MAN ARRESTED ON FEDERAL CHARGES
Keyser resident Christopher Redman is being held without bail, on a federal parole violation charge. Redman was initially wanted for questioning about vehicle break-ins. After being combative, he was charged with obstructing an officer. And, police then learned he was wanted by the U.S. Marshal's Service on the federal charge.
COUNCIL RECOMMENDS PROJECTS FOR FUNDING
The Tri-County Council of Western Maryland has recommended 14 projects to be recommended for nearly $4.4 million in Appalachian Regional Commission funding. Along with the previously announced HART for Animals funding in Garrett County, the other 13 projects involve internet access, education, road projects, and health related issues.
GRANT AWARDED FOR FOOTER BUILDING ROOF
The Canal Place Preservation and Development Authority has announced a $150,000 grant to replace the roof on the Footer Dye Works building. It was also learned that the group is still in negotiations with a potential developer. While the name of the developer is not known, there are unconfirmed reports that Michael Joy Development of Washington, D.C. and Chaney Architects of Cumberland are interested in the property.
BEDFORD COUNTY SHOOTING INVESTIGATED
There has been another shooting in Bedford County. The Pennsylvania State Police say 24-year old Jeffrey Sheeder was shot in the hand by William Maenner in a building in the 1500-block of Ashcom Road in West Providence Township on Monday afternoon. The shooting was a result of a dispute between the two. Maenner was taken into custody, with Sheeder suffering non-life threatening injuries.
AMBULANCE SERVICE COST MAY RISE
The Cumberland Mayor and City Council are considering an ordinance that would raise the cost of city ambulance service about $75.00, or to $500 for a base rate. City Administrator Jeff Rhodes says the hike is in line with federal rates for the service. the ordinance will receive two more readings, before being given approval by the Mayor and Council.
FIRST ENERGY TO REQUEST RATE INCREASE
First Energy of West Virginia may be requesting a rate increase of between 15 and 17 per cent, but the hike, if approved, will not go into effect until February of next year. Public comment will be taken in the fall on the request for the service, which oversees eight West Virginia counties, including Mineral, Hampshire, Hardy, Morgan, Jefferson, Berkeley, Pendleton and Grant counties.
NO INJURIES IN ROUTE 50 CRASH
There were no injuries in a two-vehicle mishap at the intersection of Ford Hill Road and Route 50 in Augusta on Monday morning. A car was stopped, to turn left onto Ford Hill Road, when it was struck by a truck, carrying a small excavator. In an attempt to avoid a collision, the truck damaged the right, rear fender of the SUV. Traffic was reduced to one lane for about 20 minutes, while crews cleared the scene and State Police investigated.
CUMBERLAND RESIDENT ARRESTED FOR CDS POSSESSION
Fifty-four year old resident Leo Durocher faces numerous drug possession charges, following his arrest in the area of Queen City Pavement on Monday. Two people were arguing in the area, and Durocher was later found to be in possession of suspected marijuana, and prescription medication that did not belong to him. He was released on personal recognizance, following a hearing in District Court.
MAN CHARGED WITH ASSAULT, DANGEROUS WEAPON COUNT
Forty-seven year old John Mishow of Cumberland was served a criminal summons, in connection to an assault incident on July 10th. He allegedly threw a brick at the leg of the first victim and hit a second one in the face. He was charged with two counts of second-degree assault, and possession of a dangerous weapon, with intent to injure.
SIGN STOLEN FROM GARRETT BUSINESS
The Maryland State Police barrack at McHenry is investigating the theft of a sign from Property Management Services on the Garrett Highway. The sign displayed the words, "We Have Renters, Homes Needed," and had the business phone number listed at the bottom. It is described as a black, metal frame sign, approximately 4-by-2 feet. It was stolen sometime between July 2nd at 9 a.m. and July 3rd at 3 p.m.
STATE POLICE ANNOUNCE NEW PROGRAM
The Maryland State Police have announced a new program, in which Special Olympics athletes will do "ride-alongs" with them. Colonel Marcus Brown, Superintendent of the Maryland State Police says the program, "Champions on Patrol," will allow the athletes and their families can make a request to tour any barrack, and to do a ride along. Colonel Brown says the program creates a one-on-one relationship between the trooper and the athlete. Colonel Brown points out that there is a Maryland State Police barrack in every county in the state.
MEN SENTENCED IN MAUSOLEUM THEFTS
Two West Virginia men have been sentenced in connection with thefts from more than 20 caskets at a Martinsburg cemetery. Both David Paul Bowers of Hedgesville, and Richard Rowland Ruffner were sentenced to 26 years each in prison, after previously pleading guilty. Both took the stand to apologize, and attributed their addiction to heroin as the reason for the thefts. They broke into the Rosedale Cemetery in July of last year, stealing jewelry, and trying to sell it at a cash-for-gold business.