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Three Arrested in Connection with Murder

Three Capon Bridge residents, including the wife of the victim, have been arrested in connection with a body, found along Hickory Corner Road  yesterday morning. They have been charged in connection with the murder of Michael O'Hara. An eyewitness saw a car in the area, and an investigation led to the recovery of O'Hara's body from the Cacapon River. He was stabbed to death at his home, and his body was dumped in the river by at least two of the three. Those charged include John Shoemaker and Mandy O'Hara; Gabrielle Clutter was charged with conspiracy to commit murder. All are being held at the Potomac Highlands Regional Jail.


Cumberland Man Sentenced in Federal Case

A former area resident has been sentenced to ten years in prison in a federal child pornography case. Fifty-three year old Harold Nicol had previously been convicted in Allegany County Circuit Court on a sex offense in 1997. In this case, Nicol was convicted of possessing child pornography. He will be required to register as a sex offender, when he is released from prison. Authorities found more than 400 images of child pornography on his computer during an undercover operation in November of 2011.


Woman Accused of Stealing From Deceased Man

Forty-seven year old Karen Logue of Meyersdale has been charged with multiple thefts from a deceased man that began just hours after his death. She has been charged with stealing from a bank debit card, a 1998 Dodge truck, and a television from Charles Harvey, also of Meyersdale. The two had a relationship several years ago, but Harvey's family said she was not given permission to take any of the items. A preliminary hearing has been set for next week.


Man Arrested on Narcotics Charges

Aurora, West Virginia resident Jeremy Clinton Watson has been arrested in connection with a narcotics investigation in Preston County. Watson was taken into custody, after finding evidence of a meth lab at his house. He is being held in the Tygart Valley Regional Jail, with bail set at $150,000. He has a preliminary hearing scheduled for October 4th at 1 p.m.


Accident That Caused Outage Investigated

Wednesday morning's power outage in South Cumberland has been attributed to an accident on Thomas Street, which resulted in charges against the driver. Twenty-nine year old Shaun Sears lost control of his vehicle, traveling off the roadway, striking a fire hydrant and guide wire to a power pole. Sears was determined to be operating the vehicle under the influence. He was released pending trial in District Court.


Final Friday After Five Set

The final Friday After Five of the season tonight will feature the Allegany High School Class of 1963, which will be celebrating its 50th anniversary. "Night Traveler" will kick off the music at 5 p.m. at the Liberty Street stage. The sponsor for tonight is GMS-Global Marketing Systems.


TGCC Changes Broadband Location

Today's regional broadband summit, hosted by The Greater Cumberland Committee, will be held at the Frostburg State University Hall of Fame Room I, of the Cordts PE Center. Joanne Hovis of CTC Technology and Energy will serve as the keynot speaker. The summit gets underway at 10 a.m.


DNR Faces Opposition to Trails

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources has proposed building 32 miles of off-road vehicle trails on Sideling Hill. That plan, however, has met with opposition from residents in the area. About 150 people attended a DNR meeting this week, and expressed concern about disruption of peace, the impacts of wildlife, crime and other issues. The DNR proposed building 16 miles of trails on both the North and South sides of Sideling. One resident questioned the state's ability to control activity on the trails when they "can't even keep the Sideling Hill rest area open."


Fatal Accident in Washington County

A 33-year old Keedysville woman was killed in a single vehicle accident late Wednesday afternoon on Interstate 70 Eastbound at Exit 22. The Maryland State Police say Jessica Leigh Nave traveled off the roadway, onto an embankment, and striking several trees, before the car overturned and ejected her. She was taken to Meritus Hospital, where she later died. Witnesses to the accident say she was operating a 2001 BMW Z-3 convertible in a reckless manner, and allegedly using a cell phone at the time of the crash.


AARP Conducts Senior Educational Forums

AARP/Maryland is conducting a series of educational forums in Maryland, to make sure retirees-who are increasingly moving to the Eastern Shore-are a part of the budget debate in Washington. Tammy Bresnahan, of AARP/Maryland, says the forums in Cambridge, Ocean City and Salisbury will let seniors know what's on the line in Congress this fall. She says Maryland's senior citizens are increasingly burdened by higher energy bills, and utilities are preparing to add new surcharges.


Maryland, West Virginia Among Top "Party Schools"

Both West Virginia University and the University of Maryland are listed in Playboy magazine's "Top 10 Party Schools," in its October issue. Maryland is ranked number ten, while WVU tops the list, the first time the Mountaineers have received this dubious honor. Data for the list was used from the National Center for Education Statistics, the NCAA, the U.S. Economic Census, and feedback from social media users.

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