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Cumberland Man Sentenced for Destruction of Property

Twenty-five year old Cumberland resident Kevin Paul Bailey has been sentenced in two incidents this past June. Bailey pleaded guilty to assault and malicious destruction of property, in connection to breaking into two residences and demolishing property on June 10th. He had injected himself with “bath salts” and was restrained by the homeowner after diving through a glass door into the homeowners’ kitchen. He also became combative, causing injuries to two officers. He was sentenced to a net term of two years in prison, with three years’ supervised probation following his release. He was also ordered to pay restitution to the victims, among other probation conditions.

Man Arrested for Assault on Trooper

Cresaptown resident John Albert Kennard III was arrested yesterday, after assaulting a Maryland State Police Trooper. Police responded for a reported motor vehicle theft, but it was discovered the vehicle was not stolen; rather, Kennard’s girlfriend had driven it home. Kennard, who police say was intoxicated, starting arguing with his girlfriend, and grabbed Trooper Shrout of the Maryland State Police by the arm, knocking the officer off-balance and lodging his leg between two steps. Kennard was arrested and charged with assault on a police officer and resisting arrest. He received a bond review in District Court.

Illinois Man Held on Bond Following DOP

Twenty-four year old Illinois resident Jacob Matthew Hagy was held in the Allegany County Detention Center on $1,000 bond, following a weekend incident at Little Caesar’s Pizza on Springdale Street. Hagy was accused of writing on the door of the business, because the store wouldn’t give him a free pizza. Police also found two marijuana smoking devices in his pockets. He was charged with both destruction or property and possession of CDS paraphernalia.

Identity of Fatal Crash Victim Released

West Virginia State Police have released the name of a man who was killed earlier this month in Hampshire County. Sixty-two year old Charles Crim died in a two-vehicle accident. His body was released by the Morgantown Medical Examiner last week, and the accident remains under investigation.

Board Wants Plan of Action on Keyser Fundraising

While the Keyser High School principal believes the school should be able to reach a goal of $105,000 next summer to put toward the annual $279,000 payment for the athletic complex, at least one member of the board wants to see a firm plan of action. Approximately $5,000 is expected to come from the assistance of one of the state’s legislators, principal Charles Wimer says they have about $13,500 that has either been donated or raised so far. The campaign has also reapplied for another grant from the U.S. Wind Force Foundation, and there are also other fundraising activities underway.

Several Pennsylvania Post Offices Possibly Closing

As was the case last week with the Spring Gap, Maryland Post Office, customers in nearby Pennsylvania are being given options on some of their facilities. Among the post office locations on the list in Somerset County include the Berlin, Garrett, Shanksville and Central City facilities. The customer surveys give residents the option of keeping the office open, but with realigned weekday window service hours; provide roadside mailbox delivery through a rural carrier, or find a suitable alternative location operated by a contractor, usually at a local business. There was no option for leaving the service as is.

Preston County Arson Case Investigated

The West Virginia State Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating a fire earlier this month as an arson case. The fire occurred at a house along Route 7, Veteran’s Highway in the Corinth area of Preston County. The house was vacant at the time, and sustained approximately $20,000 damage. A firefighter was injured after falling through the porch of the house. The Fire Marshal’s Office says they have a “person of interest” at this time.

Almanack Receives Award

The Hagers-Town town and Country Almanack is one of three winners of the Achievement in Living Traditions and Arts Award. The Almanack is being honored for its contribution to the state’s cultural heritage. The publication was founded by John Gruber in 1797, and began as a German-language publication. The “ALTA” awards were created in 2007 to honor the work of Alta Schrock, who taught biology at Frostburg State University.

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