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Teen Dies in Collision with Truck

An unidentified 16-year old was killed yesterday afternoon, in a two-vehicle crash in Garrett County. It happened at the intersection of Bittinger and Glendale Road. The teen intended to turn onto Bittinger Road, when he was struck by a tractor-trailer. The truck driver has been identified as Kevin Herrell of Rawlings; a passenger in the victim's car was identified as James D'Amato of Oakland. Both suffered severe injuries and were taken to local hospitals.

 

Two Appointed to Development Authority

Two new members have been appointed to the Mineral County Development Authority; nine others were reappointed to their respective boards this week. Both Steven Davis and Shelley Friend were appointed. Davis is a manager of a business in the area, and operates a business of his own. Ms. Friend is the Keyser branch manager at First United Bank and Trust. The Mineral County commissioners say both would be "a good fit" for the community.

 

Three Arrested at George Washington's Headquarters Park

Three men, who were being investigated in reference to an assault in the area of George Washington's Headquarters, were taken into custody for having open containers of alcohol. Citations were issued for 45-year old Kelly Swick and 41-year old Nelson Williams of Cumberland and Scott Milliron of Carpendale, West Virginia. They were issued citations at the scene and released pending trial in District Court.

 

Cumberland Man Arrested for Theft

A Cumberland man was arrested in the area of Second Street and Virginia Avenue, in connection with the theft of fencing from a residence in the area. Cumberland City Police saw Steven Royce Malone carrying a bundle of wire fencing, and he later admitted to taking it from a nearby yard. He was charged with theft of less than $100 and released pending trial in District Court.

 

Two Hospitalized Following Crash

Two people were taken to the hospital following an accident on Route 40 at Parkersburg Road. An SUV, operated by Frostburg resident Donna Churchill, struck the rear of another vehicle, driven by Samantha Bean, as it slowed to make a left turn onto Parkersburg Road. There was a 14-year old also involved; she was a passenger in the Bean vehicle.

 

National Guard Band to Play Monday

The 229th National Guard Ceremonial Army Band will be playing in downtown Cumberland Monday evening. The band will be at the Baltimore Street stage from 7 to 8:30 p.m., for a free outdoor performance. Following that, the video, "Cumberland, Our Town," developed by Maryland Public Television will be shown on a large, outdoor screen. In case of bad weather, the performance will be on Tuesday evening; in case of bad weather on Tuesday, the concert will be held at Windsor Castle, formerly the Cumberland Armory.

 

State Adds Jobs, But Rate Rises

Maryland employers added 4600 jobs in May, but the state unemployment rate rose two-tenths of a percentage point. The gains last month didn't quite make up for the 4900 jobs lost in April, although original estimates were 6200 jobs. The category to show the largest gain was in the professional and business sector, which added 2200 jobs.

 

Gas Tax To Increase Next Week

Beginning Monday, you'll be paying more for a gallon of gas. The first gas tax increase in 20 years becomes effective next Monday, July 1st. Governor Martin O'Malley signed the gas hike into law during the 2013 legislative session, noting the increase was necessary to pay for future projects. The tax rises four cents next week, and will continue to rise until 2018, when Marylanders could be paying about and extra 45-cents a gallon for gas.

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McKay Announces Candidacy

Allegany County Commission President Mike McKay has announced that  he is running for the District 1-C House of Delegates seat, now held by LeRoy Myers in next years' election. Commissioner McKay made the announcement yesterday afternoon at the Allegany County Office Building on Kelly Road. Delegate Myers has decided not to run for re-election next year.

 

Three Hurt in Wreck

Three people were taken to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center, following a single vehicle accident on Route 936, south of Cabin Run Road last night. A car, Driven by Oakland resident Ryan White went off the road and struck an embankment. Eighteen year old Thomas Symons of Lonaconing and a juvenile were also injured. White and Symons were cited for underage drinking.

 

Accident Woman Sentenced in Knife Assault

Twenty-three year old Amanda Darlene Garlitz was sentenced to a total of six months in the Garrett County Detention Center, in connection with a domestic disturbance where she was accused of a knife assault. The incident occurred in January, when she and her boyfriend were arguing. Another man tried to intervene, with Ms. Garlitz throwing a knife, hitting him in the chest. Alcohol was involved in the incident, according to the investigation.

 

Heroin Found During Traffic Stop

More than 340 bricks of heroin were discovered during a traffic stop on the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Somerset County. This comes just weeks after a million dollars worth of heroin was found on the same section of the turnpike. The drugs, seized from a car driven by Kiesah McCoy and passenger, Anthony Lucas. The two are from Pittsburgh, and were both jailed on $50,000 bond.

 

Oakland Resident Arrested for Assault

An Oakland woman was arrested early yesterday morning at the Boardwalk Lounge and Cafe on Deep Creek Drive in McHenry. Twenty-six year old Rachel Nicole Paugh is accused of physically assaulting 3 patrons of the establishment. She was charged with second-degree assault and held on $5,000 bond.

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McKay Announces Candidacy

Allegany County Commission President Mike McKay has announced that  he is running for the District 1-C House of Delegates seat, now held by LeRoy Myers in next years' election. Commissioner McKay made the announcement this afternoon at the Allegany County Office Building on Kelly Road. Delegate Myers has decided not to run for re-election next year.

 

Grand Jury May Hear Case

Allegany County Commission President Mike McKay, along with several concerned citizens, have requested a grand jury probe into the finances of the McCoole Volunteer Fire Company. Letters have been written to State's Attorney Michael Twigg, asking for an investigation. The company, which had only one truck and four firefighters when operations ceased, has been the focus of community concern, and the fact that letters had been written, were disclosed during this week's meeting at the McCoole Cornerstone Ministries.

 

Edwards Named to Panel

State Senator George Edwards is one of three Western Maryland legislators who will serve on a joint commission to study safety and security issues in the state's correctional facilities. Cumberland is home to two state correctional facilities, and the other two Western Maryland legislators are from the Frederick and Washington County areas, which have three correctional facilities. The commission was named in the wake of a scandal at the Baltimore City Detention Center.

 

Laptops Stolen From FSU

About 80 laptop computers, valued at over $35,000, were stolen from Frostburg State University earlier this month. The units were taken from the Guild Center of the school, and the thefts occurred sometime between June 4th and 5th. Anyone having information concerning the incident is asked to contact the Allegany/County Mineral County CrimeSolvers group at (301)-722-4300. The investigation is continuing.

 

Man Jailed After Fight With Ex-Wife

Buffalo Mills, Pennsylvania resident Leonard James Forbes is in jail, following a fight with his ex-wife and her boyfriend in Londonderry Township this past weekend. Forbes faces numerous charges, and remains jailed on $85,000 bond. He was arrested after he drove his vehicle into the victims' vehicles, and allegedly discharged a shotgun into the woods. Also on the scene was the Pennsylvania State Police Special Emergency Response Team.

 

Keyser to Improve Over a Dozen Streets

The city of Keyser has executed a contract with Liller Brothers Paving in Westernport to patch, repair and partially pave over a dozen streets there. Liller is working under an umbrella contract it won as part of a major paving contract completed last September and October.

 

Two Mineral County Schools Have Top Attendance Rates

The Frankfort Intermediate School and New Creek Primary School have the top attendance rates in Mineral County for the 2012-2013 school year. Frankfort finished with a 95.7 per cent attendance rate, with New Creek having a 95.6 rate. New Creek has surpassed the county goal every year since it was established several years ago.

 

Department Extinguishes Vehicle Fire

The city of Cumberland Fire Department extinguished a fully-involved vehicle fire early yesterday morning in the 800-block of Columbia Avenue. City Police also responded, but the vehicle was determined to be a total loss. No other property damage was reported, and the incident remains under investigation. Preliminary indications are that the fire does not appear to be suspicious

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Grand Jury May Hear Case

Allegany County Commission President Mike McKay, along with several concerned citizens, have requested a grand jury probe into the finances of the McCoole Volunteer Fire Company. Letters have been written to State's Attorney Michael Twigg, asking for an investigation. The company, which had only one truck and four firefighters when operations ceased, has been the focus of community concern, and the fact that letters had been written, were disclosed during this week's meeting at the McCoole Cornerstone Ministries.

