One Person Removed From Keyser Meeting
One person was escorted from the Mineral County Courthouse, where the Keyser Mayor and Council held a hearing on revised water and sewer rates last night. Several Keyser Police Department officers were present for the meeting, where city officials also accepted the resignation of the city administrator and administrative assistant. City Administrator Deborah Pamepinto affirmed her desire to resign, despite the fact she had “backtracked” on her original request.
Charges To Be Filed Against Two Juveniles
The Department of Juvenile Justice will be filing charges against two Fort Hill High School students, who are accused of assaulting another over a six-month period. The victim told Cumberland City Police and the School Resource Officer that the assaults were taking place during school hours, near the gymnasium. After being identified, the two suspects were suspended from school. The investigation is ongoing.
Keyser Man Sentenced to Prison on Sexual Abuse Counts
Thirty-nine year old Keyser resident Robert Rhodes was sentenced to 125 to 295 years in prison, after being convicted on more than 30 charges of sexual abuse and related charges involving six female minors. He will serve the sentenced in one of the state’s maximum security prisons. He was convicted in October, having initially been charged with more than 50 counts.
Senator Edwards Chosen As Work Group Alternate
Senator George Edwards has been chosen as an alternate to a work group considering gaming expansion in Maryland, as announced by Governor Martin O’Malley this week. While he says he doesn’t know what an alternate is supposed to do, he believes table gaming should be allowed as surrounding states allow it, and those who want to gamble, are doing it elsewhere. The first meeting of the group will be held June 1st in Annapolis.
Cumberland Man Charged with Assault
Twenty-eight year old Steven Morris was released on personal recognizance, following a domestic incident in the 600-block of Columbia Avenue on Tuesday. Morris allegedly assaulted another person, as the result of a verbal argument. He was charged with second-degree assault, following a bond review hearing.
Swimming Prohibited at Somerset County Park
Swimming has been suspended at Kooser Lake in Somerset County, due to unsafe conditions related to too much sedimentation and algae. The swimming area is typically four to five feet deep, but levels have dropped to as low as 18 inches in some spots. Fishing will continue to be allowed, and fish caught at the lake are safe to eat. The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources will have the lake dredged shortly after the Labor Day holiday, with New Enterprise Stone and Lime assisting in the process.
Attempted Abduction of Teen Reported in Hagerstown
The Hagerstown Police Department is looking for a man they say tried to abduct a 14-year old girl late last week. She was walking in the 400-block of West Franklin Street, when a green SUV, possibly a Subaru, pulled to the curb near her. The driver had asked the girl if she needed a ride, then grabbed her arm through the passenger side window of the car. She was able to break free. The suspect is a white male, between 40 and 50 years of age, with short gray hair and a “thick” build. A detective with the Hagerstown Police Department says it is a terrible thing for a young person to experience, and they are going to do as much as they can to solve the case.
State Board Revamping Suspension Policy
The Maryland State Board of Education is revamping its policy on school suspensions, and will try to deal with the problem to keep more students in the classroom, rather than out. An average of 6500 students are suspended every year. The Board is looking for input from both parents and educators. Local school systems, according to the Board, must better report the number of minority and special education students who are being suspended. They also will be asked to review long-term suspensions and expulsions.
Giordano Arrested for Indecent Exposure
Gary Giordano, who had been jailed for four months last year in connection with the disappearance of Robyn Gardner of Frederick, has been arrested for indecent exposure. He and another woman were arrested after they were found in an SUV inside an Annapolis parking garage. Giordano, who claimed innocence in the Gardner case, was released from an Aruba jail. Gardner’s body was never found.