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Man Served with Three Warrants


A Frostburg man was served with three arrest warrants over the weekend, and is being held without bond in the Allegany County Detention Center. Thirty-six year old Joshua Ian Cline is accused of breaking into a Memorial Avenue residence in April, and stealing an electronic gaming system valued at about $400. He also damaged a screen in breaking into the home. Cline is also being held on child support contempt charges, and failure to appear.



Man Held on Sex Offense Charges


Cumberland resident Roger Martz was arrested during a traffic stop over the weekend. During the arrest, it was discovered he had an outstanding warrant, stemming from a citizen complaint filed in District Court. A woman claims she was sexually assaulted by Martz in November and December of last year. He was held on $35,000 bond.



No Charges in Garrett County Collision


No charges were issued, but one person was taken to Garrett Memorial Hospital, following a two-vehicle collision on the Garrett Highway at Friendsville Road over the weekend. McHenry resident Lesa Maust was making a left turn from Garrett Highway onto Friendsville Road; she struck another vehicle, driven by 65-year old Donald Harvey Umbel of McHenry. Mr. Umbel was taken to the hospital for injuries sustained during the collision.



Keyser Mayor Moving to Increase Fire Fee


Keyser Mayor Randy Amtower is proposing that fire protection fees be increased to cover the expense of the Keyser Volunteer Fire Department. There has been no increase in fees for the past eight years. The Mayor is proposing increasing the fee to $2.40; they are collected as part of the monthly water bill. Last year, the fee generated $59,000, but expenses totaled $79,000. The deficit was covered through a reserve fund, which is rapidly being depleted, according to the Mineral News-Trivbune.



Mountain Ridge Schedules Combined Spring Concerts


The Mountain Ridge High School Band has had a banner year, depsite a pending embezzlement case against one of the organization's volunteers. The Mountain Ridge Concert Band, the Marching Band and the Jazz Orchestra have all garnered a number of accomplishments this past school year,and the groups will be presenting their combined spring concerts next Saturday and Sunday. The concertswill be held on Saturday evening at 7 p.m., and Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m. Proceeds from the ticket sales will be distributed equally between the band and choral programs.



USS Somerset to be Commissioned in Philadelphia


The USS Somerset, the Navy's newest amphibious transport dock ship, will be commissioned, or put into active service. The ship is named in remembrance of Somerset County, where hijacked United Airlines Flight 93 crashed during the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. The USS Someret was commissioned in July. Two other ships, the USS New York and the USS Arlington are also named to commemorate the other sites attacked that day-the World Trade Center towers, and the Pentagon.



O'Malley Expects More Firings


Governor O'Malley expects more firings and personnel changes, in light of indictments handed down, in connection wtih a drug and contraband smuggling ring at the Baltimore Detention Center. A total of 25 people, including 13 correctional officers were indicted last month. The Governor continues to express confidence in Secretary of Public Safety and Corrections, Gary Maynard. A reporter from "The O'Reilly Factor" questioned O'Malley about the scandal, which has been covered on the Fox Television show. For his part, O'Malley called O'Reilly's comments a "cheap shot," and vowed to "root out" the problem rather than "paper over them."



Toddler Dies of Methadone Intoxcaton


A 23-month old West Virginia toddler died of methadone intoxication, and her parents are now facing charges in connection with the case. Thirty-eight year old David Delauder and 31-year old Ida Evans Delauder of Barbour County are accused of giving their daughter, Ona Leann Delauder methadone they purchased on the street. When the parents awakened the next morning, the toddler was not breathing, and a nearby relative called an ambulance. they are being held at the Tygart Valley Regional Jail on $100,000 bond each.

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