Robbery Suspect Arrested
A Pasadena, Maryland man was quickly arrested late Monday night in Anne Arundel County, in connection with the robbery of the First United Bank in Piedmont. Alexander D. Devault was taken into custody without incident. He is being held in Anne Arundel County, pending extradition back to West Virginia. It is not known whether the robbery suspect displayed a weapon during the robbery, which happened early Monday afternoon. Devault, in 2010, had been convicted of robbing the Midland Firemen’s Club.
Board Wants Commissioners to Take Stand on Education Issue
The Allegany County Board of Education wants the county commissioners to oppose state legislation that would reverse the local decision last year to end the Washington County School Choice Program. About 40 students who live in the Little Orleans area were allowed to attend Hancock, because it was closer to where they lived than the closest school in Allegany County. A bill that would erode that local control is being sponsored in the General Assembly by Delegate LeRoy Myers.
Housing Authority Requests Roof Repair Funding
The Cumberland Housing Authority has requested over $130,000 to repair six roofs on housing units at Jane Frazier Village. The Authority made the request of the Mayor and Council at last night’s meeting. David Riekse says the roofing situation is so bad, they could collapse. He requested about $22,000 per roof from the Community Development Block Grant Funding. Local funding is being sought because of federal budget cuts in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Woman Accused of Burglarizing Mother’s Home
Bedford County resident Heather Diggins is accused of burglarizing her mother’s home on Hillside Drive this past weekend. She and Michael Shilling entered the home, and took an Xbox, coins and a diamond ring, totaling $2400. They were found in the Sheetz parking lot in Everett borough shortly after the incident, and were taken into custody. They were remanded to the Bedford County Jail.
Crime on the Decrease in Keyser
Despite social media reports that crime is on the rise in Keyser, Police Chief Karen Shoemaker told the Mayor and Council that shows an overall decrease over the past six years. Comparing the years 2006 through 2011, of 48 categories of incident reports, Keyser posted declines in31 areas, or about 65 per cent of incident types. Categories that showed a decrease of 50 per cent or more include child abuse, forgery, prowlers and trespassing. Showing an increase were the categories of harassment, indecent exposure, overdoses, and breakings and entering.
League Seeks Youth Football Donations
All of the jerseys and equipment for the Bedford Bison Youth Football Program, totaling about $25,000 in value, were destroyed by fire over this past weekend. The fire, at a building used for storage for Heartland Hall, has been ruled arson, with total losses of nearly $100,000. An account has been set up at Hometown Bank, under Bedford Youth Football, if you would like to make a donation.
Local Man Arrested in Traffic Incident
Thirty-nine year old Cumberland resident Brian Russell Price faces a number of charges, stemming from a warrant from January. Price is accused of failing to remain at the scene of an accident that happened on January 9th. Price left the scene of the accident before police arrived. He was charged with obstructing and hindering, disturbing the peace, failure to furnish registration identification and failure to report the accident. He was remanded to the Allegany County Detention Center, and held on $3,000 bond.
Senator Edwards Earns Kennedy Award
Maryland State Senator George Edwards has received the Thomas Kennedy Award, which goes to a former Delegate, for “personal courage and dedication to the principles of liberty and freedom.” Thomas Kennedy was a 19th century delegate from Hagerstown, who fought to let Maryland Jews hold elected office. Past recipients of the award include Casper R. Taylor and present United States Senator Ben Cardin. Senator Edwards served as a delegate from 1983 to 2007, then was elected to the State Senate.