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Man Dies in Fall From Cliff

Woodbine, Maryland resident William Raines was killed early Sunday, when he fell from a cliff along Camp Cliffside Road near Springfield in Hampshire County. The incident occurred around 4 a.m. Raines was found on a cliff about 80 feet from the top of the cliff; while emergency personnel were able to communicate with him, he died around 6:45 a.m. No foul play is suspected in the incident.


Bedford Man Pleads to First Degree Murder Charges

John Lewis Gerholt, of Bedford County, has entered a no contest plea to a first-degree murder charge. He waived his right to a pre-sentence investigation and was immediately sentenced to life imprisonment, without the possibility of parole. He was charged with the shooting death of his estranged wife, Karen, in November of 2008. His trial had been underway, with the jury selection process in its second day, when Gerholt agreed to the plea deal.


Woman Arrested After Domestic Assault

Cumberland resident Shameka Toney faces numerous charges, following an incident Monday afternoon in the area of Valley Street at Henderson Boulevard. She had been in a fight with her boyfriend. An Allegany County Sheriff’s deputy separated the two, and asked about her children. She responded that they were home alone. The children are aged three months, and one year. Child Protective Services allowed the children to stay with another family member. Ms. Toney was charged with second degree assault, and two counts of contributing to the condition of a child. She received a bond hearing and released on personal recognizance.


South Street Closed on Thursday

The Cumberland Engineering Department is notifying the public that South Street will be closed at its intersection with Oldtown Road tomorrow. Thru-traffic should follow the marked Oldtown Road detour, along First Street. Local residents of South Street between First Street and Oldtown Road will be able to access the street from First Street. Some parking restrictions may be needed near the construction site. If possible, South Street will be reopened to traffic before the end of the work day on Friday. Motorists are asked to obey all temporary traffic control and parking signs. The closure is necessary to make needed improvements at the intersection.


Man Arrested on Drug Charges in Garrett County

Twenty-one year old Santa Barbara, California resident Robert Tarell Jackson was arrested during a traffic stop yesterday in Garrett County. Jackson was initially stopped for speeding on Interstate 68 in Grantsville. He was jailed after officers found marijuana in his vehicle. He was charged with possession with intent to distribute, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. He remains jailed in Garrett County.


Somerset County Man Killed in Crash

Twenty-two year old Kody Gene Dwire was killed in a single vehicle accident on Chickentown Road at Skyline Lane in Somerset Township. The crash occurred around 6:23 a.m., as Dwire was a passenger in a sport utility vehicle, driven by an unidentified man. The driver lost control, striking several mailboxes and overturning. Both occupants are believed to have been ejected. Dwire was a senior at California University of Pennsylvania, where he was majoring in geology.


Pyles Elected State County Commission President

Mineral County Commission President Cindy Pyles has been elected, for a second consecutive year, as the head of the State County Commission Association. During its annual conference, the State Commission Association recognized her dedicated service and leadership. She was unanimously re-elected her as president.


Man Sentenced to 24 Months on Burglary and Theft Charges

Twenty-one year old Shane Boyer of Central City received two years in the state prison system intermediate punishment program, followed by two years of supervision on burglary and theft charges. Boyer had pleaded guilty to several cases, which included breaking and entering and the theft of drugs from several pharmacies in the Somerset County area.


Attorney General Warns Against Scam

Maryland Attorney General Douglas Gansler is warning against a scam that seeks to steal personal information over the phone by using the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act as a ploy. Attorney General Gansler says you may be asked to verify or provide personal information such as Social Security number or a bank account number in order to receive a new Medicare card. No such verification program exists. Consumers who have caller I.D. and receive these unsolicited calls should write down the caller’s number and contact the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division at (410)-528-8662.


WVU Named Top Party School

The Princeton Review has named West Virginia University the top party school in the nation. The review ranked the school as number one in the “party school” and “lots of beer” rankings. Then rankings come only two weeks after Newsweek magazine named WVU the rowdiest school in the nation. WVU officials have issued a statement, criticizing the rankings, noting that WVU has loyal fans and top-notch facilities. The rankings indicate WVU was ranked third in “athletic facilities” and eighth in “students pack the stadiums.”


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