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Shirey Sentenced to Life In Prison

Cumberland resident Mark Shirey has been sentenced to life in prison for the March, 2011 fatal shooting of Michael Simpson of Cumberland Valley, Pennsylvania. Simpson had a relationship with Shirey's ex-wife, whom he had divorced ten years before. Law enforcement officials say Shirey broke into Simpson's home and repeatedly shot him when he arrived there. Prosecutors had sought the death penalty, before a plea agreement was reached last month.


Man Sentenced to Fourteen Years in Prison

A registered sex offender from the state of Arkansas was sentenced to 14 years in prison on two counts of third degree sex offense for an incident that occurred in Allegany County. Thirty-six year old Todd Edward Sparks was accused of meeting a local juvenile girl on the Internet, where they were found at a local hotel. Based on her age and that of Sparks, he was charged with two counts, to which he pled guilty. When he completes his sentence here, he will be extradited back to Arkansas, to face additional jail time for a parole violation.


Governor Asked to Attend Meeting

The Somerset County Commissioners have written to Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett, asking him, and other Department of Transportation officials to attend the annual meeting of the North/South Appalachian Highway Coalition. The meeting is set for next Thursday, November 1sr at the Morguen Toole Company on Center Street in Meyersdale. Coalition Coordinator David Moe says that his group is frustrated, because federal funds to complete the southern section of the road are available without a state match, the project now seems to be on hold. Such is not the case, according to PennDOT, which will have a representative at the meeting.


More of Continental Motel to be Demolished

More of the structures on the site of the Continental Motel on National Highway will soon be demolished. The Allegany County Commissioners will hear a bid report for demolition at today's meeting. The low bid on the work came from Miller's Trucking and Demolition of Cumberland; that was in the amount of $9,500. The high bid came in from Excavating Associates of Ellerslie, for $79,000.


Woman Released Following Assault Incident

A twenty-four year old Cumberland resident was released on personal recognizance, following an assault incident in the area of Polk Street yesterday. She allegedly struck a man in the face several times, and he sustained several small cuts to his face as a result of the attack. A witness corroborated the story and Mariah Haberlein was taken into custody. She appeared before a District Court Commissioner, before being released.


MSP To Start Local Explorer Post

The Cumberland Barrack of the Maryland State Police will be starting an Explorer Post for local youth. The program is designed to introduce young men and women to the world of law enforcement. Interested persons, between the ages of 14 and 21 years of age are encouraged to attend an initial orientation/sign-up meeting on October 30th at 7 p.m. The meeting will be held at the State Police Barracks in LaVale. For more information, contact TFC. Toey or TFC. Griffin at (301)-729-2101.


Admissions, Financial Aid Workshops Scheduled

Frostburg State University, in cooperation with the Maryland Higher Education Commission will offer two workshops for high school students and their families that focus on college admissions and financial aid in an effort to help them prepare for college. The workshops will be presented in conjunction with the College Preparation Intervention Program. Students and parents will have the opportunity to attend the workshop either on November 1st at the Mountain Ridge High School cafeteria, or November 7th, at the Fort Hill High School cafeteria. Both sessions will begin at 6:30 p.m.


Redistricting Proposal on November Ballot

Maryland voters will have several issues to decide on November 6th, along with their choice of Presidential candidates. Among those issues is Question 5, dealing with boundaries for the state's Congressional Districts. Opponents of the plan say it creates a lot of gerrymandering, and disproportionately large districts. The plan targets incumbent Roscoe Bartlett by adding sections of Montgomery County to the Sixth District. Bartlett is in a close race against Democrat John Delaney. If voters reject the ballot issue, state lawmakers would be required to come up with new district boundaries in time for the 2014 elections.


FDA Investigating Energy Drink Following Death

The United States Food and Drug Administration is investigating the highly-caffeinated Monster Energy Drink, after 14-year old Hagerstown resident Anais Fournier died after drinking two, 24-ounce cans. An autopsy concluded that she died of cardiac arrhythmia, due to caffeine toxicity; the medical examiner also found she had an inherited disorder that can weaken blood vessels. Her parents have filed suit against the Riverside, California company, claiming Monster failed to warn about the risks of drinking its products.

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