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Mineral Grand Jury Returns Indictments

The Mineral County Grand Jury has returned an indictment against a former manager of training and management at ATK. Gretta Lynn Ramsey is being charged with embezzlement. The case is being handled by the Hampshire County Prosecutor, because of a conflict of interest with Jay Courrier, the Mineral County prosecuting attorney. Other indictments handed down deal with fire cases, assaults, and drug counts.


Man Sentenced to Prison for Drug Store Burglary

Twenty-three year old Friendsville resident Michael George Reed has been sentenced to ten years in prison, with seven suspended, for the burglary of a McHenry pharmacy in November of last year. Evidence found at the scene, along with the use of K-9 units led investigators to Reed. He will serve three years probation following his release from prison, and was also ordered to make restitution of $4700.


Eighteen Drug Arrests Made in Hampshire County

An investigation of 10 months in Hampshire County has led to the arrest of 18 people on felony drug counts. Five search warrants were executed in the Romney, Augusta and Slanesville areas, with narcotics, cash and paraphernalia seized in the raids. All of the defendants were jailed at the Potomac Highlands Regional facility, and are awaiting arraignment. Seventeen of the arrests were the result of indictments returned by the Hampshire County Grand Jury.


Schellsburg Man Sentenced

Fifty-four year old Schellsburg resident Stephen Edward Weaver was sentenced to serve 19 to 56 years in prison on 24 counts of sexual offenses involving his teenaged daughters. Weaver was also found to be a sexually violent predator. There are still federal charges awaiting Weaver, for his possession of explosive weapons.


Arrest Made in Store Robbery

A 24-year old man has been arrested in connection with last Saturday's daytime robbery of the Main Street Convenience Store in Keyser. Robert Lee Delawder, of Barnum has been charged with felony robbery. Approximately $350 were stolen  after he jumped the counter, pushed the cashier against the wall, and removed all the cash from the register. Keyser City Police say they have recovered evidence at the scene relating to the robbery.


Keyser City Police To Carry Assault Rifles

The Keyser City Police Department has joined a U.S. military surplus program, and will receive m-16 assault rifles, free of charge. The weapons cost from $900 to $1200 each on the open market. Other law enforcement agencies in the area already have assault rifles for their officers, including the Mineral County Sheriff's Office and Potomac State College.


Man Held on $50,000 in Assault Incident

A Cumberland man is being held on $50,000 bond at the Allegany County Detention Center, following an alleged assault that took place on August 31st. Harley Michael Higson is accused of pulling a knife on a female victim, holding it to her throat and threatening to throw her off the Will's Creek Bridge. The victim was not injured. Officers were unable to locate Higson at the time, but he was later taken into custody.


Woman Charged with Disorderly Conduct

A Cumberland woman was charged, following an incident late last week in the 100-block of Virginia Avenue. Deanna Marie Lease is accused of using her vehicle to block another car. The victim told police she had been assaulted by Lease in the past, and was afraid she was going to do it again. She exited her car and ran into a nearby business. Lease left the area, but was later served with a criminal summons, on charges of disorderly conduct and disturbing the peace by hindering passage.


Local Teacher in Running for State Teacher of the Year

Carol Garner, an Environmental Sciences teacher at the Career Center is the Allegany County Teacher of the Year. She has now been nominated to be the Maryland Teacher of the Year,  according to Mia Perlozzo-Cross of the Board. there are seven finalists for the award, which will be announced next month in Woodlawn, Maryland.


Domestic Dispute Results in Arrest

A Shanksville man is free on a $50,000 non-monetary bond, following a domestic dispute earlier this week. Twenty-six year old Michael Robert Maul tells police he went into his living room to find his girlfriend kissing 30-year old Berlin resident James Edward Marsh. Maul is accused of pointing a rifle at Marsh; in turn, Marsh left and returned a short time later with a handgun. Maul was charged with aggravated assault, a second-degree felony, terroristic threats and recklessly endangering another person. Charges will be filed against Marsh at a later date, while Maul has a preliminary hearing on September 11th at 2:30 p.m.


Somerset County To Be Represented at Steeler Game

Somerset County will be well represented when the Steelers host the Tennessee Titans in the season opener on Sunday. Local Boy Scouts will be handing out programs at the game, and members of the Shanksville Volunteer Fire Department will present the colors before the game at 1 p.m. This is the third time the fire department color guard has presented the colors.


Suns Owner, City to Meet Today

The city of Hagerstown is meeting with the majority owner of the Suns, Bruce Quinn this afternoon. The closed door meeting comes after city officials in Fredericksburg, Virginia voted unanimously last week, to move forward in negotiations with the Suns. Hagerstown is, however, looking to build a new stadium in the heart of the Hub City.


State Tax Collections Fall Short in West Virginia

State tax collections fell by $14 million last month, mainly because of a decrease in personal income tax collections. Collections are behind estimates in personal income tax by $32 million for the first two months of the new fiscal year. Revenue Secretary Mark Muchow says he sees some revenue growth in the second half of the fiscal year, but it will be small, continuing the trend of recent years.

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