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Attorney Appointed to Shirey Defense Team

An attorney from Duncansville, Pennsylvania has been appointed to the legal team, representing Mark Shirey, formerly of Cumberland. Shirey is accused of fatally shooting Michael Simpson nearly a year ago. Bedford County District Attorney Bill Higgins says he will seek the death penalty against Shirey. The attorney, Thomas Hooper, is a penalty-phase specialist who will be used if Shirey is convicted of first-degree murder.

 

Man Arrested in Mall Assault

A Slanesville, West Virginia man has been arrested in connection with the assault of a 77-year old man at Sears in the Country Club Mall Monday afternoon. Forty-one year old Chanin Allison Clark has been charged with assault and is in custody in West Virginia, pending extradition to Maryland. Additional charges are pending and additional arrests are anticipated. The victim was treated at the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center and was released. The investigation is continuing by the Maryland State Police and the C3I unit.

 

Multi-Vehicle Accident on Willowbrook Road

Four vehicles were involved in an accident yesterday afternoon on Willowbrook Road, in the vicinity of Country Club Road. Nineteen year old Alyssa Butler was traveling south on the roadway, and struck a vehicle that was making a turn onto Country Club Road. That vehiclewas operated by 32-year old Patricia Walker of Cumberland. A northbound vehicle was being operated by William Michaels ofCumberland; he tried to avoid the accident and struck Butler’s vehicle, causing it to roll over and slide into another, operated by Billie Jenkins of Paw Paw. Walker was taken to the hospital for treatment, and Willowbrook Road was closed for about two hours.

 

“Stop The Shift” Press Conference Held

A plan to shift teacher pensions to county governments is being proposed by Governor Martin O’Malley, and a local press conference to “Stop the Shift” was held yesterday. About 50 people attended the conference attended, including Allegany and Garrett County officials and representatives of the Allegany County Library System, which are covered by the pension system. Governor O’Malley’s plan would have the counties shoulder the burden of about half the teacher pension liabilities.

 

Garrett, Allegany County Drilling to Affect Washington County?

Washington County hosted an environmental presentation Monday at Hagerstown Community College, and one of the items of discussion was Marcellus Shale drilling in Garrett and Allegany counties. Drilling there might affect recreation in Washington County, including fishing, hunting, hiking and snowmobiling, according to Maryland Environmental officials. At this point there is no drilling in Maryland, but Pennsylvania has permitted the practice of drilling into the shale to access the gas.

 

Cumberland City Police, Mineral Sheriff’s Office Involved in Chase

Both Cumberland City Police officers and the Mineral County Sheriff’s deputies were involved in a vehicle pursuit, during which a number of traffic violations were observed Monday night. The vehicle was located on the Canal Parkway, passed by the marked units and continued onto South Mechanic Street, and to the area of the Atlantic Broadband building. The driver, 47-year old Kimberly Malone of Fort Ashby was taken into custody. She faces several traffic violations, and also several drug charges as well. She was held on $3,000 bond at the Allegany County Detention Center.

 

City Names Economic Development Coordinator

The city of Cumberland has named a new economic development director, who will begin his duties onMarch 19th. Shawn Hershberger, a graduate of Bishop Walsh School and Frostburg State University, has worked in West Virginia, and was also a community development specialist for the city of Frostburg. He replaces Brenda Smith, who is now the executive director of the Greater Cumberland Committee.

 

Details on Fatal Washington County Crash Released

Charlotte, North Carolina resident Robert Clay Sanderson was killed, and a Williamsport, Maryland woman was injured in a single vehicle accident yesterday morning on Sharpsburg Pike in Washington County. Sanderson was driving a 2007 Ford Focus, with passenger Kelsey Michele Gray, when he failed to negotiate a turn. The car left the road, overturned and came to rest in a field. Speed was possibly a factor in the crash. While Sanderson was wearing a seat belt, Gray was not. The roadway was closed for about 3-1/2 hours yesterday morning.

 

Somerset Officer Assaulted by Suspect

A 31-year old Boswell man, Michael Howlett, is facing charges of burglary and assault in Somerset County. Howlett  was being taken to the county jail early Monday in connection with a burglary charge. He allegedly became belligerent, pulled away from his escorts and assaulted a Somerset police officer. The additional charges were filed against him Monday morning.

 

Voter Registration Deadline march 13th

The deadline to register to vote or change party affiliation for the 2012 Presidential Primary is March 13th. That is also the deadline to request a polling place change. The 2012 Presidential Primary Election will be held on Tuesday, April 3rd; the general election is set for Tuesday, November 6th. Early voting will begin on the second Saturday before the election, through the Thursday before the election.

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Robbery Reported on West Industrial Boulevard

A lone suspect is being sought in the armed robbery of the Sunoco gas station on Industrial Boulevard Sunday. A white male,, approximately 5’9” in height approached an employee at the station, and displayed a knife to him while demanding money. The employee was uninjured and the suspect fled through an adjacent alley towards Fourth Street. Anyone with information is asked to contact Cumberland City Police or CrimeSolvers.

 

Animal Shelter Plans Progressing

A group from the Allegany County Animal Shelter met yesterday with representatives from Stolber and Associates, to discuss a new, state-of-the-art animal care and adoption facility for the county. The building could either be located at the present site of the animal shelter on Furnace Street, or at another location in the county, if the site is deemed appropriate. Stolber and Associates has extensive experience in renovations of facilities, having worked with the Washington Animal Rescue facility in Washington.

 

Customer Allegedly Attacked at Sears

The Maryland State Police barrack at LaVale is asking for the public’s help in identifying a suspect who allegedly assaulted and attempted to rob a 77-year old man in the rest room of Sears at the Country Club Mall yesterday afternoon. The incident  occurred around 2:43 p.m., The victim fought and defended himself, before the suspect fled the area. He was taken to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Maryland State Police at (301)-729-2101.

 

TGCC Hosting North/South Regional Update

The Greater Cumberland Committee’s Membership meeting is slated for Thursday at the Cumberland Country Club, beginning at 11:30 a.m. The agenda will include an action item for continuing to advance the efforts of linking the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Somerset, I-68 in Maryland and Corridor “H” in West Virginia, in addressing the region’s core transportation needs.

 

School Readiness Fair Set

The Allegany County Public Schools’ Judy Center, HRDC and Early Head Start will sponsor a “School Readiness Fair” on Saturday, March 10th, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Country Club Mall. The event will include children’s games and prizes, education, health and community resource displays and information. All parents of pre-school aged children are encouraged to attend.

 

Focus on State Budget This Week

With more than half of the 2012 General Assembly session in the books, the attention turns, this week, to the state budget. At the center of discussion is the $15.3 billion general fund budget the Governor unveiled last month. The general fund includes a series of tax increases and charges that will generate $311 million in new revenue and $800 million in spending cuts. Along with doubling the “flush tax,” Governor O’Malley wants to raise taxes on cigars and other tobacco products, consistent with those collected on cigarettes. He also wants county governments to pick up half the cost of teacher pensions.

 

 

Maryland Legislative Map Becomes Law

The new Maryland legislative map became law last Friday. State lawmakers were constitutionally bound to readjust both congressional and state legislative lines to account for changes in population measured by the federal census. The congressional map had to be approved by the General Assembly in time for the April 3rd primary, and it was the subject of a special session last fall.

 

State Expected to Apply for Waiver

The state of Maryland’s education leaders are expected to apply for a waiver from the No Child Left Behind Law. If approved, schools and teachers would have more reasonable goals for what their students are expected to achieve. Currently, the law says every student in the country should be proficient in reading and math by the year 2014. The federal law is widely viewed as flawed, because it has labeled so many schools as failing.

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Rocky Gap Bidder Buys Out Partner

One of two companies that joined together, to form Evitts Resort, LLC last year, has been bought out by the other. Lakes Entertainment says it will buy out its partner, Addy Entertainment, and become a singular entity, once the slots license is awarded. The slots license is expected to be awarded soon, and design work could begin as early as May.

 

Bedford Woman To Stand Trial on Child Endangerment Charges

Bedford County resident Julie Moralez will stand trial on child endangerment charges, after waiving a hearing there. She was found, passed out in her car with her two children, ages 6 and 9, in the back seat. She allegedly took some pills, then got lost while driving. She pulled into a driveway and passed out; her car eventually ran out of gas.

 

Somerset Officer Accused of Bribery

A Somerset borough police officer has been charged with bribery, according to the Pennsylvania State Police. Thirty-three year old Jason Michael Ponczek is accused of accepting money from someone, in exchange for not filing charges against that person. When questioned, Ponczek gave the state police a full confession.

 

Court Date Set in Blighted Properties Case

A court date of Tuesday has been set to deal with the owners of two blighted properties in Keyser. The owners of a vacant house on South Mineral Street, near the Moose Club, and a fire-gutted house at the corner of Spring and St. Cloud Streets. The court appearances are part of the process for condemning and razing the properties. The city of Keyser is hoping to obtain a warrant to gain legal access to the properties to ultimately determine whether they should be demolished.

 

Numerous Charges in Assault, Breaking and Entering Incident

Cumberland resident Dominique Danaro Wilson is being held on $15,000 bond in the Allegany County Detention Center, following an incident in the 300-block of Pennsylvania Avenue Thursday evening. The female victim accused Wilson of kicking in the door of her home, throwing her down on a bed, and striking her with a closed fist. He left the residence, but was quickly located on East Second Street. He was argumentative and assaulted the officer during the arrest. He faces a number of charges in connection with the incident.

 

ACM Celebrates 50th Anniversary Weekend with Dedication, Run

Allegany College of Maryland will mark its golden anniversary the weekend of March 9th and 10th  with two events that celebrate the community college’s founding and call attention to a proud history as well as honor its first president. The activities-a dedication of the College Center Theatre and a 5-K run to campus from the place where ACM began 50 years ago-are in memory of Dr. Robert S. Zimmer. Dedication of the theatre to Dr. Zimmer will take place on Friday at 3 p.m., while the run begins at 9 a.m. on Saturday, March 10th.

 

Correctional Officers Disciplined

Four correctional officers have been disciplined, following two disturbances at the Maryland Correctional Institution in Hagerstown. One of the incidents involved an assault on an officer, and the other involved inmates who were in a locked recreation hall and became disruptive. Some of the officers were alleged to have used excessive force and violated policy and procedures. Some have been either placed on administrative leave or reprimanded, and some of the inmates have been transferred out of Hagertown.

 

Arraignment for Man Accused of 321 Counts Postponed

The arraignment of a Washington County man, who was indicted in Berkeley County in 1994 on 321 counts of sexual assault, pornography, and related charges has been postponed. Randall Ray Waugh of Hagerstown, is accused of sexually assaulting a West Virginia boy dozens of times, beginning in 1988. Waugh was also accused of sexually assaulting three developmentally disabled males in the 1990’s. His hearing was rescheduled for March 8th, and the Waugh indictment could be the largest in the county’s history.

