annapolis. Myers was first elected to the House of Delegates in 2002, when he defeated then-Speaker of the House, Casper Taylor in a close race.

 

Keyser Man Indicted for Setting House on Fire

Forty-four year old Keyser resident Robert Lee Suter, who was charged with allegedly setting his Sunnydale Addition house on fire, has been indicted by the Mineral County Grand Jury. Suter was charged with first and third-degree arson and destruction of property. Suter allegedly ignited items in the garage of the home, and the fire spread to the home, reportedly occupied by his wife, Barbara Suter.

 

Woman Sentenced in Fatal Reckless Endangerment Case

Forty-one year old Everett resident Susan Bonner has been sentenced to three weeks to a year in jail, for allowing her son to carry a handgun used during a fatal game of Russian roulette. She pleaded guilty in March to reckless endangerment. Her son took a gun to a friend's house and left it in a drawer. The friend got the gun and shot a third boy, 15-year old Neal Hammond, in July of 2012. Hammond died the next morning at a Johnstown-area hospital. The charges against the shooter were resolved in juvenile court. District Attorney William Higgins said Ms. Bonner was remorseful throughout the case.

 

Coburn Wins Eighth Term as Coney Mayor

Jack Coburn, running unopposed and garnering 96 votes, was elected to an 8th term as Mayor of Lonaconing. Four council seats will be filled by Mark Greenwald, Eric Wilkinson, Warren Foote and Danny Sloan, Jr. David Kidwell received 49 votes and two other incumbent council members chose not to run for another term.

 

First United Bank Closing Branch

First United Bank Corporation plans to close its Frostburg Community Office on New Georges Creek road as of August 30th. A lack of growth, to remain viable in the market, was given as one of the main factors in deciding to close the facility. There will be no loss of jobs, as employees will remain part of the organization. The corporation is also planning to make the transition as smooth as possible by offering workshops on use of internet banking, mobile and text banking eStatements and direct deposit services.

 

Warrants Served on Cumberland Man

The Cumberland City Police served four District Court bench warrants on 20-year old Matthew Jason Swick, and total bail was set at $26,500. He was served with warrants for failure to appear on an original charge of fraud; one of theft of less than $1,000; and, failure to appear to answer charges of assault, and a violation of probation count.

 

Woman Refuses to Leave Hospital, and Is Arrested

A 24-year old Cumberland woman, Corrina Louise Reeder was arested and charged with second-degree assault and disorderly conduct, following an incident at the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center on Tuesday. She had been a patient at the hospital, and refused to leave after being discharged. Officers escorted her from the premises, but observed her commit an assault and act in a disorderly manner. She was held on $2,000 bond at the Allegany County Detention Center.

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Ridgeley Mayor Indicted

Ridgeley Mayor Jim Twigg has been indicted by a Mineral County Grand Jury, on eight felony counts of fraudulent or unauthorized use of a government-issued purchase card. Twigg allegedly charged over $400 to the card; the Mayor, for his part, claims the town has been reimbursed for the expenses. He was unaware of the indictment, prior to a meeting of town officials last night. The charges were made during travel, on behalf of the town. Twigg could be removed from office, if found guilty.

 

School Board May Be Minimally Funded

The Allegany County Board of Education could be, for the first time ever, funded at the lowest possible level, as required by state law. A draft budget from the county recommends $29.8 million for the fiscal year; the board had requested $31 million. The board has been cut by nearly $11 million in state funding in the past four years. The state is expected to fvund the board $74.7 million, according to the Cumberland Times-News.

 

Accident Involving ACPS Bus

An Allegany County Public School bus, en route to Allegany High School, was involved in a minor traffic accident. The bus was turning left, off of Cumberland Street, when the back end hit an unoccupied, parked vehicle. There was only one student on the bus at the time, and no injuries. ACPS administrators, as well as law enforcement officers responded to the scene. The parents of the student on the bus were notified, and the school nurse examined the student as a precaution. No replacement bus was necessary.

 

Route 219 Southern Link Best Use of Funds

Completing the southern link of U.S. Route 219 is the best use of Pennsylvania Appalachian Development Highway System Funds. There is no section of the Appalachian system that is as far along as Route 219. Of a total of $500 million in ADHS funds, $305 million is promised for the completion of the 12-mile stretch of U.S. Route 219 from Somerset to Meyersdale. The balance of the money could be used for the final leg of Route 219 in Pennsylvania, from Meyersdale to the Maryland line and Interstate 68.

 

Judge to Address Mini-Marina Request

Oakland Judge Jim Sherbin will reconsider a request to establish a mini-marina at the Lakeside Creamery, and a decision is expected by June 1st. Business owner Bill Meagher has made the request for the mini-marina, but it's been determined that his property did not meet the minimum total lot or land area per use of 10,000 square feet in the ordinance, and instead a permit was based on a minimum land area of 6,000 square feet, according to the Cumberland Times-News. Attorney Greg Skidmore has requested Meagher repeat the zoning process.

 

West Virginia PSC Approves Second Rate Hike

The West Virginia Public Service Commission has approved a second utility rate increase for Keyser, authorizing a 15-per cent sewer rate hike to pay for a $2.6 million sewer upgrade in the Hawthorne Heights neighborhood. The Mineral News-Tribune notes the increase will also affect residents of New Creek and McCoole, Maryland, whose sewer systems feed into Keyser's. However, New Creek residents will see an 8 per cent increase, while McCoole's will be 7 per cent.

 

Charges Pending in Accident

Charges are pending against a driver who hit a telephone pole on Cumberland Street early Monday morning. The car then overturned onto its roof. Traci Glotfelty was extracted from the car, after she hit the pole, and her vehicle overturned after striking the front porch steps at 216 Cumberland Street. Two streets signs were also damaged; Allegheny Power was notified and later responded to assist with the damage caused to the light pole. Her vehicle was towed from the scene.