 

Edwards Named to Panel

State Senator George Edwards is one of three Western Maryland legislators who will serve on a joint commission to study safety and security issues in the state's correctional facilities. Cumberland is home to two state correctional facilities, and the other two Western Maryland legislators are from the Frederick and Washington County areas, which have three correctional facilities. The commission was named in the wake of a scandal at the Baltimore City Detention Center.

 

Laptops Stolen From FSU

About 80 laptop computers, valued at over $35,000, were stolen from Frostburg State University earlier this month. The units were taken from the Guild Center of the school, and the thefts occurred sometime between June 4th and 5th. Anyone having information concerning the incident is asked to contact the Allegany/County Mineral County CrimeSolvers group at (301)-722-4300. The investigation is continuing.

 

Man Jailed After Fight With Ex-Wife

Buffalo Mills, Pennsylvania resident Leonard James Forbes is in jail, following a fight with his ex-wife and her boyfriend in Londonderry Township this past weekend. Forbes faces numerous charges, and remains jailed on $85,000 bond. He was arrested after he drove his vehicle into the victims' vehicles, and allegedly discharged a shotgun into the woods. Also on the scene was the Pennsylvania State Police Special Emergency Response Team.

 

Keyser to Improve Over a Dozen Streets

The city of Keyser has executed a contract with Liller Brothers Paving in Westernport to patch, repair and partially pave over a dozen streets there. Liller is working under an umbrella contract it won as part of a major paving contract completed last September and October.

 

Two Mineral County Schools Have Top Attendance Rates

The Frankfort Intermediate School and New Creek Primary School have the top attendance rates in Mineral County for the 2012-2013 school year. Frankfort finished with a 95.7 per cent attendance rate, with New Creek having a 95.6 rate. New Creek has surpassed the county goal every year since it was established several years ago.

 

Department Extinguishes Vehicle Fire

The city of Cumberland Fire Department extinguished a fully-involved vehicle fire early yesterday morning in the 800-block of Columbia Avenue. City Police also responded, but the vehicle was determined to be a total loss. No other property damage was reported, and the incident remains under investigation. Preliminary indications are that the fire does not appear to be suspicious.

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Mc Coole Fire Meeting Draws 60 Residents

About 60 residents attended a meeting on the now-closed McCoole Fire Department last night. The Cumberland Times-News stated that residents felt they could not move on, until there is closure on the present situation. The meeting, hosted by the Allegany County Department of Emergency Services, addressed how the fire company ended up a million dollars in debt, in foreclosure, with only one fire truck and four firefighters when it was deactivated in April.

 

Commissioners Reach Transit Worker Agreement

The Allegany County Commissioners have agreed to a three year contract with transit workers, which provides for wage increases over the next three years. Transit workers, including bus drivers, mechanics and transit dispatchers, will receive specific flat rate increases per hour, as opposed to a percentage-based increase.

 

Coal Truck Overturns

An Oldtown truck driver was uninjured yesterday afternoon, when the coal truck he was driving, overturned off an exit ramp of Interstate 68. Daniel Paul Leonard guided his truck off the exit, when he encountered brake problems. He was uninjured, and the investigation will determine whether the truck's equipment was functioning properly.

 

Woman Charged with Assault

A Cumberland woman was arrested Sunday, for an assault incident that occurred last week at a Pennsylvania Avenue residence. Thirty-two year old Ashley Lee Tilson is accused of assaulting another person, and some property inside the residence was damaged. She was released pending trial at Allegany County District Court.

 

Frostburg To Discuss Economic Development with Cumberland

The city of Frostburg has approved a three-year Economic Development Program. The activities proposed are designed to supplement the ongoing program and projects of Allegany County, as well as leverage important partnerships with the city of Cumberland, the Cumberland/Allegany County Industrial Foundation, and Frostburg's biggest economic engine, Frostburg State University. The program envisions a marketing cooperative with the city of Cumberland, including an entrepreneurial program.

Garrett Couple Wins Million Dollars on Lottery Ticket

An unidentified Garrett County couple recently one the million dollar top prize from the Maryland Lottery's Double Dollar Fortune scratch-off ticket, and plan to use the money toward retirement and traveling. They chose the cash option prize, which is just over $764,000. The payout, after taxes is just over a half-million dollars.

 

Two Arrested After Stealing Truck

Two Somerset County residents are in jail, after leading police on a pursuit of several miles. Nicole Gamble and Rodger Haney stole a truck from the Friedens area, and police tried to pull Ms. Gamble over, but she refused to stop. She finally pulled over on Route 281; police say she was driving drunk. Haney was also charged for not having permission to carry a firearm, as he is a convicted felon.

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Man Arrested for Pointing Gun At Residents

 

An argument, which began at Wildthings in Frostburg, ended in the parking lot of the 7-11 early Saturday morning. Modou Sey was involved in a verbal argument at the establishment, which continued to the parking lot of the convenience store. Sey had allegedly pointed the weapon, which turned out to be a BB gun at several people there. One of those involved in the argument was able to wrestle the weapon away from him. Police arrived, and also found an amount of suspected marijuana on him. Sey also had an arrest warrant for failure to appear. He was held at the Allegany County Detention Center on $70,000 bond.

 

 

 

Bedford Man Found Not Guilty

 

A Bedford County jury deliberated for only 45 minutes, before acquitting Randy Foor on two charges, in connection with the death of his longtime friend, Dennis Sprigg of Manns Choice. Foor had been charged with involuntary manslaughter and aggravated assault in connection with the incident and had earlier withdrawn a guilty plea to face a jury trial, at the suggestion of his lawyer. Foor had pushed Sprigg onto the ground after an argument and he hit his head on the concrete. He remained in a coma for a time, before he died.

 

 

Garrett County Man Charged with Assault

 

Friendsville resident Jason Hoff faces one count each of first and second-degree assault, in connection with a weekend incident. Hoff and Nicholas Hepp were involved in an argument, when Hoff broke off a broom handle and lunged at Hepp. Hoff also grabbed an axe and came at Hepp, who was able to wrestle the axe away from his. Hoff was immediately taken into custody on an outstanding bench warrant. He was held without bail at the Garrett County Detention Center.

 

 

Fire Coverage to be Discussed

 

The Allegany County Emergency Services Board is meeting with McCoole residents tonight at 7 p.m., to discuss future firefighting alternatives in the area. The meeting, at Cornerstone Ministries, comes as a result of the McCoole Fire Department's deactivation, because of financial problems.

 

 

Woman Charged with DUI

 

Cumberland resident Becky Powell was charged with DUI-related charges and negligent driving, following an accident early Saturday morning in the 800-block of Washington Street. Ms. Powell struck two vehicles and then hit the front wall of a residence, causing major damage. She was processed at Police Headquarters and later released pending trial in Allegany County District Court.

 

 

Frostburg Institutes Recycling Initiatives

 

The city of Frostburg has approved a voluntary, subscription curbside recycling program with Burgmeier Hauling. Once a month, residents will be able to place most recyclables

to be picked up, at curbside. The cost is $5.00 per month, billed quarterly. The city has also approved a regular, multi-day electronics recycling program. The recycling will take place on a selected Saturday morning in March, May, September and November.

 

 

Animal Shelter Running Out of Space

 

The Allegany County Animal Shelter has about75 dogs and 150 cats in a building that was designed for half that many animals. The shelter has a "save rate" of 92 per cent, and officials are urging residents to adopt. The shelter also has a Facebook page for lost and found animals. Owners with a missing pet are encouraged to check out the page and add photos of their lost pets. The shelter also has an active fostering program is continually looking for people willing to foster and animal.

 

 

Miss Western Maryland Crowned Miss Maryland

 

Miss Western Maryland, Christina Denny, was crowned Miss Maryland over the weekend. Ms. Denny, from Owings Mills, will receive a $10,000 scholarship, and will represent the state in the Miss America Pageant. Second runner-up was Miss Allegany County, Sara Zeng. She was awarded a $3,000 scholarship. In the Miss Maryland Outstanding Teen pageant, Brittany Brown, Miss Allegany County, was second runner up.

