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Man Pleads Guilty to Running Child Porn Site

Seventy-year old Cumberland resident George Sell has pleaded guilty in federal court to running a child pornography website. According to his plea agreement, he and others conspired to operate a website, dedicated to trading child pornography images, called the “Country Lounge.” Sell’s sentencing is set for January 25th; an agreement between Sell and the government states that 10 years in prison is an appropriate sentence. Silver Spring resident Terry Lee Nolley pleaded guilty in October to being involved with the same website.


Cause of Fire Determined

The cause of a double-fatal fire in Midland earlier this month has been determined. The fire, which took the lives of Joseph and Kathleen Wilson, was caused by an electrical failure near the area of a lamp, plugged into an extension cord in the living room. Mr. Wilson was pronounced dead at the scene, while Mrs. Wilson later succumbed to her injuries at the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center. Damages to the structure and its contents on Railroad Street in Midland, were placed at an estimated $75,000.


Pair Arrested in Assault

Two men were arrested in an alleged assault incident late Wednesday morning in the 200-block of Baltimore Avenue. Fifty-six year old Lionel Craig Younger and 63-year old Leroy Younger were taken into custody. A person was assaulted by three people, with a baseball bat and knife, being held on the ground at knife point, while being assaulted. Lionel Younger was held without bond, while Leroy Younger was released on personal recognizance. The victim was taken to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center for treatment, and another arrest is pending.


Man Faces Marijuana Charges

A man who originally reported a break-in at his residence, was later arrested for marijuana possession. Twenty-four year old Davit Hicks reported that someone had tried to break into his “E” Street residence in Keyser, and provided the name of a possible suspect. When police returned to talk with Hicks, they detected an odor of marijuana, leading to the arrest. The original investigation into the break-in and theft remains ongoing.


Grant County Couple’s Name Revealed; Facing Sex Charges

The couple who were charged earlier this week with sexually abusing a child to make pornography have been identified as Army Private First Class Brian Alt and his wife, Alicia. Brian Alt is in jail at Fort Drum, New York, while his wife remains at the Potomac Highlands Regional Jail on $157,000 bond. The charges involve Alicia Alt’s nine-year old daughter, who is Brian Alt’s stepdaughter. The girl lives in Baltimore with her biological father, but had been visiting her mother when the alleged abuses occurred. The girl and her brother have been removed from the Alt home and are back with their father.


Finan Center Escapee Caught

A man who escaped from the Finan Center in Cumberland was apprehended Wednesday in Hagerstown. Thirty-three year old Muslim Ali Brunson, who had a history of arson, was committed to the state Department of Health and Mental Hygiene in 2002, after having been found guilty but not criminally responsible for the arson of a home in Baltimore County. Prosecutors have been fighting an order for his conditional release.


Two Injured in Garrett County Crash

Two people were taken to Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, following a single-vehicle crash on Sang Run Road in Oakland yesterday afternoon. A 17-year old McHenry youth and 24-year old Jeffrey Neil Paugh were taken by helicopter following the accident, occurring just after noon. The crash occurred while the driver, the 17-year old failed to negotiate a curve, striking a tree. Paugh was ejected from the vehicle, while the driver was partially ejected. The 2002 Dodge Intrepid was apparently traveling at a high rate of speed, when the accident occurred.


HRDC Hosting Adopt-A-Thon

HRDC is hosting an Adopt-A-Thon for the Allegany County Animal Shelter on tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The “Home for the Holidays” event is part of the continuing teamwork between HRDC, located on Virginia Avenue, and the shelter. All the adoptable animals will be up-to-date with their rabies shots. While there will be several cats and dogs at the adopt-a-thon, interested parties may also go to the shelter from 9 a.m. to 12 noon, and visit more adoptable animals. They can also go online at, and search the adoptable pets.


Turkey Day Run Set for Thanksgiving

The 15th Annual Turkey Day 5K run, sponsored by the Mountain Ridge Cross Country team, will be held Thanksgiving morning at 9 a.m. in Westernport. Pumpkin pies and plaques will be awarded to the overall male and female winners. There is an early registration discount for families. Race day registration will be held from 7:45 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. at the Legion in Westernport. All runners will receive tee-shirts while they last. For more information, contact Tom Dawson at (301)-463-6231 or Norm DeRosa at (301)-689-6101. Applications are available at Personal Best Athletics, or online at, or


No Trash Collection on Thanksgiving

There will be no trash collection in the City of Cumberland on Thanksgiving Day. Residents of affected areas should put their trash out on the next regularly scheduled collection day. Any questions should be directed to the Public Works Department at (301)-759-6620.


Peanut Butter Recalled in Maryland

J.M. Smucker Company is recalling some of its Natural Chunky Peanut Butter, in 16-ounce containers, for possible salmonella contamination. Some of those jars were distributed in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and the District of Columbia. The jars covered in the recall were purchased in the last week or so, and have a “best if used by” dates of August 3, 2012 and August 4, 2012, along with the production codes of 1307004 and 138004. So far, no illnesses have been reported.

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