 

Nemacolin Plans Summer Opening

Nemacolin Woodlands Resort plans to open the "Lady Luck" casino in early July, featuring 600 slot machines and 28 table games. General Manager Rich Laudon says they are hoping to attract customers from the Uniontown, Pennsylvania and Morgantown, West Virginia areas. The casino is in the process of hiring employees, with Laudon noting he has been pleased with the quality of the applicants for the positions.

 

Housing Workshop Set for May 21st

A free housing workshop is set for next Tuesday, for residents of Hampshire, Grant, Hardy, Pendleton, and Mineral Counties. The Region 8 Planning and Development Council and the West Virginia Housing Development fund are co-sponsoring the workshop, which is being held for those interested in purchasing a home, but afraid to take the first step. The workshop will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Mineral County Health Department in Keyser. To register, call (304)-257-2448.

 

Former Sheriff Sentenced to One Year in Federal Prison

Former Jefferson County Sheriff Robert Shirley was taken into custody, and will spend the next year in federal prison for his role in the 2010 beating of a bank robber, following a high-speed chase. Shirley had requested he report to a federal facility on his own, but that was denied. He will also have to pay over $1800 to the victim, convicted bank robber Mark Daniel Haines. Shirley will also be on probation for 18 months following his release. Haines had also been incarcerated at the Allegany County Detention Center some time ago.

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Police Investigate Commercial Burglary

The McHenry Barrack of the Maryland State Police is investigating a commercial burglary at the Folks Glass Company in Grantsville over this past weekend. A person or persons stole several tool boxes, which contained several miscellaneous hand tools. Also taken was a 20-gallon Craftsman air compressor. They were taken from a box trailer on the business parking lot. Anyone with information is asked to call the State Police at (301)-387-1101.

 

Council Member Sentenced to Six Months

Everett Borough Council member Charles Karns was sentenced to five days to six months in jail in connection with a 2009 driving under the influence charge that endangered the lives of two pedestrians. Karns was sentenced yesterday. In April of 2009, Karns blood-alcohol content was more than twice the legal limit, when he nearly struck two female pedestrians near the Penn West bar and hotel; he later crashed into an embankment.

 

Man Arrested for Creating Disturbance

Forty-two year old Frostburg resident David Leo Cassady was arrested, and faces several counts in connection with a disturbance on Virginia Avenue Sunday. Cassady had been causing a disturbance in that area, and he appeared to be intoxicated and angry. He also allegedly made threats towards a Cumberland City Police Officer. As he was being transported to the Police station, he became combative with officers and refused to comply with any requests. He was charged with two counts of disorderly conduct, failure to obey a lawful order and resisting arrest. He was later released on a $500 unsecured bond.

 

Potomac River Project Conversation Set

The Allegany County Chamber of Commerce is hosting a "Potomac River Project Community Conversation" on Thursday, June 6th at the Allegany Museum. The forum will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Several groups, including the city of Cumberland, have been working to develop a vision for the Potomac River that not only involves the removal of the Potomac Industrial "Blue Bridge" Dam, but also has the potential to develop new recreational and economic opportunities in the long term.

 

Extra Gas Tax Funds For Bridges?

At least one Maryland State Senator is hoping some money from the recently passed gas tax increase will go toward repairing or replacing bridges maintained by the State Highway Administration. As of April, 87 of Maryland's 2,572 bridges were structurally deficient, that doesn't mean they are unsafe, but that they have areas that need to be repaired or replaced. Another 373 bridges are classified as "structurally obsolete," which means they are too narrow, or are otherwise not built to current standards. Among the bridges cited is the Crosstown Bridge in Cumberland, which will cost $17.3 million to clean, repair and paint, in conjunction with another  bridge project on Maryland Route 51 over the CSX Railroad and Canal Parkway.  Senator George Edwards says the bridge needs a complete remodeling.

 

Candidates Lining Up for Gubernatorial Race

There are several Democratic candidates who may be interested in being Maryland's next governor, along with several Republicans. Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown announced his candidacy last weekend, and has the support of Governor Martin O'Malley. Other potential candidates are Attorney General Doug Gansler, and Congressman Dutch Ruppersburger.

 

Mass Litigation Suit to be Heard in West Virginia

A mass litigation trial against some of the nation's tobacco manufacturers will be decided in a Charleston, West Virginia courtroom. About 700 plaintiffs claim they were harmed by tobacco use in cases filed against Philip Morris, R.J. Reynolds, American Tobacco Company, Brown and Williamson and Lorillard. If the companies are found liable, the cases will be broken down into smaller groups. Ten more judges would be appointed to hear those cases.

 

State Police Stress Work Zone Safety

The West Virginia State Police are making their presence known in work zones, in an effort to stress the importance of driving safely through construction zones. Interstates are a dangerous place to work, so the State Police are taking the initiative to place officers at the beginning of work zones to get motorists to pay attention. They are urging motorists to pay attention to speed limit signs and to slow down when driving through work zones. And, drivers should also be mindful of the crews working on the state's roadways.

 

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Man Served with Three Warrants

 

A Frostburg man was served with three arrest warrants over the weekend, and is being held without bond in the Allegany County Detention Center. Thirty-six year old Joshua Ian Cline is accused of breaking into a Memorial Avenue residence in April, and stealing an electronic gaming system valued at about $400. He also damaged a screen in breaking into the home. Cline is also being held on child support contempt charges, and failure to appear.

