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Drug Dealer Sentenced to Prison

A Baltimore man was sentenced to two consecutive, mandatory sentences of ten years for drug dealing. Twenty-five year old Michael Terell Harper was found guilty in April of possession with intent to distribute Oxycodone and cocaine. Harper will serve a sentence without the possibility of probation or parole. He was represented by the Public Defender's Office; prosecuting the case was Assistant State's Attorney Sam Lane.


Garrett Board Member Resigning

Garrett County Board of Education member Donald Forrester has submitted his resignation, effective September 30th. He has been a member of the board for six years and nine months. Forrester's replacement will be named by the Garrett County Commissioners. His term would have ended in December of next year. Upon retirement, he plans on traveling with his wife.


Man Cited for Motor Vehicle Violations

A Cumberland man has been cited for, first, for driving on a suspended license, and secondly, for operating an off road vehicle on government property. Police had seen 32-year old James Hupfer operating a dirt bike on a city sidewalk in the area of Industrial Boulevard. He was also issued three more citations for driving on a revoked license, operating an unregistered and uninsured vehicle. He was later released from custody.


Oakland Woman Faces Assault Charges

Forty-one year old Oakland resident Tammy Sanders is being charged with allegedly assaulting her 16-year old daughter, causing minor injuries. A domestic incident was reported around 7:45 p.m. Tuesday at a home on Fingerboard Road. Ms. Sanders was released yesterday morning, following a bond hearing.


Coalition Makes Progress During Session

The Maryland Rural Counties Coaltion was formed in December of 2011 for the purpose of strengthening their policy-related standing in the state capital. Allegany County Commission President Mike McKay says the group now consists of ten counties. During the 2013 General Assembly session, Commissioner McKay says the coalition took positions on nine bills, and were 44 per cent successful. He considers that a win. McKay says former Speaker of the House Cas Taylor championed the concept of "One Maryland," and adds that he was one-hundred-per cent correct in his concept.


Boil Water Advisory for Part of Hampshire County

 Central Hampshire Public Service District customers are under a "boil water" advisory until further notice. A water main broke earlier in the week, causing the cancellation of classes at Hampshire High, Romney Middle and Augusta Elementary Schools. Because of the broken water main, levels at the Augusta tank has dropped by half, to 13 feet.


FSU Employee Honored

Lonaconing resident, Lois Bennett, who is an administrative assistant for the Programs Advancing Student Success Office, the Disability Support Services office and the Registrar's Office at Frostburg State Univeristy, has received the 2013 University System of Maryland Board Regents Staff Award. This is the highest honor bestowed on USM staff employees. She will be honored at the September 20th Board of Regents meeting.


Prosecutor Pleads Guilty to Drug Distribution

James Casimiro, a former Jefferson County, West Virginia prosecuting attorney, has pleaded guilty to one count of drug distribution. Casimiro, of Charles Town, West Virginia made the plea late last week, to one count of distribution of Oxycodone.  Casimiro was fired from his position in early August, as he was being arraigned on a two-count  indictment. He was released on bond until he is sentenced; that date has not been set.


Property Owners Trying to Secede from School District

With all of the talk recently about secession, a group of Jefferson Township, Pennsylvania property owners have asked to secede from the Somerset Area School District. That case may be going to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court soon. The two dozen property owners want to join the nearby Rockwood Area School District, which they say has a higher academic standing and lower tax rate than Somerset. Distance is also a consideration, as the distance between the properties and Somerset schools is from 18 to 21 miles; the distance to Rockwood is 12 miles.


Baltimore Retailers Arrested for Food Stamp Trafficking

Nine retail store owners in both Baltimore City and Baltimore County have been indicted for what is known as "food stamp trafficking." The retailers redeemed the food stamps for cash and split the money with food stamp recipients. They did not provide any food. If convicted, those who were indicted face a maximum of 20 years in prison.


Gas Prices Over $3 A Gallon for 1,000 Days

Tuesday marked an unwelcome milestone, as gas prices have now been at over $3.00 per gallon for 1,000 days. The "streak" began on December 23, 2010. A Triple-A survey shows that when gas is above $3 per gallon, 46 per cent of people think it's too high. At $3.50 per gallon, even more-62 per cent-is too high. Experts say gas is unlikely to drop below $3.00 per gallon.

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