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FSU Found to be in Violation of Procedures

The Maryland Office of Legislative Audits has found Frostburg State University in violation of established procedures, when it built a new, $2 million Sustainable Energy Research Facility. The report adds the institution also failed to request competitive bids for the building, which was completed last year. The developer of the facility was not ask to solicit competitive bids for the construction, nor did it receive the proper approval from the Maryland Board of Public Works and the University System of Maryland.

 

Investigation into McCoole Fire Department Continues

No indictments have been handed down in the ongoing State's Attorney's  investigation of the McCoole Volunteer Fire Department, but that doesn't mean there won't be any. It is not known whether the case against the former president, Charles Pearce, has been presented. The department was forced to cease operations, and was found to be a million dollars in debt. At the time, there was only one fire truck and four volunteer firefighters left. One aspect of the investigation involves whether there is any wrongdoing in paying $3800 a month in rent to the Hamburger Haven, which is managed by Pearce. Along with that, officials are examining bingo proceeds, other fire department funds and the purchase and selling of fire equipment.

 

School Progress Index Released

Allegany County Public Schools continue to show continued progress toward proficiency on state exams, even as targets increase and school systems transition to the Common Core State Standards. The Maryland State Department of Education released 2013 results of the Maryland School Assessment exams in science as well as 2013 School Progress Index data. Under the School Progress calculation, nearly 55.6 per cent of Allegany County Public Schools met the increasing targets for this year, compared to 88.8 per cent in 2012. The targets will continue to rise over the next four years.

 

Woman Held in Stabbing Incident

Keyser resident Sherry Moorehead is being held in the Potomac Highlands Regional Jail on $9,000 bond, following an alleged stabbing incident on Mozelle Street. She is accused of stabbing another person at a residence there last weekend. The victim was taken to Potomac Valley Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

 

Police Seek Vehicle-Tampering Suspect

Cumberland City Police are investigating a car-tampering complaint in the parking garage at One Frederick Street. An unknown person entered an unlocked vehicle, and removed several items of value. There are no suspects at this time, but Police are reminding residents to keep vehicles locked and valuables either out of the vehicle, or out of plain view.

 

TGCC Sets September Meeting

The Greater Cumberland Committee's first membership meeting, following its summer hiatus, will be held next Thursday at the Country Club, beginning at 11:30 a.m. Topics for the meeting include an overview from the Education Work Group, federal core curriculum updates and the highlights of the TGCC's Regional Business Survey and what is still needed from the business community.

 

Friends Aware To Benefit From Train Pull

Friends Aware is one of four groups, benefitting from the Train Pull For Charities, to be held next Saturday at the Western Maryland Station. Other beneficiaries include the Ali-Ghan Shrine Transportation Unit, The League: A Children's Place, and the Allegany County Special Olympics. Kathleen Breighner, Community Relations Resource Development Coordinator for Friends Aware, says their portion of the funding will help with a capital campaign. The money will be used for building expansion and renovation, and other much needed improvements.

 

Boswell Blames DEP for Flash Flooding

Officials from Boswell, Pennsylvania are blaming the Department of Environmental Protection's mandate regarding a reservoir, and the potential threat it posed to the town. The dam, which collected water from spring run-off and heavy summer downpours, has was breached last year. The dam is not designed for flood control and is in bad shape. Meanwhile, the town has experienced flash flooding twice in the past two months. A DEP inspector will assess damage to the town, and issue any emergency permits to help with the cleanup process.

 

Suns May Move to Fredericksburg, Virginia

The Hagerstown Suns are on the verge of moving to Fredericksburg, Virginia, following this week's endorsement of a proposal by the Fredericksburg City Council. The decision to accept the deal is in the court of the minor league baseball team. Fredericksburg is offering several incentives to bring the team there, including construction of a sports entertainment complex, which would include a stadium with at least 4,750 fixed seats.

 

Baltimore Drivers Ranked Among Worst in Nation

An Allstate Insurance survey shows that drivers in Baltimore are among the worst in the nation...the good news is, drivers in the District Of Columbia are worse. Baltimore drivers experience a car crash every 5.4 years, with the national average being every 10 years. Fort Collins, Colorado topped the list for best drivers. Charm City ranked second to last in the 2012 best driver survey.

 

New Fire Investigation Support Unit Placed in Service

The Office of the State Fire Marshal has placed in service, the first regional fire investigation support unit, to provide additional equipment at fire scenes. A plan has been implemented to make it available statewide. The first unit has been placed in the Northeast Region, in Harford County. The vehicle, a Chevrolet Express 2500 series van with a tow behind trailer, contains the necessary tools and equipment to perform extensive and accurate fire investigations.

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Authorities Seek Robbery Suspect

The Maryland State Police and C3I unit are still looking for the person who robbed the Susquehanna Bank branch office on National Highway yesterday morning. The suspect approached a teller, displayed a handgun, and demanded money. In the parking lot, a dye pack with the money exploded. He was last seen fleeing on foot. He is described as a white male in his 40's, about 6 feet tall, with an average build, mustache, and a couple days growth of beard. He should also have red dye from the exploding dye pack. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Maryland State Police, C3I unit, of Allegany/Mineral County Crimesolvers. The investigation is ongoing by the State Police and C3I unit.

 

Protest Over Keyser Attendance Policy

An online petition is being circulated,  protesting the Keyser High School attendance policy, which penalizes students who must miss class because they participated in school-sanctioned activities. While principal Charles Wimer says it is meant to improve school attendance figures, it also eliminates preferential treatment often given to students who are involved with athletics and other activities that take them away from instruction time. About 200 have signed the petition, and Wimer says if the rule doesn't achieve the desired results, and if it's not working, the school system will eliminate the rule.

 

New Road Means Positive Economic Development

When completed, the 11-mile stretch of highway between Somerset and Meyersdale will improve safety, promote economic development and reduce travel times in that region. Somerset County Commissioner John Vatavuk says, that according to a Frostburg State University study,  completion will mean 2300 permanent jobs and nearly $305 million will be spent during  the next five years. Vatavuk adds the next step is completing the seven miles to Interstate 68. David Moe, the project coordinator for the North/South Appalachian Highway coalition says a survey was done by the state transportation departments in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia, on what the corridor would mean, when completed.

 

Burglary In Finzel Investigated

The McHenry barrack of the Maryland State Police is investigating a burglary at a garage in the 500-block of Finzel Road. It occurred between July 27th and August 27th. Four motors were taken from the garage there. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Maryland State Police at (301)-387-1101.

 

Drug Transaction Results in Arrest

A drug transaction at the corner of Baltimore Avenue and Decatur Streets, resulted in the arrest of a Cumberland man. An officer, currently assigned to the C3I warrant fugitive unit, saw the deal take place and arrested Richard Wayne Pelham. He was issued a criminal citation for possession of marijuana. He was released from Police Headquarters, pending his trial in District Court.

 

Woman Turns Self In Following Alleged Assault

A Cumberland woman, who allegedly assaulted another person at a Virginia Avenue business, turned herself into Cumberland City Police and was charged with second-degree assault and disorderly conduct. Twenty-three year old Nicole Lee Early walked into the business, entered a room where instruction was taking place, and assaulted an adult female. She was ordered held on $5,000 bond at the Allegany County Detention Center.

 

No Trash Collection on Monday

There will be no trash collection on Monday, due to the Labor Day holiday. Residents of the affected areas should put their trash out on their next regularly scheduled collection day. Any questions may be directed to the Public Works Department at (301)-759-6620. Public works will close at 3 p.m. tomorrow, and will re-open on Tuesday, September 3rd.

 

Westernport Road to be Closed

Waverly Street in Westernport will be closed tomorrow, weather permitting, so that the street may be paved. There will be no access to through traffic. The rain date for the paving will be Tuesday, September 3rd.

 

Sobriety Checkpoint in Hampshire County

The West Virginia State Police will conduct a sobriety checkpoint in Hampshire County tomorrow evening through Saturday morning. The checkpoint will be in Augusta, along Route 50. The Governor's Highway Safety Program, in conjunction with the State Police, will conduct events and patrols, keying on the arrest of intoxicated drivers.

 

Somerset Man Arrested on Sexual Abuse Charges

A Jennerstown man has been accused of molesting a young girl for the past 6 years, beginning when she was 8 years old. Forty-three year old Dwight Gilbert was arraigned on felony charges of 10 counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, 14 counts of aggravated indecent assault and corruption of minors. He was also charged with 18 counts of indecent assault, a misdemeanor offense. He is being held in the Somerset County Jail, in lieu of $50,000 bond.

 

Police Officer Dies in Catonsville Shooting

Baltimore County Police Officer Jason Schneider was killed yesterday morning, after gunfire erupted during a warrant service call at a home in Catonsville. Officer Schneider was a member of the county's police tactical team; he was shot several times. The suspect, who has not been named, was being treated at Shock Trauma for gunshot wounds. Officer Schneider leaves behind a wife and two children.

 

Utility Cooperating with Public Service Commission

Potomac Edison is cooperating with an investigation by the West Virginia Public Service Commission, after residents complained about irregular billing practices and a lack of meter-reading by the utility. During the investigation, the company is being required to submit data and reports for the next several months, including the numbers of customers who received two or more estimated bills, the number of meter readers, and the types of complaints received by P.E.

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Route 219 Groundbreaking Held

The U.S. Route 219 Somerset to Meyersdale Groundbreaking took place yesterday, and involves the construction of about 11 miles of new four-lane, limited access highway in Somerset County. Pennsylvania Lieutenant Governor Jim Cawley says the roadway is important to Somerset County, the region, and ultimately, the nation. The Lieutenant Governor cited the hard work of one person in particular-Pennsylvania's 9th Congressional District Representative. Lieutenant Governor Cawley says he has had conversations with his Maryland counterpart, Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown,  regarding the completion of the road to the Maryland state line along Interstate 68.

 

Retirement, Reassignments "A Good Start"

The retirement of Jon Galley, executive director of the region for the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, and the reassignment of Keith Arnold are unrelated to the recent stabbing of a correctional officer, but AFSME representatives don't see it that way. The Department is expected to announce additional disciplinary action. It has also been suggested that a "controlled movement" policy be established, with the most dangerous inmates required to wear restraints and be escorted by correctional officers.

 

PSC Agrees To Week Delay

The Maryland Public Service Commission has put off action, for a week, on a request from Dan's Mountain Wind Force, LLC, that its deadline be extended until December 31st of 2014. The company cannot comply with a September 12th start date, and has asked for more time. The Exelon company will fund turbine construction, and eventually purchase the project from the Dan's Mountain group.

 

Resident Sentenced for Bank Robberies

Fifty-year old Cumberland resident John Talerico has been sentenced to a total of nine years in prison for a series of bank robberies in the area, dating back to 2011. Talerico will be on probation following his release, and he has been ordered to pay over $31,000 in restitution. He was convicted of robbing the M & T Bank on Industrial Boulevard twice, and the Susquehanna Bank, also on the Boulevard. He is also accused of committing robberies in both Osterburg, Pennsylvania and in Fort Ashby.

 

Family of FSU Player Files Suit

The family of Derek Sheely, a Frostburg State University football player who died after sustaining successive head injuries during practice, has filed suit, alleging "reckless disregard for player health and safety, that led to his death." The suit was filed against two FSU coaches, the assistant athletic trainer, the NCAA and helmet maker Schutt Sports. Sheely had complained of a headache, and collapsed during practice on August 22, 2011; he died six days later.

 

"Suspicious Activity" Reported in Grantsville

Some suspicious activity has been reported in the Grantsville area, and it may be linked to other incidents in Virginia and West Virginia. A woman approached a resident of a home, offering a free cleaning product, if they agreed to complete a survey inside the home. There were several other people in a van outside. The people, using different vehicles and traveling around Maryland and West Virginia, are trying to gain entry to homes through the offer. Anyone who has been approached, and has experienced a similar situation, is asked to contact their local law enforcement authorities.

 

Health Department Awarded Grant

The Allegany County Health Planning Coalition has announced it has received $185,000 in grant funding to support health initiatives outlined in the county's Local Health Improvement Plan. The grant to Allegany County is one of seven grant awards, provided by the Maryland Community Health Resources Commission to help promote the activities of Local Health Improvement Coalitions and the State Health Improvement Process. The local grant project will work to improve health outcomes for high-riski populations, address social issues affecting health outcomes and interconnect systems of care to improve the health of Allegany County residents.

 

Groups To Oppose Smoking Ban

Several groups opposing the Mineral County smoking ban, appeared yesterday during the meeting of the Mineral County Commission. The ban, set to go into effect on October 1st, is being opposed by a large number of citizens, including those representing American Legions, VFW posts, and Moose lodges from throughout the area. Members of the Keyser VFW had circulated petitions against passage of the regulation.

 

Swanton Man Arrested on Drug Charges

Swanton resident Joseph David Dale Moyer was arrested on several drug charges by the Maryland State Police. During the investigation of a suspicious vehicle in Deer Park, Moyer was found with marijuana and prescription pills. He was charged with illegal possession of prescription pills, possession of marijuana and two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia. The arrest was made late Friday night.

 

Complaint Against Higgins Dismissed

A complaint against Bedford County District Attorney Bill Higgins has been dismissed. Everett Borough council member Charles Karns had accused Higgins of illegally releasing sealed court records. State prosecutors answered by saying the case is closed and his request for an investigation has been declined. Higgins himself has commented that the accusations against him were frivolous and questioned the case's news value.

 

Disturbance Results in Arrest

A Cumberland man was arrested following a disturbance at a Greene Street business early Tuesday morning. Robert Michael Joesph Evans entered the store, and got involved with another man, creating a disturbance inside the business. He was taken to Police Headquarters, issued a criminal citation, and released pending trial at District Court.

 

Wall Along Route 219 Set for Repairs

The Maryland State Highway Administration is planning to repair a deteriorated concrete wall along Route 219, the Garrett Highway. The $1.6 million project will "spruce up" the area in anticipation of the International Canoe Federation's Canoe Slalom World Championships at Deep Creek Lake next September.

 

Keyser VFD Earns Award

The Keyser Volunteer Fire Department was recently named the winner of the State Fireman's Association Gail Ash Fire Prevention Award. The announcement was made during this year's convention at Canaan Valley. This is the sixth year the Keyser VFD has earned the award since 1992. Each department submits a scrapbook detailing programs held throughout the year, and a winner is then chosen, according to the Mineral News-Tribune.

 

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Route 219 Groundbreaking Held

The U.S. Route 219 Somerset to Meyersdale Groundbreaking took place yesterday, and involves the construction of about 11 miles of new four-lane, limited access highway in Somerset County. Pennsylvania Lieutenant Governor Jim Cawley says the roadway is important to Somerset County, the region, and ultimately, the nation. The Lieutenant Governor cited the hard work of one person in particular-Pennsylvania's 9th Congressional District Representative. Lieutenant Governor Cawley says he has had conversations with his Maryland counterpart, Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown,  regarding the completion of the road to the Maryland state line along Interstate 68.

 

Retirement, Reassignments "A Good Start"

The retirement of Jon Galley, executive director of the region for the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, and the reassignment of Keith Arnold are unrelated to the recent stabbing of a correctional officer, but AFSME representatives don't see it that way. The Department is expected to announce additional disciplinary action. It has also been suggested that a "controlled movement" policy be established, with the most dangerous inmates required to wear restraints and be escorted by correctional officers.