 

Maryland’s Triple “A” Rating Affirmed

The state of Maryland’s Triple “A” bond rating has been affirmed by the three major bond rating services, in advance of the upcoming sale of general obligation bonds next month. Maryland is only one of eight states to hold the prestigious rating. The three bond houses include Standard and Poor’s, Fitch and Moody’s Investors Service.

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Man Dies in Fall From Lover’s Leap

A thirty-four year old Cumberland man died in an apparent fall from Lover’s Leap late yesterday morning. Numerous fire companies and law enforcement officials, along with the Trooper Five medivac helicopter were called out shortly after 11 a.m. The victim was identified as 34-year old Thaddeus Terrance Carolan of Cumberland. At this point, investigators believe the fall was accidental, and don’t suspect foul play. The investigation is continuing.

 

Arrest Made in Maryland Avenue Fire

The occupant of 629 Maryland Avenue, which was heavily damaged by fire last Friday afternoon, has been arrested in connection with the incident. Christian Liller is accused of intentionally setting the fire with combustible materials placed on and around a wood stove in the kitchen. Two firefighters received minor injuries while battling the blaze; they were treated and released from the hospital. Liller is currently in the Allegany County Detention Center on $50,000 bond. If convicted, he faces penalties of up to 65 years imprisonment and/or $95,000 in fines.

 

Postal Sorting Facility to Close

About 30 jobs are being lost in the Cumberland area, as the U.S. Postal Service has decided to end all mail processing operations in Cumberland. The operation will be moved to Johnstown, Pennsylvania. The postal service has cited a “financial crisis” for consolidating operations, not only in Cumberland, but nationwide. Deliver of first class mail, which now takes a day, could take up to two or three days.

 

Malone Fired As Airport Manager

The Potomac Highlands Airport Authority has terminated Cumberland airport manager Terry Malone. There was no explanation for his termination, and he has the option to stay on as manager for the next 30 days. The decision was made by the Authority on Thursday, and they will meet next week to decide which direction to take-either conduct a national search immediately, or appoint an interim director.

 

ARC Grant Announced for Cumberland

The Appalachian Regional Commission has announced a grant of over $737,000 to the city of Cumberland to make improvements to almost two-thirds of a mile of Baltimore Avenue. The improvements include new curbs and sidewalks in addition to repaving the roadway. The access road will also provide improved access to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center, Allegany College of Maryland and Interstate 68. The announcement was made by United States Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara Mikulski.

 

Modular School Unit Request on Hold

A decision on purchasing modular units for the Hyndman charter school has been put on hold, to coincide with a decision on whether to keep Hyndman-Londonderry Elementary open. That vote will not take place until 90 days from the public hearing held last Wednesday. The Hope for Hyndman board says it will now have to decide whether to wait, or pursue another option.

 

Cumberland Man Hits Utility Pole

A Cumberland man faces numerous charges after hitting a utility pole on West Industrial Boulevard late Wednesday night. Twenty-one year old Zachary Hunter McMillan hit the pole, which caused a power outage in the area. Power was out for some time, and the boulevard was closed for a time. McMillan was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, driving while impaired by alcohol and driving at a speed greater and reasonable.

 

Hagerstown Group Wants to Buy Moorefield Facility

Hub Scrap Metals of Hagerstown has expressed an interest in purchasing the former American Woodmark building in Moorefield, contingent on approval by the Moorefield Council. Hub Scrap Metals demolishes and recycles heavy construction equipment. Two company officials informed the council that they have an agreement with American Woodmark to purchse the property.

 

Special Olympics to Host Basketball Qualifier

The Allegany County Special Olympics will host a basketball qualifier Saturday at 9 a.m. Twelve teams from 6 different counties will be taking part at Central Assembly of God Church gymnasium.The Frank Shircliff Memorial League is coordinating the event. Teams from five counties and Eastern Maryland will participate. Proceeds from the Hooley Plunge help make this event possible.

 

Senate Approves Gay Marriage Bill

The Maryland Senate has approved the same-sex marriage bill, and Governor Martin O’malley says he will sign it some time this week. The vote comes less than a week, after the House of Delegates passed the measure. Opponents of the bill have vowed to bring it to referendum in November.

 

Former Lacrosse Player Sentenced to 26 Years

Former University of Virginia lacrosse player George Huguely has been convicted of the second-degree of his ex-girlfriend from Cockeysville, Yeardley Love. Jurors then recommended a 25-year prison sentence for Huguely in the May, 2010 slaying of Love. They added a year for a grand larceny conviction.

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Person Dies in Fall From Cliff

Details are sketchy, but one person has died in a fall from Will’s Mountain, near Babb Motor Sales. Both Trooper Five and Trooper Three, from Frederick were on the scene, but returned to the Cumberland Airport, when it was determined the operation was that of “recovery” and not rescue. A person with the victim had alerted the Allegany County Office of Emergency Services at 11:10 a.m. that a companion had fallen off a cliff on the mountain. The caller was reached and examined by EMS officials. Several fire companies and emergency service personnel were on the scene, along with the Maryland State Police. The identity of the victim is being withheld at this time.

 

Volunteer Leader Sentenced in Theft

Thirty-nine year old Donald Burton Ware, a volunteer and leader with the Baltimore Pike Fire Department, has pleaded guilty to engaging in a theft scheme from the company. Ware was sentenced to an 18-month suspended jail sentence and ordered to make restitution of over $1900 within six months. Also, he was sentenced to 100 hours of community service and must continue counseling and treatment for alcohol addiction. His sister, Beth Anne Ware is also charged with stealing from the fire company.

 

Perkins Parcel Returned

The developer of the Perkins restaurant, proposed for Canal place, has returned the parcel and it will once again be placed up for bid. The Cumberland Historic Preservation Commission approved a certificate of appropriateness for the restaurant last April. The Canal Place Preservation and Development Authority has also announced a request for proposals for the development of the Footer Dye Works building.

 

Schellsburg Man Seeks New Hearing

A new defense attorney for Schellsburg resident Stephen Weaver is seeking the reinstatement of a preliminary hearing. Weaver is charged with multiple rape related counts and weapons of mass destruction charges. Weaver had waived his right to a preliminary hearing in three cases against him. He claims his former attorney had advised him to waive the preliminary hearing, because the attorney said taking up the court’s time would anger the district attorney.

 

Warrants Served on Cumberland Residents

District Court arrest warrants have been served on 53-year old Jack Allen Pifer of Cumberland and his son, 25-year old Jeremy Allen Pifer, also of Cumberland. The two are accused of taking copper and cast iron pipe from a home in the 300-block of Frederick Street. The alleged incident took place on February 8th. Both were taken to Allegany County District Court for an initial appearance and released on personal recognizance.

 

Man Arrested in Oakland Burglary

 

A man was arrested in connection with the alleged burglary of a Spring Lane residence in Oakland. Larry Gay Wilson was arrested, after he was found hiding in a storage building near the home. He was charged and jailed without bond at the Garrett County Jail. He allegedly broke into the home on Tuesday, and was arrested shortly thereafter.

 

Accused Murderer Extradited to West Virginia

A Morgan County, West Virginia man, accused of killing his pregnant girlfriend in December, has been returned from Pennsylvania. James Zell is accused of killing Kelly Butler, whose body was found in a cabin in Hampshire County. Zell allegedly confessed to police in Pennsylvania about murdering Ms. Butler. He had been held on an initial charge of driving under the influence.

 

League Continues to Raise Monday for Equipment

The Bedford Bison Youth Football program is hoping to have enough money by the end of April, to replace the equipment destroyed in a fire. Earlier this week, the program had raised about $4300, far short of the $2400 goal. While the league says it is willing to take used equipment, safety is a priority, and helmets must be purchased new.

 

ARC Awards Broadband Grant

The Appalachian Regional Commission has awarded a $50,000 grant for the Washington County Board of Commissioners’ broadband impact study. According to U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara Mikulski, who announced the grant, 79 per cent of Washington County lacks adequate broadband Internet service, because incumbent service providers have not invested the financial have not invested the financial resources necessary to expand capacity. The new ARC funding will help Washington County determine how to leverage a new 18.5 mile fiber backbone, or a fiber optic cable system, so that it can increase broadband availability throughout the county.

 

Suspect Apprehended in Washington County Armed Robbery

A Hagerstown man is a suspect in the armed robbery of Wayne’s Country Store on West Washington Street. Corey Anthony Dunbar was quickly apprehended by Officer  Jesse Duffey of the Hagerstown Police Department, as Dunbar was leaving the store. He was taken into custody, before he could flag down a passing taxi. Nobody was injured during the robbery or arrest, and Dunbar is being charged with armed robbery, theft, first and second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and handgun violations.

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Commission to Hold Meeting on Rocky Gap

The Maryland Video Lottery Facilities Commission has scheduled a meeting for Friday, and it is possible a slots license for Rocky Gap could be awarded then. Former Speaker of the House, Casper Taylor, Jr. says that Rocky Gap is on the agenda for Friday’s meeting. There is only one company left in the running for the slots license, and that is Evitts Resort, LLC. A meeting today will run through a checklist of items, before the slots license is officially awarded.

 

Probation Denied for Mineral County Sex Offender

Convicted Mineral County sex offender Michael Lynn Rosier has been denied probation. During yesterday’s hearing, Judge Andrew Frye denied the request, following testimony from the mothers of three victims. More than 500 resident signed a petition asking that he be kept in jail. Rosier was convicted in 2008 of several sexual offenses against minor children. Rosier will continue to serve his sentence at the Mount Olive Correctional Center in Fayette County.

 

Residents May Soon Have High Speed 4G LTE Services

U.S. Cellular customers in Hagerstown and Cumberland will be among the next customers to experience high-speed 4G LTE services. The higher speeds are expected to be implemented in the second half of the year; residents will experienced an enhanced wireless experience, with countless entertainment possibilities and ways to help simplify and organize their lives. The higher speeds will only initially be available with certain phone models, such as the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1.

 

Susquehanna Acquires Tower Bancorp

Susquehanna Bancshares has completed its acquisition of Tower Bancorp. This will create the largest community bank in the state. The acquisition was completed on February 17th. Tower has bank branches in central and southeastern Pennsylvania, as well as in Maryland. With the acquisition, Susquehanna will have $17.5 billion in assets and 261 offices in Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey, and West Virginia.

 

Same Sex Marriage Could Soon Be Law

The Maryland Judicial Proceedings Committee is expected to send same sex marriage legislation to the full chamber, and a final vote could come by the end of the week. Last week, the House passed the bill by a slim margin of 72 to 67, getting only one more vote than needed to gain a majority. Opponents of the measure have vowed to take it to referendum should it pass the Senate and be signed into law by Governor Martin O’Malley.

