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Police Still Seeking Suspect


Law enforcement agencies are still looking for Sheldon Emelio Lyon, who is wanted in connection with last weekend’s stabbing on Davidson Street in Cumberland. Lyon is described as a black male, 24-year of age. He is six feet, three inches in height, weighing 200 pounds. He is originally from Jamaica and speaks with an accent. Anyone with information concerning his whereabouts should call Cumberland City Police, the C3I unit or their nearest law Fourth Rabies Case Reported in Garrett County


Rabies Case Reported in Garrett County


The fourth laboratory-confirmed case of rabies has been reported in Garrett County, as two dogs and a skunk came in contact with one another. The dogs had no contact with it, but the skunk was euthanized, and sent to the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene; rabies were confirmed the next day. A series of clinics has been set for the week of September 17th through the 22nd, and will be conducted in Grantsville, Swanton, Crellin, Friendsville, Kitzmiller and Oakland. For more information, visit the Garrett County Health Department’s website at



Maryland Man Arrested for Trying to Disable Officer


Frederick County resident Terry Webber remains jailed without bond, for trying to break into a marked police cruiser in downtown Cumberland, and for attempting to take the handgun of a Maryland State trooper who intervened in the incident. The trooper suffered a minor injury, and was released after an examination at the hospital. Webber allegedly resisted arrest and tried to take the officers’ weapon, before being subdued.



Former Teacher Sentenced


A former Meyersdale area music teacher was sentenced Tuesday for having a sexual relationship with one of his students. Joshua Covert was sentenced to 10 to 23 months in jail, and must register with Megan’s Law for at least ten years. He will serve the sentence at the Somerset County Jail, and will be on supervised probation for at least three years. He also was prohibited from contacting the victim and her family. Covert will also not be allowed to volunteer for anything that involves children. A decision on whether to allow Covert to perform within the community as a musician will be made at a later date.



Jefferson Man To Go To Trial


A Somerset County man will be standing trial for setting fire to his own home in late June. Charges against 48-year old Jay Shaulis were held to court. He is currently in jail in lieu of $15,000 bond. His bond and conditions were unchanged during a preliminary hearing Tuesday in Somerset County Court. Bond conditions now require Shaulis to complete all treatment, as a result of his recent mental health hospitalization.



Mock Disaster Exercise Set for Mineral County


The Mineral County Office of Emergency Management has scheduled a full-scale mock exercise on Saturday, September 8th. Entitled the “Easter Panhandle Region III High Water Exercise,” the drill will allow emergency service groups the chance to implement response plans and procedures that may be needed during a major storm incident. The Exercise Planning Team will also will focus on the process of evacuating major portions of Piedmont and Keyser to higher ground, need be.



Regulations on Poultry Litter Brings Protest


Several groups are balking at proposed emergency regulations, being proposed by the West Virginia Department of Agriculture that would ship poultry litter from Hardy and Hampshire counties to Greenbrier and Monroe counties. The regulations, according to the Moorefield Examiner, would limit application of poultry litter inside a three-mile radius around 22 primary breeding houses in the two counties. Among those protesting the proposed regulation were cattle and dairy farmers, as well as poultry growers.



Two West Virginia Residents Arrested for Manufacturing Meth


Two West Virginia residents have been arrested, after a mobile meth lab was found in Randolph County. Thirty-nine year old Gary Loy of Belington, and 29-year old Elkins resident Tonya Warner were taken into custody, after a mobile methamphetamine lab was found in a vehicle operated by the two. It was also determined that two minor children were exposed to the manufacturing of the drug. Both are being held in the Tygart Valley Regional Jail, and the investigation is continuing.



Gas Prices Remain Higher


As the Labor Day holiday weekend approaches, gas prices continue to rise, and are now above last year’s prices. The national average for regular-grade gas was $3.75 per gallon, up from $3.60 at this time last year. The average price-per-gallon in Cumberland is $3.70, about five cents less than the national average.



Nearly Half of West Virginians Lack High-Speed Internet


A new federal report is ranking West Virginia number-one for people without high speed Internet. About 845,000 residents, or 46 per cent, don’t have access to broadband Internet service. Even those with broadband, Internet speeds are slower than in most states. The Federal Communications Commission says that 60 per cent of West Virginia’s rural communities can’t get high-speed Internet, as compared to 31 per cent of West Virginians in non-rural areas.

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