 

PSC Agrees To Week Delay

The Maryland Public Service Commission has put off action, for a week, on a request from Dan's Mountain Wind Force, LLC, that its deadline be extended until December 31st of 2014. The company cannot comply with a September 12th start date, and has asked for more time. The Exelon company will fund turbine construction, and eventually purchase the project from the Dan's Mountain group.

 

Resident Sentenced for Bank Robberies

Fifty-year old Cumberland resident John Talerico has been sentenced to a total of nine years in prison for a series of bank robberies in the area, dating back to 2011. Talerico will be on probation following his release, and he has been ordered to pay over $31,000 in restitution. He was convicted of robbing the M & T Bank on Industrial Boulevard twice, and the Susquehanna Bank, also on the Boulevard. He is also accused of committing robberies in both Osterburg, Pennsylvania and in Fort Ashby.

 

Family of FSU Player Files Suit

The family of Derek Sheely, a Frostburg State University football player who died after sustaining successive head injuries during practice, has filed suit, alleging "reckless disregard for player health and safety, that led to his death." The suit was filed against two FSU coaches, the assistant athletic trainer, the NCAA and helmet maker Schutt Sports. Sheely had complained of a headache, and collapsed during practice on August 22, 2011; he died six days later.

 

"Suspicious Activity" Reported in Grantsville

Some suspicious activity has been reported in the Grantsville area, and it may be linked to other incidents in Virginia and West Virginia. A woman approached a resident of a home, offering a free cleaning product, if they agreed to complete a survey inside the home. There were several other people in a van outside. The people, using different vehicles and traveling around Maryland and West Virginia, are trying to gain entry to homes through the offer. Anyone who has been approached, and has experienced a similar situation, is asked to contact their local law enforcement authorities.

 

Health Department Awarded Grant

The Allegany County Health Planning Coalition has announced it has received $185,000 in grant funding to support health initiatives outlined in the county's Local Health Improvement Plan. The grant to Allegany County is one of seven grant awards, provided by the Maryland Community Health Resources Commission to help promote the activities of Local Health Improvement Coalitions and the State Health Improvement Process. The local grant project will work to improve health outcomes for high-riski populations, address social issues affecting health outcomes and interconnect systems of care to improve the health of Allegany County residents.

 

Groups To Oppose Smoking Ban

Several groups opposing the Mineral County smoking ban, appeared yesterday during the meeting of the Mineral County Commission. The ban, set to go into effect on October 1st, is being opposed by a large number of citizens, including those representing American Legions, VFW posts, and Moose lodges from throughout the area. Members of the Keyser VFW had circulated petitions against passage of the regulation.

 

Swanton Man Arrested on Drug Charges

Swanton resident Joseph David Dale Moyer was arrested on several drug charges by the Maryland State Police. During the investigation of a suspicious vehicle in Deer Park, Moyer was found with marijuana and prescription pills. He was charged with illegal possession of prescription pills, possession of marijuana and two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia. The arrest was made late Friday night.

 

Complaint Against Higgins Dismissed

A complaint against Bedford County District Attorney Bill Higgins has been dismissed. Everett Borough council member Charles Karns had accused Higgins of illegally releasing sealed court records. State prosecutors answered by saying the case is closed and his request for an investigation has been declined. Higgins himself has commented that the accusations against him were frivolous and questioned the case's news value.

 

Disturbance Results in Arrest

A Cumberland man was arrested following a disturbance at a Greene Street business early Tuesday morning. Robert Michael Joesph Evans entered the store, and got involved with another man, creating a disturbance inside the business. He was taken to Police Headquarters, issued a criminal citation, and released pending trial at District Court.

 

Wall Along Route 219 Set for Repairs

The Maryland State Highway Administration is planning to repair a deteriorated concrete wall along Route 219, the Garrett Highway. The $1.6 million project will "spruce up" the area in anticipation of the International Canoe Federation's Canoe Slalom World Championships at Deep Creek Lake next September.

 

Keyser VFD Earns Award

The Keyser Volunteer Fire Department was recently named the winner of the State Fireman's Association Gail Ash Fire Prevention Award. The announcement was made during this year's convention at Canaan Valley. This is the sixth year the Keyser VFD has earned the award since 1992. Each department submits a scrapbook detailing programs held throughout the year, and a winner is then chosen, according to the Mineral News-Tribune.

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NBCI Security Chief Reassigned

The Chief of Security at the North Branch Correctional Institution has been removed and reassigned in the wake of the latest attack on a correctional officer. The Cumberland Times-News named Keith Arnold as the chief of security, although he was not named in the official release. Chief of Corrections Gary Maynard made the announcement in advance of a meeting between state correctional officials and officers.

 

Route 219 Groundbreaking Set for Today

The groundbreaking ceremonies for the four lane, limited access highway from Somerset to Meyersdale will take place today. Work on the 11-mile stretch of superhighway will begin in the fall, with traffic expected to be running on it within five years. The highway fills a gap in the north-south corridor, which will hopefully complete the stretch of highway south of Meyersdale to the Maryland line and Interstate 68. Several hundred people are expected to attend the ceremony.

 

Safe Streets Initiative Results in 36 Arrests

The Operation Safe Streets program resulted in the arrest of 36 people on 42 arrest warrants last week. The suspects were arrested on a variety of warrants, including assaults, probation violations, drug charges, thefts, and failure to appear.

 

Massachusetts Man Arrested at Grantsville Hotel

A Massachusetts man who had been wanted on a charge of assaulting a person in Las Vegas, was arrested early Sunday morning, and charged with assaulting another man there. The arrest of Michael O'Brien was made at the Casselman Inn around 2:30 a.m. Sunday. The Las Vegas, Nevada police department also has a warrant out on O'Brien, of Middleborough, Massachusetts.

 

Car Fire Investigated

The Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office is investigating a car fire this past weekend, along Green Ridge Road. The 2004 Hyundai Elantra was owned by Heidi Fancsali, and sustained $3200 damage. The car fire was discovered by a passerby; both the preliminary cause and area of origin are under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Office of the State Fire Marshal at (301)-766-3888.

 

Kruk Misses Dodger-Red Sox Broadcast

Keyser native and ESPN announcer John Kruk was taken out of the press dining room at Dodger Stadium on a stretcher before Sunday's game with the Boston Red Sox. Kruk was dizzy and suffering from dehydration; his vital signs were stable, and he was said to be in good spirits. Kruk has been announcing major league baseball games for ESPN since 2004.

 

Keyser Looking to Cut Insurance Costs

The city of Keyser is looking to cut insurance coverage costs, following a six-figure increase in annual premiums. The News Tribune says Mayor Randy Amtower has had some luck in cutting worker's compensation costs, but saving relatively little in cost savings for building, vehicle, and other coverage. There has been a $100,000 increase in insurance costs, due in part to a series of accidents, including the loss of a ladder truck after it fell through a small bridge earlier this year.

 

Edwards Comments on Myers Decision

When voters go to the polls next year, a familiar name won't be on the ballot. District 1-C Delegate LeRoy Myers has opted not to run in the next election, as he announced several months ago.  Maryland State Senator George Edwards says, from his perspective, Delegate Myers has felt the frustrations that sometimes accompany political office.

 

Roommates Assault One Another

An argument between roommates turned physical, and one of the two remains in the Allegany County Jail on $2500 bond. Matthew Scott Miller and Logan Drake Dodson had been arguing over damage to property and over money. Miller was released on personal recognizance, while Dodson was held in the Allegany County Detention Center. Both of the Cecilia Street residents were charged with second-degree assault.

 

One Woman Arrested, Another Being Sought

One woman is in custody and another is being sought in Preston County on charges of running a clandestine drug lab. Fifty-year old Margaret Rugg was arrested and is being held on $25,000 bail. Police are still looking for 39-year old Kristy Sue McGraw. The inactive lab was found in Rugg's home in Reedsville.

 

Hagerstown Man Missing

The Washington County Sheriff's Office is looking for 83-year old Donald Klick, who is missing from his Antietam Drive home. Klick also reportedly suffers from dementia. He is described as 5'11" tall, weighing 175 pounds, with white hair and damage to the left side of his nose, due to cancer surgery. He could possibly be driving a green1999 Toyota pickup truck. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Washington County Sheriff's Office at (240)-313-2910.

 

Young Drops Out of Governor's Race

Frederick County Commissioner Blaine Young says he is no longer running for Governor; data suggests he could win the primary, but would have little chance in the general election. He has not decided, however, whether he'll run for Frederick County executive. Young has endorsed Charles Lollar in his bid to become Maryland's next Governor.

 

Children of Government Workers To Be Eligible for CHIP Program

The children of state government employees may soon eligible for health insurance coverage with the West Virginia's Children's Health Insurance Program. Previously, dependents of state government employees were not eligible to apply for "CHIP" due to the program's eligibility restrictions. A decision on allowing for enrollment should be made by January 1st, while the enrollment itself can begin on July 1st of next year.

 

Mold Found in VAMC Building

Mold has been found in the fan coils of stand-alone air conditioning units at the Martinsburg Veterans'  Affairs Medical Center. The mold was found in the Domiciliary building, and it was closed last Friday. Those who reside in the affected buildings are being temporarily relocated. The process to remove the mold is expected to take about 60 days, after the process began over this past weekend.

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Galley Set to Retire

 

John Galley, the executive director of the north region for the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, will retire November 1st. The north region includes the North Branch Correctional Institution, which has seen a rise on inmate-on-officer violence in the past several months. Galley has served in the correctional system for 46 years, and held several posts, including one as warden of the Western Correctional Institution.

 

 

Mineral County Bar Robbed

 

The Mineral County Sheriff's Office is looking for a man who committed an armed robbery Saturday afternoon at the Corner Pub, located at the intersection of Routes 28 and 46 in Fort Ashby. The suspect came into the business armed with a handgun, and ordered the bartender to hand over an undisclosed amount of cash. He is described as a 6-foot, black male, with an unshaven face. The suspect fled in an unknown direction. Assisting at the scene on Saturday were the West Virginia State Police and the Cumberland City Police Department.

 

 

Cumberland Man Jailed in Public Intoxication Incident

 

A 24-year old Cumberland man is being held at the Potomac Highlands Regional Jail, after being arrested for public intoxication. Anthony Yurko was also charged with obstructing an officer and destruction of property, as he became disruptive, and kicked holes in the Keyser City Police holding room door. Yurko had to be shackled and was pepper-sprayed at one point. He was arrested outside of the Orioles Club, after police were called.

 

 

Listie Man Held on Sex Charges

 

A Somerset County man is being held on $50,000 cash bond, on charges of having unlawful contact with a minor and the sexual abuse of children. Listie resident Brice Palguta is accused of sending inappropriate picture to a 13-year old near Toledo, Ohio. Palguta consented to the seizure of his cellphone, laptop, and computers. He also admitted that he contacted other girls, and another conversation that was sexual in nature took place as recently as last week. His preliminary hearing is set for September 3rd.

 

 

Man Cited for Negligent Driving

 

A West Virginia man, treated at Ruby Memorial Hospital for injuries, was later cited by the McHenry Barrack of the Maryland State Police for negligent driving. Yong Ming Chen of Mount Clare, West Virginia, rolled his Honda SUV on westbound Interstate 68, near the 6-mile marker. The car traveled across the median strip, struck a guardrail and overturned several times across the eastbound lanes. Several agencies, including the Maryland State Highway Administration responded to the crash.

 

 

FSU to Host Law Enforcement Awareness Day

 

Frostburg State University's Police Department will host the 7th annual Law Enforcement Awareness Day on Monday, September 9th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event will be held in the Alice R. Manicur Assembly Hall of the Lane Center. The event is sponsored by the FSU Student Government Association. Various levels of law enforcement will be on hand to provide information and crime prevention tips. For more information, contact Senior Corporal Michael Ruppenkamp at (301)-687-4223.

 

 

Bedford DA Introduces New Program for Youthful Offenders

 

Bedford County District Attorney Bill Higgins has introduced a new program, assisting youthful offenders in putting their mistakes behind them, and starting fresh. The Summary Offense Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition program allows offenders who are 21 years old or younger, and who have allegedly committed relatively minor crimes, to enter a program where they will avoid criminal conviction. They are still required to pay fines, costs and perform community service, but once the requirements are fulfilled, charges will be dismissed and the offender will have no criminal record.

 

 

Health Care Coverage Dropped by UPS

 

UPS is dropping health insurance coverage for 15,000 spouses; one reason for the move is the cost of the Affordable Care Act. UPS is one of the first major firms to directly blame the so-called "Obamacare" for changes in coverage. Any employee spouse who either doesn't have a job or whose employer does not provide health insurance, will still be covered under the company's health insurance plan. Changes take effect in January, and it's not known how many employee spouses may be affected.

 

 

Issues Found with West Virginia Child Protective Services

 

A legislative audit of West Virginia's Child Protective Services, found a long list of problems. The report was detailed at the State Capitol last week, and shows a large number of staff turnovers, shortfalls in recruiting and retaining workers, and little willingness to change. At various points, the audit found the Mountain State has led the nation in child deaths tied to abuse. CPS workers should not shoulder the entire blame for the shortfalls, according to Senator Don Cookman of Hampshire County. He says workers are underpaid and overworked. But action is already being taken, based on 14 recommendations filed in the report.

 

 

Judge, Commissioner Plead Not Guilty

 

A Mingo County, West Virginia judge and a county commissioner have pleaded not guilty to a federal indictment filed against them. Circuit Court Judge Michael Thornsbury is accused of having an affair with his secretary and trying to frame her husband for several crimes. Commissioner Dave Baisden is accused of pulling a local dealer's county contract with the company refused to provide him with discounted tires for a personal vehicle. Thornsbury's trial is set for October 15th, while Baisden's will be less than a week later, on October 21st.

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Inmate Sentenced on Murder Charge

An inmate at the North Branch Correctional Facility in Cumberland has been sentenced in connection to the death of a fellow inmate who died earlier this year. Anthony Monroe was sentenced to 30 additional years in prison, after being convicted of second-degree murder. Monroe had been accused of attacking Michael Armstead in November of last year. Armstead never regained consciousness and died in early January at Bon Secours Hospital in Baltimore.

 

Mary Street Fire Under Investigation

A fire, at 135 East Mary Street, early yesterday morning is under investigation by the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office. There were no injuries at the home of Linda Cline. The fire originated on both the front and back porch of the home. About $500 in damage was done. There were no injuries, and anyone with information is asked to contact the State Fire Marshal's Office or the Arson Hotline.

 

Groundbreaking for New Sheriff's Office

A groundbreaking ceremony took place this week for the new office of the Allegany County Sheriff on Kelly Road, adjacent to the County Office Complex. The building was designed by Chaney Architects, Incorporated and will be constructed by Harbel, Incorporated. The county's maintenance division will install all systems in the building and complete the interior finishing. The building is scheduled to be finished in November.

 

County Looks to Improve Frostburg Intersection

The Allegany County Commissioners have agreed to authorize the Cumberland Area Metropolitan Planning Organization to advertise for requests for proposals to improve the intersection of Braddock Road and Park Avenue in Frostburg. The RFP will be used to hire a consultant who can recommend future improvements and preliminary designs for the intersection. The project will be funded by both the Federal Highway Administration and the Maryland Department of Transportation.

