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Man Arrested for Pointing Gun At Residents


An argument, which began at Wildthings in Frostburg, ended in the parking lot of the 7-11 early Saturday morning. Modou Sey was involved in a verbal argument at the establishment, which continued to the parking lot of the convenience store. Sey had allegedly pointed the weapon, which turned out to be a BB gun at several people there. One of those involved in the argument was able to wrestle the weapon away from him. Police arrived, and also found an amount of suspected marijuana on him. Sey also had an arrest warrant for failure to appear. He was held at the Allegany County Detention Center on $70,000 bond.




Bedford Man Found Not Guilty


A Bedford County jury deliberated for only 45 minutes, before acquitting Randy Foor on two charges, in connection with the death of his longtime friend, Dennis Sprigg of Manns Choice. Foor had been charged with involuntary manslaughter and aggravated assault in connection with the incident and had earlier withdrawn a guilty plea to face a jury trial, at the suggestion of his lawyer. Foor had pushed Sprigg onto the ground after an argument and he hit his head on the concrete. He remained in a coma for a time, before he died.



Garrett County Man Charged with Assault


Friendsville resident Jason Hoff faces one count each of first and second-degree assault, in connection with a weekend incident. Hoff and Nicholas Hepp were involved in an argument, when Hoff broke off a broom handle and lunged at Hepp. Hoff also grabbed an axe and came at Hepp, who was able to wrestle the axe away from his. Hoff was immediately taken into custody on an outstanding bench warrant. He was held without bail at the Garrett County Detention Center.



Fire Coverage to be Discussed


The Allegany County Emergency Services Board is meeting with McCoole residents tonight at 7 p.m., to discuss future firefighting alternatives in the area. The meeting, at Cornerstone Ministries, comes as a result of the McCoole Fire Department's deactivation, because of financial problems.



Woman Charged with DUI


Cumberland resident Becky Powell was charged with DUI-related charges and negligent driving, following an accident early Saturday morning in the 800-block of Washington Street. Ms. Powell struck two vehicles and then hit the front wall of a residence, causing major damage. She was processed at Police Headquarters and later released pending trial in Allegany County District Court.



Frostburg Institutes Recycling Initiatives


The city of Frostburg has approved a voluntary, subscription curbside recycling program with Burgmeier Hauling. Once a month, residents will be able to place most recyclables

to be picked up, at curbside. The cost is $5.00 per month, billed quarterly. The city has also approved a regular, multi-day electronics recycling program. The recycling will take place on a selected Saturday morning in March, May, September and November.



Animal Shelter Running Out of Space


The Allegany County Animal Shelter has about75 dogs and 150 cats in a building that was designed for half that many animals. The shelter has a "save rate" of 92 per cent, and officials are urging residents to adopt. The shelter also has a Facebook page for lost and found animals. Owners with a missing pet are encouraged to check out the page and add photos of their lost pets. The shelter also has an active fostering program is continually looking for people willing to foster and animal.



Miss Western Maryland Crowned Miss Maryland


Miss Western Maryland, Christina Denny, was crowned Miss Maryland over the weekend. Ms. Denny, from Owings Mills, will receive a $10,000 scholarship, and will represent the state in the Miss America Pageant. Second runner-up was Miss Allegany County, Sara Zeng. She was awarded a $3,000 scholarship. In the Miss Maryland Outstanding Teen pageant, Brittany Brown, Miss Allegany County, was second runner up.

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