River Meeting Attracts Over One Hundred
Over 100 concerned residents attended last night's meeting at the Allegany Museum, for what is known as the River Project. The possibilities behind removing the dam beneath the Cumberland and Ridgeley bridge were discussed. The event was hosted by the Allegany County Chamber of Commerce. One concern expressed was the possibility of toxic chemicals and other harmful materials in the sediment behind the dam and the failure of anyone to take responsibility of its ownership. The next step in the process would be to study the sediment, through core samples.
New Trial Ordered for 1979 Murder Suspect
A new trial has been ordered for one of the men convicted of murdering Deputy David Livengood at a Garrett County store in 1979. The ruling now gives attorneys for 65-year old Roberto Rezek the opportunity to argue that he had surrendered to Deputy Livengood when his co-defendant, Richard Tichnell, shot him at the Oakland Army-Navy store. Tichnell died in prison seven years ago. A Washington County judge ruled late last month that Rezek's jury had received improper instructions.
Man Sentenced for Armed Robbery
Cumberland resident Shawn Donte Holloway has been sentenced to 11 years in prison for the December 14th robbery of the Circle K store, formerly Dairy Mart, on Oldtown Road. He is accused of entering the store with a box cutter, and demanding money. He took approximately $68 and fled the scene. He was sentenced to an additional 9 years, which was suspended. Holloway will be on supervised probation for three years on his release from prison.
Oakland Man On trial for Rape
Fifty-two year old Oakland resident James Leroy House is facing first and second-degree rape, along with other counts; his trial began yesterday in Oakland. The charges surround an incident that happened in 2011. The victim allegedly provided four different versions of the events of the night in question and her stories is "riddled with inconsistencies," according to House's attorney, Kimberly Fitzwater. House remains held in the Garrett County Detention Center on $250,000 bond.
State Police Looking to Locate Suspect
The McHenry Barrack of the Maryland State Police is attempting to locate a man who is wanted on theft charges in the Accident area. Twenty-five year old Mark Allen Logsdon is being charged with three separate counts of theft, occurring during the fall of 2012. He may be either in the Oakland or Terra Alta, West Virginia areas. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact the Maryland State Police at (301)-387-1101.
Man Wanted in Regional Thefts
Keyser City Police arrested a man this week, for a variety of thefts in four different jurisdictions. Investigating an unrelated incident, police spotted 51-year old Percy Redman II in the vicinity of Second Street. He fled the area, but was quickly arrested. Redman was wanted for theft and/or shoplifting by the Maryland State Police in LaVale, and also by law enforcement personnel in Petersburg, Winchester, and Keyser. He was initially booked in Keyser, and will subsequently face charges in other jurisdictions.
Report Card Delays
The Allegany County Public School System is advising parents and students that the fourth marking period report card distribution, scheduled for mailing on June 17th, is being delayed until June 20th. Inclement weather this school year added three instructional days to the school calendar, thus conflicting with the printing of the final report cards.