 

Pittsburgh Man Charged With Drug Offenses

Pittsburgh resident Hildred De'Von Berkley was arrested in a Somerset County hotel room, charged with various drug offenses. Police found 115 packets of heroin, drug paraphernalia and $120 in cash at the Knight's Inn motel in Somerset.

 

Missing Somerset Resident Found Safe

A man who had been reported missing earlier in the week has been found safe. Eighty-two year old Bob Coleman of Somerset was found in Philadelphia on Wednesday. Coleman reportedly left his home on Monday and did not return.

 

No Bids Received for Somerset Plaza

There were no bidders at a public auction on the Plank Road Shoppes Plaza in Somerset Borough, even though there had been some interest in the property. Bi-Lo market had been located there, but its parent company filed for bankruptcy, and closed the store. Over two dozen people showed up for the auction, but most were residents who were more interested in locating another grocery store in their neighborhood.

 

Man Faces Assault, Other Charges

Cumberland resident Michael Anthony Butler is facing assault, disorderly conduct and other counts in connection with an incident at a South Street residence Wednesday. Butler allegedly assaulted the victim, threw them to the ground and dragged them along the floor, following an argument. Butler also provided false identification to the arresting officer. Butler was further charged with obstructing and hindering, reckless endangerment, and fraud-for providing the false personal identification. He is being held at the Allegany County Detention Center on $5,000 bond.

 

Reorganization Results in 19 Job Losses

Windber Medical Center is hoping to save at least a million dollars in the first year through a "reduction in force" of 19 people. It's being called a reorganization, with 11 vacancies coming from either retirement or resignation; the roles of several other positions have been changed.  A statement from the medical center says the reorganization will have "minimal" impact on direct patient care providers.

 

Great Allegheny Passage Event Generates Funds

The state of Pennsylvania has done a survey of riders, specifically those who rode that portion of the trail in the Keystone State during the Great Allegheny Passage Event. Highlights of the survey showed that the event generated a total of $65,700 in Pennsylvania towns; each of the 292 riders spent an average of $224 in Pennsylvania and $152 in Maryland, on such items as bike supplies, clothing, sleeping bags and the like. Of a total score of "5" on the survey, riders rated the condition of the Great Allegheny Passage at 4.3.

 

Investigators Call Death "Suspicious"

Any bit of information, no matter how small, could make a big difference in the death investigation of Kenneth Flook, whose body was found next to a bridge crossing the Conococheague Creek between Hagerstown and Clear Spring. Officials say that based on what they know right now, there's some suspicious activities surrounding his death; results from the autopsy will help fill in some of the blanks and give closure to his family. 

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Robbery Suspects In Custody

Literally within minutes, two suspects were captured after robbing Steve's Pharmacy in the Bel Air Plaza yesterday morning. One of the suspects entered the pharmacy, stuck an unknown object in the back of an elderly female customer, and demanded pain-killing prescription medications from the pharmacist. Two Cumberland men-36 year old Andrew Vincent Crescenzo and 29-year old John Mark Self-were quickly taken into custody in the area of Route 28 in West Virginia. The investigation by  both West Virginia and Maryland authorities is continuing.

 

Delegation Will Not Attend Meeting

Members of the Western Maryland Delegation to the General Assembly won't be attending a meeting to be held by AFSCME representatives Monday at Allegany College. The meeting is being held to address inmate-on-correctional officer violence at the North Branch Correctional Institution. The delegation had a meeting with the union, correctional officers, and their families earlier in the month. Local representatives also supported a letter, sent to Governor O'Malley and correctional services staff at the state level, which outlined specific concerns the union had with, what it called, "the deteriorating situation at NBCI."

 

Boswell Man Killed in Collision

Boswell resident William Taylor died in a collision with a tri-axle truck in Quemahoning Township Tuesday afternoon. Taylor was driving west on Route 30, and hit the truck, which was disabled and parked alongside the road. He was flown to Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center, but was later pronounced dead. The Pennsylvania State Police are continuing the investigation.

 

Man Held on $5,000 Bond for Assault

A Cumberland man is being held on $5,000 bond, after being accused in an assault incident earlier in the month. Brian T. Garlitz allegedly choked and tackled a woman during a mutual assault. City Police were the ones who filed charges, and an arrest warrant was issued from District Court. Garlitz received an initial appearance there, where bond was set.

 

Somerset Man Missing

An elderly Somerset man has been missing since Monday afternoon, and authorities are on the lookout for him. Eighty-two year old Bob Coleman left his home about 3 p.m. Monday, and never returned. He was said to be driving a light blue, 2003 Hyundai Accent, with New Mexico license plates. He is 6-feet tall, and weighs about 160 pounds. He has gray hair and blue eyes. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Pennsylvania State Police at Somerset. That number is (814)-44504104.

 

After School Programs Begin September 9th

Both Braddock and Washington Middle Schools will once again offer after school programming during the 2013-2014 school year. Provided by the 21st Century Community Learning Centers Grant, the after school program provides academic opportunities along with enrichment activities designed to support students' learning and development. For more information, or to receive an application for the program, contact Kevin Williams, After School Program Coordinator, at (301)-777-7990.

 

Train Pull For Charities Benefits Four Groups

The Allegany County Train Pull for Charities, on Saturday, September 7th at the Western Maryland Station, benefits four separate charities in the area, including the Special Olympics, Friends Aware, the Ali Ghan Shrine Transportation unit, and The Childrens' League, formerly the Allegany County League for Crippled Children. Cathy Growden, director of The Childrens' League, says they are looking for team members. The group has participated in the train pull for the last four years.

 

 

Hagerstown Man Identified

The body of the man found beside a roadway in Hagerstown this past weekend has been identified as 40-year old Kenneth Leon Flook. The body had been next to the bridge that crosses the Conococheague Creek between Hagerstown and Clear Spring. Flook was last seen alive this past Friday evening. The body is at the Office of the Coroner in Baltimore, and the investigation into the circumstances surrounding his death is continuing.

 

Head Start Cuts Smaller than Expected

Federal sequestration spending cuts had a smaller impact on Maryland's Head Start Early Childhood Education Program. The state lost funding for about 460 spots in Head Start Centers this year, representing a 3.6 per cent of the 12,700 children served. Earlier this year, Maryland U.S. Senator Ben Cardin estimated that up to 900 Head Start spots would be trimmed. Across the country, more than 57,000 positions were lost, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

 

Men Sentenced in U.S. District Court

Three Martinsburg residents were recently sentenced in U.S. District Court in Martinsburg on drug charges. Michael Shaver Payton and Dehaven Darnell Craig, both 28 years old, entered pleas of guilty to "aiding and abetting the distribution of 44.1 grams of crack cocaine. They face five, and up to 40 years imprisonment and a fine of $2 million each. A co-defendant, 24-year old Akeylah Humphrey pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine. Humphrey faces up to 20 years imprisonment and a one-million dollar fine.

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Robbery Suspects In Custody

Literally within minutes, two suspects were captured after robbing Steve's Pharmacy in the Bel Air Plaza yesterday morning. One of the suspects entered the pharmacy, stuck an unknown object in the back of an elderly female customer, and demanded pain-killing prescription medications from the pharmacist. Two Cumberland men-36 year old Andrew Vincent Crescenzo and 29-year old John Mark Self-were quickly taken into custody in the area of Route 28 in West Virginia. The investigation by  both West Virginia and Maryland authorities is continuing.

 

Delegation Will Not Attend Meeting

Members of the Western Maryland Delegation to the General Assembly won't be attending a meeting to be held by AFSCME representatives Monday at Allegany College. The meeting is being held to address inmate-on-correctional officer violence at the North Branch Correctional Institution. The delegation had a meeting with the union, correctional officers, and their families earlier in the month. Local representatives also supported a letter, sent to Governor O'Malley and correctional services staff at the state level, which outlined specific concerns the union had with, what it called, "the deteriorating situation at NBCI."

 

Boswell Man Killed in Collision

Boswell resident William Taylor died in a collision with a tri-axle truck in Quemahoning Township Tuesday afternoon. Taylor was driving west on Route 30, and hit the truck, which was disabled and parked alongside the road. He was flown to Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center, but was later pronounced dead. The Pennsylvania State Police are continuing the investigation.

 

Man Held on $5,000 Bond for Assault

A Cumberland man is being held on $5,000 bond, after being accused in an assault incident earlier in the month. Brian T. Garlitz allegedly choked and tackled a woman during a mutual assault. City Police were the ones who filed charges, and an arrest warrant was issued from District Court. Garlitz received an initial appearance there, where bond was set.

 

Somerset Man Missing

An elderly Somerset man has been missing since Monday afternoon, and authorities are on the lookout for him. Eighty-two year old Bob Coleman left his home about 3 p.m. Monday, and never returned. He was said to be driving a light blue, 2003 Hyundai Accent, with New Mexico license plates. He is 6-feet tall, and weighs about 160 pounds. He has gray hair and blue eyes. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Pennsylvania State Police at Somerset. That number is (814)-44504104.

 

After School Programs Begin September 9th

Both Braddock and Washington Middle Schools will once again offer after school programming during the 2013-2014 school year. Provided by the 21st Century Community Learning Centers Grant, the after school program provides academic opportunities along with enrichment activities designed to support students' learning and development. For more information, or to receive an application for the program, contact Kevin Williams, After School Program Coordinator, at (301)-777-7990.

 

Train Pull For Charities Benefits Four Groups

The Allegany County Train Pull for Charities, on Saturday, September 7th at the Western Maryland Station, benefits four separate charities in the area, including the Special Olympics, Friends Aware, the Ali Ghan Shrine Transportation unit, and The Childrens' League, formerly the Allegany County League for Crippled Children. Cathy Growden, director of The Childrens' League, says they are looking for team members. The group has participated in the train pull for the last four years.

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Hagerstown Man Identified

The body of the man found beside a roadway in Hagerstown this past weekend has been identified as 40-year old Kenneth Leon Flook. The body had been next to the bridge that crosses the Conococheague Creek between Hagerstown and Clear Spring. Flook was last seen alive this past Friday evening. The body is at the Office of the Coroner in Baltimore, and the investigation into the circumstances surrounding his death is continuing.

 

Head Start Cuts Smaller than Expected

Federal sequestration spending cuts had a smaller impact on Maryland's Head Start Early Childhood Education Program. The state lost funding for about 460 spots in Head Start Centers this year, representing a 3.6 per cent of the 12,700 children served. Earlier this year, Maryland U.S. Senator Ben Cardin estimated that up to 900 Head Start spots would be trimmed. Across the country, more than 57,000 positions were lost, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

 

Men Sentenced in U.S. District Court

Three Martinsburg residents were recently sentenced in U.S. District Court in Martinsburg on drug charges. Michael Shaver Payton and Dehaven Darnell Craig, both 28 years old, entered pleas of guilty to "aiding and abetting the distribution of 44.1 grams of crack cocaine. They face five, and up to 40 years imprisonment and a fine of $2 million each. A co-defendant, 24-year old Akeylah Humphrey pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine. Humphrey faces up to 20 years imprisonment and a one-million dollar fine.

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Apparent Robbery at Steve's Pharmacy

There has apparently been another robbery at Steve's Pharmacy in the Bel Air Plaza. The Maryland State Police say there will be a report issued soon. Another source says that there was in fact a robbery, and that Maryland State Police are stopping vehicles in search of a suspect or suspects.

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Flintstone Man Sentenced in Manslaughter Case

Flintstone resident Melvin Emory James Gallion has been sentenced to seven years in prison, with four suspended, following a guilty plea in Allegany County Circuit Court. Gallion was driving on Route 144 in Flintstone in August of last year, when he collided with a vehicle, driven by Daniel Weaver, also of Flintstone. Weaver died as a result of the crash; the investigation revealed that Gallion was traveling above the posted speed limit and was under the influence of alcohol, when he struck Weaver's vehicle broadside, as Weaver pulled from a gas station parking lot. The case was investigated by both the Maryland State Police and the Allegany County Sheriff's Office.

 

Councilman Files Complaint Against Bedford DA

Everett Borough Councilman Charles W. Karns has filed a private criminal complaint against Bedford County District Attorney Bill Higgins. In the complaint, Higgins is accused of illegally releasing sealed information from his criminal record in two press releases and in courtroom conversations. Convictions for animal cruelty and driving under the influence were allegedly revealed by Higgins, but Karns claims those convictions had been removed from his public criminal record. For his part, the District Attorney dismissed suggestions that he broke the law in April and May when two press releases were sent out on Karns' case.

 

Piedmont Foreman To Serve Time

Westernport resident John Shingler, who is currently the Piedmont Town Foreman, will serve three months in jail, after being convicted on a charge of conversion of government property. He could have been sentenced to a ten-year prison term and fined up to $250,000. He was also ordered to pay a special assessment of $100, and make restitution of $3,000. In representing the town of Piedmont, Shingler obtained six surplus FEMA trailers. He then sold the trailers to private citizens, and were not used as they were intended; that is, for law enforcement and for a water project.

 

Head Start Receives Grant

The Applachian Regional Commission has granted the HRDC Head Start program $110,000. The new program will serve 47 children, up to age 5, from households with incomes at or below 100-per cent poverty. The city of Cumberland will be renovating an existing building in the 300-block of Seymour Street to support the new Head Start program. The renovation of the property will remove existing blight, and will also place the new program centrally located to the participating families. In addition to the ARC funds, state sources will provide $250,000 and local sources will provide an additional $200,00, bringing the total project funding to $560,000.  The announcement of the grant was made by Maryland United States Senators Barbara Mikulski and Ben Cardin.

 

City Council Votes Down Curfew Change

The Keyser City Council has voted not to change its curfew, but rather enforce the existing laws, in an effort to curtail vandalism at city parks. The city's four parks are usually open from dawn to dusk, but young people usually hang out at the park pavilions until the curfew time of 11 p.m. It was suggested that the curfew be moved back to 10 p.m. in the summer and on weekends and to 9 p.m. on school nights. If increased law enforcement doesn't cut down on the vandalism, the council could revisit the curfew issue.

 

Man Released Pending Trial

Cumberland resident Timothy Merrbach was arrested, following a disturbance Monday afternoon on Davidson Street. Merrbach was stopped for driving at a high rate of speed on the street. It was also discovered his license was suspended in the state of Maryland, and he acknowledged that, in the car, there was a smoking pipe for marijuana. Merrbach was issued a citation for driving while suspended, and a criminal citation for possession of CDS paraphernalia. He was released pending trial.

 

Programs Available at CCTE

There is still time to enroll in a number of programs at the Center for Career and Technical Education. The CCTE gives students a head start on college and careers in areas, such as Industrial Manufacturing, Information Technology, Interactive Media Production, and Building Trades. For more information, contact the school's office at (301)-729-6486, or visit the website at "www.acps.allconet.org/ccte."

 

Flight 93 Chapel To Remain at Present Location

The Flight 93 Memorial Chapel will remain at its present location along Stutzmantown Road, instead of being moved to Route 30. The late Bishop Alphonse Mascherino had hoped to move it to Route 30, because the main entrance to the Flight 93 National Memorial is located along Route 30. The Bishop died in mid-February, about a month after transferring ownership of the chapel to the Catholic Church of the East. Current chapel director, Archbishop Ramzi Musallam has stated that the chapel will remain at its present location.

 

Council Member Encouraging Community Involvement

Cumberland City Council member Nicole Wagoner will be bicycling the Great Allegheny Passage in about 2-1/2 weeks. She will bike the entire 355-mile route from Pittsburgh to Washington, D.C. Councilwoman Wagoner says she hopes to inspire community involvement through her actions.

