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Local Sorting Facility Moving to Baltimore

The local Post Office sorting facility is moving to Baltimore, as the United States Postal Service is working toward consolidating operations to save money. Short term, it will not affect employment here, but could eventually threaten at least five mail handlers, six maintenance technicians, and 23 clerical positions. According to the Cumberland Times-News, all types of mail and package handling will be moved out of the area by May of next year.


Former Sheriff May Have Misused Funds

The results of an auditor from West Virginia has told the Mineral County commissioner there are some alleged discrepancies in a sheriff's office account administered by former Sheriff Craig Fraley. Sally Martin told the commissioners that the account may have been misused and in violation of the West Virginia Ethics Commission guidelines. The auditor alleges the sheriff's office concealed weapons fund expenditures were utilized for improper purchases and there were expenditures without proper documentation. For example, there is evidence the sheriff's office catered Christmas party was paid for with expenditures from the account.


Two Killed in Hardy County Crash

Two Moorefield area men were killed late Tuesday, when their car went out of  control and crashed off of Old Fields Road. Twenty-four year old Jordan Michael Miller and Brian Michael Wratchford, who was 26, were pronounced dead at the scene. Two passersby, who were also traveling on the road, discovered the accident around 11 p.m. Neither occupant was wearing a seatbelt; the investigation is continuing.


Alleged Meth Manufacturer Arrested

A Finzel resident has been arrested by the Garrett County Narcotics Task Force, for the alleged manufacturing of methamphetamine. The McHenry Barrack of the Maryland State Police received a call, in reference to the alleged production of methamphetamine at a Finzel residence. A search of the home yielded materials commonly used to manufacture the drug, along with a small amount of it, and marijuana. Charles Edward Johnson III was taken into custody. He was also found to have an outstanding warrant. Charges are pending against two other individuals at the residence.


Virginia Beach Man Sentenced

Thirty-one year old Virginia Beach resident Kevin Lee Sear has been sentenced to three years in the Maryland Department of Corrections, following his conviction on felony theft charges. He received an additional two years suspended sentence, subject to several probationary conditions. Sear was convicted after stolen items were found in his apartment.


Woman Sentenced in Theft Scheme

A Cumberland woman was sentenced to four years in prison, but will be required to serve only one, following her conviction as the result of an employee theft scheme. Forty-four year old Kimberli Ann Shewbridge was convicted of a theft scheme, occurring between January of 2010 and March of last year at a local medical office. She will also be required to make restitution to the victim.


Drug Arrest at Garrett College

Nineteen-year old Baltimore resident Richard Woodson was arrested on the campus of Garrett College on Tuesday. Woodson was found with a quantity of marijuana and a smoking device at Garrett Hall. He was arrested and is being held on bond at the Garrett County Detention Center.


Two Charged in Keyser Altercation

Two men were arrested this past weekend, following an incident in Keyser. Thirty-seven year old Michael Bell was arrested on a battery charge, following a reported assault in an apartment building on North Main Street. While investigating, Keyser police spoke with a friend of Bell's, who allegedly interfered with the officers and refused to comply with repeated orders to be quiet and return to his apartment, across the hall. Forty-six year old Cumberland resident Roger Miller was then taken into custody during the incident, which was reported at 2:33 a.m.


Chessie Donates to School System

Chessie Federal Credit Union recently donated $100 to the Allegany County Public School System, as a result of the school system ATM card program. A portion of money is donated back to the school system, whenever a credit transaction is made using an ACPS card. To purchase a school system card, contact Chessie at (301)-722-9053.


Two Injured in Three-Vehicle Collision

The Hagerstown barrack of the Maryland State Police investigated an accident Tuesday, involving two vehicles and a school bus on Maryland Route 68 at Lock Tender Lane. A pickup truck, driven by Michael J. Adams was stopped behind the school bus, when it was hit from behind by a car, hitting the schools bus. That vehicle was driven by Morris Charles Fleming. Both were taken to Meritus Medical Center. The passengers in the school bus, ages 11 to 14, were not injured in the collision. Fleming was charged with failure to control speed to avoid a collision.


Reynolds Participates in Special Olympics Maryland Winter Games

Cumberland's Jake Reynolds was on hand for the 28th Special Olympics Maryland 2013 Winter Games at Whitetail Resort in Mercersburg, Pennsylvania this week. Reynolds won a gold medal at the 2013 World Winter Special Olympics in South Korea less than a month ago. About 350 people participated in the games this year. The event began Monday at noon, and concluded yesterday.


Helicopters Begin to Arrive in Maryland

Two newly-purchased medevac helicopters arrived this week at the aviation command of the Maryland State Police. Four more are expected to be delivered this week, somewhat behind schedules for their arrival, as they were originally scheduled for delivery in April of last year.  A total of ten choppers were purchased by the state for $121.7 million, and they are expected to arrive soon.

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