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Man Sentenced to Ten Years

Seventy-year old Cumberland resident George Sell has been sentenced in federal court to ten years in prison, followed by ten years of supervised release. Sell had pleaded guilty to helping run a child pornography website. He was the administrator of a website, dedicated to trading child pornography images. The website was hosted on servers in Virginia and Texas, and was and was shut down by the government in 2008. Silver Spring resident, Terry Lee Nolley pleaded guilty in October to being involved with the same website, and was sentenced to 97 months in prison, followed by lifetime supervised release.


Two Arrested in Frostburg Burglary

Two people have been arrested in the burglary of a Frostburg residence Monday evening. Twenty-three year old Justin Andrews and 21-year old Lacey Jean Getson or Corriganville are accused of breaking into a Hawthorne Drive residence and ransacking the home, looking for valuables. The homeowner, who had been away from the residence for a short while, reported that an antique rifle was taken. Andrews is currently being held without Bond, while Ms. Getson is being held on $35,000 bond at the Allegany County Detention Center.


Pace Reception Held

The 36th annual PACE Reception was held last night at the Loew’s Annapolis Hotel, featuring local elected officials, business leaders and other citizens. The reception is held each year to highlight Western Maryland to members of the General Assembly.


Marcellus Shale Meeting Set for Today

While local lawmakers want to put drilling for Marcellus Shale natural gas on the fast track, Governor Martin O’Malley hasn’t set a final report on the issue until August of 2014. The Marcellus Shale Advisory Committee has set a meeting today in Annapolis. The committee is exploring the best practices for the industry, and whether the exploration can be done safely. Baseline studies for the environmental impact of Marcellus Shale drilling should cost anywhere from $1 million to $1.5 million, according to the Cumberland Times-News.


Area Mourns Loss of Sports Legends

The Cumberland area is mourning the loss of two local sports legends-Ronald “Ronnie” Cage and Ed Schwarz. Cage was a well known basketball official, and funeral services are scheduled for today at 11 a.m. at the Scarpelli Funeral Home on Virginia Avenue. Schwarz, a retired teacher in the Allegany County School System, played for legendary Coach Paul “Bear” Bryant while at the University of Maryland. Funeral services for Schwarz are scheduled for tomorrow at the Scarpelli Funeral Home in Cresaptown at 1 p.m.


Edwards, Beitzel Seek Increased School Funding

Maryland State Senator George Edwards and Delegate Wendell Beitzel are pursuing a statewide legislative effort to cap losses of state funding for K through 12 education, incurred by Allegany and Garrett Counties. In Governor Martin O’Malley’s FY 2013 budget, there is a 5.5% cut in funding for Allegany County and an 11.8% cut for Garrett County. This is on top of the approximately 6 per cent cut that the two jurisdictions took in funding during the FY 2012 budget. Due to the budget cuts, the Garrett County Board of Education is examining the possible closure of up to three elementary schools.


Man Held in Shotgun Incident

Westernport resident Curtis Hester is being held on $10,000 bond at the Allegany County Detention Center, following a domestic incident, during which he allegedly pointed a shotgun at a female victim and threatened her life. Hester faces numerous charges. The incident occurred around 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday.


Street Closures Announced

South Central Avenue, from Park Street to Maryland Avenue, will be closed to all traffic this evening from 5 to 10 p.m. Also, the eastbound lane of Harrison Street, accessing Westbound Interstate 68, will be closed to all traffic. Use alternate routes to access westbound Interstate 68. Motorists should use caution in this area, due to increased pedestrian traffic at the Liberty Gardens Parklet.


Canal Place Authority to Meet Wednesday

The Canal Place Authority will meet in a special executive session next Wednesday at 4 p.m., at the offices of the Allegany Arts Council at 9 North Centre Street. The lone item on the agenda is a personnel discussion, most likely to discuss the resignation of Executive Director Renee Bone. After next Wednesday, the Canal Place Authority is due to meet on February 21st at 1:30 p.m.


Cracker Barrel May Locate in Somerset

Cracker Barrel spokesperson Jeanne Ludington has confirmed the company is looking to locate in Somerset County, Pennsylvania. It is one of several locations under consideration, and the process from finding a site to actually opening a restaurant can be lengthy, and no timetable has been established, if Somerset was chosen. Most new Cracker Barrel stores employ 150 people, and the company does not make official announcements about an opening “until the shovel is in the ground,” according to Ms. Ludington, in an article in the Somerset Daily American newspaper.


Suspect Identified in Hagerstown Shooting

The victim of a shooting earlier this week on Jonathan Street in Hagerstown has died. Twenty-nine year old Christopher Lee Follett died yesterday at the Meritus Medical Center; his body will be transported to the Medical Examiner’s Office for a final ruling on the cause of death. Charges against twenty-eight year old Juan Sylvester Barnes, which originally included attempted second degree murder, will be amended appropriately.

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