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Garrett County Teacher Arrested on Sexual Abuse Charges


Garrett County teacher Richard Allan McCrobie has been arrested on charges of sexual abuse of a minor, possession of child pornography, and displaying obscene material to a minor. He had been under investigation since last summer, when he allegedly allowed students unsupervised access to computers on Northern High School property, and had provided access to pornographic materials to students. From the start of the current school year, McCrobie has not had access to any students nor the Northern Garrett High School property. The Maryland State Police are continuing their investigation.



One Dead in Romney Fire


One person died over the weekend in an apartment fire on Bolton Street in Romney. The Chief of the New Creek Volunteer Fire Department, Dustin Amtower, spotted the blaze as he was on his way to work Saturday as a paid fireman for Winchester, Virginia. He was able to save the people in the downstairs apartment, but couldn't get into the upstairs unit because of the heat and smoke. The Romney Volunteer Fire Department recovered the victim's body, whose name has not been released. The West Virginia State Fire Marshal's Office is investigating the fire, which does not appear to be suspicious.



Teacher Arrested for Embezzlement


A Hampshire High School teacher, Bradley W. Tenney, has been arrested for embezzlement. He has admitted to taking $781 from a fundraiser at the school. The choral group, Harmony, was attempting to raise money to go to New York; Tenney was the director of the group. Tenney is accused of depositing the checks, but not depositing the cash. The hearing on the embezzlement charge, which is considered a misdemeanor, has been set for March 12th.



Breakings and Enterings in Midland, Lonaconing


The Allegany County Sheriff's Department is currently investigating several incidents, either breakings and enterings or forced entries in homes in the Watercliff Street area of Lonaconing and in the Midland area as well. There are reports from the Sheriff's Office that at least one suspect is in custody.



Family Displaced in Keyser Fire


The Todd and Teresa Simpson family of Keyser lost all of their possessions in a fire early Friday morning. The fire, on Linden Street, was discovered by Todd Simpson, who got everybody out of the house, before fire companies arrived. The blaze caused about $250,000 in total damage, and the property was insured. The investigation revealed the fire was accidental in nature, and related to electric radiant heating.



McKay Comments on State of the County


Allegany County Commission President Mike McKay says about 70 per cent of the revenue from the slot machine/video lottery terminal earnings at Rocky Gap Casino and Resort has been dedicated to the Allegany County Opportunity Scholarship fund at both Allegany College of Maryland and Frostburg State University. McKay notes that students who receive a higher education will get a higher paying job. Concerning the NewPage Corporation's merger with Verso, McKay says he is encouraged by the news. The Luke Mill is in a good position, because of its proximity to natural resources, its safety record, and work ethic. He notes that NewPage consisted of a group of investors, while Verso has been in the paper making business.




Hardy County Outage Planned for Tomorrow


Potomac Edison has scheduled an electrical service interruption for a portion of Hardy County tomorrow. The interruption, for repair work, will take place from 9 to noon, and will affect about 2300 customers in the vicinity of Baker, Mathias, and Lost River. Specifically, the outage will impact the region that run south of Baker, to the Virginia state border, along the Route 259 corridor and the surrounding areas. In case of bad weather, or extremely cold temperatures, the work will be rescheduled for next Tuesday.



Woman Arrested on Assault, Reckless Endangerment Charges


Fifty-two year old Maryland Avenue resident Shirley Crites was arrested, after a Saturday incident at her home. She had told police a friend had come to her house, and started an argument with her. She told the friend to leave, retrieved a gun, and threatened to shoot the friend. Police also found a marijuana pipe in the living room. She was charged with assault, reckless endangerment and possession of drug paraphernalia. Ms. Crites was released on personal recognizance, following a hearing in District Court.



Two Arrested in Somerset County Bust


Guns and drugs were found at a home in Somerset County, which resulted in the arrest of the residents, Michael Pollock and Tenisha Hadix. They were taken into custody at a Boswell Heights housing complex, and stems from ongoing drug investigations in the county. Charges are pending against both. Assisting was the Somerset County Drug Task Force and the Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office, along with the Somerset County District Attorney.



Gunman, Victims Identified


The gunman and two victims of Saturday's shooting at the Columbia Mall have been identified. Nineteen year old Darion Marcus Aguilar of College Park entered the mall about 11:15 a.m. Saturday and shot both 21-year old Brianna Benlolo of College Park and 25-year old Ellicott City resident Tyler Johnson-both employees of the Zumiez skate shop at the mall. Aguilar then turned the gun on himself. Five other people were injured, and the mall will remain closed through tomorrow.




"Bridge" Health Exchange Bill Passes


The Maryland Senate has approved legislation, providing temporary health insurance for those who could not get it due to technical problems with the state's website. To date, only about 450 people have signed up for the retroactive coverage. Senate President Thomas "Mike" Miller acknowledges that government makes mistakes, just like people do. In commenting on what some consider an "expensive solution" to a problem, Miller says it's only expensive if the state cannot get enough people to sign up. Miller says the state is doing what it can to make sure everyone who wants insurance, will get it.




Teen Arrested for Possessing Bomb Materials


A 19-year old Russian national was arrested over the weekend, on charges of possessing a weapon of mass destruction. Vladislav Miftakhov, a student at Penn State Altoona, was taken in to custody, after police found an alleged bomb, and other "bomb making materials." He told police he bought the materials over the the internet in the past few weeks. There were no other details on a motive, nor possible targets, and the investigation is continuing.

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