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MAN SENTENCED FOR DOGFIGHTING, OTHER CHARGES

Piedmont resident Timothy Paul Stewart has been sentenced to a total of 20 years in federal prison, for operating a dog-fighting operation. He was convicted earlier this year of that charge, along with conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine, and for being a felon in possession of a firearm. Additionally, 33-year old Shannon Marie Broadwater was sentenced to three years in prison for her role in the sale of crack cocaine. She had been convicted of illegal use of the Internet to facilitate the distribution of crack.

 

FIREWORKS TO BE SHOT FROM BISHOP WALSH

The city of Cumberland's annual Fourth of July fireworks display will be shot from the girls' softball field at Bishop Walsh School on Haystack Mountain. The city has hired Starfire Corporation of Carrolltown, Pennsylvania to shoot the fireworks this year, and will be firing larger, 6-inch shells. The display should be visible from areas across Cumberland, LaVale, and in Mineral County.

 

ATTORNEY ADDRESSES PROBLEM PROPERTY

Allegany County Attorney William Rudd has written to Delegate Kevin Kelly, regarding possible violations of the county's junk law, at 13004 Fleetwood Drive.  In the letter, Rudd noted that the county has retained the services of Jayci Shaw Duncan of the Skidmore, Alderson & Duncan law firm to undertake an investigation. At the conclusion, Ms. Duncan will generate a report that will be distributed to the neighbors, press, and public at large.

 

WATER CONSERVATION REQUESTED

The town of Westernport is asking residents to conserve water until 3 p.m. today, because of work scheduled to happen at the Horse Rock pump house. Some of the areas affected are all or Horse Rock, Cosgrove's Lane, Stoney Run, Kelly Avenue, and Likens Avenue.

 

SUSPECT SOUGHT IN SERIES OF BREAK-INS

A "person of interest" has been developed in a series of vehicle break-ins in the Keyser area. A person, whose image was captured on video, had tried to sell a camera and GPS unit at a Keyser pawn shop. The suspect is wearing a T-shirt that reads, "Must Hunt Deer." Anyone with information is asked to contact Keyser City Police. Possible victims of the break-ins are asked to contact police if they believe their stolen items may be in storage at the department.

 

DAYTIME BURGLARY IN OAKLAND AREA

The Garrett County Sheriff's Office is investigating a daytime burglary of a home in the Hutton area near Fingerboard Road on Tuesday. A reward may be offered for information in the case; anyone with information is asked to contact the Sheriff's Office through the website, "www.garrettcountycrimesolvers.org," or by calling the office at (301)-334-1911. Those leaving tips may remain anonymous.

 

SPECIAL BOARD MEETING SCHEDULED

The Allegany County Board of Education has scheduled a special session for this afternoon at 4 p.m., to consider awarding a bid to demolish the structures on the Braddock Hospital Campus. The bid opening was held last month, and a subsequent special meeting was postponed. The Board will meet in Executive Session following the special session to discuss personnel matters.

 

COUNCIL MEMBER ADDRESSES CSO ISSUE

Cumberland City Council member David Kauffman has called for a public session to discuss and address the future of the combined sewer overflow abatement. The meeting would be to discuss ways to allocate resources efficiently. Kauffman says the city of Frostburg has been successful in separating combined storm and sewer lines there. Councilman Kauffman says it would be cost prohibitive to Cumberland to do a complete separation of lines. No matter what the solution, Kauffman says the area needs to send a unified message, regarding both the CSO situation, and other matters of local interest.

 

CUMBERLAND MAN CHARGED WITH THEFT

Cumberland resident Tyler Shaffer faces numerous theft-related counts, after a woman accused him of taking and forging personal checks, and having them cashed. City Police originally responded to a residence on Mountain View Drive in late April. Shaffer was charged, but then later released, pending trial at the Allegany County District.

 

WOMAN CHARGED WITH ASSAULT

Cumberland resident Mary Dye was charged with second-degree assault, following an incident on East First Street late Tuesday afternoon. She is accused of hitting the victim in the face, and ripping his shirt, following a verbal argument. She received a District Court hearing, and was later released on personal recognizance.

 

LOCAL DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL SETS MEETING

The first public meeting of the Local Development Council will be held on Monday, June 30th at 7:00 p.m. at the Flintstone Volunteer Fire Company. All interested individuals are invited and encouraged to attend. Fifteen individuals were appointed to the council at the May 1st public business meeting.

 

SOMERSET COUNTY MAN ARRESTED FOR BURGLARY, THEFT

Garrett, Pennsylvania resident James Brian Hay was jailed on numerous charges of theft and burglary. Hay allegedly stopped at a home, spoke to the homeowner, and walked into the residence, and stole a wallet. Hay is also accused of stealing prescription medications; and, in yet another involved the theft of a chainsaw. The crimes targeted the elderly and Amish people, and happened over the last 12 to 16 days.

 

TURNPIKE TOLLS GOING UP AGAIN

For the seventh straight year, tolls on the Pennsylvania Turnpike are going up; a five per cent increase will take effect in January. The new rates will raise the cost of the most common toll for passenger vehicles by a nickel to $1.09 for E-Z Pass users and by a dime to $1.70 for cash customers.

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