TRIAL DATE SET IN CASE
Barton resident Chad Custer will stand trial on December 3rd, having been charged with seriously injuring an 11-month old child. He had been indicted by a grand jury for child abuse and assault. The child was initially taken to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center on
April 15th with severe internal injuries, and was later diagnosed with shaken baby syndrome. Custer pleaded not guilty to the charges, and is currently being held at the Allegany County Detention Center.
Special Prosecutor In FSU Police Case
A special prosecutor will be appointed to the case of a Frostburg State University police officer, Jarrett Devon Warnick, who is charged with second-degree sex offense and assault of a then-18 year old student. State's Attorney Michael Twigg made the request of Judge W. Timothy Finan yesterday morning, noting that it's standard procedure for prosecutors to request an outside prosecutor be appointed for cases involving charges against police. Trial has been scheduled for September 10th. The offenses allegedly occurred in 2009, when the alleged victim was attending Frostburg State University.
WOMEN ARRESTED ON NUMEROUS CHARGES
Twenty-five year old Ashley Baldwin and 19-year old Alisa Platt were arrested, following an incident at a Henderson Avenue residence on Monday. They allegedly had sent threatening message to the victims via the internet. They went to the residence and pulled the air conditioner unit from the window, trying to get into the home. They were each served with a criminal summons and released pending trial in District Court. They were charged with burglary, malicious destruction of property, disturbing the peace, and littering or dumping an item of under 100 pounds.
STREET CLOSURES ANNOUNCED FOR NEXT WEEK
The city of Cumberland Engineering Department has announced a number of partial street closures, effective next Monday at 6 a.m. Liberty Street, from Frederick Street to Union, Dexter Place from Centre Street to Liberty, and Pershing Street, adjacent to Liberty Street will be closed to traffic. The closures are necessary to complete improvements at the intersection of Liberty and Pershing Streets. It should last only 24 hours, but streets will reopen to traffic sooner, if possible. In case of bad weather, the closure will be rescheduled for Tuesday, July 15th.
C3I INVESTIGATES BURGLARY
The Allegany County C3I Unit is continuing the burglary investigation, involving a home in the 100-block of George Street in Frostburg last Friday. A person or persons broke into the home between June 25th and 27th, with a number of guns, electronic equipment and power tools taken. Anyone with information is asked to contact the C3I unit, or Allegany/Mineral County Crimesolvers.
SHERIFF'S OFFICE INVESTIGATES TOOL THEFT
The Mineral County Sheriff's Office is investigating the theft of tools and equipment from several trucks parked along Route 220, across from Wal-Mart. The tools were stolen between last Thursday night and Friday morning. The suspects cut the locks off the tool boxes; the items stolen were the workers' personal property. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Sheriff's Office at (304)-788-4107.
PIEDMONT COUNCIL APPROVES SALARIES
Piedmont city employees were recently granted a $1 across the board raise. The increased salaries will affect seven full time and two seasonal employees. In another matter, it was agreed to advertise for bids to obtain a garbage collector for the city, which would include the council chambers and other locations throughout the town.
FOURTH OF JULY AT CANAL PLACE
Two downtown businesses are creating a two-day "Gimme Shelter" musical fundraiser for the Allegany County Animal Shelter's "Lucky 33" dogs. Tomorrow, Victorian Creations is sponsoring a performance at 7 p.m., featuring Luke Hoover and an acoustic set from the Travis Minnick Band. The July4th start time has been moved to 4:30 p.m., so that the Crabby Pig can present the blues power of Bushmaster with Gary Brown. The Cumberland Comes Alive performance of the Sugar Foot Stompers is sponsored by Mezzo's. While both concerts are free and open to the public, donations for the Allegany County Animal Shelter are gratefully accepted. Also a wish list for the shelter is available online at "ashelterofhope.com."
ATTORNEY HIRED TO REPRESENT PIEDMONT
Attorney Roy Hardy of Keyser has been hired by the town of Piedmont to represent it, in the case of the burned out buildings on Childs Avenue and Second Street. The properties on Second Street were owned by the estate of the late Mickey Racco. The current owner of the property has not responded to a certified letter, addressing the situation. Piedmont's current attorney, Jim Carskadon, recused himself in the matter, citing a conflict of interest.
TEACHER EVALUATION GROUP APPROVED
A partnership between Maryland Education officials and a group of organizations has been formed, and it will help develop an important aspect of teacher evaluations. States, including Maryland, are struggling to develop new teacher evaluation systems and work to implement student achievement into the reviews. Maryland State School Superintendent Dr. Lillian Lowery says that while teachers are not opposed to being held accountable, but they do want fairness. The partnership will help underscore the importance of supporting teachers and principals as changes are implemented.
MAN FOUND SHOT TO DEATH ALONG TURNPIKE
Ohio resident Antwan Dash was found dead of a gunshot wound to the head along the Pennsylvania Turnpike near Somerset yesterday morning. Dash was found in his vehicle shortly after 2:30 a.m. and police remained on the scene until about 7 a.m. The investigation is continuing, and no further details have been released.
Pennsylvania Company Pays $4 Million Fine
Altoona, Pennsylvania-based Value Drug, Incorporated has agreed to pay $4 million for violating the federal Controlled Substances Act. Value was accused of failing to notify the Drug Enforcement Administration about supplying pharmacies with large or frequent orders of Oxycodone, including ones to a Hagerstown-area drug store.
MARYLAND BANS GRAIN ALCOHOL
Maryland has joined Virginia, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania in banning grain alcohol. The new law took effect yesterday. Maryland has also banned what are called "Vaportinis," which makes it possible to inhale alcohol through a glass straw.
WEST VIRGINIA RECEIVES JOB TRAINING MONEY
The state of West Virginia is receiving more than $6 million in federal funding for job training programs for laid-off workers. The United States Department of Labor is awarding nearly $155 million nationwide, through the Job-Driven National Emergency Grant Program. The money will train workers who lost a job through no fault of their own for jobs in high-demand industries.