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More Charges for Man in Theft, Tampering Cases

Additional charges have been filed against a Frostburg man, in connection with a series of thefts from vehicles in the Frostburg, Cumberland, LaVale and Bowling Greene areas. Thirty-two year old Randall James Kelley was initially arrested on February 12th by Frostburg police, as the result of an investigation into thefts from numerous vehicles in Frostburg. Kelly was located Wednesday, hiding at a residence in LaVale, in an attempt to avoid arrest. A District Court Commissioner released him on personal recognizance, pending his next court appearance.


Bridge Owner Receives Rate Increase

The owner of the Oldtown toll bridge has been granted a rate increase, which will allow for much-needed repairs and to make bridge operations more financially feasible. Monthly rates will increase from $14 to $45. Bridge crossing rates will rise from 50-cents to $1.50 for cars, trucks and vans. Tractor trailer drivers will have to pay $6, which is up from the current two-dollars per crossing.


Ligonier Man Killed in Somerset County Crash

Ligonier, Pennsylvania resident Steven Sherback was killed, and Stoystown resident Robert Blough was injured in a two-vehicle crash Tuesday on U.S. Route 30. Sherback was driving near the Route 219 Interchange, when his vehicle crossed the center line and hit a truck, driven by Blough. The 37-year old Sherback was pronounced dead at the scene by Somerset County Coroner Wallace Miller.


Man Held on $20,000 Bond

Flintstone resident Randy Wayne Miller was charged with theft, following an incident in the 100-block of Bedford Street, where he had been living. Miller is accused of stealing approximately $2500 in cash and a cell phone from the home. He was charged, taken for an initial appearance in District Court and held on $20,000 bond in the Allegany County Detention Center.


Two Sentenced in Spotlighting Incident

Two men have been sentenced after being convicted of spotlighting deer in October near Flintstone. Alex Steven Parker and Nathan Andrew Twigg, both 18, have lost their hunting privileges, been fined, sentenced to jail time and have forfeited equipment. They had entered guilty pleas earlier in February, when they were sentenced to a 60-day, suspended jail sentence. They will each be on unsupervised probation for two years.


Beitzel Appointed Workgroup Member

Delegate Wendell Beitzel has been appointed a member of a Business Climate Workgroup, a special committee which will engage Maryland's business community and make recommendations for future legislation to encourage private sector investment in the state's economy. House Speaker Michael Busch made the appointments, and the members will make short-term recommendations for this session and long-term recommendations for the next session to the Speaker and the House leadership.


Rocky Gap Cited in "Golf Digest" Magazine

The Rocky Gap Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course has been included in Golf Digest's list of America's 36 "Best Buddies-Trip Destinations" in its January 2013 issue. The Cumberland Valley Region was at number 21 on the list; the rankings were created by surveying the roughly 1100 Golf Digest course-rating panelists who produce the biennial rankings of America's 100 Greatest Golf Courses.


Small Business Workshop Set

A workshop on "Business Fundamentals" is set for Thursday, March 21st, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. in Keyser. The workshop is part of the West Virginia Small Business Development Center training and business coaching program, "Three Step Jump Start" to help small business owners receive the right information at the right time. The workshop will be held at the Mineral County Chamber of Commerce Office. Registration is required by Friday, March 15. To register, call (304)-530-4964.


Stabbing Reported in Hagerstown

Two people have been arrested in connection with a stabbing incident early yesterday at a Security Road residence in Hagerstown. Twenty-seven year old Sabrina Michelle Thomas and 22-year old Lauren Bradley Dixon were arrested, and charged with attempted murder, first and second degree assault and reckless endangerment. The victim, a 23-year old woman, was found outside of the residence and taken to Meritus Medical Center for treatment, and later released.


Lawmakers Consider Raising Minimum Wage in Maryland

A proposed bill before the House and Senate, would boost the minimum wage in three stages to $10 an hour by July of 2015, and would then tie the wage to the cost of living. Minimum wage is currently $7.25 an hour. Workers who receive tips would also get a 20 per cent increase in their wages, according to the bill. While restaurant owners testified against the bill in the House this week, other business owners were in favor, noting that it would help keep workers. The Senate version of the bill will receive a committee hearing next week.

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