Man Arrested in Connection with Baltimore Shooting
Forty-six year old William Jeffrey Howard of Westernport was arrested by members of the Allegany County Combined Criminal Investigation Unit, for his involvement in a shooting that took place Wednesday afternoon in Baltimore. A handgun, believed to be used during the incident, was recovered from Howard’s vehicle, and additional evidence was recovered from the home where he was living. He was charged with attempted first and second degree murder, first and second degree assault, along with conspiracy, several handgun violations and related charges. He is being held without bond in the Allegany County Detention Center, pending his return to Baltimore.
Man Found Not Guilty of Sexual Assault
A Mineral County jury took only 25 minutes to find Cody Dennis of Keyser not guilty on both charges of sexual assault. A young Keyser woman had accused him of raping her in October of 2010. A jury of nine men and three women heard graphic testimony during the trial. The incident began as a going-away party for a friend of Dennis’, who was being deployed to Iraq. Had Dennis been convicted of both charges, he would have faced a possible 10 to 25 years on each charge.
Baltimore Pike Investigation Continues
The investigation into the theft from the Baltimore Pike Volunteer firefighters, and prosecutors say they will ask for restitution, which could be upwards of $100,000. Former office holders Donald Burton Ware and Beth Anne Evans have been charged; Assistant State’s Attorney Sam lane says the cases are being treated separately.
Beitzel Files Poaching Bill
Delegate Wendell Beitzel has filed House Bill 1052 that would give the Maryland Department of Natural Resources the increased ability to provide harsher penalties for those individuals who illegally poach wildlife. Over the last several years, Delegate Beitzel has joined with Delegate Barbara Frush on the measure that would give the DNR greater authority in regards to enforcement against poaching. This measure, in the past, has overwhelmingly passed the House of Delegates only to be stalled in the Maryland Senate.
Friendsville Gas Station Burglarized
The investigation into the breaking and entering of the Liberty Gas Station on Maple Street in Friendsville is continuing. Maryland State Police say a person or persons broke into the station and stole several cartons of cigarettes; a vending machine was also forced open, after entry was made through the rear of the business. The incident happened sometime between 9 p.m. Wednesday and 6 a.m. yesterday. Anyone with information is asked to contact the McHenry Barrack of the Maryland State Police at (301)-387-1101.
Chamber Supporting Tax Credit for Coal
The Allegany County Chamber of Commerce has written to Sheila Hixson, Chair of the House Ways and Means Committee, supporting the preservation of the tax credit for Maryland-mined coal. Repealing the tax credit, according to the letter, would have a direct effect on the Western Maryland area, through the elimination of jobs. It would also have harsh economic consequences for the farthest reaching counties of the state. The letter was signed by Executive Director Stu Czapski and Bill DuVall, Legislative Committee Chair.
School Must Increase Enrollment to Stay Open
Parents of students at the Hyndman-Londonderry Elementary School were told that if enrollment doesn’t reach at least 100 students for the next school year, it will close. Currently, there are only 38 students currently in attendance, costing the state of Pennsylvania nearly $1.3 million to keep open this school year. The public record on the elementary school will be kept open until May 15th.
City Police Seeking Information on Stolen Vehicle
Cumberland City Police are seeking information on a stolen vehicle, taken from the 200-block of Park Street. The theft occurred between 2:30 a.m. and 2:45 a.m. Tuesday morning. The vehicle is a 2003 Ford E-150 Econoline white panel van, bearing the number “13” on both sides. The vehicle registration is “34N882.” Anyone with information is asked to contact Cumberland City Police at (301)-777-1600 or Allegany County CrimeSolvers at (301)-722-4300.
Board Sponsors Trust/Estate Meeting
The Allegany County Board of Education and Family Support Services for Families of Children and Young Adults with Disabilities will sponsor a Special Needs Trust/Estate Planning meeting on Tuesday, February 28th at the Cash Valley Elementary School in the media center. The meeting’s presenter will be Michael G. Day and Associates. For more information, or to RSVP, call (301)-689-2407.