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Oldtown Man Arrested for Sexual Offenses

Sixty-three year old Marvin Dale VanMeter of Oldtown has been arrested on numerous counts of sex offenses. VanMeter had allegedly sexually abused two teenage boys, one 14 and the other, 13 years old. The abuse of one of the victims began when he was much younger and continued until now. The other victim had allegedly been abused once, this past summer. VanMeter is being held in the Allegany County Detention Center on a quarter-million dollar bond, pending his next court appearance. Several other potential victims have been identified and additional charges are anticipated. The investigation is continuing.


Nizer Sentenced to Ten Years

Thirty-two year old Justin Allan Nizer of Cumberland has been sentenced to ten years in prison, with three suspended, for second degree assault. Nizer will then be placed on three years’ probation. In February of this year, police responded to a report of a stabbing at a local night spot in Cumberland. Nizer was accused of stabbing several victims during an altercation there. Prosecuting the case was Assistant State’s Attorney Thomas Werthman. Nizer was represented by attorney David Schram.


Murder Victim Was Pregnant According to Autopsy

A woman, found dead a week ago in a Hampshire County cabin, was approximately three months pregnant at the time of her death. James Zell, her boyfriend, has been charged with the strangulation death of Kelly Elizabeth Butler. Zell has admitted killing Butler, and remains jailed in Franklin County, Pennsylvania, where he was arrested following a traffic stop. He is awaiting extradition to West Virginia.


Man Pleads Guilty Via Video Conference

Washington County, Pennsylvania resident Brett Bailey has pleaded guilty to third-degree murder for shooting Samuel Taylor in Somerset County. Bailey appeared via video conference, admitting to the shooting of Taylor during a drug deal near the Union Street playground. Taylor died three days later at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center in Johnstown. Bailey will be sentenced on March 27th at 9:30 a.m. He could face up to 40 years in jail, with a mandatory minimum of five years.


Resident Arrested for Assault, Disorderly Conduct

Twenty-five year old Cumberland resident Timothy Dale Ryan, Jr., was held on $5,000 bond in the Allegany County Jail, following an incident early Wednesday, near the intersection of First Street and Virginia Avenue. Ryan had allegedly assaulted another person; while the victim was being treated, he stepped between the ambulance crew and the patient. He also grabbed and officer and shoved him. He was charged with second-degree assault, disorderly conduct, and failure to obey a lawful order.


Theft at Wisp Investigated

The McHenry barrack of the Maryland State Police is investigating a theft at the Wisp Resort Wednesday morning. An unknown person or persons took a pair of red and white Vokl-brand skis, along with 46-inch ski poles. Anyone with information is asked to contact Corporal Upole at the McHenry Barrack. The number is (301)-387-1101.


Bartlett Increasing Fundraising

Maryland’s Sixth District Congressman Roscoe Bartlett is “ramping up” fundraising for a re-election bid, now that a court has dismissed a challenge to the redistricting map. Bartlett says he has raised about $150,000 in recent weeks to boost his campaign “war chest.” Previously lackluster fundraising efforts fueled some speculation that Bartlett planned to retire. Several prominent Republicans, including state GOP Chairman Alex Mooney, said they have been considering joining the race.


Maryland Receives Money for Childrens’ Health Care

The state is receiving over $28 million to help provide more children with health coverage. The money, from the U.S. Health Department, is a performance bonus payment for surpassing a Medicaid enrollment target and adopting procedures to improve access to Medicaid and Children’s Health insurance Program. It is the second year Maryland has received the bonus funding.


Lieutenant Governor Returns Campaign Donations

Maryland Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown has returned over $4700 in political donations he received from Richard Stewart. Stewart pleaded guilty to federal authorities this month for failure to pay about $4 million in employment taxes. And, a spokesman for Governor Martin O’Malley, said he will decide what will be done with $7,000 in donations he received from Stewart. The Maryland Republican party has also called on candidates to return donations from Stewart.


Winter Trout Stocking To Begin Soon

Winter trout stocking in West Virginia begins next Tuesday. The Division of Natural Resources says 30 streams and 27 lakes in the Mountain State will be stocked with a total of 43,500 pounds of trout by January 31st. Recent rains have raised stream flows and replenished state-run hatcheries’ springs.

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