Man Arrested on Numerous Sex Charges
A registered sex offender from North Little Rock, Arkansas is being held on $350,000 bond, following an incident that began Monday afternoon. Todd Edward Sparks faces numerous sex offenses, allegedly involving a 15-year old girl from the George’s Creek area. Sparks posed as a 20-year old from Tennessee, when in fact, he was 36 years old. He met the victim through Facebook, and traveled to Allegany County to meet her. It was learned the two had checked into the Hampton Inn, and engaged in sexual contact. Sparks allegedly left the hotel and was located yesterday morning in the woods. He surrendered himself to authorities then. The investigation is continuing by the C3I unit.
Missing Man Located Safe
A man who had been reported missing on Sunday, was found safe the next day. Twenty-three year old Dennis Kerling of Lonaconing was reported missing from the Lonaconing area. A resident had reported seeing a suspicious male walking in the woods near his residence, and it was confirmed it was Kerling. A Maryland Natural Resources Police K9 was brought in, and a short time later, he was located. He had been in the woods for over 24 hours, with no food nor water. He was taken to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center for an evaluation.
County Evaluating Operation and Organization of Government
The Allegany County Commissioners have announced an evaluation of the operation and organization of county government, and-more likely than not-downsizing. County staff has been directed to eliminate ten positions to save an estimated $475,000 for the upcoming FY 2013 budget. The commissioners have decided to eliminate the position of county clerk. Two management positions within the County Roads Division will be consolidated into one. Further reductions will include positions in the Public Works and Division of Public Safety. And, the county won’t move forward with filling vacant positions in the Department of Emergency Services, Finances, Planning and Public Works. In all, the county may be eliminating up to a total of 25 positions.
Architects Recommend Demolition of Former Sacred Heart
The architects for the new Allegany High School are recommending the buildings there be demolished, and a new facility be built, from the ground up. Grimm & Parker say renovating the existing buildings would be too expensive, and too complicated, and may not be possible at all. New construction, they say, would be the least expensive and costs could range anywhere from $10 million to $16 million, depending on the school’s square footage.
Two Cited for Assault, Disorderly Conduct
Two women, who had been fighting in the 400-block of Grand Avenue early Monday evening, were arrested by Cumberland City Police. Forty-four year old Mary Elizabeth Robinson and 30-year old Virginia Lynn Walker, both sustained injuries in the incident, but neither required medical treatment. They were both charged with second-degree assault and disorderly conduct, and were released on personal recognizance.
State Police Investigate Breaking and Entering
The McHenry barrack of the Maryland State Police is investigating a breaking and entering that happened sometime between April 28th and last Friday. Unknown suspects forcibly entered an unoccupied residence on Sale Barn Road. Once inside, the suspects unlocked several other doors and windows, before leaving. Nothing was taken, and no other property damage was done. Anyone with information is asked to contact the McHenry barrack at (301)-387-1101.
FSU to Offer Doctor of Education
Frostburg State University has received final approval to offer a Doctor of Educaiton in Educational Leadership, with the first students to begin studies in the fall. This applied doctoral program is FSU’s first, the culmination of more than three years of work by the FSU faculty and administration. Approval was required from the FSU Faculty Senate, the University System of Maryland, the Maryland Higher Education Commission, and the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, the agency that oversees the University’s accreditation.
West Virginia Primary Held
Incumbent Governor Earl Ray Tomblin and Republican Bill Maloney will face off in the November general election. Both candidates won 83 per cent of the vote in yesterday’s primary. Last year’s special gubernatorial election saw Tomblin narrowly defeating Maloney for an unexpired term; the November election will be, of course, for a full, four-year term.
New Sheetz Set for Moorefield
Sheetz has planned a new store for Moorefield, to be located on Ginny Lane and Route 220 North. Site plans were submitted, and the building plan for the nearly 6500 square-foot store has been approved. There will be seven gas pump islands, a car wash, a drive through, and parking for 39 vehicles.