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MAN SENTENCED FOR ROBBERY

A plea agreement will send a Frostburg resident to prison for ten years. Thirty-four year old Jeremiah Seib pleaded guilty to robbing First People's Credit Union in Short Gap in September of last year. He was indicted in January of this year. Seib turned himself in to Frostburg authorities, was extradited to West Virginia, and has been held at the Potomac Highlands Regional Jail since that time. Seib will serve his sentence in a federal prison facility.

 

BALTIMORE SUSPECT ARRESTED IN CUMBERLAND

Twenty-three year old Dontray White of Baltimore, who is wanted there in connection with an attempted murder, was arrested in Cumberland yesterday. Investigators obtained several addresses of known acquaintances. He was eventually arrested at one of those locations. He was transported back to Baltimore, pending an initial court appearance.

 

GARRETT CIRCUIT JUDGE APPOINTED

Governor Martin O'Malley has appointed Raymond George Strubin as a Garrett County Circuit Court judge, replacing Judge James Sherbin, who announced his retirement in February of this year. Strubin had served as an assistant public defender in Garrett County, and had previously served as the assistant public defender in Washington County.

 

COMMUNICATION POLICY REVISED BY BOARD

The Allegany County Board of Education has revised its policy, regarding communication between staff and school board members. While some thought the policy was repressive, the new draft encourages communication between the two on  matters of policy, practice and procedure. The only exception to the policy is when a situation is of a sensitive nature, and could be heard in an appeal process by the school board.

 

TRAP SET FOR BEAR IN WARDENSVILLE

The West Virginia Department of Natural Resources have set traps for a bear that attacked a man and his dog in the George Washington National Forest near Wardensville last week. Steven Krichbaum was taken to Winchester Medical Center following the attack, while his dog was taken to an emergency animal hospital. The attack is considered provoked, because the dog had chased one of the bear cubs.

 

RIDGELEY GETTING SET FOR CENTENNIAL

The town of Ridgeley is getting ready for its centennial celebration next weekend. Opening ceremonies take place on Friday, September 5th at the Veteran's Memorial at the Gold Star VFW. Saturday's festivities include a breakfast at the Calvary United Methodist Church and a cruise-in at Nelson Auto Sales. The grand feature parade will get underway on Saturday, September 6th at 5:30 p.m.

 

RURAL COUNTIES COALITION GROWS

Allegany County Commission President Mike McKay says three more counties have shown interest in the Maryland Rural Counties Coalition. Discussions were held during the MACo Summer Conference in Ocean City on how to best advocate for Maryland's veterans. McKay says one aspect of the discussion was helping veterans "navigate" various programs available to them.

 

SUMMONS SERVED FOR RECKLESS DRIVING

Cumberland resident Michael Steven Ford was served with a criminal summons in connection with a motor vehicle crash that took place on May 14th of this year. Ford allegedly struck a parked vehicle while traveling on Race Street in south Cumberland. He was charged with both reckless and negligent driving.

 

FINAL CLINIC FOR 2014-2015 SCHOOL YEAR

The Allegany County Health Department is offering free TDAP and meningitis vaccinations, which are required for all students entering the 7th grade this school year. The final clinic will be held next Wednesday, September 3rd at the Health Department's Willowbrook Office Complex from noon to 6 p.m. For more information, call (301)-759-5082.

 

P.E. POLE INSPECTION AND REPLACEMENT CONTINUES

Potomac Edison crews have replaced or repaired about 1,000 wooden utility poles so far this year, as part of the company's annual inspection program. Year-to-date, P.E. has inspected about 21,500 wooden poles, with 2,354 of those in Cumberland and 1,744 in Oakland alone. The utility expects to spend over $2 million on the inspections. Each of the Southern Yellow Pine poles replaced, costs about $400 each.

 

WOMEN CHARGED IN MURDER-FOR-HIRE PLOT

Two Fayette County, West Virginia women have been charged in connection with a murder-for-hire plot. Sara Swaggerty and Tammy Bair have been charged. Swaggerty allegedly gave an undercover police officer $500 to kill her husband, who is currently charged with21 counts of sex crimes against children. Both are in the Southern Regional Jail. Police say she wanted her husband dead, and wanted it to look like an accident. She had offered $2500 to do the job.

 

PIRATE MINOR LEAGUE TEAM TO LOCATE IN MORGANTOWN

The Pittsburgh Pirates have announced plans to locate one of its minor league teams to Morgantown, West Virginia. The team will be relocating from Jamestown, New York, and will be playing its games at a new ballpark, being constructed at the University Towne Center. The WVU team will play there next spring, before the minor league "short season" begins in June.


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