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Several Items Discussed During Board Meeting


The Allegany County Board of Education discussed a number of topics at last night’s meeting, including recent audit findings from the Maryland Office of Legislative Audits to County Commission President Mike McKay’s wish to dissolve his seat on the board. Also, Superintendent David Cox had his contract renewed for another four years. The terms of a new contract will be negotiated by June 30th.



Woman Charged Following Accident


A Midlothian woman was charged, following an accident on Route 36, south of Legislative Road Monday evening. A car, driven by Cailah Harris was traveling northbound, when she crossed the center line, striking another vehicle in the southbound lane, and driven by Barton resident Sally Muir. The two drivers and three children were taken to the Western Maryland Regional Health System for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.



Victim, Cause of Death Revealed


The man, whose body was found on the grounds of the Bedford County Historical Society’s farm, has been identified and a cause of death has been determined. Twenty-seven year old Milo JaJuan Owens either jumped or fell from a farm silo, pulling down phone lines as he fell. Owens had possibly been a visitor to President Barack Obama’s inauguration. He had been from the Detroit area, and his funeral was held on February 3rd.



Domestic Assault Investigated


A 32-year old Cumberland woman was being held in the Allegany County Detention Center on $2500 bond, following an incident Monday, in which she allegedly assaulted her sister. Brandi Barger and her sister had been arguing about money, when she allegedly pushed her over a front porch railing, causing her to fall; her injuries were minor, and did not require medical treatment. Barger was charged with second-degree assault, and received a hearing in Allegany County District Court.



Woman Charged with Violating Protective Order


Thirty-six year old Cumberland resident Khristina Anna Bettis has been charged with violating a protective order, following an incident on Monday in the vicinity of Boone Street and Virginia Avenue. Ms. Bettis allegedly yelled at a male subject, after she had been court-ordered to stay away from him. She refused to lower her voice, even after being advised to do so by Cumberland City Police. She was arrested, and received a hearing in Allegany County District Court. She was ordered held on $1,000 bond at the Detention Center.



Commissioners Set Jennings Run Hearing


The Allegany County Commissioners have scheduled a public meeting on the upcoming sewer projects in the Jennings Run Sanitary District. Staff from the Department of Public Works will discuss the projects and proposed sewer rates. The meeting will take place on Tuesday, March 12th at 7 p.m. at the Allegany County Office Building on Kelly Road. The meeting will be held in Room 100 of the building.



Task Force Seeks Public’s Help


The Mountain State Fugitive Task Force is looking for a man who is wanted not only in West Virginia, but also Virginia and Maryland. Police say one of Ronald Linaburg’s alleged crimes is breaking into a Berkeley Springs home in November of last year along with another suspect. The victims were sleeping and became trapped in their bedrooms while their home was being looted. Linaburg also has committed multiple property crimes, in order to obtain money and drugs. Police believe he is still in the area and is being assisted by family members. If you have any information, you are asked to contact the West Virginia State Police or the U.S. Marshal’s Service.



Man Jailed in Lieu of $2 Million Bond


A Morgantown man, who allegedly kidnapped a two-year old girl and led police on a chase from Preston County to Pittsburgh, faces charges in both West Virginia and Pennsylvania. Timothy Adam White kidnapped the child Friday afternoon; he was later arrested near Pittsburgh and the child was found unharmed. White is being held on $2 million bail in Pittsburgh. White “had a relationship” with the family, but the extent of that relationship is unknown. He has a court hearing on February 20th in Pittsburgh.



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