 

 

Man Held on Sex Offense Charges

 

Cumberland resident Roger Martz was arrested during a traffic stop over the weekend. During the arrest, it was discovered he had an outstanding warrant, stemming from a citizen complaint filed in District Court. A woman claims she was sexually assaulted by Martz in November and December of last year. He was held on $35,000 bond.

 

 

No Charges in Garrett County Collision

 

No charges were issued, but one person was taken to Garrett Memorial Hospital, following a two-vehicle collision on the Garrett Highway at Friendsville Road over the weekend. McHenry resident Lesa Maust was making a left turn from Garrett Highway onto Friendsville Road; she struck another vehicle, driven by 65-year old Donald Harvey Umbel of McHenry. Mr. Umbel was taken to the hospital for injuries sustained during the collision.

 

 

Keyser Mayor Moving to Increase Fire Fee

 

Keyser Mayor Randy Amtower is proposing that fire protection fees be increased to cover the expense of the Keyser Volunteer Fire Department. There has been no increase in fees for the past eight years. The Mayor is proposing increasing the fee to $2.40; they are collected as part of the monthly water bill. Last year, the fee generated $59,000, but expenses totaled $79,000. The deficit was covered through a reserve fund, which is rapidly being depleted, according to the Mineral News-Trivbune.

 

 

Mountain Ridge Schedules Combined Spring Concerts

 

The Mountain Ridge High School Band has had a banner year, depsite a pending embezzlement case against one of the organization's volunteers. The Mountain Ridge Concert Band, the Marching Band and the Jazz Orchestra have all garnered a number of accomplishments this past school year,and the groups will be presenting their combined spring concerts next Saturday and Sunday. The concertswill be held on Saturday evening at 7 p.m., and Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m. Proceeds from the ticket sales will be distributed equally between the band and choral programs.

 

 

USS Somerset to be Commissioned in Philadelphia

 

The USS Somerset, the Navy's newest amphibious transport dock ship, will be commissioned, or put into active service. The ship is named in remembrance of Somerset County, where hijacked United Airlines Flight 93 crashed during the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. The USS Someret was commissioned in July. Two other ships, the USS New York and the USS Arlington are also named to commemorate the other sites attacked that day-the World Trade Center towers, and the Pentagon.

 

 

O'Malley Expects More Firings

 

Governor O'Malley expects more firings and personnel changes, in light of indictments handed down, in connection wtih a drug and contraband smuggling ring at the Baltimore Detention Center. A total of 25 people, including 13 correctional officers were indicted last month. The Governor continues to express confidence in Secretary of Public Safety and Corrections, Gary Maynard. A reporter from "The O'Reilly Factor" questioned O'Malley about the scandal, which has been covered on the Fox Television show. For his part, O'Malley called O'Reilly's comments a "cheap shot," and vowed to "root out" the problem rather than "paper over them."

 

 

Toddler Dies of Methadone Intoxcaton

 

A 23-month old West Virginia toddler died of methadone intoxication, and her parents are now facing charges in connection with the case. Thirty-eight year old David Delauder and 31-year old Ida Evans Delauder of Barbour County are accused of giving their daughter, Ona Leann Delauder methadone they purchased on the street. When the parents awakened the next morning, the toddler was not breathing, and a nearby relative called an ambulance. they are being held at the Tygart Valley Regional Jail on $100,000 bond each.

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Commissioners Updated on Capital Improvement Plan

During yesterday's meeting, the Allegany County Commissioners heard an update on the proposed Capital Improvement Plan, in which the new Allegany High School is included. The county has dedicated $9.2 million toward the project; total contributions from the county and board of education total $12.2, the local share of the project. The balance of the costs will be provided by the state of Maryland. At the present time, plans call for a 719 student capacity.

 

Downtown Ramp To Be Closed

The State Highway Administration is closing the exit 43-C ramp, eastbound, this weekend, to repair the concrete driving surface of the ramp. The closure begins at 8 p.m. tonight and will reopen at 6 a.m. Monday. In case of bad weather, the SHA will postpone the roadwork and closure. Drivers should follow detour signs directing traffic to continue east to the Willowbrook Road exit, exit 44, where they will return to westbound I-68 and use the westbound exit 43-C, to Downtown Cumberland. The patching is part of a $14 million bridge rehabilitation project that also includes repairs, cleaning and painting below the bridge. Motorists should also expect continued single-lane closures on I-68 through late May.

 

Woman Arrested in Domestic Incident

A 27-year old Cumberland woman has been charged with assault, disorderly conduct and identity fraud. Samantha Baker allegedly assaulted a man, following an argument over a possible theft. It was discovered she was also wanted on an outstanding warrant, where Ms. Baker was accused of stealing a credit card and making numerous fraudulent charges throughout the area. She was held on $15,000 bond for the assault incident, and on $10,000 bond for the credit card and related charges.

 

Woman Held on $25,000 Bail

Forty-one year old Cumberland resident Tracy Malloy is being held on $25,000 bond, following an assault incident early yesterday morning in the 600-block of Bedford Street. Ms. Malloy is accused of hitting a man in the face with a closed fist. She was charged with second-degree assault and received a hearing in Allegany County District Court. She is now in the Allegany County Detention Center.

 

FSU Faculty Members to be Honored

Four members of the Frostburg State University faculty will be honored during the school's Honors Convocation next Friday. The event will take place in the Pealer Recital Hall of the Performing Arts Center. This year's Faculty Achievement Award recipients are Dr. Yan Bao, Department of Accounting, for teaching; Andy Duncan, Department of English, for Academic Achievement; Dr. Michael Murtaugh, Department of Psychology; and Dr. Elesha Ruminski, Department of Communication Studies, for University and Community Service. In addition to the faculty awards, one graduating student per degree program will be honored for academic excellence and leadership.

