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Two Baltimore Men Sentenced on Drug Charges

The second of two Baltimore men has been sentenced in connection with a raid conducted last summer in the Westernport area. Lamont George Smith was sentenced to 20 years in prison with ten years suspended. Last month, Timothy Lowell Brown was sentenced to 15 years in prison with seven suspended. The two were arrested and charged with possession with intent to distribute cocaine. Smith will be on probation for five years following his release; Brown will be on probation for three years.


Two Arrested in Warrant Service Incident

Two people were arrested on Vine Street in Westernport yesterday, as Allegany County Sheriff's Deputies tried to serve a warrant on one of the two. James Richard Lease had been wanted on a violation of probation charge. A female acquaintance at the home, Brenda Stevenson interfered with the arrest and was also charge. Lease was tasered by deputies, and after being treated at the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center, he was taken to the Detention Center. Ms. Stevenson, who was also arrested, was eventually released on her own recognizance.


Cumberland Cited in Mayor's Report

The city of Cumberland is one of three economies in the state that are likely to shrink. The annual forecast was prepared by IHS Global Insight says the economies of Hagerstown and Salisbury will also shrink, but Cumberland will experience the sharpest decline of 3.9 per cent. Declines in employment, according to the forecast, will affect Cumberland, Salisbury, and towns in North Carolina, Indiana, and Illinois.


Westernport Man Arrested in Break In

Westernport resident George Mayhew was arrested in connection with a burglary yesterday morning on Riordan Road. Mayhew was accused of breaking into the home, and stealing an undisclosed amount of money. He ran from the house when confronted, and was arrested by a Mineral County deputy on Kolberg Hill, a short distance from the crime scene. He is being held on $7500 bond at the Allegany County Detention Center.


Board Seeks Bad Weather Waiver

The Allegany County Board of Education will seek a five-day waiver from the state for bad weather days. There have been 15 school days missed this year so far. A vote to seek the waiver was taken during this week's board meeting. They will petition the State Board of Education and  state superintendent of schools, Dr. Lillian Lowery. If the waiver is approved, the last day of school should be Tuesday, June 10th, barring any further delays.


I-68 Work Scheduled

The right lane of westbound Interstate 68 is being closed until 7:30 p.m. this evening for lighting work. There will also be another closure of the same lanes next Monday through Thursday, according to the State Highway Administration. Motorists should be prepared for possible delays.


Traffic Stop Results in Felony Offense

A Keyser man was jailed this past weekend, after being caught, for a third time, for driving on a license that had been suspended for DUI. Twenty-eight year old Jeffrey Corbin was stopped on Carskadon Road. He was charged with a third offense of driving on a license that had been revoked for DUI, which is considered a felony in West Virginia. He was also charged with driving without insurance.


Man Charged in Crash

Frostburg resident Francis Joseph Leach was charged in Pennsylvania with driving under the influence and other related traffic charges, following a single-vehicle crash Monday night on the Cumberland Highway in Southampton Township in Somerset County. Leach was driving a 1996 Ford F-250 when the 8:50 p.m. crash occurred.


Garrett County Woman Guilty of Assault

Garrett County resident Tracy Elaine Ali was found guilty of assaulting an 11-year old boy in Somerset County, Pennsylvania. Ms. Ali was accused of kicking the boy in the groin, and the verdict came after an hour-long trial. In all, she was charged with simple assault, harassment and disorderly conduct.


Bear Population Studied

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources was at work earlier this week, checking on the Maryland bear population. The exercise allowed biologists to change the batteries in radio collars worn by some of the sows and to tag the new cubs with microchips, so they can be scanned in later years, without disturbing the hibernation process. Also, a team from the Maryland Zoo took care of some minor medical issues and performed blood work.  In a recent survey, 701 adult and younger bears were found.


Man Arrested on Outstanding Warrant

Cumberland resident Leo Richard Durocher is being held on $5,000 bond at the Allegany County Detention Center, after having been arrested on an outstanding warrant. Durocher had been involved in a harassment incident on Maryland Avenue Tuesday; officers discovered he had an outstanding warrant for his arrest. And, officers found several pills on him, none of which was in the appropriate prescription bottle. He was charged with violation of probation, and possession of a controlled dangerous substance.


Assault, Sex Offense Charges Filed

Twenty-nine year old Brian Alan Lindeman was arrested and charged in connection with a March 6th incident at the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center. Lindeman had been a patient in the emergency department, and was allegedly acting out of control. He is further accused of assaulting the victim by grabbing her. He received an initial appearance and was held on $8500 bond at the Allegany County Detention Center. He was charged with both assault and a fourth-degree sex offense.


Grantsville Man Wrecks, Charged With DUI

Grantsville resident Austin Tombley was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, following a single-vehicle accident on Route 40, east of Route 219. Tombley's vehicle went off the roadway and overturned. He was not injured; he was taken to the McHenry Barrack for processing, where he was later released.


DJS Schedules Foster Parent Sessions

The Department of Juvenile Services is looking for people and families who are interested in learning more about becoming foster parents. DJS is looking for families, interested in fostering youth between the ages of 12 and 18. There will be an informational session on Tuesday at the LaVale library, between 3 and 7 p.m. On Saturday, there will be a session at the George's Creek Library from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and on March 27th from 2 to 7:30 p.m. There will also be sessions in April in both Oakland and Grantsville.


Volunteers Work on Final Trail Segment

Volunteers are working to complete the final 30-mile segment of West Virginia's 330-mile Allegheny Trail. The trail runs from an area near Bruceton Mills to a junction with the Appalachian Trail in Monroe County. The Forest Service will check the route of the trail and make any changes before approving it.


Gansler Not in Favor of Pot Legalization

Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler, while in favor of medical marijuana use, is not in favor of decriminalization. Gansler says Maryland should NOT take a cue from the way things were done in Colorado and in other states. He says he wants to make sure Maryland approaches the matter in the right way. While he is willing to explore the concept of decriminalization and legalization, it should be done incrementally


Men's Warehouse Buys Joseph A. Bank

Men's Warehouse has acquired Joseph A. Bank Clothiers for a reported $1.8 billion in cash. Both boards of directors approved the latest tender offer from Men's Warehouse. The deal creates the fourth largest men's clothing retailer in the country. The combined company will have 23,000 employees in 1700 stores across the country. The Joseph A. Bank Headquarters is in Hampstead, Maryland, and several Maryland legislators are concerned about the future of the Carroll County Headquarters, one of its largest employers.


Two Children Dead in Fayette County, West Virginia

Two young children, found unresponsive in their Fayette County, West Virginia mobile home, were later pronounced dead. A three-month old and a one year old were found unconscious and not breathing when they were found Tuesday morning. The cause of death, the identities and circumstances surrounding their deaths were not initially known.


West Virginia Teachers to Receive Raise

The West Virginia legislature recently approved a $1,000-across-the-board teacher pay raise. Several proposals were floated during the Legislative session, but the $1,000 per teacher raise won out over the others. Governor Earl Ray Tomblin says he would have preferred another proposal, but will support the increase in pay. Delegate Roy Cooper of Summers County, a former teacher, says the raise wasn't enough because of the monumental job they have.

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