 

 

Marylanders Paying More for Gas

Drivers could be paying $5 for a gallon of gas before summer, and many are already frustrated with the price they are now paying. The national average for a gallon of gas is $3.56, while Maryland is averaging $3.61 per gallon. Meanwhile, Governor Martin O’Malley is proposing a six per cent sales tax on gas, arguing that it hasn’t risen in 20 years. The Governor claims Maryland needs the money for transportation infrastructure.

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Layoffs at ATK

 

While Alliant Techsystems recently won a major military contract, employees there were recently asked to volunteer for layoffs before they may be ordered late next month. Several defense projects there are ending, and federal cutbacks have forced the layoffs. While no specific numbers have been discussed, it is known that about 1350 employees work there.

 

 

Bedford County Man Killed in Crash

 

Bedford County resident Dale Crawford was killed late yesterday morning on Clear Ridge Road. Crawford lost control of his car, which traveled sideways in the northbound lane, colliding with another vehicle, driven by Flintstone resident Kirk Logeston. The Logeston vehicle hit the front passenger side of Crawford’s car, traveled off the road and rolled onto the roof. Crawford was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected. Logeston was taken to Conemaugh Memorial Hospital in Johnstown.

 

 

Holiday Inn Sold To New York Firm

 

The Downtown Cumberland Holiday Inn has been sold to a New York city firm. The sale price was listed at $3.6 million, while the previous sale price about seven years ago was nearly $5 million. The new owners, CHPHC Hotel I, LLC, bought the facility from Maryland Motel Management, Incorporated.

 

 

Home Had No Smoke Detectors

 

A home at 629 Maryland Avenue that caught fire last Friday afternoon had no working smoke detectors, and the cause of the blaze remains under investigation. The fire originated in the kitchen of the two story duplex, in the unit that was occupied by Christian Liller; the other side of the home was unoccupied. The Red Cross is providing assistance to one family affected by the fire.

 

 

Man to Appear for Probation Hearing

 

A probation hearing has been set for a Piedmont man, convicted in 2008 of two counts of first-degree sexual abuse and one count of second degree sexual assault involving minor children. Forty-seven year old Michael Lynn Rosier pleaded “no contest” to the charges. The victims ranged in age from 10 to 12 years old at the time of the crimes. He is currently serving his sentence at the Mt. Olive Correctional Center in Institute, West Virginia.

 

 

Man Sentenced for Child Pornography

 

Forty-seven year old Ridgeley resident Robert Glenn Hare was sentenced recently in U.S. District Court on a count of possession of child pornography. He will serve 120-months in jail, followed by 10 years of supervised release. He had pleaded guilty to having in excess of 20,000 images and in excess of 100 videos of child pornography in his possession. The case was prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s office.

 

 

Information Sought on Breaking and Entering

 

The Maryland State Police at McHenry are looking for information on a breaking and entering that took place sometime between February 10th and 20th. A person or persons entered a residence on the Sam Friend Road and took a number of items, including walkie-talkies, drills, a socket set, and a vacuum cleaner. Anyone with information is asked to contact the barrack at (301)-38701101,

 

 

Merchants Urged to be Watchful of Counterfeit Bills

 

Are merchants are encouraged to be watchful of money they are accepting. There have been at least eight cases of counterfeit cash being passed at Washington County businesses since January 16th. The Bob Evans Restaurant on the Dual Highway, for example, recently noticed a $20 counterfeit bill had been used in the restaurant. The U.S. Secret Service is notified when counterfeit cash is found. Its agents work to determine if the fake money is part of an organized ring.

 

 

Former Berkeley County Deputy Dies in Police Pursuit

 

Former Berkeley County Sheriff’s Deputy and current Monongalia County Deputy Sgt. Michael Todd May died in a police pursuit on Saturday night that began in West Virginia and ended in Pennsylvania. Morgantown resident Jerod Alan Green has been charged with homicide by vehicle/DUI related. May had assisted in the pursuit of Green’s vehicle and was hit by the suspect’s pickup truck, just after he crossed a median strip on Interstate 79.

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Layoffs at ATK

 

While Alliant Techsystems recently won a major military contract, employees there were recently asked to volunteer for layoffs before they may be ordered late next month. Several defense projects there are ending, and federal cutbacks have forced the layoffs. While no specific numbers have been discussed, it is known that about 1350 employees work there.

 

 

Bedford County Man Killed in Crash

 

Bedford County resident Dale Crawford was killed late yesterday morning on Clear Ridge Road. Crawford lost control of his car, which traveled sideways in the northbound lane, colliding with another vehicle, driven by Flintstone resident Kirk Logeston. The Logeston vehicle hit the front passenger side of Crawford’s car, traveled off the road and rolled onto the roof. Crawford was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected. Logeston was taken to Conemaugh Memorial Hospital in Johnstown.

 

 

Holiday Inn Sold To New York Firm

 

The Downtown Cumberland Holiday Inn has been sold to a New York city firm. The sale price was listed at $3.6 million, while the previous sale price about seven years ago was nearly $5 million. The new owners, CHPHC Hotel I, LLC, bought the facility from Maryland Motel Management, Incorporated.

 

 

Home Had No Smoke Detectors

 

A home at 629 that caught fire last Friday afternoon had no working smoke detectors, and the cause of the blaze remains under investigation. The fire originated in the kitchen of the two story duplex, in the unit that was occupied by Christian Liller; the other side of the home was unoccupied. The Red Cross is providing assistance to one family affected by the fire.

 

 

Man to Appear for Probation Hearing

 

A probation hearing has been set for a Piedmont man, convicted in 2008 of two counts of first-degree sexual abuse and one count of second degree sexual assault involving minor children. Forty-seven year old Michael Lynn Rosier pleaded “no contest” to the charges. The victims ranged in age from 10 to 12 years old at the time of the crimes. He is currently serving his sentence at the Mt. Olive Correctional Center in Institute, West Virginia.

 

 

Man Sentenced for Child Pornography

 

Forty-seven year old Ridgeley resident Robert Glenn Hare was sentenced recently in U.S. District Court on a count of possession of child pornography. He will serve 120-months in jail, followed by 10 years of supervised release. He had pleaded guilty to having in excess of 20,000 images and in excess of 100 videos of child pornography in his possession. The case was prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s office.

 

 

Information Sought on Breaking and Entering

 

The Maryland State Police at McHenry are looking for information on a breaking and entering that took place sometime between February 10th and 20th. A person or persons entered a residence on the Sam Friend Road and took a number of items, including walkie-talkies, drills, a socket set, and a vacuum cleaner. Anyone with information is asked to contact the barrack at (301)-38701101,

 

 

Merchants Urged to be Watchful of Counterfeit Bills

 

Are merchants are encouraged to be watchful of money they are accepting. There have been at least eight cases of counterfeit cash being passed at Washington County businesses since January 16th. The Bob Evans Restaurant on the Dual Highway, for example, recently noticed a $20 counterfeit bill had been used in the restaurant. The U.S. Secret Service is notified when counterfeit cash is found. Its agents work to determine if the fake money is part of an organized ring.

 

 

Former Berkeley County Deputy Dies in Police Pursuit

 

Former Berkeley County Sheriff’s Deputy and current Monongalia County Deputy Sgt. Michael Todd May died in a police pursuit on Saturday night that began in West Virginia and ended in Pennsylvania. Morgantown resident Jerod Alan Green has been charged with homicide by vehicle/DUI related. May had assisted in the pursuit of Green’s vehicle and was hit by the suspect’s pickup truck, just after he crossed a median strip on Interstate 79.

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Friday Blaze Injures Two Firefighters

Deputy State Fire Marshals are investigating the cause of a fire at 629 Maryland Avenue Friday afternoon. The house, a two-story duplex was occupied by Christian Liller; one of the units was unoccupied at the time. Liller jumped from the second floor to escape, while two firefighters received injuries while battling the blaze. The fire is believed to have originated in Liller’s kitchen.

Man Arrested at Scene of Fire

During Friday’s fire on Maryland Avenue, 50-year old William Bruce Swift was arrested. He had told police he wanted to retrieve his keys from the house next door to the scene of the fire. When police refused to let him past the firefighting operation, he continually pushed a Cumberland Police Officer, and tried to get away. He was eventually arrested and charged with second degree assault, failure to obey a lawful order, resisting arrest and obstructing firefighters. He was released on personal recognizance.

Delegation Members Disagree on School Issues

Delegate LeRoy Myers has testified on legislation he has sponsored, which would allow students in Eastern Allegany County to attend school in Hanock. The bill specifies that students could go to school in an adjacent county, if they would otherwise have to travel more than 30 miles. Delegate Kevin Kelly disagrees, saying the issue should be a school board decision, and not that of the General Assembly.


Four Arrested in Keyser Drug Bust

Four Keyser residents were arrested for drug-related offenses after they fled a Ward Avenue residence where Keyser police were attempting to serve an unrelated warrant. Those taken into custody were Terry Hedrick, Whitney Landis, Angela Cleaver and Jessica Hines. Found inside the house were both crack cocaine and marijuana, which had been packaged for sale.

Man Continues to Drive, Despite 37 Traffic Offenses

Keyser law enforcement officials are frustrated with the justice system, after a man there was arrested, following his 37th traffic offense, for driving with a suspended or revoked license. Eugene “Tootie” Bush was released on bond, following his most recent arrest. In addition to driving with a suspended license, he was additionally charged with driving without insurance, driving with an unrestrained child in the vehicle and fleeing police. They say that until jail time is given or a significant bond is set for Bush, he will probably continue to drive.

County Invites Public To Subscribe to Newsletter

The Allegany County Commissioners are inviting all citizens to receive the Allegany County Government quarterly electronic newsletter. This highlights key information pertaining to Allegany County government and is useful for both citizens and stakeholders. Subscribe by visiting the Allegany County Government homepage at www.gov.allconet.org, and clicking the “Join Our Mailing List” link. From there, citizens can fill out their information and email address in order to receive the letter.

Alice Manicur To Be Inducted into Hall of Fame

Dr. Alice Manicur, of Frostburg State University, is one of six women to be inducted in to the Maryland Women’s Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony will take place on March 7th. The Hall of Fame honors historical and contemporary women who have made unique and lasting contributions to Maryland’s economic, political, cultural and social life. Dr. Manicur served as the senior student services professional at Frostburg State University for 46 years, retiring as Vice President for Student and Eductation Services in 2006.

Bill Requiring “Epi Pens” in All School Systems

A bill has been introduced in Annapolis that would require uniform policies for treating students with life-threatening allergies. Senator Christopher Shank of Washington County is calling on school systems to have epinephrine auto injectors or “epi pens” should a student need a does to counteract a severe allergic reaction. Ten school systems in the state have policies on epinephrine and eight do not.

