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Oakland Man Found Guilty of Rape

Sentencing is expected in about three months for a Garrett County man, who was convicted by a jury yesterday afternoon. Fifty-one year old James Leroy House was found guilty of first-degree rape, first-degree sex offense and several other charges. He faces life imprisonment for the rape and sex offense charges alone. His bond was revoked and a pre-sentence investigation was ordered for House.


Gas Leak Reported in Westernport

Evacuations were ordered yesterday afternoon, following reports of a natural gas odor in the Johnson and Hammond Street area of Westernport. Eight residents left the area, following the report, shortly after noon. Columbia Gas was called and the situation was brought under control by 3 p.m. yesterday. There were no injuries.


Additional Police Presence Requested

Westernport residents want to know how to increase police coverage in their area, and at a meeting held last week, a number of law enforcement professionals-including Sheriff Craig Robertson-came to the conclusion that it is not cost-effective to staff a full-time substation in the city building there. The city pays $85,000 to the county for police protection, but Sheriff Robertson observed that there is "no way" to have coverage 24/7 for that amount. The Sheriff says a solution will be found through discussions concerning what his office can do and what it can change.


Teen Arrested in Breaking and Entering of Liquor Store

A 14-year old male juvenile has been arrested in connection with the breaking, entering and theft of Parkview Liquors on Saturday. The juvenile is accused of kicking the glass out of a side door, reaching into the store and stealing several bottles of liquor. Charges will be forwarded to the Department of Juvenile Justice. He was charged with second and fourth-degree burglary, destruction of property and theft.


Allegiant Air To Stop Flights in August

Allegiant Air will be halting service from Hagerstown to Orlando, Florida in August, but the airline has no intention of leaving Hagerstown, and the curtailing of service is only part of its "seasonal suspension" of service, according to a company spokesperson. Historically, demand for vacation travel from Hagerstown to Orlando has dropped from late August to October.


Tornado Reported in Maryland

There were reports that a tornado touched down in the Woodbine area yesterday, although those reports could not be confirmed. Damage from high winds was reported in Howard County, and some flooding was reported in the Baltimore area. Some homes were also reportedly damaged in Delaware and about 2800 customers were without power in Cecil County, Maryland as of about 8 p.m. last night.

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