MORE INFORMATION ON HYNDMAN HOMICIDE
Investigators say 36-year old Bedford County resident James Deneen died from a gunshot wound to the head, before he was loaded into the trunk of a car, and it was set on fire. Bedford County State's Attorney Bill Higgins says 18-year old Hagerstown resident Jonta Bishop shot Deneen in Buffalo Mills, before setting on the car on fire nine miles away, near Hyndman last Thursday night. Bishop says Deneen was trying to rob him. Bishop, along with Kimberlee and Nicholas Forbes are scheduled to be in court today for a preliminary hearing. Domenick Gillespie is also being charged in connection with the incident. Bishop is being held without bond.
TWO AREA SCHOOLS RECEIVE NATIONAL BLUE RIBBON
Northern High School in Garrett County and Allegany County's Frost Elementary School have received the prestigious National Blue Ribbon Awards from the U.S. Department of Education. The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program honors public and private elementary, middle and high schools that are either academically superior or that demonstrate dramatic gains in student achievement.
BEDFORD MOTORCYCLIST KILLED
Forty-year old Bedford County resident Ryan Habinyak was killed Monday afternoon, when his motorcycle hit a tractor-trailer nearly head-on. The crash occurred on business Route 220. The driver of the rig, 44-year old Alum Bank resident Bryan Baldinger was not injured. For an unknown reason, the bike crossed into the northbound lane of the road, just south of Belden Road. Habinyak was not wearing a helmet, and died of massive head trauma.
COUNTY JOINING INVESTMENT PROGRAM
Allegany County has joined a new investment fund, created by the Maryland Association of Counties, which will, hopefully, gain a higher return on money to be used to pay for providing retiree health insurance benefits. County Finance Director Jason Bennett will be the county's representative on the fund's board of directors.
INMATE ESCAPES FROM BEDFORD JAIL
Not many details are available, but an inmate at the Bedford County jail escaped late yesterday morning. Bedford County District Attorney Bill Higgins said the escapee was Jeremiah Moser. The escape happened sometime after 10 a.m.
FIRE DESTROYS MOBILE HOME
A fire, early yesterday morning, destroyed a mobile home at 11718 Oak Tree Road, Southeast, near the Old Williams Road. The family residing there, was left homeless as a result of the fire. There were no injuries, but firefighters were on the scene for nearly eight hours. The cause and origin of the fire remain under investigation. The Red Cross is providing emergency assistance to the family, displaced by the blaze.
SUPPORT SHOWN FOR SOMERSET COUNTY PRIEST
More than 50 people were in a courtroom this week, to show support for Central City priest, Father Joseph Maurizio, who has been jailed on charges of child exploitation and pornography. Many of those who testified at a detention hearing supported Maurizio; his defense attorney says the allegations are old, have been investigated and deemed unfounded five years ago. He will remain jailed until his defense can provide more information on his finances, which could indicate whether he is a flight risk.
CUMBERLAND MAN ARRESTED FOR POSSESSION
Cumberland resident William Wesley Blacker was taken into custody Monday for possession of drug paraphernalia and having an open container of alcohol on public property. A Cumberland City Police officer, at first, spoke with Blacker about having the open container; in patting down Blacker, a silver pipe used to smoke marijuana, was found. He was issued a criminal citation for possession of drug paraphernalia, and a civil citation for the open container. He was later released from custody.
BURGLARY REPORTED IN SOMERSET COUNTY
The Pennsylvania State Police in Somerset County are investigating the breaking and entering of the home of an 85-year old man. The break-in and robbery took place sometime between September 7th and last Saturday along Boy Scout Road in Jenner Township. The burglar broke into the home and stole about $1,000 worth of items, including a 42-inch television.
WOMAN SCAMMED OUT OF $2500
A Bedford County woman lost a total of $2500 in a "scamming" incident recently. The 71-year old was told her granddaughter had been arrested and needed $4500. She eventually realized it wasn't true. Anyone with information on the incident is asked to contact the Bedford County barrack at (814)-623-6133.