Pennsylvania Man Sentenced to Prison for Murder

Washington County Pennsylvania resident Brett Bailey has been sentenced to 15 to 40 years in state prison, in connection with the shooting death of another man at a Somerset Borough apartment last April 14th. Bailey had admitted to shooting Samuel Taylor during a drug deal along West Main Street. Taylor died three days later at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center in Johnstown.

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Man Arrested in Connection with Baltimore Shooting

Forty-six year old William Jeffrey Howard of Westernport was arrested by members of the Allegany County Combined Criminal Investigation Unit, for his involvement in a shooting that took place Wednesday afternoon in Baltimore. A handgun, believed to be used during the incident, was recovered from Howard’s vehicle, and additional evidence was recovered from the home where he was living. He was charged with attempted first and second degree murder, first and second degree assault, along with conspiracy, several handgun violations and related charges. He is being held without bond in the Allegany County Detention Center, pending his return to Baltimore.

 

Man Found Not Guilty of Sexual Assault

A Mineral County jury took only 25 minutes to find Cody Dennis of Keyser not guilty on both charges of sexual assault. A young Keyser woman had accused him of raping her in October of 2010. A jury of nine men and three women heard graphic testimony during the trial. The incident began as a going-away party for a friend of Dennis’, who was being deployed to Iraq. Had Dennis been convicted of both charges, he would have faced a possible 10 to 25 years on each charge.

 

Baltimore Pike Investigation Continues

The investigation into the theft from the Baltimore Pike Volunteer Fire Department is continuing, and prosecutors say they will ask for restitution, which could be upwards of $100,000. Former office holders Donald Burton Ware and Beth Anne Evans have been charged; Assistant State’s Attorney Sam Lane says the cases are being treated separately.

 

Beitzel Files Poaching Bill

Delegate Wendell Beitzel has filed House Bill 1052 that would give the Maryland Department of Natural Resources the increased ability to provide harsher penalties for those individuals who illegally poach wildlife. Over the last several years, Delegate Beitzel has joined with Delegate Barbara Frush on the measure that would give the DNR greater authority in regards to enforcement against poaching. This measure, in the past, has overwhelmingly passed the House of Delegates only to be stalled in the Maryland Senate.

 

Friendsville Gas Station Burglarized

The investigation into the breaking and entering of the Liberty Gas Station on Maple Street in Friendsville is continuing. Maryland State Police say a person or persons broke into the station and stole several cartons of cigarettes; a vending machine was also forced open, after entry was made through the rear of the business. The incident happened sometime between 9 p.m. Wednesday and 6 a.m. yesterday. Anyone with information is asked to contact the McHenry Barrack of the Maryland State Police at (301)-387-1101.

 

Chamber Supporting Tax Credit for Coal

The Allegany County Chamber of Commerce has written to Sheila Hixson, Chair of the House Ways and Means Committee, supporting the preservation of the tax credit for Maryland-mined coal. Repealing the tax credit, according to the letter, would have a direct effect on the Western Maryland area, through the elimination of jobs. It would also have harsh economic consequences for the farthest reaching counties of the state. The letter was signed by Executive Director Stu Czapski and Bill DuVall, Legislative Committee Chair.

 

School Must Increase Enrollment to Stay Open

Parents of students at the Hyndman-Londonderry Elementary School were told that if enrollment doesn’t reach at least 100 students for the next school year, it will close. Currently, there are only 38 students currently in attendance, costing the state of Pennsylvania nearly $1.3 million to keep the school open this year. The public record on the elementary school will be kept open until May 15th.

 

City Police Seeking Information on Stolen Vehicle

Cumberland City Police are seeking information on a stolen vehicle, taken from the 200-block of Park Street. The theft occurred between 2:30 a.m. and 2:45 a.m. Tuesday morning. The vehicle is a 2003  Ford E-150 Econoline white panel van, bearing the number “13” on both sides. The vehicle registration is “34N882.” Anyone with information is asked to contact Cumberland City Police at (301)-777-1600 or Allegany County CrimeSolvers at (301)-722-4300.

 

Board Sponsors Trust/Estate Meeting

The Allegany County Board of Education and Family Support Services for Families of Children and Young Adults with Disabilities will sponsor a Special Needs Trust/Estate Planning meeting on Tuesday, February 28th at the Cash Valley Elementary School in the media center. The meeting’s presenter will be Michael G. Day and Associates. For more information, or to RSVP,  call (301)-689-2407.

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Man Arrested in Connection with Baltimore Shooting

Forty-six year old William Jeffrey Howard of Westernport was arrested by members of the Allegany County Combined Criminal Investigation Unit, for his involvement in a shooting that took place Wednesday afternoon in Baltimore. A handgun, believed to be used during the incident, was recovered from Howard’s vehicle, and additional evidence was recovered from the home where he was living. He was charged with attempted first and second degree murder, first and second degree assault, along with conspiracy, several handgun violations and related charges. He is being held without bond in the Allegany County Detention Center, pending his return to Baltimore.

 

Man Found Not Guilty of Sexual Assault

A Mineral County jury took only 25 minutes to find Cody Dennis of Keyser not guilty on both charges of sexual assault. A young Keyser woman had accused him of raping her in October of 2010. A jury of nine men and three women heard graphic testimony during the trial. The incident began as a going-away party for a friend of Dennis’, who was being deployed to Iraq. Had Dennis been convicted of both charges, he would have faced a possible 10 to 25 years on each charge.

 

Baltimore Pike Investigation Continues

The investigation into the theft from the Baltimore Pike Volunteer firefighters, and prosecutors say they will ask for restitution, which could be upwards of $100,000. Former office holders Donald Burton Ware and Beth Anne Evans have been charged; Assistant State’s Attorney Sam lane says the cases are being treated separately.

 

Beitzel Files Poaching Bill

Delegate Wendell Beitzel has filed House Bill 1052 that would give the Maryland Department of Natural Resources the increased ability to provide harsher penalties for those individuals who illegally poach wildlife. Over the last several years, Delegate Beitzel has joined with Delegate Barbara Frush on the measure that would give the DNR greater authority in regards to enforcement against poaching. This measure, in the past, has overwhelmingly passed the House of Delegates only to be stalled in the Maryland Senate.

 

Friendsville Gas Station Burglarized

The investigation into the breaking and entering of the Liberty Gas Station on Maple Street in Friendsville is continuing. Maryland State Police say a person or persons broke into the station and stole several cartons of cigarettes; a vending machine was also forced open, after entry was made through the rear of the business. The incident happened sometime between 9 p.m. Wednesday and 6 a.m. yesterday. Anyone with information is asked to contact the McHenry Barrack of the Maryland State Police at (301)-387-1101.

 

Chamber Supporting Tax Credit for Coal

The Allegany County Chamber of Commerce has written to Sheila Hixson, Chair of the House Ways and Means Committee, supporting the preservation of the tax credit for Maryland-mined coal. Repealing the tax credit, according to the letter, would have a direct effect on the Western Maryland area, through the elimination of jobs. It would also have harsh economic consequences for the farthest reaching counties of the state. The letter was signed by Executive Director Stu Czapski and Bill DuVall, Legislative Committee Chair.

 

School Must Increase Enrollment to Stay Open

Parents of students at the Hyndman-Londonderry Elementary School were told that if enrollment doesn’t reach at least 100 students for the next school year, it will close. Currently, there are only 38 students currently in attendance, costing the state of Pennsylvania nearly $1.3 million to keep open this school year. The public record on the elementary school will be kept open until May 15th.

 

City Police Seeking Information on Stolen Vehicle

Cumberland City Police are seeking information on a stolen vehicle, taken from the 200-block of Park Street. The theft occurred between 2:30 a.m. and 2:45 a.m. Tuesday morning. The vehicle is a 2003  Ford E-150 Econoline white panel van, bearing the number “13” on both sides. The vehicle registration is “34N882.” Anyone with information is asked to contact Cumberland City Police at (301)-777-1600 or Allegany County CrimeSolvers at (301)-722-4300.

 

Board Sponsors Trust/Estate Meeting

The Allegany County Board of Education and Family Support Services for Families of Children and Young Adults with Disabilities will sponsor a Special Needs Trust/Estate Planning meeting on Tuesday, February 28th at the Cash Valley Elementary School in the media center. The meeting’s presenter will be Michael G. Day and Associates. For more information, or to RSVP,  call (301)-689-2407.

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Man Arrested in Connection with Baltimore Shooting

Forty-six year old William Jeffrey Howard of Westernport was arrested by members of the Allegany County Combined Criminal Investigation Unit, for his involvement in a shooting that took place Wednesday afternoon in Baltimore. A handgun, believed to be used during the incident, was recovered from Howard’s vehicle, and additional evidence was recovered from the home where he was living. He was charged with attempted first and second degree murder, first and second degree assault, along with conspiracy, several handgun violations and related charges. He is being held without bond in the Allegany County Detention Center, pending his return to Baltimore.

 

Man Found Not Guilty of Sexual Assault

A Mineral County jury took only 25 minutes to find Cody Dennis of Keyser not guilty on both charges of sexual assault. A young Keyser woman had accused him of raping her in October of 2010. A jury of nine men and three women heard graphic testimony during the trial. The incident began as a going-away party for a friend of Dennis’, who was being deployed to Iraq. Had Dennis been convicted of both charges, he would have faced a possible 10 to 25 years on each charge.

 

Baltimore Pike Investigation Continues

The investigation into the theft from the Baltimore Pike Volunteer firefighters, and prosecutors say they will ask for restitution, which could be upwards of $100,000. Former office holders Donald Burton Ware and Beth Anne Evans have been charged; Assistant State’s Attorney Sam lane says the cases are being treated separately.

 

Beitzel Files Poaching Bill

Delegate Wendell Beitzel has filed House Bill 1052 that would give the Maryland Department of Natural Resources the increased ability to provide harsher penalties for those individuals who illegally poach wildlife. Over the last several years, Delegate Beitzel has joined with Delegate Barbara Frush on the measure that would give the DNR greater authority in regards to enforcement against poaching. This measure, in the past, has overwhelmingly passed the House of Delegates only to be stalled in the Maryland Senate.

 

Friendsville Gas Station Burglarized

The investigation into the breaking and entering of the Liberty Gas Station on Maple Street in Friendsville is continuing. Maryland State Police say a person or persons broke into the station and stole several cartons of cigarettes; a vending machine was also forced open, after entry was made through the rear of the business. The incident happened sometime between 9 p.m. Wednesday and 6 a.m. yesterday. Anyone with information is asked to contact the McHenry Barrack of the Maryland State Police at (301)-387-1101.

 

Chamber Supporting Tax Credit for Coal

The Allegany County Chamber of Commerce has written to Sheila Hixson, Chair of the House Ways and Means Committee, supporting the preservation of the tax credit for Maryland-mined coal. Repealing the tax credit, according to the letter, would have a direct effect on the Western Maryland area, through the elimination of jobs. It would also have harsh economic consequences for the farthest reaching counties of the state. The letter was signed by Executive Director Stu Czapski and Bill DuVall, Legislative Committee Chair.

