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Man Held on $75,000 Bond


A Cumberland man is being held on a total $75,000 bond, following an incident on Furnace Street early Sunday morning. Police received a report of gunshots in the area of Furnace and Valley Streets. Gerald Allen Moore was questioned and police found ammunition on him. Moore was also wanted in connection with a domestic violence incident in May, where he allegedly threatened a woman with a handgun and assaulted her during a fight. He was taken to the Allegany County Detention Center. Three others were also arrested for disorderly conduct and failure to obey a lawful order. They included Desirae Nicole Washington, Latoya Nicole Taylor and Anthony Eugene Palmisano.




Motorcyclist Hurt in Crash


Forty-six year old John Axon, of Milligan's Cove Road in Manns Choice, Pennsylvania, was injured in a motorcycle accident this past weekend. Axon received head and other injuries in the crash. He ran off the side of the road, the back on to it. He was taken to UPMC/Bedford for treatment and was cited in the accident.




Copper Wire Stolen from Somerset Site


About $10,000 worth of copper wire was stolen from two disassembled wind turbines in Somerset County recently. The 150 feet of wire was cut from the turbines, which are owned by AES Wind Generation of Dallas, Texas. The thefts occurred between May 29th and June 11th in the parking lot where the turbines were being stored. Anyone with information is asked to contact police.



Mineral County Trial for Cumberland Man Continued


The trial of Cumberland resident Leo Rodenhauser has been continued in Mineral County Circuit Court. His attorney asked for a delay, so that he could go over information received from prosecuting attorney Jay Courrier with his client. Rodenhauser is accused of being involved in an October motorcycle chase in Keyser that injured two police officers. He was indicted by a Mineral County grand jury in January.




Police Search for Vandal


The Pennsylvania State Police are looking for the person who threw a large rock through an original stained-glass window at a 19th century church in Somerset County. They believe the window was broken on Saturday at the 168-year old Christ Casebeer Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lincoln Township. The glass itself is insured for more than a million dollars, but there are doubts as to whether it can be replaced or restored to its original condition.




Board Seeks Ethics Panel Membership


The Allegany County Board of Education is seeking applicants for membership on its Ethics Panel. The panel is a five-member body, whose primary responsibility is to provide advisory opinions, to conduct hearings on ethics complaints, and to make recommendations to the Board of Education on matters relating to conflict of interest, financial disclosure, and lobbying disclosure. Members are appointed by the Board for a five-year term. Applications are available at the Board Office on Washington Street, or online at "" under the Community tab and Ethics information.




Commissioners To Meet in Flintstone


The Allegany County Commissioners will hold their weekly meeting this week on Thursday in Flintstone. The meeting will take place at the Flintstone Volunteer Fire Company, beginning at 5 p.m. Community members and all interested individuals are invited to attend.




"Deputy State Fire Marshal of the Year" Announced


Deputy State Fire Marshal William Potts, assigned to the Office of the State Fire Marshal Bomb Squad, has been named the recipient of the "2012 Deputy State Fire Marshal of the Year" award. State Fire Marshal William Barnard made the presentation during a ceremony at the Firemen's Association annual convention in Ocean City yesterday. Deputy Potts began his career with the Office of the State Fire Marshal as a Bomb Squad Technician in October of 2007, after a distinguished career as a bomb technician with the Metro Transit Police in Washington, D.C.




Bongino To Announce Congressional Bid


Former U.S. Secret Service Agent Dan Bongino is expected to announce his plans to run for the Republican nomination for Maryland's 6th District Congressional race today. He ran for U.S. Senate last year, but was defeated by incumbent Ben Cardin. The 6th Congressional District had been held by Republican Roscoe Bartlett for 20 years. The Democrat-controlled General Assembly made significant changes during the redistricting process in 2011, and Democratic Representative John Delaney defeated Bartlett last year.


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