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Two Arrested in Home Burglaries

Two men have been arrested in connection with a series of residential burglaries in the Louisiana Avenue area, which happened in November of last year. Peter Joseph Koenigsberg and 35-year old Jerome Joseph Phillips have been arrested. Phillips was apprehended in West Virginia and has been returned to Allegany County. Both took turns entering the home, while the other remained outside, acting as a lookout. The case was presented to the Allegany County Grand Jury, and an indictment, charging both, was handed down. Both are being held at the Detention Center, pending their next court appearances.


"Operation Takedown V" Termed Success

Last week's new Warrant Initiative was conducted by the Cumberland Police Department's Safe Streets Program. As a result of "Operation Takedown V," twenty-seven arrests were made, with 32 warrants served. Drug charges, theft, probation violations and failure to appear were among the charges listed among the arrests and warrants served. The operation was, again, termed a success, thanks to citizen assistance and the hard work by all officers who participated in the sweep.


Corriganville Man Sentenced in Sexual Abuse Case

An unidentified Corriganville man was sentenced to ten years in prison for the sexual abuse of a ten year old girl from Garrett County; three years of the sentence was suspended, with the man on probation, following his release from prison. The name of the defendant is being withheld, in an attempt to protect the identity of the victim. The defendant had entered a plea in the case earlier this year.


Text Message Issue To Be Decided

Whether to allow text messages between a suspect and a co-defendants in a murder trial will be decided by a Somerset County, Pennsylvania judge. Erin Nicole Everett is accused of shooting Tory Elizabeth Minnick twice in the head, then bludgeoning her with a hammer in March of 2011. A co-defendant, William Stanley Nair of Friedens, allegedly texted advice to Everett on how to load a gun and what ammunition to buy for the gun, used to kill Minnick. Everett has been jailed in Somerset County, as homicide is a non-bondable offense.


Fatality to Crash Ratio Highest in Bedford County

A car crash in Bedford County is more likely to end in a fatality than in any turnpike-hosting county from Harrisburg to the Ohio border. In fact there is a 2.54 per cent chance that a wreck in Bedford County will end in a fatality. That rate has gradually climbed over the past three years. Emergency officials and PennDOT representatives have offered a number of possible reasons for the increase. Several major arteries converge at Bedford, including Interstates70, 30, 99 and 220. Many of the crashes take place on high-speed roads frequented by tired cross-country travelers.


Paw Paw Tunnel Rockslide Update

C & O National Historical Park crews have begun clearing stone debris off of the canal towpath just downstream of the Paw Paw Tunnel. The work follows a significant rockslide near towpath mile 155 this past January. There are concerns related to the potential threat for additional rockslides, so park work crews and visitors have been prohibited from entering the slide area. Visitors have been detoured over the mountain, along Tunnel Hill trail. The plan is to remove the rock slide within two to three weeks, provided the area is stable enough to do so.


Delaney's Office to Hold Office Hours

Congressman John Delaney's office has announced that regular, monthly office hours will be held in Cumberland and McHenry. In Allegany County, office hours will be held on the first, second and fourth Wednesday of every month from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Allegany County Library on Washington Street. Office hours in Garrett County will be on the third Friday of every month from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Room 930 of the CARC Aquatics Building on Mosser Road. Constituents can make an appointment by calling (301)-733-2900.


Mingo County Sheriff Shot and Killed; Suspect Apprehended

Mingo County, West Virginia Sheriff Eugene Crum was shot at point blank range and killed yesterday, as he ate lunch in his vehicle. A suspect, 37-year old Tennis Melvin Maynard, was treated for gunshot wounds that were inflicted by a deputy who chased him. Crum had taken office in January, but had already helped indict dozen of suspected drug dealers in that area. It is unclear whether the shooting was related to that, or another matter.


Elkins Man Held on $80,000 Bond

An Elkins resident is being held in the Tygart Valley Regional Jail on $80,000 bond on drug charges. Matthew David Ray is being accused of operating or attempting to operate a clandestine meth lab out of his home. He also faces several other drug related charges. The Randolph County Sheriff's Department made the arrest.


West Virginia Woman Pleads Guilty to Defrauding State Program

A Belington, West Virginia woman faces up to ten years in prison for defrauding a program that cares for West Virginia seniors and disabled residents. Forty-four year old Janel Phillips has pleaded guilty to fraudulently obtaining more than $90,000 from the program from January, 2007 through May of 2010. She was one of nine regional managers for the federally funded Long Term Care Ombudsman Fund. She pleaded guilty to the federal program fraud, by submitting false mileage claims and time sheets.

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