 

School Must Increase Enrollment to Stay Open

Parents of students at the Hyndman-Londonderry Elementary School were told that if enrollment doesn’t reach at least 100 students for the next school year, it will close. Currently, there are only 38 students currently in attendance, costing the state of Pennsylvania nearly $1.3 million to keep open this school year. The public record on the elementary school will be kept open until May 15th.

 

City Police Seeking Information on Stolen Vehicle

Cumberland City Police are seeking information on a stolen vehicle, taken from the 200-block of Park Street. The theft occurred between 2:30 a.m. and 2:45 a.m. Tuesday morning. The vehicle is a 2003  Ford E-150 Econoline white panel van, bearing the number “13” on both sides. The vehicle registration is “34N882.” Anyone with information is asked to contact Cumberland City Police at (301)-777-1600 or Allegany County CrimeSolvers at (301)-722-4300.

 

Board Sponsors Trust/Estate Meeting

The Allegany County Board of Education and Family Support Services for Families of Children and Young Adults with Disabilities will sponsor a Special Needs Trust/Estate Planning meeting on Tuesday, February 28th at the Cash Valley Elementary School in the media center. The meeting’s presenter will be Michael G. Day and Associates. For more information, or to RSVP,  call (301)-689-2407.

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Minnick Enters Alford Plea

Accident resident Jeffrey Minnick has entered an Alford plea to two counts of first-degree murder in the slayings of two Oakland residents. An Alford plea, while not admitting guilt, acknowledges the state could win a conviction at trial. Minnick is charged with the murders of 18-year old Jessica Irene Baker and 24-year old Timothy Lax. Minnick could receive a sentence of dual life terms.

 

Man Charged in Brother’s Death

Romney resident David Corey has been arrested in connection with the January 8th shooting death of his brother, Daniel. Forensic evidence linked David Corey to the crime. Daniel Corey was found dead of a gunshot wound to the chest in the second-floor bedroom of his residence on January 8th. He was jailed without bond at the Potomac Highlands Regional Jail in Augusta, pending his next court appearance.

 

Frostburg Expected to Approve Memorandum of Understanding

The city of Frostburg is expected to approve a memorandum of understanding, which will allow Frostburg State University police officers to patrol neighborhoods near campus where students live. The assistance of the campus officers is part of the memorandum, which will be announced at tonight’s meeting of the Mayor and Council at 7 p.m.

 

 

Traffic Group To Meet

The City of Cumberland Traffic Group is meeting today in the City Hall Council Chambers. A full agenda of the meeting will be posted on the city of Cumberland’s website, which is www.ci.cumberland.md.us. Questions can be directed to the City of Cumberland Engineering Department at (301)-759-6600.

 

Break In Reported at Somerset County Medical Office

It’s unclear whether anything was stolen, but Pennsylvania State Police in Somerset are investigating a break-in at Medical Associates of Boswell in Stoystown borough this week. A plate-glass window inside the office was broken, and personnel are now taking inventory. The Pennsylvania State Police at Somerset are asking anyone with information to call them at (814)-445-4104.

 

Corbett Signs Marcellus Shale Bill

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett has signed a Marcellus Shale bill into law, and local officials are cautious in their support. The “impact fee” could raise about $180 million for those wells already drilled by the end of 2011, using average natural gas prices, and given that local governments impose the fee. In Bedford County, only one well has been drilled.

 

O’Malley Unveils Gas Tax

As promised, Governor Martin O’Malley has unveiled the details of his gas tax. The bill, as proposed, phases in the state’s 6 per cent sales tax on gasoline over three years. For the first three years the tax is in effect, gas tax collections would be halted for one year, if gas prices increase 15 per cent. The bill also puts limits on “raiding” the transportation fund, using highway money to balance the budget. Tax collections would also be halted, until the money transferred is put back into the transportation fund.

 

Same Sex Marriage Progressing

A bill to legalize same-sex marriage in Maryland is progressing to the House of Delegates. Two committees voted to send the measure to the full chamber. It is possible the House could take its final vote on the bill by Friday.

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Robbery Suspect Arrested

A Pasadena, Maryland man was quickly arrested late Monday night in Anne Arundel County, in connection with the robbery of the First United Bank in Piedmont. Alexander D. Devault was taken into custody without incident. He is being held in Anne Arundel County, pending extradition back to West Virginia. It is not known whether the robbery suspect displayed a weapon during the robbery, which happened early Monday afternoon. Devault, in 2010, had been convicted of robbing the Midland Firemen’s Club.

 

Board Wants Commissioners to Take Stand on Education Issue

The Allegany County Board of Education wants the county commissioners to oppose state legislation that would reverse the local decision last year to end the Washington County School Choice Program. About 40 students who live in the Little Orleans area were allowed to attend Hancock, because it was closer to where they lived than the closest school in Allegany County. A bill that would erode that local control is being sponsored in the General Assembly by Delegate LeRoy Myers.

 

Housing Authority Requests Roof Repair Funding

The Cumberland Housing Authority has requested over $130,000 to repair six roofs on housing units at Jane Frazier Village. The Authority made the request of the Mayor and Council at last night’s meeting. David Riekse says the roofing situation is so bad, they could collapse. He requested about $22,000 per roof from the Community Development Block Grant Funding. Local funding is being sought because of federal budget cuts in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

 

Woman Accused of Burglarizing Mother’s Home

Bedford County resident Heather Diggins is accused of burglarizing her mother’s home on Hillside Drive this past weekend. She and Michael Shilling entered the home, and took an Xbox, coins and a diamond ring, totaling $2400. They were found in the Sheetz parking lot in Everett borough shortly after the incident, and were taken into custody. They were remanded to the Bedford County Jail.

 

Crime on the Decrease in Keyser

Despite social media reports that crime is on the rise in Keyser, Police Chief Karen Shoemaker told the Mayor and Council that shows an overall decrease over the past six years. Comparing the years 2006 through 2011, of 48 categories of incident reports, Keyser posted declines in31 areas, or about 65 per cent of incident types. Categories that showed a decrease of 50 per cent or more include child abuse, forgery, prowlers and trespassing. Showing an increase were the categories of harassment, indecent exposure, overdoses, and breakings and entering.

 

League Seeks Youth Football Donations

All of the jerseys and equipment for the Bedford Bison Youth Football Program, totaling about $25,000 in value,  were destroyed by fire over this past weekend. The fire, at a building used for storage for Heartland Hall, has been ruled arson, with total losses of nearly $100,000. An account has been set up at Hometown Bank, under Bedford Youth Football, if you would like to make a donation.

 

Local Man Arrested in Traffic Incident

Thirty-nine year old Cumberland resident Brian Russell Price faces a number of charges, stemming from a warrant from January. Price is accused of failing to remain at the scene of an accident that happened on January 9th. Price left the scene of the accident before police arrived. He was charged with obstructing and hindering, disturbing the peace, failure to furnish registration identification and failure to report the accident. He was remanded to the Allegany County Detention Center, and held on $3,000 bond.

 

Senator Edwards Earns Kennedy Award

Maryland State Senator George Edwards has received the Thomas Kennedy Award, which goes to a former Delegate, for “personal courage and dedication to the principles of liberty and freedom.” Thomas Kennedy was a 19th century delegate from Hagerstown, who fought to let Maryland Jews hold elected office. Past recipients of the award include Casper R. Taylor and present United States Senator Ben Cardin. Senator Edwards served as a delegate from 1983 to 2007, then was elected to the State Senate.

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Bedford County Woman Killed in Accident

A 23-year old Bedford County woman was killed in a single-vehicle accident in Woodbury Township late Saturday afternoon. A vehicle, driven by Susanne Smith slid on a patch of ice, struck a small embankment, causing it to overturn in an open field off of Hickory Bottom Road. Ms. Smith was ejected, and was not wearing a seatbelt.

 

Fire Destroys Ski Lodge

A weekend fire has destroyed the Mystic Mountain ski lodge at the Nemacolin Woodlands resort, near Farmington. More than a dozen  fire departments from a four-county area responded to the fire, which broke out shortly after 8 p.m. The building collapsed about two hours later. Strong winds fueled the flames, and firemen had trouble with hydrants, because of freezing temperatures. One firefighter was taken to the hospital with minor injuries, and the cause remains under investigation.

 

Firefighter Killed In Hampshire County

The West Virginia State Police barrack is investigating a fatal accident in which 19-year old  Gore, Virginia firefighter Zachary Whitacre was killed when responding to a call in Hampshire County. The crash occurred along U.S. Route 50 and Timber Ridge Road. He was riding on the back of a tanker, driven by his father. The vehicle hit a patch of ice, and Donald Whitacre lost control of the truck, and it struck an embankment. Zachary Whitacre was ejected, and died as the result of his injuries.

 

Piedmont Bank Robbed

A suspect robbed the Piedmont Branch of the First United Bank and Trust early yesterday afternoon. The Mineral County Sheriff’s Department and the West Virginia State Police are searching for a white male who robbed the Ashfield Street bank, and then fled on foot. Maryland State Police and the medevac helicopter responded to aid in the search for the suspect. Mineral County’s tracking dog was also used in the search for the suspect. It was not known whether he displayed a weapon in robbing the bank.

 

Virginia Truck Driver Treated for Injuries

Madison, Virginia resident Kevin Tate was treated and released from Potomac Valley Hospital after a logging truck accident yesterday morning on Route 135 at the New Page plant in Luke. Tate was driving for Jay R. Marshall, Incorporated of Unionville, Virginia. Route 135 was closed for about four hours to allow for cleanup. Tate was charged with failure to control speed to avoid a collision. Several agencies, including the State Highway Administration and the Maryland State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division were on the scene of the 5:45 a.m. crash.

 

Carbon Monoxide Detected at Business Center

One person was taken to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center, after reportedly suffering a seizure, as Frostburg Fire and Ambulance personnel responded to the Allegany Business Center at Frostburg State University yesterday afternoon. They had been checking for the presence of carbon monoxide. Six others were checked at the scene but showed no symptoms of being exposed to carbon monoxide.

 

Two Fires Destroy Homes

Two weekend fires destroyed two homes and has left a youth football league without any equipment. A Saturday fire in Schellsburg destroyed the family home of the Chris Ansell family. The second fire, at 1:30 a.m. Sunday, leveled an unoccupied farmhouse on the property of the Crossroads Bible Church. Virtually all of the Little Bisons Youth Football League equipment was stored there. The loss could be upwards of $20,000 and there was no insurance on the equipment.

