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and on several occasions they said they noticed a truck leaving the old distillery with some exposed kegs.

On September 25, 1928, trials of the fall term of the United States District Court opened at the Allegany county Courthouse. Judge William C. Coleman warned both defendants and counsel against “dilatory tactics.” He declared that the practice of defendants entering pleas of guilty and then later changing the plea with the intention of delaying the court would result in a harsher sentence for the accused upon conviction. Of the twenty-eight defendants, twenty pleaded guilty and were fined a total of $1,575 and sentenced to a total of 765 days in jail. Seven pleaded not guilty and one was paroled. Pleas for clemency were made by attorneys J. Philip roman, F. Brooke Whiting, and A. A. Young.

On September 26, 1928, Strothers Crystal was fined $100 and costs on one charge of possession of liquor and $150 and costs on a second charge made by officers. Frank Klosterman pleaded guilty to manufacture, sale and possession of liquor and was given 75, 45 and 15 days in jail, the terms to run consecutively. He was also accused of resisting and cursing federal officers. Klosterman had served 60 days in jail in 1925 for a liquor law violation. Twenty-seven prisoners sentenced in federal court during the two days were lodged in the county jail and moved later in the week to the Garrett County Jail at Oakland.

On September 29, 1928, Frank Archella of Oak Street was arrested by federal prohibition enforcement agents. He pleaded guilty to a charge of possession and manufacture of liquor. When he was arraigned before Commissioner Anderson and was released under $1,000 bond for federal court


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Miller, Herman J.

Mayor and Council, City of Cumberland


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27 x 20 cms

Stegmaier, Harry

Cumberland (Md.), history

Cumberland (Md.), 1700-1976

Western Maryland Regional Library
100 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740

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