TRIAL OF DENTIST POSTPONED IN WASHINGTON COUNTY
Former Hagerstown dentist Dr. Vagar Choudry, of Germantown, has had his case postponed in Washington County Circuit Court. Choudry could face up to three trials early next year on charges of sexual solicitation of a minor, indecent exposure, and the sexual abuse of a minor. He has two criminal cases pending in circuit court. The delay on Monday was granted , following a joint motion by the prosecution and defense.
AMAZON SALES TAX BEGINS TODAY
If you're buying something on Amazon.com today, be prepared to add Maryland's 6 per cent sales tax. Beginning today, all Maryland purchases are subject to the tax. Amazon is opening a fulfillment center in Baltimore next spring, but the tax is in effect today. The Maryland Board of Revenue estimates in December, the sales tax collected from Amazon will bring in about $50 million in new revenue annually.
FATHER PLEADS FOR AMBER ALERT
Troy Turner, the father of two missing Montgomery County children, has appealed directly to Governor Martin O'Malley to issue an Amber Alert for his kids, even though it's been three weeks. Turner-who has a sister in Frostburg-feels it is not too late for an Amber Alert, which is usually issued soon after a missing person is reported. The children's mother, Catherine Hoggle, disappeared with the children, and still refuses to say what she die with them.
ATTORNEY GENERAL TO REVIEW FACEBOOK, OKCUPID
Be careful of the websites you visit or join, as they could be manipulating data, as part of company research. Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler says he will be investigating both Facebook and the OKCupid websites. Leslie Meltzer Henry, Associate Professor of Law at the University of Maryland and faculty member of the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics, says they are not trying to stop companies from doing research, but want it done ethically and legally. She says these two websites in particular, failed to get the informed consent of those participating.
OHIO MAN PLEADS NOT GUILTY TO MURDER
Racine, Ohio resident Ernest Roach has pleaded not guilty to six criminal charges, including the alleged murder of 16-year old Ericka Brown of Cross Lanes,West Virginia. Roach is charged with one count of murder, two of compelling prostitution, two counts of tampering with evidence and one count of the gross abuse of a corpse. Roach says he met Brown through an ad on Craigslist. Bail has been set at a million dollars, and Roach will go to trial on December 1st.
NEW LAWS TAKE EFFECT TOMORROW
Several new laws approved by the General Assembly, will take effect tomorrow. One is the decriminalization of marijuana; the possession of less than 10 grams will become a civil offense, rather than a criminal one. Another bill will raise the maximum penalty for smuggling in a cell phone to a correctional facility to five years imprisonment, and a fine of $3,000. Another law will require motorists to move into an open lane, away from tow trucks, attending to roadside emergencies, or to slow to a reasonable and prudent speed that is safe, just as they are required to do when approaching police and other emergency vehicles stopped on the side of the road.
FIREFIGHTERS, CITY DISAGREE ON REDUCTIONS
A new contract was approved recently, and there is already a dispute over staffing at the Cumberland Fire Department. Union President Ken McKenzie says reducing the per shift staffing from 13 to 12 could be a safety issue. Fire Chief Donald Dunn says the reduction is not new, and is needed because of budget considerations, according to the Cumberland Times-News.
STUDY PLANNED FOR GREENE STREET
A contract with a Baltimore firm, Alta Planning and Design, will improve the street and add features for both bicycles and pedestrians. The plan will establish more efficient transportation along the street from the Baltimore Street bridge to the Interstate 68 interchange. Some aspects of the plan include reviews of on-street parking, transit services, accommodations for bicycles and a "streetscape environment," according to the request for proposals.
MAN GUILTY OF COOKING "METH"
Oakland resident Jeffrey Vincent Corby has been found guilty of manufacturing methamphetamine and other charges. He was sentenced to eight years in prison with two years suspended, and an additional four years for each of the other charges. The conviction was the result of a raid at a residence in Mountain Lake Park last November. He will be on probation for five years, following his release from prison.