 

 

Maryland Unemployment Rate Rises to 7.1 Per Cent

Despite Governor Martin O'Malley's comments on Maryland's employment successes at this past weekend's Maryland Association of Counties meeting, the state experienced a slight uptick in the unemployment rate. While the jobless rate was 7 per cent in June, it rose slightly in July, to 7.1 per cent. The state lost 9200 jobs, and part of the blame was attributed to $85 million in federal across-the-board spending cuts during March through September, as part of the federal sequestration.

 

Smoking Ban at WVU in Effect

A new smoking ban is in effect at West Virginia University. The ban went into effect on July 1st. Smoke free rules have been in effect for a while at residence halls, and tobacco is now banned everywhere on campus. A similar ban is in effect at Marshall University in Huntington; fall semester classes begin there next Monday, August 26th.

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Keyser Man Charged After Fire Reported

A fire in a portable fan on Orchard Street in Keyser led to the arrest of 28-year old Cort William Anderson on drug charges. He was charged with possession with intent to distribute and was released after posting a $15,000 bond. The residence was searched, and Keyser Police seized marijuana manufacturing material, prescription medication not registered to Anderson, along with an assault rifle, ammunition and a tactical assault vest. Additional charges may be filed.

 

Smoking Ordinance Includes Fairs and Ball Fields

The Mineral County Clean Indoor Air Regulation of 2013 will eliminate outdoor smoking at playgrounds, fairs and festivals. Smoking is also prohibited in other places in the county as well. It is permitted in designated outdoor smoking areas, approved by the Mineral County Health Department.

 

Man Held Following Bond Review

A bench warrant was served on a Cumberland man, on a charge of failure to appear. Twenty-five year old Steven Grapes was to have appeared for trial on August 12th on a trespassing charge, but did not appear in court. He was taken to District Court for a bond review, and ordered held on $3,000 bond at the Allegany County Detention Center.

 

Man Released Following Summons

Cumberland resident Timothy Winkler was served with a criminal summons on charges that he stole a quantity of prescription medication, along with a wristwatch belonging to someone else at a location near Greene Street. The alleged theft took place earlier in the month. Following a District Court hearing, Winkler was released pending trial.

 

Warrant Served on Mount Savage Woman

An arrest warrant was served yesterday on Mount Savage resident Nichole Whetstone. She is charged with failure to appear on a trespassing charge. Trial was scheduled for July 25th, but she did not show up for court. She was ordered held on $2500 bond at the Allegany County Detention Center.

 

Frostburg To Buy Plow Truck

The Frostburg Mayor and Council approved $113,000 for a new plow truck, replacing one purchased in 2009. That vehicle has met with several mechanical problems recently. A water department debt was also refinanced at a lower rate, in a move that will save the city more than $200,000. Public comment will be taken on the refinancing move, during a September 19th hearing.

 

Hagerstown Man Arrested for Handgun Possession

An 18-year old Hagerstown man was arrested for handgun possession at a McDonald's Restaurant on Sharpsburg Pike Sunday afternoon. Brandon Duane Bloyer, an employee of the McDonald's, is accused of bringing a loaded .45-calibre into the restaurant. It was seized and Bloyer was arrested, and taken to the Hagerstown Barrack and the Washington County Detention Center for processing.

 

Body Found in Washington County

A body was found on Broadfording Road in Washington County Sunday afternoon. A passerby saw the body lying along the side of the road. While the identity has not been confirmed, authorities describe the person as a white male. The body has been taken to the Office of the Coroner in Baltimore for an autopsy. The cause of death is not known.

 

Attendance At Oriole Games on the Rise

New numbers show that attendance at Oriole games is on a dramatic rise this season. On average, 30,000 fans have been at Oriole home games this season, and that's up about 15 per cent from last year. Those figures "lead the league."  A spokesman for the Orioles simply said, "Winning helps." Oriole Park at Camden Yards is consistently voted one of the nation's top 10 ballparks. The team with the least amount of fans attending home games is the Miami Marlins with just 36 per cent. 

 

Commissioners Violate Open Meetings Act

The Maryland Open Meetings Compliance Board has issued an opinion that stated three Frederick County commissioners violated the state's Open Meetings Act,  when they appeared on a radio program without providing public notice of the show. The three commissioners were on the air to discuss the sale of two county-owned facilities. The commissioners disagreed with the opinion issued, stating the public was entitled to advance notice that legislative business would be discussed, even though they (the commissioners) did not intend to "conceal their discussion."

 

Binge Drinking A Budget-Buster for States

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that excessive alcohol use puts a huge economic burden on states. In Maryland, the CDC's Dr. Robert Brewer estimate the cost at more than 4-billion dollars in the year 2006 alone. That's almost 2-dollars per drink consumed in the state. Raising the cost of alcohol, according to Brewer, could be one way to curb the problem, although in many states, raising liquor taxes prompts opponents to compare lawmakers' efforts to Prohibition.

 

Unemployment Down in Many West Virginia Counties

Unemployment rates decreased in 30 of West Virginia's 55 counties in July, according to WorkForce West Virginia. Sixteen counties recorded increased joblessness last month. The state rate for July was 6.2 per cent, which was up from June's 6.4 figure. Pendleton and Jefferson counties are among those whose unemployment rate was under 5 per cent.

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Checkpoint Yields 25 Drug Arrests

 

A weekend checkpoint, conducted by the Maryland State Police, resulted in the arrest of over two dozen individuals. The stops were conducted along Interstate 68 in the eastern portion of Allegany County. Also participating were officers from the C3I Narcotics Task Force, the Allegany County Sheriff's Office, and a representative from the Allegany County State's Attorney's Office. A large quantity of marijuana, along with numerous drug paraphernalia items were seized during the checkpoint.

 

 

 

New Warrant Initiative Announced

 

The Safe Streets Program is conducting a new warrant initiative beginning today, and concluding on Friday of this week. Charges against the individuals being sought include a variety of drug charges, failure to appear, assault and violation of probation warrants. The Cumberland City Police Safe Streets program is asking residents, and those of the surrounding areas, to assist in the apprehension of those wanted for criminal activities. There are 16 people being sought in this most recent Safe Streets warrant initiative.

 

 

 

Senator Edwards Named to Transportation Task Force

 

Governor Martin O'Malley has named Maryland Senator George Edwards, along with ten others, to serve on a task force to explore new and different ways to fund local and regional transportation projects. Senator Edwards voted against the gasoline tax increase that was approved earlier this year, and is now in effect. During a speech at the Maryland Association of Counties meeting, Governor O'Malley noted the task force will study options available to county and municipal governments to fund transit and highway projects. The recommendations and finding will be submitted to the Governor and the General Assembly by December 15th.

 

 

 

Woman Jailed on Assault Charges

 

A Ridgeley woman was jailed on $10,000 bond, following a weekend incident Race Street. Twenty-four year old Whitney Nicole Hollingsworth allegedly assaulted a person in the 100-block of Race Street and also is accused of assaulting the arresting officers. She tried to kick out a window of the police cruiser, spit on the arresting officers, and is also accused of kicking an officer during the arrest proceedings. Records indicate she was also arrested earlier this year, after robbing a taxi driver on West Industrial Boulevard. She also tried to kick the windows out of the cruiser when she was arrested in that incident, as well.

 

 

 

Assault Victims Treated; Man in Custody

 

The Garrett County Sheriff's Department has arrested 20-year old Zachary James Fultz in connection with the alleged assault of a 22-year old woman and 21-month old child. The incident happened at a Pysell Road residence. Fultz is accused of second-degree assault, child abuse, possession of a dangerous weapon, possession of a controlled dangerous substance and alcohol endangerment. Fultz was carrying metal knuckles and suboxone when he was searched. The victims were treated at Garrett Memorial Hospital.

 

 

 

Man Arrested on Eight Outstanding Warrants

 

A Cumberland man was held without bond, following his arrest last week. Joseph William Wood had eight active warrants for his arrest. When police tried to arrest him late Thursday, Wood fled the area. Early Friday morning, he was taken into custody. He was charged with eight counts of violation of probation and one of failure to appear.

 

 

 

School System Launches New Website

 

The Allegany County School System went public with a new website last week, and is designed and hosted by Schoolwires, Inc. It provides a suite of technology products and services to more than 1500 educational entities, including several in Maryland. Mia Perlozzo-Cross, public relations specialist with the school system, says that if you use the former site, it will redirect you to the new one. The new address is www.acpsmd.org.

 

 

 

Truck Show Set for Next Weekend

 

The Western Maryland Truck show is set for this coming weekend in Grantsville. The show is being held at the Grantsville Town Park from Friday through Sunday. There will be festival seating in place for the Saturday night concerts. For more information, go to westernmarylandtruckshow.com.

 

 

 

Somerset Man Held on $75,000 Bond

 

Twenty-three year old Somerset resident Anthony Leo Williamson is being held on $75,000 bond, on charges he sold heroin to a confidential informant three times this past June. Williamson faces 15 felony counts, accused of delivering a total of 29 stamp bags of heroin in June. His preliminary hearing is set for August 27th.

 

 

 

Drug Abuse on the Rise in Morgan County

 

Heroin-related deaths were on the rise in 2012, in Morgan County, West Virginia, and there is an overall increase in opiate use. Sheriff Vince Shambaugh says it seems that everyone in the county is, in one way or another, connected to the problem. Many teens and young adults are using Oxycontin, Percocet and other opiates. He commented that when kids start using by the age of 15, they are more likely to have an addiciton or dependency on drugs and alcohol as adults.

 

 

 

Franchot Calls for Later School Start

 

Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot says that if schools were to start after Labor Day, the state's economy could result in an additional $74.3 million in direct economic activity.

Franchot says that beginning school a week to ten days before Labor Day robs families of the chance to spend that end-of-summer vacation together. The Bureau of Revenue Estimates projects that delaying the first day of school would result in $3.7 million in new wages and a separate $7.7 million in state and local revenue.

 

 

 

Demand for Guns Creates Unprecedented Backlog

 

What has been called an "unprecedented" demand for firearms has led to an average 100-day backlog for the Maryland State Police. New, restrictive gun laws are set to take effect on October 1st; as a result of the delay, some gun shops are releasing the weapons to the buyers after a seven-day waiting period, without the results of background checks, which is permitted by state law.

 

 

 

West Virginia BOE Approves Hiring Policy

 

The West Virginia Board of Education approved a new teacher hiring policy, which gives teachers a strong voice in hiring a school teaching team. The vote to approve the policy was taken after a 30-day public comment period. There were nearly 400 responses, which were taken into consideration, and updates made. The policy would allow schools to establish a faculty senate recommendation process, whereby the teachers on the committee can review job applicants for a position within their learning facility, and make joint recommendations to the principal and county school superintendent.

 

 

 

West Virginia State Workers Can Opt for "Paperless Pay"

 

Some West Virginia state workers will soon be able to change how they will receive their pay. Beginning October 1st, the state is giving workers the option of being issued a pre-paid debit card, on which their pay will be loaded on payday. The new cards will save the state about a half-million dollars annually for checks, printing costs, and employee time. The first pay to go onto the new cards will be October 31st, and workers will be able to withdraw their money for free from several different ATM systems.

 

 

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Armed Robbery at Pharmacy

Law enforcement authorities are looking for an armed man, who robbed the Frostburg Pharmacare Pharmacy late yesterday afternoon. The suspect showed a black handgun, and ordered the employees to the ground; he then went behind the counter and retrieved an undisclosed amount of prescription pills. He fled, and ran towards the Frostburg Plaza Shopping Center. He may have made his escape with a newer model white passenger car. The robber was not located, but is described as 5'6" to 5'9" tall,  medium build, wearing dark colored pants, a black hoodie, black fleece gloves and wearing a mask. Anyone with information is asked to contact Frostburg City Police, the C3I Unit or their nearest law enforcement agency.

 

Rural Coalition Files Report

The Maryland Rural Counties Coalition, which includes Allegany and Washington Counties, has filed its first report, showing that it spent over $27,000 on lobbyists and over $8500 hosting events for lawmakers in a nearly two-year period. Of nine bills introduced during this year's legislative session, four either passed or failed as the coalition had hoped. Allegany County Commissioner Mike McKay says the group is focusing on how legislation passed downstate, affects rural counties.

 

No Injuries in Garrett County Fire

There were no injuries in a fire, reported early yesterday morning on Sugar Lane in Garrett County. Eight fire companies, along with the Southern EMS Squad responded to the call, with Potomac Edison also on the scene. All of the occupants were able to get out of the house safely. Units were still on the scene late into the morning on Thursday.

 

Ride Coming Through Cumberland Today

Expect some traffic tie-ups later this morning, as America's 911 Ride rolls through town. This is the 12th anniversary of the ride through Cumberland. It will come into town via the Narrows on Route 36, then continue south on Mechanic Street, turning left onto Frederick Street. The riders will then travel Frederick Street, until they reach Nave's Crossroads, then onto I-68 east to Rocky Gap. Traffic will be temporarily stopped on the main route and all intersecting routes through the downtown area, and will be in effect from approximately 8 to 9 a.m.

 

Criminal Summons Served on New York Man

Mount Vernon, New York resident Bryson Greene was served with a criminal summons, charging him with driving on a suspended out-of-state license and driving a motor vehicle without insurance. Both stem from a hit and run accident that occurred on July 26th in the area of Saratoga and Cumberland Streets. Greene was served with the summons and released, pending a hearing in District Court.

 

New Website Introduced for School System

The Allegany County School System has a new, more user-friendly website, and which is easier to navigate and less cluttered. If you've bookmarked the old site, you will automatically be re-directed to the new one. The new website address is "www.acpsmd.org." Parents and student should have an easier time finding what they are looking for, and the calendar function is much improved.

 

Two Arrested on Drug-Related Offenses

Two Pennsylvania men were arrested Tuesday night and charged with drug-related offenses in Somerset. Twenty-six year old Joshwa Slope, of Somerset, and Tremaine Thornhill of Penn Hills were arraigned early Wednesday morning, on charges they were selling crack cocaine at an apartment on West Main Street. Slope was placed on a $150,000 bond, with Thornhill's bail set at $100,000.

 

Cardin Comments on Aging Water System

Water main breaks and sewer system back ups are not unique to the Cumberland area, as they are becoming even more common across the state. Maryland United States Senator Ben Cardin is supporting legislation that would offer federal matching grants to communities that modernize their water systems. Cardin is warning that in Maryland, many pipes are in dire need of repair.

 

Correctional Officer Pleads Guilty

A former Correctional Officer at the Baltimore County Detention Center has pleaded guilty to charges connected to the racketeering conspiracy scheme involving members of the Black Guerilla Family gang. Thirty-one year old Jennifer Owens faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison for the racketeering conspiracy charges. Ms. Owens has two children, fathered by BGF gang leader Tavon White, who pleaded guilty to charges lodged against him earlier this month.

 

O'Malley Fills PSC Vacancy

Governor Martin O'Malley has appointed Anne Hoskins to serve on the Maryland Public Service Commission, to fill a vacancy created when Commissioner Kevin Hughes was named chairman. Ms. Hoskins has served as the senior vice-president of public affairs and sustainability for the Public Service Enterprise Group in Newark, New Jersey. She also has served as senior counsel for Verizon Wireless.

