Warrants Executed in Bath Salts Cases
Agents from the C3I Narcotics Unit, along with members of the Federal Drug Enforcement Administration and local law enforcement agencies executed three search and seizure warrants, related to the possession and distribution of substances commonly known as bath salts and synthetic cannaboids. Warrants were executed at two businesses, known as Emerick's Sub Shop in Cumberland and Maximum Novelties in Cresaptown, as well as a private residence in Allegany County. They were allegedly involved in the sales and storage of the illicit substances. The warrants were the culmination of a six-month investigation, involving nearly every law enforcement agency in the county. The investigation is ongoing and charges are pending against all those involved.
County Bans Synthetic Drugs
On a unanimous vote, the Allegany County Commissioners voted to approve a local law, banning synthetic drugs. Sheriff Craig Robertson noted that deputies would be visiting certain businesses today, to make sure owners are aware of the law. The legislation is modeled after a similar bill in Ocean City, that specifies certain chemicals and chemical compounds that are banned. The law is effective immediately.
Strike Continues at Dairy
The strike at Galliker's/Potomac Farms Dairy on Industrial Boulevard is in its second day. Local 453 represents about 55 workers in Cumberland and other locations in West Virginia and Virginia. One of the chief issues is the company ending a contribution to the employee pension plans. Union members, according to the Cumberland Times-News, are also concerned that there is no retroactivity for wages for the 15-1/2 months spent in negotiations. The union sent the company a 48-hour strike notice on Monday of this week.
Man Sentenced in Tax Evasion Case
Fifty-year old Oldtown resident Kenneth Harold Hogan has been sentenced to 18 months in prison on tax evasion charges. Hogan will also be on three years' supervised probation following his release. He has been ordered to also make restitution of over $200,000 to the Railroad Board and the Internal Revenue Service. He had pleaded guilty to a count of knowingly making a false statement for causing an award to be made and one felony count of attempting to evade and defeat taxes for calendar year 2008. The case was heard in U.S. District Court in Martinsburg.
Trial for Evangelist Set for Next Week
The jury has been seated in Bedford County, to hear the sexual assault trial of a traveling evangelist. The Reverend Walter Bradshaw is accused of having sex with an 11-year old girl at a Bedford County motel. Bradshaw, who is 63 years old and a native of North Carolina, has been in jail since 2010. At the time of the alleged incident, he had been holding revival meetings throughout the region.
FSU Recognized as College of Distinction
Frostburg State University has been recognized as a College of Distinction, having been assessed in four different areas. FSU excelled in all four and will be profiled on the Colleges of Distinction website. The site offers college profiles and search tools for students, parents and counselors. It offers tips from high school guidance counselors, as well as essays from college students, presidents and other members of campus communities. Frostburg was nominated by Middletown High School Counselor Sue Mentzer-Blair.
Meyersdale Man Arraigned in Two Cases
Meyersdale resident Matthew Hollada has been arraigned in two separate cases, including charges of sexual assault and fleeing apprehension. On the first charge, he is accused of fleeing from officers on August 15th. In the second arraignment he is accused of having inappropriate sexual relations with a 14-year old girl in Elk Lick Township in April. There will be two separate preliminary hearings on September 20th and 21st.
School System Complying with Food Guidelines
The Allegany County Public School System has implemented various healthy modifications in order to comply with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's federal regulations to update meal patterns and nutrition standards for school lunches and breakfasts. The intent of the order is "to provide nutrient-dense meals that better meet the dietary needs of school children and protect their health."
Giordano Sued by Insurer
Gary Giordano of Gaithersburg is being sued by an American Express subsidiary. The company is seeking to void a travel insurance policy that Giordano took out on his traveling partner, Robyn Gardner. She remains missing, after vanishing in Aruba last year. AMEX Assurance Company says Gardner "had no role in the decision to purchase insurance." Giordano reportedly took out the policy, made himself the beneficiary and sent in the forms. Giordano sued the company earlier this summer, seeking to collect $3.5 million under the terms of the policy.