THREE CONVICTED IN FEDERAL DRUG CASES
Three people, who were responsible for a large drug trafficking operation in which cocaine was brought to the Keyser area from other parts of the country, each face up to 20 years in prison. Thirty-three year old Cedric Malachi Jones, also known as "BG" of South Ozone Park, New York-the so-called leader of the operation-pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute cocaine. Adrian Nicholas Sanchez, of Cumberland, and Christopher Lee Redman each pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute cocaine. Both will forfeit thousands of dollars, and will each pay a $90,000 monetary judgment.
HEARING HELD FOR MURDER SUSPSECT
A hearing was held yesterday for Cumberland resident Robert Hernandez. He is accused of stabbing West Virginia University freshman Devante Waites at a Morgantown bar earlier this month; Waites died a few hours later at a Morgantown hospital. The hearing was held to decide if there is enough evidence to forward the charges to a Monongalia County grand jury. Hernandez was arrested less than 24 hours after the stabbing, and has been in jail, without bail, since that time.
OLDTOWN BRIDGE RE-OPENED
The Oldtown Toll Bridge, which had been washed out in June flooding, has reopened. Repairs took less time than was originally thought. The bridge is the only crossing of the Potomac River for 15 miles in either direction. The Oldtown Bridge is the only privately owned structure of its kind in the state.
AMERICAN WOODMARK TO ADD JOBS IN W.VA.
American Woodmark says it plans to add 80 full time jobs and invest $30 million at its facility in Moorefield. That would boost the site's employment to 655 workers. The company also plans to expand, adding 100,000 square feet to its facility. The expansion should be completed by the fall of next year.
BUS INVOLVED IN MINOR ACCIDENT
Allegany County Public School Bus #51, en route to Northeast Elementary School, caused minor damage to a parked passenger car on Pear Street at around 8:15 yesterday morning. There was no damage to the bus. Student arrival was slightly delayed due to the accident.
JEFFERSON STREET FIRE "INCENDIARY" IN NATURE
The Maryland State Fire Marshal has determined that a Saturday morning fire on Jefferson Street was arson. The fire was discovered by a neighbor who was awakened by smoke and observed a fire burning on the back porch of the vacant residence next to him. The structure is owned by Pieter Kloos; smoke detectors were in the building, but they did not activate. Estimated damages to the building were set at approximately $15,000.
MISSING MAN LAST SEEN AT SUPER 8
Authorities are looking for a Gaithersburg man, who was last seen at the Super 8 motel in LaVale. The family of Martin John Rogers is concerned about his emotional well-being. He was last spotted at the hotel on August 21st, and had been driving a 2001 Audi A-4. No sightings have been reported since that time. Anyone with information should call the Montgomery County Police non-emergency number at (301)-279-8000.
PLANNING FOR 2015 MINERAL COUNTY DAY
Mineral County Day is being planned for next January 15th in Charleston. Mineral will be partnering with Monongalia County to highlight what each has to offer. Similar to Allegany County's annual PACE reception, Mineral County will produce a brochure, showing priority projects such as water/wastewater, transportation and economic development to state legislators.
MAN CHARGED WITH THEFT, BURGLARY
Thirty-eight year old Kelly Cole of Cumberland has been charged with burglary and theft, following an incident in the 200-block of Pennsylvania Avenue on Sunday. Cole is accused of breaking into a garage, and stealing several items, including a four-wheeler. Tracks from the ATV, led police to a separate garage, several streets over from the victim's residence. Cold was taken for an initial appearance in District Court, and held on $35,000 bond.
CONTROL BOARD TO HEAR COMPLAINTS
The Allegany County Animal Control Board will be taking public comment at a meeting to be held next Tuesday in Room 100 of the county office complex on Kelly Road. While there will be no discussion or action taken, comments will be considered at a future meeting. Residents who wish to speak are asked to sign up, prior to 6 p.m. Comments will be limited to five minutes per speaker.
TEACHERS PARTICIPATE IN "STEM" EXTERNSHIPS
Fifteen Allegany County public school educators recently had the chance to participate in the 2014 summer "STEM" externships. During the four-week job experience, teachers were provided with full-time work experience, as they shadowed employees and completed tasks or assisted with projects. Participating teachers also had the opportunity to contribute ideas and conduct informal interviews of staff and employees.
MARATHON TO OPEN REGISTRATION ON LABOR DAY
Labor Day will make the official opening of registration for the 2nd annual Queen City Marathon for Active Water. Online registration will be available through the official race website and "active.com." A printable, mail-in registration form is also available from the official event website, "runthequeencity.com." Early bird registration runs through December 31st, and is $60. The fee increases to $70 on January 1st.
CONEMAUGH HEALTH SYSTEM SOLD TO DUKE LIFEPOINT
The Conemaugh Health System is now owned by Duke LifePoint health care, which says it plans to pump about $400 million into the local economy with new facilities in Richland and Ebensburg. No employee layoffs are expected. A county judge approved the sale last week.
AMENDMENT PLACED ON STATE BALLOT
Voters will consider a state constitutional amendment in November, which will limit when the Governor and Legislature can take money from the state's Transportation Trust Fund. Ragina Cooper-Averella, Triple "A" Atlantic's manager of public and governmental affairs, says the now-certified language deals with how the funds are spent.
MARYLAND TO SHARE IN SETTLEMENT
The state of Maryland is expected to see a portion of a settlement between U.S. regulators and Bank of America. The financial institution was accused of misleading investors into buying toxic, mortgage-backed securities. The agreement was for $17 million, and is the biggest settlement of any one company in U.S. history. Predatory lending and practices, such as "robo-signing" of foreclosure notices may have led to the housing collapse the fueled the Great Recession.
WEST VIRGINIA ACT SCORES UNCHANGED
A.C.T. college entrance exam scores remained virtually unchanged in West Virginia for the fourth straight year. Scores averaged 20.6 on the exam, but slight improvement was shown in reading scores. But they were unchanged in the science and math categories. English scores dipped slightly. Nationally, the average overall A.C.T. scores increased slightly to 21.0.