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Schleuniger to Speak with Hagerstown Authorities

As part of a plea agreement announced this week, Stephen Schleuniger has agreed to speak with Washington County authorities about the death of his former girlfriend, Tammy Myerly. Schleuniger pleaded guilty Tuesday to second degree murder in connection with the death of Lisa Ann Simmons of Cumberland. He is expected to be sentenced to 30 years in prison, with ten years suspended. Ms. Myerly was found dead in 2010, and the State Medical Examiner could not determine a cause of death.

 

Commissioners Look to Delegation for Aid

The Allegany County Commissioners' top priority for the Western Maryland Delegation is to seek exemptions from state laws and requirements linked to the cleanup of the Chesapeake Bay. Another fee, which is designed to slow to slow housing growth and pollution going into the bay. County Administrator David Eberly says, in some cases, that could add $15,000 to the price of a new home in the county. The county is asking the delegation to ask for an exemption option for slow/no growth counties.

 

Bedford Judge, Commissioners' Trial Set for March

March 25th has been set as the date for a trial which pits the Bedford County Commissioners against Judge Thomas Ling. At issue is Ling's right to control certain county funds; the two sides also disagree over pay for the court officers. The trial, which has been scheduled in Harrisburg, could resolve the long standing issue between the two.

 

Holiday Inn Changes Hands

The Downtown Cumberland Holiday Inn is now a Ramada Inn. The Holiday Inn had been owned by CHPHC Hotel , LLC and managed by Prism Hotels and resorts. All employees will remain in their current positions, and all prior commitments will be honored. The outside signs of the hotel will be changed in the next few days. The transaction became effective on November 29th.

 

Man Charged with Over $5,000 in Thefts

Cumberland resident Levi Metzner has been charged with theft, after a business on Market Street reported about $5100 worth of merchandise had been taken from his business. Metzner allegedly entered the business after the close of business hours and took numerous items on several occasions between November 19th and 23rd. The majority of those items were recovered by police. Metzner, 19-years old, was served and released pending trial in Allegany County District Court.

 

Keyser Investigating Copper Theft

A vacant Virginia Street house in Keyser was recently stripped of plumbing and electrical lines, presumably to be sold for scrap copper. The previous owner of the home, in the 300-block, had passed away, and the caretaker-a relative-reported the theft. Other communities, including Westernport, had reported similar problems with homes that were for sale, uninhabited, or those undergoing renovation.

 

Myers Comments on Decision Not To Run

The Allegany County Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual pre-legislative breakfast at the downtown Cumberland Holiday Inn yesterday. Delegate LeRoy Myers has chosen not to run for re-election, but rather will run for a seat on the Washington County Commission. In making his decision, Delegate Myers says he wanted to ensure the voters would pick the right person for the job. He partially attributed his decision to the "politics of politics" in Annapolis and the frustrations he has encountered over the past 12 years or so. Delegate Myers says he does much better in making decisions than trying to find reasons to make decision. The district was redrawn in January of 2002, and-at the time-was District 2A.

 

Scarpelli Seeks City Funding for Canal Place

In what could have been termed a surprise move Tuesday evening, Cumberland City Council member Nick Scarpelli suggested beginning discussions that could lead to the city providing $80,000 in funding to assist Canal Place. The entity is facing a $125,000 budget deficit in FY 2015, in part because the city and county had decided to phase out funding for the tourism center from the hotel/motel tax revenue. While he says the issue is not out of the question, Mayor Brian Grim believes the state should be operating Canal Place, since it owns the facility.

 

Somerset County Woman Paroled in Fraud Case

Meyersdale resident Faith Ann Robertson, who had fraudulently solicited money for murder victim Justine Jackson's headstone was sentenced this week in court. Ms. Robertson, of Krause Trailer Park, was given credit for the 89 days she had served and was paroled immediately.

 

More Details on Ocean City Church Fire

Fire officials in Ocean City say a church fire that killed its pastor was caused by a man who put gasoline on himself, set himself on fire and ran into the church while on fire. The blaze killed the man, John Sterner. As a result Pastor David Dingwall died in the fire. A third person remains at the Johns Hopkins Burn Center in Baltimore. Reverend Dingwall's death has been ruled a homicide, while Sterner's death was a suicide.

 

West Virginia May Face Budget Cuts

If West Virginia's revenue collections continue to come in below projections, there could be mid-year budget cuts. The state is about four per cent below projections, and has collected $57 million less than expected since July. West Virginia lawmakers will be working on the new budget during the 2014 regular legislative session, which opens in Charleston on January 8th.

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