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Oldtown Man Sentenced for Sexual Abuse Crimes

Sixty-three year old Oldtown resident Marvin Dale VanMeter has been sentenced to a total of 20 years of actual jail time, in connection with a series of incidents between June 1st and December of last year, in which he engaged in sexual acts with two minor male victims. VanMeter, who had temporary care and custody of the two boys, also provided them with alcohol. Following his release from prison, he will be placed on three years’ supervised probation with numerous conditions, register as a sex offender for life, have no contact with the victims or their families, be evaluated for, and complete any sex offender and drug/alcohol treatment. He must also submit a DNA sample to the sex offender registry and violate no laws of Maryland, nor any other state. An investigation was conducted by the C3I unit, specifically Detective Roger Plummer who, through the course of the investigation, identified Mr. VanMeter as the suspect.

 

Friendsville Fire Under Investigation

A fire, which caused about $30,000 in damage on the Friendsville-Addison Road Tuesday afternoon, remains under investigation. The mobile home was occupied by Violet Coddington. The fire began in the area of a rear, covered porch at the home. The victim was displaced and is being assisted by family.

 

Cumberland Man Held on $75,000 Bond

Forty-six year old Nicky Lynn is being held on $75,000 bond, following a disturbance in the 800-block of Sperry Terrace. Linn, involved in a domestic assault incident, flipped a table at the home which struck a juvenile in the face. Following his initial appearance in District Court, he was released on his own recognizance. Linn allegedly went back to the residence, and began causing further problems with the victim. The second time Linn was arrested; he was remanded to the Allegany County Detention Center to await his next appearance in court.

 

Mountainview Landfill to Extend Hours

After initially reducing its hours, county officials have announced that, starting next month, the landfill will be reopening on Mondays. County Public Works Director Paul Kahl noted Tuesday that the hours will increase from 40 to 49-1/2 hours per week, as a result of citizen feedback. If the plan is approved, the new hours will be from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday.

 

Keyser Athletic Complex Goal Met

Keyser High School has raised $102,000 for this year’s payment on the athletic complex. It’s not known where the balance of this year’s payment will come from on the facility. Officials are, however, counting on a $20,000 grant from the West Virginia legislature, $20,000 given to the complex by the athletic programs, and interest accrued from various investments.

 

Somerset Man Sentenced for Threats

Somerset resident Brook Alexander Keefer has been sentenced to two to 12 months in jail for making threats against a Summit Township family, and a humane officer last year. In the first case, Keefer was upset over the potential paternity of a young child, and made threats against them. In September of last year, he allegedly threatened a humane officer who went to his home to check on the welfare of his dog. Along with court costs and fines, Keefer was ordered to write an apology letter to the victims, and submit it to his probation officer for review.

 

Hope for Hyndman School Holds First Graduation

The Hope for Hyndman charter school held its first graduation earlier this week, a year since the Middle School there closed. Twenty-seven students graduated Tuesday, and the school is expecting to gain more students next year, because the Hyndman-Londonderry Elementary School will not be reopening after the school board voted to close it too.

 

Email Scam Targets Soldiers and Military Retirees

Both the Internal Revenue Service and the Maryland Comptroller are warning of a new scam, targeting military personnel and retirees, as well as civilian workers. The emails claim that recipients of disability compensation from the VA may be entitled to more money from the IRS. The email contains a “.mil” domain, and requests recipients send copies of their income tax returns, Retiree Account Statements, and other pertinent financial data to a colonel in Florida. That way, a “con artist” can steal an identity. Any email or phone solicitation asking for your Social Security number should be cause for concern.

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