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Bedford Trial Set to Begin

Accused Bedford County rapist Stephen Weaver is scheduled to go on trial next week. He faces hundreds of charges, including 41 felonies, for allegedly sexually assaulting two female relatives, when they were as young as 13. Charges were filed in June of last year. Weaver, of Schellsburg, also faced charges of manufacturing weapons of mass destruction, after a relative allegedly found 10 pipe bombs in his shed. That is not part of the abuse case, which should begin on Monday of next week.


Business Purchases Parcel of Garrett Land

An unnamed business has agreed to purchase a three-acre lot in the McHenry Business and Technology Park to house its financial services. The commissioners approved the sale of lot number two in the park during Tuesday's meeting. The start up is slated for next spring, and occupied in the mid to late summer. The McHenry Park encompasses nearly 136 acres, according to the Department of Economic Development's website.


Woman Sentenced on Drug Charges

Piedmont resident Crystal Star Metz has been sentenced to 120 months in jail, after pleading guilty to the distribution of crack cocaine on June 18th in Mineral County. The prison term will be followed by six years of supervised released. She was remanded to the custody of U.S. Marshal's until she is placed in a federal institution. Ms. Metz was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Martinsburg recently.


Man Sentenced for Shooting, Killing Son

Somerset County resident Robert William Duda was sentenced to 100 hours of community service and must pay $500 in fines for accidentally shooting and killing his son, Bryan, in September of last year. Robert Duda was cleaning a handgun when it accidentally fired and struck 14-year old Bryan Duda. He pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter this past October. Prosecutors termed the shooting a "tragic accident," noting that Robert Duda was, and has been extremely distraught over the incident.


Woman Held on $55,000 Bond

A Cumberland woman is being held  on a total $55,000 bond at the Allegany County Detention Center, after two arrest warrants were issued for her. Twenty-one year old Crystal Rymer is accused of assaulting a male victim at a Linden Street residence on November 14th; she allegedly struck him repeatedly with the broken wooden leg of a kitchen table. He suffered significant eye damage, and both were treated at the hospital. She was also charged in a second assault incident, which allegedly occurred on Monday.


Police Warn Meyersdale Residents of Scam

Somerset County Police are warning residents of the Meyersdale area to not fall victim to a scam, involving the name of a woman, who was found murdered along the Great Allegheny Passage last month. They say two girls have been accepting donations from neighbors, telling them they are buying a headstone for Justine Jackson. A member of her family says it has nothing to do with any type of collection. Police are still investigating, but no charges have been filed yet.


Chemical Reaction Devices Found in Hagerstown

Several chemical reaction devices were found along South Prospect Street in Hagerstown, after police responded to a report of shots being fired in the area. Fire units were dispatched to make sure the devices were neutralized. There were no injuries, but the investigation is continuing to determine who discharged the devices. The "shots fired" call was received at 2:14 a.m. Tuesday, and the last units cleared the scene just before 4 a.m.


O'Malley to Appeal FEMA Decision

Governor Martin O'Malley will, within the next 30 days, file an appeal with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, over is denial of a request for individual assistance for residents of the lower Eastern Shore in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. The state is urging homeowners, renters and business owners who suffered damages not covered under their existing insurance policies,  to report the damages to county emergency managers in Somerset, Worcester, and Dorchester counties.


UMMC One of Top Hospitals

For a seventh year, the University of Maryland Medical Center has been named one of the nation's top hospitals by Leapfrog Group in its annual survey. Patient safety and quality performance measures are two of the criteria by which facilities are analyzed. UMMC is one of only two hospitals in the U.S. to make the list every year since it began in 2006. The Center is the only hospital on the East Coast to have that distinction as well.

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