Man Held in Death of Child
Twenty-two year old Cory Orndorff of Green Spring, West Virginia is being charged with child abuse, resulting in death, and two counts of child abuse resulting in injury. The West Virginia State Police are investigating the suspicious death of an 18-month old female juvenile; an autopsy resulted in the abuse findings. Orndorff was arraigned, and is being held in lieu of $150,000 bond at the Potomac Highlands Regional Jail. The incident remains under investigation by the West Virginia State Police.
Three Held in Animal Abuse Cases
Three people-25-year old Christopher Allen Fazenbaker, 19-year old Jamie Wayne Villa of Frostburg and a 17-year old juvenile have been charged with animal cruelty. The Allegany County Sheriff's Office says they three were shooting darts at cats, using blow dart guns in the George's Creek area. One of the cats received a 4-inch dart to its neck area. Fazenbaker is being held on $3500 bond, while Villa is being held on $5,000 bond. The juvenile was refereed to the Department of Juvenile Services.
Overnight Detours Begin Tonight
Overnight detours are scheduled, beginning tonight, on Route 220, because of construction in the area. Detours will be in place between 8 p.m. this evening and 5 a.m. tomorrow, through Friday. Tonight, northbound Route 220 traffic will be detoured. Thursday and Friday nights, both north and southbound traffic will be detoured. If the weather is bad, the closure will be rescheduled. The work is being done in connection to the new, partial roundabout, nearing completion on Rote 220 at Interstate 68.
Man Arrested for Impersonating Officer
A Frostburg man is under arrest for impersonating a police officer and creating a disturbance inside a Queen City Drive restaurant early yesterday morning. Police say Michael Francis Robeson struggled with a police officer before being placed under arrest. One victim reported that Robeson demanded that he empty his pockets. He also went behind the counter, and was told to leave the store. He was arrested and held on $3,000 bond at the Allegany County Detention Center.
Resident Arrested for Indecent Exposure, Disorderly Conduct
A Cumberland resident was held on $7500 bond, following an incident Monday afternoon. Forty-one year old Neil Anthony Griffith, who police say was intoxicated, was creating a disturbance in the area of Queen City Pavement. He was stumbling around and yelling profanities at people in the area. His pants fell down several times, exposing himself. He was jailed, following an initial appearance at Allegany County District Court.
Man Allegedly Threatens Woman With Gun
Levi Thomas Reedy of Somerset County is in the county jail on $30,000 bond, following his arrest over the weekend. He is accused of threatening to shoot a woman at his Husband Road residence. He, at first, struck the woman in the face and grabbed her around the neck, causing scratches and redness. He also allegedly hit her in the head with a liquor bottle. Reedy was arrested without incident.
West Virginia Delegates Meet with Virginia Officials
Several West Virginia representatives, including Mineral County Delegate Gary Howell, recently met with Virginia officials, to discuss how that state was handling its highway funding issues. Delegate Howell pointed out that The West Virginia Blue Ribbon Commission on Highways failed to look at waste in the system, but Virginia did. West Virginia's goal was to take the best practices in Virginia, and implement them in the Mountain State.
Parks Department Schedules Halloween Party
The Cumberland Parks and Recreation Department will sponsor its annual "Halloween at Constitution Park" program Sunday, starting at 2 p.m. The parades takes place then, followed by costume judging. A decorated "Haunted House" will be open for touring following the costume contest. There is no admission fee for the annual event. For more information, contact the Parks and Recreation Department at (301)-759-6636.
Common Core Session Scheduled
Allegany and Garrett counties will host an informational session on Common Core Educational Standards at Frostburg State University on Thursday, November 14th. The session will be held in Room 226 of the Compton Science Center, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The evening will include remarks from Dr. Lillian Lowery, Maryland State Superintendent of Schools and Dr. David Cox, Allegany County School Superintendent. Those in attendance will have the opportunity to hear a teacher's perspective on Maryland's new academic standards. The public forum is one in a series of forums being sponsored by the Maryland State Department of Education and the Maryland PTA.
Medical Diagnostic Firm Raided
The Owings Mills offices of Alpha Diagnostics were raided by the FBI Friday, as part of a health care fraud case. Several boxes of documents were removed. Agents also raided the Harrisburg, Pennsylvania offices as well. The FBI says the two raids were related, but would provide no further details on the raid nor the investigation. The company has clients in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Virginia, and Washington, D.C.
No Increases in Premiums for PEIA Customers
Those state and public school employees covered by West Virginia's public employee insurance plan will likely see no increases in their health insurance premiums next year. The Public Employees Insurance Agency Finance Board has tentatively approved a 20124-2015 plan; if it wins final approval, it will mark the third straight year that premiums would not be increased. A final vote on the plan will be taken in December.