 

Woman Arrested for Third Time

The mother of a missing West Virginia girl is back in jail for the third time this summer, and authorities want to keep her there. Lena Lunsford allegedly continues to defy a court order, and has continued to have contact with the man who fathered what will be her eighth child. Her daughter, Aliayah Lunsford has been missing since September of 2011; Lena Lunsford has also served eight months for welfare fraud after the child disappeared.

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Driver Injured as Truck Overturns

The driver of a logging truck that turned over on National Highway yesterday morning was injured, and traffic was closed in both directions for several hours. The driver, 62-year old Michael Hartell of Pennsylvania, was taken to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center for treatment.  The incident happened around 8:33 a.m. on the turn near Bunnie's Tavern. Traffic was detoured from Route 40 at Long Drive, and at Routes 40 and 36 in the Narrows. The accident is under investigation by the Allegany County Sheriff's Office.

 

America's 9/11 Ride Set Coming Through Town Tomorrow

America's 9/11 Ride will be coming though the city tomorrow morning. The ride is held annually to remembering those who died during the September 11th attacks, and raises scholarship money for the families of police, fire and EMS workers. The ride begins in Shanksville, through Cumberland, and on to Washington, D.C., and "Ground Zero" in New York. The riders should be in Cumberland between 8:45 a.m. and 9:15. They will travel down Route 36, to Mechanic Street, and left on to Frederick Street. They will make a stop at Rocky Gap, before going to Hagerstown, and onto Washington, D.C.

 

City To Demolish Former East Side School

Developers of the former East Side School property have not been successful in transforming it into loft apartments, nor medical facilities, as had been hoped. The city of Cumberland has adopted a resolution to acquire the property, and Mayor Brian Grim says it will be demolished.

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Man Charged Following Lake Crash

A 20-year old Fallston man was charged after a wrecked and abandoned boat was found near the dam at Deep Creek Lake. Michael Shannon will face charges of operating while under the influence of alcohol, negligent operation and underage possession of alcohol. The accident happened around midnight yesterday in a very dark area of the lake. Shannon was found at his parents' home around 9:30 yesterday morning.

 

Pair Waive Rights To Preliminary Hearing

Two men who led police on a chase through several Somerset municipalities will both stand trial, as they have waived their rights to a preliminary hearing in Somerset County District Court. New Market, Maryland resident Gregory Wills and 26-year old Wayne Jarvis of Boswell were traveling in a stolen truck in Somerset, when a police officer on a motorcycle tried to stop them for speeding. The two are also accused of trying to run down the officer. The vehicle Wills was operating was stolen in Maryland. Wills' bond was set at $100,000 while Jarvis' $15,000 bond was changed to non-monetary and he is free at the moment.

 

Woman Released Following Domestic Incident

Thirty-nine year old Jennifer Beals was arrested, but subsequently released following an alleged domestic assault incident on Ridgewood Avenue. She is accused of causing minor injuries to another person during the assault incident. She will stand trial on a count of second-degree assault.

 

Assault Results in Arrest

A man, who alleged threatened others in the Fort Cumberland Homes area, was released on a $25,000 unsecured bond. thirty-year old Charles Joseph Trabing IV is accused of initially getting into a verbal altercation with several other people. As the argument escalated, he is accused of walking toward the victims with the knife, threatening to stab them. He was charged with two counts each of attempted assault, second-degree assault, and reckless endangerment.

 

Man Enters Guilty Plea to Possession of Firearm

A Moorefield man has pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, but will be evaluated before any sentence is imposed. Twenty-nine year old Frederick Kern had been convicted in 2010 for possession of a controlled dangerous substance, and was prohibited from having a gun. Kern had tried to sell a gun he claimed belonged to his father,  at a pawn shop. It was discovered the gun had been stolen, despite the fact Kern had a receipt for it. Kern was found guilty, and will undergo evaluation; if favorable, Kern will be sentenced to continued probation and will also be required to serve 120 days in jail.

 

Portion of American Woodmark Plant in Moorefield Being Demolished

Part of the former American Woodmark Plant in Moorefield is being demolished and sold for scrap. Hubscrap, Incorporated of Hagerstown is doing the work on demolishing the north section of the 117,000-square foot complex. A four person crew is working at the South Fork Road site.

 

West Virginia Lottery Looking for Winner

A person who purchased a West Virginia lottery ticket may or may not know that he or she is a winner. The commission says someone bought a $10,000 mega millions winning ticket at Capon Valley market last week. The lottery commission has verified the ticket was purchased there, but don't yet know the identity of the winner.

 

Campaign Calls on Gansler to Apologize

In one of the first salvos of the Maryland gubernatorial campaign, Lt. Governor Anthony Brown's campaign manager is calling on Attorney General Doug Gansler to apologize for remarks, in which Gansler said Brown was relying on his race to get elected. Gansler made the remarks at a meeting for potential campaign volunteers last month. For their part, Gansler's campaign did not dispute the comments, but accused Brown's campaign of recording the comments illegally.

 

Vice President To Speak at Democratic Dinner

Vice-President Joe Biden will be the keynote speaker at the West Virginia Democratic Party's annual Jefferson-Jackson dinner in October. The dinner will be held at the Charleston Civic Center. The vice-president accepted an invitation from U.S. Senator Joe Manchin. The event will also celebrate U.S. Senator Jay Rockefeller's 50 years of public service to the Mountain State. Rockefeller announced earlier this year that he will not seek a sixth term in 2014.

 

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Woman Held on $250,000 Bond in Robbery

Barton resident Sandra Susann Duckworth is jailed on a quarter million dollars bond, following the robbery of the Tri-Towns Pharmacy in Westernport yesterday morning. She allegedly sprayed employees with pepper spray, before running from the business. She was located a short time later in Lonaconing. An anonymous tip led to the Allegany County Sheriff's Office locating her.

 

Three Officers Hired for Security

Three law enforcement veterans have been hired by the Allegany County School System to provide security when classes begin on August 26th. They include State Police veterans Steve Wininger and Brian Hughes along with Timothy Stevens, a 28-year veteran from the Frostburg State University police department. The officers will wear a uniform and badge, and will carry a concealed weapon.

 

Groundbreaking Set for Route 219

The groundbreaking ceremony for a four-lane route between Meyersdale and Somerset will be held on August 27th at 11 a.m. A Tareuntum company was the low bidder for the earth-moving phase of the project. That portion has a pricetag of just over $110.6 million, and was about $8 million under budget. The earth moving project will take about three years, and the next step will be to accept bids for the structural work.

 

Friendsville Motorcycle Wreck Injures Two

A motorcycle accident in Friendsville has sent two people to Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown. The bike was being driven by Mark Appleby, with passenger Tracy Appleby, when it struck a deer on Blooming Rose Road. They were both thrown from the motorcycle, and were flown to the hospital. The McHenry barrack of the Maryland State Police is investigating.

 

Man Arrested for Assault

A Cumberland man faces second-degree assault charges, following an incident late last week at a private residence on South Street. William Lester Walker was arrested this week, after being accused of trying to choke a woman during an argument. Walker was served and released pending trial in Allegany County District Court. The victim did not require medical attention.

 

Man Held on Theft Charge

A 21-year old Cumberland man is being held on $3,000 bond, following an incident on Monday. Pat McGriff allegedly rented an electronic item from a business on Queen City drive in late July. He later sold the item at another business on Baltimore Street. He received a bond review at the Allegany County District Court Commissioner's Office.

 

Man Charged with Statutory Sexual Assault

A Salisbury, Pennsylvania man has been charged with statutory sexual assault, aggravated indecent assault, indecent assault and corruption of minors. The victim was a 14-year old girl, who Michael Gene Cooper met at Garrett County Memorial Hospital; the assault occurred on August 6th. Police interviewed Cooper on August 10th. His preliminary hearing will be held a week from tomorrow at 10 a.m. in Meyersdale.

 

Two Arrested on Drug Charges

Two Preston County residents have been charged with possession of 6 stamps of heroin and 35 Clonazepam, with intent to distribute. Forty-one year old James Lee Glover and 29-year old Holly Brent were arrested following a traffic stop. Brent is also wanted here in Maryland on similar charges; Both are being held at the North Central Regional Jail on separate bond of $10,000 each.

 

Power Outages Expected to Increase

Maryland residents know the headaches that come with prolonged power outages. A federal report warns of more to come. Severe weather is the primary cause of power outages in the country. The White House says is wants to strengthen the power grid as climate change increases the intensity and severity of storms. Josh Saks, legislative director for the National Wildlife Federation, says new protections are critical.

 

Lyme Disease on the Upswing in Maryland

Lyme disease is on the rise in Maryland, according to a recent Center for Disease Control study. The increase is prompting health officials to work on treating symptoms-which are similar to the flu-earlier. Preventative measures are checking the sleeves of your shirt, behind the ears, and even check your hair, because that is where ticks are most likely to hide. Also, wearing long pants, tucking them into boots and using insect repellent can help you stay protected. With pets, check around the collar or under the ear, and in places that are not highly visible.

 

West Virginia Attorney Fires Shots, Shoots Self

Attorney Mark Bramble had surgery Monday night for a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head following a stand-off with police. Mark Bramble, who had recently submitted his resignation from the state attorney general's office was firing random shots inside his house in Charleston. Once on the scene, police fired only one round. The investigation is continuing; Bramble was the only person to have sustained injuries.

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No Foul Play Suspected in Death

Preliminary indications are that there was no foul play in the death of a man, whose body was found hanging from a railing in the vicinity of the Valley Street Crossing of the Great Allegheny Trail yesterday morning. A person walking the trail found the body around 8:20 a.m. The trail was blocked off, while the scene was processed by the Maryland State Police Forensic Sciences Division. The body of the 51-year old man was sent to the Maryland State Medical Examiner's Office for an autopsy to confirm the cause of death.

 

Two Arrested on Burglary, Theft Charges

A stolen gift card sparked an investigation, which has landed 20-year old Brady Aaron Twigg and a 17-year old juvenile in jail. Police were notified that two people were trying to use what was believed to be a stolen gift card to pay for a meal at a local restaurant. The card was determined to be stolen, and police also executed a search warrant on the two suspects' homes that yielded a large amount of stolen jewelry and collectible coins. Twigg is being held in the Allegany County Detention Center on $25,000 bond, while the juvenile is being held at a detention facility, pending his next court appearance. Investigators are asking anyone who recently experienced a break in at their homes, primarily in the North End of town, to contact them, arrange to see the property and determine ownership.

 

Mineral County Votes to Go Smoke Free

Despite some spirited opposition to the measure, Mineral County's Board of Health approved a strong no-smoking regulation during yesterday's meeting. The law now prohibits indoor smoking anywhere people gather or work. Representatives from the Keyser VFW, the American Legion and Moose clubs were vehemently opposed to the measure. Despite that, it was unanimously approved.

 

Woman Arrested After Interrupting Church Services

A woman, who disrupted Sunday Services at the Metropolitan AME Church in Cumberland was arrested, but later released. Fifty-two year old Fatima Maria Monteiro was escorted out of  the church and continued to be disruptive. She was held in the county jail on a temporary commitment, and taken back to the District Court Office, before being released on her own recognizance.

 

Bail Set at $100,000 For Stabbing Suspect

Bail has been set at $100,000 for the man accused of stabbing a 15-year old last Friday morning in LaVale. A District Court judge set the amount during a bail review yesterday. Victor White is charged with attempted second-degree murder, along with second-degree assault. He is accused of stabbing the boy in the back during an incident in the 400-block of National Highway; he was apprehended about 12 hours later at a residence on "A" Street.

 

Woman Held on $5,000 Bond in Domestic Dispute

Cumberland City Police officers were called twice to 316 Pennsylvania Avenue Sunday morning, for a domestic dispute. The first call, at 4:30 a.m., with Traci Tilson and her husband were told to quiet down. The second call, at 5:15 a.m., resulted in Ms. Tilson being arrested for allegedly assaulting her husband; she pushed him against a set of stairs, and also scratched him in the face and chest. She was taken to the District Court Commissioners office, where she was ordered held on $5,000 bond.

 

Train Pull Set for September 7th

The 12th annual Train Pull for Charities is set for 9 a.m. September 7th,  at the Western Maryland Station in Cumberland. The event will benefit four separate charities, including the Allegany County Special Olympics, The League: A Children's Place, Friends Aware, and the Ali Ghan Shrine Transportation Unit. Event chair David Goad says this is a one-of-a-kind, world-wide event. Each team of 20 people, raises $500 each.

 

Swimming, Fishing Restricted at Deep Creek Lake

Swimming and fishing have been restricted in the Deep Creek Lake area. About 36,000 gallons of domestic wastewater entered a stream that feeds into the lake from the nhorthwest end of Marsh Run Cove. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources has placed warning buoys in the area of affected properties. Water sampling and testing will be ongoing, to determine when the restrictions can be lifted.

 

Employees Sue School District Over Salaries

Eighteen current and retired female employees of the Windber School District have filed a civil lawsuit, accusing the system of paying them approximately 10 per cent less than their male counterparts. Nearly all of the plaintiffs are teachers, while one is a nurse. The 22-page complaint also charge the district with discounting the out-of-district and long-term substitute teaching experience of women by an average of more than 12 per cent. The issue is scheduled to be placed in the U.S. District Court's Alternative Dispute Resolution Program, which allows the use of a mediator.

 

Thousands More Lose Homes in Foreclosure Wave

After having one of the lowest foreclosure rates in the country, Maryland saw the third highest foreclosure rate between January and June. The latest wave shows there were 9,330 foreclosure filings in the first three months of the year, more than twice the total of a year ago. Lenders had stopped foreclosures in recent years, to address problems with documentation.

 

Gas Prices Hit Lowest Mark Since Mid-July

Even though it may not last long, gas prices in the state of Maryland have been falling. Gas prices hit a statewide high of $3.70 on July 12th, and since then, the average cost of a gallon of regular has fallen, on average, 9-cents. There are several factors that could cause the prices to rise. Drivers in both Virginia and South Carolina continue to see the lowest gas prices; conversely, California has the highest at $4.79.

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Protest Held for Recent Inmate Attack

 

A demonstration was held Friday to protest the most recent inmate attacks at the North Branch Correctional Institution in Cresaptown. In the past month, 15 officers have been injured after being attacked by inmates, and in the most recent incident, an inmate stabbed an officer with a homemade weapon. That officer-Herbert Hilliard-was identified by the Saturday Cumberland Times-News. He claims he was never warned of the impending attack, even though prison officials received a letter from an inmate, indicating one was coming.

 

 

Suspect Arrested in LaVale

 

The man accused of stabbing a 15-year old boy early Friday morning, was apprehended at a private residence in the 500-block of "A" Street in LaVale soon after the assault. Twenty-nine year old Victor White of Cumberland was taken into custody about 12 hours after the attack. The victim was taken to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center for treatment. White has been charged with attempted second-degree murder, first-degree assault and second-degree assault. White received a bond hearing at District Court.

 

 

Two Arrested on Drug Charges

 

Subhan Vahora of Thumbull, Connecticutt and Aqib Khan of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania were arrested along Interstate 68 near Pigs Ear Road in Grantsville by the Maryland State Police. The MSP Interstate Criminal Enforcement Team conducted a K9 scan of a 2003 Lexus and found marijuana, ecstacy, and prescription medication. While Vahora received a District Court hearing, Khan was charged with possession of marijuana and released.