WEST VIRGINIA MAN CHARGED WITH RAPE
Elk Garden resident Paul Edgar Wilhelm has been charged with rape by the Maryland State Police. The alleged rape happened in the 200-block of Main Street in Kitzmiller on Friday. The West Virginia and Maryland State Police arrested Wilhelm at his residence and he was taken to the Potomac Highlands Regional Jail, for extradition to Maryland.
NBCI INMATE INURED IN FIGHT
A 37-year old inmate at the North Branch Correctional Institution, who was serving a life sentence for murder and robbery, suffered non-life threatening injuries in a fight with his cellmate Monday. The altercation happened just before 1 p.m. yesterday, and the victim was taken to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center for treatment.
WARRANT SERVED ON CUMBERLAND MAN
An arrest warrant was served on Javon Nafaise Murphy of Cumberland over the weekend. The warrant stems from a private citizen applying for charges against him in District Court. He was charged with violating a protective order, harassment, obstructing justice, and attempting to solicit and intimidate a juror. Murphy was served and was held without bond.
MAN ARRESTED FOR PROBATION VIOLATION
Cumberland resident Tyler Dewain Nimmons of Cumberland was served an arrest warrant over the weekend for violating the conditions of his probation. He was held on $1,000 bond at the Allegany County Detention Center.
BRIDGE RENAMED FOR TROOPER
A bridge in Windber, Pennsylvania was renamed in honor of a local trooper who was killed in the line of duty in November of 2002. The "Trooper Joseph Sepp Memorial Bridge" was the former 17th street bridge. Sepp died on November 10, 2002, after being shot by a suspect in a high-speed chase in Ebensburg.
SOMERSET BURGLARIES INVESTIGATED
The Pennsylvania State Police at Somerset are currently investigating several burglaries at businesses at businesses in and around the area. Burglaries were reported at the Pennsylvania State Elks Association, Vitamin World, and the Prodigy Dialysis/Kidney Center. Once inside that location, they stole needles, drugs and other items. Anyone with information is asked to contact State Police at (814)-445-4104.
QUESTIONS RAISED ON FISCAL PROCEDURES
An audit from the Department of Legislative Services says the state of Maryland's Mental Hygiene Adminstration didn't have adequate procedures to ensure consumers who were given care, were actually eligible. The funds in question total $16.4 million. The audit also found that reviews weren't done in a timely manner by an accounting firm, hired to monitor some of the agency's fiscal functions. The Mental Hygiene Administration has since merged with the state's substance abuse arm, to create a behavior health unit.
CHANCES ARE "STRONGER THAN NOT" CARSON WILL RUN FOR PRESIDENT
Chances are "stronger than not" former Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson will run for President in 2016. He says he will decide, based upon the results of the mid-term elections in November. Dr. Carson says government works only if the people are informed as voters. He says he is looking for a substantial shift, resulting in Republican control of the Senate. Dr. Carson says this will be necessary, "to get things done."
INFANT MORTALITY RISES SLIGHTLY
While Maryland's infant mortality rate dropped by 15 per cent in the past decade, it rose slightly last year. The rate increased to 6.6 per 1,000 live births last year, up from 6.3 per 1,000 in 2012. No single cause was identified, but some of those include low birth weight, sudden infant death syndrome, and congenital abnormalities. Governor O'Malley has set a goal of reducing the infant mortality rate by another ten per cent, by the year 2017.
NEARLY 100,000 W. VA. KIDS LIVE IN POVERTY
A report from the Census Bureau says that one in four children in West Virginia lives in poverty; that's about 100,000 children. One in three, under the age of five, lives in poverty. The numbers are the highest they've been in the past five years. Overall, one in five West Virginians, or 18.5 per cent, lives in poverty. For a family of four, the poverty line in 2013 was about $23,000.
FOURTH SUSPECT ARRESTED IN CONNECTION WITH MURDER
Hagerstown resident Jonta Bishop, along with 45-year old Kimberlee Forbes and her son Nickolas, of Buffalo Mills have been charged in connection with a murder and burning of a body Thursday night near Hyndman. A fourth person, Domenick Gillespie, also of Buffalo Mills, was arrested yesterday. Bishop claimed the victim tried to rob him, and he shot him. The body, which has been identifed as that of James Edward Deneen, was placed in the trunk of a Volkswagon Beetle and it was later set on fire. Bishop has been charged with the murder, while the Forbes' and Gillespie have been charged with related counts.
