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Galley Set to Retire


John Galley, the executive director of the north region for the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, will retire November 1st. The north region includes the North Branch Correctional Institution, which has seen a rise on inmate-on-officer violence in the past several months. Galley has served in the correctional system for 46 years, and held several posts, including one as warden of the Western Correctional Institution.



Mineral County Bar Robbed


The Mineral County Sheriff's Office is looking for a man who committed an armed robbery Saturday afternoon at the Corner Pub, located at the intersection of Routes 28 and 46 in Fort Ashby. The suspect came into the business armed with a handgun, and ordered the bartender to hand over an undisclosed amount of cash. He is described as a 6-foot, black male, with an unshaven face. The suspect fled in an unknown direction. Assisting at the scene on Saturday were the West Virginia State Police and the Cumberland City Police Department.



Cumberland Man Jailed in Public Intoxication Incident


A 24-year old Cumberland man is being held at the Potomac Highlands Regional Jail, after being arrested for public intoxication. Anthony Yurko was also charged with obstructing an officer and destruction of property, as he became disruptive, and kicked holes in the Keyser City Police holding room door. Yurko had to be shackled and was pepper-sprayed at one point. He was arrested outside of the Orioles Club, after police were called.



Listie Man Held on Sex Charges


A Somerset County man is being held on $50,000 cash bond, on charges of having unlawful contact with a minor and the sexual abuse of children. Listie resident Brice Palguta is accused of sending inappropriate picture to a 13-year old near Toledo, Ohio. Palguta consented to the seizure of his cellphone, laptop, and computers. He also admitted that he contacted other girls, and another conversation that was sexual in nature took place as recently as last week. His preliminary hearing is set for September 3rd.



Man Cited for Negligent Driving


A West Virginia man, treated at Ruby Memorial Hospital for injuries, was later cited by the McHenry Barrack of the Maryland State Police for negligent driving. Yong Ming Chen of Mount Clare, West Virginia, rolled his Honda SUV on westbound Interstate 68, near the 6-mile marker. The car traveled across the median strip, struck a guardrail and overturned several times across the eastbound lanes. Several agencies, including the Maryland State Highway Administration responded to the crash.



FSU to Host Law Enforcement Awareness Day


Frostburg State University's Police Department will host the 7th annual Law Enforcement Awareness Day on Monday, September 9th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event will be held in the Alice R. Manicur Assembly Hall of the Lane Center. The event is sponsored by the FSU Student Government Association. Various levels of law enforcement will be on hand to provide information and crime prevention tips. For more information, contact Senior Corporal Michael Ruppenkamp at (301)-687-4223.



Bedford DA Introduces New Program for Youthful Offenders


Bedford County District Attorney Bill Higgins has introduced a new program, assisting youthful offenders in putting their mistakes behind them, and starting fresh. The Summary Offense Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition program allows offenders who are 21 years old or younger, and who have allegedly committed relatively minor crimes, to enter a program where they will avoid criminal conviction. They are still required to pay fines, costs and perform community service, but once the requirements are fulfilled, charges will be dismissed and the offender will have no criminal record.



Health Care Coverage Dropped by UPS


UPS is dropping health insurance coverage for 15,000 spouses; one reason for the move is the cost of the Affordable Care Act. UPS is one of the first major firms to directly blame the so-called "Obamacare" for changes in coverage. Any employee spouse who either doesn't have a job or whose employer does not provide health insurance, will still be covered under the company's health insurance plan. Changes take effect in January, and it's not known how many employee spouses may be affected.



Issues Found with West Virginia Child Protective Services


A legislative audit of West Virginia's Child Protective Services, found a long list of problems. The report was detailed at the State Capitol last week, and shows a large number of staff turnovers, shortfalls in recruiting and retaining workers, and little willingness to change. At various points, the audit found the Mountain State has led the nation in child deaths tied to abuse. CPS workers should not shoulder the entire blame for the shortfalls, according to Senator Don Cookman of Hampshire County. He says workers are underpaid and overworked. But action is already being taken, based on 14 recommendations filed in the report.



Judge, Commissioner Plead Not Guilty


A Mingo County, West Virginia judge and a county commissioner have pleaded not guilty to a federal indictment filed against them. Circuit Court Judge Michael Thornsbury is accused of having an affair with his secretary and trying to frame her husband for several crimes. Commissioner Dave Baisden is accused of pulling a local dealer's county contract with the company refused to provide him with discounted tires for a personal vehicle. Thornsbury's trial is set for October 15th, while Baisden's will be less than a week later, on October 21st.

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