Family Rescued From Fire in Keyser
A Keyser family escaped a fire at their Willow Street home early yesterday morning, and the fire is being termed “suspicious” by authorities. Four members of the Linda Pezzanite family, including a six year old child were awakened by police officers, and were escorted from the home. The West Virginia State Fire Marshal is investigating the cause of the fire, which originated on the front porch of the house. Damage estimates were set at $100,000 for the structure and its contents. The home is not habitable, and the victims are staying with friends and family.
Bicyclist Killed in Bedford County
A Manns Choice resident was killed Sunday afternoon, while riding his bike near the Buffalo Mills Post Office. Fifty-two year old Gary T. Latterner died when he was hit by a car, driven by Daniel Joseph Hyatt of Bedford on Route 96. Latterner was thrown from the bicycle, and struck a culvert on the east side of the road. He was taken to UPMC, Bedford, where he was pronounced dead. Neither Hyatt, nor his passenger, Matthew Wade Pokryfke, was injured.
Somerset County Correctional Officers Assaulted
Charges are pending against a Somerset County, Pennsylvania inmate who is accused of assaulting two correctional officers on Sunday. Jermaine King was later placed in the SCI restricted housing unit. An unidentified sergeant was knocked unconscious, and a lieutenant suffered a severe laceration, after his head was struck against a brick wall. King was then detained without further incident.
Mineral Board Pays More On Athletic Complex
The Mineral County Board of Education was able to pay more on the Keyser High School Athletic Complex than last year. The school paid $75,000 and the board picked up the remaining $204,000 on the annual payment. And, an additional $20,000 donation was made to the complex. It has been suggested that Keyser Principal Charles Wimer attend an upcoming meeting to brief the board on the plan to meet future goals in paying for the facility.
Man Charged with Reckless Endangerment
A Cumberland man has been served an arrest warrant, charged with one count of reckless endangerment. Brian Price is accused of leaving his three-year-old son unattended during the Allegany County Fair. He was released on $5,000 bond. The Allegany County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Cumberland City Police and the Maryland State Police K9 unit. He was taken into custody without incident on Dectaur Street.
Golden Named Interim Dean of FSU College of Education
Dr. Clarence Golden has been named interim dean of Frostburg State University’s College of Education, effective July 1st by Provost Stephen Simpson. Golden will replace Dr. Kenneth Witmer, who has accepted a position at West Chester University in Pennsylvania.
Man’s Death Ruled a Homicide
An Imler man, who was found dead in early June, was murdered, according to the Blair County coroner. Bedford County officials say the findings in Irving Hengst’s death were no surprise-that Hengst died of blunt-force trauma. The killer remains at large. The investigation is continuing, and Bedford County District Attorney Bill Higgins is advising residents to be careful. There are no suspects yet in the homicide.
Jury Trial Set for Berkeley Springs Man
A jury trial has been set for December for Randy McPeak, who is accused in the June shooting death of Heather Harris. Mc Peak faces first-degree murder charges. Preliminary evidence introduced shows McPeak called Harris’ cell phone at least 15 times between 6:06 a.m. and 11:27 a.m. Police were held at bay for several hours after McPeak allegedly shot Harris; she was allegedly shot before noon, but the Washington County Special Response Team weren’t able to remove her until about 7:30 p.m.