MAN ARRESTED IN ARMED ASSAULT
Thirty-two year old Daniel Miller was arrested Saturday evening, after he allegedly entered a Miner's Avenue residence, in Midland, and assaulted two occupants at gunpoint. Miller was arrested shortly after, in the vicinity of the area where the incident happened. He faces numerous charges, and is being held without bond at the Allegany County Detention Center.
TWO ARRESTED IN ASSAULT INCIDENT
Both 22-year old James William Hendershot and 20-year old Kelsey Dawn Jenkins were arrested Friday, following a mutual assault incident in the 100-block of Pennsylvania Avenue. A verbal argument turned physical; neither required medical treatment. They were both released on personal recognizance by a District Court Commissioner.
MAN ARRESTED ON DURG CHARGES, OUTSTANDING WARRANT
What began as a shoplifting incident at the Virginia Avenue Sheetz store, led to the arrest of a Cumberland man on drug charges and an outstanding warrant from Howard County. Forty-seven year old Douglas Wayne Black had several controlled prescription pills and drug paraphernalia on him, when he was being arrested for shoplifting. It was also discovered he had been wanted on an outstanding warrant from Howard County. He was held at the Detention Center while waiting to be taken to Howard County.
KENTUCKY MEN ARRESTED IN GINSENG THEFT
Terry Wayne Blankenship of Dewitt, Kentucky and Daniel Jerimiah Warren of Cannon, Kentucky were arrested by troopers from the McHenry barrack of the Maryland State Police Saturday. The two were seen digging up a large amount of ginseng, which weighed over 10 pounds and had an estimated value of over $5,000. The arrest was made on the Friendsville Road, and they were charged with felony theft and trespassing.
STRATEGIC PLANNING MEETING SET
A public presentation will be provided by RKG and Associates at the Allegany Museum on Pershing Street. The meeting has been set for Wednesday, October 15th at 5:30 p.m. The presentation will include the Draft Economic Development Strategic Plan, with an opportunity for public discussion to be provided. The public is encouraged to attend and participate in the meeting.
TWO RESIDENTS INVOLVED IN MULTI-VEHICLE CRASH
Two Garrett, Pennsylvania residents-58-year old Ronald Marteney and 55-year old Darlene Marteney-were involved in a chain reaction crash on Interstate 70, at the 35-mile marker late Friday morning. A total of five vehicles were involved. Both Ronald and Darlene Marteney were taken to Meritus Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. I-70, in the area of Route 66 was closed for a little over an hour, and the investigation into the multi-vehicle accident is continuing.
PRIEST FACING FEDERAL EXPLOITATION CHARGES
Father Joseph Maurizio, a priest at Our Lady Queen of Angels Church in Central City, Pennsylvania, has been arrested on federal charges of child exploitation, with allegations that he sexually abused children on mission trips to foreign countries, dating back to at least 2001. Maurizio had run a non-profit organization known as Humanitarian Interfaith Ministries, traveling to impoverished Central American countries. It was on these trips, it is alleged, that he took advantage of the children-mostly boys-by offering them gifts in exchange for nude photos, and sexual acts performed either in front of, or with, him.
COMPTROLLER OFFERS REMARKS AT OPEN HOUSE
Maryland State Comptroller Peter Franchot commented on what he says has become a lucrative business in the area-cigarette smuggling. He claims the practice is more lucrative than smuggling heroin, and is part of the bigger picture of organized crime in Western Maryland. Franchot says smuggling cigarettes used to carry less severe penalties.
Franchot was in town for the Open House at the new Sheriff's Department headquarters on Kelly Road. He said this new building is "near and dear to his heart."Franchot noted it was a public/private partnership, an innovative appraoch to construction and the recycling of materials.
