No Trial Date in Shirey Case
There has been no trial date set in the capital murder case of Cumberland resident Mark Alan Shirey, because defense attorneys are awaiting reports from experts. Shirey is charged in the death of Michael Simpson, who was his ex-wife’s boyfriend; the couple had been divorced for about ten years at the time of the incident. Simpson was killed at his home in Cumberland Valley Township. Shirey, who was arrested in Maryland and extradited to Bedford County, has been held without bail since April of 2011.
Man Sentenced in Robbery of Pharmacy
Twenty-one year old Dulin Jimmy Mayhew was sentenced to a year and a day in a Maryland prison, but he may face as much as 17 more years for a probation violation from Virginia. Mayhew was sentenced on a single count of conspiracy to commit robbery, in connection with an incident at Steve’s Pharmacy on October 27th of last year. However, he had been on probation in connection with a conviction of felony burglary in Virginia, and his prison time could be extended.
Cumberland Man Held on $20,000 Bond for Assault
Cumberland resident Kevin Paul Bailey is being held on assault and reckless endangerment charges, in connection with a incident over this past weekend. A female victim was seen at District Court, with injuries. A Cumberland City Police officer took her to police headquarters to take a statement and have her injuries checked. She implicated Bailey in the assault, and he was arrested at a Pear Street residence. He is being held on $20,000 at the Allegany County Detention Center.
Four Vying for Three Keyser Council Seats
Four people, including two former mayors, are in the running for three open seats on the Keyser City Council. The election will be held on June 5th; Terry Liller, incumbent Ed Miller, Sr., along with former Mayors Roger Newlin and William “Sonny” Rhodes have filed in the election.
Economic Development Director Lobbies for Flight School
Economic Development Director Shawn Hershberger spoke on several strategic economic development initiatives during a recent Cumberland Mayor and City Council meeting. One of the points of discussion was to attract a flight school to the Greater Cumberland Airport. Another suggestion is the further development of the health care corridor along Willowbrook Road, which includes Allegany College of Maryland, The Western Maryland Regional Medical Center and the Allegany County Health Department.
Traffic Patterns Changed
The city of Cumberland Engineering Department says travel lanes in the area of Washington’s Headquarters at the National Road monument will be reduced today. Flaggers will be present in the area. The department is urging caution; delays are to be expected between the hours of 7 a.m. And 5 p.m.
Same Sex Marriage Supporters Claim Momentum; Opponents Turn in Petitions
While a new poll suggests that support in the state may be increasing, opponents of same sex marriage are hoping to force the issue to referendum in November. A recent Public Policy Poll of 852 Marylanders shows 57 per cent would vote in favor of same sex marriage, while 37 per cent would vote against. Meanwhile, the Maryland Marriage Alliance has handed in its first batch of petitions and has until June 30th to submit a total of 55,736 signatures to bring the issue to the voters in November.
Money Raised for Flight 93 Memorial
A recent fundraiser netted $2 million for the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, but $12 million is still needed to finish it. Former Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton, as well as House Speaker John Boehner hosted the Evening of Remembrance last week. The first phase of the memorial was dedicated in September, and honors the 40 passengers and crew members who died on September 11th, 2001 in Somerset County.