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Several Show Interest in Shops At Canal Place

Several prospective tenants have shown an interest in at least two units of the Shops At Canal place. During a meeting of the Canal Place Preservation and Development Authority yesterday, an update was given on two of the parcels, Units C-3 and C-2. Local Long and Foster Realtor Bill Chesno says that at least six people have shown an interest in locating there. The Authority has also re-taken possession of the former Footer Dye Works Building, and will update the requests for proposals to redevelop the structure.


Strong Armed Robbery in Frostburg

An elderly Carlos Road couple was the victim of a strong-armed robbery Sunday evening at their residence. An unknown man entered their residents, forcing them to give him cash. The suspect wore dark clothing and had dirt smeared on his face to conceal his identity. The Maryland State Police Medevac helicopter and a K-9 unit were unable to locate the suspect. The crime scene was processed by the Maryland State Police Evidence Collection unit, and anyone with information is asked to call any local law enforcement agency.


Augusta Murder Trial Moved to February

The trial of Augusta resident Joseph Sylvester Bennett-who is accused of first degree murder in the death of his fiancee’s one year old daughter-will be held in February in Mineral County Circuit Court. His attorneys had asked for additional time to prepare their case. Beginning on February 6th, the trial is expected to take two days. Bennett remains in the Potomac Highlands Regional Jail on $75,000 bond.


Defendant’s Mental Capacity Debated

Whether or not John Gerholt is mentally challenged, and therefore ineligible for the death penalty in Pennsylvania, will be decided within the next ten days. A hearing was held earlier this week in the case, in which Gerholt, formerly of Mount Union, is accused of fatally shooting his wife, Karen, outside of a McDonald’s restaurant in Bedford County in November of 2008. The U.S. Supreme Court banned executions of mentally challenged defendants, and Gerholt’s attorneys contend he is mentally challenged.


South Carolina Resident Arrested on Burglary Charges

South Carolina resident Gavin Chapman Schaaff is accused of breaking into a Park Street home, and attempting to break into another on Maryland Avenue. The incidents allegedly happened late Monday evening. Shaaff is also accused of striking an officer in the chest and face. He is being held at the Allegany County Detention Center.


State Police Investigate Attempted Robbery

The West Virginia State Police are investigating an attempted robbery that took place earlier this month on Cunningham Lane, near Moorefield. The suspect posed as a disabled motorist, and the victim was attacked when he stopped to offer assistance. The victim was wrestled into a ditch, but eventually broke free and returned to his vehicle unharmed. Anyone with information on the incident should call Senior Trooper S.A. Nazlerod at (304)-538-2925.


Columbia Gas Repairs Begin Wednesday

The city of Cumberland’s Engineering Department, along with Columbia Gas of Maryland and its contractor, Shaffer Construction, is notifying the public that permanent repairs will be made to gas company patches on Gephart Drive, from Fayette Street to Thompson Street. The work will be done, weather permitting. Parking will be restricted as posted. The repairs should run through Friday. Questions or concerns should be directed to the City of Cumberland Engineering Department at (301)-759-6600.


Everett Groundbreaking Set

The Everett Area School District has tentatively set the first or second week of October as the time frame to break ground on the renovations and additions to its middle/high school complex. The project is about three to four million dollars short in financing, and the school board there is looking at other financing options, such as a traditional loan.


Delegate Freed From Federal Prison

Former Maryland Delegate Robert McKee has been released from federal prison, after serving his sentence for possession of child pornography. He had been sentenced to 37 months in prison, but was released after only 32 months because of “good time credit,’ which inmates receive, if they follow the rules. McKee, a former Washington County delegate, had been serving his time at the federal correctional institution at Fort Dix, New Jersey.

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