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Man Sentenced in Meth Case

Cumberland resident Gary Ray Bookheimer has been sentenced to 12 years of actual incarceration on charges of possession with intent to distribute meth, and manufacturing of the drug. Judge Gary Leasure sentenced him, following a trial in which he was found guilty on April 2nd. Prosecuting the case for the state was Assistant State's Attorney Samuel Lane; attorney Kelly Clark represented Bookheimer in the proceedings.


Contract Awarded to Altoona Company

The city of Cumberland's sanitation contract was awarded to Altoona-based Burgmeier's Hauling, which means the city will no longer utilize Advanced Disposal, which currently employs 20 Teamster's union workers. A spokesman for the union claimed that Advanced was the low bidder, but city officials disagreed with that. Burgmeier will be paid just over $750,000 per year for three years of residential hauling. There are also provisions in the contract for a weekly recycling pickup and bulk hauling.


Allegany Project Draws 14 Bidders

There are 14 different companies, which have expressed an interest in razing the former Sacred Heart Hospital, to make way for a new Allegany High School. Companies from as far away as California have obtained bid packages for the project. A pre-bid conference was held yesterday at the site of the former hospital, to take questions from interested contractors, nine of whom were at the meeting.


Former Coach Passes at 72

Ellerslie native Royce Waltman, who began his coaching career at Bedford High School, and went on to be a part of Bobby Knight's coaching staff at Indiana, passed away Monday night at the age of 72. His basketball record at Bedford was 277-113, where he coached from 1966 to 1981. Waltman later was an assistant to Knight with the 1984 gold-medal winning United States Olympic team. Waltman also coached DePauw, Indiana University, where he compiled a 99-38 record.


Preston County Residents Arrested on Drug Charges

Two Preston County residents are being held in the Tygart Valley Regional Jail on drug charges. Thirty-nine year old Joseph Sirota and 23-year old Kelly O'Donnell face numerous counts, and were additionally charged with being fugitives from justice. Bond has been set at $75,000 for each.


FCI Inmate Sentenced for Assault

A current inmate at the Federal Correctional Institution in Cumberland has been sentenced to 12 additional months in prison for assaulting a correctional officer. Forty-four year old Rene Lapointe had been an inmate at a Hazleton facility at the time of the assault. Lapointe had entered a guilty plea in connection with the incident.


Two Taken to Hospital Following Monday Accident

Route 36, the Vale Summit Road and Cabin Run Road were closed for a time late Monday afternoon, following a two-vehicle accident. Twenty-seven year old Cassandra McKenzie filed to yield the right-of-way to a vehicle driven by 32-year old Amy Ravenscroft of LaVale. The injured were taken to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center by ambulance for treatment of what are being termed non-life threatening injuries. Assisting at the scene were the Frostburg Volunteer Fire Department, Shaft Fire Department, Clarysville, and the Frostburg area ambulance service.


Rocky Gap Reports $4 Million in March

The Rocky Gap Casino Resort reported $4 million in revenues for the month of March, but the Maryland Live casino in Hanover took in about $61.8 million, contributing to a record-breaking $77.9 million haul in statewide casino revenue. Of the $77.9 million taken in by the casinos, more than half is tax revenue. More than $30 million will go to the state Education Trust Fund and the rest to various state and local programs. A portion of Rocky Gap's revenues is returned to the Allegany County Commissioners' scholarship fund, which helps provide higher education opportunities at Allegany College of Maryland and Frostburg State University.


Work to Begin in Bedford County

Work begins Monday on the Richard Street Bedford Turnpike Interchange project. Work consists of concrete patching, minor paving and concrete grinding. Most of the work will be done between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. All work on the $1.2 million project will be completed by the beginning of September.


Maryland Lawmakers Wrap Session

The 2014 session of the Maryland General Assembly is history, but saw both a gradual increase in the state's minimum wage and the decriminalization of marijuana, for small amounts. In the waning hours of the session, Howard County Representative Warren Miller spoke against the minimum wage bill, calling it the "inflation bill."Senate Minority Leader David Brinkley spoke against a pay raise for legislators; he acknowledged there were representatives who were upset about a potential raise. Western Maryland Delegate LeRoy Myers won't be returning to Annapolis next year. Another legislator, State Senator Norman Stone, is retiring after 52 years at the State House, initially serving as a delegate. He says one thing he will not miss, if the frustration of not getting a bill passed.


Fight Reported at House Office Building

A fight between two men-not legislators-was reported on the final night of the 2014 session of the Maryland General Assembly. The fight, which took place inside the office of Harford County Delegate Mary Dulany-James at the House Office Building, was between two men who were brothers. One of the two was an aide to Delegate Dulany-James.

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