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TWO INCIDENTS LEAD TO THREE ARRESTS

Two domestic incidents resulted in three Keyser arrests recently. In the first, 23-year old Ethan Barbe was charged with domestic battery involving his girlfriend. In the second, both Kevin Sassaman and Joletta Rebobich were charged with domestic battery and misdemeanor possession of marijuana. That incident happened in the 100-block of Argyle Street. Mineral County Sheriff's deputies responded to that incident.


MAN HELD ON $10,000 BOND

Twenty-three year old Dustin Edwards was arrested earlier this week, in connection with two separate cases. In the first, he violated an ex-parte order, when he was at a residence in the 100-block of West First Street. He was also arrested in connection with a breaking and entering incident on Hill Street earlier in the day. He is accused of entering the residence and stealing some miscellaneous household items. He was held on $10,000 bond at the Allegany County Detention Center.


WOMAN ARRESTED ON FORGERY CHARGES

Frostburg resident Angela Passman faces numerous forgery charges, after having forged a narcotics prescription at a medical office on Willowbrook Road. She was charged with forgery, possessing a forged prescription, and attempting to obtain CDS by altering a prescription. She was released, pending trial in District Court.


ROAD WORK SCHEDULED NEXT WEEK

Sewer main repairs are scheduled for next week on Winifred Road. Beginning Monday at 7 a.m., repair work will take place between Oldtown Road and Michigan Avenue. The repairs should only take a day. Questions or comments should be directed to the Department of Utilities at (301)-759-6644.


SERVICE OUTAGE SET FOR KEYSER

Potomac Edison has scheduled a service interruption for Keyser next Wednesday. The outage will occur between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., and will include much of the downtown Keyser area, Route 46, from Water Street to Knobley Mountain, and the Keyser Industrial Park. The work at three different locations will be done simultaneously, which will reduce the number of customers affected, as well as the duration of the outage. In case of bad weather, the outage will be scheduled for the next day.


RATE INCREASE HEARING SET

Columbia Gas has scheduled a hearing in the Cumberland area on a proposed rate adjustment. The increase will help fund an improved infrastructure. The hearing will be held on August 26th at 7 p.m. at the Ramada Inn in downtown Cumberland.


PARENTS ASKED TO PURCHASE MINIMAL SUPPLIES

The Allegany County Public School System is providing what they are terming "the most essential supplies" for students, when school opens on August 25th. Parents of elementary students are asked to buy items such as number-2 pencils, crayons, colored pencils, erasers, hard pencil cases, folders and book bags. Teachers will provide students with a list of required items during the first week of school. Parents of middle and high school students should purchase items such as pencils, loose-leaf paper, book covers, folders and book bags. Teachers will also provide a list of needed items during the first week of school.


AMERICA'S 9-1-1 RIDE TRAVELING THROUGH CUMBERLAND

"America's 9-1-1 ride will be coming through Cumberland tomorrow morning, between 8 and 9 a.m. Local coordinator Harlan Smith says the "America's 9-1-1 Foundation" is based in Leesburg, Virginia. In August of 2002, motorcycle riders began traveling to the three sites, raising money for a scholarship program for the children of first responders.
The riders will be traveling down South Mechanic Street on their way to Rocky Gap State Park, for a rest stop. Area residents can meet the riders there. The Bowling Green and Cresaptown Fire Departments will also be at Rocky Gap. In Cumberland, there will be a merchandise truck at the Cumberland Fire Station.Cumberland City Police say traffic will be temporarily stopped on the main route and all intersecting routes through the downtown area, while the riders pass through the area.


ASSAULT RIFLE BAN UPHELD

Maryland's new ban on assault rifles has been ruled constitutional by a federal judge. Assault rifles are defined as those having more than 10 rounds of ammunition. A collection of gun owners, stores and industry groups had sued the state, saying the ban violated their Second Amendment rights. Gun rights advocates say they plan to keep fighting.


WEST VIRGINIA PROSECUTOR WANTS TRIAL

A West Virginia prosecutor is asking to go on trial on charges of misdemeanor domestic violence charges, instead of participating in an intervention program. Mark Plants has been charged with domestic battery of his 11-year old son, with prosecutors saying he hit the boy more than 10 times with a leather belt in late February of this year. He is also charged with violating a domestic violence protection order, in which he must stay away from his ex-wife and their sons.


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