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Man To Serve 24 Years in Murder Case

Meyersdale resident Jonathan Beal will serve 10 to 24 years in prison, in connection with the death of 19-year old Justine Marie Jackson in September of 2012. Beal pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter. Ms. Jackson, formerly of this area, was found in November of 2012 near the Great Allegheny Passage Hiking and Biking Trail in Meyersdale. While in this area, Ms. Jackson attended Mountain Ridge High School and the Allegany County Center for Career and Technical Education.


Hunter Injured in Fall

Ridgeley resident Trent Bradshaw was suffered a broken neck as he was getting ready for the opening of deer season. Bradshaw was hanging his tree stand and fell approximately 9 feet. Initially taken to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center, he was later transferred to the R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, and was listed in critical condition.


D.C. Drug Dealer Sentenced in Garrett County

A Washington, D.C. drug dealer who had escaped from the Garrett County Jail in 2011 has been sentenced to 15 years in a federal prison. Deandre Kelly pleaded guilty in 2009 to conspiracy and possession with intent to distribute PCP and cocaine. He escaped police custody in January of 2011, but was later recaptured in May of that year in Bedford, Virginia.


Man Arrested for Theft

Cumberland resident Samuel Crock was being held on $2500 bond, after attempting to take several items from the Fastenal Store on West Industrial Boulevard. Crock took a cordless screw driver and what he thought was a DeWalt hammer drill. He told officers he discarded the hammer drill, when he realized the case contained only a battery, and not the drill. He was charged with theft of less than $1,000. He received a bond hearing, and later taken to the Allegany County Detention Center.


Commissioners Approve Industrial Park Improvements

The Allegany County Commissioners recently approved several improvements at the county's three industrial parks. At the North Branch location, the commissioners approved the acquisition of a four-acre parcel, which is considered to be a strategic piece of property. In Frostburg, the commissioners accepted a proposal for civil and site engineering work for the access road there. And, the county-in cooperation with the Maryland Economic Development Corporation-has been actively marketing the Barton Business Park for the past several years.


Pennsylvania Authorities Warn of Scam

There's another telephone scam going on, and one person lost nearly $500. A caller tells the victim they have won a sweepstakes, but they will have to send $499 to process the prize. District Attorney Lisa Lazzari-Strasiser says residents should ask for a call back number, a person's name, and/or question how they picked you. Then, she says, contact the local or state police.


Mineral County Looking for Committee Volunteers

The Mineral County Commissioners are looking for residents, who may want to volunteer to serve on the Mineral County Board of Health, the Planning Commission or Development  Authority. If you are interested, the commissioners ask that you send a letter of interest by December 6th to the Mineral County Commission, 150 Armstrong Street, Keyser, West Virginia 26726.


Student Receives Letter from Mandela's Group

A Flintstone student, Ariana Spear, recently received a letter from a group, representing former South African President Nelson Mandela. Her class had been studying Mandela, and-according to Mia Perlozzo-Cross, public information officer for the Board of Education-they were intrigued by the fact that even though Mandela had been imprisoned, he eventually became the country's president. Ms. Spear wrote, and sent, a get-well note to the ailing Mandela.


Graduation Rates Increase, Dropouts Decrease

Allegany County has made some notable progress on increasing the graduation rate, according to public information officer Mia Perlozzo-Cross. According to Ms. Cross, more students are graduating and fewer are dropping out of high school.


Cause and Manner of Triple Fatal Shooting Released

One week ago, Benyam Asefa shot his wife and their three month old son, but their five year old daughter escaped. The investigation into the Frederick shooting has been completed, and revealed that Asefa and his wife, Barbara Giomarelli had been arguing. Asefa shot his wife as she was holding her son, and the bullet exited her and hit the infant. Asefa then turned the gun on himself.


Corbett Signs Transportation Bill

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett has signed a $2.3 billion transportation bill, funded by higher gas taxes and motorist fees. He says there is "barely a spot in Pennsylvania" that won't benefit from the bill. The bill will benefit the Keystone State's highways, bridges and mass-transit systems. The Governor commented that the economic impact is far outweighed by the jobs included in the legislation, in addition to improving public safety on the state's highways.

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