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Woman Arrested on Prostitution Charges

A Frederick woman has been arrested by the C3I unit on charges of prostitution. Forty-four year old Shannon Leigh Wilson was taken into custody, following an investigation, which included a meeting with Ms. Wilson. When  the officer made payment up front, she was placed under arrest. C3I investigators were aware she had been advertising on a website, and that she had been renting a local apartment. While the investigation is continuing, she received made an initial appearance at District Court, and is free, pending her next court appearance.

 

FSU's Bernie Wynder Passes

Bernard "Bernie" Wynder, the Assistant Vice-President for Student and Educational Services at Frostburg State University , died suddenly yesterday at his home. He was 58 years old. According to a news release from President of FSU, Dr. Jonathan Gibralter, Wynder had been on sick leave, and recently had knee surgery. Wynder had been president of the Allegany County branch of the NAACP. The Durst Funeral Home in Frostburg is in charge of arrangements, which are incomplete at this time.

 

Cumberland Resident Arrested on Theft, Drug, and Gun Charges

A 21-year old Cumberland man was arrested in the vicinity of Elm Street Wednesday afternoon, after allegedly assaulting two men with a gun. Kevin Antonio Proctor is being accused of trying to grab a necklace from one of the victim's neck, with Proctor trying to pull a handgun out of his jacket. In a police pursuit, Proctor was seen dumping things from his pockets. Officers located a black, semi-automatic handgun and several baggies of suspected crack cocaine. He is being held without bond in the Allegany County Detention Center.

 

Allegany County Principals Named

Allegany County School Superintendent David Cox has announced the appointment of three new principals for the upcoming school year. Scott Llewellyn will become principal at Cresaptown Elementary School; Martin Crump has been named to replace retiring principal Gary Llewellyn at Mount Savage School; and, Kendra Kenney has been named principal at Washington Middle School, replacing Kim Green there.

 

Friendsville Man Arrested for DUI

Friendsville resident Rodney Lee Schroyer was arrested and charged with DUI, following a single vehicle crash on the Accident-Friendsville Road, near Brobst Road. His 2007 Ford truck ran off the road and struck an embankment. The accident occurred Wednesday evening at 9:34 p.m.

 

Contractor Freed on $5,000 Unsecured Bond

A Somerset-area contractor has four cases pending against him, where he is accused of stealing thousands of dollars from clients. Jonathan Swank began several projects, but finished none of the four in question. Residents also had difficulty in contacting him with questions about their projects. He faces several criminal charges, with at least six of them felonies, including home improvement fraud and theft by deception. He is also accused of writing bad checks to a loca bank. He is currently free on $5,000 unsecured bond.

 

Maryland Receives Manufacturing Grade of "D"

The state of Maryland, according to a study out of Ball State University in Indiana, received a "D" grade for its manufacturing industry health, and stated that tax levels are likely a turnoff for companies in the sector. The overall tax climate was given the "D" grade, particularly because of individual income tax, unemployment insurance, and property taxes. On the plus side, the state earned a "B" grade for productivity and innovation.

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Woman Arrested on Prostitution Charges

A Frederick woman has been arrested by the C3I unit on charges of prostitution. Forty-four year old Shannon Leigh Wilson was taken into custody, following an investigation, which included a meeting with Ms. Wilson. When  the officer made payment up front, she was placed under arrest. C3I investigators were aware she had been advertising on a website, and that she had been renting a local apartment. While the investigation is continuing, she received made an initial appearance at District Court, and is free, pending her next court appearance.

 

Bedford Murder Trial Continues

The trial of a Bedford man, accused of the murder of Manns Choice resident Dennis Sprigg last August, continued in court yesterday. Randy Foor had been friends with Sprigg, had originally pleaded guilty in December, but later withdrew that, at his lawyer's suggestion. While the atmosphere, at times, was tense during the proceedings, neither side disputed the fact that Foor was deeply affected by Sprigg's death.

 

Cumberland Resident Arrested on Theft, Drug, and Gun Charges

A 21-year old Cumberland man was arrested in the vicinity of Elm Street Wednesday afternoon, after allegedly assaulting two men with a gun. Kevin Antonio Proctor is being accused of trying to grab a necklace from one of the victim's neck, with Proctor trying to pull a handgun out of his jacket. In a police pursuit, Proctor was seen dumping things from his pockets. Officers located a black, semi-automatic handgun and several baggies of suspected crack cocaine. He is being held without bond in the Allegany County Detention Center.

 

Allegany County Principals Named

Allegany County School Superintendent David Cox has announced the appointment of three new principals for the upcoming school year. Scott Llewellyn will become principal at Cresaptown Elementary School; Martin Crump has been named to replace retiring principal Gary Llewellyn at Mount Savage School; and, Kendra Kenney has been named principal at Washington Middle School, replacing Kim Green there.

 

Friendsville Man Arrested for DUI

Friendsville resident Rodney Lee Schroyer was arrested and charged with DUI, following a single vehicle crash on the Accident-Friendsville Road, near Brobst Road. His 2007 Ford truck ran off the road and struck an embankment. The accident occurred Wednesday evening at 9:34 p.m.

 

Contractor Freed on $5,000 Unsecured Bond

A Somerset-area contractor has four cases pending against him, where he is accused of stealing thousands of dollars from clients. Jonathan Swank began several projects, but finished none of the four in question. Residents also had difficulty in contacting him with questions about their projects. He faces several criminal charges, with at least six of them felonies, including home improvement fraud and theft by deception. He is also accused of writing bad checks to a loca bank. He is currently free on $5,000 unsecured bond.

 

Maryland Receives Manufacturing Grade of "D"

The state of Maryland, according to a study out of Ball State University in Indiana, received a "D" grade for its manufacturing industry health, and stated that tax levels are likely a turnoff for companies in the sector. The overall tax climate was given the "D" grade, particularly because of individual income tax, unemployment insurance, and property taxes. On the plus side, the state earned a "B" grade for productivity and innovation.

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Keyser Man Sentenced in Cocaine Distribution Case

Fifty-one year old Keyser resident Charles Page Haines III has been sentenced to 92 months in prison, in connection with a cocaine distribution case. Haines was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Martinsburg. He and two others were implicated in a crack cocaine distribution ring in Keyser. Following his release, Haines will be on supervised probation for six years.

 

Man Arrested on Outstanding Warrant Following Assault

A Friendsville man was arrested on an outstanding warrant, after the Maryland State Police arrived at his home to investigate a domestic incident. It was initially determined that Teresa and Henry Sines were involved in a domestic dispute, and that Henry Sines had fled the scene. His car was later located on White Rock Road. Police also discovered that Henry Sines also had two outstanding burglary warrants in Garrett County. He was arrested and charged with first and second-degree assault.

 

Conemaugh to Open Medical Center in Meyersdale

Conemaugh Health System is planning a new state-of-the-art building for primary care physicians and specialists in Meyersdale. The facility is scheduled to open in the fall of next year. The Somerset County Commissioners were updated this week on the project, which includes 12,000 square feet of space, including an educational community room. Meyersdale will cover $2 million of the $4 million total cost of the project.

 

Man Returned to Somerset County After 8 Years

A man who walked away from a work detail in Somerset County eight years ago, has been arrested in New Jersey, and is being returned to the county. Wayne Edward Schmidt was arrested last Friday, and is currently awaiting extradition back to Pennsylvania. Schmidt's son says his father escaped because he was being physically abused. Authorities have prosecuted several inmates with abusing others about the time Schmidt escaped. When he returns, Schmidt will be closely monitored in administrative custody.

 

Man Arrested for Disorderly Conduct on Mall

A Cumberland man was arrested Tuesday on the downtown Cumberland Mall. Thirty-two year old Westley McClarren was allegedly acting in a disorderly manner in front of mall patrons. McClarren was criminally cited and released pending trial at Allegany County District Court.

 

Chief Livengood Passes at Age 84

Former Cumberland Fire Chief Russell Livengood passed away yesterday at the age of 84. Chief Livengood served as chief of the Cumberland Fire Department for 24 years. He graduated from Allegany High School, and served on a number of boards and civic organizations in the area. Friends are being received at the Adams Funeral Home tomorrow from 4 to 6 p.m. Services are slated for Saturday at 11 a.m. at the funeral home.

