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Cumberland Man To Face Trial in Mineral County

A September jury trial has been ordered for a Cumberland man, who led West Virginia authorities on a high-speed chase, resulting in the injury of two police officers. Leo Rodenhouser was indicted in January, and faces numerous charges and three felony counts. Involved in the chase of Rodenhouser-who was on a motorcycle in the October 2011 incident-were members of the West Virginia State Police, Mineral County Sheriff's Department and Keyser City Police. A pre-trial hearing has been set for September 12th, while two days have been set aside for the September 24th trial.


Man Arrested on Warrants From Several Counties

Keyser resident Michael Johnson Taylor has been arrested on warrants from several counties, including Allegany County and Mineral and Marion counties in West Virginia. Charges against Taylor range from felony burglary, to petit larceny, false pretense and theft. He was jailed on a total $31,500 in the West Virginia cases, but was held without bond on a failure to appear charge in Allegany County.


Warrant Check Results in Arrest

Cumberland resident Jimmy Liller was released on person recognizance, after being taken into custody on an outstanding warrant. Liller is accused of inappropriately groping a woman at a Pershing Street business. As he was being arrested, Liller was found to have a large quantity of Clonazepam pills. He will stand trial in Allegany County District Court on charges against him.


Disturbance on South Central Avenue

Thirty-six year old Cumberland resident Wayne Gossert, Jr. was held on $3,000 bond at the Allegany County Detention Center, following his arrest on Wednesday. Gossert was seen throwing household items into the street on South Central Avenue. He resisted arrest, and was later handcuffed and taken to police headquarters. As a result, he was charged with disorderly conduct, disturbing the peace and resisting arrest.


Edwards Urges Safety for Correctional Officers

Instead of spending millions of dollars on overtime, Maryland State Senator George Edwards believes that money could be better spent on hiring more correctional officers. Senator Edwards is on a committee investigating the Baltimore City Detention Center, and-although there have been numerous assaults on correctional officers locally-he says it's not "on par" with what was happening in Baltimore. One suggestion to bring all correctional facilities under control is the development of a "jamming" system for cell phones, which are sometimes smuggled into correctional facilities, so that inmates cannot communicate with the outside world. During a meeting yesterday between AFSCME representatives and Department of Correctional Services personnel, Secretary Gary Maynard said he was in regular contact with the warden and that he is personally involved in the situation, regarding recent assaults on Correctional Officers at the North Branch Correctional Institution, a maximum security state prison.


Partnership Announced During "State of the Lake" Address

To help insure the continued health and success of Deep Creek Lake, a partnership-between Garrett County and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources-has been announced. During this week's "State of the Lake" address at Garrett College, it was announced that a draft agreement will be available for public comment until August 13th. The plan will prioritize policy changes, restoration actions and public outreach needed to achieve both immediate and long-term benefits.


Garrett To Receive Program Open Space Funding

Garrett County will receive $50,000 in Open Space Funding to replace the comfort station, picnic tables and grills at Broadford Recreational area. The money will help provide a safer, more enjoyable experience for visitors. The Board of Public Works approved the funding this week.


Martinsburg Man Arrested by Fugitive Task Force

Martinsburg resident Robert Doyle III has been arrested on charges of attempted murder and abuse of an incapacitated adult by the Mountain State Fugitive Task Force. The charges are in connection to abusing his wife, who is paralyzed and could not use her legs, one arm, and had limited use of the other arm. The criminal complaint included an incident where Doyle allegedly placed a plastic bag over his wife's head, and told her to die, on one occasion. He was arrested at his apartment on Cottage Road in Martinsburg.


Federal Grand Jury Charges Three Saxton Residents

Three Bedford County residents have been charged by a federal grand jury with a series of firearms crimes, stemming from a January gun store robbery. Garrett Sherlock, Joshua Faircloth and Kelley Foster, are all alleged to have been involved in the theft of 31 handguns from Saxton Outdoor Supply. After stealing the guns, they are accused of driving to Baltimore, to exchange the firearms for cash and drugs. Sherlock and Faircloth are convicted felons, and by taking the guns across state lines, they violated federal trafficking laws.


Man Held on $175,000 Bond

A Martinsburg man is being held on $175,000 following his arrest by several West Virginia law enforcement agencies. Twenty-five year old Wade Eugene Decker is accused of attempting to meet an 11-year old girl at a pool there. A two-week investigation resulted in attempted sexual exploitation charges against him. In all, he was charged with solicitation of a minor, using a computer, along with the display of obscene material to a minor, the use of obscene material to seduce a minor and the attempted use of a minor to produce obscene matter. The intended victim was from New Bern, North Carolina.

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