Cumberland Woman Killed in Hagerstown
Fifty-eight year old Cumberland resident Lisa Wellham was killed by a hit and run driver along Route 40 in Hagerstown early Monday morning. Police had earlier stopped her car at a sobriety checkpoint; authorities took her to a friend's house, and her friend later told police he last saw her walking toward the highway. She was apparently hit while walking toward her car. The driver of the hit and run vehicle is still being sought by police.
Man Sentenced in Stabbing
Nineteen-year old Dajon Lopez was convicted of first-degree assault in Allegany County Circuit Court yesterday, and was sentenced to 20 years in prison, but with ten suspended. He went into a Fairview Avenue home in October of last year, and stabbed a person. The motive was the relationship the victim was having with a former girlfriend of Lopez. The victim had surgery to repair the wounds. The case was investigated by the Allegany County C3I Unit and the Cumberland City Police Department.
Man Charged With Sex Offender Violations
Cumberland resident Cody Mycheal Harrold has been charged with providing false information as a sex offender. Harrold is jailed in the Allegany County Detention Center. Harrold told authorities that he was living in Maryland, when, in fact, he was living in West Virginia. He was recently arrested in Grant County, West Virginia and was extradited to Maryland on Monday.
Maryland Loses 9800 Jobs in January
The U.S. Department of Labor and Statistics says Maryland's employment base shrank by nearly 10,000 jobs in January, and had grown at a much weaker pace last year than originally thought. Even though the state has yet to recover all the jobs it lost in 2008 and 2009, there was an actual drop in unemployment figures, from 6.1 per cent in December to 5.8 per cent in January. Locally, Allegany County's jobless rate dropped to 7 per cent in November this past year, as compared to a rate of 7.5 per cent for November, 2012. Those are the most recent figures available.
Inmate Convicted in Death of Cellmate
North Branch Correctional Institution inmate Vernon Lee Cowan has been convicted of the second-degree murder of his former cellmate, Rickey Bailey. Cowan was sentenced to 30 years consecutive to the 60-year sentence he is currently serving. Bailey was found dead in the cell he shared with Cowan in February of last year. The motive for the murder stemmed from Cowan's wish to have a single cell, but had recently been assigned to share one with Bailey.
Severance Refuses Extradition
A former Cumberland resident, who is a person of interest in three murders in Northern Virginia, refused to waive extradition from West Virginia. Charles Severance, who had been arrested locally on assault and indecent exposure charges, is being held without bail in Wheeling, West Virginia. When Severance found out he was wanted for questioning in Virginia, he sought asylum at the Russian Embassy, but was denied. Authorities are working on a governor's warrant, which could eventually send Severance back to Virginia.
Hearing for Accused Rapist Continued
It may be several weeks before another hearing in the case of Michael Edmonson of Everett. Edmonson is charged with over 2400 counts of the rape and sexual assault of three girls, who were only around 5 years old at the time. Edmonson remains in the Bedford County Jail, in lieu of $100,000 bail.
Mineral Students Could Return August 7th
Mineral County students could be returning to class next year in early August, but will be getting out of school for summer much earlier. Beginning next year, the West Virginia Board of Education will require 180 instructional days, but that may not be attainable if the winter is especially harsh. So far this year, Mineral County has had 15 "snow days," and have only been in class for 172 days this year. While the first hearing on the calendar was held last night, the second has been scheduled as part of the regular board meeting on April 1st.
Man Released After Trespassing Citation
Twenty-eight year old Cumberland resident Elias John Fuller McMannis was cited for trespassing on city of Cumberland property Monday. He was found on the Fort Cumberland Homes property, arrested, and issued a criminal citation.
Garrett County Theft Investigated
The McHenry barrack of the Maryland State Police is investigating a theft that happened sometime between March 4th and March 9th. The burglary/theft happened in the 1200-block of McAndrew Hill, with numerous automotive parts and tools stolen. Anyone with any information is asked to contact the barrack at (301)-387-1101.
Two Held in Death of Toddler
A Frederick County couple is being held in connection with the death of their 21-month old daughter. Frankie Williams, the baby's father, was charged last weekend with first-degree child abuse resulting in death. Now, the mother, Stephanie Williams is being held on charges of first-degree child abuse resulting in serious bodily injury. Twenty-one month old Anayah Williams had visible bruises and marks on her body, and was pronounced dead Friday night at Frederick Memorial Hospital.
State Board to Formulate Waiver Plan
The Maryland State Board of Education meets next week to come up with a plan for instructional waivers for the public schools. Bill Reinhard, of the State Board, says the plan will include meeting the need of having 180 days of instruction, at the minimum. Reinhard says the local boards must show ways to make up the time lost, due to bad weather. Reinhard addressed one option: extending the school day. He says that has not yet been discussed at the state level. Allegany County Schools have now been closed a total of 16 days, with Monday's cancellation of classes, due to snow.