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Federal Charges Possible for Bedford County Man

Federal charges are possible against Bedford County resident Stephen Weaver, as local charges against him are being dropped. Weaver, who was found guilty of raping two teenage female relatives, also faced unrelated weapons charges, including 10 counts of manufacturing weapons of mass destruction. It could not be determined whether federal charges will be brought against Weaver, but sentencing on the rape charges will take place this summer.


McKay Appointed to Canal Place Authority

Allegany County Commission President Mike McKay has been appointed as a member of the Canal Place Preservation and Development Authority. Governor Martin O'Malley made the appointment earlier this week, and McKay will serve for the remainder of a term of four years, from June 1, 2011. He will take the oath of office to serve on the Authority in the near future.


Four Somerset County Men in Jail on Drug Charges

Four Somerset men were taken into custody on Tuesday, and several others are still being sought. The Somerset County Drug Task Force arrested William Haer, Michael Meyers, Eric Ryan Nolte and Daniel Horning; each faces various drug counts. Another resident, Michael Phillips, is supposed to have surrendered on felony counts of possession with intent to deliver.


Man Arrested in Domestic Incident

A Virginia Avenue man is facing charges, for allegedly assaulting his son on Monday. Fifty-four year old David Wayne Braithwaite allegedly grabbed him around the neck, put him in a headlock, and throwing him to the floor. The victim, an adult, did not require medical attention, but Braithwaite was charged with second-degree assault. A summons for Braithwaite was issued, after an application was submitted to Allegany County District Court.


Burglary, Theft, and Destruction of Property Charges Lodged

Cumberland resident William Wesley Blacker is being held on $50,000 bond at the Allegany County Detention Center, following his arrest. Blacker is accused of breaking into a business in the 100-block of Baltimore Street earlier in the month; he brought items into the store to pawn. A store employee recognized them as having been stolen and called police. Although Blacker had left the store, he was later apprehended and charged with second and fourth degree burglary, three counts of theft and malicious destruction of property.


"Our Town-Cumberland" To Re-Air This Weekend

If you missed it the first time around, Maryland Public Television is re-airing its latest documentary, "Our Town - Cumberland" on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. this is the third installment of the "Our Town" series, and the Cumberland edition was initially seen by 37,000 viewers. The 68 minute documentary, filmed by local Cumberland and Frostburg residents, includes narration and on-camera appearances by Cumberland native and actor William H. Macy.


Maryland Experiences First Rabies Death in 37 Years

The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has reported the first rabies death in the state since 1976. The Department declined to release any more information to protect the privacy of the family. It is unknown how the person was exposed. Over the last ten years fewer  than five human cases were detected each year in the United States. If you are bitten by an animal you think might be infected with rabies, to to the hospital, so doctors can determine whether you need a series of shots.


Governor's Jobs Bill Is Passed

The Maryland House of Delegates has passed Governor O'Malley's proposal to create a grant process to help get people the skills for jobs that are in high demand. The vote was 115 to 23, and the Senate has already approved the measure. The program, entitled, the "Employment Advancement Now Initiative" will encourage regional training collaborations among businesses, non-profits, colleges and local governments.


Amber Alert Issued for Abducted Children

An Amber Alert has been issued for two West Virginia girls, who were allegedly abducted by a family member. Sixteen-year old Shaina Nicole Tenney is described as being 5 feet, 2-inches tall, weighing 225 pounds with black hair and hazel eyes. Police are also looking for 7-month old Grace Tenney. They were likely abducted by Margel Tenney, and reports indicate he is now driving a 2003 tan Ford Taurus, with West Virginia license plate number 2LW 179. It is believed Margel Tenney is headed to Texas.

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