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Woman Dies in Weekend Fire


An elderly Short Gap woman was killed in weekend fire at her home on Old Furnace Road. Firefighters discovered a fire in the kitchen on arrival, and the victim's body was found on the kitchen floor. The fire was first reported around 12:40 p.m. Saturday. Further details, including the identity of the victim are unknown at the present time.



Women Sentenced on Drug Charges


Twenty-eight year old Romney resident Tonya Renee Haymond has been sentenced in Federal District Court to 31 months in prison for distribution of heroin. And, Rio resident Megan Rohrbaugh will serve two years probation for distribution of Oxycodone. They were among 17 people who appeared for plea or sentencing hearings in an Elkins courtroom this past week.



C3I Investigates Stabbing


Three, yet-to-be-identified men were treated at the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center, following a stabbing incident early Saturday morning on Route 40. The men had been at a Cumberland establishment earlier in the evening, and later were involved in an altercation in the LaVale area along Route 40. None of the injuries was life-threatening. Along with the C3I unit, the LaVale barrack of the Maryland State Police investigated.



Warehouse Fire Causes $150,000 Damage


A fire at a Franklin Street warehouse, caused about $150,000 in damage Friday morning. The cause of the fire was traced to a malfunctioning electrical cord. The warehouse was being used by the Western Correctional Institution and the Western Maryland Health System. The fire was brought under control in about a half-hour, but the building sustained smoke and water damage.



Wiring Caused Arch Street Fire


A fire Thursday afternoon, was started by faulty electrical wiring. The home, at 308 Arch Street was owned by John Morgan and occupied by Charles Landenberger and five other people. Damage estimates were placed at $10,000. The Red Cross provided assistance to the victims. Columbia Gas and Potomac Edison were also on the scene of the fire.



Man, Juvenile Charged in Assault Incident


Both 18-year old James Gregory Hebert and a 17-year old juvenile male were charged in connection with an altercation, which took place in the 300-block of Caroline Street earlier in the month. Both had been arguing over money, and both claimed they were assaulted by the other. Both were charged with second-degree assault.



Domestic Assault Results in Charges


Thirty-two year old Christopher David Shrader was released on personal recognizance, pending trial, following a domestic assault incident on York Place. Shrader is accused of physically assaulting his fiance, and her injuries were consistent with her account of the situation. Sharader was placed under arrest and charged with second degree assault.



Hagerstown Police Seek Murder Suspect


The Hagerstown Police Department is seeking a man in connection with the shooting death of 20-year old Everette Wade of Locust Street. Officers found a man in the 100-block of East Baltimore Street, with a gunshot wound to the stomach. Wade was later taken to the Meritus Medical Center, where he later died. The shooting was determined to be an isolated incident, and anyone with information is asked to contact the Hagerstown Police Department.



Three Sentenced for Arson Fires


Three college students will be spending the holidays in jail, after each received a two-week sentence in Washington County Circuit Court. The three-18-year old Clear Spring resident Jacob Hess, 20-year old Olivia Hannah of Frederick, and Sarah Mathews of Adamstown-were involved in a series of arson fires that happened in late March and early April. The fires ranged from grass and trash-can fires to sheds, vehicles and barns.



Elections Board Rules on Fundraising


The Maryland State Board of Elections has ruled that candidates who are permitted to raise money during the legislative session can continue to do so, even if they are on a ticket with someone who is barred from fundraising during the 90-day session. While the ruling affects candidates in several different ways, Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown's running mate, Howard County Executive Ken Ulman is not covered by the fundraising ban, because he is neither a state lawmaker nor a statewide office holder.



Former Bank Manager Sentenced


Former Weston, West Virginia bank manager Deborah Radcliff has been sentenced for embezzling nearly a quarter-million dollars of customers' money. She has been sentenced to three years and one month, and will also pay a minimum of $100 a month in restitution. Following her release from prison, she will be on three years' supervised release. Currently, Ms. Radcliff is free on bond, and will report to federal prison in February.


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