WASHINGTON COUNTY MOTORCYCLIST KILLED IN I-68 CRASH
Thirty-one year old Christopher Nicely of Washington County was killed in a motorcycle crash on Interstate 68, near mile marker 46 in Allegany County. Nicely died just before 4 a.m. Saturday when he failed to negotiate a right-hand turn, and struck a concrete barrier. I-68 was closed for several hours following the accident.
FROSTBURG MAN HELD IN CECIL COUNTY
Frostburg resident Germaine Wiggins is being held without bond in Cecil County, Maryland, charged with human trafficking and kidnapping charges. Wiggins is accused of holding two women, whom he met in Ohio earlier in the week, against their will. While the women admitted to being involved in prostitution, they agreed to have Wiggins work with them to arrange customers. They later told Wiggins they didn't want to work with him, and at that point, he threatened to kill them if they left. The investigation is continuing and additional charges are pending.
GARRETT SHERFF INVESTIGATES DOG SHOOTING
Garrett County's Sheriff's Office is investigating a dog shooting late last week along Lemoyne King Road in Oakland. They say it appears the dog was shot from a vehicle, and anyone with information is asked to contact the Sheriff's Office or Garrett County Crime Solvers.
KEYSER MAN TASERED FOLLOWING ARREST
Keyser resident Ronald Kesner was held on $1,000 bond, following an incident late last week in the 200-block of South Main Street. Kesner was served with a domestic violence petition, and became disruptive during the arrest. At the police station, he continued to be disorderly, and was eventually tasered by police.
MISS ALLEGANY COUNTY IS THE NEW MISS MARYLAND
Jade Kenney, Miss Allegany County, is the new Miss Maryland, and was crowned in ceremonies Saturday night at the Maryland Theatre in Hagerstown. She is from Madison, Maryland, and represented the county in the annual event. Miss Northern Maryland Outstanding Teen, Sarah Robinson, was crowned Miss Maryland Outstanding Teen 2014.
CHAMBER SUPPORTING AUTOCROSS EVENT
The Allegany County Chamber of Commerce has sent a letter to Creade Brodie, Jr., former chair of the Potomac Highlands Airport Authority, supporting the annual autocross event at the Greater Cumberland Regional Airport. Brodie, however, resigned that position last week. The letter notes that a number of Chamber businesses have recognized the economic benefit of reviving the autocross event. The letter further requests that the PHAA reconsider its decision to not forward the application by National Road Autosport, LLC to the Federal Aviation Administration to continue autocross activities at the airport.
VIRGINIA MAN ARRESTED FOR DISORDERLY CONDUCT
Lorton, Virginia resident Lee Phillip was arrested early yesterday morning, following a disturbance at a business on Virginia Avenue. Phillip was screaming at another person in the parking lot, causing a large group to form. He refused to stop causing the disturbance and was arrested, but released pending trial in Allegany County District Court.
MARYLAND AVENUE MAN ARRESTED FOLLOWING DISTURBANCE
Maryland Avenue resident Christopher Platter was arrested over the weekend, following a disturbance at Jane Frazier Village. Platte and a juvenile were engaged in a fight when police arrived. Platter fled to an apartment, barricaded himself in a room, and tried to escape. The police entered the room and were assaulted by Platter. He continued to resist arrest, and was eventually tasered by officers. Following treatment at the Western Maryland Health System, he was taken for a bond hearing and held on $5,000 bond. Related to his arrest, Elizabeth Price was also arrested for failure to obey a police order and disorderly conduct.
SOMERSET MAN FACES ADDITIONAL MURDER CHARGE
Somerset resident Denver Blough now faces two charges of criminal homicide for the death of his pregnant girlfriend Caressa Kovalcik and their second child, Abrianna Kovalcik, who died about three weeks after being delivered by emergency cesarean section. He now faces several more charges in connection with the May 31st incident in Somerset County.
MAYOR DISCUSSES C.S.O. ISSUE
After nearly two decades of discussion, it looks as if the combined sewer overflow issue will be addressed in the county. Cumberland Mayor Brian Grim says every time there is a heavy rainstorm, the issue is brought to light. He says there are two ways of handling this situation. Or, the city can establish a storage tank at the wastewater treatment plant.
While the city is "not on board" with raising water and sewer rates, it certainly does not support digging up every city street to replace water and sewer lines. That, he says, would cost 10 to 20 times the amount of simply establishing a storage facility.
BARRACK CONDUCTS DUI CHECKPOINT
The McHenry Barrack of the Maryland State Police conducted a weekend sobriety checkpoint on Route 219, south of Timber Ridge Road Saturday evening. As a result of the checkpoint, there was one arrest for marijuana possession, but none for DUI. However, a roving patrol resulted in two arrests for DUI. About 500 vehicle were stopped during the checkpoint. The purpose was to educate motorists on the effects of drunk and drugged driving.
DATE FOR QUEEN CITY MARATHON SET
An official date has been set and confirmed for the second running of the Queen City Marathon for Active Water. The date is March 28, 2015, pending completion of the permitting process. The Queen City Marathon is a sanctioned race, and is recognized as a qualifying race for the Boston Marathon. For more information and updates, go to "www.runthequeencity.com."
DRIVERS PAYING MORE FOR GAS
Maryland drivers are paying up to three cents more per gallon, when compared to just a week ago. The average price per gallon is $3.70, and that is two cents above the national average. In Cumberland, the average price is $3.77, among the highest prices in the state. This time last year, the average price was $3.49 per gallon.
COAST GUARDSMAN ARRESTED FOR DESERTION
Martinsburg, West Virginia resident Larry Christopher Shelby has been arrested by the U.S. Marshal's Service on a desertion warrant form the U.S. Coast Guard. Shelby was last seen in November of last year, after faking his own suicide in Harper's Ferry. In January, a warrant for desertion was obtained by the Coast Guard. He was arrested in the Sheetz parking lot on Edwin Miller Boulevard by the U.S. Marshal's Service Mountain State Fugitive Task Force. Shelby was taken to Washington, D.C., and returned to military authority.
AVERAGE W.VA. WORKER EARNED MORE LAST YEAR
The average worker in West Virginia earned just over $40,000 last year, up more than a percentage point from 2013. The average annual wage rose by $478. Highest annual wages were found in Boone County, with Tucker and Hardy Counties among the lowest wage earners. The data includes workers covered by state and federal unemployment insurance programs.