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Attorney Files for Motion to Dismiss


The attorney for Ridgeley Mayor James Twigg has filed a motion to dismiss eight charges of fraudulent or unauthorized use of a purchasing card. The charges were filed in May, and the motion to dismiss is based on three points, including the fact that the indictments did not give specific dates on which the alleged misuse occurred and it was not specified, in the indictment, what goods or services were purchased with the card. The next hearing in the case is set for July 16th at 10:15 a.m. in Mineral County Circuit Court.



Fugitive Arrested in Keyser's North End


A man wanted by authorities in both Mineral and Randolph Counties, was apprehended late last week in the north end of Keyser. Twenty-five year old Donald Rutter was taken into custody, and is being held at the Potomac Highlands Regional Jail on $4650 bail. Additional charges from both counties are pending. Also arrested was 18-year old Lacie Largent, who was charged with weapons violations for carrying a gun that police believe Rutter had been carrying.



Man Arrested For Breaking and Entering, Trespassing


Twenty-eight year old Cumberland resident Christopher Nelson Frazier was arrested late Friday night, and charged with breaking into a residence in the 600-block of Elm Street. He gained entry to the home by kicking in the side door. He was charged and is being held on $3500 bond at the Allegany County Detention Center.



Liquor Stolen in Saturday Morning Break In


An unknown person broke in to Parkview Liquors at 80 Greene Street early Saturday morning. Once inside, the person grabbed several bottles of liquor, then fled the scene. Cumberland City Police are asking for help in solving the crime. If anyone has information, they are asked to call (301)-777-1600 or the Allegany County CrimeSolvers group at (301)-722-4300.



Statue Stolen from New Germany


A large, chainsaw-carved bear was stolen from New Germany State Park, sometime between Wednesday night/Thursday morning. Staff discovered the statue stolen when they arrived for work on Thursday. The carving was donated to the park in 2010 by a local artist, John "Sacco" Carter. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Maryland Natural Resources Police at 1-410-260-8888.



Friedens Correctional Officer Charged


Forty-four year old Friedens resident, Ronald Edward Lensbouer, has been charged with sexually assaulting two female co-workers. Lensbouer, a correctional officer at the Somerset County Jail, is accused of making inappropriate comments to two female subordinates. He is also accused of inappropriately touching them, beginning in December. A preliminary hearing will be scheduled in Somerset; Warden Gregory Briggs declined comment on the case, referring questions to the county solicitor.



Woman Sentenced in Drugs, Theft Cases

Twenty-one year old Friedens resident, Sharell Lynn Brown, has been sentenced to 9 to 23 months in jail, followed by three years of supervised probation in six theft and drug related cases. She also must perform 100 hours of community service, and was given credit for 134 days of time served. Ms. Brown was also sentenced on a series of other charges. The series of incidents which led to the charges, began in August of last year.

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