Accused Bank Robber Indicted
Fifty-year old John Allen Talerico has been indicted in U.S. District Court on five counts of bank robbery. The charges include the armed robberies of the M & T Bank on Industrial Boulevard, and the robbery of the Susquehanna Bank on Industrial Boulevard last year. The decision to transfer the case to federal authorities was made after discussions between the Allegany County State’s Attorney’s office and the U.S. Attorney General’s Office. If convicted, Talerico will face substantially more time in the federal prison system, due to penalty enhancements.
Cumberland Man Sentenced on Drug Charges
Twenty-two year old Cumberland resident Dustin Charles Adams has been sentenced to 15 years in prison, on a charge of conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine. The sentence was handed down in U.S. District Court in Baltimore. The investigation began in the spring of 2010; during the course of that investigation, Adams was arrested in Baltimore, calls were intercepted, and the homes of both his mother and sister were searched. Since that time, Adams has admitted that he conspired to distribute more than a kilogram of crack cocaine.
Student Sues Mineral board
A Keyser Primary-Middle School student is suing the Mineral County Board of Education for sexual assault by a teacher, that occurred in 2010. The student has named former employee Denise Fitch in the suit, along with the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources and the Department of Military Affiars and Public Safety. The suit states that a group of students was at Fitch’s residence, visiting her daughter in 2010, when Fitch sexually assaulted the student.
Man Arrested on Destruction of Property, Theft Counts
Nineteen year old Leo Richard Durocher was released on personal recognizance, following his arrest this week. He is accused of breaking into at least three vehicle in the area of 232 Glenn Street, and taking items from at least two. Some of the items were recovered by police. He was charged with three counts of being a rogue and vagabond, 2 counts of theft under $100; destruction of property, and resisting arrest.
Oakland Man Sentenced to 12 Years on Burglary Charges
Oakland resident Scott David Collins has been sentenced to serve 12 years in prison, following his conviction on burglary charges. The sentencing came in Garrett County Circuit Court. On one count, he was sentenced to 20 years, with eight suspended; on the second, Collins was sentenced to 15 years, with seven suspended. They are to run concurrently and he will be on probation, following his release.
Fire Burns Somerset County Apartment Building
One firefighter was injured in a two alarm blaze at 217 Main Street in Boswell, which destroyed a vacant apartment building there. Moderate damage was done to the B.J. Maurer building, next door. The firefighter was injured when a wall collapsed on his legs. It’s not known whether arrangements have been made to tear down the apartment building, which has been vacant for about a year.
Seven Injured in I-70 Accident
Seven members of a Baltimore family were injured in an accident on Interstate 70. A car, driven by 52 year old Christopher Nnabuihe of Baltimore, blew a tire, causing him to lose control and flip several times. He and his six passengers were wearing seat belts, and one of the passengers was flown to Baltimore Shock Trauma with serious injuries. The eastbound lanes were closed for about two hours, while police investigated and reconstructed the accident.
Special Session Still a Possibility
Governor Martin O’Malley says calling a special session of the General Assembly to pass gambling expansion legislation is still a possibility, but puts the odds at “fifty-fifty.” He is planning on reaching out to members of the House of Delegates to determine interest in a sixth casino. Analysts with the Department of Legislative Services estimate another casino in Maryland could net at least $200 million in revenue annually. Calling a special session after July 9th remains a possibility, but any referendum measures on the 2012 ballot must be finalized by August 20th.
Investigation into Fatal Plane Crash Continues
The Federal Aviation Administration is continuing to investigate last Friday’s fatal plane crash near the Monongalia/Preston County line. The pilot was the only person on board, and was killed when the plane hit two communications towers and crashed. Passengers had been dropped off at a western Pennsylvania resort. Investigators are trying to determine how long it took for the plane to crash after the collision, and they are also looking at the plane’s structure.