 

Attorney General Issues Gun-Control Opinion

Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler says Maryland's gun control measure is constitutional, and "legally defensible." Governor Martin O'Malley is set to sign the bill at a ceremony next week. The measure bans 45 types of assault weapons, applying to long guns, and also requires those who buy a handgun to submit fingerprints to the Maryland State Police. The fingerprint requirement, according to Gansler, is a longstanding feature of state laws in New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Hawaii, and the District of Columbia.

 

Same Sex Domestic Partners to Lose State Benefits

No new state employees in same sex domestic partnerships will be able to enroll in state health benefits beginning in July. Now that the state has legalized same-sex marriage, no domestic partners will be covered. Same sex couples could marry, beginning January 1st, which sparked the change in health care coverage. The state must now repeal same sex domestic partner benefits, so that same sex couples are not eligible for health insurance through either marriage or a domestic partnership, while opposite sex couples are only eligible through marriage.

 

Gas Price to be Lower this Summer

Gas prices will be an average of 16-cents less this summer than last. Gasoline will average $3.53 per gallon from now through September, and that is cheaper than earlier estimates of $3.63. Factors driving down the price include the United States producing more crude oil and people using less gasoline.

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Man Killed in Single-Vehicle Accident

An Accident resident. 47 year old Carlon David Doerr was killed in a single vehicle accident, just before midnight last night on the Friendsville Road. Doerr's pickup truck ran off the roadway down a steep mountainside along the road. He was ejected from the vehicle. The exact cause of the accident is unknown at this time. The investigation is being handled by the McHenry Barrack of the Maryland State Police. Anyone with information is asked to call them.

 

Meyersdale Man Arrested in Meth Lab Case

Meyersdale resident Larry Wilt has been arrested, after police found a possible meth lab in the town last March. Wilt has been charged with conspiracy, operating a meth lab, possession with intent to manufacture or deliver, and several other charges. After a report on possible illegal activity at a residence on Celtic Avenue, police sent substances to a police crime laboratory for testing. Wilt is being held in the Somerset County Jail, and the investigation is continuing.

 

Woman Charged with Second-Degree Attempted Murder

Cumberland resident Cindy Marie Miltenberger-Stickly has been arrested and charged with second-degree attempted murder and second-degree assault, following an incident last Thursday. She is accused of hitting her boyfriend with a frying pan, and then tying him up with leather straps. She then continued to assault him by punching and choking him. After being charged, she was held at the Allegany County Detention Center on $20,000 bond.

 

Resident Held on $25,000 Bond

Cumberland resident Stephen Allan Smyth is being held on a total of $25,000 bond, after being arrested on two outstanding warrants. In the first, Smyth is alleged to have threatened a man wiht a knife, in the 400-block of Seymour Street last Thursday. In the second,  he allegedly left the scene of a minor accident on Columbia Street last Saturday, because he acknowledged he had neither a valid registration, nor insurance.

 

ABC Administration Holds Hearing

The West Virginia Alcohol Beverage Control Commission held a hearing last night on a proposed bar, to be located at 3 Potomac Street. Mick & Tina's, LLC had proposed the bar, called the "Canal Hotspot" be open daily from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. and on Sundays, they would have opened at 1 p.m. Residents in the area expressed concerns about the bar during last night's meeting. There would have been about four drinking establishments within a four-block area of town; additionally, residents say parking and traffic are already dangerous in that area, which is congested by existing businesses. About 241 residents signed a petition, opposing the establishment.

 

Achievement Awards Banquet Held

The 30th annual Achievement Awards banquet was held for high school seniors at the Allegany County Fairgrounds. The event recognizes graduating seniors in the school system who are in the top 12 per cent of their classes in academic excellence, who have made special accomplishments in the arts, and those who demonstrate superior leadership qualities. Several of the 63 students have chosen to continue their education locally, at either Allegany College of Maryland or Frostburg State University.

 

Company Cuts 30 Jobs in Hagerstown

About 140 jobs are being cut nationally by First Data, and 30 of those jobs-a little less than one-fourth-will be eliminated at the Western Maryland Parkway location in Hagerstown. Employees were notified of job cuts on Monday; a total of 2,000 people work at the facility, which houses customer care and other merchant business operations. First Data had another reduction in force of about 250 positions, nationally, in 2009.

 

Hagerstown Man Arrested in Connection with Robberies

A 50-year old Hagerstown man has been arrested in connection with two bank robberies in the past several weeks. Jeffrey Sheffler is accused of robbing the PNC Bank on the Dual Highway on Tuesday. He is also charged with the robbery of Susquehanna Bank on April 22nd. in that incident, Sheffler claimed he was armed and demanded money. He is being charged with multiple counts of robbery, armed robbery and theft of more than $1,000.

 

Lieutenant Governor To Announce Gubernatorial Bid

Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown is expected to announce his gubernatorial bid Friday at Prince George's Community College. He is also expected to make stops in Frederick, Montgomery County and Baltimore on Saturday. He has served as lieutenant governor since 2006 and, if elected, he would be Maryland's first African-American governor.

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Mayor Wants To Close Underpass

Cumberland Mayor Brian Grim has made no secret of the fact he wants to close the Baltimore Street underpass, but it first must be determined who owns it. Trash, bottles, graffiti and standing pools of water make the underpass "disgusting," according to the Mayor. While city crews have attempted to clean it in the past, the odor or fumes from the substances create a problem, because it is an enclosed structure.

