Child Killed in Bedford County Accident
A five year old boy was killed and at least four people were injured in a two car collision early yesterday. The child was thrown from one of the vehicles, following the crash on Route 220 in Bedford Township. One car, traveling northbound, traveled into the southbound lane, hitting another vehicle on the driver’s side; the youngster was a passenger in the southbound car. Both drivers suffered major injuries and the crash remains under investigation.
Accused Robber Remains in Jail
A man suspected in the armed robberies of three banks on Industrial Boulevard in March, June, and September of last year, remains in jail on $750,000 bond. Forty-nine year old John Allen Talerico was indicted on various counts of armed robbery. No date has been set for his trial, which is expected to be held within the next three months. He also faces charges in connection with robberies in both West Virginia and Pennsylvania.
Hall Remains on Council
Piedmont City Council member Ray Hall is still in office, despite repeated pleas from the public and fellow elected officials to step down. However, it has been learned there is no precedent, either in West Virginia State law or the town charter, to remove someone from office. Elected officials and town employees have been under federal investigation for allegedly improperly purchasing six FEMA trailers in 2009; additionally, Hall himself was convicted earlier in the month on a misdemeanor count of attempted extortion.
Man Sentenced for Child Sexual Assault
Twenty-nine year old West Salisbury resident Corie Rex Hilliard of St. Paul Road has been sentenced to 20 to 40 years in prison for multiple sexual offenses against a five-year old child. He pleaded guilty to six counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse of a child less than 13 years old. He received no credit for time served, and he will have register as a sex offender with the state police.
Man Arrested on Drug, Paraphernalia Charges
A 26-year old Cumberland man was released on personal recognizance, following a disturbance on Virginia Avenue Thursday night. Travis Steven Deavers was allegedly intoxicated when causing the disturbance. City Police also found suspected marijuana and CDS paraphernalia on him. He was arrested at the scene on Virginia Avenue and taken to police headquarters.
Traffic Advisory Issued
The Cumberland Engineering Department is reminding the public that work is being done today in the far right southbound lane of North Mechanic Street, and it will be closed to allow for permanent repairs to the roadway. Work is taking place until 5 p.m. Parking in the 50-block of North mechanic Street, between Bedford and Baltimore, will be restricted during the work time. Motorists are advised that delays should be expected during this time.
Sierra Club Challenges Terminal
The Sierra Club is planning to block Dominion Resources plan to export liquefied natural gas from the booming Marcellus Shale formation. Dominion is seeking to export a billion cubic feet of natural gas per day through a terminal it owns in Cove Point, Maryland. The groups says the plan could result in major damage to the Chesapeake Bay and nearby Calvert Cliffs State Park in Maryland.
Maryland Employers Add 1500 Jobs in March
Maryland employers added 1500 jobs last month; despite that, the unemployment rate inched up, as the pool of would-be workers expanded more rapidly. The Marcy rate was quoted at 6.6 per cent, up from 6.5 per cent in February. Gains in employment were noted in professional and business services, the leisure and hospitality industry and trade, transportation and utilities.
Board Approves New State School Superintendent
The Maryland State Board of Education confirmed the selection of Lillian Lowery as the next State Superintendent of Schools. Ms. Lowery has been the secretary of education in Delaware since 2009, facilitating a strategic grant application process that led to Delaware being the first state to be awarded the federal Race to the Top grant. She being her duties on July 1st.