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Woman Sentenced in Negligent Homicide Case

Twenty-year old Jocelyn Gordon of Cumberland has been sentenced to four years in prison on a conviction of negligent homicide by motor vehicle. She was found to have been traveling at an extremely high rate of speed, when she struck a vehicle, driven by 23-year old Melanie Epperly of Cumberland. Ms. Epperly died as a result of her injuries. Ms. Gordon's blood alcohol content was more than twice the legal limit in the state of Maryland. She will be required to serve 18 months of the sentence in the Allegany County Detention Center, with the balance of the sentence suspended with certain probationary conditions.


Two Teens Charged for Detonating "Soda Bottle Bombs"

Two 15-year old Flintstone boys have been referred to the Allegany County Department of Juvenile Services for making and detonating improvised explosive devices in the front yard of the family residence. The incident happened Monday evening in the 21000-block of National Pike in Flintstone. An investigation revealed they learned how to make the bombs from the internet. They face felony charges, and were released to their parents, pending further legal action.


Commission Seeks Two New Members

The Potomac Highlands Airport Authority is seeking two board members, following the resignation of Chairman Max White and board member Terry Malone. The Mineral County contingent is appointed by the county commissioners there, and interested individuals should submit a brief letter of interest to 150 Armstrong Street in Keyser. Letters should be postmarked by next Friday, March 8th.


Addison Man Arrested for Traffic Violations

Addison, Pennsylvania resident Peter Augustine faces numerous traffic charges, following a Monday incident, which began on Industrial Boulevard. The 28-year old was observed driving erratically on Industrial Boulevard; when efforts were made to stop him, he fled onto Queen City Drive and then Interstate 68. A high speed pursuit was initiated, and Augustine was taken into custody and released pending trial in District Court. He was charged with driving on a suspended, out-of-state license, negligent driving, attempting to elude police, reckless driving, and driving in excess of reasonable and prudent speed on the highway.


Commissioners Considering Revised Employee Handbook

The Mineral County Commissioners are considering making the courthouse a tobacco-free environment, which would now include the use of smokeless tobacco. The courthouse and all county property has been smoke free since 2006. They also discussed a compromise the would declare the courthouse itself tobacco free, but keeping any other property around the courthouse, smoke-free.


First United Endows $25,000 Scholarship Fund at FSU

First United Bank and Trust has fully endowed a $25,000 scholarship fund at Frostburg State University to benefit academically gifted students with financial need. The First United Bank and Trust Scholarship Fund will be managed by the FSU Foundation, Incorporated. The gift was received by Dr. Rosemary M. Thomas, FSU vice-president for University Advancement and executive director of the FSU Foundation, and Alicia White, FSUF director of Administration and Finance.


Preston County Man Arrested for Possession of Firearm

Sixty-nine year old Preston County resident James Metz was in court this week, for possession of a firearm by a felon. He allegedly left two boys alone in his home earlier this week, when one of them dropped a gun, and it discharged, hitting the other. Metz is a registered sex offender, from a 1980 incident, involving a female family member. The Prosecuting Attorney says probable cause to charge Metz was found, but that the case would be turned over to a grand jury for consideration.


Martinsburg VA to Hold Quarterly Memorial Service

The Martinsburg VA Medical Center Chaplain Service will hold its quarterly memorial service today at 1 p.m. in the 2nd floor Chapel. The services allow family members, friends and staff members to honor patients who have died at the medical center during the past three months.


Smoking Now Prohibited at Camden Yards

The Maryland Stadium Authority has prohibited smoking inside the stadiums at Camden Yards, effective March 4th. The ban also applies to M & T Bank Stadium. Previously, there had been designated smoking areas in both stadiums. However, the Ravens and Orioles are expected to announce that patrons will be allowed to leave the stadium, smoke in a designated area, and go back inside.


WVU Healthcare Interviewing for Positions

West Virginia University Healthcare will be conducting interviews on Thursday for about 350 positions. The open interviews will take place from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. and from 1 to 4. Those interested should fill out an online job application prior to the interview session. The website for the applications is "" WVU Healthcare is expected to add up to 800 jobs between a new outpatient facility at University Town Centre and through expansion at Ruby Memorial Hospital.

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