FSU ONLINE DEGREE PROGRAM RATED "BEST BUY"
Frostburg State University's online Master of Education with a Special Education concentration, has been ranked as a "Best Buy" by GetEducated.com, the consumer guide to online colleges, in its independent review of online mater's in the education and special education areas. FSU's program ranked 21st on the special education rankings among all competing options nationwide. The Master of Education, Special Education concentration, like FSU's other teacher preparation programs, is accredited by NCATE, the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education.
SENATORS, CONGRESSMAN LAUD D.O.T. WAIVER
Maryland United States Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara Mikulski and U.S. Congressman John Delaney have praised the U.S. Department of Transportation's decision to approve a waiver, that will allow the Hagerstown Regional Airport to remain part of the Essential Air Service program. The FAA had planned to cut Hagerstown from the program as part of the FAA Modernization Act of 2012. In order to maintain federal subsidies, the act required communities to maintain an average of 10 enplanements or more per service day. Hagerstown has averaged more than that for most of the last decade with Cape Air providing service.
THIRD GUBERNATORIAL DEBATE SET
A third, televised debate between Maryland Gubernatorial candidates Larry Hogan and Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown has been set for Saturday, October 18th. The debate will be hosted by WBAL-TV and will air on WBAL NewsRadio 1090, and statewide on Maryland Public Television. The first of the three debates will take place October 7th in Baltimore, along with a second one, on the morning of October 13th in the Washington area.
MAN REMAINS IN JAIL
Fifty-seven year old Michael Wayne Myers remains in jail without bond, accused of fatally shooting his wife Wednesday night at their Barnum Road residence in Mineral County. He was taken into custody, after he called emergency personnel around 10:35 p.m. Her name has not yet been disclosed, and the shooting remains under investigation by the Mineral County Sheriff's Office.
BEDFORD COUNTY SEX OFFENDER SENTENCED
Forty-six year old Bedford resident Larry Showalter has been sentenced to 60 to 120 years in state prison after being convicted on 23 counts of sexual offenses earlier this summer. Offenses included rape of a child and incest, involving his biological daughter. The victim was between 9 and 11 years old at the time of the incidents, which occurred over ten years ago. Only recently did she disclose what had happened during that time.
COMMITTEE SUBMITS ANIMAL SHELTER REPORT
A review committee has reported by the Allegany County Animal Shelter failed to respond "in a timely fashion" to phone calls regarding a situation which eventually led to the discovery of nine dead dogs in a Bel Air home this past summer. In response, the foundation has identified a number of failed policies and procedures, and has taken steps to address the issues. Some of those steps include a new phone system and policies regarding calls, and follow up on areas such as customer service, quality assurance, and complainant input.
JUDGE TO DECIDE AIRPORT ISSUE
A federal judge will decide whether the Potomac Highlands Airport Authority will follow West Virginia or Maryland law. The vote by the authority was 5 to 1, and a decision will guide them in whether either state's law applies, or if the authority can choose.
KEYSER MAN ARRESTED IN MAIN STREET ROBBERY
Keyser resident Eric Thomas Johnson was arrested Wednesday, after he allegedly robbed a Keyser woman at knifepoint on North Main Street. Johnson remains jailed in lieu of $4700 bond. He was arrested a couple of blocks from the scene, but cash, allegedly stolen from the victim, was not recovered. The knife, however, was recovered and entered into evidence.
NEW EVIDENCE REVEALED IN CASE AGAINST SEVERANCE
Video surveillance helped authorities link a former Cumberland resident, Charles Serverance, to the killings of three people in the northern Virginia area. A recently unsealed search warrant links Severance with the killings of Nancy Dunning, Ronald Kirby and music teacher Ruthanne Lodato. The murders took place over the course of the last eleven years. Severance has been indicted in the murders. The gun used in the killings has not been found.
KEYSER MAN ARRESTED FOR DOMESTIC BATTERY
Keyser resident David Llewellyn was charged last weekend for domestic battery, after dragging his niece and her dog across the pavement in the 100-block of Potomac Drive. Llewellyn became upset after the leashed dog urinated on a fire hydrant. The girl suffered injuries to her shoulder, stomach, hip and ankle. He was released after posting $850 bond.
