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Man Arrested on Sex Offenses

Thirty-five year old Christopher Sean Kennell of Cumberland turned himself in to Cumberland City Police yesterday, after being advised that a warrant had been issued for his arrest. Kennell is accused of having inappropriate sexual contact with a 15-year old juvenile male. As part of the investigation, a search warrant was conducted at his residence and several items of evidence were recovered. He was jailed on $50,000 bond at the Allegany County Detention Center, pending his next court appearance.


Arrests Made in Davidson Street Stabbing

One man has been arrested and police are looking for another, in connection with a weekend stabbing on Davidson Street. Thirty-three year old Paul William Thomas Goetz was taken into custody, and 24-year old Sheldon Lyon of Cumberland is being sought in connection with the incident. Both  have both been charged with attempted first-degree murder, conspiracy and related charges. While police are still looking for Lyon, Goetz was held without bond at the Allegany County Detention Center, pending his next court appearance. The victim was taken to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center for further treatment and surgery.


Keyser man Taken into Custody By Tactical Team

Fifty year old Keyser resident Michael Miller was arrested on warrants on file in Mineral County and the City of Keyser. The arrest was made with the assistance of the West Virginia State Police Special Response Team. Bond was set at $26,000 for Miller, and he was jailed at the Potomac Highlands Regional facility in Augusta. Charges against him include assault, and two counts of intimidating a state witness. The incidents allegedly involved a firearm he had at the time of the crimes. Miller was prohibited from owning a firearm, as a result of a previous domestic battery charge.


Mayor Refuses to Reappoint Police Chief

The town of Piedmont is without police coverage, as Mayor Skip Clifford has refused to reappoint its police chief, Ralph Rice. The decision won’t be legal until the entire council votes on it. They did reappoint the town clerk, recording secretary, and town foreman. According to Chief Rice, the mayor has accused him of being involved in the complaint filed by Councilman Ray Hall this year, which led to a federal investigation in to the alleged illegality of the purchase of several FEMA trailers in 2009. Councilman Hall recently reported to the Potomac Highlands jail, leaving Piedmont with only four council members.


Keyser Water, Sewer Hearing Delayed Until 2013

A hearing on significant water and sewer increases has been postponed until February of next year. An administrative law judge with the West Virginia Public Service Commission was to have held a hearing this afternoon at the Mineral County health Department, to gather input on the rate increases. With Keyser opting to delay the more significant rate hikes in favor of smaller “emergency” rate hikes, that hearing has been postponed until February 19, 2013. There will, however, be a special session this afternoon to discuss the hiring of a new clerk in the tax and utility office and to review bids for paving work in the city.


Area Man Arrested on Burglary Charges

Twenty-six year old Timothy Dale Ryan, with no fixed address, was arrested and charged with several burglary counts, following an incident at his parents’ Cecilia Street home. Ryan is accused of grabbing a screen from the storm door and throwing it into one of the victims’ trucks. He then came back onto the porch, yelling for the residents to let him in; those inside told him to leave. Ryan also allegedly threw a propane tank regulator through the storm door window. A victim was hit in the arm. He tried to enter the residence, but left before police arrived. He was arrested and held on $50,000 bond at the Allegany County Detention Center.


Water Quality Release at Jennings Randolph Lake

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Jennings Randolph Lake is scheduled to conduct a water quality release, beginning on Sunday, and ending Monday. On Sunday, the outflow, currently at 150 cubic feet per second, will begin increasing to about 1000 cubic feet per second by 10 a.m. Flows will be cut back to about 150 cubic feet per second by 5 p.m. Monday. The public is advised to be alert to rapidly changing river levels and to exercise caution whenever near the water.


Small Business Workshop Set for Veterans

A workshop on “Business Fundamentals” for veterans and active duty personnel is scheduled for 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 12th in Moorefield. The workshop is part of the West Virginia Small Business Development Center training and business coaching program “Three Step Jump Start” to help veteran small business owners receive the right information at the right time. The workshop will be held at the Small Business Development Center on Main Street in Moorefield. To register, call (304)-530-4964.


Millions To Take to the Road for Labor Day Holiday

More than 33 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home this coming Labor Day holiday weekend, according to Triple “A.” That represents an increase from the 32.1 million who traveled at this time last year, and is also a post-recession high. It is the third time holiday travel this year has increased. Sixty-six per cent of those responding to a survey said that their current financial situation would not negatively impact their Labor Day weekend plans; 21 per cent will make cuts in other areas, and 9 per cent say they will make a shorter trip. The balance say they will travel another way.

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