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Man Injured in Fall From Failinger's

Fifty-three year old Timothy B. Fiske of Chenango, New York was injured in a fall from the third floor of Failinger's Hotel Gunter Monday. Witnesses say Fiske climbed over the railing on the third floor balcony, and was walking along the outside wall. He lost his balance and fell about 40 feet from the third floor onto the overhead awning and then to the sidewalk. Alcohol may have contributed to the accident. He was taken to the Western Maryland Regional Health Center for treatment.

 

Development Authority To Elect Officers

The Mineral County Development Authority is electing a new president and secretary. The President of the group, Rick Linthicum, resigned last month after being questioned about a contribution to the Greater Cumberland Committee. The current secretary, John Cole, has indicated his intention to resign at the end of his current term. Three other board members, whose terms are expiring, have indicated a willingness to be reappointed. They include Anne Palmer, John Lusk, and Robert Cole.

 

Mayor Files for Second Term

Cumberland Mayor Brian Grim has filed for a second term, and will be on the ballot in the primary election in June of next year. Mayor Grim was first elected in 2010. Before that, he ran an unsuccessful campaign to become a delegate in the General Assembly in District One. That seat is currently held by LeRoy Myers, who recently announced he will not be seeking another term in the House of Delegates.

 

Branding, Marketing Plan for Canal Place

The Canal Place Preservation and Development Authority has announced a $100,000 branding and marketing plan, which will allow the area to develop a uniform name, a logo, signs, products, and marketing programs. According to the Cumberland Times-News, the first phase of the plan would involve a study of potential customers. The Canal Place Heritage Area is under consideration for the expansion of the territory there.

 

Domestic Assault Results in Arrest

A 60-year old Cumberland man has been charged with second-degree assault, as the result of a domestic incident in the area of Pennsylvania Avenue at Fourth Street. Joseph Bates and his wife were in a car, when they got into a verbal argument that turned physical. After the incident, Bates left the vehicle and fled the area on foot. He was released on personal recognizance, pending trial in Allegany County District Court. His wife did not require medical attention.

 

Man Charged with Burglary, Destruction of Property

Carpendale, West Virginia resident Scott Milliron was charged with fourth-degree burglary and destruction of property, following an early morning incident yesterday in the 100-block of Park Street. Officers noticed the front door of the residence had been kicked in, and located him inside the home, and arrested him. He was taken for a bond review, but released on his own recognizance, pending trial.

 

Man Taken To Ruby Memorial for Injuries

A Friendsville man was transported to Ruby Memorial Hospital for treatment of injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident on Asher Glade Road,  near Route 42 late Monday afternoon. Sixty-six year old William Harold Fairfax of Sand Spring Road, was traveling on his motorcycle, when he lost control on debris in the roadway. He then went into a ditch. The Northern Garrett Rescue Squad responded to the accident.

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Man Held on $75,000 Bond

 

A Cumberland man is being held on a total $75,000 bond, following an incident on Furnace Street early Sunday morning. Police received a report of gunshots in the area of Furnace and Valley Streets. Gerald Allen Moore was questioned and police found ammunition on him. Moore was also wanted in connection with a domestic violence incident in May, where he allegedly threatened a woman with a handgun and assaulted her during a fight. He was taken to the Allegany County Detention Center. Three others were also arrested for disorderly conduct and failure to obey a lawful order. They included Desirae Nicole Washington, Latoya Nicole Taylor and Anthony Eugene Palmisano.

 

 

 

Motorcyclist Hurt in Crash

 

Forty-six year old John Axon, of Milligan's Cove Road in Manns Choice, Pennsylvania, was injured in a motorcycle accident this past weekend. Axon received head and other injuries in the crash. He ran off the side of the road, the back on to it. He was taken to UPMC/Bedford for treatment and was cited in the accident.

 

 

 

Copper Wire Stolen from Somerset Site

 

About $10,000 worth of copper wire was stolen from two disassembled wind turbines in Somerset County recently. The 150 feet of wire was cut from the turbines, which are owned by AES Wind Generation of Dallas, Texas. The thefts occurred between May 29th and June 11th in the parking lot where the turbines were being stored. Anyone with information is asked to contact police.

 

 

Mineral County Trial for Cumberland Man Continued

 

The trial of Cumberland resident Leo Rodenhauser has been continued in Mineral County Circuit Court. His attorney asked for a delay, so that he could go over information received from prosecuting attorney Jay Courrier with his client. Rodenhauser is accused of being involved in an October motorcycle chase in Keyser that injured two police officers. He was indicted by a Mineral County grand jury in January.

 

 

 

Police Search for Vandal

 

The Pennsylvania State Police are looking for the person who threw a large rock through an original stained-glass window at a 19th century church in Somerset County. They believe the window was broken on Saturday at the 168-year old Christ Casebeer Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lincoln Township. The glass itself is insured for more than a million dollars, but there are doubts as to whether it can be replaced or restored to its original condition.

 

 

 

Board Seeks Ethics Panel Membership

 

The Allegany County Board of Education is seeking applicants for membership on its Ethics Panel. The panel is a five-member body, whose primary responsibility is to provide advisory opinions, to conduct hearings on ethics complaints, and to make recommendations to the Board of Education on matters relating to conflict of interest, financial disclosure, and lobbying disclosure. Members are appointed by the Board for a five-year term. Applications are available at the Board Office on Washington Street, or online at "www.boe.allconet.org" under the Community tab and Ethics information.

 

 

 

Commissioners To Meet in Flintstone

 

The Allegany County Commissioners will hold their weekly meeting this week on Thursday in Flintstone. The meeting will take place at the Flintstone Volunteer Fire Company, beginning at 5 p.m. Community members and all interested individuals are invited to attend.

 

 

 

"Deputy State Fire Marshal of the Year" Announced

 

Deputy State Fire Marshal William Potts, assigned to the Office of the State Fire Marshal Bomb Squad, has been named the recipient of the "2012 Deputy State Fire Marshal of the Year" award. State Fire Marshal William Barnard made the presentation during a ceremony at the Firemen's Association annual convention in Ocean City yesterday. Deputy Potts began his career with the Office of the State Fire Marshal as a Bomb Squad Technician in October of 2007, after a distinguished career as a bomb technician with the Metro Transit Police in Washington, D.C.

 

 

 

Bongino To Announce Congressional Bid

 

Former U.S. Secret Service Agent Dan Bongino is expected to announce his plans to run for the Republican nomination for Maryland's 6th District Congressional race today. He ran for U.S. Senate last year, but was defeated by incumbent Ben Cardin. The 6th Congressional District had been held by Republican Roscoe Bartlett for 20 years. The Democrat-controlled General Assembly made significant changes during the redistricting process in 2011, and Democratic Representative John Delaney defeated Bartlett last year.

 

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Most Wanted Arrested by Law Enforcement

A Falling Waters, West Virginia man was arrested by state and federal authorities for an incident that occurred in October of last year. Peter Stankiewicz had been charged with soliciting a minor for sex by the West Virginia State Police. Stakiewicz had been in the Maryland area, then returned to West Virginia. He was arrested late last week by members of the Mountain State Fugitive Task Force, which includes local Sheriff's Offices and the U.S. Marshal's Service.


Man Arrested in Assault Case

A Maryland Avenue man was arrested by Cumberland City Police, related to a domestic assault in the 700-block of Maryland Avenue. A man claims he was assaulted by Michael Kerren Swick during an argument over money. During the investigation, Samantha Elizabeth Swick began to yell and scream at another woman at the scene. She was ordered to lower her voice, but refused, and was also taken into custody.


Woman Fails to Show at Hearing

A Meyersdale woman has a warrant for her arrest, after she failed to show at a hearing last week. Nineteen-year old Faith Ann Robertson is accused of soliciting money for a headstone for murder victim Justine Jackson, formerly of the Cumberland area. At least five people called police, reporting that Ms. Robertson had approached them about raising money to purchase a headstone for Ms. Jackson. Twenty-four year old Jonathan William Beal has been charged with the murder. Justine Jackson's body was found along the Great Allegheny Passage in November.


