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Ingrid Heigs, the daughter of a former church member, said the bishop usually kept the car parked inside the church’s fence.

“If you’re in that kind of debt, you would think instead of buying a Bentley you would pay your bills up and stay out of foreclosure,” Miss Heigs said. “But if his congregation felt as though he was worth buying a Bentley for, who’s to say that he wasn’t?”


Shooting could cost bar its liquor license

Members of the Washington County liquor board will decide within a month whether a Hagerstown bar violated a noise ordinance when a man was fatally shot there during a fight.

The owner of Zipper’s bar on Jonathan Street, Randy Jones, told the board Wednesday that he has since upgraded security. He recently installed five security cameras and a metal detecting wand to scan people for weapons.

If the board determines that Zipper’s violated the ordinance, it could lose its liquor license.

Christopher Ayala, 23, of Greencastle, Pa., was killed at the bar on May. The shooting suspect, Stephen Urquhart, 26, of New York, is still at large.


City worker charged with embezzlement

A former City Hall employee has been charged with embezzling $73,000 from city water funds, according to Allegany County District Court records.

Annamarie Dugan, 37, of Frostburg, was charged in a criminal summons with embezzlement, theft scheme of more than $500 and theft over $500. The district court summons was issued Tuesday and served the same day.

Miss Dugan, a 17-year city employee, has resigned, City Administrator John Kirby said .

Investigators said city officials learned July 4 that Miss Dugan was altering cash amounts on bank deposit slips. A preliminary check of city water accounts revealed more than $73,000 was missing from the funds, according to court records.


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