Former Firefighter Sentenced to Prison
Former Short Gap firefighter Stephen Wilson of Keyser was convicted of embezzling over $242,000 from the department, where he had held the position of treasurer for more than 14 years. He was sentenced to one to ten years in prison. Allegations of embezzlement came to light in January of last year, with accusations that Wilson had been shifting department funds into a hidden account. Wilson had been using the funds to pay personal bills, and the money was directly deposited to his personal business account. He must serve at least a year in prison before the parole board will consider reducing the sentence. He will also make full restitution to the Short Gap Volunteer Fire Department.
Fire Determined to Be Arson
The Maryland State Fire Marshal is investigating a fire at a vacant, two-story single-family dwelling on Ellerslie Road in Corriganville Sunday night. The current owner of the home is J.P. Morgan Chase Bank. Approximately $20,000 in damage was done to the structure. The fire, which was discovered by a neighbor, began in the basement, and was determined to be "incendiary" in nature. Forty-five firefighters took about 25 minutes to control the blaze.
Missing Man Found Dead in Somerset County
A New York man, who had been missing since September 10th, was found dead in a remote location of Somerset County. Robert Schweer's body was found in Jefferson Township. He was initially reported missing to Buffalo, New York Police, but had been spotted in the Somerset County area in the past week to ten days. Foul play is not suspected, but the investigation is continuing.
Man Held on $5,000 Bail
Twenty-four year old Chad P. Kenney is in the Allegany County Detention Center on $5,000 bail, following a Sunday evening incident on Henderson Avenue. Kenney is accused of injecting a controlled dangerous substance into a 41-year old woman. The woman allowed Kenney to do this. Police were called in reference to an overdose complaint. Kenney faces several charges, and the woman was taken to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center for treatment for non-life-threatening symptoms.
Bartlett Aide Acknowledges Error
Alex Mooney, the chair of the Maryland Republican Party, admits he made a mistake by not disavowing his congressional campaign, before working part-time for incumbent Sixth District Representative Roscoe Bartlett in June. Mooney began raising money for a 2012 bid to succeed Bartlett, but after he announced he was running again, Mooney indicated that he was holding on to the funds he had raised for a 2014 campaign. Under ethics rules for the U.S. House of Representatives, a congressional staffer may not continue to work for a Representative while the staffer is running to succeed that member of Congress. Mooney has filed a letter with the Federal Elections Commission, stating that he was no longer a candidate for Congress.
Murder Investigation Continues
The Berkeley County Sheriff's Department is awaiting forensic test results in a deadly shooting outside of a bar earlier this month. They are also hoping a witness will come forward with more information. Twenty-eight year old Mississippi resident Samson Edmond was shot and killed outside of The Brick House Bar and Grill on the Mid-Atlantic Parkway. The owners of the bar says the planned to close the site. Five people, all from outside of the Martinsburg area, were detained for questioning. There's no word on when forensics testing will be complete.
Woman Dies in Single-Vehicle Crash
Eighteen-year old Bruceton Mills resident Samantha Lynn Snare was killed in a single vehicle accident in Preston County. The accident, on the Brandonville Pike, occurred as she lost control of her Pontiac Grand Am; she hit a tree and drove off the right side of the road.