Woman Found Unharmed After Search
Sixty-eight year old Pennsylvania resident Susan Ray was found unharmed Saturday area near Woodcock Hollow Road in Mount Savage. Ms. Ray, along with her husband were in the area for the dog show at the Fairgrounds this past weekend. She went walking with three of her dogs in a remote area of Piney Mountain, and became lost. Several groups were involved in the search; Natural Resources Officer Kurt Deterlie and his K-9, “Blue” tracked Ms. Ray for nearly six miles, before she was found safe. The Mount Savage ambulance responded to the scene.
Change of Venue Motion Denied
A motion for a change of venue in the case against Kelly Bradley has been denied in Mineral County Circuit Court. Ms. Bradley, along with her husband, are accused of setting fire to the Pines Restaurant and Lounge in June of last year, which also destroyed the Wee Care Day Care Center and CitiFinancial. Her attorney, Angie Collins, argued that the trial should be moved because of the popularity of the Pines as a social gathering place and the extensive coverage the case has received. A pre-trial hearing is scheduled for Friday, December 2nd, and the jury trial has been set for April 23rd through the 27th of next year.
Man Held on Bond Following September Incident
Twenty-year old Rawlings resident Timothy Llewellyn is being held on $45,000 bond after being arrested in connection with an incident that happened on September 18th at a Somerville Avenue residence. He is accused of trespassing on private property, causing over $1,000 property damage, assaulting the victim outside the residence and disturbing the peace. The victim did not require medical attention; Llewellyn was also served with two additional arrest warrants for failure to appear, and was held without bond on those two warrants.
NAACP Holds Dinner
Honoring the memory of Past President Norma Blacke Bourdeau, the Allegany County Branch of the NAACP held its annual Freedom Fund Dinner yesterday at the downtown Cumberland Holiday Inn. Current President Bernard Wynder moderated the program. This year’s guest speaker was Dr. David Cox, Superintendent of the Allegany County School System. Also speaking during the dinner was Mr. Gerald Stansbury, President of the Maryland State Chapter of the NAACP.
North-South Coalition To Hold Meeting
The North-South Appalachian Highway Coalition will hold its second annual meeting in Meyersdale on Friday, October 28th at 9 a.m. The meeting will be held at the Morguen Toole Company, located at 130 Center Street in Meyersdale. The Coalition is a three-state group of individual businesses, county and municipal governments and non-profit organizations, focused on the development of U.S. Route 219 from Somerset, Pennsylvania to the Maryland state line, and U.S. Route 220, from the Cumberland area to Appalachian Corridor “H” in West Virginia.
Accidental Shooting Investigated
The Mineral County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an accidental shooting yesterday afternoon on Knobley Road, near Taylor Lake. The victim was accidentally shot in the abdomen by a handgun, and was flown to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center for treatment. The investigation is continuing.
Sewage Treatment Plant on Hold
A shortage of funds is holding up a long-planned sewage treatment facility in Hardy County. The project is about $3 million short. The money was supposed to have come from one of several grants from the Environmental Protection Agency, but the funding was pulled in an effort to reduce the EPA’s total budget by $140 million. If and when it is built, the facility would help the Mountain State meet requirements from the EPA, as part of a federal mandate to reduce the pollution that eventually makes its way to the Chesapeake Bay.
Trail Monument Drawing Attention
A monument, located at the Deal access area along the Great Allegheny Passage is drawing a lot of attention. According to the Somerset “Daily American” newspaper, the four-sided monument features the names of donors to the $12 million tunnel restoration project and information about the project itself. A Somerset couple, Colin and June Deakins spearheaded the campaign to erect the monument. Trail Coordinator Brett Hollern says the monument is also a reminder to residents there are opportunities for them to make contributions, and that it can inspire people toward philanthropy.
Clear Spring Man Sentenced for Child Pornography
Clear Spring resident Kenneth Eugene Norris has been sentenced to 15 years in prison, for sexually exploiting a minor to produce child pornography. The incidents reportedly involved two girls, under the age of 12, who were under Norris’ supervision. The video shows the nude girls performing in various gymnastics exercises. After serving his sentence, Norris will be on supervised release for life.