Layoffs at ATK
While Alliant Techsystems recently won a major military contract, employees there were recently asked to volunteer for layoffs before they may be ordered late next month. Several defense projects there are ending, and federal cutbacks have forced the layoffs. While no specific numbers have been discussed, it is known that about 1350 employees work there.
Bedford County Man Killed in Crash
Bedford County resident Dale Crawford was killed late yesterday morning on Clear Ridge Road. Crawford lost control of his car, which traveled sideways in the northbound lane, colliding with another vehicle, driven by Flintstone resident Kirk Logeston. The Logeston vehicle hit the front passenger side of Crawford’s car, traveled off the road and rolled onto the roof. Crawford was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected. Logeston was taken to Conemaugh Memorial Hospital in Johnstown.
Holiday Inn Sold To New York Firm
The Downtown Cumberland Holiday Inn has been sold to a New York city firm. The sale price was listed at $3.6 million, while the previous sale price about seven years ago was nearly $5 million. The new owners, CHPHC Hotel I, LLC, bought the facility from Maryland Motel Management, Incorporated.
Home Had No Smoke Detectors
A home at 629 Maryland Avenue that caught fire last Friday afternoon had no working smoke detectors, and the cause of the blaze remains under investigation. The fire originated in the kitchen of the two story duplex, in the unit that was occupied by Christian Liller; the other side of the home was unoccupied. The Red Cross is providing assistance to one family affected by the fire.
Man to Appear for Probation Hearing
A probation hearing has been set for a Piedmont man, convicted in 2008 of two counts of first-degree sexual abuse and one count of second degree sexual assault involving minor children. Forty-seven year old Michael Lynn Rosier pleaded “no contest” to the charges. The victims ranged in age from 10 to 12 years old at the time of the crimes. He is currently serving his sentence at the Mt. Olive Correctional Center in Institute, West Virginia.
Man Sentenced for Child Pornography
Forty-seven year old Ridgeley resident Robert Glenn Hare was sentenced recently in U.S. District Court on a count of possession of child pornography. He will serve 120-months in jail, followed by 10 years of supervised release. He had pleaded guilty to having in excess of 20,000 images and in excess of 100 videos of child pornography in his possession. The case was prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s office.
Information Sought on Breaking and Entering
The Maryland State Police at McHenry are looking for information on a breaking and entering that took place sometime between February 10th and 20th. A person or persons entered a residence on the Sam Friend Road and took a number of items, including walkie-talkies, drills, a socket set, and a vacuum cleaner. Anyone with information is asked to contact the barrack at (301)-38701101,
Merchants Urged to be Watchful of Counterfeit Bills
Are merchants are encouraged to be watchful of money they are accepting. There have been at least eight cases of counterfeit cash being passed at Washington County businesses since January 16th. The Bob Evans Restaurant on the Dual Highway, for example, recently noticed a $20 counterfeit bill had been used in the restaurant. The U.S. Secret Service is notified when counterfeit cash is found. Its agents work to determine if the fake money is part of an organized ring.
Former Berkeley County Deputy Dies in Police Pursuit
Former Berkeley County Sheriff’s Deputy and current Monongalia County Deputy Sgt. Michael Todd May died in a police pursuit on Saturday night that began in West Virginia and ended in Pennsylvania. Morgantown resident Jerod Alan Green has been charged with homicide by vehicle/DUI related. May had assisted in the pursuit of Green’s vehicle and was hit by the suspect’s pickup truck, just after he crossed a median strip on Interstate 79.