Man Charged With Rape, Assault
A twenty-eight year old Cumberland man, Robert Lee Hess, is being held on a quarter-million dollars bond, after being charged with rape and assault. The 18-year old victim reported the crime Monday morning. She was awakened by the suspect lying on top of her; she fought with him, and he fled. Hess was located a short time later and taken into custody. Evidence was collected at the scene, and was forwarded to the Maryland State Police Crime lab for analysis. Hess was charged with second-degree rape and second-degree assault. He remains in jail.
Inmate Sentenced to Third Life Term
An inmate, formerly housed at the Western Correctional Institution, was sentenced to a third life term on Tuesday. Darren Edward Witmer was convicted in May for the death of his cellmate, Jeffrey Kay on November 25, 2009. His death was ruled a homicide by strangulation. Witmer had been serving life sentences for two murders in Frederick County, Maryland, dating back to the early 1990’s. The Allegany County State’s Attorney’s Office prosecuted the local case, while Witmer was defended by the Public Defender’s Office.
More Details on LeFevre Road Fire
Tuesday evening’s fire at 106 LeFevre Road did approximately a quarter million dollars damage. The home was owned by Mike Perrino and Georgia Nasios; five occupants were displaced and are being assisted by the Red Cross and family members. Smoke detectors were present and activated. The cause has been ruled accidental in nature, caused by unattended cooking. A total of 50 firefighters took about 90 minutes to control the blaze.
Mineral Board Discusses Athletic Complex
How to continue to meet an annual $279,000 payment on the Keyser High School Athletic Complex was discussed during the most recent Mineral County Board of Education meeting. The board has “covered” the shortfall in annual payments, since they began three years ago. One representative noted that a realistic goal for the school would be to raise at least half the payment-or approximately $139,000-each year.
Schadler Loses Reinstatement Bid
Former Delegate Robert Schadler has been unsuccessful in his bid for reinstatement to the Mineral County Republican Executive Committee. Schadler had been ousted for publicly supporting a Democratic candidate in last year’s election. His lawsuit contended that the 12-member Executive Committee essentially overturned the results of the 2010 election in removing him from its membership. He further claimed that state law does not provide a procedure to remove duly elected representatives from such committees.
Cresaptown Man Arrested for Trespassing
A Cresaptown man was arrested for trespassing on Tuesday afternoon. Robert Toey was found lying in an alley off of Dexter Place. He had been trespassing on posted private property. He was taken to Police Headquarters and issued a criminal citation. He was released pending trial.
Other Post Offices May Close
Several post offices in the region have been listed for possible closure in the future, and now there’s word on some facilities in nearby Pennsylvania that may also close. As many as 3700 post offices nationwide may close in a cost-cutting measure. In Bedford County, both the Artemas and Riddlesburg facilities are on the list. And, in Somerset County, Acosta, Fairhope and New Baltimore have been targeted. Instead of maintaining these offices, the U.S. Postal Service will team with local retail stores, to offer basic services, like stamps, packaging and post office boxes.
Hagerstown Delivery Driver Robbed, Car Stolen
A Washington County man, attempting to make a food delivery in Hagerstown was assaulted and robbed, and his vehicle was stolen. Two black males, possibly teenagers, are being sought in the incident, involving 55-year old Kwokkuen Leung, who sustained minor injuries. Police are looking for his car, a silver 2001 Mitsubishi Galant, with Maryland tag, “9ERY39.” Anyone with information is asked to contact the Hagerstown City Police, or email information to firstname.lastname@example.org.