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NBCI Inmate Found Dead

The Maryland State Police Homicide investigators are continuing an investigation into the death of a state prison inmate, who was found dead in his cell yesterday morning. Twenty-eight year old Charles Richardson was an inmate at the North Branch Correctional Institution, and was serving a life sentence without parole for first-degree murder, assault and handgun violations. His cellmate was found outside of his cell, with what appeared to be bloodstained clothing. Richardson was found under a blanket, and had sustained head trauma. An autopsy is being conducted today, and the investigation is continuing.


Man Arrested in Connection with Pit-N-Go Robbery

Twenty-four year old Brendan Patrick Orr was arrested at the Country Club Mall in LaVale, where he attempted to steal items from the electronics department. Following his arrest, Maryland State Police troopers discovered there was an outstanding warrant for the robbery of the Pit-N-Go convenience store in Lonaconing in January of this year. Following a description of the suspect and a review of video surveillance, Orr was identified as a suspect. He is now jailed on a total $30,000 bond for both incidents.


Commissioners Approve Mount Savage Project; Meeting Set

The Allegany County Commissioners have approved a nearly $6 million contract to continue an upgrade of the Mount Savage water distribution system. Carl Belt, Incorporated was the low bidder on the project, and includes the placement of about 35,000 feet of water line and 30,000 feet of sanitary sewer lines, along with other work connected to the system. Meanwhile, the commissioners have scheduled a public meeting to discuss the project. It will be held on Wednesday, October 17th at the Mount Savage Fire Hall at 7 p.m. Public works personnel will be there to discuss the project details, water and sewer rates, and to answer questions.


Traffic Changes for Monday

Beginning on Monday, South Centre Street will be reduced to one lane from Winston Street to Harrison Street. Parking in the area of Veteran's Park will be prohibited during construction time. Detours should also be expected. Flaggers will be present in the area. There is no word on how long the construction will take.


Piedmont Appoints Chief

The town of Piedmont voted 3-1, to appoint Paul Karalewitz as its chief of police, replacing Ralph Rice, who was not reappointed by the Mayor and City Council there. Karalewitz previously served as the town's chief of police and is also a former prevention resource officer at Keyser High School. He recently resigned that position because of health reasons.


Eight Positions to be Cut in Bedford

The first agency to feel the budget crunch in Bedford County is the prison, which is cutting eight jobs through attrition, dismissal and outright layoffs. The county is facing a projected $600,000 year-end deficit, with part of that shortfall being about $250,000 that President Judge Thomas Ling has not turned over to the county. The jail's acting commander Sheriff Charwin Reichelderfer says that natural attrition and a recent disciplinary firing could dampen the blow of the layoffs.


Man Sentenced for Sexually Assaulting Child

A Johnstown resident has been sentenced to 30 to 60 months in jail for sexually assaulting an 11-year old girl over a five-year period. Albert Anderson pleaded guilty. He was classified as a sexually violent predator and will have to register as a Megan's Law offender for the rest of his life.


Two Jailed on $3,000 Bond Each in Downtown Incident

Two women are in the Allegany County Detention Center on $3,000 bond each, following a scuffle in the 100-block of North Centre Street on Wednesday. Twenty-seven year old Jessica Durham was hitting another female in the face with a closed fist. She was arrested, and while that was taking place, a second female-identified as Nakota Durham-began yelling at the officers and was subsequently placed under arrest. Both face several charges in connection with the incident. The victim did not require medical treatment.


Tri-State College Night Set

Allegany College of Maryland will host the annual Tri-State College Night on Tuesday, October 9th, beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the gymnasium. The 45th installment of this event, sponsored by the Allegany County Guidance Counselors' Association, strives to help high school students make educated decisions about post-secondary plans. A random drawing will determine the winners of scholarships, ranging from $200 to $500 to help them further their educations. Both two and four-year institutions will be represented at the College Night.


Gas Prices Falling in the State

Gas prices are on the decline in Maryland, dropping by more than a nickel in the past week. The average for regular-grade gasoline, according to, is $3.70. The price is lower than the national average, by about ten cents. However, prices reported are almost 30-cents higher than this time last year, and almost 2-cents higher than a month ago.


Cardin Leadin in Poll

Incumbent Maryland State Senator Ben Cardin is favored by fifty per cent of residents in the latest Gonzalez poll of Maryland voters, released Wednesday. His nearest challenger, Dan Bongino, is supported by 22 per cent of those polled, and Rob Sobhani is favored by 21 per cent. Approximately 813 registered voters were polled the week of September 13th through the 17th, and has a margin of error of 3.5 per cent.


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