MAN ARRESTED FOR DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY
Twenty-three year old Patrick Kneisley was arrested on two counts of destruction or property early yesterday morning. One person contacted police to say that his windshield was damaged by a rock, thrown by an unknown person. Later, police received a complaint that some had thrown a rock through the window of an apartment on Queen City Pavement. A disturbance in the first block of Ascension Street led police to Kneisley, as he matched a description given by witnesses. He was released pending trial in District Court.
DIGNITARIES ON HAND FOR OPEN HOUSE
Dignitaries and law enforcement personnel from Allegany, Garrett, and Washington Counties were on hand for this week's Open House at the new Sheriff's headquarters on Kelly Road. The new building will be occupied by the end of November. Sheriff Craig Robertson noted the first Sheriff's Department, built on the site of the present Allegany County library in 1793, cost $3,062. And, he notes, the prices have since gone up. State Comptroller Peter Franchot recognized two people in the audience, and commented on the positive family values in Allegany County. Allegany County Commission President Mike McKay pointed out that a considerable amount of taxpayer money was saved in the building of the facility.
ALCHOL BELIEVED TO BE FACTOR IN CRASH
An accident last Friday on Upperman Road in Kitzmiller may have involved alcohol, although the investigation is continuing. Twenty-three year old David Lee Armstrong of Elk Garden was following a pickup truck, driven by Brandon Scott Burns of Oakland. Armstrong collided with the rear portion of Burns' vehicle. Armstrong was transported to the hospital by Trooper Five for treatment of serious injuries. The Maryland State Police say charges are pending in the crash.
FATAL SHOOTING IN ELK GARDEN
There's been a fatal shooting in Elk Garden, West Virginia. The Mineral County Sheriff's Office says Michael Myers turned himself in to police, after he said he shot a woman twice. He has been charged with first-degree murder, and is being held at the Potomac Highlands Regional Jail. The shooting took place late last night, around 10:30 p.m.
TWO STABBED ON MARYLAND AVENUE
Cumberland City Police are investigating an incident where two people were robbed and stabbed early Tuesday morning on Maryland Avenue. The victims were a 30-year old man and 27-year old woman, and were treated at the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center for minor injuries. No further information was available from Cumberland City Police.
ANNEXATION VOTE SET FOR MID-OCTOBER
The Mineral County Commission will decide whether or not to annex nearly 92 acres of land at its October 14th meeting. More than 100 residents attended a meeting this week with the Mayor and Council on the issue, with most voicing concerns about the move. If the tract is annexed, that would help cover a $200,000 deficit the city faces, as the result of several large construction projects in the city, such as the Memorial Bridge, Keyser Primary School, and upgrades to its water plant. The Council decided to petition the Commission for a minor boundary adjustment, extending from the Airport Addition to the base of the mountain, which would include an undeveloped street.
CUMBERLAND WOMAN HELD ON $3,000 BOND
Cumberland resident Kathryn Ann Colon has been charged in September 20th incident on Grand Avenue, in which her boyfriend had previously been charged. They had an argument that escalated into both of them getting into cars; they began to crash the vehicles together. She was hurt when she got out of the car, and was hit by her boyfriend's car door. She faces a number of motor vehicle counts, along with one of second-degree assault.
WOMAN CHARGED WITH PRESCRIPTION PILL THEFT
Forty-five year old Cumberland resident Sue Ellen Lilly was issued a criminal summons this week, stemming from a breaking and entering complaint originally reported on September 18th. Ms. Lilly told police she had been given permission to enter a home in the 400-block of Independence Street, to retrieve some pain medication. The owner was contacted, and she, in fact did not, have permission to do so. Several prescription pills were found on her. She was issued a criminal summons, and will have to appear in District Court at a later date.
FSU OPENS TECHNOLOGY BUILDING
A "virtual ribbon cutting ceremony" was held yesterday, to usher in a new $71 million center for Communications and Information Technology on the campus of Frostburg State University. The Center is on the site of the former Tawes Hall, and includes 10 classrooms, 16 computer labs, and 21 conference rooms. The CCIT also contains also has a multi-media learning center and a planetarium.
