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Preston County Man Arrested in Copper Theft

Preston County, West Virginia resident Brian Lee Moats has been arrested by the Garrett County Sheriff's Office, in connection with the theft of copper from GMS Mine Repair and Maintenance Company of Oakland. He was charged with theft of over $10,000 and destruction of property of over $500. He posted $5,000 bond yesterday. Moats is accused of stealing the copper and selling it to salvage yards in Westernport and Elk Garden, West Virginia.


Woman Accused of Stealing Cash and Coins

A 24-year old Somerset County woman is accused of stealing $20,000 in cash and coins from a Bicycle Road residence. Clifford Dean Tressler reported that Emily Jo Tressler entered the residence between noon and 2 p.m. on  December 4th. She was later found at the Days Inn in Somerset; they found drug paraphernalia, but did not recover the money. She was held on $20,000 bond, and was to have had a preliminary hearing yesterday morning.


Domestic Incident Reported on Clement Street

A nineteen-year old woman is being held on $5,000 bail, following a domestic incident in the first block of West Clement Street early yesterday morning. The investigation revealed that Brittany Shell created a disturbance while a juvenile was trying to go to sleep. She allegedly threw a cell phone at the juvenile. An adult began to intervene and was kicked in the stomach area by Shell. She was ultimately charged with two counts of second-degree assault, and is being held at the Allegany County Detention Center.


"Midnight Madness" Set for Downtown

A "Midnight Madness" sale has been set for tomorrow evening in downtown Cumberland. The event is scheduled to run from 6 p.m. to midnight. Mall Manager Ed Mullaney notes that studies show, that for every $100 you spend with locally owned business, $68 will stay in the community, an indication of how important local businesses are to the community. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be visiting; free illuminated carriage rides will also be available throughout the evening. Free trolley rides to and from the shops will run throughout the evening.


Preston Tops 2012 Buck Harvest

Although there was a decline in the 2012 buck harvest in West Virginia, Preston County had the most, with 2,108 bucks. Other counties in the top ten were Hampshire and Hardy Counties. The harvest dropped in four of the six DNR districts. Hunters killed over 56,000 bucks from November 19th through December 1st, a seven per cent drop from the 2011 harvest figure.


Homestead Property Tax Credit Deadline

The deadline for Maryland's Homestead Tax Credit is December 31st.The credit limits the increase in taxable assessments each year to a fixed percentage. Every county and municipality in Maryland is required to limit taxable assessment increases to 10 per cent or less each year. To determine if you have already filed, go to the Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation website, and click on the Real Property page for your specific property address.


Gas Line Explosion in Sissonville

A natural gas explosion in Sissonville, West Virginia yesterday destroyed four homes, and melted pavement on a portion of Interstate 77. Five other homes suffered damage, and several people were treated for smoke inhalation; other than that, there were no injuries. All of the residents of the area have been accounted for; most were at work or had gone hunting. The explosion happened just before 1 p.m.


Miner's Body Found in Bulldozer Cab

The missing Robinson Run CONSOL employee has been located inside a bulldozer cab. The cab was located Monday morning; the canopy of the bulldozer was cut open to recover the employee's body. He has not been identified, and there is no estimate on how long it will take to recover the body from the bulldozer.



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