 

Sports Programs Benefit from Hooley Plunge

Unified sports programs in Allegany County are one of the beneficiaries of the annual Hooley Plunge, to be held this year on March 3rd at Rocky Gap State Park. Last year’s plunge produced more than $28,000 for the school system’s SLE and unified sports programs. Funds are allocated to these programs to help pay for items such as computers, instructional supplies, equipment and field trips. For more information on this year’s Hooley Plunge, visit their website at www.hooleyplunge.com.

 

Maryland Joins Mortgage Settlement

Maryland is joining other states in a $25 billion settlement with the nation’s five largest mortgage servicers, a landmark agreement that would provide nearly a billion dollars in aid to the state’s homeowners, who were victims of shoddy and illegal foreclosure paperwork practices. The settlement, announced last week, has the affected banks paying to help homeowners across the country who have lost their homes to foreclosure and those who are still at risk of foreclosure. Maryland’s share is expected to help 40,000 former or current homeowners in the state, and would be funneled to various housing programs.

 

Somerset Man Pleads Guilty To Sexual Assault Charge

Sixty-two year old Somerset, Pennsylvania resident John Wayne Hinton has pleaded guilty to three felony counts of aggravated indecent assault in a case in which he admitted to sexually assaulting eight children, beginning in May of 2010. Hinton said he committed the offenses while baby-sitting the girls at two Somerset borough residences. He will be sentenced on April 12th, and faces a mandatory minimum of 30 years in prison and a  maximum of 60 years and $75,000 in fines.

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Commissioners OK Dirt Track Racing

The Allegany County Commissioners have approved a contract to continue dirt track auto racing at the Allegany County Fairgrounds. A three year lease with an option to renew for an additional two years was executed with Oval Track Promotions of Westminster, Maryland. The previous contract expired ended on January 31st. Also during yesterday’s meeting, County Commission President Mike McKay read a two-page prepared statement, denouncing same sex marriage. Governor Martin O’Malley is proposing a same-sex marriage bill in the General Assembly with the hopes it will pass during this session.

 

Board Delays Action on Teacher

The Salisbury School Board is continuing to investigate allegations that a teacher called students derogatory names. The controversy centers around an eighth and ninth-grade algebra teacher, who allegedly berated his students in class. The Superintendent, Joseph Renzi, declined comment on whether the teacher in question has been suspended. A group of parents complained to the school board on February 1st,  about the alleged name-calling. There was no word on whether she is still employed by the district, but is “being very cooperative” with administrators.

 

Firefighters Called To West Side

Cumberland City firefighters were called to 881 Patterson Avenue Wednesday evening to battle a fire found in a control heating unit of a gas furnace at the Shawna Peck residence. The call, at 11:38 p.m., was made by an occupant of the residence. They were on the scene for about 38 minutes. The fire was extinguished and the gas supply was shut off before clearing the scene.

 

Somerset Man Faces Child Porn Charges

Thirty-eight year old Richard Woy of Lowry Road in Somerset, is facing 19 counts of sexual abuse of children by possessing child pornography, and one count of criminal use of a communication facility. All charges are felonies. He is accused of having numerous provocative images, which were captured on Woy’s computer-tower and several CD’s. He is also charged in an unrelated case with sending explicit sexual material over the Internet.

 

Two Accused of Stealing Electrical Services

Two people from Alum Bank have been accused of stealing electrical service, and will face further action following a hearing in Bedford County Court. Forty-seven year old Harold Lester Ritchey-Zerby and 34-year old Trisha Ann Corle are accused of installing a stolen electrical meter at an apartment they rent; the meter had been installed upside-down, and was noticed by a Bedford Rural Electric employee visiting a family member near the power the apartment.

 

Two Arrested for Trespassing on CSX Property

Twenty-four year old Steven Grapes and 21-year old Antonio Smith have been issued criminal citations for trespassing on CSX property. Cumberland City Police officers saw the two behind the Auto Zone store at Queen City Center, walking across the CSX main train tracks toward Queen City Drive. Grapes was also found to have an active arrest warrant for driving on a suspended license. He was held at the Allegany County Detention Center on $1,000 bond, while Smith was released from custody.

 

Students Rank Number One in AP Scores

For the fourth straight year, Maryland students ranked first in the nation on their scores for AP exams. The state came in second place in the total percentage of high school students taking the AP exams. Interim State School Superintendent Bernard Sadusky says they are delighted with the news, and adds although the state has very rigorous course in high school, nothing duplicates the college experience like an AP course in high school.

 

BPW Approves Drug Contract

The Maryland Board of Public Works has approved a $2.4 billion prescription drug contract for state employees during its meeting this week. The Board voted 2-1 to award the five-year contract to Missouri-based Express Scripts, Incorporated, instead of Maryland-based Catalyst RX, which currently provides the service to the state.

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Commissioners OK Dirt Track Racing

The Allegany County Commissioners have approved a contract to continue dirt track auto racing at the Allegany County Fairgrounds. A three year lease with an option to renew for an additional two years was executed with Oval Track Promotions of Westminster, Maryland. The previous contract expired ended on January 31st. Also during yesterday’s meeting, County Commission President Mike McKay read a two-page prepared statement, denouncing same sex marriage. Governor Martin O’Malley is proposing a same-sex marriage bill in the General Assembly with the hopes it will pass during this session.

 

Board Delays Action on Teacher

The Salisbury School Board is continuing to investigate allegations that a teacher called students derogatory names. The controversy centers around an eighth and ninth-grade algebra teacher, who allegedly berated his students in class. The Superintendent, Joseph Renzi, declined comment on whether the teacher in question has been suspended. A group of parents complained to the school board on February 1st,  about the alleged name-calling. There was no word on whether she is still employed by the district, but is “being very cooperative” with administrators.

 

Firefighters Called To West Side

Cumberland City firefighters were called to 881 Patterson Avenue Wednesday evening to battle a fire found in a control heating unit of a gas furnace at the Shawna Peck residence. The call, at 11:38 a.m., was made by an occupant of the residence. They were on the scene for about 38 minutes. The fire was extinguished and the gas supply was shut off before clearing the scene.

 

Somerset Man Faces Child Porn Charges

Thirty-eight year old Richard Woy of Lowry Road in Somerset, is facing 19 counts of sexual abuse of children by possessing child pornography, and one count of criminal use of a communication facility. All charges are felonies. He is accused of having numerous provocative images, which were captured on Woy’s computer-tower and several CD’s. He is also charged in an unrelated case with sending explicit sexual material over the Internet.

 

Two Accused of Stealing Electrical Services

Two people from Alum Bank have been accused of stealing electrical service, and will face further action following a hearing in Bedford County Court. Forty-seven year old Harold Lester Ritchey-Zerby and 34-year old Trisha Ann Corle are accused of installing a stolen electrical meter at an apartment they rent; the meter had been installed upside-down, and was noticed by a Bedford Rural Electric employee visiting a family member near the power the apartment.

 

Two Arrested for Trespassing on CSX Property

Twenty-four year old Steven Grapes and 21-year old Antonio Smith have been issued criminal citations for trespassing on CSX property. Cumberland City Police officers saw the two behind the Auto Zone store at Queen City Center, walking across the CSX main train tracks toward Queen City Drive. Grapes was also found to have an active arrest warrant for driving on a suspended license. He was held at the Allegany County Detention Center on $1,000 bond, while Smith was released from custody.

 

Students Rank Number One in AP Scores

For the fourth straight year, Maryland students ranked first in the nation on their scores for AP exams. The state came in second place in the total percentage of high school students taking the AP exams. Interim State School Superintendent Bernard Sadusky says they are delighted with the news, and adds although the state has very rigorous course in high school, nothing duplicates the college experience like an AP course in high school.

 

BPW Approves Drug Contract

The Maryland Board of Public Works has approved a $2.4 billion prescription drug contract for state employees during its meeting this week. The Board voted 2-1 to award the five-year contract to Missouri-based Express Scripts, Incorporated, instead of Maryland-based Catalyst RX, which currently provides the service to the state.

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Spring Gap Fire Remains Under Investigation

The Maryland State Fire Marshal is investigating the cause of a fire in Spring Gap yesterday morning. Ten or more fire companies from a two-state area battled the blaze in a vacant two-story, single-family dwelling, which was owned by Freda Minnick. The fire, which was discovered by a passerby, originated in the first floor area. The first call came in to the Allegany County Office of Emergency Services at 4:25 a.m. yesterday.

 

Beitzel Files Education Funding Bill

Maryland State Senator George Edwards has filed SB586, which caps the losses of education to a local jurisdiction at 5 per cent. Delegate Wendell Beitzel has now filed the House version of the bill. Senator Edwards’ bill has been assigned to the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee, while Delegate Wendell Beitzel’s bill will be assigned to the House Ways and Means Committee. Delegate Beitzel is inviting citizen input on the bill. You can email Delegate Beitzel directly at wendell.beitzel@house.state.md.us.

 

Garrett, Allegany Schools Benefit from Alcohol Tax

The Maryland Board of Public Works has awarded grant money from the sales and use tax on alcoholic beverages to Allegany and Garrett County schools. The 2012 portion allocated to the western region of the state is $750,000. The Cumberland Times-News says that Northeast Elementary School was the beneficiary of over $124,000; in Garrett County, Broad Ford Elementary School received over $48,600 for exterior repairs.

 

James Resigns As FCRC Director

Sara-Beth James has resigned as the director of the Family Crisis Resource Center after two years. She is beginning a new job as a research analyst at Frostburg State University. She begins her new venture on February 20th, and her last day at the FCRC was Wednesday.

 

Oil and Gas Leasing Meeting Held in Somerset County

More than 200 property owners attended a meeting in Salisbury this week, and expressed a strong interest in leasing property to oil and gas drilling companies. The meeting was ordered by the Casselman Valley Landowner Group; in all property owners have shown an interest in leasing over 11,000 acres in several townships in Somerset County. One final meeting will be held on February 25th from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Salisbury Fire Department. Anyone who owns one or more acres of land is welcome to attend.

 

Police Respond To Business Disturbance

Cumberland City Police arrested a 22-year old Cumberland woman, after she allegedly created a disturbance at a Paca Street business. Betty Dye was allegedly disrupting the staff and clients of the business, and it was requested she be removed from the property; she refused to leave and was forcibly removed. She was arrested on charges of disturbing the peace, and resisting or interfering with an arrest. She was held on $2,000 bond, following a District Court appearance.

 

Fire Deaths Continue to Decrease Statewide

Even though Allegany County experienced several fire deaths in 2011, the state of Maryland as a whole, experienced a decrease in fatal fires. Last year, 67 Marylanders died in 56 fatal fires, which is a 6 per cent decrease as compared to the 71 fire deaths occurring in 50 fatal fires in 2010. Garrett County was one of nine that experienced no fire fatalities in 2011.

 

MVA Announces Vehicle Email Registration

The Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration is launching a program, where vehicle registration renewal notices can be sent out through emails. The move will save the state hundreds of thousands of dollars, and is more environmentally friendly. Car owners can sign up their email address with the MVA, and when it is time to renew, an email will be sent to them. The renewal can also be handled online.