 

 

Four Meth Lab Suspects To Stand Trial

 

Four people, charged by Meyersdale Borough Police with running a meth lab, will go to trial. The four-Michael Hoff of Ohio and Meyersdale residents Larry Wilt, James Betz, and Cheryl Finzel of Berlin-have waived their rights to a preliminary hearing. The investigation began in March on Celtic Lane, when a neighbor said he believed someone was manufacturing methamphetamine. Police obtained permission to search the trailer and found ingredients used to make the drug.

 

 

No Timeline for Sheriff's Facility

 

The contract for the "shell" portion of the new Allegany County Sheriff's Department building will be let within two weeks, and the county is saving money by utilizing its maintenance division to finish the interior. Sheriff Craig Robertson says the facility, on the grounds of the Allegany County Office Complex, will be finished during the maintenance division's "down time." The present Furnace Street location was never designed to be a law enforcement building. The current Sheriff's Department building will be turned over to the Animal Welfare Society, to be used as administrative offices.

 

 

It's Tax Free Week!

 

Maryland's Tax Free shopping week is being compared to Black Friday sales, when it comes to boosting sales in the state. The annual tax-free week, through Saturday, gives consumers a break on the state's six per cent sales tax on most apparel and footwear, priced up to $100. Critics of the tax free week say the state stands to forego approximately $5 million in tax revenue.

 

 

Gambling Revenue Increases in Maryland

 

During the last fiscal year, Maryland experienced a 27.6 per cent increase in lottery and casino revenues. Lottery revenue, which goes to Maryland's general fund, dipped $11 million, but that drop was not unexpected because of casino industry growth. Maryland now has four casinos, and two more are planned. One will be located in the vicinity of M & T Bank Stadium and Oriole Park at Camden Yards. The sixth will be located near Washington, D.C., in Price George's County.

 

 

Attorney Pleads Not Guilty to Drug Charges

 

The Jefferson County Assistant Prosecutor has pleaded not guilty to selling Oxycodone, and his trial has been set for September 24th. James Casimiro is accused of selling an undetermined amount of the drug to another individual on two separate occasions. Casimiro, who has been in the prosecuting attorney's office for five years, was suspended without pay after his July 24th arrest.

 

 

W. Va. Agencies Could Face Budget Cuts

 

For the second time in as many years, the West Virginia Department of Revenue is telling state agencies to prepare two budgets: one, a base budget, and the other, a budget that reflects a 7-1/2 per cent cut. State Budget Director Mike McKown says agencies should anticipate that much of a budget reduction. West Virginia faces a more than $300 million budget gap for the fiscal year that begins on July 1st of next year. The shortfall is being attributed to several factors, including a slowdown in the coal industry, declining lottery revenues because of competition in border states and a sluggish national economy.

 

 

Law Slows Sales of Meth Components

 

The West Virginia Retailers Association says a new law, cracking down on the sale of key ingredients used to make methamphetamine, seems to be working. A new, real-time tracing system has stopped the sale of nearly 10,000 boxes of pseudoephedrine. Legislation recently passed in the Mountain State, requires retailers to enter all cold-remedy sales in the National Precursor Log Exchange, a system now used in at least 27 other states. It also sets limits on how much pseudoephedrine can be sold. Balancing the need to fight drug abuse with access for law-abiding citizens, it reduces pressure on retailers by automatically blocking transactions at the point of sale.

 

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Carbon Monoxide Victims Identified

Seventy-five year old William Miller died, and his wife, Ruth of Windber,was taken to the hospital for treatment of apparent carbon monoxide poisoning. The two had been camping at the Allegany County Fairgrounds, and had started a gas generator near their vehicle. The couple fell asleep with the generator running, and the exhaust fumes had entered the recreational vehicle. William Miller was pronounced dead at the scene, while his wife received medical treatment at the Western Maryland Health System. There is no indication of foul play, but the investigation is continuing by the Allegany County Sheriff's Department and the C3I unit.

 

Cumberland Woman Killed in Washington County Crash

Fifty-year old Cumberland resident Brenda Adams was killed in a single vehicle accident yesterday afternoon on Interstate 70 near St. Paul Road in Clear Spring. She was a passenger in an SUV, driven by 39-year old Raymond Butts, also of Cumberland. A tire apparently blew out, causing the vehicle to cross the roadway and strike the guardrail on the right shoulder of the road. It then overturned in the roadway. Ms. Adams was ejected through the rear of the vehicle on the roadway, while Butts was taken to Meritus Medical Center for treatment.

 

Legislators Join Call for Answers

Legislators are joining with union officials in demanding answers on the most recent stabbing of a correctional officer at the North Branch Correctional Institution in Cresaptown. Primarily, both the chair of the Senate public safety subcommittee and the chair of the House criminal justice committee want to know who broke with policy, and allowed the officer to go unwarned. Policy dictates that the officers be made aware of threats to their personal safety before they start their next shift. A rally is scheduled for today at NBCI by AFSCME members who are correctional officers; the purpose of the rally is to call for the resignations of security personnel who they believe are directly responsible for the inmate assault of a fellow officer.

 

Two Arrested for Theft

A Falls Church man and one from Hyattsville have been arrested for the theft of about $4,000 worth of copper piping from the former Sacred Heart Hospital. Fifty-five year old Balvino Monteflores and 46-year old Hugo Alvarado are in custody, following their arrest yesterday. The two were working for an asbestos removal company that had access to the building. The company did not have authorization to remove or tamper with any of the copper piping in the building. Both were charged with attempted theft and malicious destruction of property.

 

Defense Attorney Charged with Smuggling Contraband

A Pittsburgh defense attorney, who was representing a client in Bedford County, has been arrested for handing him a cell phone in a court detention room. Thomas Crawford, representing Michael Patrick Crawley in an assault case, allegedly handed him the phone in Central Court. Pennsylvania law prohibits providing phones to prisoners as a first-degree misdemeanor. Crawford has a hearing scheduled for September 18th.

 

Guard Waives Hearing on Indecent Assault Charges

Former Somerset County Jail guard Ronald Edwsard Lensbouer will face trial on charges he sexually assaulted two female co-workers. Lensbouer, of Friedens, waived his right to a preliminary hearing this week in Somerset County. He had been the chief correctional officer at the jail, and is accused of making inappropriate comments to two subordinate female corrections officers; that escalated into inappropriate contact. Lensbouer is currently free on bond.

 

Flintstone Woman Arrested for Assault

Flintstone resident Toni Marie Washington is in the Allegany County Detention Center on $3,000 bond, following an alleged assault incident in the downtown Cumberland area. She is accused of assaulting another woman, by hitting her in the face, while the victim was still in her car,  in the area of Liberty Street. The victim applied for charges at District Court, and Ms. Washington was arrested and jailed.

 

Woman Charged in Stabbing

Fifty-year old Cumberland resident Brenda Dean was released on personal recognizance, following an assault incident Wednesday evening in the 100-block of Roberts Street. Cumberland Police were called to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center for a report of a male victim, who had been stabbed in the throat, causing a large laceration. She has been charged with first and second-degree assault, along with reckless endangerment.

 

Hampshire Residents Asked to Conserve Water

Residents served by the water system in the Springfield/Greenspring, West Virginia areas are being asked to conserve water until Sunday. The request is being made, because of a water shortage caused by a commercial fire that consumed a large portion of stored water reserves.

 

Three Killed in Tucker County Crash

A two-vehicle crash in Tucker County this week took the life of a 20-year old Elkins man and a brother and sister who were in the car with him. Joshua Lee Watson may have fallen asleep, and tried to correct his vehicle, before hitting a large service truck on Route 219 near Thomas, West Virginia. The mother of the children, and another 6-year old child were taken to Ruby Memorial Hospital. The family was returning from a funeral of the children's grandfather in Maryland.

 

Scam Hits Residents of Hampshire County

Hampshire County residents are being warned of another scam, this time involving Green Dot MoneyPak cards. People are asked to go to local stores to purchase the cards, then pay a "tax" or "insurance" on winnings they have supposedly won in a sweepstakes or lottery. Once the victim purchases the card and surrenders the security code, the money is transferred to untraceable accounts and the money is lost. People should never give out personal information or even verify the information, when you receive a call.

 

Legislator Calls for Investigation

A Montgomery County Democrat is calling on Governor  Martin O'Malley to investigate the death of a Frederick County man with Down's Syndrome, in a Frederick County movie theatre in January. Delegate Heather Mizeur who is running for Governor, says the investigation should be done through the State Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. In January, 26-year old Ethan Saylor died of asphyxiation after sheriff's deputies tried to forcibly remove him from a movie theatre. A grand jury decided in March not to indict the deputies, but the U.S. Department of Justice is investigating the man's death.

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Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Kills One, Injures Another

One person is dead, and another was taken to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center late this morning. The two elderly people were found unresponsive and unconscious at the Allegany County Fairgrounds. An emergency call was received at 11:15 a.m., as people were moving into the fairgrounds for the Cumberland Firefighters Local 1715 bash that starts tomorrow. Still investigating the incident are the Allegany County Sheriff's Office and the C3I unit.

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Fired Youth Center Teachers Want Jobs Back

Ten former educators, who had been employees at local youth centers, before being dismissed in June, are questioning the methods of the state of Maryland. The teachers were fired after the state asked them to reapply for jobs they already had, and are taking issue with the Maryland State Department of Education's procedures. Members of the District One delegation are trying to arrange a meeting among the teachers, members of the State Department of Education and the Department Of Juvenile Services to mediate the matter.

 

Union Head Calls for Firings

The head of the AFSCME union is calling for the three directors in the Public Safety and Corrections Services Department to be fired, following the most recent stabbing of a correctional officer at the North Branch Correctional Institution in Cresaptown. The President of the Council says supervisors here had intelligence of a credible gang-related assault, but failed to inform correctional officers about it. The inmate attacker has been identified as a man from Prince Georges County, who is serving a life sentence for murder and other charges. This is the second assault in as many weeks at NBCI.

 

Clearville Man Killed in Hyndman Crash

Twenty-one year old Clearville resident Luke Wesley Weicht was killed Tuesday in a one-vehicle accident on Route 96 in Londonderry Township. The crash occurred near the intersection of Route 96 and Madley Hollow Road, when Weicht's car traveled out of control, hit a guardrail, became airborne and struck a cement bridge culvert.

 

Bishop Walsh In Line for Updates

Bishop Walsh School is undergoing renovations to its biology and chemistry labs, along with the school's locker rooms. Funding is being provided by the Archdiocese of Baltimore, and is in the amount of about $800,000. Harbel Construction, a local contractor, should have the renovations finished by August 19th.

 

Woman Refuses to Leave WMHS, And Is Arrested

Twenty-five year old Cumberland resident Corrina Louise Reeder is being held in the Allegany County Detention Center on $2500 bond, following an incident at the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center. She was in one of the rooms at the facility, but refused to leave. She also is accused of creating a disturbance and cursing at the officers who responded. She was taken to police headquarters and received a hearing in Allegany County District Court.

 

Development Authority Calls Special Meeting

The Mineral County Development Authority has called a special meeting for today, to review revisions to its by-laws and the handbook of policies and procedures. The members will also go into executive session to discuss the job description for executive director. They will consider the elimination of the executive committee and several standing committees.

 

Teachers Uncertain, Going into 2013-2014 School Year

Teachers going into the new school year have more questions than answers about how their students will be tested, how they will be evaluated, and whether they have the tools to teach a new curriculum. Maryland State Teachers' Association President Betty Weller says teachers, for the most part, will be judged in large part, by student test scores.

 

PSC Considering "Opt-Out" Fees for Smart Meters

The Maryland Public Service Commission is considering for electric customers who don't want the new advanced "Smart Meters," that automatically monitor electricity usage. Maryland electric providers, such as BGE, Pepco, and Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative are requesting one time, upfront fees, ranging from $100 to $105, and monthly fees which range anywhere from $15 to over $105.00. Opponents say they should not have to be forced to pay extra, if they don't want to have a Smart Meter.

 

Gang Leader Pleads Guilty to Racketeering Charges

Tavon White, who has been accused of running a sophisticated drug dealing operation at the Baltimore City Detention Center, has pleaded guilty to federal racketeering charges. White is the alleged mastermind who made thousands of dollars from a drug ring he ran behind bars. He has also admitted to being a 13-year member of the Black Guerilla Family Gang.

 

Conflict of Interest for Former Lawmaker?

A conflict of interest complaint has been filed against Delegate Joseph Vallario, and the Joint Legislative Ethics Committee has scheduled a work session later this month. The Washington Post revealed the complaint, which involves a woman who told Vallario details about her daughter's 2010 death in a hit-and-run accident. His son, who operates out of his father's law office, provided legal representation to the driver. For his part, Vallario says he and his son maintain separate practices, and he was not involved in the case.

 

AccuWeather Introduces 45-Day Forecast

AccuWeather has introduced a 45-day forecast, which can help with Labor Day, back-to-school and football planning. Senior meteorologist Alex Sosnowski says the long-range forecast should not be seen as a strict guide, but rather a look at how weather patterns evolve.

 

Seven W. Va. Residents Killed in Two Days

A total of seven people have been killed within the last two days in three separate accidents in West Virginia. Three people were coming from a funeral in Maryland, and were killed on Route 219, south of Thomas, West Virginia. Another occurred on State Route 36 near Wallback in West Virginia. And, on Tuesday, three people were killed, when a car ran off the road in Nichyolas County. All three of the accidents remain under investigation.

 

Primanti Brothers Coming to Morgantown

A Pittsburg staple is coming to Morgantown, West Virginia's Suncrest Town Centre. Primanti Brothers is moving toward the construction phase of the restaurant, within the next 30 days. Primanti Brothers operates 17 restaurants in the Pittsburgh area and three in Florida. Morgantown's location will be the first in West Virginia for the chain.

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Inmate Allegedly Threatened Officer Before Assault

The Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services is now looking into an alleged threat against the correctional officer who was stabbed Monday at the North Branch Correctional Institution. The threat, in a letter,  was allegedly received four days prior to the attack, and-according to the Cumberland Times-News-authorities failed to notify the officer of the information. AFSCME leaders released documents they say prove that Division of Correction authorities knew of a specific, credible threat against the officer.

 

Juvenile Escapees Caught By Deputy

Two juvenile escapees from the Backbone Mountain facility in Garrett County were apprehended yesterday morning in the Westernport area. The search began in Mineral County, as the two were spotted in Piedmont. After a brief search, the two were found in Maryland and taken into custody by an Allegany County Sheriff's Deputy. Involved in the incident were the Allegany County Sheriff's Office, the Mineral County Sheriff's Office and the Keyser City Police.

 

Smoking Ban To Affect Two Housing Units

The Cumberland Housing Authority, along with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development are moving forward with plans to eliminate smoking inside units at both Queen City Tower and the John F. Kennedy apartments. The ban will go into effect on November 1st. the ban will be an addendum to the tenant lease. The ban will not affect electronic cigarettes.

 

Former Manager Barred from Airport Grounds

The former manager of the Greater Cumberland Regional Airport will remain banned from the facility, following the dismissal of a suit in Mineral County Circuit Court. Terry Malone was attempting to gain access to the airport. Malone will not be allowed on the property without expressed written consent, and would be charged with trespassing if he did not comply with the request.

