Soldier, Wife Held on Child Sex Offense Charges
A soldier from Petersburg and his wife are being held on numerous child sex offense charges. The soldier is based at Fort Drum, New York. The couple’s identity is being withheld to protect the identity of the victims. They are each charged with 15 felony counts of first-degree sexual assault, incest, child pornography and other counts. The couple’s children were removed from their home. The woman is being held on $157,000 bond, while her husband was arrested by the Central Intelligence Division of the Army and jailed on $20,000 bond, pending extradition to West Virginia.
Councilman Wants Public Hearing on Proposed Allegany Site
Cumberland City Councilman David Kauffman wants a public hearing on the land swap, proposed last week, which would result in a new Allegany High School at the former site of the Braddock Campus of the Western Maryland Health System. School Superintendent David Cox says that a decision must be made quickly, so the Board of Education can comply with deadlines set by a state funding agency and the Board of Public Works. While Kauffman says the city can respond in a timely manner to the deadlines, he doesn’t want to bypass citizen input in the process.
Bedford County Man Dies in Fire
A Bedford County man was killed in a house fire early Sunday. The home of fifty-seven year old Kenneth Leonard of Alum Bank was fully engulfed as crews arrived on the scene, and the home along Leonard Road was declared a total loss. The fire has preliminarily been determined to be accidental. Reports say Leonard emptied ashes from the fireplace into a cardboard box on the porch of the house, but that has not been officially ruled as the cause.
Fire Determined to be Accidental
A fire, early Sunday morning at 213 North Lee Street, has been determined to be accidental, originating inside a ceiling space. There were no occupants in the two-story wood framed duplex, which was owned by Cliff McKnight. Losses were placed at $90,000. The fire was discovered by a neighbor, and brought out crews from Cumberland, Bedford Road, Bowling Green, Ridgeley, and the Clarysville Air Unit.
Two Bedford County Deputies Fired
Two veteran deputies of the Bedford County Sheriff’s Department were fired following last weekend’s election. Deputies Charles Stuby who ran against Sheriff Charwin Reichelderfer and a member of Stuby’s campaign committee, Lukas Berkey, were fired by the Sheriff. Reichelderfer defeated Stuby by nearly 3,000 votes. Stuby had been a deputy for the past 11 years.
DNR Secretary To Attend Deep Creek Meeting
DNR Secretary John Griffin is scheduled to attend a meeting on the water levels at Deep Creek Lake. The meeting, set for today, is being held by the Garrett County Commissioners who, according to the Cumberland Times-News, have been concerned about the effect of low water levels on the lake. The meeting is set for 4 p.m. at St. Peter’s Catholic Church Hall in Oakland.
Piedmont Council Member Resigns
Piedmont Council member Aaron Taylor has resigned his position, citing a “lack of time to devote to the town.” The motion to accept the resignation, which surprised council members, passed on a 2-0 vote, with two members abstaining. He had been serving as the town’s street commissioner, and was appointed in August of 2010, when the government was overhauled, following the sudden deaths of Mayor Ebbie Gilmore, and finance commissioner Mickey Racco, along with then-streets commissioner Jason Shears. Taylor was then elected in May of this year, and took the oath of office in June.
Destruction of Property at Railway Station
The Cumberland City Police Department is investigating a destruction of property incident at the Western Maryland Railway Station. Sometime on Sunday, a person or persons had broken eight small windows on the platform side of the railway station. The total damage amount was around $500. Anyone with information is asked to contact Cumberland City Police at (301)-777-1600 or Crimesolvers (301)-722-4300.