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Another Arrest in Labor Day Weekend Shooting

Another person has been arrested in connection with the fatal Labor shooting death of a New Jersey man and wounding of his brother. Tavon Joseph Kearney, formerly of the Baltimore area and Cumberland, was arrested yesterday in Hampton, Virginia. Kearney was taken into custody by U.S. marshals and the Hampton, Virginia Police Department. He was charged with first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder. In the incident, 25-year old Ryan Henry was killed and his brother, Richard, was seriously wounded.


Man Charged in Theft Case

Cumberland resident John Ervin Arnold has been arrested on theft charges, stemming from an investigation by the Maryland State Police and the Allegany County C3I unit. Arnold is accused of taking a large sum of cash from his employer, Mountainview Healthcare. Approximately $15,000 had gone missing from a business account, and Arnold had been working as the office manager at the time. He was charged with three counts of theft and one count of theft scheme. He was ordered held on $20,000 bond; he has since posted bond and is free, pending his next court appearance.


Missing Baltimore County Man Found Dead in West Virginia

The body of a Baltimore County man, who had been missing more than two weeks, has been found in Morgan County, West Virginia. Fifty-two year old Michael Diffenderfer had been missing since October 5th. His body was found in a car along the Milo School Road in Morgan County. There was no evidence of foul play; police found two empty pill bottles in the car.


Vehicle Runs Into Residence

No charges have been filed in a crash yesterday, in which a 1998 GMC Van hit the front of a residence at the intersection of Oldtown Road and South Street. The van was traveling southbound on Hill Top Drive, when its brakes failed. It traveled across Oldtown Road and into a residence. No injuries were reported, and the investigation is ongoing.


Three Taken Into Custody Following Burglary

Three Piedmont residents were arrested inside the former Save-A-Lot building at the Tri-Towns Plaza. A caller reported a burglary in progress, and the Allegany County Sheriff’s Department surrounded the building. The three suspects-28-year old Ryan Butler, 17-year old Cody Broadwater, and 28-year old Philip Saville of Piedmont-were taken into custody without incident. All were charged and are being held on $20,000 each, after an initial appearance in District Court.


Sheriff Investigating Break In

The Allegany County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the break in of storage units in the 11,000-block of McMullen Highway. Sometime between Thursday and Friday, a person or persons broke into several storage units and removed items from them. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office at (301)-777-5959.


CSX, Police To Participate in Public Awareness Campaign

The Cumberland City Police Department, in conjunction with CSX, are participating in a public awareness event to promote safe pedestrian travel at railroad crossings. An event this Thursday at the Baltimore Street crossing, will include an officer from the Cumberland Police Department, along with members of the CSX Community Affairs and Safety Unit. The event will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. The goal is to inform citizens of the dangers they face when they do not use the appropriate locations to cross the tracks or when they fail to abide by the warning gates when they are activated. Officers are also making routine checks of the underpass several times a day to ensure citizen safety. The public is encouraged to use the underpass, as it is a safe alternative to crossing the tracks.


Kindergarten Report Card Distribution to be Delayed

Allegany County Public Schools’ kindergarten report cards will be on a delayed distribution schedule for the first nine-week period of the 2011-2012 school year. The current timeline that Maryland has established for data collection does not align with report card distribution; therefore, kindergarten report cards will not be distributed on Monday, November 21, 2011.


State Deemed Negligent in Prison Bus Slaying

The state of Maryland will pay $18.5 million to the parents of a Maryland inmate, who was murdered by another aboard a state prison bus in 2005. The state, along with three correctional officers, were found to be negligent in the death of Phillip Parker, Jr. Another officer was found to be grossly negligent


Unemployment Rate Rises in Maryland

The state’s unemployment rate continued to inch upward for the fourth consecutive month in September, rising from 7.3 per cent in August to 7.4. This year’s low was 6.8 per cent in May. The rise in the rate could indicate that discouraged workers who had been sitting idle, have resumed their job search. Most of the jobs lost were in the government sector, but the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation could not say which municipalities cut jobs.

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