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Former Jail Secretary Sentenced to Prison


Bedford resident Sheila Suter, the former secretary at the Bedford County Jail, has been sentenced to up to five years in prison, after pleading guilty to embezzling nearly $50,000 from an inmate commissary account. She has been ordered to pay nearly $49,000 in restitution, and will be on probation for two years following her release from prison. Ms. Suter must also forfeit over $16,000 in her county retirement account. She will be transferred to the State Correctional Institution at Camp Hill, Pennsylvania.



I-68 Left Lane Closures Start Tomorrow


Interstate 68, both east and westbound, in the vicinity of downtown Cumberland, will have its left lanes closed, beginning tomorrow morning, and running through April 10th. Drivers should expect delays during peak travel times. The work is part of a $14 million, two year bridge rehabilitation project in Allegany County. The lanes will be closed, around the clock, until the work is completed.



Maplehurst Taxes Due Next Monday


The Maplehurst Country Club may be the subject of a tax sale, unless its board can come up with over $67,000 in property taxes, dating back to 2010. City Administrator John Kirby pointed out that anyone's property that is more than two years in arrears is subject to a tax sale. City Attorney Michael Cohen has informed the Maplehurst Board that a payment of just over $67,000 must be made by the close of business next Monday, to satisfy the tax and interest payments that are due to Frostburg and Allegany County.



Trial Stemming from Council Meeting Set


An incident that occurred at a Piedmont Council meeting has led to assault charges against a resident, and will be hear in Mineral County Magistrate Court. Curtis Smith confronted then Council member Ray Hall about city workers using city equipment to repair a sewer line on his property. As it turned out, the broken water line was actually on city-owned property, so Hall had no basis for his argument. The trail will get underway at 9:30 a.m.



Severance Extradited to Virginia


Charles Severance, who is wanted for questioning in three Northern Virginia murders, is being extradited to Virginia through a Governor's extradition order. Severance, who at one time had lived on Browning Street in Cumberland, had been in a Wheeling West Virginia jail was held on $100,000 bond. For his part, Severance had stated he didn't want to return to Virginia.



Man Cited for Marijuana Possession


A Cumberland man, who had originally been stopped by Cumberland City Police for using a cell phone while driving, was later cited for possession of marijuana. Thirty-eight year old Jason Scott Deremer had a bag of suspected marijuana in the cup holder of his car. He was processed at police headquarters, and served with a criminal citation, before being released.



Cumberland Man to be Extradited


Cumberland City Police arrested Patrick Jonathan Wright last week on a fugitive warrant from Mineral County, West Virginia. He was taken to District Court, then held at the Allegany County Detention Center, awaiting extradition to face charges there.



Parole/Probation Has 50% Success Rate


The local Department of Parole and Probation, now known as Allegany County Community Supervision, North Region, can claim a 50 per cent success rate. Willie Greene, Senior Agent, says once a person is released from confinement, her office checks in with them three times a week. If they miss any meetings or have a positive urinalysis, then they will return to jail. Those who have just been released cannot leave the state of Maryland, and this is enforced through the use of a monitoring device. They must wear it for two months, and then move up another level.




Sheriff's Office Seeks Vandalism Information


The Allegany County Sheriff's Department is investigating a destruction or property incident that happened last week at the Midland baseball fields. Someone drove a vehicle onto the infield and outfield areas, causing damage to both, and also to the baseline of the field. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Sheriff's Office at (301)-777-1585, or Deputy Wildeson at (240)-362-1361. All calls can remain anonymous.



Commissioners Declare "Lefty Grove Day"


The Allegany County Commissioners are proclaiming next Monday as "Lefty" Grove day in Allegany County. On the opening day of the 2014 Major League Baseball season, Grove, of Lonaconing, will be recognized as a baseball legend. He is a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame, and won the first American League Most Valuable Player Award. He also was selected to play in the first Major League All-Star game.



Jobs, Economy Important to West Virginians


Jobs and the economy are top priorities for West Virginia residents and about half of those surveyed, believe those issues were not adequately addressed during the regular Legislative session this year. More than half-51 per cent-said the state was on the wrong track, and 50 per cent said the Mountain State has one of the worst legal systems in the U.S. The survey, conducted by MBE Research, also showed that 51 per cent of those interviewed see lawsuits hurting job creation in the state.



Regional VA Hospital to Close ICU Unit


The James E. Van Zandt Medical Center in Altoona has announced plans to close its Intensive Care Unit on April 21st, and move away from emergency department care. The plan is for the hospital to become an urgent care facility. A few employees are being affected by the change, and are being offered reassignments to support other growing programs at the facility. Currently the center has four ICU beds.


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