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Preston Woman Charged in Husband's Death

Kingwood, West Virginia resident Nicole Knotts is in the Tygart Valley Regional Jail for allegedly shooting and killing her husband, Matthew. His body was hidden in a bathroom under clothes and other household items. Matthew Knotts was reported missing this past Monday, and Maryland State Police entered the investigation when Nicole Knotts claimed her husband left with a Garrett County woman. Nicole Knotts has been charged with first-degree murder and concealment of a deceased human body.


ACM, Schools Present Budget Requests

The Allegany County Commissioners have begun budget hearings for Fiscal Year 2015, and yesterday heard from both Allegany College and the Board of Education. The school board has requested a 3 per cent increase in its funding, while Allegany College requested flat funding. ACM is planning on increasing tuition in 2015.


Inmate Indicted in Murder of Cellmate

An inmate at the Western Correctional Institution has been indicted in the beating death of his cellmate last September. Darnell Thompson is accused of killing 29-year old Jason Wallace, and has been charged with first-degree murder. Thompson presently is serving a life sentence for a 1996 murder conviction in Prince George's County. He is now being lodged at the North Branch Correctional facility.


Severance Remains in West Virginia Jail

Charles Severance, who has been called a "person of interest" in three Northern Virginia murders, remains in the Northern Regional Jail on $100,000 bond, as an Ohio County circuit judge has refused to lower his bail. Severance, who at one time had lived on Browning Street in Cumberland, continues to fight extradition to Virginia for questioning in the murders. His next extradition hearing will be held on March 31st.


Man Convicted of Dealing Heroin

Slanesville, West Virginia resident Robert Glenn Ford was found guilty of dealing heroin on Wednesday. The jury, which took only a half hour to deliberate, found Ford guilty not only of possession with intent to deliver heroin, but also possession of oxycodone with intent to deliver. He was arrested after a confidential informant, wearing a "wire," purchased heroin from Ford.


Drugs Reported Missing from Bedford Ambulance

Bedford Borough Police are entering an investigation, to see who stole drugs from Bedford Ambulance sometime in January. Drug Enforcement Agency protocol dictates that drugs are to be inspected on a daily basis. The drugs weren't named, because it may affect the investigation; it is possible the drugs, which had a value of less than $20, are being sold on the streets. The person responsible could face felony theft charges.


Somerset Fire Investigated

Three people escaped from a burning home earlier this week, and the Pennsylvania State Police Fire Marshal is investigating the cause. The fire was reported on Ridge Road in Shade Township. A passerby alerted those inside to the fire, which was reported around 11 a.m.


No Comment on Mineral School Calendar

There was no public comment on two school calendars, proposed for Mineral County Schools for the 2014-2015 school year. The first calendar would make the first day of school August 7th, with the first semester ending before the Christmas break. The second would begin the year on August 14th, and end the first semester on January 9th. Both calendars provide for 180 days instruction, which will be required by the West Virginia Board of Education, starting with next school year.


Bridge Work Begins Monday

Preparation work will begin Monday for the rehabilitation of the Route 26 bridge in Everett borough. The work is part of a three-bridge rehabilitation contract in West Providence Township and in Everett. The initial phase will involve short term, daylight traffic control. and delays will be minimal. Beginning on April 1st, there will be a one-and-three-quarter mile detour, which should be in place until September 30th. Pedestrian access will be maintained on one side of the bridge at all times.


Man Arrested on Howard County Warrant

A Cumberland man was arrested Wednesday on a bench warrant from Howard County, Maryland. Forty-seven year old Douglas Wayne Black was wanted for failure to appear in court. He is being held at the Allegany County Detention Center, and is awaiting extradition back to Howard County.


Senators Receive "Robo-Calls" on Minimum Wage Bill

The Maryland State Senate may consider a minimum wage bill next week, but in the meantime, Maryland residents have been inundated with so-called "robo-calls" urging them to support Governor Martin O'Malley's bill. One of those residents in Democratic Senator Delores Kelly, who claimed her family received no fewer than 90 calls in one day, about her position on the bill.While State Senator Kathy Klausmeier didn't receive any robocalls, she did get a "letter" from a woman she discovered died three years ago. Senator Klausmeier foresees some sort of compromise on the bill. Senate Finance Committee Chair Mac Middleton would like to see a minimum wage bill that would include a raise for workers who work with the severely disabled, through various non-profit organizations. Currently, the state reimburses the labor costs of those workers at a rate of 35 per cent above the minimum wage.


Bill Could Provide Free Needles

A bill being considered in the General Assembly would provide free needles for heroin users in Baltimore City, and would cost taxpayers a quarter of a million dollars. The bill has passed in both the House and Senate, and must now go to the opposite chamber for approval. Currently, heroin users in Baltimore City must bring back a used needle to exchange it for a new one. Under the bill, they could receive several needles at once. 


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