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Georgia Man Arrested for Marijuana, Bench Warrants

A traffic stop Tuesday evening led to the arrest of a Georgia man on drug charges and for three outstanding bench warrants. Cumberland City Police stopped 32-year old Anthony Robert Joyner on Henderson Avenue. The officer smelled a strong odor of burnt marijuana in the car; Joyner gave the officer a false name. He was charged with driving on an expired license, possession of marijuana, using a false identity to avoid prosecution and obstructing and hindering. It was also discovered he was wanted on three outstanding bench warrants, two from Washington County for failure to appear in court. The third was from Allegany County on the same charge. He was held on a total of $8,000 on the local charges and the two bench warrants.

 

Inmate Convicted of Murder

An inmate at the North Branch Correctional Institution has been found guilty of the murder of his cellmate. Brian Cotter was convicted of second-degree murder, in connection with the death of Lewis Thompson on December 8th of last year. Sentencing has been postponed until early next year. Cotter had killed Thompson, but staged the crime scene to appear as a suicide.

 

Skydiver Hurt During Military Exercise

A skydiving accident during military training sent one person to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center yesterday afternoon. The skydiver was transported from the Little Orleans area; he apparently jumped from the plane, and landed in a tree, resulting in serious injuries. Several units responded to the scene, including Orleans and District 16.

 

Boulevard Work Could Disrupt Traffic

A project will soon get underway, which will improve the Interstate 68 bridge, spanning Cumberland; the project will include work on the state Route 51 bridge that carries Industrial Boulevard over the CSX railroad tracks between Wineow and Lamont Streets. The I-68 project is expected to cause some inconveniences to businesses, residents and motorists. The Route 51 portion of the project should not be as much of a problem. The two year projects total $16 million

 

Police Seeking Help in Identifying Woman

Authorities in Somerset County, Pennsylvania are seeking the identity of a woman, wanted for theft. In a surveillance video, she is seen breaking into the Berwind Natural Resources in Windber late last week, taking cash and gift cards. Since that time, police say she and two other people bought several items at the Richland Township Walmart. They believe she is driving a gray or silver Dodge Intrepid. Anyone with information is asked to call the non-emergency line of Somerset County dispatch at 1-800-362-5060.

 

Frankfort Band Invited to Inaugural Parade

The Frankfort High School Marching band has accepted an invitation to participate in President Barack Obama's second Inaugural Parade on Monday, January 21st. According to the Mineral News-Tribune, band director Roger Walker, the Falcon marching band is grateful to the President and the Presidential Inaugural Committee for granting them what he called an "unbelievable honor."

 

"Presents for Paws" Set for Christmas Eve

The third annual "Presents for Paws" to benefit the Allegany County Animal Shelter will be held Monday, Christmas Eve, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. A complete list of items needed by the shelter can be found on the website, www.ashelterofhope.com, under the "events" tab. Donations can also be dropped off at the offices of Knippenberg Insurance on Centre Street. Last year, six tons of supplies were donated to the shelter. Both animal and shelter related items will be accepted.

 

Sobriety Checkpoint This Weekend in Hampshire County

Members of the West Virginia State Police are conducting a sobriety checkpoint, from Friday evening through Saturday morning. The checkpoint will be conducted along Route 50, near Augusta. The checkpoint is being conducted, in an effort to increase awareness of the hazards of intoxicated driving.

 

Fatal Accident in Washington County

A 21-year old Williamsport man was killed in a single-vehicle accident early yesterday morning on Spielman Road, south of Downsville Pike in Washington County. Derek Monro was traveling north on the road, when his 2004 Toyota Corolla crossed the center line, into the southbound lane. The car continued onto the shoulder and struck a tree. He was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.

 

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