Warrants Executed by C3I, DEA and FDA
Five search and seizure warrants, related to the possession and distribution of synthetic drugs, were executed at five locations in the area yesterday. The C3I Narcotics Unit, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Food and Drug Administration executed the warrants at three commercial business locations, known as "Puff & Stuff," and at another private residence in the county. They were allegedly involved in the sale and storage of the illicit substances. The fifth warrant was served for the financial records and proceeds from the businesses. Charges are pending against all of those involved.
Grand Larceny Charges Filed
Grand larceny charges have been filed against a New Market, Virginia man, after he was accused of stealing nearly $1800 worth of Vera Bradley handbags from Dillon's Country Treasures in Romney late Tuesday afternoon. The West Virginia State Police say 32-year old Harold Allen Comadore Davis II was arrested at an establishment along Route 50, east of Romney. Several bags were located in his Ford Econoline van. Davis was taken to the Potomac Highlands Regional Jail, in lieu of a $2500 cash/surety bond.
Man Sentenced for Attempted Armed Robbery
Virginia resident Stephen Lee Mayhew has been sentenced to 20 years in prison, with five years suspended, for the attempted armed robbery of the Food Lion Market in Cresaptown on October 28, 2011. He displayed a handgun to two clerks and demanded money, but the clerks refused to open the register and he left the store. When released, Mayhew will be on five years of supervised probation.
Burlington Man Sentenced to Prison
Thirty-four year old Burlington resident Donald Davey has been sentenced to 37 months in a federal institution, after pleading guilty to being a felon in possession of ammunition. He will also be required to undergo three years of supervised release, after his sentence is completed. Davey had previously been convicted of possession of counterfeit securities in the Northern District of West Virginia District Court.
Man Sentenced on Robbery Charge
Sixty-eight year old Alexander Devault was sentenced to ten years in prison, following his conviction of the robbery of First People's Credit Union in Lonaconing last March. He entered the bank and demanded money from the tellers; shortly after leaving the bank, he was apprehended by Deputy Ed Stanley of the Allegany County Sheriff's Department. The case was prosecuted by State's Attorney Michael Twigg. Devault was apprehended by public defender Michael Stankan.
Man Faces Numerous Burglary Counts
A Cumberland man faces multiple burglary counts, stemming from an incident in December of last year. Twenty-year old Dillon Nicholson is accused of going into a home on Henderson Avenue and stealing copper piping. He was charged with four counts of burglary and one count of theft, along with another count of malicious destruction of property. After his arrest, and a hearing in District Court, he was released on personal recognizance.
BPW Awards Recreational Funding
The Maryland Board of Public Works has approved Program Open Space Funding for projects in both Allegany and Garrett Counties. The town of Midland will receive $18,000 to inspect the play area and equipment, and install safety features at the Church Street playground. Garrett County will receive $22,000 to install additional playground equipment and construct a new pavilion at the Avilton Community Association Public Playground, providing the community with more recreational opportunities.
Somerset Looks To Upgrade Radio Communications
Somerset is looking to replace its antiquated, 30-year old radio communication system. Although the system has been upgraded, first responders still have to manually change radio channels when traveling through different areas of the county. When a new system is installed, the county will retain the old system as a backup.
Two More Officers Charged in Beating
Two men, who were formerly correctional officers at the Roxbury Correctional Institution, have been charged in connection with the 2008 beating of an inmate there. Robert Harvey and Keith Morris have been charged on civil rights offenses in the beating of an inmate, identified as "K.D." The inmate was subsequently identified as Kenneth Davis. Three other former officers, including Ryan Lohr of Flintstone have pleaded guilty in connection to the same incident.
West Virginia Seeks Top Slash Taxes on Tracks, Casinos
The state of West Virginia has introduced a measure legislators hope will stave off competition from Maryland. A bill, introduced this week, would slash the taxes and fees the state's racetrack casinos would pay by an estimated $28.3 million a year, and allow them to scale back racing. For example, the state's share of table game proceeds would drop from 35 per cent of gross receipts to 25 per cent. While a majority of gamblers at West Virginia's casinos hail from other states, the in-state share of gamblers is creeping upward for at least two of the casinos.