No Football for BW in 2013

Bishop Walsh will not field a football team this fall, due to a lack of interest. Bishop Walsh Athletic Director Jim Zamagias noted that there 19 players lat year, and since then five have transferred to other schools and five others have decided not to play this fall. Bishop Walsh has had a football team, since the school opened in 1966; prior to that LaSalle had a football program, dating back to the 1920's.


Three Injured in Weekend Crash

Three people were injured in a two-vehicle accident on Interstate 68 Westbound near the 72 mile marker. A car, driven by 22 year old Great Cacapon, West Virginia resident Michele Haslacker, experienced mechanical problems and hit a guardrail along the edge of the center median and came back onto the roadway, coming to rest in the right lane. A truck, driven by Laurel resident John McKenzie, was unable to avoid the car and hit the rear of Ms. Hasalacker's vehicle. McKenzie, Ms. Haslacker and her infant daughter were taken to Meritus Medical Center by Hancock Rescue Squad ambulance. All three injuries were minimized because of the proper use of seatbelts by the adults and a child safety seat for Ms. Haslacker's infant daughter.


Hagerstown Police Investigate Murder, Suspect Arrested

Hagerstown Police have arrested a suspect in the murder of another man in a wooded area, behind West Antietam Street on Saturday. David Allen Miller is accused of severely beating another man at the rear of 339 West Antietam Street, while the two were consuming alcoholic beverages togther. Injuries caused by Miller are believed to have contributed to the unnamed victim's death. The victim was taken to the Chief Medical Examiner's Office in Baltimore for an autopsy. Miller has been charged with first degree murder, along with first and second-degree assault.


More Jobs Coming to Jefferson County, West Virginia

The U.S. Coast Guard Operations Systems Center in Jefferson County, West Virginia is planning at $15 million expansion, and that will mean the addition of as many as 150 jobs. The Jefferson County Development Authority will lease 40,000 square feet in a business park there for the Coast Guard. The space will be used to consolidate a number of IT systems and will help relieve overcrowding at the current facility. The additional jobs will be added over the next several years, as consolidation operations are completed.

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Health Department Investigates Possible Rabies Exposure

 

The Allegany County Health Department is working closely with the Board of Education to identify and notify individuals who may have been exposed to a rabid kitten which was taken to Allegany High School on May 20th of this year. The kitten was in the school from 8 a.m. to 10:45 a.m., during an AP Government class. The kitten was confirmed to be rabid on Tuesday of this week, following a period of sickness. Anyone who may have come into direct physical contact with the animal is asked to contact the Allegany County Health Department at (301)-759-5125.

Paw Paw Man Arrested for Theft

 

Thirty-two year old Paw Paw resident David James Small was arrested Wednesday for the theft of copper pipe and metal conduit from the parking garage at the former Memorial Hospital in Cumberland. Officers noticed the items in a suspicious vehicle inside the garage, and found Small in a stairwell of the garage. A hypodermic syringe was located under the driver's seat of the car. He was charged with theft, destruction of property and CDS possession of drug paraphernalia. Small was held on $4,000 bond at the Allegany County Detention Center.

Cardin Introduces  CAPP Act

 

Maryland United States Senator Ben Cardin has introduced legislation that would create jobs across the nation by encouraging the restoration of historic buildings into useful economic properties. The "Creating American Prosperity Through Preservation Act" would create Historic Tax Credits, and would help revitalize communities, encourage private investment, and create safer, more secure neighborhoods. One of the projects included in the bill is the Klotz Throwing Company Mill in Lonaconing, better  known as just the "silk mill." The building is being redeveloped as affordable housing with the help of $1.5 million in historic trust funding. The total cost of the project is $7.5 million.

Garrett County Aquatics Team Earns Medals, Ribbons at Special Olympics

 

The Maryland Special Olympics took place last weekend in Towson, and the Garrett County Aquatics Team competed against athletes from every county in the state. All three swimmers placed first or second in at least two of their events. Robert Broadwater, a first-time swimmer received a gold medal in two of his three events; Zachary Harpole received a gold medal in each of his two freestyle events, and Robin Fife, a veteran swimmer, received two gold and a silver in her back stroke events.

Checks in Mortgage Settlement To Be Mailed

 

Checks, totaling more than $15 million, are being sent this week to more than 10,000 Maryland mortgage borrowers. The individual checks, totaling about $1480 each are being sent to borrowers who submitted a valid claim through the National Mortgage Settlement. The settlement was the result of accusations that the five largest mortgage servicers in the country engage in abusive servicing and foreclosure practices, including robo-signing-creating foreclosure documents in an assembly-line fashion, without verifying their accuracy.

Bridge Work To Begin Monday in Bedford County

 

The second of three bridge projects will begin Monday in Everett, Pennsylvania. Cottle's Asphalt of Everett will be repairing the abutments and pier, replacing bridge bearings, as well as deteriorated members of the steel truss. The project will run through October 31st. The bridge is known as the Route 1029 bridge, over the Raystown Branch of the Juniata River in Everett. There will be detours in place, and motorists are asked to be alert and use caution in the area.

Gansler Asks for Freeze on Health Insurance Rates

 

Attorney General Doug Gansler is urging Maryland insurance regulators to cap any health insurance rate increases above five per cent. The attorney general is also asking for public reviews of any such requests after six months. Rate increases, according to Gansler, should be based on actual data after federal health care reform is implemented, and not on projections that serve the needs of insurance company executives.


Helicopter Makes "Hard Landing" in Morgantown

 

There were no injuries, but there will be an investigation into why a helicopter made a "hard landing" in Morgantown Wednesday afternoon. The chopper touched down near Lower Hildebrand Road after  noon. Subcontracting work was being done for First Energy, and it was en route from Morgantown to Fairmont. Two people were on board. The Federal Aviation Administration will investigate the incident.

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Bedford County Murder Trial To Begin Next Week

The trial of a Bedford man, accused of allegedly killing a close friend, will begin next week. Fifty-two year old Randy Foor is accused of pushing his friend, Dennis Sprigg of Manns Choice, during a party last summer. Sprigg hit his head on a sidewalk and fell unconscious. He died nearly seven weeks later at Conemaugh Memorial Hospital in Johnstown. Jury selection was held on Tuesday, and the trial is scheduled for next Wednesday and Thursday.

 

Fire Company Under Investigation

The Mc Coole Fire Department is under investigation for  alleged mismanagement of the company's assets that led to its demise. The building failed to sell at auction yesterday, and State's Attorney Michael Twigg revealed that an investigation has been underway into its management practices. The company, as of last month, had only one fire truck, was nearly a million dollars in debt, and the station was in foreclosure. No one bid on the station, which is now owned by the Marquette Bank of Cook County, Illinois. The opening bid was $350,000.

 

Moorefield Pair Enter Guilty Plea in Drug Case

Forty-year old Scott Allen Greenwalt of Moorefield entered a guilty plea of "attempting to manufacture methamphetamine," and a co-defendant, 23-year old Michell Lee Stocking entered a guilty plea to possessing materials used in manufacturing the drug. The pleas were entered recently in United States District Court in Elkins. Greenwalt faces up to 20-years imprisonment and a $1,000,000 fine, while Ms. Stocking faces up to 10-years in prison and a quarter-million dollar fine. The case was investigated by a number of agencies, including the FBI, the West Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigations, and the Moorefield Police Department.

 

Fire Does Minor Damage to Home

Heat from construction work is being blamed for  a fire yesterday afternoon at 1026 National Highway in LaVale. The two-story, wood-framed single family dwelling is owned by Randy Trumbule, and the fire was discovered by contractors working on the house. About $500 in damage was done. The fire originated in the basement ceiling.

 

Alleged Burglar Held on $35,000 Bond

A Cumberland man is lodged in the Allegany County Detention Center on $35,000 bond, after he tried to gain entry to a home in the 300-block of Grand Avenue. Kelly Edgar Cole is accused of trying to pry open a door of the home, then fled the scene, when confronted by the victim. He was stopped in the 200-block of Seymour Street, traveling in the wrong direction on East Third Street. Cole was charged, and taken to District Court for an initial appearance.