PA. STATE POLICE INVESTIGATE GUN THEFT
The Bedford detachment of the Pennsylvania State Police is investigating a gun theft in the 100-block of Briar Valley Road. The burglar reportedly crawled through a window and stole a .40-calilbre Sig Sauer handgun. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Bedford barrack.
FAMILY SUPPORT SERVICES PLANS PRESENTATION
The Allegany County Family Support Services is sponsoring a presentation, entitled, "Stress and How it Affects Our Health," next Wednesday at the Cash Valley Elementary School. The presentation is scheduled from 7 to 8:30 p.m., and will be moderated by Lisa Moran, a community health advocate with Priority Partners and Johns Hopkins Healthcare. All attendees will receive a free stress ball, and be entered to win door prizes. Interested parties should RSVP by Tuesday. The number to make reservations is 240-920-6829.
DR. DONALD ALEXANDER REMEMBERED
Funeral services are scheduled for tomorrow at 10 a.m. for former Allegany College of Maryland President, Dr. Donald Alexander. He passed away last Thursday at the age of 72. Shauna McQuade, the director of public relations and marketing at the college, says Dr. Alexander was a very important person in her life, as well as anyone who was a part of the college. She remembers him for his compassion for people. She says Dr. Alexander helped establish the ACM satellite campuses in both Somerset and Bedford, Pennsylvania. Ms. McQuade called him a "visionary," and made the college a regional institution. Allegany College is no longer limited to its Willowbrook Road location. She says he was always thinking about how to expand and grow enrollment.
SEARCH FOR CHILDREN EXPANDED
The search for two missing Montgomery County children is expanding into parts of Frederick and Baltimore, as law enforcement authorities are tracking down possible tips. Three-year old Sarah and 2-year old Jacob Hoggle have now been missing for over 16 days, while their mother, 27-year old Catherine Hoggle remains in jail, refusing to tell police where the children are. A reward fund has now reached the $20,000 mark, for information that would lead to the safe return of the children.
MARYLAND N.O.W. PAC ENDORSES BROWN
The Maryland branch of the National Organization for Women's political action committee has given its unqualified endorsement to Democratic gubernatorial candidate Anthony Brown. Republican candidate Larry Hogan had declined to answer questions on abortion rights and contraception. Libertarian candidate Shawn Quinn also declined to answer. Brown had enacted a strategy of portraying Hogan as out of step with Marylanders' views on social issues. Hogan continues to focus his message to voters on economic issues.
FRONTIER NAMES MID-ATLANTIC PRESIDENT
The former president of Frontier Communications' Illinois operations, Michael C. Flynn, has been named the president of its newly formed Mid-Atlantic region of Ohio and West Virginia. Flynn will be based in Charleston, and succeeds Ken Arndt, who has been named president of the company's East region.
STABBING SUSPECT ARRESTED IN CUMBERLAND
A man, wanted in connection with a stabbing at a Ridgeley bar last December, was captured by the U.S. Marshal's Fugitive Task Force in Cumberland. Louis Harris, Jr., also known as "Louie 39" was taken into custody in the 100-block of South Allegany Street. Charges against him stem from the incident in December of 2013, where he and Dominique Weeden chased a victim out of the bar, and Harris was seen on a video surveillance system stabbing the victim several times. He has been charged with the Cumberland Police as being a fugitive from justice and will be returned to West Virginia to face the charges lodged against him.
PROSECUTOR TO SEEK DEATH PENALTY
The Somerset County, Pennsylvania prosecutor will seek the death penalty against Windber resident Denver Blough, who remains jailed on charges he killed his pregnant girlfriend and her baby. Twenty-three year old Caressa Kovalcik died after police say Blough shot her on May 31st. She was 8-1/2 months pregnant at the time, and the baby was delivered shortly before she died. The baby died on June 20th, as the coroner ruled the baby suffered from a lack of oxygenated blood.
