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Prosecutor Must Collect Fees From Former Sheriff


Mineral County Prosecuting Attorney Jay Courrier must collect over $1400 from former Sheriff Craig Fraley to reimburse the county for conservator fees which were unaccounted for in the 2012 budget. The Mineral News-Tribune says the fees came up missing during the recently completed audit of the county's books. The conservator fees, which should have been deposited into the county's general fund were personally paid to the sheriff. In all, there were ten discrepancies in the audit from not only the former sheriff's office, but also from the Parks and Recreation Commission and the Farmland Protection Board.



Cumberland Man Arrested in Assault, Theft Incident


A Cumberland man was arrested and charged with robbery and second degree assault, following an incident on Virginia Avenue. Eighteen year old Joshua Clark was held on $35,000 bond, after he, a juvenile, and 18-year old Matthew Ryan Glaze were accused of assaulting another juvenile on Virginia Avenue, near Queen Street, forcibly taking his I-Pod. The juvenile was charged and released to the custody of the Department of Juvenile Justice, pending trial; officers were unable to locate Matthew Glaze.



Garrett County Man Arrested in Tucker County


Mountain Lake Park resident Cody Eugene Lucas has been arreted in Tucker County on drug charges. Lucas was stopped in St. George for a burned out tailight; officers detected an odor of marijuana coming from the car. They later found two baggies, containing marijuana, along with 25 sealed containers of the drug. A digital scale and smoking paraphernalia were also found. He has been charged with intent to deliver a controlled substance, marijuana. He is in the Tygart Valley  Regional Jail in lieu of $25,000 bail.



Police Arrest Burglary Suspect


The Maryland State Police arrested a Rowlesburg, West Virginia man after they responded to a burglary in progress Friday afternoon. Jeffrey Neil Paugh was at a house on Teaberry Lane in Accident; he was located as he was trying to leave the area. He was charged with burglary, trespassing and destruction or property. He was being held at the Garrett County Detention Center.



Man Charged Following Single-Vehicle Accident


Twenty-two year old Zachary Edward Malcolm was charged with negligent driving and driving under the influence of alcohol, following a single-vehicle crash on Brant Road. Malcolm. driving a 2005 Volkswagen, was traveling on Brant Road, when he hit a rock barrier wall and some shrubs; he overturned the vehicle. Cresaptown Fire and Ambulance responded to the scene.



Bowie Man Arrested for Burglary and Assault


A twenty year old Bowie, Maryland woman was arrested over the weekend, in connection with an assault that took place on Friday. Dajah Monae Johnson allegedly entered a residence in the first block of Columbia Street without permission and assaulted a female victim there. She was arrested and held on $8500 bond at the Allegany County Detention Center.



Cumberland Man Arrested After Driving Stolen Vehicle


Cumberland City Police arrested 37-year old Darryle Robbins Hart on Saturday evening for operating a reportedly stolen vehicle. He was stopped on Wineow Street, and during a search of the car, various items were located in the trunk, which are commonly used to manufacture controlled dangerous substances. He was held on $15,000 bail at the Allegany County Detention Center.



County Begins Budget Process


Allegany County has begun the FY 2014 budgeting process, and meetings begin this week. On Thursday, the Commissioners will hear from the Allegany County Health Department, the Sheriff's Office and the Allegany County Detention Center. Workshops are scheduled at various times during the latter portion of this month, and next. Preliminary budget hearings are set for April 25th, May 2nd, and May 9th. Final adoption of the budget is set for Thursday, June 6th.



Seven Dealers Arrested in Somerset County


The Somerset County Drug Task Force has arrested several more alleged drug dealers in its latest sweep. In its latest operation, 26-year old Meyersdale resident Michael Lynn Phillips and Daniel Richard Horning of Meyersdale, along with 22-year old Joshua Aaron Hay of Garrett were arraigned last week on charges of possessing and selling narcotics. Those arrests, and four others last week, were the result of a year-long investigation.



Man Receives Settlement in Suit


Somerset County resident William Mc Tonic has received a $4,000 settlement in a suit filed against two Conemaugh Township police officers, for allegedly violating his civil rights. Mc Tonic was arrested in 2009 for the murder of his estranged wife, 72-year old Ruth Ann Henderson of Jerome, Pennsylvania. He was jailed for 10 months until the charges were dismissed after evidence in the case was suppressed. McTonic claimed charges filed against him were intended to harass him; the investigation into Henderson's death is still underway.



Winter Was 15th Warmest For Maryland


Spring doesn't officially arrive until Wednesday, but climatologists say this past winter was the 15th mildest in the last 118 years. In Maryland, this winter is being termed "relatively mild," with an average temperature of 38.2 degrees, three degrees above normal. Precipitation was at normal levels in Maryland, and the nationally averaged precipitation totals of 7.1 inches was about two-thirds of an inch above normal, according to the report.



Cash Giveaways at Casinos Approved by House


The Maryland House of Delegates passed a bill late last week, that would allow casinos to give free cash to table game players; the measure now goes to the Senate. The bill allows casinos to give money to players in "promotional play," a marketing device to entice gamblers to Maryland's new table games, without having to count that cash as a casino profit. State law requires that 15 per cent of proceeds go to a state education fund, and five per cent to certain local governments. 



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