 

Man Admits To Sexual Assault

Forty-five year old Brian Lynch has admitted the sexual assault of a six-year old boy who was taken from his home on Saturday. Police say Lynch did not have permission to take the boy, and had recently moved to Fayette County from Westmoreland County. He is accused of sexually assaulting the boy in the back seat of his car in a parking lot near Legion Keener Park. Lynch faces about a dozen charges, most of them felonies including kidnapping and rape. He is being held on $250,000 bond.

 

Breaking and Entering at Pharmacy

Cumberland City Police, along with the Maryland State Police are investigating the breaking and entering of a pharmacy in the 600-block of Greene Street. A rear window had been shattered, and it was determined the suspect or suspects had actually entered the store. The owner of the business determined nothing had been taken. An attempt was made to track the suspect, using a bloodhound, and a Crime Scene Technician with the Maryland State Police was able to collect evidence the suspect left behind. Anyone with information is asked to contact Cumberland City Police or Allegany County's CrimeSolvers' Program at (301)-722-4300.

 

Man Charged With Battery

A Keyser man, who had been arrested for assaulting a man with a knife, was recently charged with battery, after allegedly choking a woman at a North Main Street apartment. Sixty-year old Harold Bosley was most recently arrested after he was found holding a woman to the floor by the neck. It was originally thought Bosley had a knife, but none was found. Bosley was held on $500 bond, and still faces charges in connection with a January 10th malicious wounding incident.

 

Garrett Man Faces Indecent Assault Charges

A fifty-two year old Garrett man, who was charged with inappropriately touching a young girl, will face trial, beginning Monday. The jury has been chosen in the case against Bruce William Hockenberry. Charges were filed in November of 2011; the incident allegedly occurred on New Year's Day, 2002, and the victim was less than 9 years old at the time.

 

Roads To Receive Pavement Treatment

Several roadways will be treated with "slurry seal" or "microsurfacing" within the next several months. The State Highway Administration has dedicated $2.5 million to overlay selected roads in the state. Among the roads slated for improvement are Route 36, between Vale Summit and Midland; Route 51, near Oldtown; and Route 935-the Lower George's Creek Road-near Barton. The pavement treatment seals cracks, locks out moisture and improves traction to help prevent hydroplaning.

 

Body of Frederick Man Found in Potomac River

The body of a 54-year old Frederick man was found in the Potomac River this past weekend. The Maryland State Police say a suicide note was found at the man's home. A bicyclist spotted the body in the water late Sunday afternoon; the man's car was found about a half-mile from where the body was recovered.

 

Motorcyclist Remains in Critical Condition

The father of one of the victim's of Saturday's  double-fatal motorcycle crash on Interstate 70 near Indian Springs, remains in critical condition at the R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore. Mark B. Stephens and his passenger, 19-year old Megan Daymude of Inwood, were killed in the accident, which closed Eastbound Interstate 70 for about four hours. Mark D. Stephens is still being treated.

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Man Faces Charges Following Amber Alert

A six year old boy is safe, but not before he was sexually assaulted by a Fayette County man. Brian Lynch allegedly lured the boy from his home to an ice cream stand in Somerset County, and later, sexually assaulted him in the back seat of his car. The boy was dropped off at Legion-Keener Park in Latrobe, and was later found by police. Lynch was later arrested and charged with rape and kidnapping charge. Police are continuing their investigation.

 

Authority to Revisit Master Plan

Members of the Potomac Highlands Airport Authority plan to revisit the Master Plan for the Greater Cumberland Regional Airport. The plan was developed in the 1990's, and manger Ryan Shaffer says there have been changes in the economic climate since then. Officials are hoping to schedule a session this summer to conduct an informational session to help bring elected officials from both West Virginia and Maryland up to speed on the needs and potential at the airport, according to the Mineral News-Tribune.

 

Two Men Sentenced in Garrett County Circuit Court

Oakland resident Daniel Matthew Grimm was sentenced to five years in prison, with 3-1/2 years suspended on charges of possession with intent to distribute marijuana. the case was recently tried in Garrett County Circuit Court. In a separate case, Frostburg resident Anthony Ashby Racic of Frostburg was sentenced to three years in prison for the possession with intent to distribute clonazepam, and for possession of heroin.

 

Stoystown Bank Robbed Yesterday

Police are seeking a suspect in yesterday's robbery of the First National Bank on Main Street in Stoystown, Pennsylvania. The man walked into the bank shortly after it opened, handed a handwritten note demanding money, and then fled with a bag, containing an undetermined amount of money. He is described as being approximately 50 to 60 years of age, wearing camouflage pants, shirt and a hat. Anyone with information, or who may have seen the suspect is asked to contact the Somerset barrack of the Pennsylvania State Police at (814)-445-4104.

 

FSU Graduation Set for May 18th

Frostburg State University will conduct its 142nd commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 18th in the Harold J. Cordts Physical Education Center's Main Arena. Graduation for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences will be at 9:30 a.m., with the College of Business and the College of Education will hold ceremonies at 2 p.m. Lindsey Glotfelty, of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Caleb Stair of the College of Business and Many Gale of the College of Education, are the featured speakers for the spring commencement exercises.

 

Former Shelter Manager Files Suit

The former manager of the Preston County, West Virginia Animal Shelter has filed suit in U.S. District Court for the northern district, alleging wrongdoings by the county commission there. Specifically named in the suit was Craig Jennings, the current president of the commission. Courtney Austin's suit alleges wrongful discharge, violation of the West Virginia whistleblower law, defamation, and violation of the fair labor standards act. She was fired after posting a Facebook comment that the pipes at the facility froze, and the shelter was left without water. The commissioners, for their part, denied the allegations. She is seeking a jury trial, and reimbursement for back pay, benefits, compensatory and punitive damages and attorney's fees.

