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DANDO PLEADS NOT GUILTY TO SEX OFFENSES

Former LaVale MedExpress physician Dr. William Thomas Dando has pleaded not guilty to the charges lodged against him, when he was indicted last month by a grand jury. He has requested a jury trial that has been set for September. Dando is accused of sexually assaulting a 41-year old woman during a medical examination at the MedExpress office. He had previously been convicted in Florida of sexually assaulting a woman at gunpoint, after breaking into her home. His medical license was suspended last week by the Maryland Board of Physicians.

 

SCHOOL SYSTEM RESTRUCTURES POSITIONS

Several administrative positions will be restructured in the Allegany County School System, in light of what is termed a "difficult" FY 2015 budget. Karen Bundy, Director of Secondary Education and Dennis Read, Energy Manager, will both retire at the end of June. Dr. Kim Green, currently the Chief Academic Officer will absorb Ms. Bundy's job responsibilities; Steve Lewis, Principal at Fort Hill, will take over all of Read's duties. Joe Carter will become the interim principal at Fort Hill for the coming school year, while Dave Smarik will shift into Carter's position as interim Math Supervisor.

 

GARRETT REIMBURSED FOR APRIL ACCIDENT

Garrett County has been reimbursed over $20,000 for costs associated with a tanker truck accident on April 16th. A tanker, carrying 10,000 gallons of liquid propane overturned in the Oakland Business District and traffic was detoured around the area. Reimbursements will go to the Garrett County Sheriff's Office, which had to relocate 45 inmates to the Allegany County Detention Center. The Garrett County Roads Department will also receive over $13,600 for its participation in the clean up.

 

AMTOWER RE-ELECTED AS KEYSER MAYOR

Incumbent Keyser Mayor Randy Amtower has been re-elected to that post, defeating his challenger, Council Member Herman Judy; he will lose his council seat on July 1st. Others elected to the council were incumbent Sonny Alt, Jennifer Bennett, and Eric Murphy.

 

CARPENDALE TROOPER ASSIGNED TO KEYSER

Trooper William Seth Weakley of Carpendale has been assigned to the Keyser Detachment of the West Virginia State Police. Trooper Weakley was a member of the 64th Cadet Class, which graduated last Friday at West Virginia University in Institute. He is a graduate of both Frankfort High School and Fairmont State University. He had formerly served as a deputy in the Mineral County Sheriff's Office, before becoming a state trooper.

 

WOMAN ARRESTED FOR ASSAULT, ACTIVE WARRANT

Cumberland resident Amanda Yvonne Tallman was arrested following a traffic stop Monday evening on Elm Street. Ms. Tallman was a passenger in a vehicle that was stopped; she had asked the officer to see if she had any warrants for her arrest, and she did. She resisted arrest by an Allegany County Sheriff's Deputy, and assaulted him. She was taken to the hospital for evaluation, and still faces numerous counts, for the assault on the officer, and assault charges stemming from an incident last Friday.

 

THREE RESIDENTS SENTENCED IN DRUNK DRIVING CASES

Three Garrett County residents were sentenced in connection with driving under the influence cases. Swanton resident Brandon William Robertson was sentenced to six months in the Garrett County Jail, and suspended all but two weekends. Sarah Elizabeth Coddington of Oakland, was also sentenced to six months in jail, but the sentence was suspended. And, Oakland resident Melissa Kay Morgan had her sentencing postponed; it will be scheduled in the near future.

 

ABSENTEE BALLOT DEADLINES SET

The deadline to request a 2014 Gubernatorial Primary Election absentee ballot for mail delivery is next Tuesday, June 17th; the deadline for online delivery is Friday, June 20th. Any registered voter in Maryland may request and vote by absentee ballot. For more information on the Absentee Ballot option, contact the Allegany County Board of Elections at (301)-777-5931.

 

CARPENDALE TROOPER ASSIGNED TO KEYSER

Trooper William Seth Weakley of Carpendale has been assigned to the Keyser Detachment of the West Virginia State Police. Trooper Weakley was a member of the 64th Cadet Class, which graduated last Friday at West Virginia University in Institute. He is a graduate of both Frankfort High School and Fairmont State University. He had formerly served as a deputy in the Mineral County Sheriff's Office, before becoming a state trooper.

 

TRANSPORTATION STUDY COMMENTS BEING ACCEPTED

The Garrett County Board of Education contracted with School Bus Consultants to conduct a Transportation Study from the recommendation of the 2013-2014 Facility Study. While a recommendation was made to move students from the southern end of the county, north. Public comment is being accepted until next Monday at noon. Comments can be submitted to areaenrollmentproposal@garrettcountyschools.org.

 

BRUCETON MILLS MAN ACCUSED OF VEHICLE ARSON

Bruceton Mills, West Virginia resident Jackson Wolfe is accused of setting his 2001 Lincoln Continental on fire. Firefighters arrived on the scene and found a gas can and matches next to the car. Wolfe allegedly refused to answer the door when Preston County sheriff's deputies arrived. He was served with the arson charges while being housed at the Tygart Valley Regional Jail on charges related to being a prohibited person in possession of a firearm.

 

DENTIST PLEADS GUILTY TO FEDERAL CHARGE

A former Hagerstown dentist, Vaqar Choudry, has pleaded guilty to one of two federal charges lodged against him. Choudry entered a plea to one count of distribution of oxycodone. He is also being charged with agreeing to provide oxycodone in exchange for sex with a minor. That charge is still pending, and a trial has been scheduled for next month.

 

STATE V.A. MEDICAL CENTER HAS 81-DAY WAITING PERIOD

The average wait times for new patients seeking a primary care physician at the VA Maryland Health Care System is 81 days, the fourth longest at facilities examined in a nationwide federal audit. First District Congressman Andy Harris, a Navy veteran, says that statistic is unacceptable. Harris says this is a systemic problem in the V.A., and is the number one complaint of his constituents. The top priority is those who have severe disabilities, where the V.A. pays the full costs of their medical care. Harris suggests redirecting veterans out of the system.

 

SUNDAY TORNADO CONFIRMED IN MARTINSBURG

It is now known that an EF-1 tornado touched down in Berkeley County on Sunday. It touched down at about 8:41 p.m. on Sunday, and lifted off the front porch of a home. Dozens of trees were either toppled or snapped in the area. It was on the ground for a total of three minutes.

 

WEST VIRGINIA FIRES ETHICS COMMISSION EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

While there was no explanation for the move, the West Virginia Ethics Commission has voted to fire Executive Director Joan Parker. She was fist hired as the commission's deputy counsel in 2006. Some members of the state Senate were critical of Parker and the commission earlier this year, when they said she lobbied on a bill lawmakers were considering.

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