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Additional Charges Filed in Robberies, Home Invasions

Four individuals who were arrested in December for several armed robberies and home invasion robberies have had additional charges lodged against them. Twenty-year old Cory Joseph Crabtree, 24-year old Cody Crabtree, along with 22-year old Gregory Thomas Laisure and 35-year old Melvin Ray Howell III have all been charged with armed robbery, burglary, first-degree assault and related charges. Information was developed from the earlier arrests that enabled investigators to obtain new charging documents for the suspects. Three are being held at the Allegany County Detention Center on bonds, ranging from $500,000 to $525,000.  Howell remains incarcerated in Pennsylvania, pending extradition to Maryland, as well as the charges related to other armed robberies and home invasion robberies.

 

Second Burger King Suspect Arrested

A second suspect has been arrested in connection with the breaking and entering at the Frostburg Burger King in December. Twenty-five year old Lonaconing resident Michael Clay Blubaugh, who along with Llany Vega, are accused of entering the restaurant in the early morning hours of December 12th, and removing an undisclosed amount of cash from the safe. He is currently being held on $55,000 bond on the charges lodged against him. Vega remains free on personal recognizance, pending his next court appearance.

 

Kidnapping Attempt Investigated

The Mineral County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a possible kidnapping attempt last week in the Cut-Off Road area of Route 220. Police say a man approached a 14-year old girl, as she was getting off the school bus, and offered her a ride. The suspect is described as having blond, spiked hair and driving a late 80’s or early 90’s vehicle with primer all over it. Police are looking for a suspect, so they can identify a motive for his actions. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Mineral County Sheriff’s Office at (304)-788-0441.

 

Sexual Misconduct Alleged in Keyser

A Keyser city council candidate has accused unnamed senior city officials of sexual misconduct, and those charges have been forwarded to the West Virginia Attorney General’s Office, the state’s Ethics Commission and local law enforcement agencies. Candidate Mark Tranum says five city employees have approached him on the issue, including supervisors who spoke of misconduct by “the mayor’s office,” involving several city workers. Tranum says he won’t go into details, because he was advised not to, by the Attorney General’s Office.

 

Man Arrested on CDS, Trespassing Charges

Twenty-five year old Cumberland resident Michael Robert Caswell was arrested Sunday for trespassing on CSX property in the area of Queen City Drive. He was also found to be in possession of CDS paraphernalia. He was issued criminal citations for both, and released from the scene.

 

Fiber Line Installation Set

The City of Cumberland is letting the public know that North Mechanic Street, from Market Street to Pershing Street will be under flagging conditions for aerial fiber line installation. Work will take place from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Use caution in the area of construction and follow the detour route in place. Any questions should be directed to Clint Wade at (304)-366-0845.

 

Smoke Alarms News Conference Set

A smoke alarms fire and life safety news conference has been scheduled for Wednesday at 10 a.m. at Cumberland Fire Station #1. The purpose is to provide the media and public with accurate and up to date information regarding working smoke alarms, and their importance in providing life safety efforts during a fire. A presentation of 60 smoke alarms by the Cumberland Firefighters, Local 1715 President Ken McKenzie will occur during the conference.

 

Delegate Introduces Wastewater Legislation

Delegate Shane Robinson of Montgomery County has introduced a bill in the General Assembly that would ban the treatment of wastewater created by other states, in the  hydraulic fracturing process. It does not, however, address wastewater created in Maryland, although there is no “fracking” taking place in the state at this time.

 

Vandals Strike in Everett

Police are investigating a rash of vandalism that took place late last week. Business owners and others discovered black, spray-painted messages and drawings on buildings and a Jeep there. The word “Crips” was spray painted at various locations. Another vehicle was left with a flat tire, when someone broke or cut the valve stem. Anyone with information is asked to contact Everett Borough Police.

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