Authorities Find Body of Swimmer
Authorities in Bedford County have recovered the body of Wesley Williams who went swimming in Lake Gordon in the area of Dam Road on Monday. Fishermen in the area told police they saw Williams swim out approximately 30 feet from the shore line; they became concerned when they did not see him return to shore. His body was recovered yesterday morning.
Bel Air Earns National Blue Ribbon Status
Bel Air Elementary School has earned the designation as a national Blue Ribbon School, only one of six in the state of Maryland. The school will be invited to Washington, D.C. on November 14th and 15th, and will be honored by national officials, including the U.S. Secretary of Education. Last year, Bel Air was selected to be recognized as a 2011 Maryland Blue Ribbon School. Former State Superintendent of Schools, Nancy Grasmick visited the school, to honor all of the hard-working staff members for their dedication and commitment to student achievement.
Commissioners Commit to new Allegany High School
The Allegany County Commissioners have approved local funding for a new Allegany High School and other educational projects at yesterday’s meeting. The commissioners, who wanted more information on the estimated costs of the projects, had withheld local funding for several aspects of the Capital Improvement Plan. The commissioners moved up the date on the vote, which was originally scheduled for next week, and yesterday’s vote was unanimous.
Garrett College Receives ARC Grant
Garrett College will be receiving an over $264,000 grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission, to establish a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) program. The program will better prepare workers for current and future jobs. In addition to the ARC funds announced by Maryland United States Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara Mikulski, state sources will provide $82,000, and local sources will provide over $182,000 bringing the total project funding to nearly $530,000.
Man Convicted of Child Abuse Charges
It took a Bedford County jury five hours to find Jeffrey Loshaw guilty of several counts of child abuse, in connection with an incident involving his girlfriend’s 8-year old daughter. The case went to the jury at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, and a verdict was returned around 12:30 a.m. Thursday. It is being called the worst case of child abuse that Children and Youth Services workers had seen in decades. The 33-year old Loshaw allegedly forced his girlfriend’s daughter to stand on a cooler, holding bags of heavy cans, forced her to drink hot sauce until she vomited, and locked her in an attic he said were full of ghosts, as forms of extreme punishment. Sentencing will come in mid-November.
Man Arrested in Burglary
A 20-year old local resident, James Adam Cage, was arrested earlier this week, after kicking in the door of a Carpendale residence, and trying to enter the home. The victim was awakened by the noise, and he allegedly fled after he had entered the residence. A juvenile is being questioned in connection with the incident, which remains under investigation.
Man Arrested in Domestic Incident
A Keyser resident, 33-year old Kenny Barmore, was arrested after he assaulted a woman at his Carroll Street residence. Barmore was arrested after police returned to the home; Barmore had punched out a window, which caused a severe hand injury. He was taken to Potomac Valley Hospital for treatment, then to the Potomac Highlands Regional Jail, where he remains, pending a court appearance.
Everett Situation Ends Peacefully
A situation involving an Everett woman who had barricaded herself in her First Street house, ended peacefully this week. The woman allegedly has mental health issues; her husband had called the crisis hotline for help, and there were fears it may have been a hostage situation. There were guns inside the home, so a Special Emergency Response Team was called in as a precaution. Nobody was threatened and no charges will be filed. Everett had been on a lockdown while the situation was being resolved.
Man Charged with Trespassing, Obstructing and Hindering
Cumberland resident Eastern Star Day was arrested by Cumberland City Police, in connection with an incident in July on Virginia Avenue. Day had been arguing in a residence and he was told to leave and not return. Day came back to the property, but left the area when police arrived. He was arrested Wednesday, and, following a hearing in District Court, was released on his own recognizance.
Welcome Center Opens Saturday
The new Welcome Center will open this weekend in downtown Cumberland. Any business or organization that would like to have their brochures, rack cards, menus and the like, should take them to Mall Mananger Ed Mullaney’s Office at 10 north Mechanic Street. If you would like to man the center, you may contact Mullaney at (301)-268-2135.
ACM Celebrates 50th Anniversary
Allegany College is celebrating its 50th anniversary, and several activities have been planned to mark the milestone. An event will begin at 1 p.m. with a classic car cruise-in and later in the afternoon, a free concert by the Fabulous Hubcaps. The events will be held on campus, and the Hubcaps’ show will be held on a covered outdoor stage, adjacent to the Physical Education Building. Food, soft drinks and ice cream will be available. Visitors are invited to bring picnic baskets and their own beverages, but they should realize that ACM is an alcohol-free campus.