FISH KILLED BY MALFUNCTIONING SYSTEM
About 23,000 fish were killed in the Blackwater River in Tucker County, as an automated pollution control system dumped too much hydrated lime into the water. The lime is added to reduce acid pollution. An investigation into what went wrong is underway. The kill involved primarily smaller species of fish, but also some trout and smallmouth bass were killed.
RAMP TO BE OPENED BY THANKSGIVING
The Paca Street approach ramp to Interstate 68 westbound should be opened shortly after Thanksgiving, according to the State Highway Administration. Paving and finishing work will take place next spring.
DR. GIRBRALTER DELIVERS CONVOCATION
The President of Frostburg State University, Dr. Jonathan Gibralter, delivered the fall convocation yesterday in the Univerity's Lane Center, noting that FSU has had a 3.1 per cent increase over last year. He also touched on behavioral problems at the school, such as binge drinking. The university's methods of addressing the problem has resulted in national attention. Transfer student enrollment has also increased, and the university is adding new academic programs, while planning for new buildings and renovations.
MAN ARRESTED ON TWO WARRANTS
Twenty-four year old Daniel Lamar Wagstaff was arrested on two outstanding arrest warrants, after police investigated a suspicious vehicle in Constitution Park. He allegedly gave the officer a false name, but it was later discovered he was wanted on warrants for two previous assaults. He was also charged with hindering and obstructing, and using a false identity to avoid prosecution. Wagstaff was released after posting $5,000 bond.
BOARD NOW HAS WEBSITE
The Allegany County Animal Control Advisory Board now has a website, that should improve the public's accessibility of information and to establish that it is a county entity, and not part of the animal shelter. The website will also serve to improve communication with the public. The address is "www.acb.allconet.org."
SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT HOLDS "OPEN HOUSE"
The new Allegany County Sheriff's Office on Kelly Road should be ready for occupancy by the end of November, according to Sheriff Craig Robertson. He says the office will contain about $25,000-$30,000 worth of furniture that was donated from such locations as Fort Meade, Maryland. Sheriff Robertson says the shell building was constructed by a contractor. Even the blacktop was done by county staff, as well, resulting in even more cost savings. This building has many features the present office does not have, including a file room, conference room, and evidence room and a garage.
TGCC TO HOST COALITION MEETING
The Greater Cumberland Committee will host the fourth annual North/South Appalachian Highway Coalition meeting on Friday, October 3rd. The meeting will take place at the Bedford Springs Resort. West Virginia Highway Engineer Marvin Murphy will provide an update on plans for the Tier II study, which is the next step in the process of connecting Route 220 in West Virginia and Maryland to Interstate 68.
SANDY BELL HONORED WITH AWARD
Sandy Bell, the director of Cindy's Fund, is the 2014 recipient of the William Donald Schaefer Helping People Award in Garrett County. Cindy's Fund assists Garrett County residents who have cancer. Her twin sister, Cindy Hanks Kutchman, died in 2003 from ovarian cancer. More than $200,000 has been given directly to cancer patients, with Cindy's Fund helping residents with gas cards, Ensure, and payment of hotel stays and medical insurance.
SEARCH CONTINUES FOR MISSING CHILDREN
It's been two weeks, and police are still searching for two missing children from Montgomery County. The children's mother, 27-year old Catherine Hoggle, is in jail, with police continuing to build a homicide case against her. While police believe the children are dead, their father, Troy Turner-who has family in Frostburg-does not. Catherine Hoggle has been diagnosed with paranoid-schizophrenia. Her lawyer, David Felsen-while not commenting on the specifics of the case, says it involves "profound mental health issues."
STATE TO BEING COLLECTING ONLINE SALES TAXES
If you're going to do any online shopping in Maryland, make sure you do it before October 1st. Amazon says it will begin collecting Maryland's 6-per cent sales tax on all online orders, beginning on that date. State law requires online retailers to collect the sales tax, only if they have a physical warehouse or store in the state, and one will soon be opening in the Baltimore area. Sales tax revenue from Amazon alone, will give the state an additional $50 million annually.
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