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Board Objecting to Myers’ Bill

The Allegany County Board of Education has written a letter, objecting to a bill introduced by Western Maryland Delegation member LeRoy Myers. He is proposing legislation, which would allow more Allegany County students to attend school in Hancock. State Senator George Edwards is working on a compromise that would let current Allegany County students in Hancock schools remain, while also allowing their siblings to attend school in Hancock, but end the practice after that. Allegany County courts and the Maryland State Board of Education have already upheld the local school board’s decision.


Inmate Sentenced in Cellmate’s Death

Western Correctional Institute inmate Michael Rodell Boyer, following a second-degree murder plea, was sentenced to 17 additional years in prison for the murder of his cellmate Timothy Davis. Boyer’s sentence will be served consecutively to his current sentence. The murder took place last February 13th, when Boyer struck Davis in the head with a television set. Boyer was indicted by an Allegany County Grand Jury in April of last year. He is now in the North Branch Correctional Institution, with a release date of approximately 2068.


Hyndman Man Arrested for Theft, Receiving Stolen Property

Twenty-eight year old Joseph David Gordon has been arrested, in connection with a number of thefts. Gordon allegedly had over $13,000 worth of tools, some from Hickes and Association, which was working at the Hyndman Sewer plant. More than $6600 worth of tools were returned to the John H. Shaffer lumber mill. He has also been implicated in several other thefts. Bail was set at $80,000 on some of the charges, and $15,000 on other counts.


Man Hit By Car on U.S. Route 50

An unidentified man was struck by a car while crossing U.S. Route 50 in Romney. The victim was airlifted by the Maryland State Police Trooper Five helicopter. A caller to Hampshire County Emergency Services said that “someone ran out in front of him.” There was no word on the condition of the victim. Troopers from the West Virginia State Police and volunteers from the Romney Volunteer Fire Department and Romney Rescue responded to the scene.


Delegate Stepping Down

West Virginia Delegate Harold Michael has announced he won’t be seeking re-election to a 13th term, citing health problems as his reason for stepping down. Delegate Michael, an insurance agent in the Moorefield area, was first elected to the House in 1988, and currently serves on the House Banking and Insurance, Judiciary and Roads and Transportation Committees.


Fire in Hancock Termed “Suspicious” In Nature

A fire at an abandoned house in Hancock is being termed “suspicious” in nature. The house, which had been vacant for about 15 years was part of Fairview Orchards, and was located on Locker Road.  A portion of the two-story house is still standing, but will be torn down. The Hancock Volunteer Fire Department responded to the call around 1:52 p.m. Thursday afternoon.


Remains Found in Cheat Lake Identified

Human remains found in Cheat Lake last week have been identified. They are those of Quinton Bolden of Morgantown, who was last seen on November 28th of last year. The investigation into Bolden’s disappearance and death are being handled by the Monongalia County Sheriff’s Department. It is being investigated as a homicide.

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