 

School Board Selects Construction Manager

Construction Management Services has been selected as the construction manager for the new Allegany High School Project. Grimm and Parker Architects reviewed the information on the project, and Board of Education staff has recomended the issuance of a request-for-proposal for CMS. The School Board must now notify the Interagency for School Construction of the selection; the IAC will then review and approve the solicitation of documents.

 

Oakland Facility Wins State Award

The Maryland Green Registry presented the 2013 Leadership Award to the Oakland Nursing and Rehabilitation Center during the Annual Membership Awards Event this week. The award recognizes top performing organizations that have shown a strong commitment to the implementation of sustainable practices, the demonstration of measurable results and the continual improvement of environmental performance. The facility has been serving Garrett County residents for over 30 years.

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School Lunches to Go Up

The Allegany County Board of Education adopted its FY 2014 budget last night, which includes an increase of ten cents for school lunches. Elementary lunches will now be $2.30, while the cost for middle and high school students will be $2.50. On the school security issue, the board requested $480,000 to administer a school security plan; the county, so far, has not approved that funding.

 

Fireworks to be Set at Bishop Walsh

Although details have yet to be finalized, Mayor Brian Grim announced the annual Fourth of July fireworks display will be set off at Bishop Walsh School this year. It was announced at a teacher's meeting that the Archdiocese of Baltimore had given its permission to conduct the display from the school's softball field.

 

Man Arrested for Carrying Firearm

An Accident man was arrested Monday evening at a bar in Friendsville, and charged with openly carrying and wearing a firearm, and possession of a regulated firearm by a prohibited person. Forty-eight year old Raymond Piper, Jr., was allegedly seated at the Sugar Shack bar, wearing a pistol. He was taken to the McHenry barrack, and following a bond review, was released on personal recognizance.

 

"Operation Takedown VII" Conducted by Police Department

An Arrest Warrant Initiative was conducted by the Cumberland City Police Department's Safe Streets program. A total of 25 individual arrests were made on 29 arrest warrants. Charges ranged from theft, to motor vehicle counts, to assault and drug counts. Cumberland City Police Chief Charles Hinnant credited the partnership between citizens and officers in the apprehension of the individuals that have eluded authorities.

 

Garrett County Burglary Reported

The McHenry Barrack of the Maryland State Police is investigating a burglary that occurred this past weekend. A call was received around noon on Saturday that a burglary took place in the 1100-block of Blue Goose Road in Friendsville. An unknown person or persons entered the home and outbuilding and removed all the copper wiring. If anyone has any information, they are asked to contact the McHenry Barrack of the Maryland State Police at (301)-387-1101.

 

Police Called to Memorial Avenue

Cumberland City Police were called to the 100-block of Memorial Avenue Monday afternoon, for the report of a domestic disturbance. A woman had indicated her 16-year old daughter was out of control. The girl had been creating a disturbance by cursing loudly and striking objects. She was taken into custody and charged with disorderly conduct. She was eventually released back into her mother's custody after processing.

 

Partial Payment Made on Athletic Complex

The loss of  state grants is being blamed. in part,  for Keyser High School's inability to once again make its annual payment on the athletic complex. The school presented the Mineral County Board of Education with $72,000 last week-about $207,000 short of the annual payment. The school was able to make the first payment on the facility in 2009, but since then, has been unable to meet the annual goal. The school lost almost $20,000 in state grants this year.

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Oakland Man Found Guilty of Rape

Sentencing is expected in about three months for a Garrett County man, who was convicted by a jury yesterday afternoon. Fifty-one year old James Leroy House was found guilty of first-degree rape, first-degree sex offense and several other charges. He faces life imprisonment for the rape and sex offense charges alone. His bond was revoked and a pre-sentence investigation was ordered for House.

 

Gas Leak Reported in Westernport

Evacuations were ordered yesterday afternoon, following reports of a natural gas odor in the Johnson and Hammond Street area of Westernport. Eight residents left the area, following the report, shortly after noon. Columbia Gas was called and the situation was brought under control by 3 p.m. yesterday. There were no injuries.

 

Additional Police Presence Requested

Westernport residents want to know how to increase police coverage in their area, and at a meeting held last week, a number of law enforcement professionals-including Sheriff Craig Robertson-came to the conclusion that it is not cost-effective to staff a full-time substation in the city building there. The city pays $85,000 to the county for police protection, but Sheriff Robertson observed that there is "no way" to have coverage 24/7 for that amount. The Sheriff says a solution will be found through discussions concerning what his office can do and what it can change.

 

Teen Arrested in Breaking and Entering of Liquor Store

A 14-year old male juvenile has been arrested in connection with the breaking, entering and theft of Parkview Liquors on Saturday. The juvenile is accused of kicking the glass out of a side door, reaching into the store and stealing several bottles of liquor. Charges will be forwarded to the Department of Juvenile Justice. He was charged with second and fourth-degree burglary, destruction of property and theft.

 

Allegiant Air To Stop Flights in August

Allegiant Air will be halting service from Hagerstown to Orlando, Florida in August, but the airline has no intention of leaving Hagerstown, and the curtailing of service is only part of its "seasonal suspension" of service, according to a company spokesperson. Historically, demand for vacation travel from Hagerstown to Orlando has dropped from late August to October.

 

Tornado Reported in Maryland

There were reports that a tornado touched down in the Woodbine area yesterday, although those reports could not be confirmed. Damage from high winds was reported in Howard County, and some flooding was reported in the Baltimore area. Some homes were also reportedly damaged in Delaware and about 2800 customers were without power in Cecil County, Maryland as of about 8 p.m. last night.

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Attorney Files for Motion to Dismiss

 

The attorney for Ridgeley Mayor James Twigg has filed a motion to dismiss eight charges of fraudulent or unauthorized use of a purchasing card. The charges were filed in May, and the motion to dismiss is based on three points, including the fact that the indictments did not give specific dates on which the alleged misuse occurred and it was not specified, in the indictment, what goods or services were purchased with the card. The next hearing in the case is set for July 16th at 10:15 a.m. in Mineral County Circuit Court.

 

 

Fugitive Arrested in Keyser's North End

 

A man wanted by authorities in both Mineral and Randolph Counties, was apprehended late last week in the north end of Keyser. Twenty-five year old Donald Rutter was taken into custody, and is being held at the Potomac Highlands Regional Jail on $4650 bail. Additional charges from both counties are pending. Also arrested was 18-year old Lacie Largent, who was charged with weapons violations for carrying a gun that police believe Rutter had been carrying.

 

 

Man Arrested For Breaking and Entering, Trespassing

 

Twenty-eight year old Cumberland resident Christopher Nelson Frazier was arrested late Friday night, and charged with breaking into a residence in the 600-block of Elm Street. He gained entry to the home by kicking in the side door. He was charged and is being held on $3500 bond at the Allegany County Detention Center.

 

 

Liquor Stolen in Saturday Morning Break In

 

An unknown person broke in to Parkview Liquors at 80 Greene Street early Saturday morning. Once inside, the person grabbed several bottles of liquor, then fled the scene. Cumberland City Police are asking for help in solving the crime. If anyone has information, they are asked to call (301)-777-1600 or the Allegany County CrimeSolvers group at (301)-722-4300.

 

 

Statue Stolen from New Germany

 

A large, chainsaw-carved bear was stolen from New Germany State Park, sometime between Wednesday night/Thursday morning. Staff discovered the statue stolen when they arrived for work on Thursday. The carving was donated to the park in 2010 by a local artist, John "Sacco" Carter. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Maryland Natural Resources Police at 1-410-260-8888.

 

 

Friedens Correctional Officer Charged

 

Forty-four year old Friedens resident, Ronald Edward Lensbouer, has been charged with sexually assaulting two female co-workers. Lensbouer, a correctional officer at the Somerset County Jail, is accused of making inappropriate comments to two female subordinates. He is also accused of inappropriately touching them, beginning in December. A preliminary hearing will be scheduled in Somerset; Warden Gregory Briggs declined comment on the case, referring questions to the county solicitor.