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Spring Gap Fire Remains Under Investigation

The Maryland State Fire Marshal is investigating the cause of a fire in Spring Gap this morning. Ten or more fire companies from a two-state area battled the blaze in a vacant two-story, single-family dwelling, which was owned by Freda Minnick. The fire, which was discovered by a passerby, originated in the first floor area. The first call came in to the Allegany County Office of Emergency Services at 4:25 a.m.

 

Keyser Funeral Director Sentenced

Keyser businessman Brian Smith has been sentenced to 120 days in jail, on a charge of battery, stemming from the sexual abuse of a teenage boy. Smith was also ordered to be placed on three years’ probation, pay court costs and perform 100 hours of community service. He will report to the Potomac Highlands Regional Jail in Augusta on February 15th to begin the sentenced. Smith was sentenced to one year, with all but 120 days suspended. The conviction resulted from a plea agreement for Smith.

 

Fourth Arrest in Vandalism, Theft Case

A fourth person has been arrested in connection with a string of thefts and destructions of property that happened last month at several locations in Frostburg. Eighteen year old Kevin William Palsgrove of Elkton, Maryland  has been charged with three counts of theft and one of malicious destruction of property for his part in the incident. As were three co-defendants in the case, Palsgrove was an FSU student this past fall, but is not enrolled now. The incident resulted in over $13,500 in damage and the theft of less than $100.00 in Christmas decorations. All of the defendants are free on their own recognizance, pending their next court appearance.

 

Pennsylvania Man Arrested in Cumberland

Hyndman resident Michael Roy Lantz was arrested on Frederick Street after he was seen operating a vehicle in an erratic manner. A K-9 unit responded to scan the car for drugs, and three hypodermic needles and two metal spoons were found under the drivers’ seat. He also did not have insurance on the vehicle, and the tags displayed belonged on another vehicle. He was released pending his trial in District Court.

 

Hyndman Council May Provide Space

The Hyndman Borough Council is exploring the possibility of providing the Hope for Hyndman Charter School with more space. The council said it will meet with its attorney, hopefully before a hearing is held on the closing of Hyndman-Londonderry Elementary School. There has also been some discussion about donating an undeveloped tract of land on the south end of town. However, there is some concern about locating additional space at the industrial park site, which is not near the present campus.

 

Cardin Comments on FAA Reauthorization

Maryland United States Senator Ben Cardin says the change in the Essential Air Service subsidy contained in the reauthorization of the FAA bill will give Hagerstown Regional Airport a “good chance to keep the subsidy” for Cape Air’s commuter flights to Baltimore-Washington Thurgood Marshall Airport. The Senator added that the continuation of the subsidy will help “overall economic development” in the region.

 

Maryland May Face Bond Rating Downgrade

Maryland State Treasurer Nancy Kopp says Moody’s bond rating service has reassessed the state’s rating and is keeping a negative outlook. The Treasurer says that Maryland faces a bond rating downgrade. The state is trying to prevent that from happening. Because of the large number of federal employees living in Maryland, any action by Washington to downsize will have a negative impact on the state.

 

Cell Phone Use Could Become Primary Offense

The House Environmental Matters Committee held a hearing yesterday on a bill that would make it a primary offense for talking on a handheld cell phone while driving; it is now a secondary offense. This means a police officer could pull someone over after seeing a driver talking on a cell phone. Presently, police can only issue a citation for talking on a cell phone, while another driving violation is observed.

 

DeWeese Guilty of Five Felonies

Former Democratic State Representative and House Speaker Bill DeWeese was found guilty of all but one of six felony corruption charges, resulting from a state legislative probe into the misuse of public resources. DeWeese is accused of using more than $100,000 of staff time and other state resources for his own political benefit. The jury took three days to reach the verdict.

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Numerous Companies Battle House Fire

Approximately 17 companies are on the scene of a working house fire, along Route 51, near the Spring Gap Post Office. The original call came into the Allegany County Office of Emergency Services at 4:26 a.m. Companies from Maryland and West Virginia responded. The house was abandoned and there is no word of injuries. Firefighters had difficulty because of a lack of a water supply, so a “tanker task force” was brought in to pump water from a nearby water supply. The Maryland State Fire Marshal has been requested to investigate the blaze.

 

Keyser Funeral Director Sentenced

Keyser businessman Brian Smith has been sentenced to 120 days in jail, on a charge of battery, stemming from the sexual abuse of a teenage boy. Smith was also ordered to be placed on three years’ probation, pay court costs and perform 100 hours of community service. He will report to the Potomac Highlands Regional Jail in Augusta on February 15th to begin the sentenced. Smith was sentenced to one year, with all but 120 days suspended. The conviction resulted from a plea agreement for Smith.

 

Fourth Arrest in Vandalism, Theft Case

A fourth person has been arrested in connection with a string of thefts and destructions of property that happened last month at several locations in Frostburg. Eighteen year old Kevin William Palsgrove of Elkton, Maryland  has been charged with three counts of theft and one of malicious destruction of property for his part in the incident. As were three co-defendants in the case, Palsgrove was an FSU student this past fall, but is not enrolled now. The incident resulted in over $13,500 in damage and the theft of less than $100.00 in Christmas decorations. All of the defendants are free on their own recognizance, pending their next court appearance.

 

Pennsylvania Man Arrested in Cumberland

Hyndman resident Michael Roy Lantz was arrested on Frederick Street after he was seen operating a vehicle in an erratic manner. A K-9 unit responded to scan the car for drugs, and three hypodermic needles and two metal spoons were found under the drivers’ seat. He also did not have insurance on the vehicle, and the tags displayed belonged on another vehicle. He was released pending his trial in District Court.

 

Hyndman Council May Provide Space

The Hyndman Borough Council is exploring the possibility of providing the Hope for Hyndman Charter School with more space. The council said it will meet with its attorney, hopefully before a hearing is held on the closing of Hyndman-Londonderry Elementary School. There has also been some discussion about donating an undeveloped tract of land on the south end of town. However, there is some concern about locating additional space at the industrial park site, which is not near the present campus.

 

Cardin Comments on FAA Reauthorization

Maryland United States Senator Ben Cardin says the change in the Essential Air Service subsidy contained in the reauthorization of the FAA bill will give Hagerstown Regional Airport a “good chance to keep the subsidy” for Cape Air’s commuter flights to Baltimore-Washington Thurgood Marshall Airport. The Senator added that the continuation of the subsidy will help “overall economic development” in the region.

 

Maryland May Face Bond Rating Downgrade

Maryland State Treasurer Nancy Kopp says Moody’s bond rating service has reassessed the state’s rating and is keeping a negative outlook. The Treasurer says that Maryland faces a bond rating downgrade. The state is trying to prevent that from happening. Because of the large number of federal employees living in Maryland, any action by Washington to downsize will have a negative impact on the state.

 

Cell Phone Use Could Become Primary Offense

The House Environmental Matters Committee held a hearing yesterday on a bill that would make it a primary offense for talking on a handheld cell phone while driving; it is now a secondary offense. This means a police officer could pull someone over after seeing a driver talking on a cell phone. Presently, police can only issue a citation for talking on a cell phone, while another driving violation is observed.

 

DeWeese Guilty of Five Felonies

Former Democratic State Representative and House Speaker Bill DeWeese was found guilty of all but one of six felony corruption charges, resulting from a state legislative probe into the misuse of public resources. DeWeese is accused of using more than $100,000 of staff time and other state resources for his own political benefit. The jury took three days to reach the verdict.

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General Assembly to Consider Gas Tax, Same Sex Marriage

Governor Martin O’Malley has been criticized by both parties for using the Transportation Trust Fund to help balance the state budget, and now for wanting to raise the state’s gas tax. O’Malley has yet to formally introduce legislation to begin collecting the sales tax. The Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee could vote as early as Thursday on a bill to legalize same-sex marriage. Last year, similar legislation died for a lack of a vote in the House of Delegates, but had been approved by the full Senate.

 

Commissioners to Comment on ASCI Debt

The Garrett County Commissioners will provide comment on Adventure Sports Center International’s debt situation, and will take a position on the matter today. ASCI has defaulted on $3 million in capital debt obligations and the chairman of ASCI, Duane Yoder, says the group may consider transferring ownership to either Garrett County or Garret College.

 

Motion Filed to Have Correctional Officer Case Dismissed

Garrett County State’s Attorney Lisa Thayer Welch, acting as special prosecutor, is filing paperwork to have charges against a North Branch Correctional Institution Correctional Officer dropped. The paperwork, filed at the end of last month, seeks to have the case against Warren Mallow dismissed; he was to have stood trial next Tuesday. Mallow and a co-defendant were charged, after an inmate was allegedly beaten in a cell while handcuffed. The inmate suffered a broken wrist and head injuries, after it was allegedly slammed into a wall. Mallow and co-defendant David Robey are five year veterans of the State Division of Corrections.

 

NewPage Opposing Depositions of Executives

NewPage Corporation has filed an emergency motion in Delaware Bankruptcy Court, to keep several company executives from being deposed. An emergency motion to quash subpoenas issued to a number of company executives was recently filed. Depositions are considered part of the discovery process during bankruptcy proceedings. At issue is the long term incentive plan for executives, which could provide from 40 percent to 150 percent of their salaries as bonuses.

 

Woman Faces Charges in Crash

A Cumberland woman faces numerous charges in a crash on Sunday afternoon. A vehicle, operated by Cherrie Pearlanne Mulkey ran into an unoccupied house at the corner of Tilghman and Cumberland Streets. She and a passenger fled the scene, but were apprehended a short time later. Ms. Mulkey was issued six traffic citations and was released from Police Headquarters. The Cumberland Fire Department responded to the scene to clean up the fluids leaking from the vehicle. She also refused medical treatment from the Fire Department.

 

Adult Education Orientation to be Held

The Allegany County Public School system will hold orientation sessions for its Adult Education programs on February 22nd, March 14th and March 28th at the One Stop Job Center in downtown Cumberland. The orientation provides an overview and evaluation for individuals who want to earn their Maryland High School diploma. To register for a session, call (301)-687-8025.

 

Copper Theft Investigated

Pennsylvania law enforcement authorities are investigating the theft of copper pipe and electric line from a home on Cook’s Mill Road in Bedford County’s Londonderry Township. The owner of the home resides in Springfield, Virginia. A person or persons gained access to the basement of the home and removed all the copper piping from the basement; then, the circuit breakers were turned off and about 150 feet of copper electric line was taken from the basement.

 

Gas Prices Continue to Rise

Motorists around Maryland paid about five cents a gallon more for regular, unleaded gas last week. The average price is $3.52, up from $3.47 the week before. The national average is $3.48. Analysts say the trend is atypical, in that prices bottom out during the cold winter months and rebound in spring, but present gas prices reached record-level highs during the month of January. Future gas prices will be dependent on developments that arise in the Middle East, and throughout financial markets, which impact the price of crude oil.

