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Fire Department Under Investigation


The Ridgeley Volunteer Fire Department is under investigation by the West Virginia State Police, for money missing during a five-year period. President of the company, Robbie Pollock, made the announcement at this week’s town council meeting. State Police will pass along information to Mineral County Prosecuting Attorney Jay Courier for action. That information should be available within the next couple of weeks.



Ridgeley Man Sentenced for Drug Distribution


Thirty-eight year old Ridgeley resident Rusty Mark Edwards has been sentenced to five years in prison, followed by four years of probation, following his August, 2012 guilty plea to possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine. Edwards was accused of distributing over 200 grams of the drug in Ridgeley. He is currently free on bond, but is to report to a designated federal institution on March 12th. The sentencing was carried out in U.S. District Court in Martinsburg.



Frostburg Residents Arrested


The Frostburg City Police, along with the Frostburg State University Police, and the C3I unit arrested two people there. A person had reported someone had broken into his vehicle and stolen some property there. Thirty-two year old Randall James Kelley II was developed as a suspect. He was charged with theft of less than $1,000, possession of burglar’s tools and with being a rogue and vagabond. Additionally, a female occupant of Kelley’s residence, 26-year old Stephanie Lynn Wright was charged with two counts of possession of controlled dangerous substances, and one count of theft of less than $1,000. Both were to have received an initial appearance before a District Court commissioner.



Heroin Discovered in Vehicle


Two people were arrested following a vehicle stop on Interstate 68, near Rocky Gap State Park. Nineteen year old Anthony Calloway and passenger Desiree Sharron Sanders were found to have about 130 baggies of suspected heroin in their vehicle. The were placed under arrest and transported back to the LaVale barrack for processing.



Fridens Woman Pleads Guilty to Theft


Thirty-nine year old Friedens resident Lorrie Fisher has pleaded guilty to stealing more than $4,000 from the Somerset County Chapter of the Vietnam Veterans. Members claim she wrote checks to herself from the chapter’s account when she served as a bookkeeper in 2010. The charge carries a seven-year prison sentence. Ms. Fisher is an Air Force veteran.



Arrest Made in Bomb Threat


An arrest has been made in connection to a bomb threat at Northern High School earlier in the week. A 14-year old male, eighth grade student was charged with making a false statement of a destructive device, which is a felony. Students and faculty were evacuated from the school on Tuesday, and no evidence of a destructive device was found. The case has been referred to juvenile authorities; penalties could range from probation, up to and including commitment to a Juvenile Services detention facility.



Man Charged with Assault


A Cumberland man has been charged with assault and disturbing the peace, following an incident in the 500-block of Sheridan Place on Tuesday. He allegedly assaulted a female there; she then applied for the charges in District Court. He was served with the warrant, taken to District Court and held at the Allegany County Detention Center on $5,000 bond.



Oldtown Road Project to be Discussed


The Allegany County Commissioners have scheduled a public meeting, regarding the Oldtown Road area of Cumberland. Staff from the Allegany County Department of Public Works will discuss proposed sewer rates. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 19th  at 7 p.m. at the Allegany County Office Building, in Room 100.



Inmate Murders Increase


With the latest news of an inmate homicide earlier in the week, and the investigation into one last November, officials from Maryland’s prison agency are reporting a spike in the number of inmate-on-inmate homicides last year. With an average of four per year since 2001, the number spiked to seven in 2012. A spokesman says the killings were isolated incidents and do not reflect a drop in security. 

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