 

 

Woman Sentenced in Drugs, Theft Cases


Twenty-one year old Friedens resident, Sharell Lynn Brown, has been sentenced to 9 to 23 months in jail, followed by three years of supervised probation in six theft and drug related cases. She also must perform 100 hours of community service, and was given credit for 134 days of time served. Ms. Brown was also sentenced on a series of other charges. The series of incidents which led to the charges, began in August of last year.

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River Meeting Attracts Over One Hundred

Over 100 concerned residents attended last night's meeting at the Allegany Museum, for what is known as the River Project. The possibilities behind removing the dam beneath the Cumberland and Ridgeley bridge were discussed. The event was hosted by the Allegany County Chamber of Commerce. One concern expressed was the possibility of toxic chemicals and other harmful materials in the sediment behind the dam and the failure of anyone to take responsibility of its ownership. The next step in the process would be to study the sediment, through core samples.

 

New Trial Ordered for 1979 Murder Suspect

A new trial has been ordered for one of the men convicted of murdering Deputy David Livengood at a Garrett County store in 1979. The ruling now gives attorneys for 65-year old Roberto Rezek the opportunity to argue that he had surrendered to Deputy Livengood when his co-defendant, Richard Tichnell, shot him at the Oakland Army-Navy store. Tichnell died in prison seven years ago. A Washington County judge ruled late last month that Rezek's jury had received improper instructions.

 

Man Sentenced for Armed Robbery

Cumberland resident Shawn Donte Holloway has been sentenced to 11 years in prison for the December 14th robbery of the Circle K store, formerly Dairy Mart, on Oldtown Road. He is accused of entering the store with a box cutter, and demanding money. He took approximately $68 and fled the scene. He was sentenced to an additional 9 years, which was suspended. Holloway will be on supervised probation for three years on his release from prison.

 

Oakland Man On trial for Rape

Fifty-two year old Oakland resident James Leroy House is facing first and second-degree rape, along with other counts; his trial began yesterday in Oakland. The charges surround an incident that happened in 2011. The victim allegedly provided four different versions of the events of the night in question and her stories is "riddled with inconsistencies," according to House's attorney, Kimberly Fitzwater. House remains held in the Garrett County Detention Center on $250,000 bond.

 

State Police Looking to Locate Suspect

The McHenry Barrack of the Maryland State Police is attempting to locate a man who is wanted on theft charges in the Accident area. Twenty-five year old Mark Allen Logsdon is being charged with three separate counts of theft, occurring during the fall of 2012. He may be either in the Oakland or Terra Alta, West Virginia areas. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact the Maryland State Police at (301)-387-1101.

 

Man Wanted in Regional Thefts

Keyser City Police arrested a man this week, for a variety of thefts in four different jurisdictions. Investigating an unrelated incident, police spotted 51-year old Percy Redman II in the vicinity of Second Street. He fled the area, but was quickly arrested. Redman was wanted for theft and/or shoplifting by the Maryland State Police in LaVale, and also by law enforcement personnel in Petersburg, Winchester, and Keyser. He was initially booked in Keyser, and will subsequently face charges in other jurisdictions.

 

Report Card Delays

The Allegany County Public School System is advising parents and students that the fourth marking period report card distribution, scheduled for mailing on June 17th, is being delayed until June 20th. Inclement weather this school year added three instructional days to the school calendar, thus conflicting with the printing of the final report cards.

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Wall Collapses at Palace Theatre

An exterior wall of the Palace Theatre in Frostburg collapsed in two stages yesterday; there were no injuries. The first collapse came around 8 a.m., and a second, larger one at 3:10 p.m., spilled bricks and debris into an alley beside the building. The second collapse left a large 15 by 18 foot opening in the building and caused the electric box and wiring to be pulled away from it. The city of Frostburg has since declared the theatre unfit for either entry or occupancy.

 

Former Treasurer Makes Apology

The former treasurer of the Chestnut Ridge Parent-Teacher Organization, Leann Gottshall, made a tearful apology to that organization this week, for stealing more than $11,000 from the group's account. The apology from Ms. Gottshall came as part of a plea deal with the Bedford County District Attorney's Office. She was charged after forging and cashing 33 checks from the PTO bank account. The guilty plea and apology will be factored in, when it comes time for sentencing. While the current president of the PTO doesn't want her to be sentenced to jail time, it is hoped restitution will be made to the group.

 

Suspect Wanted in Possible Theft

The Maryland State Police are looking for a man who is suspected of theft when he was seen by a trooper in the neighborhood early yesterday morning. He was seen in the area of Bourbon and Viewcrest Streets, carrying some items. The State Police, Sheriff's Department and the Trooper Five and K-9 units responded to the scene. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Maryland State Police or CrimeSolvers.

 

Man Jumps From Window to Avoid Police

A Frostburg resident, who was being served an arrest warrant on a number of charges, jumped from a second story window at 94 West Mechanic Street. Henry Jerome Griffin was subdued by police, using a taser. Griffen was wanted for assault and trespassing charges, and a paternity charge, as well. He was later taken to the hospital for treatment of injuries. A Frostburg Police officer was slightly injured in the arrest. Additional charges against Griffin are pending.

 

Wanted Man Arrested by Keyser Police

Keyser City Police apprehended a man who had been wanted in connection with an April 10th incident. Twenty-seven year old Jason Ravenscroft was arrested while walking along Armstrong Street. Police had attempted to stop him in the same area in April for driving a vehicle without a license plate. He eluded police, and on Old Waxler road, he fled the scene, reportedly jumping into the Potomac River. During the arrest he was also found to have a small amount of marijuana. He is being held on $6800 bond at the Potomac Highlands Regional Jail.

 

Cumberland Man Arrested for Disorderly Conduct

Thirty-one year old Cumberland resident Paul Harman was arrested Tuesday morning in the area of Seymour and First Streets in Cumberland. There had been reports of an intoxicated person in the area, causing a disturbance. After being checked by Cumberland Fire Department Ambulance personnel, Harman got up, grabbed a bottle of alcohol and began to walk away. He began yelling profanities and threatened to assault residents in the area. He was remanded to the Allegany County Detention Center on $3,000 bond.

 

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Audit Reveals No Problems for Circuit Court Clerk's Office

An audit from the state of Maryland shows there are no problems in the office of the clerk of Circuit Court for Allegany County. In fact, the office generated revenues of nearly $3 million last year. Of the $2.9 million in revenues, over half were distributed to the county, with about $1.3 million available in revenues to the state. Clerk Dawne Lindsey has held that office since 2001; she won election to the office the next year, and has held that position since then.

 

Man Held on Breaking, Entering, and Theft Charges

The Cumberland City Police arrested Christopher Shaun Shook on Monday, and charged him in connection with a breaking, entering and theft incident at a South Mechanic Street business. The owner of the business reported the business was unlocked and an undisclosed amount of money was missing. Shook was subsequently arrested, received a hearing at the District Court Commissioners' Office and ordered held on $7500 bond.

 

Woman Released After Assault Arrest

Cumberland resident Debra Kay Skelley was released following a hearing in Allegany County District Court. Ms. Skelley had been involved in an assault incident on Sunday at a residence on Massachusetts Avenue. She and another female were involved in an argument that became physical. Ms. Skelley is accused of grabbing the victim by the face, pushing her to the ground, and punching her. Ms.Skelley was released, pending trial in District Court.

 

Closures Slated for Cumberland Area

An overnight closure of South Mechanic Street is scheduled for tomorrow night, and there also some overnight ramp closures scheduled this week in the downtown area, to allow crews to repair compression seals and install light pole brackets on the ramps. From 8 p.m. tonight through 5 a.m. tomorrow, the on-ramp from South Mechanic Street to Eastbound I-68 will be closed. Beginning tomorrow evening, from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m., South Mechanic Street, between Harrison Street and Howard Street will be closed.

 

Mineral County Man Sentenced for Release Violations

Thirty-seven year old Mineral County resident Jason Yaider was sentenced to 82 days in prison for the possession of ammunition. The sentencing was took place in United States District Court in Martinsburg. Yaider was sentenced in March of 2010 to 3 months in jail, and three years of supervised release for possession of a firearm, after a conviction for domestic violence. He was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal pending designation to a federal institution.