 

Two Arrested After Police Chase

A New Market, Maryland man and one from Boswell, Pennsylvania are in custody, in a chase that began in Somerset, and ended along Beachdale Road and East Mud Pike in Brothersvalley Township. Gregory Wills, from Maryland, and Wayne Jarvis were in a stolen Toyota Tacoma truck in Somerset; a motorcycle officer tried to stop the two for speeding, and the chase began. Wills, the driver, tried to run over the officer. They were eventually apprehended and are in the Somerset County jail.

 

Resurfacing Project Begins in Garrett County

The Maryland State Highway Administration has begun a resurfacing project between Route 135, between route 495, the Swanton Road and Route 38, the Kitzmiller Road in Garrett County. Weather permitting, the project will be complete in early November. The project, which has a price tag of $2.1 million includes drainage improvements, guardrail upgrades, patching, resurfacing, and installing new pavement markings, and rumble strips with a 3-1/2 mile segment of roadway. Motorists in that area should anticipate single-lane closures with flagging, Monday through Friday, from sunrise to sunset.

 

Man Arrested Following Assault Incident

Cumberland resident Bradley Allan French was arrested and charged with second degree assault, following an incident on Wempe Drive on Monday. French allegedly threw a bottle at a woman, and she was struck in the head, causing minor injuries. French received a hearing at District Court, and was released on personal recognizance.

 

Man Faces Four Assault Counts

A Cumberland resident faces four counts of second-degree assault, along with resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. Officers were called to 425 Arch Street, where an assault was taking place. Thomas Keith O'Neill was taken into custody, but assaulted a total of three Cumberland City Police Officers as they were trying to take him to Police Headquarters for processing. Following a hearing in District Court, he was held on $10,000 bond.

 

Chamber Announces Business Awards

The Allegany County Chamber of Commerce will present its annual Business Recognition Awards in October, but it has already announced the winners. The Business of the Year is Care Ventures, Incorporated. The Entrepreneurial Spirit Award will go to Bennett, Brewer and Associates, and James "Snake" Robertson will receive the Community Service Award. The dinner will be held October 24th at Frostburg State University.

 

Pedestrian Deaths Increase in Maryland, Nationwide

With the start of school just weeks away, there's news on an increase in the number of pedestrian deaths in the state rising for the second year in a row. A new report from the Federal Department of Transportation finds 21-per cent of traffic fatalities in the state involve pedestrians, compared to less than 10 per cent in neighboring Virginia. Montgomery County School Safety Director Terry Guilday says pedestrians are taking too many risks.

 

Donovan Funeral Set for Friday

Funeral arrangements have been completed for Baltimore Colt great Artie Donovan. The funeral will be held Friday at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen in Baltimore at 11 a.m. Donovan played on the Baltimore Colt team in 1958, in a game many consider to be the greatest NFL game ever played. Donovan also had a local connection, having been a guest at the annual Dapper Dan dinner, and had also been known to frequent Curtiss' Coney Island Weiners in downtown Cumberland.

 

Senator Pipkin Resigning

Maryland Republican State Senator E. J. Pipkin is resigning next Monday. Pipkin, who represents the Upper Eastern Shore, is moving his family to Texas, where he will pursue a Master's Degree in Sports Management at Southern Methodist University. Pipkin's term would have ended in January of 2015.

 

WV Senator Switching Parties, Running for Rahall Seat

West Virginia Senator Evan Jenkins is switching to the Republican Party, and will run for Democratic Representative Nick Rahall's seat in Congress. Jenkins, from Cabell County, was removed from his leadership positions in the State Senate Tuesday evening. That action was taken because Jenkins had allegedly refused to dispel rumors that he, in fact, was switching parties to possibly run for Congress.

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On August 5, 2013 two juvenile males escaped from the Backbone Mountain facility of the Maryland Department of Juvenile Services in Garrett County Maryland. A search was conducted which led into Mineral County West Virginia. During the early morning hours of August 6, 2013 the two juveniles were spotted in the Piedmont West Virginia area. Deputies from the Allegany County Sheriff's Office responded to the area to assist allied agencies. After a brief search the two juveniles were located in the Westernport Maryland area and taken into custody by an Allegany County Sheriff's Office deputy.

Agencies involved in the search were Allegany County Sheriff's Office, Mineral County Sheriff's Office, and Keyser City Police.

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On August 5, 2013 two juvenile males escaped from the Backbone Mountain facility of the Maryland Department of Juvenile Services in Garrett County Maryland. A search was conducted which led into Mineral County West Virginia. During the early morning hours of August 6, 2013 the two juveniles were spotted in the Piedmont West Virginia area. Deputies from the Allegany County Sheriff's Office responded to the area to assist allied agencies. After a brief search the two juveniles were located in the Westernport Maryland area and taken into custody by an Allegany County Sheriff's Office deputy.

Agencies involved in the search were Allegany County Sheriff's Office, Mineral County Sheriff's Office, and Keyser City Police.

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Correctional Officer Injured in Attack

Another correctional officer has been attacked and stabbed by an inmate at the North Branch Correctional Institution in Cresaptown. The officer is simply identified as a four year veteran who suffered injuries that did not appear to be of a life-threatening nature. He was taken to the hospital by the Cresaptown Volunteer Fire Department ambulance. The inmate has been identified and the weapon has been recovered. As a precaution, the prison was placed on lockdown, following the 8:40 a.m. incident yesterday.

 

Accident Leads To Charges

What began as a minor car accident, ended with a woman being arrested, but released pending trial. Cumberland City Police arrested Michelle Lee Humphress following a crash on Frederick Street. Those involved in the accident were creating a disturbance, and were told by Cumberland City Police Officers to stop yelling. Ms. Humphress was charged with disorderly conduct and received a hearing in District Court.

 

Three Cited for Operating Dirt Bikes on the Street

Three Cumberland men were issued citations for operating off-road motorcycles on Columbia Avenue Sunday evening. Thirty-eight year old Rodney Ross, along with 25-year old Glen Spencer and 28-year old David Earl Troutman were cited. The off-road bikes were also towed from the scene.

 

Keyser Man Charged in Domestic Case

Keyser resident John Lee Kuglar has been charged in the alleged assault of a woman in Keyser early Sunday. Kuglar is accused of assaulting a woman, who had visible injuries. He also allegedly became disorderly at the police station, and was pepper-sprayed before being taken to jail.

 

ACM To Go Smoke, Tobacco Free This Month

Allegany College of Maryland has instituted a smoke and tobacco-free policy, at all of its campuses, centers and sites. The policy will go into effect August 19th and will affect faculty and staff members, students and visitors on college property. The tobacco-use ban also extends to Willowbrook Woods, where smoking had previously been allowed on balconies of the student apartment complex. More information about the policy is available on the college website, www.allegany.edu.

 

Striplin Announces Candidacy

Former Allegany County Board of Education member Tom Striplin has filed to run for an Allegany County Commissioners seat. Striplin originally announced his candidacy in April. Striplin is currentlly a professor or respiratory therapy at Allegany College of Maryland. He resides in Mount Savage with his wife, Jaime.

 

Council Member to Bike Trail

In order to raise awareness of the Great Allegheny Passage, Cumberland City Council member Nicole Alt Wagoner will bike the entire 355-mile trail, beginning in September. She is currently training for the ride, riding 60 miles of the trail this past Sunday. Councilwoman Wagoner says the most difficult portion of the trail is the segment from Cumberland to Frostburg. If you would like more information on the ride, go to nicoleinspires.com on the web, or the Facebook page, "Nicole Inspires."

 

Shopping Plaza to be Auctioned

The Plank Road Shoppes Plaza in Somerset borough will be auctioned off August 19th. The plaza once housed the Bi-Lo market, but the company filed for bankruptcy three years ago. Since then, more people were interested in buying the plaza, than renting one space. There are only three tenants in the plaza, which is owned by the New York-based Chart Organization.

 

Potomac Edison: No Plans for "Smart Meters" in Western Maryland

Potomac Edison says it is not in the process of installing new, electronic "smart meters" in its Western Maryland service area. Although Maryland does not yet have permission to install the meters, they are being placed in some neighboring areas of Pennsylvania. The meter is a two-way electrical unit, that records consumption of energy usage and communicates that information to the utility for remote monitoring and billing purposes.

 

More Teens Waiting Longer to Obtain Licenses

Triple "A" Mid-Atlantic has found an interesting statistic: more teens are waiting until they're 18 to get their licenses, and the economy may be playing a major role in that decision. About 54 per cent of teens nationwide are waiting until they're 18 or older to get their driver licenses. It was once thought that strict and graduated driving laws were to blame, but a study has found it may have more to do with the economy than anything else.

 

Two Maryland Men on Trial for Falling Waters Murder

One of two men charged with killing a Falling Waters, West Virginia woman during a 2011 home robbery is on trial in Berkeley County Circuit Court. Thirty-five year old Roy Wisotzkey of Hagerstown and Joshua Stitley of Hancock are charged with the murder of 57-year old Vickie Clem, who had been beaten to death and stabbed twice. While Wistozkey is now on trial, Stitley is scheduled to go on trial October 22nd.

 

Governor O'Malley Comments on Presidential Bid

Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley is shifting his comments on whether he would like to run for President in 2016, to how he would run for the Democratic nomination. While attending the National Governor's Association meeting in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Governor O'Malley says that, by the end of the year, he will have mapped out "a body of work that lays the framework of a candidacy for 2016," according to the Baltimore Sun. Half-a-million dollars have been raised during the first half of the year by his political action committee. Some of that money will also be shared with what he termed "like-minded candidates" in early primary states.

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Correctional Officer Injured in Attack

Another correctional officer has been attacked and stabbed by an inmate at the North Branch Correctional Institution in Cresaptown. The officer is simply identified as a four year veteran who suffered injuries that did not appear to be of a life-threatening nature. He was taken to the hospital by the Cresaptown Volunteer Fire Department ambulance. The inmate has been identified and the weapon has been recovered. As a precaution, the prison was placed on lockdown, following the 8:40 a.m. incident today.

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Local Physician Passes Away

 

Dr. Robert Cendo, a local physician, was found dead at his former residence on Spruce Street early Saturday morning, according to the Cumberland City Police and the C3I unit. There was no indication of foul play, and the scene was processed by members of the Maryland State Police Crime Lab. Also responding to the scene was a forensic investigator from the Maryland Medical Examiner's Office.  Cendo reportedly surrendered his medical license recently, after being arrested in May on charges of illegal firearms possession, and trading drugs for sex. Dr. Cendo was 59 years of age.

 

 

Robbery Suspects in Custody

 

Three people from Baltimore  who are suspected of an attempted armed robbery at the LaVale Pizza Hut late last week are in custody. Two employees were approached by three others in the parking lot; one of the suspects had a handgun. Both of the employees were able to escape to their vehicles and were able to notify authorities. The suspects were eventually able to get a taxi to Baltimore, but were apprehended in Hagerstown. They were identified as Shaequa De'Shay Douglass, Chirstopher Jamal Anderson and Angel Denise Bright.

 

 

Man Arrested for Assault

 

A Cumberland man has been arrested on an outstanding arrest warrant for assault, in connection to an incident on Memorial Avenue in April. Thirty-two year old Charles George II is accused of getting into an argument with a woman over financial issues. The argument became physical, when he allegedly pushed her to the ground and began hitting her. Her injuries did not require medical attention. He fled the residence before police arrived. He has been charged with one count of second degree assault, and was released on personal recognizance.

 

 

Speed Cameras Result in Over 5500 Citations

 

A speed camera on Interstate 68 has resulted in over 5500 citations since June. The citations result in a $40 fine for exceeding the posted work zone speed limit of 55 miles-per-hour by 12 miles or greater. Citations are mailed with images, detailing the alleged violations. Work on the project, in the vicinity of Kelly Road and Patterson Avenue began in May and will be finished by the fall of next year, weather permitting.

 

 

Mineral to Hear Smoking Ban Comments

 

The Mineral County Board of Health will hear comments next Monday, regarding the proposal to declare the county 100 per cent smoke free. Most businesses and public buildings have been smoke free for nearly seven years; however, that did not include certain buildings, including free-standing bars and bingo halls, and other outdoor areas, such as parks, playgrounds and athletic facilities. While many are in favor of the ban, other groups, such as the local American Legion Post has been circulating a petition against it.

 

 

Staff Changes for School System

 

There are several changes in store for the 2013-2014 school year, including a new pilot program at Fort Hill High School. Katie Buskirk has been named the Dean of Academics at Fort Hill, while Richard King will serve as the Dean of Students. Other changes include Dave Kauffman and Jeff Avey, who will share the responsibilities of Fine Arts Supervisors; Kauffman was recently appointed assistant principal of Braddock Middle School. Dr. George Brown will replace Martin Crump as the Assistant Supervisor of Professional Development. Joe Carter is the new Supervisor of Math, while Eric Van Slyke will be the new Science Supervisor in the school system.

 

 

Rawlings Meeting Set for Wednesday

 

The Allegany County Commissioners have scheduled a public meeting on proposed water projects for the Rawlings/Route 220 areas. Community members and residents are invited to the meeting on Wednesday at 7 p.m., at the Rawlings United Methodist Church. On hand will be Department of Public Works staff. Public comment will also be accepted.

 

 

Tax Free Week August 12-18

 

Maryland is giving families a break with tax-free shopping next week. Beginning Monday, stores will be dropping the six per cent sales tax on certain items, just in time for back-to-school shopping. It's been waived for clothing and shoes, as long as the amount is under $100.00.

 

 

AMEX Drops Charges Against Giordano

 

A subsidiary of American Express is dropping charges against a Frederick man, who had been jailed for months in the presumed death of his traveling companion in Aruba. The company had sued Gary Giordano to void a travel insurance policy he had taken out in Robyn Gardner's name, before traveling to Aruba. Giordano also sued to collect on the policy. He had been suspected in her disappearance but was later released, and has denied any wrongdoing in her disappearance. As part of the settlement, it is believed Giordano wouldn't be paid by American Express.

 

 

Somerset Employees Back to Work

 

A strike by employees of Cleveland Brothers of Somerset was settled over the weekend. The equipment company and the International Union of Operating Engineers came to an agreement on pensions and annual wages, with the previous three-year deal expiring at the end of June. If the contract is finalized, an unfair labor practice complaint would be dropped. The strike involved not only the employees in Somerset, but in other locations throughout Pennsylvania.

 

 

Third Person Charged With Casket Tampering

 

An Inwood man has been charged with tampering with caskets at two mausoleums in Martinsburg. Richard Ruffner of Inwood, along with David Bowers of Hedgesville are accused of breaking into the crypts and stealing jewelry from bodies. The jewelry was taken to two Martinsburg businesses and sold for cash. A third suspect is still being sought. Ruffner is lodged in the Eastern Regional Jail.

 

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Local Physician Passes Away

 

Dr. Robert Cendo, a local physician, was found dead at his former residence on Spruce Street early Saturday morning, according to the Cumberland City Police and the C3I unit. There was no indication of foul play, and the scene was processed by members of the Maryland State Police Crime Lab. Also responding to the scene was a forensic investigator from the Maryland Medical Examiner's Office.  Cendo reportedly surrendered his medical license recently, after being arrested in May on charges of illegal firearms possession, and trading drugs for sex. Dr. Cendo was 59 years of age.

