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Inmates Charged in Cellmate Deaths

Two inmates at the Western Correctional Institution have been indicted in connection with the deaths of their cellmates. The two cases are unrelated, and the murders occurred in February. In the first, Kim Lee Hargett is charged with the first degree murder of Blas Ramon Aguilar. Michael Rodell Boyer is charged in the homicide death of 37-year old Timothy Davis. Both deaths were determined to be homicides by the Maryland State Medical Examiner’s Office in Baltimore.


Administrator Position Not Yet Advertised

The open position of Cumberland City Administrator has yet to be advertised; Jeff Rhodes will remain in that capacity in an interim basis, at least until the end of the calendar year. A selection committee will review the recruitment profile, before the job is advertised. October 1st has been the date set to close applications, and it is hoped a new person would be named to begin on January 1st.


Two in Court in “Ducky” Case

The two who are charged with animal cruelty were in Allegany County Circuit Court this week, in connection with the “Ducky” case from earlier this year. Twenty-four year old Ricky Allen Adams is seeking to have his case moved to another jurisdiction; the matter has been taken under advisement by Judge Gary Leasure. Meanwhile, 27-year old Mount Savage resident Frederick Newton Lease is scheduled for a jury trial on September 28th in circuit court, on animal cruelty charges.


Man Arrested After Hospital Incident

A Midland man was held on $10,000 bail, following an incident Tuesday morning at the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center. Thirty-one year old Jason Seib became disorderly in the hospital, allegedly assaulted hospital staff and fled the emergency room naked, prior to the arrival of police. He was charged with misdemeanor assault, destruction of property, disorderly conduct and indecent exposure. He received a hearing before a District Court Commissioner, where bail was set.


Waldenbooks Closing at Mall

The local Waldenbooks Store in Country Club Mall will be closing, perhaps by the end of October. Its parent company, Borders, has announced it is closing all stores because of bankruptcy proceedings. Jan Beem, marketing director, says the mall’s leasing department is looking to find new leases for the mall. The closure of the AMC 6 theatres was announced last week; in that case, a new operator has been found for the theatres. WPA Theatres will open in the fall.


Two Charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Two Golden Lane residents were arrested and released pending trial, following an incident Tuesday. Jason Scott Delzell and Virginia Lynn Reid, both 31 years old, were creating a disturbance. During the investigation, one of the two pointed out several items of drug paraphernalia in the home. They were both charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.


Keyser Man Arrested for DUI, Other Counts

Sixty-one year old Robert Michael Haywood of Keyser was arrested earlier in the week, after Natural Resources Police officers stopped him on Route 135. Haywood was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, driving while impaired by alcohol while transporting a minor, and failing to transport a child under 16 in a seatbelt. Officers stopped Haywood when the noticed a 9-year old child hanging out the window of the rear passenger side of the vehicle.


Bedford Board Approves Lease

The Bedford Area School Board has approved a lease with the HOPE for Hyndman Charter School, but did not make a pre-payment to the school, based on projected enrollment. The cost to lease the school is one dollar per year for five years, with an automatic five-year renewal. With a projected enrollment of 150 students, the group sent a letter to the board, invoicing the Bedford District for $115,000. The letter is the amount due in school subsidies for the charter school for July through September. The board, at this point, is reluctant to set a precedent of pre-paying.


Zoo Rescues Three African Elephants

The Pittsburgh Zoo’s Fairhope, Pennsylvania location is the new home for three rescued African elephants. A family in Botswana rescued them from being victims of a government-sanctioned killing in South Africa. Each of the three, 6000-pound elephants were delivered on July 15th.  The animals are being quarantined for 90 days, and, after determining they are disease-free, they can mingle with other elephants.


Two Plead Not Guilty in Robocalls Case

Two campaign aides to former Governor Robert Ehrlich have pleaded not guilty to charges they violated election laws last fall. It was the first appearance in Baltimore Circuit Court by Paul Schurrick and Julius Henson. Their attorneys entered not guilty pleas on their behalf. A criminal trial has tentatively been set for September 22nd. If convicted, both could be sentenced to five years in prison for each election law and voter influence count and one year for the authority line violations.

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