Murder Hearing Delayed
A preliminary hearing for Jonathan William Beal of Meyersdale has been postponed from today, until March 8th. Beal is accused of murdering Justine Marie Jackson, and burying her body in a shallow grave along the Great Allegheny Passage bike trail. He is charged with homicide, abuse of a corpse and aggravated assault, in connection with her death. According to a court affidavit, Beal made numerous statements that he had killed Ms. Jackson near the trail. A hiker found her body in a shallow grave along the trail on November 11th of last year.
Additional Charges Filed in Copper Thefts
Additional charges have been filed against 24-year old Angela May Dennison in connection with the theft of copper from private residences. She was arrested on Wednesday, along with 45-year old Matthew Jay Iman inside a residence on Independence Street, as they were allegedly cutting and removing copper pipe from the unoccupied home. Ms. Dennison was released on personal recognizance, pending her next court appearance.
Suspect in Pharmacy Break In Questioned
A suspect in the burglary and theft at Deep Creek Pharmacy has been questioned, and charges are pending the results of physical evidence recovered from the scene. The business was burglarized in the early morning hours of January 22nd. A suspicious vehicle, which was later determined to be a silver 2007 Nissan Sentra was later positively identified as being at the scene. Although a suspect has been identified, the case is still under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact the McHenry barrack of the Maryland State Police at (301)-387-1101.
Snowmobiler Found Alive
Fifty year old Bruce Mast, who had been reported missing while snowmobiling in Somerset County, has been found alive in the area of Seven Springs ski resort. Investigators were led to Maust through surveillance video at an ATM on the property. Maust was found by trees, close to a pond where his snowmobile was submerged. Police speculate he crawled out of the pond, found shelter and stayed there for three days. He was treated and released from Somerset Hospital.
Two Arrested on Bench Warrants
The Cumberland City Police continue their sweep of outstanding warrants, arresting two more people this week. Fifty-year old Anthony Orlando Taylor was originally charged with second degree assault and resisting arrest. The bench warrant charged him with failing to follow conditions of probation. The second warrant was served on Richard Allen Marsh of Baltimore. He was wanted in connection with a Maryland Avenue disturbance call. While Taylor was held at the Allegany County Detention Center on $15,000 bond, Marsh had been awaiting an initial appearance in District Court.
Council Pondering Sale of Dam
Keyser Mayor Randy Amtower is proposing the sale of the 22 acres that comprise the Limestone Dam. The sale was not on the agenda for the most recent meeting, and the suggestion caught some of the council members off guard. The Council has not yet scheduled a meeting to discuss the issue. The next scheduled meeting will be on Wednesday, February 13th, with a start time of 4:30 p.m.
Former Correctional Officer Faces Five Years Imprisonment
Former Roxbury Correctional Institution Correctional Officer Ryan Lohr is facing five years in prison when he is sentenced on June 18th. Lohr is charged with conspiring to obstruct justice and destroy evidence in the beating of an inmate. He has pleaded guilty to the charges. He is accused of opening the door of a cell on March 9, 2009, to allow other officers in, to assault an inmate. Court documents say Lohr and other officers agreed to cover up the assault.
Delegate Introduces Shelter Tax Credit Legislation
A Maryland delegate is sponsoring House Bill 371, which would give Maryland citizens who adopt a cat or dog from an animal shelter, a $100 tax credit. Delegate Glen Glass expects the bill to be heard in committee on February 26th. Forty-five delegates are co-sponsoring the legislation. About five to seven million shelter animals are euthanized across the country every year.