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COMPLAINT FILED IN ALLEGED ASSAULT

Two Cumberland men have been arrested in connection with an alleged assault incident on August 18th. Both Michael Paul Wigfield and Roger Russell Miller are accused of assaulting another person, resulting in severe facial and head injuries, which required treatment. Both were charged with two counts of second-degree assault. They were processed and released on $10,000 unsecured bonds.

 

EVERETT TEEN CHARGED WITH DESECRATION

In a case that has garnered national attention, a 14-year old Everett boy has been charged by police, with desecrating a statue of Jesus, then posting pictures online in July. While he has been charged, the American Civil Liberties Union has expressed interest in the case, stating he was expressing his freedom of speech. The owner of the statue, "Love in the Name of Christ Ministry Center," has not pressed charges; however, they told District Attorney Bill Higgins they would welcome the idea of him performing community service at the center.

 

SEVERANCE FACES THREE MURDER COUNTS

In a story reported last week, former Cumberland resident Charles Severance was indicted on three murder charges, stemming from a series of murders in northern Virgina. He is being charged with the 2003 murder of Nancy Dunning, wife of then-Sheriff James Dunning; the fatal shooting of transportation planner Ronald Kirby last November; and, the February, 2014 shooting of music teacher Ruthanne Lodato. Two of the three murders carry a potential death sentence, but prosecutors have indicated they won't seek his execution.

 

ANIMAL DEATHS REPORTED IN HAMPSHIRE COUNTY AREA

Two animal deaths over the weekend, with one of the cases resulting in charges. In the first, a Yorkshire Terrier was killed by another dog in the Whipporwill Drive area. No charges have been brought against the owner of the dog that attached the 11-year old Yorkie. In the second incident, Robert Davis was charged with animal cruelty, after he killed a cat in the parking lot of the Romney Rite-Aid./ Davis was released on $2500 bond on Saturday.

 

"PUSH POLLS" DRAW COOKMAN COMPLAINT

Donald Cookman of Romney,  who is running as the Democratic candidate for the 15th District State Senate seat, is filing a complaint with West Virginia Secretary of State. The complaint alleges that his opponent, Berkeley Springs lawyer Charles Trump, or the state Republican party arranged for so-called "push polls," which are illegal in West Virginia. The poll supposedly gathers information, but asks questions in a way that persuades those receiving the calls, to deliver an opinion, usually negative.

 

MARTIRANO OFFICIALLY W. VA. SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT

Michael Martirano, formerly of this area, officially became the 30th West Virginia State Superintendent of Schools yesterday. He came to Charleston from St. Mary's County, Maryland, and it is generally felt that Martirano will have a positive impact on the state and its students. According to the most recent figures, 79.3 per cent of high school seniors graduated during the 2013-2014 school year, up from 70.8 per cent in 2008-2009. Martirano was sworn in during ceremonies held yesterday at the state Culture Center.

 

CHILD SAFETY SEAT INSPECTION THIS WEEK

An event this Thursday will address the correct installation of child safety seats. Mia Perlozzo-Cross, of the Allegany County Board of Education, says the safety check will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Frostburg State University parking lot, across from Beall Elementary School. The event is being done through the cooperation of the Judy Center, United Way, and the Family Junction.

 

SCHOLARSHIP ESTABLISHED BY AREA RESIDENT

Area resident Dennis Bittinger has established a scholarship in honor of his late brother, Corporal Robert Bittinger. Mia Perlozzo-Cross, of the Allegany County Board of Education, says Corporal Bittinger was an Army veteran, having served in the Vietnam War. He passed away in April of this year.

 

FATAL MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT MAY HAVE BEEN HIT AND RUN

An unidentified motorcyclist was killed late Sunday evening at the intersection of Wilson Boulevard and Virginia Avenue in Hagerstown. Police say his motorcycle may have made contact with a second, unknown vehicle that did not remain on the scene. The victim was taken to Meritus Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead shortly after his arrival. Anyone with information on the crash should contact Hagerstown Police at (301)-790-3700 or visit the website, "www.hagerstownmd.org."

 

DERECHO HEARINGS HELD BY P.S.C.

 A hearing on the response time of the 2012 derecho weather event was held by the state Public Service Commission. Officials from several power companies testified on what steps they have taken to improve the way service is restored after severe storms. The PSC wants power restored faster, as some customers were without power for as long as two weeks. The commission will use information gathered from the hearings to come up with new standards for utilities to restore power.

 

MOTHER REFUSES TO COOPERATE WITH AUTHORITIES

A Montgomery County woman, who was missing for a time last week, is refusing to tell police where her children are, and police believe the children may be dead.  Catherine Hoggle has been arrested in connection with the case, while the search for three-year old Sarah, and two-year old Jacob Hoggle is continuing. Catherine Hoggle was found in Germantown, and so far, has been charged with child neglect; police are continuing to build a murder case against her.  

 

GAS PRICES SHOULD DROP THIS MONTH

Switching to less expensive, winter-blend gasoline should drive the prices down sometime this month. Ahead of the change-over, the national average for a gallon of unleaded gasoline was $3.41, as of late last week. Prices traditionally decline after the Labor Day holiday, as the summer driving season ends. The average price in the state of Maryland last week was $3.37.