 

Death Penalty Supporters Launch Petition Drive

A group plans to "repeal the repeal" of the death penalty in Maryland, and would like to see the issue be put on the ballot. They are launching a petition drive, with Western Maryland Republican, Delegate Neil Parrott wants to see the question on the ballot in November of 2014 Polls show that voters are closely divided on the issue.

 

Father, Son Killed in Plane Crash

A father and son from Maryland were killed in a plane crash this past weekend in Suffolk, Virginia. Seventy-three year old Berry Newgent of Davidsonville and his 51-year old son, Thomas of Westminster, were killed on impact. Both the Virginia State Police  and the Federal Aviation Administration are investigating the crash. There was no preliminary indication on what caused it.

 

Group Calls for Investigation into Man's Death

National Down Syndrome advocacy groups are calling for an independent investigation into the death of a man who died at a Frederick County movie theatre in January. Off duty sheriff's deputies tried to remove 25-year old Robert Ethan Saylor from the theater; Saylor suffocated and died at a local hospital. The National Down Syndrome Society and Saylor's parents have had multiple meetings with the Department of Justice. The DOJ could investigate whether the man's civil rights were violated, or whether there was a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

 

Investigation at Cass Scenic Railroad

There may be a second set of indictments against some of the current and former workers at the Cass Scenic Railroad. The original indictments were dismissed because of a wording mistake; at the time, 11 people were indicted; it has since been confirmed that two of the original 11 have returned to work at the park. Some of the workers are accused of taking metal from Cass State Park and selling it to scrap yards, then keeping the cash. An investigation revealed that $35,000 worth of metal was sold to two different scrap yards.

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Completion of Route 219 to Maryland in Limbo

 

There isn't enough money to finish the Route 219 project from Meyersdale south to the Maryland line. Only certain highway projects qualify for Appalachian Development Highway System funds, and the Route 219 project does qualify; however Pennsylvania has only a little over $540 million left in the fund, and an estimated $3.1 billion in costs to complete highways in its eight designated corridors. The majority of the money in Pennsylvania will be used to complete the 11-mile section from Meyersdale to Somerset.

 

 

Green Spring Home Destroyed by Fire

 

There were no injuries in a fire yesterday afternoon at a Hampshire County home, but the structure was completely destroyed. An elderly woman at the home was removed by relatives who had arrived at the site, located at the corner of Arnold Stickley and Crystal Hollow Roads. Assistance came from a number of area companies. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

 

 

Commissioners Set Public Meeting on Sewer Project

 

The Allegany County Commissioners have scheduled a public meeting, regarding the upcoming Bedford Road Sewer Rehab Project in the Highlands Estates area. Allegany County Department of Public Works Officials, the contractor and the inspector will be on hand to answer questions and to discuss the anticipated project schedule. The contract for the Bedford Road project was awarded recently to the Shaffer Construction Company. The meeting has been set for next Monday, May 13th at 7 p.m. It will be held at the Allegany County Office Building on Kelly Road, Room 100.

 

 

West Virginia PSC Approves Keyser Rate Hike

 

The West Virginia Public Service Commission has approved the $12 million Keyser water project. This means the average city residents' bill will rise by 42 per cent. An appeal by the New Creek Water Association was rejected. The water system serves around 15,000 area residents-not only those in Keyser, but also customers in New Creek and McCoole.

 

 

Frostburg To Flush Hydrants

 

The city of Frostburg is planning to flush fire hydrants throughout the city tomorrow, Wednesday and Thursday. The flushing may cause some minor problems such as interruptions of water service and temporary discoloration problems. Residents are urged to plan ahead, so they won't be affected by any water discoloration or minor interruptions. It is recommended that washing clothes be restricted tomorrow through Thursday.

 

 

Mountain Ridge Baccalaureate Service Set

 

A Baccalaureate Service, sponsored by the Mountain Ridge Fellowship of Christian Athletes and other churches will be held on Sunday, May 19th in the theatre at Mountain Ridge High School, beginning at 7 p.m. This service is a celebration to honor Mountain Ridge's graduating class, and a special senior class slide show will be presented. Mountain Ridge High School's graduation ceremony will take place on Wednesday, May 29th.

 

 

State Police Urge Drivers to "Click It or Ticket"

 

The Maryland State Police say that more than 91 per cent of residents comply with the state's seat belt law, but many others are failing to buckle up during the night time hours, a time when roadways are more likely to be shared with impaired or drowsy drivers. Without a seat belt, the chances of being killed are almost 25 times greater when thrown from the vehicle and the forces in a collision can be enough to throw a person as much as 150 feet, or about 15 car lengths. Deputies from the Allegany County Sheriff's Office are enforcing the seat belt laws all year round.

 

 

Mountain Ridge Earns Superior Rating

 

The Mountain Ridge High School Concert band has earned a superior rating at the Maryland State Band and Orchestra Festival at Morgan State University. This is the highest rating possible. The group is under the direction of David Kauffman. The festival, organized by the Maryland Music Educators Association, assembles bands from throughout the state who earned a superior rating their local band festival. Mountain Ridge earned superior ratings from each judge at the local festival and then swept the superior ratings again at the state festival. This represents the first time that the band at Mountain Ridge has earned this recognition.

 

 

Berlin Police Sergeant Resigns

 

The Berlin, Pennsylvania Police Department's officer-in-charge submitted his resignation last week. Sgt. Chad Salley left the position for "personal reasons" and officials are handling Salley's departure like a furlough, so he can receive health benefits until he finds another job. Sgt. Rodney Norman was hired as officer-in-charge, and will be paid the contract rate for the position.

