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Man Arrested in Connection with Girlfriends’ Murder

 Morgan County resident James Zell has been arrested in connection with
 the murder of his girlfriend. The body of 29-year old Kelly Butler was
 found in an abandoned cabin in the Eagle Mountain subdivision of Pin Oak
 in Hampshire County. Zell was arrested in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania for
 driving under the influence. He was interviewed Thursday, but, at the
 time, declined knowledge of her whereabouts. By Friday, he gave a full
 confession and admitted to killing the woman. He will be extradited to
 West Virginia.

 Police Seek Information on Breaking and Entering

 Cumberland City Police are seeking information on a Christmas Day
 breaking and entering in the Bellvue Street area. The victims were away
 from their homes for a period of time; when they returned home, they
 observed their residence had been forcibly entered and several items had
 been stolen. Anyone with information is asked to contact Cumberland City
 Police at (301)-777-1600 or Allegany and Mineral County Crimesolvers at

 Man Held in Assault Incident

 Cumberland resident James Derek Coffey was charged with assault and
 disorderly conduct, following an incident, occurring on Baltimore Street
 last Wednesday. Coffey is accused of shoving another man to the ground,
 and then kicking him in the head. The victim refused medical treatment,
 but Coffey was arrested on Christmas Eve and taken to the Allegany
 County Detention Center in lieu of $5,000 bond.


Animal Shelter Wins National Award

Local resident Pete Masloch has received the Henry Bergh Leadership Award, from the No Kill Advocacy Center. The award, according to the Cumberland Times-News, is given for unwavering commitment to ending the systematic killing of animals in shelters. Bergh was a 19-th century animal advocate who launched the treatment for the human treatment of animals in North America.

 Eight Garrett County Businesses Cited

 Eight Garrett County businesses recently failed compliance checks for
 selling alcohol to minors. Businesses in Oakland, Deer Park and
 Friendsville each received fines, and several had their alcoholic
 beverage licenses suspended. Several other businesses will have hearings
 next month. The clerks who sold alcohol to the Maryland State Police
 cadet are criminally charged, and will have to appear in Garrett County
 District Court.

 EMS Company Receives $300,000 from Commissioners

 The Mathias-Baker, West Virginia EMS squad was recently given $300,000
 by the Hardy County Commissioners, so it can continue operations. The
 company recently paid over a million dollars to settle allegations that
 it submitted false claims for payment to Medicare and Medicaid programs,
 and would have had to “fold” if not for the financial assistance. The
 EMS group will have to report its financial progress to the
 commissioners on a monthly basis, and the Hardy County Commissioners are
 working on a contingency plan, should the company fail to rectify its
 financial situation.


Bill Introduced on Sexual Assault

A Pennsylvania State Representative has been working to pass an amended bill that would create the offense of institutional sexual assault in a school or child center setting. Representative Carl Metzgar says the bill it would apply whether or not the student has reached the child has reached the age of consent, which is 16 years old; the bill would also make the crime a felony.

 Christmas Tree Collections Announced

 Christmas trees will be collected for recycling in Cumberland on
 Friday, January 13th. City residents wishing to recycle their Christmas
 trees are asked to remove all decorations and place the tree curbside
 the evening of January 12th. For additional information, contact the
 city’s Public Works Department at (301)-759-6620.

 Former ACM Athletic Foundation President Dies

 The former president of the Allegany College of Maryland Foundation,
 Nello Caporossi, died on Saturday, December 17th. He had been president
 of the group for 21 years. Caporossi was also a member of the Maryland
 Terrapin Club and a charter and founding member of the Fort Hill “F”
 Club. He had been employed at the Kelly-Springfield Tire Company for 36
 years, retiring as a Production Superintendent. At his request, he was
 cremated, with his ashes being spread at the Canaveral National Seashore
 in Florida.

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