Man Handed Maximum Sentence
Green Spring, West Virginia resident Cory A. Orndorff was sentenced to 40 years in prison, for one count of child abuse, resulting in the death of an 18-month old child, who had been entrusted to his care. He had also pleaded guilty to two counts of child abuse, resulting in injury. Orndorff was accused of biting the girl and throwing her to the ground. The sentences will run consecutively, but he could be eligible for parole in as early as 12 years. Following his release, he will be added to the child abuse registry, and placed on probation for 40 years. He is also being required to pay restitution to the victim's family, including funeral costs and any medical bills.
Claims Against Puff & Stuff Settled
Charles and Traci Casey, owners of Puff & Stuff stores in Cumberland and LaVale will forfeit nearly $274,000 to settle claims they sold synthetic drugs at their stores. They were permitted to keep $86,000 or the nearly $260,000 that was seized in March of last year. They have also agreed to stop selling substances that are distributed as potpourri, spice or bath salts. The agreement noted that claims against the Casey's were allegations, but with no determination of liability.
Crews Working to Contain Fire
Crews continue containment operations of a major brush fire on the Pennsylvania side of Will's Mountain. The fire, which is about 70 per cent contained, has been burning since Saturday afternoon. In all, the fire has burned 900 acres. The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources is continuing to warn Centerville area residents that they still may encounter smoky conditions as control efforts continue. Residents and non-firefighting personnel are prohibited from entering the unburned fire area. And, while there is no more need for additional supplies, but the Cumberland Valley Township Volunteer Fire Department is thanking the many people who have contributed food, drink and other supplies. Travelers using Route 220 are reminded that the 35-mile-per-hour speed limit in the area of Centerville.
Five Arrested in Drug Raids
Three separate drug raids in Keyser have resulted in five people being arrested for cocaine and prescription pill distribution. Arrests were made on North Main Street, Ridge Street and Maple Avenue. Thirty-eight grams of cocaine and various prescription narcotics were seized. Taken into custody were Jason Johnson of Rawlings; forty-three year old Regina Brooks of Keyser; also arrested were Keyser residents Sonya Rosenberger, Samual Bloom, and 18-year old Kayla Duncan. The Keyser Police say the arrests were made, following a lengthy investigation into drug activity in the city.
Assault Summons Issued
Thirty-year old Cumberland resident Ashley Commire was arrested on a second degree assault charge. She is accused of throwing a plastic ashtray and hitting her in the face at a Baltimore Pike residence. She was served and released, pending trialin Allegany County District Court. The victim did not require medical attention, and the alleged incident happened on April 15th.
Summons Served for Violation of Protective Order
Cumberland resident Eric Turner was served a criminal summons on two counts of violation of a protective order and harassment. A resident charged that Turner failed to comply with the conditions of a protective order she had issued against him; Turner is alleged to have contacted her on two separate occasions, since the issuance of the order. Turner was served and released, pending trial in Allegany County District Court.
Man Arrested for Disrupting Service
Keyser resident Merrill Shipman IV has been charged with a felony offense, following an incident at the Easter morning Mass at the Church of the Assumption in Keyser. Shipman is accused of going through the church and snuffing out the candles, and had attempted to access the communion hosts on the altar. He faces a possible charge of disturbing a worship service, which is a crime in West Virginia. Police are consulting with Prosecuting Attorney Jay Courrier before filing any additional charges.
Severance to be Extradited
Former Cumberland resident Charles Severance, who is being called a person of interest in three northern Virginia murders, has been ordered to be extradited to Virginia on an unrelated weapons charge. He has been held in Wheeling, West Virginia, since his arrest last month.
Beitzel Discusses Highway User Funds
The state of Maryland has seen its highway user revenue-money used to repair roads and the like-dwindling from about $500 million to about $160 million in recent years. Delegate Wendell Beitzel says the state basically balanced its budget by taking money from that fund. Delegate Beitzel said a bill, that would have incrementally restored the highway user fund to 20 per cent, instead of the present 10 per cent, created a lot of conversation in the General Assembly.He urged municipalities to get in touch with Annapolis, to let them know they want the fund restored. The irony of the situation, according to Delegate Beitzel, is that Maryland has the money to fix its roads.
Garrett County Outage Canceled
A planned power outage in the Garrett County area for Monday has been canceled by Potomac Edison officials. Their engineers are able to do maintenance work at the McHenry substation without disrupting power.
Archbishop Attending Canonization Ceremonies
Baltimore Archbishop William Lori is in Rome for the canonization ceremonies for Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII. He left yesterday, leading about 40 Baltimore-area Catholics for Sunday's ceremony. Pope Francis will declare the two saints during a Mass at St. Peter's Square on Sunday.