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Charges Pending in Incident

Lonaconing Police Chief Royce Douty is preparing charges against a man, in connection with an incident yesterday morning on Castle Hill. The man, 23 year old Dennis Ernest Kerling, had threatened to kill Douty with a pair of scissors, but was overpowered by the officer. Kerling was described as being intoxicated and under the influence of prescription medications. Kerling was taken to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center.


Deputy, Commissioners Named in Suit

Mineral County Sheriff’s Deputy Ronald Anderson and the Mineral County Commission were named in a civil rights suit, brought by Grant County resident Charlotte Carter. She claims the deputy used excessive force when arresting her for driving under the influence two years ago. She reported suffered several injuries, when, according to the suit, she was “violently forced to the ground.” The suit was filed in U.S. District Court in Martinsburg. Ms. Carter was eventually sentenced to 30-days in jail on charges, which ran concurrently. She was also fined a total of just over $750.00.


Cat Killing Case Closed

Barring any new evidence, the case of last summer’s cat poisoning at Constitution Park has been closed. A C3I investigator reviewed the case with the state’s attorney, who felt there was insufficient evidence to proceed with criminal charges. One person was investigated in connection with the incidents, because he allegedly admitted to poisoning the cats. That person was later interviewed, but denied the statement in subsequent questioning.


Woman Arrested in Domestic Incident

A Frostburg woman, Crystal Gayle Grady, is being held on $5,000 bond at the Allegany County Detention Center, following a domestic assault incident at her Burton Park Drive residence. The victim, who was 44 years old, suffered visible facial injuries. Ms. Grady was taken to District Court for an initial appearance, where bail was set.


Man Jailed on Second-Degree Assault Charge

Thirty-year old Chad Dylan Robinette of Cumberland is jailed on $20,000 bond at the Allegany County Detention Center, following an alleged assault incident in the 300-block of Harrison Street Wednesday. The victim, who refused treatment at the scene, told police Robinette had assaulted him, using a small cement sculpture. Robinette was charged with second-degree assault and disturbing the peace. He received an initial appearance in District Court.


Parent Conferences To Be Held this Month

Allegany County Public Schools will hold the first parent conferences of the new school year on Thursday, September 27th. Parents are encouraged to take advantage of the opportunity to meet their child’s teachers and review with him, his or her academic and behavioral progress. Elementary conferences will be held from 8 to 11 a.m. and from 12 to 3:30 p.m. Secondary conferences will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 2 to 5:30 p.m.


Shots Fired at Bedford County Home

Police are investigating reports of three shots being fired at a home in Londonderry Township early Wednesday morning. The shooting happened around 1:30 a.m., along Hyndman Road. One bullet penetrated the house, while another hit the outside and a third missed altogether. There were no injuries, and anyone with information is asked to contact the Bedford Barrack of the Pennsylvania State Police at (814)-623-6133.


Two More Counties Join Coalition

Dorchester and Somerset Counties have joined the Maryland Rural Counties Coalition, formed in December of last year. Other governing bodies included are Allegany, Frederick, Carroll, Frederick, Cecil, and Washington Counties. The Coalition was formed to strengthen their policy-related standing in the halls of Annapolis. Allegany County Commission President Mike McKay noted that the rural counties must “speak with a unified voice, on behalf of the state’s rural citizens in order to be heard.”


Friedens Man Receives Leniency in Murder Case

Friedens resident Ronald Lee Ziegel was sentenced to less time for his part in a drug-related murder in Somerset County, partly because of a Pennsylvania State Trooper’s intervention. Zeigel was accused of driving two Michigan men to a Somerset County residence, where a fatal shooting occurred in August of 2009. Trooper Todd Sherle noted that Ziegel played a vital role in ending a local drug operation. Twenty-nine year old Bryant Adderly, who ran the Somerset County territory for a large illegal drug distribution ring, was shot 22 times.


West Virginia Teacher of the Year Named

The West Virginia Department of Education has selected Michael Funkhouser as its Teacher of the Year. Funkhouser is an English teacher from East Hardy High School, and he was selected from six finalists. He has been a teacher for 31 years; the one thing he says he cherishes most from his years in the classroom is the relationships he has built over the years, and urged other educators to recognize that “what they do is worth it, and that is really, truly is about the students.”


Art Modell Dies at 87 Years Old

Former Baltimore Ravens owner Art Modell died yesterday morning at Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he was admitted Wednesday. Modell died of natural causes. Modell moved the Cleveland Browns to Baltimore, after the Colts left for Indianapolis. That move is believed to be the main reason Modell never made it into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Modell’s wife, Patricia, died last year.

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