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Former FSU Student Pleads Guilty

Former Frostburg State University student Shanee Lynnette Liggins pleaded guilty to second-degree murder of fellow FSU student Kortneigh McCoy outside an off-campus residence in November of last year. Michael Twigg, State's Attorney, has recommended a sentence of 14 years of actual jail time. Ms. McCoy died of multiple stab wounds, following an incident outside of a Maple Street residence on November 6th of last year. The actual sentencing will take place in six to eight weeks, pending a pre-sentence investigation.


One Killed in Route 28 Crash

One person was killed, and another taken to the Winchester, Virginia Medical Center, following a single vehicle accident Friday evening. The crash took place on Route 28, south of the Deerfield Estates subdivision. Several companies responded to the 7 p.m. accident. West Virginia State Police investigated, and the victim has yet to be identified.


Nobody Hurt in Wrong-Way I-68 Crash

Nobody was hurt in a three-vehicle crash on Interstate 68 late yesterday morning. A car, driven by 77-year old Frostburg resident Wilbert Williams was traveling westbound, but in the east bound lanes of the interstate, near the Maryland Avenue exit. He was struck head-on by another vehicle, driven by 22-year old Brooke Larkin of LaVale. Upon impact, that vehicle struck a tractor-trailer, driven by Nicholas Datri of Cresaptown. Williams was found to be at fault, but no citations were issued. The eastbound lanes were closed for about half an hour. There were no injuries.


Man Arrested Following Vehicle Theft

A Uniontown, Pennsylvania resident is being held on $45,000 bond, after allegedly stealing a vehicle from the Sheetz parking lot at Nave's Crossroads. Thirty-three year old Jason Eric Bevans allegedly stole a truck in Pennsylvania, but abandoned it near Rocky Gap Road. At Sheetz, a woman, whose husband was also in the lot in his car, saw her vehicle moving in reverse. She and her husband followed the vehicle on Interstate 68 westbound. It was stopped near Kelly Road and Bevans was taken into custody without incident.


Comptroller Visits Cumberland

Several items "were on the table" for discussion yesterday afternoon at Ristorante Ottaviani as Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot met with several community and business leaders in the area. Several subjects were discussed, including the use of Western Maryland coal as an energy source, the completion of a north/south corridor for the area, and on the subject of natural gas "fracking," the Comptroller says the process can be safely accomplished. State Senator George Edwards noted that there $101 million in transportation monies for the completion of the northern portion of the north/south corridor. He added that without the addition of gambling at Rocky Gap, the facility may not be open today.


Washington, D.C. Resident Arrested on Marijuana Charges

A vehicle stop on Decatur Street Sunday resulted in the arrest of a Washington, D.C. man for marijuana possession. During the stop, a strong odor of marijuana was coming from the vehicle. A probable cause search yielded a small amount of the drug. Darnell Antonio Culbreath was issued a criminal citation for possession of under 10 grams of marijuana.


Route 219 Closed for Gas Leak

Route 219 was closed for about three hours Sunday after a driver, Tyler Vought of Berlin, swerved to avoid hitting a deer and hit a natural gas line. The line ruptured, allowing gas to escape. Columbia Gas was called and the leak was capped. Residents of the area were evacuated during the leak, but were later allowed back into their homes.


Truck, Copper Seized in Jenner Township

The Pennsylvania State Police seized a truck and a load of copper over the weekend, after a traffic stop. The driver and passenger say they did not know where it came from, and anyone with information is asked to contact the Pennsylvania State Police at Somerset. That number is (814)-445-4104.


Couples Can Soon Claim Same-Sex Marriage Licenses

Attorney General Doug Gansler says same-sex couples can begin to obtain marriage licenses as soon as Governor Martin O'Malley "formally proclaims" the results of the November election. That should be on or about this Thursday. The law and the licenses will not become effective until January 1st. Gansler issued a 19-page opinion that addressed the constitutionality of a "waiting period" for same sex couples. In the opinion, Gansler noted that it is the ceremony and not the license, which validates the marriage.

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