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Bedford County Man Killed in Crash

Hopewell Township resident John Sleasman was killed in a crash this week in Somerset County. The wreck occurred as Sleasman veered into an oncoming lane on Route 31 near the village of Roxbury, striking a tractor-trailer head-on, driven by Richard Craig of Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania. He was not injured.


Police Arrest Man on Meth Charges

Cumberland City Police arrested 29-year old Frostburg resident James Kelly, following a routine traffic stop on Centre Street. Kelly fled the scene, but was apprehended a short distance away. Kelly was found to be wanted on two outstanding warrants, charging him with failure to appear in court. A canine unit also detected the presence of drugs; a search revealed a quantity of methamphetamine was seized. He was held on $30,000 bond. This arrest marks the seventh time this month that a canine unit was used. There were 43 drug arrests in October, marking a 40 per cent increase over September.


Workers May Lose Jobs

About 53 workers at the downtown Cumberland Holiday Inn may lose their jobs by the end of the year, after the company that manages it, terminates its contract. Pillar Hotels and Resorts of Irving, Texas has given notice to the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation that it is ending its management contracts with Holiday Inn locations in Cumberland, Frederick and the Holiday Inn Express in Frederick. The new management of the hotels will take applications from those employees who wish to continue working at those locations.


Memorial Service Set for FSU Student

A memorial service will be held Saturday for Kortneigh McCoy, who died at an off-campus party in Frostburg early Sunday morning. The service will be held at 1 p.m. at the Empowerment Temple on Primrose Avenue in Baltimore. The investigation into the incident is continuing, while the suspect-23 year old Shanee Liggins remains jailed without bond on first and second-degree murder charges.


Coach and Teacher Fired in Sex Offense Case

A substitute teacher, who was also the football coach in the Meyersdale Area School District has been fired, amid accusations of having a sexual relationship with a student there. Twenty-seven year old Stephen Alan Schrader was fire yesterday. Schrader is charged with involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, aggravated indecent assault and other counts. The incidents allegedly occurred in August and October of this year. He was arraigned earlier this week, and released on a $10,000 unsecured bond.


Man Arrested on Burglary Charge

Thirty-three year old Cumberland resident Sean McElwee was arrested on charges of fourth-degree burglary, destruction or property and disorderly conduct, following an incident Tuesday evening in the 100-block of Columbia Street. A resident there said a man came to his door, forced it open and sat on the floor. He was held on $7500 bail.


Veteran’s Day Ceremony Set

The Rocky Gap Veteran’s Cemetery will hold its 31st Annual Veteran’s Day Program on Friday at 2 p.m. This year’s Guest Speaker will be Paul Johnson, Maryland State District 3 Commander for the Veterans of Foreign Wars. The public is invited to attend.


Results of Bedford County Elections

Voter turnout was less than 30 percent in Bedford County on Tuesday. In a hotly contested race, incumbent District Attorney William Higgins beat his Democratic opponent, Kristin Banasick by a narrow margin-unofficially 40 votes. Re-elected were Sheriff Charwin Reichelderfer, Cornoer Sam Gordon, prothonotary Cathy Fetter and treasurer Paula Sheirer, all Republicans.


Welcome Home Event for Serge Babo Set Saturday

A welcome home celebration will be held for Ridgeley resident Serge Babo on Saturday. The event will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. at Brookedale Farms, near Fort Ashby. He recently returned to the area, after being deported to his homeland of Cameroon, according to the Mineral News-Tribune. Everyone is welcome to attend the celebration.


Washington County Discusses State’s Regulatory Climate

Local business leaders gathered in Washington County this week, to discuss what they feel is the detrimental regulatory climate in Maryland. Chamber of Commerce members there shared stories about high corporate income taxes, the cumbersome review processes and costly regulations they believe makes Maryland an undesirable place to do business. The consensus is to try to convince the sate to let the western portion serve as a testing ground for a more business-friendly approach to regulatory enforcement.


Currie Acquitted of Charges

Maryland State Senator Ulysses Currie has been acquitted of conspiracy, bribery, extortion and making false statements in a public corruption case. Currie had chaired the powerful budget committee in Annapolis. Prosecutors said Currie formed a sham consulting agreement with the Shoppers Food Warehouse store chain. Shoppers, they say, paid him more than $245,000 to work behind the scenes, with the end result being beneficial legislation to the chain. Defense attorneys say there was nothing illegal about the consulting work, because others knew about it.

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