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Murder Suspect Convicted in Allegany County

Oldtown resident Alexander Eugene Malaska was convicted by an Allegany County Grand Jury of Voluntary manslaughter in the death of Dennis Liller. After an ongoing property dispute with his neighbors, Malaska was accused of carrying a loaded .22-calibre rifle, and firing several shots into the street, one of which struck and killed Liller. Malasaka is being held without bond, pending sentencing. A pre-sentence investigation was ordered in the case.


Murder Trial Postponed

The trial of a Frostburg State University student, accused of killing another, has been postponed until December 3rd. Shanee Lynnette Liggins’ trial was to have begun next week. She is accused of stabbing and killing Kortneigh McCoy in November of last year outside of a Maple Street residence in Frostburg, where a large party was taking place. This is the second postponement of the trial; it was originally supposed to begin in April of this year.


Mineral County Jury Indicts Four in Fatal Shooting

A Mineral County Grand jury has indicted four men, in connection with a fatal shooting in Ridgeley, on Labor Day weekend 2011. The shooting killed Ryan Henry, and seriously injured his brother, Richard. Both are from New Jersey. Named in the indictment were Rasshamach Roberts, Rasjahnon Roberts, Tavon Joseph Kearney and Taj Green, all of whom are currently in jail. Several others were also indicted for various crimes by the grand jury.


Woman Pleads Guilty to Federal Charges

Piedmont resident Crystal Metz has pleaded guilty to distribution of crack cocaine. The plea was entered in U.S. District Court in Martinsburg. She is currently housed in the Potomac Highlands Regional Jail in Augusta; she was initially charged in June in Mineral County. She faces a mandatory sentence of ten years in jail, followed by six years of supervised probation, due to a prior drug conviction in the Northern District of West Virginia.


Guard Terminated by County

Bedford County prison guard Ryan Scott Clapper has been fired, after being accused of placing frozen shackles on a female inmate at the jail. The incident allegedly occurred on August 19th, and Clapper will face a non-criminal citation for the incident. Police list it as “harassment” in a report, but did not elaborate. Warden Donald Orr resigned in June; since that time, Bedford County Sheriff Charwin Reichelderfer, along with Deputy Warden Jerry Beck have been in charge of the facility.


Mayor’s Decision Upheld by Piedmont Council

The Piedmont Town Council, on a 3 to 1 vote, upheld last week’s decision not to reappoint Ralph Rice as the town’s chief of police. Rice says town officials blame him for his involvement in the recent FEMA trailer investigation. For his part, the former chief says he excused himself from the investigation, due to a conflict of interest. One council member says Rice is welcome to address the council about the decision at its September 12th meeting.


Airport, Restaurant Must Move Signs

A sign for a new restaurant at the Greater Cumberland Municipal Airport will have to be moved, according to the West Virginia Division of Highways. The sign for Louie Louie’s restaurant had allegedly been placed illegally on the D.O.H. right-of-way along Route 28. Restaurant owner Lou Yearby says the sign is attached atop the one for the airport, and that one has been at the intersection of Route 28 and Airport Road for over 10 years. There are two solutions: place the sign on the Buskirk-Chaney Insurance Agency property, or contract with the D.O.H. to utilize an approved 24-by-24 logo sign.


Man Held on $3,000 Bond

Cumberland resident Stuart Everette Bryant III is being held on $3,000 bond, after he allegedly violated a protective order. He was arrested in the 200-block of East Elder Street yesterday. He was taken to Allegany County District Court for an initial appearance, where bond was set.


Inmate to Stand Trial for Criminal Homicide

Laurel Highlands State Correctional Institution inmate mark Farabaugh will stand trial on charges he killed another inmate in a fight over food. State Police reports state that a fight happened on March 24th between Farabaugh and 52-year old Keith Williams, who died two days later. There were several eyewitness accounts, which stated they saw Farabaugh strike Williams at least once with his fist. Williams suffered a fractured skull, consistent with repetitive blows. A preliminary hearing in the case was held earlier this week in Somerset County.


Shooter Indicted on 29 Counts

Fifteen year old Robert Wayne Gladden has been indicted on 29 counts, related to the shooting of a classmate at Perry Hall High School last week. The charging document alleges Gladden had the intent to kill eight other people. The victim, Daniel Borowy who has Down’s syndrome, was sitting at a lunch table with other students, who were the alleged targets; three other staff members were also singled out, because they intervened after the intitial shot was fired.  The shot that injured Borowy was fired in the direction of that table, but the victim was apparently chosen at random. Gladden’s attorney plans to file a motion to move the case to juvenile court, and to ask for a bail review.

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