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Four More Arrested in Sweep

Four more suspects have been arrested, following Monday’s warrant sweep involving nearly every Allegany County law enforcement agency. Taken into custody were 37-year old James Brian Smith of Flintstone for assault; James Edward Moellenkamp of Cresaptown and John Edward Blank of Cumberland, both on violation of probation charges; and, Timothy John Flynn of Keyser, who was arrested for driving with license privileges suspended. Additional suspects in the sweep are being sought.

 

Manslaughter Conviction Upheld

Former Warfordsburg, Pennsylvania resident Nicholas McKee will remain in prison, after the Maryland Court of Special Appeals upheld his manslaughter conviction. McKee appealed his 35-year sentence, because he said there was insufficient evidence to convict him of reckless endangerment in the death of 6-week old Bella Appel in January of 2010. McKee is listed as the child’s father on her birth certificate.  The child’s mother, Jordan Appel, left Bella with McKee on January 3rd of 2010, later returned home to find her daughter in cardiac arrest. McKee told her he had accidentally dropped the baby, but experts say her injuries were caused by “vigorous shaking.”

 

Garrett Commissioners to Discuss ASCI Next Week

The Garrett County Commissioners will discuss the operation and management of the Adventure Sports Center International during next Tuesday during a 10 a.m. press conference. At issue is ASCI’s three-million debt obligation; the sports center’s board of directors is proposing the transfer of all of the center’s facilities, assets and operations to Garrett County. For their part, the commissioners say they won’t consider the conveyance if the debt obligations are still in play.

 

Board to Advertise for Bids

The Mineral County Board of Education has begun the bidding process for the new Keyser Primary-Middle School. Bids for the $13.5 million facility are being accepted through April 18th, and there will be a preliminary pre-bid meeting for contractors on April 4th at 10:30 a.m. at the board office. The design for the school includes 31 full-sixed classrooms, three special education classrooms and nine smaller instructional spaces for speech, special education and occupational/physical therapy.

 

City Council Discusses Trailer Issue

The Keyser Mayor and City Council discussed a trailer that had been located on South Main Street, in violation of city code. The owner of the lot where the trailer is located had received a building permit, related to garage repair, but did not allow for a full-sized mobile home. The owner is being cooperative on the issue, and has been asked to remove the trailer within 30 days.

 

Local Restaurants Fare Well in the “Free State’s Finest” Poll

Several restaurants in Allegany and Garrett Counties have been named in the 2012 “Free State’s Finest” poll from Maryland Life magazine. In Garrett County, Dutch’s at Silver Tree Inn was named the state’s finest restaurant. The “finest family restaurant” was Wendy’s Towne Restaurant in Garrett County. The Savage River Lodge garnered honors as having the finest dessert in the state, and the Queen City Creamery was voted as having the “finest ice cream.” The top gallery in the state is the Saville Gallery in Cumberland.

 

Governor Breaks Ground for Readiness Center

West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin was in attendance earlier this week, as ground was broken on the Moorefield Armed Forces Radiness Center, north of Moorefield. The facility, adjacent to Eastern West Virginia Community and Technical College, will house the Hardy County 911 Center and the West Virginia National Guard 157th Military Police Unit. Total cost will be $20.3 million.

 

Disaster Declaration Expanded in West Virginia

More counties in West Virginia are being added to a federal disaster declaration. Included in that declaration is nearby Preston County, which was impacted by storms from February 29th through March 5th. Preston will receive public assistance, for what the state and local governments spent on cleanup and repairs. Governor Earl Ray Tomblin has sought another disaster declaration for the victims of the storms.

 

Archbishop Named by Pope Benedict XVI

Bishop William Lori of the Bridgeport, Connecticut Diocese has been appointed the Archbishop of Baltimore. He succeeds now-Cardinal Edwin O’Brien. Archbishop-designate Lori was ordained in 1977, and had at one time been associate pastor of St. Joseph’s Parish in Landover. He is also former chairman of the Board of Trustees of Catholic University in the District of Columbia.

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