 

 

Addison Borough to Observe National Road

 

Addison Borough is recognizing the historic National Road, now Route 40. The first segment of the road, from Cumberland to Wheeling, was built in 1818. It enters Pennsylvania in Addison and exits the stte in West Alexander, near the Ohio border. Celebrations are planned  May 16th through the 18th. There are updates on the observance on Facebook. The page is entitled "Old Pike Days Festival."

 

 

Two Killed In Motorcycle Crash on I-70

 

Interstate 70 Eastbound was closed for about 4 hours on Saturday, due to a fatal crash involving motorcycles. The accident happened as a 2008 Harley Davidson motorcycle, operated by Matthew Adams was struck by a 1992 Harley, operated by 46-year old Mark D. Stevens of Falling Waters. That bike continued to hit another, driven by Mark B. Stephens, who had a passenger onboard,19-year old Megan Daymude of Inwood, West Virginia. Ms. Daymude was pronounced dead at the scene, and the younger Stevens was pronounced dead at Baltimore Shock Trauma. While the Maryland State Police investigted, I-70 westboundwas closed while the Medevac unit was on the scene.

 

Washington County BOE Owns Former Allegheny Energy Building

 

The Washington County Board of Education now owns the land and building that formerly housed Allegheny Energy along Downsville Pike. The purchase price was $5.5 million. The school system plans to move its administrative offices to the Downsville Pike location. There is an issue of back property taxes, but the former owners-Vinayaka Missions has paid over $56,000 in back taxes with interest. Now that the school system owns it, the property will be exempt from property taxes and personal property taxes.

 

 

O'Malley Announces Maryland/Israel Partnership

 

Governor Martin O'Malley has announced a new Maryland/Israel partnership, as a result of an eight-day trade mission to Israel and Jordan. The partnership will fund join development efforts by Maryland and Israeli companies in the cyber security and life sciences sectors. The Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development and Israel's Ministry of Industry will decide which research to fund, and Maryland companies could also qualify for tax credits.

 

 

West Virginia Awaits Waiver on "No Child Left Behind"

 

The state of West Virginia is awaiting word on a flexibility request when it comes to the requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act. The state Board of Education is attempting to free its public schools from certain federal rules and deadlines under the act, and approval for the waiver would clear the way for West Virginia to address underperforming schools.

 

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Frostburg Man Held at Potomac Highlands on Bond

Frostburg resident Matthew Borror is being held on $2700 bond, after being accused of a recent string of vehicle break ins in the Keyser area. Police arrested Borror, following a tip from a resident, of a suspicious person looking into parked cars. Police recovered a large number of electronics, purses and other items they believe may have been stolen in recent weeks. Police are asking area residents to contact the Keyser station at (304)-788-1311, even if the theft went unreported. More charges are expected to be filed against Borror.

 

Man Pleads Guilty to Abuse of Corpse

Somerset resident Michael Moore has pleaded guilty to moving his friend's body, after finding him dead. Frankie Sass went to Moore's apartment and was subsequently found dead. He admitted to moving Sass' body from his apartment to Sass' truck and leaving the body there. While he remains in the Somerset County Jail on $30,000 bond, he could face up to two years in jail and $5,000 in fines, when sentenced.

 

Accident Results in Citations

A two vehicle accident on Lamont Street at West Industrial Boulevard sent two people to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center, and resulted in a citation for one of the drivers. A car, driven by Xianna Kesler of Cumberland, pulled into the path of another, driven by 55-year old Donna Hartung, causing the crash. Both vehicles were towed from the scene, and passengers in each vehicle were taken to the hospital. Ms. Kesler was found to be at fault for failure to yield right of way. Ms. Hartung was also issued a citation for a seat belt violation, due to a child not being restrained in an appropriate child safety seat.

 

Rocky Gap Open House Set for Tomorrow

Rocky Gap Casino Resort has announced it will hold an open house tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Players will be able to sign up for its loyalty program, the Rocky Gap Rewards Club and see the new hotel lobby. The casino will not be open during the open house. The casino will be home to approximately 550 slot machines, including the Wheel of Fortune, Wizard of Oz Ruby Slippers, Aladdin and more, similar to games found in any casino. There are also 10 table games, including blackjack, roulette, craps, Mississippi Stud Poker and Three Card Poker.

 

Men Arrested on Various Drug Charges

Three West Virginia men were arrested on Interstate 68 at Keyser's Ridge, and charged with a variety of drug counts. Morgantown residents Grayson Hall and Dylan Newman, along with Tory Jordan of St. Albans  were charged, following a K9 scan revealing drugs and drug paraphernalia. Police found not only marijuana, but also LSD, Ecstacy, heroin, hash and prescription pills, and paraphernalia. They received a hearing before a District Court Commisisoner.

 

Garrett County Burglary Reported

The McHenry Barrack of the Maryland State Police is asking for the public's help in solving the burglary of a residence on Chestnut Ridge Road, north of Interstate 68. The burglary occurred sometime between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Wednesday. Several pieces of jewelry were removed from the home. If you have any information, you are asked to call (301)-387-1101.

 

Regional Fugitive Arrested

Thirty-two year old Erick Hopkins, who was a federal fugitive from justice, turned himself into the Berkeley County courthouse Wednesday. He was arrested on charges of possession with intent to distribute heroin and being a prohibited person in possession of a firearm. When new warrants were issued for Hopkins, he was already on a bond from a previous charge of delivery of heroin earlier in April. Appearing with his attorney, Hopkins was given a second bond on his new charges. He had been sought by state and federal authorities, including the Mineral County Sheriff's Office.

