Student Ignites Explosive Device at School
A 17-year old Fort Hill High School student from Oldtown, made his initial appearance in Juvenile Court, after being arrested yesterday morning. He is accused of bringing an explosive device to school, on the bus, and igniting it when he arrived at the school. Parts of the device were recovered. He has been charged with knowingly manufacturing, transporting, possessing controlling, storing and using a destructive device. The school board will be handling the school discipline in the matter. A Cumberland City School Resource Officer assisted in the case.
Deal Awarded to ATK
Alliant Techsystems Allegany Ballistics Laboratory has been awarded a $17 million contract to produce rocket engines for “Sidewinder” missiles. The contract runs through July of 2015. The U.S. Air Force at Hill Air Force Base in Utah issued the award. ATK manufactured more than 30,000 of the motors at the Rocket Center location between 1978 and 1990.
Moorefield Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Charges
A Moorefield, West Virginia man has entered a guilty plea to a count of “Transmitting Threatening Communications in Interstate Commerce.” Forty-six year old Patrick Crites faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The case was investigated by the United States Secret Service, because the threat was made to the White House. Crites’ guilty plea was entered February 7th in U.S. District Court in Elkins.
Fairhope Man Charged in Incident
A Fairhope, Pennsylvania man was arrested following what is being termed a “road rage” incident on Route 35 just before the Maryland line. Thirty-five year old James Deneen allegedly passed a vehicle in a no-passing zone, and displayed a handgun. Deneen was stopped on Route 40 in the Narrows; a 9-mm handgun was found in his jacket. He was charged with possession of a handgun in a motor vehicle and wearing and carrying a handgun. He was arrested and held on $5,000 bond, following a hearing in District Court.
New York Man Sentenced for Drug Dealing
New York resident Michael Rodriguez was sentenced to seven years in prison, and ordered to pay over $500 in court costs, after pleading guilty to a drug distribution charge in Garrett County this week. He also forfeits more than $7,000 in cash, along with several items of personal property. He was arrested following the execution of a search and seizure warrant at a house in Kitzmiller he was renting. He was found to have a large quantity of cocaine, packaged for sale, along with a small quantity of drug paraphernalia and cash.
Man Arrested for Protective Order Violation
A 37-year old Cumberland man was arrested for violating an ex parte/protective order Wednesday morning on Virginia Avenue. Isreal Kreger was found in a parking lot behind the home of the person who filed the complaint. She had been granted a protective order against Kreger. He was taken to Police Headquarters, processed, and received a hearing before a District Court Commissioner, where his bond was placed at $5,000.
Rocky Gap Job Fair Set
Rocky Gap Lodge and Golf Resort will hold a job fair for potential new casino employees on February 23rd at Allegany College of Maryland. The event is being held in Room 8 of the Continuing Education building. About 250 full and part-time jobs are available, and the casino is expected to open in the second quarter of this year. Positions are available in several areas including food and beverage, casino gaming, marketing, and surveillance.
Fort Hill/Martin’s Markets Partnering
The Fort Hill Scholarship Fund is partnering with Martin’s Food Stores to sell “Cash for Causes” Cards. The Fort Hill Scholarship Fund will receive $5.00 for every $100 of groceries sold. The cards may be used at any Martin’s Food store in the region. To purchase a “Cash for Causes” card, visit the main office at Fort Hill during regular school hours, or contact Jim Combs at (240)-522-2997.
Business Fundamentals Workshop Set
A workshop on Business Fundamentals is set for 2 to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, February 26th in Moorefield, West Virginia. The workshop is part of the West Virginia Small Business Development Center training and business coaching program. “Three Step Jump Start” helps small business owners receive the right information at the right time. The workshop will be held at the Hardy County Rural Development Authority Building on North Main Street. Registration is required by Thursday, February 21st. To register, call (304)-530-4964.