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Myers Won't Seek Re-Election

Delegate LeRoy Myers has decided he will not seek re-election to the Maryland General Assembly next year. Myers, who represents parts of both Allegany and Washington Counties, says that while there was no single motivating factor in his decision, he is frustrated by the political dynamics in Annapolis. Myers was first elected to the House of Delegates in 2002, when he defeated then-Speaker of the House, Casper Taylor in a close race.


Keyser Man Indicted for Setting House on Fire

Forty-four year old Keyser resident Robert Lee Suter, who was charged with allegedly setting his Sunnydale Addition house on fire, has been indicted by the Mineral County Grand Jury. Suter was charged with first and third-degree arson and destruction of property. Suter allegedly ignited items in the garage of the home, and the fire spread to the home, reportedly occupied by his wife, Barbara Suter.


Woman Sentenced in Fatal Reckless Endangerment Case

Forty-one year old Everett resident Susan Bonner has been sentenced to three weeks to a year in jail, for allowing her son to carry a handgun used during a fatal game of Russian roulette. She pleaded guilty in March to reckless endangerment. Her son took a gun to a friend's house and left it in a drawer. The friend got the gun and shot a third boy, 15-year old Neal Hammond, in July of 2012. Hammond died the next morning at a Johnstown-area hospital. The charges against the shooter were resolved in juvenile court. District Attorney William Higgins said Ms. Bonner was remorseful throughout the case.


Coburn Wins Eighth Term as Coney Mayor

Jack Coburn, running unopposed and garnering 96 votes, was elected to an 8th term as Mayor of Lonaconing. Four council seats will be filled by Mark Greenwald, Eric Wilkinson, Warren Foote and Danny Sloan, Jr. David Kidwell received 49 votes and two other incumbent council members chose not to run for another term.


First United Bank Closing Branch

First United Bank Corporation plans to close its Frostburg Community Office on New Georges Creek road as of August 30th. A lack of growth, to remain viable in the market, was given as one of the main factors in deciding to close the facility. There will be no loss of jobs, as employees will remain part of the organization. The corporation is also planning to make the transition as smooth as possible by offering workshops on use of internet banking, mobile and text banking eStatements and direct deposit services.


Warrants Served on Cumberland Man

The Cumberland City Police served four District Court bench warrants on 20-year old Matthew Jason Swick, and total bail was set at $26,500. He was served with warrants for failure to appear on an original charge of fraud; one of theft of less than $1,000; and, failure to appear to answer charges of assault, and a violation of probation count.


Woman Refuses to Leave Hospital, and Is Arrested

A 24-year old Cumberland woman, Corrina Louise Reeder was arested and charged with second-degree assault and disorderly conduct, following an incident at the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center on Tuesday. She had been a patient at the hospital, and refused to leave after being discharged. Officers escorted her from the premises, but observed her commit an assault and act in a disorderly manner. She was held on $2,000 bond at the Allegany County Detention Center.

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