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Cumberland Man Sentenced in Child Porn Case

Seventy-two year old John Widdows of Cumberland has been sentenced to 18-1/2 years in prison for sexually exploiting a minor to produce child pornography. He was also sentenced to lifetime supervised release, including registration as a sex offender. Charges stem from videos seized, which show a girl engaging in sexually explicit conduct at Widdows’ direction. She was nine years old at the time, and Widdows was 67.


Three Bedford County Residents Arrested for Drug Dealing

The Bedford County Drug Task Force arrested three residents Tuesday. Thirty-year old Amy Bennett of Hyndman, 26-year old Marc Gorsuch, and 23-year old Sarah Guinn of Bedford were taken into custody, after a confidential informant allegedly purchased heroin from Gorsuch in the parking lot of Best Way Pizza on Lincoln Highway in Bedford. The other two were also at the scene of the purchase. Bennett was held on $100,000 bond, while bail for Gorsuch was set at $25,000. Guinn was arrested on a parole violation. Gorsuch and Bennett will receive a preliminary hearing next Wednesday at 9 a.m.


Woman Receives Additional Sentence for Escape

A Friendsville woman has received an additional seven-year sentence for escape Thirty-one year old Alisa Marie Shafer left the Garrett County Detention Center through the lobby, after creating a hold through the wall of the bathroom adjoining her cell. She pleaded guilty to the charge in August, and had originally been jailed on a charge of second-degree assault.


ARC Awards Grant to Maryland DBED

The Appalachian Regional Commission has awarded a $100,000 grant to the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development for the Western Maryland Export Initiative. The project is expected to assist 20 businesses with export assistance and that will lead to $5 million in increased export sales by those firms. The grant will help Appalachian Maryland companies grow jobs by providing them with new overseas markets and increasing the value of goods and services, exported from Western Maryland.


Police Seeking Identity of Credit Card Thief

The Cumberland City Police Department and the C3I Criminal Investigative Unit are seeking the identity of a woman, garnered from a surveillance photograph from the LaVale Wal-Mart. In July, she is alleged to have stolen from a vehicle, parked at a private residence on Charles Street. Credit cards in the purse were also stolen and used at Wal-Mart. Anyone with information is asked to contact C3I, Cumberland City Police or the Allegany/Mineral County CrimeSolvers unit at (301)-722-4300.


Breakings and Enterings Investigated

The Allegany County Sheriff’s Office is investigating three residential breakings and enterings at homes which have been listed for resale either by a private owner or through a realty company. Entry was gained through forced entry through windows. Once inside, thieves stole copper pipe and wiring. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Allegany County Sheriff’s Office. Any neighbors observing any suspicious activity are requested to call the Sheriff’s office.


Juvenile Arrested in Baseball Bat Attack

A juvenile was arrested and charged with first and second degree assault, along with reckless endangerment, following an incident early Wednesday evening near First and Arch Streets. One juvenile had been riding a bike in the area, when the other allegedly assaulted him with a baseball bat. After being charged, he was later released to the custody of the Department of Juvenile Services. The victim was transported to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center for treatment.


Bayard Post Office May Be Slated for Closure

The Post Office in Bayard, West Virginia is on the list for possible closure by the United States Postal Service. At a meeting Wednesday night, Bayard residents were informed that if it does close, residents will be able to get their mail at the Gormania Post Office, which now serves around 25 residents. In deciding on closure, the USPS weighs several factors, including the revenue and working hours that the post office operates.


Snow, Cold, Frost May Be Headed This Way

Believe it or not, the first snow showers of the season may be moving into the higher elevations of the Appalachian Mountains this weekend. is reporting that much colder air will be moving into the East and South. Cold air will be targeting the Western Maryland and Western Pennsylvania areas.

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