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Everett Man Bound Over for Trial

Enough evidence has been presented against Michael Edmonson of Everett, Pennsylvania to be tried on over 2400 counts of rape and sexual assault. During a hearing this week, the alleged victims testified; two of them are now in their early 20's, while the younger girl, now 15 years old, testified in court. The hearing lasted over two hours, and Edmonson will remain in the Bedford County Jail, in lieu of $100,000 bond.


Friendsville Woman Sentenced in Burglary

Friendsville resident Miranda Rae Bageant has been sentenced to ten years for conspiracy to commit first-degree burglary; all but 18 months of the sentence was suspended. She had sold jewelry to a pawn shop, which was taken from a northern Garrett County home. She wrote a letter of apology to the victims, and will be on probation after her release, with the condition that she make a payment of $545 in court costs.


Mineral County Approves Leaner Budget

The Mineral County Commissioners approved a projected budget for the upcoming fiscal year that is about $300,000 less than the current year's budget. All county contributions to outside agencies, including the Mineral County library, will stay at present levels. The commissioners opposed a pay raise, approved by the West Virginia legislature. One stipulation of the bill is that county officials would  receive a pay raise, only if the county experienced a rise in revenue, which Mineral County did not.


State Supreme Court Denies Appeal

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has denied an appeal from inmate Barry Lee Crespo, formerly of Bedford. Crespo, serving a sentence at SCI-Mahanoy prison in Frackville, contended that his trial attorney, Phillip Masorti, was ineffective in defending him for sexually assaulting a 14-yer old girl. Crespo had been mentoring the girl in October of 2007 through the Youth Advocate Program. He sexually assaulted her in Reading, and then lied about being there.


Police Investigating Gun Theft

The Pennsylvania State Police are investigating a case, in which a handgun was stolen from Willow Brook Lane in Bedford Township earlier this month. The .22-calibre revolver has a serial number of C00840. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Bedford barrack of the Pennsylvania State Police at (814)-623-6133.


Administrator Comments on Deteriorating Bridge

Potholes and deteriorating concrete on the Baltimore Street bridge over Will's Creek is making it difficult for some drivers to navigate. City Administrator Jeff Rhodes says that replacing the deck is 12 to 24 months out, but it is "on the radar." He says the plan is to completely replace the bridge decking. While bridges in and around Cumberland are inspected routinely, there is the issue of timing.


Reservoir Project Causes Parking Changes

Work will begin Monday evening on the Koontz Reservoir Replacement project in Lonaconing, and parking will not be allowed on Douglas Avenue, from the Route 36 intersection to the Beechwood Road intersection. Parking will be banned from 5 p.m. Monday evening through 5 p.m. Tuesday. Any vehicles parked in that area will be towed at the owner's expense.


Hardy County Schools Receive Computers

More than 100 computers and other technology accessories were given to Hardy County Schools this week. The equipment, which will be used by Hardy County Middle and High schools, and came from the office of Senator Joe Manchin, and the Computers for Learning program. For information on eligibility and how to apply, contact Senator Manchin's office.


Higher Education Discussion at ACM

A discussion on the future of higher education is taking place next Wednesday at Allegany College of Maryland. The collaborative discussion begins at 5 p.m. in the College Center, and is entitled, "The Future of Higher Education: How Should Higher Education Help Us Create the Society We Want?" Interested persons are asked to RSVP to Kara Riley at (301)-784-5606.


Fire Company President Victim of Fatal Crashes

The President of the Western Enterprise Fire Company of Hagerstown, Mitchell Dobbins, was one of the victims of Wednesday morning's crashes along Interstate 81.The accidents were caused by an unusual snow squall, which swept across the interstate, and caused a total of two deaths. There were several multiple collisions and injuries, along with two fatalities.


"Open Source" Textbooks Explored

The University of Maryland is experimenting with eliminating the cost of textbooks, by using "open source" electronic textbooks. They are comprised of materials gathered from various sources, and are not protected by copyright. Many are interactive, so that anyone with an internet connection can access them. Estimates are that about 1100 students at Maryland are saving a combined $130,000. M.I.T., the California State University System, and the Washington State College system are among those that have built libraries of free, online course materials.


West Virginia Considering Minimum Wage Hike

Maryland is not the only state struggling with the minimum wage issue; West Virginia recently passed legislation that would increase the minimum wage from $7.25 to $8.00 per hour, beginning January 1st of next year, and increase to $8.75 in 2016. And, the arguments against raising the minimum wage are the same: employers could be forced to cut back on the hours of full-time workers and hire more part-time employees to abide by the new overtime definition.

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