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Woman Enters Guilty Plea in Drug Case

Twenty-eight year old Romney resident Tonya Renee Haymond has entered a guilty plea to a count of distribution to heroin. She is free on bond, but faces up to 20 years in prison and a one-million dollar fine. And, Burlington resident Donald Tillotson pleaded guilty to possession of pseudoephedrine, to be used in the manufacture of methamphetamine. He faces up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Both cases were prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Stephen Warner.


Man Killed in Three-Vehicle Accident

Central city resident Shawn Luther Hadix was killed in a three-vehicle accident on Route 30 near Stoystown this week. He was eastbound on a motorcycle, when he went through a red light and hit the front end of a van, driven by Stoystown resident Samuel James Walters. Hadix then struck another vehicle, driven by Somerset resident Stephen John Mapes. Hadix was not wearing a helmet and was pronounced dead at the scene.


Stafford Retires As Transit Head

James Stafford retired yesterday, as head of the Allegany County Transit Division with 19 years of service. He began working for the county in 1993, and moved to the transit division nine years ago. A successor for Stafford has not been named. The county recently recognized a number of other long time employees, some with 25 to 30 years of service.


Woman Arrested for Domestic Assault, Child Neglect

Union Street resident Lou Anna Brown is in the Allegany County Detention Center on $7500 bond, following an assault and child neglect incident her home. Brown was arguing with her boyfriend, when he left the house. Brown is accused of assaulting both him and his father. She is also accused of abandoning her five-year old so on Union Street. She received a hearing at District Court, and is being held.  


Man Receives 50-Year Sentence

A former resident of Hagerstown and Williamsport was sentenced to 50-years in prison on child sex abuse and child pornography charges involving a former Allegany County teenager. Robert William Mulkern was charged in incidents from 2009, when the girl was just 15 years old. She later became pregnant with his child. Mulkern with initially charged with 149 counts of manufacturing child pornography, nine counts of third-degree sex offense and one count of sex abuse of a minor, all in relation to the same girl. He had been featured on "America's Most Wanted."


What Will Happen to Memorial Property?

What will happen to the former Memorial Hospital property, once the building, the medical structure, and one of the parking garages are leveled? Cumberland City Council member Dave Kauffman says there have been discussions on the most desirable use of the property. Kauffman says the demolition will cost between 2-1/2 and 3 million dollars.


Inmates Contract Legionnaires Disease

Four inmates at the State Correctional Institute in Somerset have been diagnosed with Legionnaire's disease. The cases were confirmed from mid-July through the end of the month. Two of the inmates were treated at a hospital there, and the other two were treated at the prison infirmary with antibiotics. The bacterium which causes Legionnaire's was found in the cooling towers used for the air conditioning system.


Two Arrested in Grave Robberies

Two West Virginia men have been arrested in a series of grave robberies at a Martinsburg cemetery in May. Both David Bowers of Hedgesville, and Richard Ruffner of Inwood are accused of opening crypts at Rosedale Cemetery and stealing jewelry from the remains of deceased individuals. They then sold the jewelry for cash at two Martinsburg-area stores. There is a third suspect in the thefts, but has yet to be arrested.


Frosh to Run for Attorney General

Maryland State Senator Brian Frosh is planning to run for Maryland attorney general. Frosh, a Montgomery County Democrat, has been a state senator since 1995, and has been the chair of the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee since 2003. Baltimore County Delegate Jon Cardin, nephew of U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, announced his intention to also seek the nomination for Attorney General.


"Robocall" Verdict Upheld

The Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a one-million dollar civil verdict against political consultant Julius Henson for illegal, automated telephone calls during the 2010 Maryland Governor's race. Henson's company, Universal Elections, Incorporated allegedly sent automated phone messages to more than 112,000 Democratic voters on behalf of then-Governor Robert Ehrlich, saying that Democratic Governor Martin O'Malley and President Barack Obama had already won their respective races.


Police Seek Martinsburg Sheetz Robber

A man, armed with a shotgun, robbed the Sheetz convenience store on Apple Harvest Drive near Martinsburg earlier this week. What is unusual is how he was dressed...police say he was wearing a full-body "ghillie suit," camouflage clothing designed to resemble heavy foliage. He went into the store, just before 5 a.m. and fled on foot, with an undisclosed amount of money. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office or Berkeley County CrimeSolvers.

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