WOMAN PLEADS NOT GUILTY IN DEATH OF HUSBAND
Mandy O'Hara, of Capon Bridge, West Virginia, has pleaded not guilty to all counts, in connection with the death of her husband last September. She and John Steven Shoemaker III face a total of four felonies each in the death of her estranged husband, Michael O'Hara. No bond has been set for her; Shoemaker's pre-trial hearing is set for May 27th at 9 a.m.
MAN FACES COUNTS, 20 TRAFFIC OFFENSES
A police pursuit, involving the Cumberland City Police and the Sheriff's Department ended with the arrest of a McMullen Highway man. Eighteen year old Michael Ray Reckart has been charged with driving a stolen vehicle, operating a vehicle on a revoked driver's license, drug counts, and fleeing and eluding police. The police pursuit ended with Reckert striking an sheriff's vehicle, where his vehicle came to rest in a ditch on Beartrack Farm Road in the Mount Savage area.
MAN HELD ON $20,000 BOND IN DOMESTIC INCIDENT
Upper George's Creek Road resident Adam Michael Lowery is being held in the Allegany County Detention Center on $20,000 bond, following a domestic incident at his home on Tuesday afternoon. He is accused of threatening his wife with a knife; she was able to get away and lock herself and an infant child in a separate room. The Maryland State Police and the Allegany County Sheriff's Department responded to the 2 p.m. incident.
TIME CAPSULE FROM 1928 OPENED
A time capsule, dating to 1928 was opened yesterday at City Hall, and it contained several historic documents and hand written ones as well. The time capsule was found during the demolition of the former Memorial Hospital facility. A dedication ceremony was held on May 30, 1928. The items will go on display at a later date.
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS GROUNDBREAKING HELD
A groundbreaking ceremony was held yesterday for the construction phase of the new Holiday Inn Express, beside D'Atri's restaurant in LaVale. The $8.5 million facility is scheduled to open next spring, and will include 60 rooms and 27 suites, for a total of 87 rooms. The owner of the Holiday Inn Express is Umesh Patel, who also owns several other hotels and motels in the area, including the Super 8 Motel on National Highway and the Days Inn and Suites in Frostburg.
TRAFFIC STOP RESULTS IN DRUG ARREST
Cumberland City Police arrested area resident Craig Allen Ritchie Monday, following a traffic stop on Park Street. An officer found six pills on Ritchie that were later identified as Klonopin, a schedule-four narcotic. He received a District Court hearing and was later released on his own recognizance.
SNYDER'S OF BERLIN TO HAVE NEW OWNER
Pinnacle Foods, Incorporated, which owns Snyder's of Berlin in Somerset County, has been purchased by Hillshire Brands Company for $6.6 billion. Hillshire owns Hillshire Farm cold cuts, Jimmy Dean Sausages and Ball Park Franks. It's not known how the deal will affect the Snyder of Berlin plant; the takeover won't happen until September of this year.
ALLEGANY TO HOLD BACCALAUREATE SERVICE
A Baccalaureate service, honoring the Allegany High School Class of 2014 will be held this Sunday at 7 p.m. in the school's auditorium. All participating seniors are asked to meet in the auditorium lobby at 6:40 p.m. Friends, family, and the community are invited to attend. Refreshments will be served in the lobby, following the program.
U.S.M. CHANCELLOR KIRWAN RESIGNS
Chancellor William "Brit" Kirwan of the University System of Maryland is resigning after 12 years in that position. Kirwan, who has worked in higher education for 50 years, took over as chancellor in 2002, after serving as president of The Ohio State University. The state university system has 12 institutions, with an estimated enrollment of 153,000.
MARYLAND RANKED 41ST FOR BUSINESS
The state of Maryland has been ranked 41st in the country for doing business, according to "Chief Executive" magazine's annual Best and Worst States to do business. One CEO points out that Maryland is bad for business because it over-regulates and over-taxes. Maryland has dropped eight slots in the survey since 2010. Among the best states to do business are Texas, North and South Carolina, and Tennessee.
TRAFFIC FATALITIES AT 52-YEAR LOW
Traffic fatalities in the state of Maryland hit a 52-year low last year, but distracted driving citations are skyrocketing. Colonel Marcus Brown of the Maryland State Police says Maryland experienced a high of 651 deaths on the road in 2006.As for the distracted driving citations, Colonel Brown points out that this is now a primary offense. April was designated as Distracted Driving Month. The State Police are still struggling with other issues such as aggressive and drunk driving, along with distracted driving.
FORMER WEST VIRGINIA PROSECUTOR JAILED
Former Jefferson County prosecutor James Casimiro, of Ranson was sentenced to six months in prison for the distribution of oxycodone. He admitted to getting the painkillers from a cancer patient, and then selling them for profit. A confidential informant bought the tablets from Casimiro while he was still employed as a prosecutor. The case was investigated by the FBI and the Eastern Panhandle Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force.