Suspect Arrested in Tri-Towns Burglary
A twenty-eight year old Piedmont man has been arrested in the weekend burglary and theft from the Tri-Towns Pharmacy in Westernport. Richard Taylor Saville is accused of breaking into the pharmacy and taking a number of narcotics, with a street value of approximately $25,000. Saville faces numerous charges of drug possession with intent to distribute, destruction of property and burglary. He is being held without bond, and more arrests are expected in connection with the case.
DNR Searching for Missing Wisconsin Man
The Maryland Natural Resources Police are searching the Green Ridge State Forest for a missing Wisconsin man, whose car was found on Carroll Road, near Flintstone. Seventy-five year old James Wilson left his home on November 11th, and did not arrive at his destination in Delaware on November 12th. Officers are searching the area by foot, vehicle and air; the NRP Special Operations Division is conducting the investigation. Anyone with information regarding this incident should contact the Maryland Natural Resources Police at 800-628-9944.
Bedford Couple Sentenced in Child Endangerment Case
Jeffrey Loshaw of Bedford had been sentenced to 56 to 112 months in prison in a child endangerment case there, and now the victim’s mother has been sentenced. Following a guilty plea to one count of child endangerment, Kimberly Jean Dickmann was sentenced to 8 to 23 months in jail. She was given credit for time spent in jail, and was immediately placed on probation. She was present during the abuse, and did not report the ongoing incidents, nor did she intervene. The 6-year old girl is now living out of the area with her father, while her 9-year old sister is living with her maternal grandparents in Michigan.
Fire Destroys Hampshire County Church
A fire has destroyed the Poland Hollow Assembly of God Church, between Romney and Springfield. The fire was reported early Thursday morning, bringing out volunteers from both West Virginia and Maryland. Arson is not suspected in the fire, but the West Virginia State Fire Marshal’s Office brought in an arson detection dog. Pastor Dan Dennison says he intends to rebuild; most services at the church average between 60 and 80 worshipers. For special services, that number rises to between 120 and 150 parishoners.
Warden Dismisses Chaplain
Warden Donald Orr has dismissed the chaplain at the Bedford County Jail. Myrl Musselman has been a volunteer chaplain at the facility for the past 11 years, but was recently dismissed. Musselman says he has not yet learned why he was let go; he oversaw several services conducted throughout the week for both men and women who were incarcerated at the jail. Musselman and Orr had disagreed on the use and security at the jail chapel, but Musselman said they had worked out those differences.
Woman Sentenced in Theft Case
Thirty-eight year old Somerset resident Diane Lynn Unferdorfer has been sentenced to six months to a year in jail for a theft from the Allegheny Shovel and Drag Company in July of 2008. She and at least two other people were seen stealing large, heavy pieces of metal that work as platforms with tracks; the tracks are used to move cranes and equipment. Along with the jail sentence, Ms. Unferdorfer will be placed on one year’s supervised probation, which will begin after she is released from jail. She must also pay a number of fees and restitution in the case.
Inmates Donate to Food Bank
Inmates at the Western Correctional Institution have donated $1200 to the Western Maryland Food Bank. The money came from selling hoagies. The food bank distributes food to about 105 agencies, serving more than 10,000 people. Executive Director Diana Loar says there has been a 10 to 12 per cent increase in requests for assistance from the community. The Food Bank serves low-income residents, including senior citizens and those who can’t leave their homes.
Bank Merger Will Affect Five Branches
A merger of Susquehanna Bancshares and Tower Bancorp will cause five regional branches to close, including one in Washington County, three in Franklin County, Pennsylvania and one in Fulton County. The merger, which still needs final regulatory approval, is expected to be completed on February 17th of next year. Once the merger is approved, Susquehanna will have about 260 branches in a four state area, including Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia and New Jersey.