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Man Faces Charges Following Amber Alert

A six year old boy is safe, but not before he was sexually assaulted by a Fayette County man. Brian Lynch allegedly lured the boy from his home to an ice cream stand in Somerset County, and later, sexually assaulted him in the back seat of his car. The boy was dropped off at Legion-Keener Park in Latrobe, and was later found by police. Lynch was later arrested and charged with rape and kidnapping charge. Police are continuing their investigation.

 

Authority to Revisit Master Plan

Members of the Potomac Highlands Airport Authority plan to revisit the Master Plan for the Greater Cumberland Regional Airport. The plan was developed in the 1990's, and manger Ryan Shaffer says there have been changes in the economic climate since then. Officials are hoping to schedule a session this summer to conduct an informational session to help bring elected officials from both West Virginia and Maryland up to speed on the needs and potential at the airport, according to the Mineral News-Tribune.

 

Two Men Sentenced in Garrett County Circuit Court

Oakland resident Daniel Matthew Grimm was sentenced to five years in prison, with 3-1/2 years suspended on charges of possession with intent to distribute marijuana. the case was recently tried in Garrett County Circuit Court. In a separate case, Frostburg resident Anthony Ashby Racic of Frostburg was sentenced to three years in prison for the possession with intent to distribute clonazepam, and for possession of heroin.

 

Stoystown Bank Robbed Yesterday

Police are seeking a suspect in yesterday's robbery of the First National Bank on Main Street in Stoystown, Pennsylvania. The man walked into the bank shortly after it opened, handed a handwritten note demanding money, and then fled with a bag, containing an undetermined amount of money. He is described as being approximately 50 to 60 years of age, wearing camouflage pants, shirt and a hat. Anyone with information, or who may have seen the suspect is asked to contact the Somerset barrack of the Pennsylvania State Police at (814)-445-4104.

 

FSU Graduation Set for May 18th

Frostburg State University will conduct its 142nd commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 18th in the Harold J. Cordts Physical Education Center's Main Arena. Graduation for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences will be at 9:30 a.m., with the College of Business and the College of Education will hold ceremonies at 2 p.m. Lindsey Glotfelty, of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Caleb Stair of the College of Business and Many Gale of the College of Education, are the featured speakers for the spring commencement exercises.

 

Former Shelter Manager Files Suit

The former manager of the Preston County, West Virginia Animal Shelter has filed suit in U.S. District Court for the northern district, alleging wrongdoings by the county commission there. Specifically named in the suit was Craig Jennings, the current president of the commission. Courtney Austin's suit alleges wrongful discharge, violation of the West Virginia whistleblower law, defamation, and violation of the fair labor standards act. She was fired after posting a Facebook comment that the pipes at the facility froze, and the shelter was left without water. The commissioners, for their part, denied the allegations. She is seeking a jury trial, and reimbursement for back pay, benefits, compensatory and punitive damages and attorney's fees.

 

Death Penalty Supporters Launch Petition Drive

A group plans to "repeal the repeal" of the death penalty in Maryland, and would like to see the issue be put on the ballot. They are launching a petition drive, with Western Maryland Republican, Delegate Neil Parrott wants to see the question on the ballot in November of 2014 Polls show that voters are closely divided on the issue.

 

Father, Son Killed in Plane Crash

A father and son from Maryland were killed in a plane crash this past weekend in Suffolk, Virginia. Seventy-three year old Berry Newgent of Davidsonville and his 51-year old son, Thomas of Westminster, were killed on impact. Both the Virginia State Police  and the Federal Aviation Administration are investigating the crash. There was no preliminary indication on what caused it.

 

Group Calls for Investigation into Man's Death

National Down Syndrome advocacy groups are calling for an independent investigation into the death of a man who died at a Frederick County movie theatre in January. Off duty sheriff's deputies tried to remove 25-year old Robert Ethan Saylor from the theater; Saylor suffocated and died at a local hospital. The National Down Syndrome Society and Saylor's parents have had multiple meetings with the Department of Justice. The DOJ could investigate whether the man's civil rights were violated, or whether there was a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

 

Investigation at Cass Scenic Railroad

There may be a second set of indictments against some of the current and former workers at the Cass Scenic Railroad. The original indictments were dismissed because of a wording mistake; at the time, 11 people were indicted; it has since been confirmed that two of the original 11 have returned to work at the park. Some of the workers are accused of taking metal from Cass State Park and selling it to scrap yards, then keeping the cash. An investigation revealed that $35,000 worth of metal was sold to two different scrap yards.

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