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Everett Man Accused of Over 2400 Counts of Rape


Everett resident Michael William Edmonson is in the Bedford County jail in lieu of $100,000 bail, after being accused of 2,426 counts of rape and contributing to the condition of minors. He is accused of raping three young girls, beginning when they were as young as five,  over the course of several years. Edmonson was arrested after two of the victims came forward, after several years of abuse. Bedford County District Attorney Bill Higgins says, that when it comes to pedophiles, he will "put them in jail for as long as I can."



Two Killed in Somerset County Crash


Two people were killed and two others hurt in a car crash Saturday in Somerset County, Pennsylvania. Two cars collided along Cooper Kettle Highway in Milford Township just after noon, and one person in each car was pronounced dead at the scene. Killed in the accident was Roger Dale Hay. Also pronounced dead was a 25-year old passenger in one of the cars. Serious injuries were suffered by 25-year old Amy Michelle Oblack and Glennes Ann Miller. Law enforcement authorities continue to investigate the crash.



Motorcycle Stolen From Residence


Cumberland City Police are investigating the theft of a motorcycle, stolen from a residence in the 400-block of Goethe Street. Sometime during the past week, a person or persons removed the 2004 Suzuki RMZ 250 motorcycle from a shed at the rear of the residence. There are no suspects at this time, but if anyone has information, they are asked to contact Cumberland City Police at (301)-777-1600.



Man Held at Detention Center


A Ridgeley man is being held on $5,000 bond at the Allegany County Detention Center, following an incident late last week. Fifty-two year old Curtis Coover is accused of acting in a disruptive manner towards the staff of a downtown Cumberland Mall business. He also allegedly swung his fists at officers as he was being led out of the establishment. He also broke an antenna on one of the police cruisers at the scene. He is being charged with assault on police, disturbing the peace, destruction of property and disorderly conduct.



Contract for Bridge Work to be Awarded


The city of Cumberland is expected to award a contract for work on a number of West Side bridges at tomorrow's meeting. The city's Engineering Department has updated the load ratings for several bridges, including the Washington Street, Cumberland Street, Fayette Street structures, and the Green Street underpass. A revised posting for the Cumberland Street Bridge places an 11,000-pound limit for a single-axle vehicle, and 22,000-pounds for a combination of axle vehicles. CSX and the city are working on a traffic planning study that will prioritize solutions to those problems.



Minimum Wage Debate Set


A discussion on raising the minimum wage will be held tomorrow at the Second Baptist Church on Grand Avenue. Both sides of the issue will be covered, and Congressman John Delaney, among others,  will speak in favor of the proposal. Those speaking against raising the minimum wage include Allegany County Commissioner Mike McKay, who owns and operates several dry cleaning locations in the region. The public is invited to the debate, and to ask questions afterward. The forum begins at 11:30 a.m.



FSU Opportunity Scholarship Applications Available


Current and prospective Frostburg State University students from the county are encouraged to apply for the Allegany County Opportunity scholarship. The application deadline has been extended to April 1st. Eligible recipients are required to have been a resident of the county for at least three years, must be admitted to FSU, have at least a 3.0 grade point average, and complete the FAFSA applications. The scholarship was established by the Allegany County Commissioners, with revenues from the Rocky Gap Casino Resort. More information can be obtained from the FSU Financial Aid Office at (301)-687-4301.



CUW Campaign Through April 30th


The County United Way campaign has reached about 74 per cent of its $500,000 goal, with about $135,000 more to be raised by the April 30th deadline. The County United Way benefits numerous programs in the region, including the area food pantries, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, and homeless programs and initiatives. The CUW also has been a major partner with the Union Rescue Mission, supporting the Cold Weather Shelter from January through April of each year. Gifts are tax-deductible and can be made on the CUW website at "," or you can send a check to 71 Baltimore Street, Third Floor in Cumberland.



Somerset Gender Bias Suit Settled


Eighteen former and current female teachers in a Somerset County school district have received anywhere from $360 to $13,950 in a gender bias lawsuit that was settled out of court. The teachers in August, contended they were hired at lower salaries than men with similar experience. Windber School Superintendent Rick Huffman said that an internal investigation showed no bias, the legal fees for court would have exceeded the settlement figure of $150,000. The attorney for the teachers, Samuel Cordes, contended that discrimination did occur. His firm was paid $60,000 out of the settlement.



Father, Abducted Daughter Found in South Carolina


Social media played a part in the arrest Friday night of Timothy Virts, who is accused of killing his ex-wife and abducting his daughter from her Dundalk home on Friday. A Florence, South Carolina hotel owner, where Timothy and Caitlyn were staying, saw their pictures on a Facebook/Amber Alert page, and called authorities. Timothy Virts was arrested at the hotel, and Caitlyn is safe.



Contractor Blamed for Ongoing Problems


The former contractor that helped build and maintain the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange website continues to be blamed for ongoing problems. Noridian Health Care Solutions has been replaced by another contractor Optum/QSSI. Republican Delegate Tony McConkey says he heard the federal government was not going to reimburse the state for the glitches, and that to fix the website, it will cost over $30 million. Fellow Delegate Steve Arents, of the Upper Eastern Shore, says that legislators "don't have a clue" where the money is going and how it's being spent.




Civil Fine for Marijuana Possession Approved


The Maryland Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee has approved  a bill that would replace criminal penalties with a civil fine for possession of limited amounts of marijuana. The measure will now receive a full vote in the Senate, which approved a similar measure last year, with bipartisan support. The bill would replace criminal penalties for possession of up to 10 grams of marijuana with a $100 fine, similar to a parking ticket. It also would make penalties for minors the same as those for underage possession of alcohol.



Charles Town to Add Concert Hall


The Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races says it will add a 1200-seat concert venue, as it seeks to fend off increased competition from Maryland's casinos. Construction begins this month, and should be completed by the end of September. A name has not yet been selected. Charles Town has faced tough competition the last several years from Maryland casinos, especially from the Maryland Live! casino at Arundel Mills, which now has a 500-seat concert venue on its casino floor.

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