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Two Arrested Following Indictment

Thirty-two year old Randall James Kelley II and 26-year old Stephanie Lynn Wright, both of Frostburg, were arrested at a local motel in Clarysville on Monday. The arrests are the result of an indictment handed down by the Allegany County Grand Jury, charging both with a series of thefts from vehicles throughout the county. Both were charged w ith 46 counts, related to a total of 14 different victims that law enforcement personnel have been able to verify. Both remain jailed at the Allegany County Detention Center, pending their next court appearance. Investigators are asking victims to contact the C3I unit, to make arrangements to view the recovered property and claim what is theirs. That number is (301)-777-0326.


Bedford District Attorney Announces "March Madness"

In what was being called Operation March Madness, the Bedford County Drug Task Force and the Pennsylvania State Police attempted to serve arrest warrants on approximately 21 local drug dealers in an early morning raid yesterday in Bedford County. The operation caps an 8-month Drug Task Force investigation into local drug trafficking operations.  All defendants were arraigned at the Office of Magisterial District Judge Kathy Calhoun. District Attorney Bill Higgins stresses that the charges against these individuals are merely an accusation, and that the defendants are presumed innocent, until proven guilty.


Sequestration to Affect Garrett Head Starts

Garrett County Head Start and Early Head Start operations will close for one month, as the result of the federal government's budget sequestration. The closing of the nine-month Head Start on April 12th and the twelve-month Head Start option on July 12th were among a number of service and employee reductions announced by the Garrett County Community Action Committee to accommodate the federal government's mid-year impoundment of fiscal year 2013 funds. About 300 children and their families and 57 Community Action employees will be impacted by the Head Start action alone. Other cutbacks will affect Community Action's Weatherization, Senior Citizen, housing and core organization activities.


Senator Mikulski Visits Cumberland

Maryland United States Senator Barbara Mikulski visited the area yesterday to discuss ways the federal government can help to improve economic growth and job opportunities in the area. The Cumberland Times-News states that the Senator Mikulski spent nearly two hours in closed door meetings with community leaders. Among the items discussed were the U.S. Route 220 North/South Corridor and post-secondary education and public safety.


Keyser Police Find Loaded Handguns in Car

A Kingwood, West Virginia man was held in the Potomac Highlands Regional Jail on $1850 bail, after he was initially stopped for suspicion of DUI; police also found two loaded handguns in his vehicle. Twenty-year old Julian Cullum and two other men were stopped on South Main Street, near Fort Avenue. A 9-mm handgun and a .45-calibre handgun were found in the car; Collum was carrying an additional loaded clip for the .45.  Cullum's Blood-Alcohol content was .062; drivers under 21 can be charged with DUI for a BAC of between .02 and .07. Cullum's two passengers were not charged.


Chamber Opposes Transportation Bill

The Allegany County Chamber of Commerce has written a letter to the Chair of the Senate Rules Committee, Katherine Klausmeier, opposing the Transportation Infrastructure Act of 2013. In the letter, Executive Director Stu Czapski and Legislative Committee Chair Bill DuVall, urged the Maryland Legislature to strongly consider the impact of increased gasoline and diesel fuel costs on the residents and businesses in the rural parts of the state. And, the letter notes the increases will create numerous negative consequences to businesses and will further drive business away from the state of Maryland. Finally, it requests that the Transportation Trust Fund be protected to ensure that resources are used as intended.


Cumberland Woman Cited for Failing to Send Child to School

Thirty-five year old Cumberland resident Billie Jo Gibson has been cited by Cumberland City Police for failing to send her child to school on several occasions. The charges stem from an investigation that was initiated early last month by a Cumberland City Police School Resource Officer. The summons was served, and Ms. Gibson was released pending trial in Allegany County District Court.


Two Arrested in Maryland Avenue Area Robbery

Two Cumberland men were arrested for robbing another person of $30 in the area of Broadway Street and Maryland Avenue Monday night. Forty-six year old Mark Smith approached the victim, while 35-year old Darryl Powell, Sr. grabbed the victim, who had just left a Maryland Avenue business. Both Smith and Powell were held on $25,000 bond each. The victim did not require medical attention.


PennDOT Awaiting Permit

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is awaiting one more permit before it can advertise for bids for the construction of Route 219 between Meyersdale and Somerset. The joint waterways permit will be coming from the Department of Environmental Protection and the Army Corps of Engineers once they agree that stream and wetland mitigation concerns are being addressed. PennDOT says it cannot advertise for bids until that permit is received.

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