 

 First United Closing Moorefield Ofice

First United is closing its Moorefield office, effective September 27th. According to the chairman of the board and chief executive officer of First United, William Grant, the office is closing because the institution was "unable to grow to a sustainable level." First United announced last month that it would be closing its Frostburg office as well. That closure is effective August 30th.

 

Somerset County Man To Be Arraigned

Somerset County resident William Henry Ulderich will be formally arraigned on June 29th on two charges of arson. Ulderich is accused of setting fire to his ex-girlfriend's residence twice in May of last year. His bail has been set at $10,000 in each case. While he did not have an attorney present at a preliminary hearing in Somerset County Court, Ulderich says he will retain an attorney for county court proceedings.

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"Operation Takedown VII" Underway

The Cumberland Safe Streets Program is conducting its June Warrant Initiative through Friday. The Cumberland Police Department's Safe Streets Program is requesting citizens to assist in the apprehension of approximately 16 individuals on open arrest warrants, ranging from failure to appear, to violation of probation, burglary and assault charges and drug counts. The initiative began yesterday, and citizens are asked to contact the Cumberland City Police Department, the Sheriff's Office, the Maryland State Police or the Allegany/Mineral County CrimeSolvers line at (301)-722-4300.

 

Suspect Arrested in Tri-Town Pharmacy Burglary

A 27-year old Westernport man has been arrested for allegedly breaking into the Tri-Town Pharmacy, and stealing a large amount of hydrocodone. Zachary Russell Jones was identified from security camera footage, and he was arrested a short time later at his Donna Street residence. Stolen property was also recovered. He is being held on a $150,000 bond. He also confessed to a prior burglary at the pharmacy on May 17th. Additional charges are pending.

 

Roads Workers To Receive Raise

A new contract with county roads workers would give them a three per cent cost of living increase over each of the next three years. The Allegany County Commissioners will consider the raise at Thursday's meeting. County employees have not seen a raise for four years, but a three percent across the board increase was written into the FY 2014 budget, which begins July 1st.

 

Woman Arrested Following Assault

A 37-year old Cumberland woman was arrested late Sunday morning, after allegedly assaulting her boyfriend. Katherine Marie Bryant and her boyfriend had been arguing over money , when she allegedly grabbed him and struck him in the head several times. The victim received minor injuries and did not require medical attention. She was located in an alley near the residence in the 500-block of Maryland Avenue. She was charged with second-degree assault and held on $2500 bond.

 

Masontown Man Drowns in Cheat River

A 29-year old Masontown man drowned in the Cheat River this past weekend. Jimmy Taylor had been swimming with his brother on Saturday, when swift waters carried him away. His brother, Robert, tried twice to get him out of the water, but couldn't. He left to get help, but was involved in a car accident on the way. Robert Taylor said the two had been drinking. Jimmy Taylor's body was recovered about a half-mile down the river, in an area known as "party rock." The investigation is still ongoing.

 

Gansler Won't Run for Re-Election

Attorney General Douglas Gansler says he won't run for another term, but aides have assured members of the media he is running for Governor. His campaign is planning a formal announcement in the fall. Lieutenant Governor Anthony  Brown announced his candidacy last month, and has also chosen Howard County Executive Ken Ulman as his running mate.

 

Electric Customers Share Energy Opinions

AARP West Virginia wants Mon Power and Potomac Edison electric customers to give their opinion on the purchase of a power plant by First Energy. If First Energy is allowed to purchase 80 per cent of the Harrison Power Station, electric bills will go up. AARP says the proposal could have a $63 million impact in the first year alone. In the Eastern Panhandle, there is concern over what that could mean for a senior on a fixed income. Hearings were held last week in Charleston.

 

West Virginia Lottery Revenue Down in  April

West Virginia lottery revenues fell in April, but not as severely as was expected by the Lottery Commission. Lottery revenues totaled about $109 million, down nearly 12 per cent from the same month last year. Revenues for the fiscal year have totaled about $1.1 billion, compared to $1.2 billion in the previous fiscal year. The fiscal year ends June 30th.

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Body Found In Potomac Identified

 

A body, found late last week on the North Branch of the Potomac River, has been identified as 36-year old Cumberland resident Jason Leonard Crawford, Sr. The body was found by a man and his son who were kayaking in the area, which is about a mile downstream from the Mason South End Recreational Complex. Crawford had been reported as missing to the Mineral County Sheriff's Office on May 15th. The body was taken to the State Medical Examiner's Office in Baltimore for an autopsy. The investigation is continuing by the Mineral County Sheriff's Office and the C3I unit.

 

 

 

Water Main Break Disrupts Service

 

A water main break yesterday afternoon disrupted service to North End homes. The break was located on Davidson Street, between Henderson Avenue and Decatur Street. There was some damage to the street and minor damage to vehicles in the area. A crew was on the scene making repairs yesterday afternoon. Residents experienced low water pressure and may have been without water service for a time.

 

 

 

Man Arrested for Having Concealed Handgun

 

Cumberland resident Christopher Nathan Maistros was arrested late last week for having a loaded and concealed 40-calibre handgun in his waistband. A search of Maistros also revealed a small quantity of suspected marijuana. He was taken to District Court for a hearing, and ordered held on $2500 bond. Charges include having a concealed handgun and possession of marijuana.

 

 

 

Man Arrested for Having Loaded Handgun in Car

 

Cumberland City Police arrested a Cumberland man in the area of  the Constitution Park  pool late last week. Thirty-one year old Antonio Eugene Miller was found to have a loaded .22-calibre revolver under the passenger seat of his car, as well as a large amount of ammunition. Officers also found a ski mask, gloves, and a large bag inside the vehicle. Bond was initially set at $7,000, but Miller was taken to the Allegany County Detention Center to await a bond review.

 

 

 

River Project Meeting on Thursday

 

The "Potomac River Project Community Conversation" will take place this Thursday, beginning at 5:30 p.m.., at the Allegany County Museum. The public is encouraged to attend and ask questions. The project seeks to remove the dam under the Cumberland/Ridgeley, West Virginia bridge to open up the North Branch of the Potomac River, not only to restore it to its natural state, but also to accommodate canoeing, kayaking and boating. The discussion is sponsored by the Allegany County Chamber of Commerce, and will feature speakers from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and Department of Planning.

 

 

 

Thirteen-Year old Goes on Crime Spree

 

A 13-year old boy is accused of stealing a car from the Mann's Choice Church of God last weekend, and going on a crime spree. The teenager picked up two friends and ran over several mailboxes on Route 31, and then tried to break into a Shell gas station along Route 30. He also drive to Johnstown to try to buy drugs, and abandoned the SUV on Route 56. Police also believe he was also involved in another burglary at Sundae's Ice Cream Shop in Mann's Choice.

 

 

 

PBS Coals Lays off 134 Workers

 

About 134 employees of PBS Coals in Somerset County were laid off Friday morning, shortly after they arrived for work. This is the third round of layoffs by the company in less than a year. Last July, 255 workers were laid off and in December, an additional 138 lost their jobs. The reasons for the layoffs are the weak economy, escalating costs and an overall decreased demand. Officials say this is not a localized problem, but a worldwide issue. PBS now has about 550 employees left.

 

 

 

Man Shoots WalMart Employees with Pellet Gun

 

A Bedford man is being held on $15,000 bond, after allegedly shooting two WalMart employees with a pellet gun in Snake Spring township. The two employees suspected Christopher McGillick of shoplifting at the store and followed him to his car. He allegedly shot one employee four times and the second, at least once. He left the scene, but was arrested a short time later at a Breezewood motel. He has a preliminary hearing scheduled for this Wednesday.

 

 

 

Piedmont to Pay Legal Fees

 

The town of Piedmont has decided to pay the legal fees of town foreman John Shingler, because the two people who could have come to his defense have now passed on. Some heated discussion arose from the decision, including comments from council member Ray Hall, who said the town is paying Shingler's legal fees, when the town did nothing wrong. The two who passed away during the investigation were former Mayor Ebbie Gilmore and former finance commissioner Mickey Racco.

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