Three City Employees Suspected in Thefts
The C3I unit is currently investigating allegations of theft from the city of Cumberland Public Works Department garage. Three city employees have been implicated in the thefts and appropriate administrative action has been taken, in accordance with the city's policies and procedures, pending the outcome of the investigation, which is ongoing. The allegations surfaced after a review of invoices for purchases made for the city garage; several discrepancies were discovered, and that is when the investigation began.
Body Found Near Historical Society Grounds
The Pennsylvania State Police aren't releasing many details, but it is known a body was recently found on the grounds of the Bedford County Historical Society. It is known the man was found at the base of a nearby silo, and that he had been carrying a Greyhound bus ticket for Ohio. Police are speculating the man may have been an out-of-state visitor to President Obama's second inauguration last week in Washington. He apparently jumped or fell from the top of the silo, and investigators say the bus ticket will likely lead the investigation to Ohio.
Man Pleads Guilty to Robberies
Fifty-year old Cumberland resident John Allen Talerico has pleaded guilty to three bank robberies on Industrial Boulevard in 2011. Talerico had been indicted by a federal grand jury in connection with two robberies at the M & T Bank Branch and one at the Susquehanna Bank branch on Industrial Boulevard. The maximum sentence for each of the offenses is 25 years imprisonment, a fine of $250,000 and up to five years supervised release.
Additonal Charges Filed in Copper Thefts
Forty-five year old Matthew Jay Iman will face additional charges in connection with the theft of copper from private residences. He was arrested yesterday and charged with the theft of the material from an unoccupied residence on Columbia Avenue, and one on Independence Street. Also arrested in connection with the latter incident was 24-year old Angela May Dennison. Iman was taken to District Court, and was held on $50,000 bond, pending his next court appearance.
Guns Stolen From Bedford County Business; Suspects Apprehended
Two Bedford County men are in custody in Baltimore, charged with stealing several handguns from a Saxton, Pennsylvania business. Michael Joshua Faircloth and Garrett Sherlock, both 25 years of age, allegedly used a car to smash in the front of Saxton Outdoor and Supply store. It is speculated that the two were in Baltimore to either sell the guns outright, or to trade them for drugs. They both now face a long list of federal gun charges.
Wiley Ford Man Jailed After Traffic Stop
A Wiley Ford, West Virginia man was jailed on $1900 bond, following a traffic stop in Keyser. Twenty-four year old Joseph Field is accused of becoming belligerent during the stop, and "head-butting" wall signs, while he was being processed at the Keyser Police station. Field was one of two passengers in a car that was pulled over for failure to stop at a stop sign. The other two-21 year old Burlington resident Kenneth Whetzel and Andrew Bishop of Keyser-were also charged, in connection with the traffic stop.
Cumberland Man Arrested on Assault, Endangerment Charges
A twenty-four year old Cumberland man has been charged with second-degree assault and reckless endangerment, following an incident on South Lee Street earlier this month. Somers McKinley is accused of assaulting a female victim, grabbing her by the throat. He left the residence after the incident took place, but was later arrested. He was released on personal recognizance, pending trial.
Cookman To Be Sworn In
Twenty-Second Judicial Circuit Judge Donald Cookman will be sworn in as a West Virginia Senator today. The ceremony will take place in the Senate Chamber in Charleston, and the oath will be administered by his brother-in-law, 26th Judicial Circuit Judge Thomas Keadle, who is retiring today. Cookman, who is a graduate of Romney High School, West Virginia University, and West Virginia University College of Law, will fill the seat vacated by Senator Walt Helmick, who was elected West Virginia Agriculture Commissioner in November.
Delegate Seeks to Clarify Law
Washington County Delegate Neil Parrott is looking to clarify a ruling, regarding fleeing or eluding an unmarked police vehicle. The Maryland Court of Special Appeals ruled in 2011 that a driver could not be charged with that count, if the officer was in an unmarked car with lights or sirens. The bill makes the provision for those uncomfortable with an unmarked car; they could go to a "well lighted" area where they could pull over, or drive to the nearest police station.