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More Details on Murder Investigation

There are more details regarding the arrest of a Cumberland resident, in connection with the murder of Ryan Henry and the wounding of his brother, Richard, in Ridgeley last month. Tavon Kearney had been the target of the federal murder investigation. Kearney was arrested in Hampton, Virginia. Still at large is Rasshammach Roberts of Hollis, New York. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Rasshammach Roberts should call (304)-262-8615 or send an email to


Public Hearing Set on Slots

Maryland’s Video Lottery Facility Location Commission will conduct a site visit and public hearing for the Allegany County facility operation license proposals on Tuesday, November 8th from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. This will be the Commission’s first of two site visits and public hearings for the remaining locations proposed for video lottery terminal operation licenses in Maryland. A tour of Rocky Gap is scheduled for 2 p.m.; applicant presentations will take place at 3:30 p.m., and a public hearing will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. The applicant presentations and public hearing will be held in the Cumberland “A” room of the lodge.


Parents Lose State Appeal

The Maryland State Board of Education has upheld a decision from the Allegany County Board of Education, regarding its decision to phase out the Washington County School Choice Program. In a five-page opinion, the State Board supported the local board’s decision to bus children in the far east end of the county into Allegany County Schools, and against the parents who had filed suit to keep their children in Washington County Schools.


Brooklyn Resident Faces Drug Charges

Thirty-three year old Timmie Cotton of Brooklyn, New York faces numerous drug charges, after being stopped in the 300-block of Pennsylvania Avenue. A search revealed an electronic hidden compartment under the front passenger seat. The compartment contained a substantial amount of crack cocaine and Ecstasy, two handguns, and drug paraphernalia. The street value of the street drugs is estimated at over $31,000. Cotton is being charged with possession with intent to distribute crack, possession with intent to distribute MDMA, or Ecstasy, possession of crack, possession of Ecstasy, possession of cocaine and marijuana, and a handgun in a vehicle.


Rhodes Trial Underway in Mineral County

The trial of Robert S. Rhodes, Jr., is underway in Mineral County Circuit Court. Rhodes is charged with several sexual assault and sexual abuse counts, involving seven minor children. Rhodes’ attorney says his client is innocent of all 39 charges against him, which allegedly involved six girls and one boy. Rhodes is expected to testify on his own behalf.


Money Stolen From Employee in Grantsville

The Maryland State Police Barrack at McHenry is looking for a person who stole $300 from the pocketbooks of an employee of the Flower Loft in Grantsville. The employee was waiting on another customer, when the money was removed between 1:30 and 1:45 P.M. Monday. No description of the suspect is available, but anyone with information about the theft should contact the Maryland State Police at McHenry. The number is (301)-895-1101.


Hardy County EMS Settles False Claims Allegations

The Mathias-Baker, West Virginia EMS group has paid more than a million dollars to settle allegations that it submitted false claims for payments to the Medicare and Medicaid programs. The settlement, specifically for $1,068,717.56, ends an investigation that the group submitted false claims to Medicare and Medicaid for non-emergency transports from May of 2008 to January of 2010. The patients were allegedly being taken to and from routine medical appointments, even though their medical conditions did not require ambulance transport.


Student Charged in Connection with South Penn Fire

A seven-year-old juvenile at South Penn Elementary School is being charged in connection with yesterday’s fire at the school. He is being charged with malicious burning, malicious destruction of property and disruption of school activities. He was released to his mother, pending further disposition. He allegedly used a lighter to set fire to combustible plastic in the bathroom. Damages were estimated at $200.00. The school was evacuated at the time of the incident, and staff members extinguished the fire. South Penn resumed normal operations with the area of the fire being closed, pending cleanup.


Student Arrested At Allegany

A 14-year old male student at Allegany High School was arrested on Tuesday, and charged with possession of marijuana, along with possession with intent to distribute. The Cumberland Police Resource Officer, who investigated, transported him to police headquarters. The Department of Juvenile Services was contacted and the teen was released to his parents, pending court action.


North-South Coalition To Hold Second Annual Meeting

The North-South Appalachian highway coalition will hold its second annual meeting in Meyersdale this Friday at 9 a.m. at the Morguen Toole Company on Center Street. 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 to the Maryland state line, and U.S. Route 220 from the Cumberland area to Appalachian Corridor “H” in West Virginia.


More Interest in Sixth District Race

Two Republican lawmakers, State Senator Christopher Shank and Delegate LeRoy Myers are considering jumping into Maryland’s Sixth District Congressional Race. An article in Monday’s Hagerstown Daily-Mail noted that there is widespread speculation that the current representative, Roscoe Bartlett will retire, since his district now has a larger percentage of Democrats, especially in Montgomery County. Another indication is that Bartlett has raised only $1,000 from July 1st through September 30th. Publicly, Bartlett has said he has filed for re-election, and will run.

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