 

National Support for O'Malley at One Per Cent

Support among Democrats for a possible presidential run by Governor Martin O'Malley has been set at only one per cent. The Quinnipiac University survey shows that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's support for the 2016 race is a commanding 65 per cent. Others only receiving one per cent of support were Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, and Virginia Senator Mark Warner. If Secretary Clinton were removed from the equation, O'Malley's support would increase to 3 per cent.

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Officer Injured in Assault

An 18-year old resident of the Backbone Mountain Youth Center was charged with second-degree assault, after he allegedly attacked a Maryland State Police trooper Tuesday night. Khalil Edison was charged, after the officer and others responded to a fight, with a large number of the youths involved. The officer was from the McHenry barrack, and did not require medical treatment. The incident occurred around 9:21 p.m.

 

Police Seek Driver Involved in Hit and Run

Cumberland City Police are looking for the driver of a silver-colored Ford pickup truck that hit another vehicle and fled. The incident happened around 10 a.m. yesterday on the Canal Parkway, near West Elder Street. The truck, whose driver was operating it in a reckless manner, passed several vehicles in a no-passing zone. The victim was treated for non-life threatening injuries. No registration information was obtained by the victim or witnesses, and police are asking for the public's help in identifying the suspect's vehicle. Anyone with information is asked to contact Cumberland City Police at (301)-777-1600.

 

Meth Lab Busted in Meyersdale

Two men were arrested early Tuesday morning, and were charged with running a reported methamphetamine lab on Mason-Dixon Highway in Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvania State Police and Meyersdale Borough police, executing a search warrant, took Jordan O'Donnell and Matthew Bowman into custody. O'Donnell's bail was set at $75,000, while Bowman was held on $125,000 bond. The search warrant was issued as authorities were investigating a theft and forgery incident. Evidence about the reported meth lab was developed during that investigation.

 

Woman Charged with Assault

A Grand Avenue woman was charged with second-degree assault, following an incident Tuesday evening in the area of Virginia Avenue and First Street. Tara Nicole Williams is alleged to have struck her boyfriend during an argument. The injuries to the victim were consistent to the account he gave police. Following a bond hearing, Ms. Williams was taken to the Allegany County Detention Center and held on $4,000 bail.

 

Theft at Garrett County Residence

Both rifles and shotguns were removed from a home in the 13,000-block of National Pike in Grantsville, and the McHenry barrack of the Maryland State Police is investigating. Guns, from manufacturers such as Westernfield, Marlin, and Remington were taken some time between February 20th, and April 30th. Anyone with information is asked to contact the barrack at (301)-387-1101.

 

Airport Manager Given Full Authority

During an executive session last week, it was learned that the airport manager would be given full authority to operate the facility as he sees fit. Initially, the motion was to give Ryan Shaffer-the current manager-the authority; however, when that motion died for a lack of a second, it was revised to include the language "the airport manager," rather than Ryan specifically.

 

Group Decides To Sell Building

A group dedicated to promote development and spur job creation in Westernport has decided to sell the building that once house the town's only physician, Dr. Norman Wood. Despite signing a long-term lease, Dr. Wood announced in March that he would be leaving the area to take a job with the Veteran's Administration in Washington State. The Westernport Revitalization Corporation has decided to sell the building, in the hopes it may attract a doctor or another professional.

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Cause of Fatal Frostburg Fire Determined

The cause of last week's fatal fire in Frostburg has been determined. The Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office says electrical components of an entertainment center in the living room of the home sparked the blaze. The fire, at a mobile home on Green Street, took the life of Patricia Porter, and injured 62-year old Glenn Porter and 62-year old Maria Porter. Fire loss to the structure and its contents was set at $25,000.

 

Police Investigate HRDC Incident

The Cumberland City Police Department is investigating an incident this week, in which an unidentified mini-van attempted to pick up Head Start children at one of HRDC's bus stops in the Baltimore Street/Goethe Street area. The van is not an HRDC Head Start vehicle, and the agency is urging all families to take necessary precautions. If you notice any suspicious vehicle at your child's bus stop or near the Head Start Center, contact Cumberland City Police immediately at (301)-777-1600. The HRDC Head Start program will only send a yellow bus to pick up children.

 

Fire Causes $100,000 Damage to Iris Avenue Home

The Maryland State Fire Marshal has determined Monday's fire at 11908 Iris Avenue to be accidental in nature, caused by an electrical malfunction of household wiring in the basement ceiling. The home of Samuel and Maragaret Blume sustained $100,000 in damage, and two dogs were lost in the fire. The structure is considered a total loss, and the family is being assisted by the local American Red Cross and family members.

 

Sewer Rates to Rise

Sewer rates will increase 20 per cent for Cumberland City residents at the beginning of Fiscal Year 2014. The Cumberland Mayor and City Council approved the drafting of an ordinance during last night's work session. An average city residents' sewer bill, which is now about $35, will rise to $42 with the increase, which is being implemented due to a projected deficit in the sewer fund of over a million dollars.

 

Auction Fails To Produce Buyers

An auction of the former Oxford House Restaurant, located at 127-129 Baltimore Street yesterday failed to produce any buyers. The value of the five story property is over $423.000, but the minimum bid sought was $131,000. The building will remain in the hands of PNC Bank, based in Pittsburgh. Along with that structure, the McMullen Building, the former home of G.C. Murphy Company, was also retained at auction by First People's Community Federal Credit Union. 

 

Traffic Stop Yields Nearly 140 Pounds of Marijuana

A stop for speeding this past weekend yielded about 140 pounds of marijuana. The stop was made on Interstate 68 near Frostburg. The marijuana had a street value of a little over $200,000. Taken into custody were Baltimore residents Tamboura Hall and passenger Chanelle Williams. They were taken to the Allegany County Detention Center, and are being held on  $750,000 bond each.

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