Meyersdale Man Ordered to Stand Trial
Twenty-three year old Meyersdale resident Jonathan Beal will stand trial for the death of 19-year old Justine Jackson, whose body was found in a shallow grave along the Great Allegheny Passage. Beal will face counts of criminal homicide, aggravated assault and abuse of a corpse. Her remains were found last November 11th. For a time, Ms. Jackson had lived in the Ellerslie area, before moving to Pennsylvania.
New "Operation Takedown" Initiative Announced
"Operation Takedown IV" has been announced by area law enforcement agencies, in combination with the Cumberland Safe Streets Program and citizen cooperation. The initiative will run through Friday, with a goal of involving the community neighbors, public safety and social service partners in helping make our streets safer. The Safe Streets operation is seeking the public's help in locating 16 individuals, who have open arrest warrants.
Senator Edwards Introduces Voting Amendment
Maryland State Senator George Edwards has introduced an amendment to an early voting bill, that would enable some rural counties to add an extra voting center. The addition would allow counties larger than 400 square miles, but with fewer than 125,000 registered voters to increase early voting centers from one to two. The amendment woulc affect Allegany, Carroll, Charles, Dorchester, Garrett, Washington and Worcester counties.
County Bond Rating Upgraded
Allegany County's bond rating has been upgraded from "A" to "A+" by Standard and Poor's Rating Service. As a result, the county will be paying less interest on money it borrows, both short and long-term. Earlier this month, Moody's Investor Services also upgraded the county's bond rating.
Man Released Following Domestic Incident
A twenty-seven year old Furnace Street man was released following a Friday evening domestic incident on Furnace Street. Jeremey Yetter and his child's mother were involved in a verbal altercation that turned physical. He is accused of pushing her in the chest, knocking her backwards. She said he grabbed her by the wrist. He admitted to striking her, but said it was done as a result of self-defense. Yetter was charged with second-degree assault.
Baltimore Man Arrested for CDS Possession, Paraphernalia
Twenty-year old Baltimore resident Shazib Ahmad Hussain was arestedand charged with possession of marijuana and possession of CDS Paraphernalia,following what began as a traffic stop early Saturday evneing. An officer observed what was termed a "one hitter" smoking device in his car. Additional CDS items were located, including a grinder with marijuana residue and a small baggie of the drug. He was utlimately issued two citations by Cumberland City Police.
Airport Fuel Tested; No Contamination Found
The fuel being sold at the Cumberland Regional Airport has been tested and was found to be contaminant-free. There had been allegations by former airport manager and Potomac Highlands Airport Authority member Terry Malone that there was a possibility the fuel could be contaminated. However, a 15 point test revealed that everything was fine with the fuel. Malone and Authoritiy Chairman Max White both resigned at a February 20th meeting. The airport sells an average of 8,000 gallons of fuel per month.
Portion of Liberty Street to be Closed
Liberty Street, from the Pershing Street intersection to Harrison Street is being closed from tonight at 6 p.m. to 7 a.m. tomorrow. Northern Pipeline, a contractor with Columbia Gas, will be making service tie-ins there. Drivers are urged to find an alternate route, but if you must travel in the area, use caution, obey all traffic control devices and be alert to workers in the area.
State Police Caution Residents on Scam
The McHenry barrack of the Maryland State Police is cautioning residents to be aware of a "scam" in the area. Some residents have been receiving phone calls, claiming that a family member has been involved in an accident, and that money should be sent via Western Union to assist the family member. Typically, the caller states that a family member is in need of medical treatment. If you recieve a similar type of call, contact your local police department to verify the information.
Augusta Man Sentenced to Probation
Augusta resident Ryan Lambert Barnes was sentneced to five years probation recently in U.S. District Court. Barnes had previously pleaded guilty to selling a short-barreled shotgun, with no serial number on it to a confidential informant for $100. Conversation during the transaction revealed that Barnes knew the shotgun was too short and not registered. Investigating the incident were the Hampshire County Sheriff's Department and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.
Gibble's Discontinues Production of Snacks
Gibble's snack products are disappearing from store shelves, as the company announced it is discontinuing the manufacturing of snack products; that announcement was effective Saturday. Gibble's potato chips and snacks have been produced in Franklin County, Pennsylvania since the late 1950's. The future of the plant, located just south of Chambersburg, is unclear, including the status of about 30 employees.