Man Indicted for Bank Robberies
A man, who had previously been convicted of robbing banks in the Friendsville, LaVale, and Grantsville areas, has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Williamsport, Pennsylvania for robbing banks in Loganton, Tyrone, and Salix, Pennsylvania. Corbin Will had been sentenced on the local robberies, but was released in 2011. He pleaded guilty to the previous string of robberies in April of this year, and is in custody, pending sentencing.
Cumberland Man Enters Guilty Plea in Mineral County
Cumberland resident Leo Rodenhauser has entered a guilty plea to leading West Virginia authorities on a high-speed chase through Keyser, leading to the injury of two officers. Rodenhauser entered the plea, in what was to have been a two day trial later this month. Specifically, Rodenhauser pleaded guilty to one felony offense of reckless fleeing in a vehicle, two misdemeanor counts of fleeing from an officer, causing bodily injury, and two misdemeanors of fleeing, causing property damage. He remains free, pending a pre-sentence investigation.
Sheriff's Department Investigating Stabbing
The Allegany County Sheriff's Department is investigating a stabbing that happened in McCoole yesterday afternoon. The stabbing was apparently self-inflicted. Sheriff Craig Robertston says the incident occurred between 2:30 and 3:00 p.m. yesterday. There are few details available, but more will be released, once the investigation is concluded.
Man Jailed for Violating Ex-Parte Order
Cumberland resident Chad Ball was held on $3,000 bond at the Allegany County Detention Center, after he was arrested for allegedly violating an ex-parte order. Ball had returned to the property he was ordered to stay away from, to retrieve some personal belongings. That was a violation of the order. He was arrested by Cumberland City Police at a private residence on Bedford Street.
Man Held on Assault, Trespassing Charges
Forty-two year old Cumberland resident Mark Stewart has been jailed on $3,000 bond, following an incident late Sunday evening at a business in the 100-block of North Centre Street. Stewart allegedly assaulted another person at the businesses, and was repeatedly asked to leave by staff members. He refused and started to argue with other patrons. He got into a physical confrontation, which led to the alleged assault. He was processed at Cumberland City Police headquarters.
Smoking Ban To Take Effect Next Year
The effective date of the smoking ban in Mineral County has been delayed until January 2nd of next year; the previous effective date was to have been October 1st. The Mineral County Board of Health made the decision during a special meeting held yesterday. Mineral County Jerry Whisner asked for the delay, to allow private clubs time to adapt to the ban.
Fire Marshal Investigating Bedford County Blaze
The Pennsylvania State Fire Marshal is investigating a house fire on Stevens Chapel Road in Bedford County. Nobody was hurt in the fire, but it is believed the house was a total loss. The cause of the fire is still unknown, and the investigation is continuing.
Allegany County Schedules Parent Conferences
Allegany County Public Schools will hold the first parent conferences of the new school year on Thursday, October 3rd. Parents are encouraged to take advantage of the opportunity to meet with their child's teachers and review with them his or her academic and behavioral progress. Elementary conference will be held from 8 to 11 a.m. and from 12 to 3:30 p.m. Secondary conference will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 2 to 5:30 p.m. Appointments are not necessary, and walk ins are welcome.
Preston County Man Arrested on Drug Charges
A major marijuana operation in Terra Alta, West Virginia was busted, when the Preston County Sheriff's Department arrested 25-year old Justin Wilhelm this past weekend. A search and arrest warrant was executed at his home on Terra Alta Lake Road. Deputies discovered an active marijuana growing operation, along with guns, cash and other drug paraphernalia. The street value of the drug was estimated at $150,000. Wilhelm was jailed, with bail set at $25,000.
Debate Over Minimum Wage Continues
Sixth District Congressman John Delaney is pledging some of his personal funds to make the argument for a higher minimum wage in Maryland. The minimum wage in the state is $7.25 per hour, which is the same as the federal minimum wage. A bill proposed during this past General Assembly session would have raised it to $10 per hour by July 1st of 2015. The bill died in a Senate Committee. For its part, the business community largely feels that if the minimum wage were increased, they would have to raise the prices of their goods and services.
Cell Phone Ban Effective October 1st
Using a hand-held cell phone while driving will become a primary offense, beginning October 1st, and motorists could be stopped for that reason. Licensed drivers won't be able to use their hands to operate a cell phone while the vehicle is in motion, according to the law, which also authorizes law enforcement authorities to enforce those violations as a primary offense. Fines range from $75 for the first offense, $125 for s econd one, and up to $175 for a third or subsequent offense.
Fast Internet Lanes for Some Proposed
A federal appeals court has heard arguments from Verizon, which would benefit if it, and other Internet service providers could start charging fees to content providers to reach some customers through faster speeds. The idea of an Internet "fast lane" would create an uneven playing field in the eyes of the FCC, which says established, deep pockets companies such as Facebook and Google would have an edge over small start ups. Jen Yeh of the advocacy group Free Press was in the courtroom, and says the three-judge panel could do away with what's called the Open Internet Order. If this case results in the FCC losing some of its regulatory authority over the Internet, Amalia Deloney with the Center for Media Justice says it could lead to voices of dissent and the disenfranchised being blocked from the Web. Yeh says it isn't hard to imagine what would happen if Internet service providers were freed from the FCC's current oversight.