Local Physician Arrested
Fifty-eight year old Robert Damean Cendo has been arrested on a variety of charges, including two counts of solicitation for prostitution and one of perverted practice. Cendo, a local physician, is accused of writing prescription for narcotic painkillers to a confidential informant, in exchange for sexual favors. Police also executed two search warrants, one at his residence and one at his office. A small amount of cocaine and marijuana was found, along with several prescription bottles of narcotic medication prescribed to several different individuals. Computers and documents were also seized. He is currently free on $10,000 bond pending his next court appearance, and additional charges are pending.
Woman Sentenced in Mountain Ridge Case
A woman, who had pleaded guilty to embezzling over $14,000 from the Mountain Ridge Band Parents Association, was sentenced yesterday. Carol Myers was handed a five year suspended sentence and was placed on five years of supervised probation. She was also ordered to make restitution, in the amount of $14,403.45 to the association, and was ordered to have no contact with the association or Mountain Ridge High School. The case arose from an incident involving sales from concessions used to support the Mountain Ridge Band.
Resident Reports Identity Theft
Investigators from the C3I unit are looking for two people who fraudulently used another person's debit card to make several purchases in the area. The victim told police the card was used in West Virginia at the Mountaineer Mart, Family Dolar Store in Fort Ashby and Daddy Lou's Pub in Short Gap, as well as Sheetz in Cresaptown and Walmart in LaVale. Investigators are looking for two suspects, and are asking for information in the case. Contact the C3I unit at (301)-777-0326.
Two Mineral Cases Continued
Two cases in Mineral County have been continued at the request of defense attorneys. In the first case, John and Tonya Cozatt, a follow-up hearing has not been scheduled. The pair were indicted in January on felony charges of selling synthetic marijuana in their Earth Zone stores. In the second, Leo Rodenhouser of Cumberland, was charged with three felonies in connection with a high-speed chase in October of 2011. A status hearing for Rodenhouser has been set for Monday, June 17th at 1 p.m.
Frostburg Bridge Program To Close
The Frostburg Bridge program is closing after 23 years. The program, which is sponsored by the Frostburg United Methodist Church, will close on June 30th, due to recent fiscal instability. The program is designed for about 20 to 40 children of all nationalities and religions from the county, as well as some from Garrett County. The Bridge Program began as an after-school program for the community.
Mineral Students To Return in Mid-August
Students in Mineral County will be returning to class on August 15th of this year, but will be finished the school year before the end of next May. The calendar for next school year must be given final approval by the West Virginia State Board of Education. The calendar will require students to be in school for 180 days, no matter how many they miss for bad weather.
Officers Respond to Dilley Street Disturbance
Cumberland City Police arrested a Dilley Street resident late Tuesday evening as the result of a domestic disturbance. The victim said her husband, Joseph Brian Shaffer, had been arguing and fighting all night, and added that he had thrown multiple items at her to include drinks and a phone. A cut was seen on her forehead, but it did not require medical attention. He was charged with second-degree assault and held in the Allegany County Detention Center on $3,000 bond.
Valley Street Incident Investigated
A man, with no fixed address, was charged following a daytime incident on Tuesday. Twenty-nine year old Westley Alan Myers was allegedly intoxicated and refused to leave a Valley Street residence. He created a disturbance when asked to leave, and had elbowed a police officer in the face. Myers was taken to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center for injuries received during the arrest. He was later charged and held at the Allegany County Detention Center on $10,000 bond.
Xerox Adding 400 New Jobs in Frostburg
The Xerox facility in Frostburg is hiring 400 regular full-time and project-based customer care specialists, and is looking for people with prior customer experience, typing skills of 20 words-per-minute or greater and the ability to navigate in a Windows-based computer environment. Applicants should also have at least a high school diploma, or GED, and must pass a background and drug screening. Interested applicants may apply either by phone or in person.
Insurance Administration Sets Garrett County Stop
The Maryland Insurance Administration has scheduled a visit in Garrett County next week. Staff will be available next Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to answer consumer questions at the Garrett County One-Stop Job Center on South Third Street, on the second floor. A schedule of agency outreach activities and consumer materials are available on the website, www.mdinsurance.state.md.us. For more information, call (410)-468-2360.
Former HCC Student Charged in Connection with Fatal Shooting
A former Hagerstown Community College student and basketball player is one of two men, charged in connection with the fatal shooting of a one-year old boy in Baltimore. Twenty-year old Eddie Tarver had been a student at HCC from the fall of 2011 to the Spring of 2012. Also charged in the shooting death of one-year old Carter Scott was Cornell Harvey of Baltimore.