 

 

Robbery Suspects in Custody

 

Three people from Baltimore  who are suspected of an attempted armed robbery at the LaVale Pizza Hut late last week are in custody. Two employees were approached by three others in the parking lot; one of the suspects had a handgun. Both of the employees were able to escape to their vehicles and were able to notify authorities. The suspects were eventually able to get a taxi to Baltimore, but were apprehended in Hagerstown. They were identified as Shaequa De'Shay Douglass, Chirstopher Jamal Anderson and Angel Denise Bright.

 

 

Man Arrested for Assault

 

A Cumberland man has been arrested on an outstanding arrest warrant for assault, in connection to an incident on Memorial Avenue in April. Thirty-two year old Charles George II is accused of getting into an argument with a woman over financial issues. The argument became physical, when he allegedly pushed her to the ground and began hitting her. Her injuries did not require medical attention. He fled the residence before police arrived. He has been charged with one count of second degree assault, and was released on personal recognizance.

 

 

Speed Cameras Result in Over 5500 Citations

 

A speed camera on Interstate 68 has resulted in over 5500 citations since June. The citations result in a $40 fine for exceeding the posted work zone speed limit of 55 miles-per-hour by 12 miles or greater. Citations are mailed with images, detailing the alleged violations. Work on the project, in the vicinity of Kelly Road and Patterson Avenue began in May and will be finished by the fall of next year, weather permitting.

 

 

Mineral to Hear Smoking Ban Comments

 

The Mineral County Board of Health will hear comments next Monday, regarding the proposal to declare the county 100 per cent smoke free. Most businesses and public buildings have been smoke free for nearly seven years; however, that did not include certain buildings, including free-standing bars and bingo halls, and other outdoor areas, such as parks, playgrounds and athletic facilities. While many are in favor of the ban, other groups, such as the local American Legion Post has been circulating a petition against it.

 

 

Staff Changes for School System

 

There are several changes in store for the 2013-2014 school year, including a new pilot program at Fort Hill High School. Katie Buskirk has been named the Dean of Academics at Fort Hill, while Richard King will serve as the Dean of Students. Other changes include Dave Kauffman and Jeff Avey, who will share the responsibilities of Fine Arts Supervisors; Kauffman was recently appointed assistant principal of Braddock Middle School. Dr. George Brown will replace Martin Crump as the Assistant Supervisor of Professional Development. Joe Carter is the new Supervisor of Math, while Eric Van Slyke will be the new Science Supervisor in the school system.

 

 

Rawlings Meeting Set for Wednesday

 

The Allegany County Commissioners have scheduled a public meeting on proposed water projects for the Rawlings/Route 220 areas. Community members and residents are invited to the meeting on Wednesday at 7 p.m., at the Rawlings United Methodist Church. On hand will be Department of Public Works staff. Public comment will also be accepted.

 

 

Tax Free Week August 12-18

 

Maryland is giving families a break with tax-free shopping next week. Beginning Monday, stores will be dropping the six per cent sales tax on certain items, just in time for back-to-school shopping. It's been waived for clothing and shoes, as long as the amount is under $100.00.

 

 

AMEX Drops Charges Against Giordano

 

A subsidiary of American Express is dropping charges against a Frederick man, who had been jailed for months in the presumed death of his traveling companion in Aruba. The company had sued Gary Giordano to void a travel insurance policy he had taken out in Robyn Gardner's name, before traveling to Aruba. Giordano also sued to collect on the policy. He had been suspected in her disappearance but was later released, and has denied any wrongdoing in her disappearance. As part of the settlement, it is believed Giordano wouldn't be paid by American Express.

 

 

Somerset Employees Back to Work

 

A strike by employees of Cleveland Brothers of Somerset was settled over the weekend. The equipment company and the International Union of Operating Engineers came to an agreement on pensions and annual wages, with the previous three-year deal expiring at the end of June. If the contract is finalized, an unfair labor practice complaint would be dropped. The strike involved not only the employees in Somerset, but in other locations throughout Pennsylvania.

 

 

Third Person Charged With Casket Tampering

 

An Inwood man has been charged with tampering with caskets at two mausoleums in Martinsburg. Richard Ruffner of Inwood, along with David Bowers of Hedgesville are accused of breaking into the crypts and stealing jewelry from bodies. The jewelry was taken to two Martinsburg businesses and sold for cash. A third suspect is still being sought. Ruffner is lodged in the Eastern Regional Jail.

 

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Local Physician Passes Away

Dr. Robert Cendo, a local physician, was found dead at his former residence on Spruce Street overnight. Cendo reportedly surrendered his medical license recently, after being arrested as recently as May on charges of illegal firearms possession, and trading drugs for sex. According to the Maryland Judiciary website, he and his wife were in the process of obtaining a divorce. Dr. Cendo was 59 years of age.


Robbery Suspects in Custody

Three people from Baltimore  who are suspected of an attempted armed robbery at the LaVale Pizza Hut late last week are in custody. Two employees were approached by three others in the parking lot; one of the suspects had a handgun. Both of the employees were able to escape to their vehicles and were able to notify authorities. The suspects were eventually able to get a taxi to Baltimore, but were apprehended in Hagerstown. They were identified as Shaequa De'Shay Douglass, Chirstopher Jamal Anderson and Angel Denise Bright.

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Major Drug Busts in Allegany County
The Allegany County Sheriff's Department has made several major drug busts throughout the George's Creek area. A residence on Vine Street was searched, and a quantity of cocaine and marijuana was seized. An outstanding warrant resulted in the arrest of 39-year old William Barmor of the Bronx, New York. Other residences in the Westernport and Midland areas were searched and three more individuals were taken into custody on a variety of heroin, crack and marijuana charges. They include Baltimore residents Lamont Smith and Timmothy Lowell Brown, along with Westernport resident Keri Ann Donaldson. Smith is being held on $250,000 bond, while Brown is being held on $150,000 bond. Ms. Donaldson's bail was set at $30,000. The Allegany and Garrett County Sheriff's Offices, along with the C3I unit, the Cumberland City Police Department and the Maryland State Police all assisted in the investigation and subsequent arrests.

Attorney General Fines Hampshire Memorial
Hampshire Memorial Hospital is being fined $7500 for its involvement in collecting a debt collection fee on past due accounts. Without admitting that it committed any violations, the hospital is promising to take specific actions to resolve concerns of Attorney General Patrick Morrisey. His office says it's unlawful for a health facility to charge interest. Hampshire's collection agency, Mosaic-from North Carolina-is not licensed to collect delinquent accounts in the Mountain State.

Ridgeley Emergency From Financial Difficulties
It may take a while, but the town of Ridgeley is hoping to emerge from its present financial difficulties. The town now has about $11,500 in bills coming in. As had been reported, the community center is being closed as a cost-saving measure, but it is hoped other activities could be planned to help offset the expense of utilities. Some suggestions include movies in the center, as well as volleyball, dodge ball, and basketball leagues.

Federal Indictments Returned Against Two West Virginia Residents
Petersburg resident Leonardo Ramos Rodriguez and co-defendant Megan Rohrbaugh of Rio have both been charged in a federal indictment, with conspiring to distribute oxycodone. Rodriguez is also named in four counts of distribution of heroin and/or oxycodone and two firearms charges. Both face up to 20 years in prison on the conspiracy and distribution charges, and up to ten years in prison for Rodriguez on the firearms charges.

Juveniles Face Charges
Six juveniles were found on the helicopter pad of the former Memorial campus of the Western Maryland Health System Wednesday evening. They told police they entered the building through a door they found open, and went onto the roof. They were released to their parents, but may face charges through the Department of Juvenile Services. There was no damage reported as a result of the incident.

Residents Report Destruction of Property Incidents
The Cumberland City Police Department is investigating several destruction of property incidents, concentrated in the Montgomery County/Louisiana Avenue areas. Several vehicles had paint on them. There are no suspects, but residents-if they have any information-are asked to contact Cumberland City Police at (301)-777-1600.

County Honors Employees
Allegany County has presented its annual service awards for employees with five years or service or more. An employee appreciation event featured a presentation ceremony and a celebration picnic lunch. Fifty-two employees, with a total of 715 years of service were honored recently at the Allegany County Fairgrounds. Five of those employees were honored for 30 years of service, and five others achieved the 25-year mark.

Former Comptroller Burke Dies at 77
Former Cumberland City Comptroller Bill Burke has passed away at the age of 77. For a time, Burke also served as Cumberland City Administrator. He is survived by three daughters and one son, and arrangements are being handled by the Scarpelli Funeral Home, and his cremains will be interred at Sunset Memorial Park at a later date.  There will be a gathering in his memory on Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Good Fellowship Club on Virginia Avenue.

Charges Filed Against Cumberland Man
Cumberland City Police have arrested 33-year old Christopher Fabbri, as the result of an investigation from mid-July. A purse had been removed from a car in the 20-block of Saratoga Street, and a credit card found in the purse was fraudulently used at several convenience stores in the Cumberland area. Video evidence showed a suspect using the stolen card. Fabbri was charged with two counts of unauthorized use of a credit card, and theft of less than $100.00.

Rash of Copper Thefts Reported in Somerset
Over two dozen telephone poles were damaged earlier in the week in Somerset County, as thieves tried to remove the copper from the wiring. A power company spokesperson warns that they risk electrocution when cutting telephone wires. Police there say they may have spotted the thieves on surveillance footage. The wiring has been repaired. Police believe copper is being stolen to sell, to provide money for drugs. Vandals will be prosecuted; they could receive jail time, and have to pay restitution for the repairs.

Cell Phone Use While Driving To Become Primary Offense
Using a cell phone while driving will become a primary offense in Maryland, beginning October 1st. It is already a primary offense to text while driving. In October, even if you are using your phone on speaker and have the phone in your hand, you'll be charged. The first offense will cost you a $40 ticket; a second offense means a $100 fine. Police advise the safest method is stopping the car and pulling off the road to make or take a call.

States Playing Role in Health Insurance Coverage
Under the Affordable Care Act, every state will have an "exchange" or marketplace where those who don't have health insurance can get coverage. About 14 per cent of Maryland's population is uninsured. Maryland currently has the lowest health insurance rates, after regulators reduced prices for packages offered through the state's health exchange. Rates for some plans were cut by as much as a third from what insurance carriers had requested. Competition has helped keep premiums lower than any other state.

Top Consumer Complaint is Car Problems
It's one of your biggest purchases, but it could also be your biggest headache. the Consumer Federation of America reports that auto issues are the top consumer complaint for 2012. CFA director of consumer protection, Susan Grant, says false advertising for new and used cars, and towing disputes are among the many problems reported.

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The Allegany County Sheriff's Department has made several major drug busts throughout the George's Creek area. A residence on Vine Street was searched, and a quantity of cocaine and marijuana was seized. An outstanding warrant resulted in the arrest of 39-year old William Barmor of the Bronx, New York. Other residences in the Westernport and Midland areas were searched and three more individuals were taken into custody on a variety of heroin, crack and marijuana charges. They include Baltimore residents Lamont Smith and Timmothy Lowell Brown, along with Wesernport resident Keri Ann Donaldson. Smith is being held on $250,000 bond, while Brown is being held on $150,000 bond. Ms. Donaldson's bail was set at $30,000. The Allegany and Garrett County Sheriff's Offices, along with the C3I unit, the Cumberland City Police Department and the Maryland State Police all assisted in the investigation and subsequent arrests.

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Woman Enters Guilty Plea in Drug Case

Twenty-eight year old Romney resident Tonya Renee Haymond has entered a guilty plea to a count of distribution to heroin. She is free on bond, but faces up to 20 years in prison and a one-million dollar fine. And, Burlington resident Donald Tillotson pleaded guilty to possession of pseudoephedrine, to be used in the manufacture of methamphetamine. He faces up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Both cases were prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Stephen Warner.

 

Man Killed in Three-Vehicle Accident

Central city resident Shawn Luther Hadix was killed in a three-vehicle accident on Route 30 near Stoystown this week. He was eastbound on a motorcycle, when he went through a red light and hit the front end of a van, driven by Stoystown resident Samuel James Walters. Hadix then struck another vehicle, driven by Somerset resident Stephen John Mapes. Hadix was not wearing a helmet and was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

Stafford Retires As Transit Head

James Stafford retired yesterday, as head of the Allegany County Transit Division with 19 years of service. He began working for the county in 1993, and moved to the transit division nine years ago. A successor for Stafford has not been named. The county recently recognized a number of other long time employees, some with 25 to 30 years of service.

 

Woman Arrested for Domestic Assault, Child Neglect

Union Street resident Lou Anna Brown is in the Allegany County Detention Center on $7500 bond, following an assault and child neglect incident her home. Brown was arguing with her boyfriend, when he left the house. Brown is accused of assaulting both him and his father. She is also accused of abandoning her five-year old so on Union Street. She received a hearing at District Court, and is being held.  

 

Man Receives 50-Year Sentence

A former resident of Hagerstown and Williamsport was sentenced to 50-years in prison on child sex abuse and child pornography charges involving a former Allegany County teenager. Robert William Mulkern was charged in incidents from 2009, when the girl was just 15 years old. She later became pregnant with his child. Mulkern with initially charged with 149 counts of manufacturing child pornography, nine counts of third-degree sex offense and one count of sex abuse of a minor, all in relation to the same girl. He had been featured on "America's Most Wanted."

 

What Will Happen to Memorial Property?

What will happen to the former Memorial Hospital property, once the building, the medical structure, and one of the parking garages are leveled? Cumberland City Council member Dave Kauffman says there have been discussions on the most desirable use of the property. Kauffman says the demolition will cost between 2-1/2 and 3 million dollars.

 

Inmates Contract Legionnaires Disease

Four inmates at the State Correctional Institute in Somerset have been diagnosed with Legionnaire's disease. The cases were confirmed from mid-July through the end of the month. Two of the inmates were treated at a hospital there, and the other two were treated at the prison infirmary with antibiotics. The bacterium which causes Legionnaire's was found in the cooling towers used for the air conditioning system.

 

Two Arrested in Grave Robberies

Two West Virginia men have been arrested in a series of grave robberies at a Martinsburg cemetery in May. Both David Bowers of Hedgesville, and Richard Ruffner of Inwood are accused of opening crypts at Rosedale Cemetery and stealing jewelry from the remains of deceased individuals. They then sold the jewelry for cash at two Martinsburg-area stores. There is a third suspect in the thefts, but has yet to be arrested.

 

Frosh to Run for Attorney General

Maryland State Senator Brian Frosh is planning to run for Maryland attorney general. Frosh, a Montgomery County Democrat, has been a state senator since 1995, and has been the chair of the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee since 2003. Baltimore County Delegate Jon Cardin, nephew of U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, announced his intention to also seek the nomination for Attorney General.

 

"Robocall" Verdict Upheld

The Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a one-million dollar civil verdict against political consultant Julius Henson for illegal, automated telephone calls during the 2010 Maryland Governor's race. Henson's company, Universal Elections, Incorporated allegedly sent automated phone messages to more than 112,000 Democratic voters on behalf of then-Governor Robert Ehrlich, saying that Democratic Governor Martin O'Malley and President Barack Obama had already won their respective races.

 

Police Seek Martinsburg Sheetz Robber

A man, armed with a shotgun, robbed the Sheetz convenience store on Apple Harvest Drive near Martinsburg earlier this week. What is unusual is how he was dressed...police say he was wearing a full-body "ghillie suit," camouflage clothing designed to resemble heavy foliage. He went into the store, just before 5 a.m. and fled on foot, with an undisclosed amount of money. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office or Berkeley County CrimeSolvers.

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