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Frostburg Man Sentenced to 25 Years

Frostburg resident Zachary Lee Winner was sentenced to 25 years in prison for his involvement in the assault of an 89-year old woman on January 21st of this year, and the burglary of a Washington Street home in Frostburg on January 10th. Twenty years were given for the assault with an additional 5 years for the burglary. The sentence was handed down in Allegany County Circuit Court yesterday by Judge Gary Leasure. Mr. Winner was represented by Michael Stankan of the Public Defender’s Office. Allegany County State’s Attorney Michael Twigg credited Detective Vincent Benson from the Allegany County Sheriff’s Office and Detective Nicoholas Costello of the Frostburg Police Department, along with the Frostburg Police Department, in both the response to the assault and the prosecution of Mr. Winner.


Man Charged in Gun Incident

Burlington resident Chad Litten has been charged in connection with a handgun incident on Brentwood Farms Road near Burlington. A boy and his mother had been in a verbal and physical altercation with Litten, when he allegedly fired several shots from a handgun, and fled the area. He was taken into custody and charged with wanton endangerment and taken to the Mineral County Detention Center. Bond was set at $10,000. There were no injuries in the altercation.


Strong Armed Robbery Reported

Forty-nine year old Hallie Holder is being held without bail, after being accused of a strong-armed robbery in the area of Henderson Avenue and Knox Street Tuesday evening. The victim told police that a person approached her and asked her for money. When she said she didn’t have any money, the suspect grabbed her and threw her to the ground. The victim sustained injuries, which did not require medical attention. Holder was taken to the Allegany County Detention Center, pending his next court appearance.


Keyser Council to Receive Public Input

The Keyser Mayor and Council have revamped the format of their meetings, and will be taking public input as the meeting begins, rather than at the end. This week’s meeting included a relatively routine agenda, including a budget revision, approval of contractor payments and consideration of bids for paving the city’s streets.


Berkeley County Woman Charged with Homicide

Berkeley County resident Sharon Flanagan has been charged with homicide, in connection with the drowning death of her two-year old son in a Pittsburgh hotel room. She has been in custody since July 2nd, a day after her son was found unconscious in a hotel bathtub. He died four days later. She gave several inconsistent accounts of what actually happened, and authorities in West Virginia say she threatened to kill herself and the child in the past. Her attorney says Steven Flanagan’s death was a tragic accident and that his client did not harm her son.


Man Waives Right To Preliminary Hearing

Berlin resident Joshua Dean Foy, who faces numerous robbery and theft counts, has waived his right to a preliminary hearing. Foy was also denied a reduction in his $50,000 bond. Foy is accused of trying to take a deposit from a woman who was taking it to First National Bank in Berlin. The woman is still recovering from her injuries. The $50,000 bond is also contingent on Foy staying away from the bank and the victim.


ACM Decides on Renovations

Allegany College of Maryland’s Somerset campus will undergo a renovation on its existing building, rather than building an addition. The state of Pennsylvania awarded the college foundation $1.5 million in 2010 to build an addition to house a teleconference center and classrooms; it was later learned the grant could be used for renovations to the existing facility. If the foundation decided on new construction, it would have cost $4 million, which the foundation would have raised. The renovations will cost about $2.5 million, of which about $1 million will have to be raised, to be added to the state grant.


Democrats File Redistricting Complaint

The Maryland Democratic Party has filed a complaint against the Maryland State Board of Elections, regarding the validation process of signatures on a petition drive against the state’s congressional redistricting map. David Sloan, executive director of the party, says the board failed to apply standards for reviewing and validating the signatures. The challenge will have to resolved by August 20th, because ballot language for the November election will have to be certified by August 20th


Ripken’s Mom Safe After Abduction Incident

The mother of Oriole great Cal Ripken, Jr., was found safe, after being abducted from her home outside of Baltimore on Tuesday evening. She was found with her hands bound in the back seat of her car yesterday morning. Investigators don’t know the kidnapper’s motive, and there was no ransom deman for Vi Ripken’s release. The investigation, in its preliminary stages, hasn’t revealed whether the kidnappers knew who Mrs. Ripken was, nor whether the assailants had any ties to the Ripken family.

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