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SUSPECT TO BE RETRIED FOR MURDER

Taj Green will be recharged in the September 2011 shooting that killed a man and seriously injured his brother in Ridgeley. Evidence has been received that have led the Mineral County Sheriff's Department to believe Green was the one who fatally shot Ryan Henry, and seriously injured his brother, Richard. Green, along with Tavon Kearney and Rasjahnon Roberts were initially indicted in September of 2012 in connection with the incident.

 

ACTIONS TAKEN BY ANIMAL SHELTER BOARD

The Allegany County Animal Shelter Foundation has instituted a number of measures involving animal control, following the dog abandonment case on McGill Drive. Becky McClarren of the Shelter Foundation says that actions include the creation of a second telephone line, dedicated to animal control calls only; management will also review the previous day's phone log to guarantee all animal control issues have been addressed. The Shelter has, according to a statement read by Ms. McClarran, are accepting responsibility for the role in which the speed of the team's response played in the severity of the tragedy.

 

COMPTROLLER OPENS CUMBERLAND OFFICE

Maryland State Comptroller Peter Franchot has opened a Cumberland branch office in the Allegany County Museum building. An official ribbon cutting was held yesterday, even though the office has been open since July 1st. It offiers a broad range of services so taxpayers don't have to travel to the agency's primary offices in Annapolis and Baltimore. On hand for the ribbon cutting ceremony, including state, local and city officials. Former Maryland Speaker of the House Cas Taylor, who served with Franchot in the General Assembly, was also on hand for the ribbon cutting.

 

MCDA DISCUSSES CARPENDALE PROJECT

The Mineral County Development Authority is moving forward on establishing a bridge from Carpendale to Bowling Green. Two West Virginia state legislators have contacted Sam's Club about locating in the Carpendale area, and there has been some interest in establishing a boat launch in the area as well. The town is also looking toward a back-up water system; the request is among the Top 15 projects in the Region VIII Planning and Development Council's list of projects.

 

MAN ARRESTED ON SEXUAL ASSAULT CHARGE

A Cumberland resident has been charged with second-degree assault and fourth degree sexual contact, following an alleged incident in mid-July. Paul Harman allegedly approached a female acquaintance while she was asleep and touched her without consent. He was released pending trial at Allegany County District Court. The victim did not require medical attention.

 

MAN ARRESTED ON THEFT CHARGES

Twenty-three year old Dustin Edwards was arrested by Cumberland City Police, in connection with two theft incidents in the first week of August. Edwards was accused of stealing a car battery from a vehicle in the 500-block of Cumberland Street; he is also accused of stealing electronic items from the 300-block of Cumberland Street. He was charged with theft of less than $1,000, along with theft of less than $100. He was released, pending trial in District Court.

 

TWO HOME INVASIONS REPORTED IN SOMERSET

Somerset Borough Police are investigating two home invasions that happened just hours apart. In the first, an intruder went to a home on Sanner Street where a woman and 82-year old were held at gunpoint, with the suspect demanding money. The man attacked the intruder with a stool, and he left. In the second, a masked man went into a home on Rosina Avenue, and forced an 82-year old woman to drive to an ATM, to get money. Surveillance video is being reviewed for any additional leads.

 

SOMERSET MAN FALLS FROM ROOF

A worker with Beckett and Sons contracting fell from a roof, while working at a home on Seneca Trail. It had been raining at the time, and the worker was putting sheeting on the roof to prevent rain from getting inside the home, when he fell. He suffered a head injury and was taken to Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center for treatment.

 

"GREEN SCHOOLS" TOUR CONCLUDES TODAY

The U.S. Department of Education concludes its "Green Ribbon Schools Program" in West Virginia today. Earlier this week, the tour made a stop at Petersburg Elementary School. The program recognizes schools that save energy, reduce costs, and feature environmentally sustainable learning spaces.

 

MAN SENTENCED FOR SELLING HEROIN

Twenty-three year old Alexander Chase Rayner has been sentenced to 15 months in jail, after pleading guilty to distribution of heroin. Rayner sold the heroin to a man who later died of an overdose. He had originally been sentenced to seven years, but all but 15 months.

 

TICKS LOVE CLIMATE CHANGE

Climate change is connected to all kinds of "critters," with a new National Wildlife Federation report detailing how those changes are affecting the outdoor experience in Maryland. N.W.F. senior scientist Doug Inkley emphasizes that hunters, anglers, bird-watchers and hikers have long known they have to cover up and watch for stinging and biting insects, but the risks are multiplying as seasons arrive earlier and later.


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