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Minister Receives Lengthy Prison Term

A traveling preacher who was convicted of raping an 11-year old girl in a Bedford motel room, will spend anywhere from 66 to 150 years in prison. The Reverend Walter Bradshaw, who is 63 years old, was sentenced to consecutive terms for child rape, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and aggravated sexual assault. Bradshaw was convicted in September of assaulting the girl in 2009 during an overnight hotel stay. Bradshaw had maintained his innocence throughout the trial and sentencing.

 

Man Charged with Arson of a Vehicle

A nineteen year old man has been charged with setting fire to a woman's car, in front of 9 West Clement Street yesterday morning. Bo Becker has been charged with second degree arson, malicious burning, and destruction of property. The fire occurred just after 7 a.m., as Cumberland Fire Department units quickly extinguished the fire on the exterior rear of a vehicle, belonging to Tammy McCaw of Cumberland. If convicted, Becker faces up to 24-1/2 years imprisonment and/or $33,000 in fines.

 

Commissioners Commit to New Allegany High School

The Allegany County Commissioners have agreed to borrow $9.2 million for its share of a new Allegany High School. The county will be looking for the best, general obligation bond loan possible. The total local share of the project will then be $12.2 million. The school, at the site of the former Sacred Heart Hospital on Haystack Mountain, is designed to seat 719 students, with some changes on that number possible, according to the Cumberland Times-News.

 

Man Arrested in Connection with November Incident

Thirty-seven year old Shannon Pendergast was arrested Wednesday, in connection with a domestic incident that happened on November 20th in the 1100-block of Kentucky Avenue. Pendergast is accused of assaulting a woman, shoving her, and causing her to fall several times. Injuries, consistent with the account, were observed, although the victim did not require medical attention. He was subsequently arrested, charged, and released on a $5,000 unsecured bond.

 

Two Arrested for Theft, Destruction of Property

Two Cumberland residents were arrested after being charged with breaking into an unoccupied home in the 100-block of Independence Street. Forty-five year old Matthew Iman and 24-year old Angela Dennison allegedly pried open the front door of the residence. Reports state a witness saw several people in a vacant building, using what appeared to be a candle for light. They were each charged with several counts of burglary, destruction of property and attempted theft of under $1,000. The pair had been awaiting an initial appearance in District Court.

 

Items Stolen From Garrett County Business

A person or persons entered Howe's Store on New Germany Road in Grantsville, and stole a 15,000-watt generator from the business. The theft happened between December 16th and 19th. Anyone with information is asked to contact the McHenry Barrack of the Maryland State Police.

 

Garrett Receives Program Open Space Funding

Garrett County will receive $3,000 in Program Open Space Funding to install backboards on the basketball hoops at the Oakland Armory. A portion of previously approved P.O.S. grants will also be used to improve the facility. The improvements include replacing a portion of the flooring at the existing basketball court and upgrading the flooring and lighting system in the gymnasium.

 

Somerset County Inmate Pleads Guilty

An inmate at the State Correctional Institution at Laurel Highlands has pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter, in connection with the death of fellow inmate Keith Williams last March. Mark Farabaugh fought with Williams, who died from a fractured skull two days after the fight. In Pennsylvania, involuntary manslaughter is a first-degree misdemeanor and could carry a five-year sentence.

 

Mikulski Named Appropriations Chair

Maryland United States Senator Barbara Mikulski has been named chair of the Senate Appropriations committee. Her assignment to that committee comes after Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy said he would not take the post. In reacting to the appointment, Senator Mikulski noted it was an honor and privilege to be expected to follow the great leadership of Hawaii Senator Daniel Inouye, who passed away this week.

 

Johansson Resigns as DBED Secretary

Secretary of the Department of Business and Economic Development Christian Johansson resigned from that position earlier this week, and Governor Martin O'Malley has named Dominick Murray to the post. Johansson is joining the Maryland-based Laureate Education, to head a new group focused on university partnerships in the United States. Murrary has been deputy secretary of DBED since 2007.Min

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