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Three Sentenced in Home Invasions

Three men have been sentenced for their part in the armed robbery of a woman in the Rawlings area in December of last year. Cory and Cody Crabtree and Gregory Thomas Laisure will serve a total of twelve years in prison; following their release, they will be placed on five years’ supervised probation. Two other co-defendants, Zachary Huffman and Melvin Howell have court appearances in the near future for their involvement in the robbery.


County Strikes Deal with Rocky Gap Group

The county has reached a deal with Evitts Resort, LLC for payment in lieu of taxes, making the slots casino at Rocky Gap one step closer to reality. The groups is seeking a license from the Maryland Video Lottery Facility Location Commission. The proposed agreement stipulates that the county will receive $295,000 of .9 per cent of Evitt’s Resort’s annual operator share, whichever is greater. The money will be paid for up to 15 years under the agreement.


Airport Manager Candidates to be Interviewed

From a field of 20, the search for the manager position at the Greater Cumberland Regional Airport has narrowed to seven. Those candidates will be interviewed today and tomorrow. Mineral County Commissioner Cindy Pyles, who is also chair of the Potomac Highlands Airport Authority, had asked Terry Malone to stay on until the position was filled, but Malone-whose contract was not renewed-left that position late last month. Commissioner Pyles also questioned the legality of Malone’s contract termination was handled, as no decisions or votes should be made in executive session, which was how that issue was handled. Cumberland attorney Jeff Getty, who is legal counsel for the authority, says, however, he believes the decision was handled properly.


Councilman Receives a Year in Jail

Piedmont Councilman William “Ray” Hall was sentenced to a year in jail and fined $500 on a charge of attempted extortion. Hall will also be liable for court costs and fees. Hall had alleged that a local restaurant had stolen personal information from a friend’s credit card and later used that information to “cyberstalk” his friend. He also allegedly asked for $20,000 to make the situation “go away,” but later reduced the demand to $10,000.


Jumping Victim Identified

The man who jumped from the Clarysville Bridge on Monday has been identified as 58-year old Jan Douglas Tuckley of Ridgeley. His body was found at the base of the bridge. His car was found on the bridge on Sunday. He was located in an area beneath the bridge that was almost totally obscured from view on Vale Summit Road. The body has been sent to the State Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy.


Ohio Man Charged in Keyser Incident

Ohio resident Derrick Quarles was apprehended by the Maryland State Police, after he allegedly pistol-whipped one woman and assaulted several others Monday in Keyser. At the time of his arrest, police found a loaded handgun in plain view in the front seat of his car. Quarles was apprehended on Route 220, in the area of State Route 956 around 3:30 p.m.


Contractor, Current and Former Council Members Charged

A contractor, along with several current and former Meyersdale Borough Council members, has been charged in connection with an investigation into bidding practices. The charges stem from the renovations being made to the town’s community center on Main Street, with a total cost of over $85,000. Thirty-seven year old Rodney Eugene Butler was arrested for bid rigging. Former council members Franklin Edmunds and Ricky Lee Sechler and current councilman Thomas Deakins have also been charged. A preliminary hearing for all the defendants will be held on May 3rd in Confluence.


Former Band Director Pleads Guilty

Former Meyersdale Area High School band director Joshua Covert has pleaded guilty to two counts of indecent assault and one count of corruption of minors on Monday. Covert, charged with having a sexual relationship with a 16-year old female student, will be sentenced on July 12th. He faces a maximum penalty of 15 years in jail and $30,000 in fines. He is in the Somerset County Jail, awaiting a decision on a bond revocation.


Conference Set for Saturday

The Western Maryland Family Support and Resource Centers will present “ADHD: Perspectives on Behavior and Parenting,” a conference for parents, family members, caregivers and professionals interested in helping children with ADHD, this Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The conference will be held at the Washington County Technical High School in Hagerstown. For more information or to register for the conference, contact Cheri Dowling at (443)-277-8899.

General Assembly Adjourns Without Revenue Plan

The Maryland General Assembly adjourned Monday at midnight, without passing a key revenue plan needed to avoid hundreds of millions of dollars in budget cuts. Although he hasn’t said he would do so, Democratic lawmakers say they may ask Governor Martin O’Malley to call a special session for more time to work on a revenue package and possibly other measures such as an expansion of gambling. The budget, as passed, is balanced, as required by law.


State Revenues Could Mean Surplus for West Virginia

West Virginia tax collections for the month of March show withholding taxes up more than nine per cent and personal income tax and sales tax revenues were both above where the state tax department thought they would be for the month. The state is running ahead of last year by about six per cent. Sales tax revenues were $4 million above estimates in March and personal income tax revenue was nearly $10 million ahead of projections.

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