Animal Shelter Receives $25,000
The Allegany County Animal Shelter Management Foundation has received a gift of $25,000 from the will of Timothy Shea, and several other animal organizations received the same amount. A member of Shea’s family had recommended that the local animal shelter be the beneficiary of the gift. The money will be used primarily for veterinarian bills; other uses will be discussed at the group’s next board meeting.
Former Teacher Accused of Relationship with Student
A former Meyersdale Area High School teacher has been charged with having a sexual relationship with a student. Joshua Steven Covert of Johnstown allegedly had the relationship with the juvenile from May 20th to September 8th of this year. The incidents allegedly took place in both Somerset and Cambria Counties. Covert has resigned his position, and has voluntarily surrendered his teaching certificate.
More Details on Robberies
There are more details on the rash of robberies, both locally, and in Mineral County, West Virginia over the last week. In the Keyser CVS robbery Saturday night, the suspects stole the painkillers Oxycodone and Fentanyl; the Sheriff’s Department, along with Keyser City Police are working to solve that theft. Meanwhile, authorities are looking for the suspects who robbed Steve’s Pharmacy in the Bel Air Plaza; The Rite Aid Store on Route 220 in Keyser; and the Food Lion robbery from Friday night. The local incidents are being investigated by the Allegany County Sheriff’s Office, the C3I unit and the Maryland STte Police.
Man Arrested for Indecent Exposure
A Baltimore man was arrested over the weekend on indecent exposure and false statement charges. Twenty-seven year old Justin Dwayne Brown was seen walking in the area of Valley Street, with no clothes on. He was taken to Police Headquarters, where he then gave officers two false names. He was later taken to District Court and held on $15,000 bond at the Allegany County Detention Center.
Man Wants Modification of Bail Conditions
Friedens resident William Stanley Nair, who is accused of texting advice to Erin Nicole Everett on how to kill a Meyersdale woman in March, has asked for a modification of his bail conditions. Specifically, Nair is requesting to have an electronic ankle bracelet removed. Nair has been free on a $100,000 unsecured, non-monetary bond since his preliminary hearing in June. Ms. Everett is accused of killing 21-year old Tory Elizabeth Minnick, and Nair allegedly sent her text messages on how to load a gun, and what ammunition to purchase.
Woman, Child Escape Salisbury Fire
Two members of the Roger Weimer family escaped injury Sunday during a fire at their Piney Run Road home. The fire is believed to have started in the exterior wall of the home, which forced a Salisbury woman and her child from the residence. The fire marshal was not called to investigate, but believes the fire was caused by either a furnace or wiring within the house. The family is staying with relatives and the Red Cross has been notified.
Crossing To Be Closed
The railroad crossing at Washington Street in Westernport will be closed on Wednesday from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. for repair work.
Trial Set for Pennsylvania Man in Stabbing Death
The trial for Jeffrey Eldon Miles of State Line, Pennsylvania has been set for next April. Miles is accused of killing Hagerstown resident Kristy Dawn Hoke, who has been identified as a confidential police informant. Prosecutors will seek the death penalty in the case. Hoke’s family had reported her missing in April of last year; her remains were found in Waynesboro on April 6th.
Franchot Says Tax Hikes Would Be A Mistake
Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot says raising either the state’s gasoline tax or “flush tax,” or both would be, in his words, “a mistake.” He says the state needs a two-year tax “break,” which would give the private sector a chance “to catch its breath.” A state advisory panel has recommended that the gas tax be raised by 15-cents a gallon over three years, as well as vehicle registration and inspection fees, in order to raise money for new highway projects. A task force is also recommending doubling or tripling the state’s “flush fee” over the next several years.
Catholic School Enrollment Continues Decline
Enrollment in Catholic Schools continues to decline, although at a slower pace than recent years. The number of students declined 4.3 per cent this year. The Archdiocese of Baltimore closed 13 schools at the end of the 2009-2010 school year; school enrollment declined by 9 per cent. About two-thirds of the students in those schools moved to another one in the Archdiocese. Catholic school leaders believe the decline is the result of a poor economy and the need for more financial aid.