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Man Arrested in Rape Incident

Baltimore resident Andrew Dash was charged with rape yesterday, after allegedly holding three local women against their will and firing a gun inside a residence in Frostburg. The incident involved Dash, along with three females aged 17, and 21. Dash allegedly held one of the women at gunpoint, and fired the gun inside an Ormand Street residence. He is being held without bond, pending his next court appearance.


Somerset Man Killed in Accident

Somerset resident William Mayhew was killed Saturday afternoon on Route 160, near its intersection with Somerset Road. Mayhew was killed when he was rear-ended by another vehicle, driven by Hyndman resident Brian Lowery. A passenger in the Mayhew vehicle, Cruz Mayhew, suffered major injuries. Lowery was cited for following too closely.


Company Ordered to Pay Back Taxes

Panhandle Real Estate Trust, LLC of Cumberland is being ordered to pay nearly $90,000 in back taxes, after Berkeley County officials discovered the company had been mistakenly exempt from having to pay them since 2007. S. Schwab Company’s building in Berkeley County was approved in May of 1999. Officials there had assumed a payment-in-lieu-of-taxes agreement had become null and void in September of 2005, when the title of the building was transferred to the company, from the West Virginia Economic Development Authority. Polo Ralph Lauren Corporation ended distribution operations at the facility within months of announcing in November of 2009, that it was moving them to North Carolina.


Keyser Considering Cameras at City Parks

The city of Keyser, which has had a continuing vandalism problem, is considering the installation of video cameras to monitor them around-the-clock. The council, according to the Mineral News-Tribune, is formally endorsing an “Adopt-A-Park” program for Laffey Park, but deferred action for South End Park. The next Keyser Council meeting is set for 6 p.m. on Monday, August 6th.


Mineral County Fair Underway

The Mineral County Fair is underway this week, featuring its own version of “The Voice” as locals will showcase their singing abilities in a first-ever talent competition. The 63rd annual fair opens with the queen pageant today at 7 p.m., and there will be a grand feature parade at 4 p.m. on Dan’s Run Road. Tickets are available from any member of the Fort Ashby Volunteer Fire Company and at the grand drawing booth.


Somerset Inmate Arrested in Homicide

An inmate at the State Correctional Institution-Laurel Highlands has been charged with killing another inmate in a fight. Forty-three year old Mark Edward Farabaugh now faces charges of criminal homicide, aggravated assault and other counts. A fight, occurring on March 24th, happened between Farabaugh and Keith Williams. The two had been arguing over food, and Farabaugh struck Williams about 12 times. A preliminary hearing has been set for tomorrow at 10 a.m. in Somerset County.


Claysburg Woman Charged with Abuse

Thirty-nine year old Claysburg resident Tabatha Partsch, also known as Tabatha Sossong, faces numerous counts, in connection with the alleged molestation, sexual assault and rape. She is accused of raping and assaulting a series of preteens and young teenagers, even allegedly forcing one to sexually assault a five-year-old girl while she watched. She faces 18 felony charges for alleged actions over the last year, including recording her alleged crimes with a cellphone and repeatedly exposing children to online pornography.


O’Malley Calls Special Session

Governor Martin O’Malley is calling state lawmakers back to Annapolis on August 9th, to deal with the issue of expanded gambling in the state. Lawmakers will consider a bill to add table games, and a sixth casino in Prince George’s County, mostly likely at the National Harbor Resort. Senate President Mike Miller says the session will take two or three days. Both he and House Speaker Michael Busch say the bill will protect casino revenues for existing casinos, including the Rocky Gap facility. The formal bill, detailing the proposal, will possibly be unveiled this week.



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