 

Mid-Atlantic States Receive Offshore Wind Approval

Maryland, along with Delaware, Virginia and New Jersey have been given the go-ahead to development wind power off the coasts of their respective states. U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar says an environmental impact assessment found no significant problems with issuing wind power leases in areas off the mid-Atlantic. Governor Martin O’Malley calls it a “major step” towards establishing offshore wind energy in Maryland.

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Board Objecting to Myers’ Bill

The Allegany County Board of Education has written a letter, objecting to a bill introduced by Western Maryland Delegation member LeRoy Myers. He is proposing legislation, which would allow more Allegany County students to attend school in Hancock. State Senator George Edwards is working on a compromise that would let current Allegany County students in Hancock schools remain, while also allowing their siblings to attend school in Hancock, but end the practice after that. Allegany County courts and the Maryland State Board of Education have already upheld the local school board’s decision.

 

Inmate Sentenced in Cellmate’s Death

Western Correctional Institute inmate Michael Rodell Boyer, following a second-degree murder plea, was sentenced to 17 additional years in prison for the murder of his cellmate Timothy Davis. Boyer’s sentence will be served consecutively to his current sentence. The murder took place last February 13th, when Boyer struck Davis in the head with a television set. Boyer was indicted by an Allegany County Grand Jury in April of last year. He is now in the North Branch Correctional Institution, with a release date of approximately 2068.

 

Hyndman Man Arrested for Theft, Receiving Stolen Property

Twenty-eight year old Joseph David Gordon has been arrested, in connection with a number of thefts. Gordon allegedly had over $13,000 worth of tools, some from Hickes and Association, which was working at the Hyndman Sewer plant. More than $6600 worth of tools were returned to the John H. Shaffer lumber mill. He has also been implicated in several other thefts. Bail was set at $80,000 on some of the charges, and $15,000 on other counts.

 

Man Hit By Car on U.S. Route 50

An unidentified man was struck by a car while crossing U.S. Route 50 in Romney. The victim was airlifted by the Maryland State Police Trooper Five helicopter. A caller to Hampshire County Emergency Services said that “someone ran out in front of him.” There was no word on the condition of the victim. Troopers from the West Virginia State Police and volunteers from the Romney Volunteer Fire Department and Romney Rescue responded to the scene.

 

Delegate Stepping Down

West Virginia Delegate Harold Michael has announced he won’t be seeking re-election to a 13th term, citing health problems as his reason for stepping down. Delegate Michael, an insurance agent in the Moorefield area, was first elected to the House in 1988, and currently serves on the House Banking and Insurance, Judiciary and Roads and Transportation Committees.

 

Fire in Hancock Termed “Suspicious” In Nature

A fire at an abandoned house in Hancock is being termed “suspicious” in nature. The house, which had been vacant for about 15 years was part of Fairview Orchards, and was located on Locker Road.  A portion of the two-story house is still standing, but will be torn down. The Hancock Volunteer Fire Department responded to the call around 1:52 p.m. Thursday afternoon.

 

Remains Found in Cheat Lake Identified

Human remains found in Cheat Lake last week have been identified. They are those of Quinton Bolden of Morgantown, who was last seen on November 28th of last year. The investigation into Bolden’s disappearance and death are being handled by the Monongalia County Sheriff’s Department. It is being investigated as a homicide.

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Agreement Reached in Sex Abuse Case

A plea agreement has been reached in the case of Brian Smith, owner of the Smith Funeral Home in Keyser. He had been accused of the sexual abuse of a teenage boy. His trial was to have begun in four days. He pleaded guilty to battery and will be sentenced next week. The battery charge carries a maximum sentence of one year in jail and a $500 fine.

 

Three Charged with Thefts, Vandalism

Three men have been charged in connection with a string of thefts and destructions of property occurring last month in Frostburg, and charges are pending against a fourth. The men-three former Frostburg State University students-are accused of stealing Christmas decorations from private residences. Later, it was discovered that large rocks had been thrown through the windows of a several vehicles and in one instance-through the widow of a residence. Charged were 19-year old Robert Evans Patterson of Elkton, Maryland;18-year old Nicholas Dorsey of California; and, Brandon Shea Nils Mac Murphy of Riva, Maryland. All three were freed on their own recognizance, pending their next court appearance.

 

Legislation on Natural Gas, Oil Leasing to be Proposed

Delegate Wendell Beitzel and Senator George Edwards will be offering legislation regarding the recordation of natural gas and oil leases during the 2012 legislative session. One of the measures being pursued would require the clerks of the court to file an intake sheet with natural gas and oil leases. The legislation would also require the registration of land agents. With the deadline for introductions quickly approaching, these measures will be submitted soon, and committee hearings will be scheduled.

 

Rape, Robbery Reported in Bedford County

Two suspects are being sought in connection with an alleged rape that took place early last Saturday morning. The victim said she agreed to drive the two men home from Tony’s Bar in Riddlesburg. One of the suspects asked her to pull to the side of the road, dragged from her car and assaulted. The woman also reported that her cell phone and $200 in cash were stolen. The incident occurred sometime between 12:15 a.m. and 4:30 a.m. Saturday along Six Mile run Road in Broad Top Township.

 

Beitzel Bill To Be Heard Next Week

Delegate Wendell Beitzel has introduced a bill that will be heard before the Senate Appropriations Committee. It would amend the Maryland State Constitution to prohibit the transfer of funds from the two major sources of revenue for Chesapeake Bay cleanup efforts in the state. During last year’s session, Governor O’Malley transferred $290 million from the Bay Restoration Fund and the Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays 2010 Trust fund, into the general fund. The funds are to be replenished with general obligation bonds, which require additional interest costs and limits the amount of bond funds available for other vital state capital projects.

 

Somerset Man Killed in Accident

Twenty-eight year old Somerset, Pennsylvania resident Joshua Berkey was killed and his 9-month old daughter was hospitalized in a single-vehicle accident yesterday in Milford Township. The accident happened as Berkey hit a drainage ditch and rolled the vehicle. He was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from the vehicle. His daughter, who was secured in a child safety seat, was taken to Conemaugh Hospital in Johnstown for evaluation and treatment of minor injuries.

 

Teacher Accused of Name-Calling

A high school math teacher at Salisbury-Elk Lick school is being accused of berating his students with demeaning and derogatory names during class. The unnamed teacher was discussed during a recent school board meeting. One of the students is the son of Frostburg State University sports and exercise professor John Wright. While the superintendent is taking the complaint seriously, the parents whose children were affected will aceept nothing less than probation for the teacher.

 

Human Remains Found at Cheat Lake

Police are investigating human remains found at Cheat Lake, near Morgantown, earlier this week. A West Virginia animal research team notified police after noticing something suspicious in the water. The remains were determined to be human. The remains have been sent to the Medical Examiners’ Office for identification purposes. There is no word on whether foul play is suspected.

 

Four Officers Injured in Scuffle With Inmate

Four Correctional Officers were injured at MCI-Hagerstown Wednesday morning. One officer were preparing to escort an inmate to a medical appointment, when one was struck by the inmate. Three other officers responded and used pepper spray to restrain the inmate. The officer who was hit and three others who were exposed to pepper spray were treated at a local clinic. The inmate will now be transferred to a maximum-security prison.

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Police Seek “Circle K” Robber

 

Both the Cumberland City Police and the C3I Unit are seeking a suspect in yesterday morning’s robbery of the Circle K convenience store, formerly Dairy Mart on Oldtown Road. The suspect came into the store, just after 4 a.m., armed with a sharp metal object and demanded money from the clerk. He then forced the clerk to exit the store and walk down an alley adjacent to the store. He forced the clerk to the ground and fled on foot. He is described as a white male, in his early to late 20’s, about 5’5” to 5’6” in height. He was wearing a black, long-sleeved tee shirt, faded blue jeans and a black ski mask to conceal his identity. Law enforcement investigators are reviewing the store’s video surveillance. Anyone with information is asked to contact City Police, the C3I unit, or Crimesolvers.

 

 

Gerholt Trial Date Set in Bedford County

 

The trial of a Bedford County man, accused of shooting his wife to death in a McDonald’s parking lot, will be held in late April. Forty-year old John Gerholt is accused of gunning down his wife in November of 2008. The trial was to have begun next month, but his attorney has been busy with another murder trial. There have been numerous delays in beginning the Gerholt trial.

 

Sheriff Issues Warning

 

Allegany County Sheriff Craig Robertson is issuing a warning to local residents about a scam in the area. A man is knocking on doors, looking for money to tow a disabled vehicle, when in fact he is looking for money to obtain drugs. The Sheriff’s Office has received a number of complaints about the man, who has been identified. Complaints have been received from residents in the Cash Valley Road, Bald Knob and Bedford Road areas.

 

 

Shooting Range On Hold in Mineral County

 

A proposed shooting range, originally planned for Mill Meadow Park is “on hold” for now, following the protest of two residents of the area. Resident Greg Harr had planned the facility at the former tennis courts. Another possibility for a range would be at Larenim Park, and Harr hopes there may be some property owners in that area, who would be willing to lease some of their ground to the Mineral County Sportsmen’s Association.

 

Bedford May Close Elementary School

 

A public hearing will be held later this month, to discuss the closure of Hyndman-Londonderry Elementary School. Falling enrollment, along with the opening of the HOPE for Hyndman Charter School has caused the Bedford Area School District to consider closing the elementary school. Currently, the school has about 40 students in grades K through 5, while the HOPE for Hyndman school now has about 340 students.

 

O’Malley Delivers State of the State Address

 

Governor Martin O’Malley, in delivering his State of the State address yesterday, called for making difficult decisions to raise taxes to create job growth. He observed that although Maryland is moving out of the recession, the state still has not recovered all of the jobs it lost. O’Malley delivered the address to a joint session of the House of Delegates and State Senate.

 

 

Inmates Had Access to Sensitive Information

 

An audit, released yesterday by the Maryland Department of Legislative Services, revealed that state prison inmates had access to personal information, such as social security numbers, while working for Maryland Correctional Enterprises. Designed to provide work experience for inmates, a computer program was used to redact social security numbers, when claims were entered. However, the program did not redact all of the numbers. The audit period ranged from January of 2009 through July 31st of last year. Maryland Correctional Enterprises notified the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene they could not process the claims any more.

 

 

Act Includes Toll Credits

 

Although it is not a “done deal,” the American Energy and Infrastructure Jobs Act filed this week, would allow the use of toll credits for Appalachian highway projects, such as the completion of Route 219. If the bill, in its present form, becomes law, ground could quickly be broken to finish the project. The bill is expected to go to the House next week, according to United States Representative Bill Shuster.

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