LOCAL NEWS


RESIDENT REMAINS JAILED WITHOUT BOND

 

Cumberland resident Jakeenan Corderay Jennings of Memorial Avenue remains jailed without bond on a charge of attempted second-degree murder, following an early Saturday morning incident at a North Mechanic Street business. Jennings is accused of stabbing another person, who was taken to the hospital with serious injuries. Jennings fled the scene, but was later located on Henderson Avenue. Police found a knife on him. Information was received that further evidence could be found at a residence on Bond Street. As police arrived, they could smell a strong odor of marijuana. Taken into custody in that case was Devin Montem Griffin of Baltimore, who also interfered with the officers' investigation. He was later release on his own recognizance.

 

 

ONE ARRESTED IN BURGLARY ASSAULT

 

Twenty-seven year old Shane Christopher Combs was arrested early yesterday evening, following a burglary and assault incident on Grand Avenue. Combs and another person are accused of forcing their way into a residence, armed with a knife, making threats, and demanding property. While Combs was arrested, the second suspect became the subject of a search by city police and the Trooper Five helicopter. He was not located, but similar charges against him and Combs are pending in District Court. Combs was charged with burglary, malcious destruction of property, and assault.

 

 

SEARCH CONTINUES FOR MISSING TEEN

 

A search is underway for a missing 17-year old girl, who ran away from the Burlington United Family Services Children's' Home Friday. Sadie Kendall is described as a white female, 5-feet, 2-inches tall, weighing 120 pounds. She has brown hair, green eyes, and wearing black, wire-framed glasses. She also has two streaks shaved into her hair on the right side, near her ear. She left the home early Friday evening, and is believed to have family in the Allegany County, Maryland area, and in Monongalia County, West Virginia.

 

 

CUMBERLAND WOMAN ARRESTED FOR BURGLARY

 

Cumberland resident Candice Marie Hockman was arrested Friday for burglarizing a home on Dogwood Hill Road in Barton. Deputies say a person breaking into an unoccupied residence there; as she was attempting to leave, she was stopped by deputies from the Allegany County Sheriff's Department. Money, along with other evidence related to the crime was found. She was ordered held without bail, and additional charges are pending against other individuals.

 

 

KEYSER "MYSTERY MAN" FOUND

 

A man, who had been yelling for help in the woods near Keyser, has been found. The man, who is originally from Connecticut, is homeless and had been living in a tent on New Creek Mountain. He does have money, and would come down from the mountain to patronize the local restaurants. He had been camping on private property, and will be moved to a local shelter in Cumberland, when space becomes available.

 

 

SOUTH END ROAD WORK CONTINUES THIS WEEK

 

Milling and patching work will be continuing today through Thursday, weather permitting, in the areas of Louisiana Avenue, from Kent Avenue to Oldtown Road and on Winifred Road, from Oldtown Road to White Avenue. Work will take place nightly from 6 p.m. to 7 a.m. Flaggers will be on the scene, and drivers are urged to use caution when traveling in those areas.

 

 

WOMAN ARRESTED FOR CDS POSSESSION

 

Fifty-two year old Shelva Shipley was arrested Saturday evening in the 300-block of Pennsylvania Avenue. Ms. Shipley had been going door to door of different homes for unknown reasons. An active bench warrant was found for failing to follow probation conditions. Police also found a quantity of Oxycodone on her. She was taken to the Cumberland City Police Department, where she was processed and served.

 

 

MAN HELD ON $10,000 BOND

 

Corriganville resident Joshua Aaron Pifer was arrested over the weekend, first on an outstanding warrant, and then for various drug charges. Police found large quantities of prescription medication on him, along with suspected heroin, needles and assorted drug paraphernalia. He was held on a $10,000 bond for the CDS related charges, and $5,000 bond for the warrant.

 

 

A.R.C. AWARDS GRANT TO BOARD OF EDUCAITON

 

The Appalachian Regional Commission has announced a grant of $34,375 to the Allegany County Board of Education for the Bel Air Fiber Extension project. The grant will help fund the extension of fiber optic cable for internet access to the Bel Air Elementary School. In addition to the ARC funds, the Allegany County Commissioners are providing over $17,000; the Board of Education is providing the same amount, bringing total amount to $68,750.

 

 

"PITCH ACROS MARYLAND" TO MAKE LOCAL STOP

 

Startup Maryland's annual "Pitch Across Maryland project will make a stop in Cumberland next Monday, September 22nd. From 9 to 11, entrepreneurs who hope to start or expand a business in Allegany County will be able to record a 2 to 3 minute "pitch" that will be posted on www. startupmaryland.org, as a means to expose those residents to venture capitalists and angel investors. For more information on the project, contact Shawn Hershberger, Economic Development Coordinator at (301)-722-4156.

 

 

FORT HILL CITED FOR "BEATING THE ODDS"

 

Fort Hill High School was recently ranked 438th out of 500 schools in the "Beating the Odds" category of Newsweek magazine's edition of top high schools. This year, Newsweek sought to recognize schools that beat the odds, performing better than statistically expected for their level of poverty. Fort Hill was listed in a category that ranked schools on how well they prepare their students for college, taking students' socio-economic background into account. More than 14,000 schools were considered for the rankings.

 

 

CARDIN, MIKULSKI PROMOTE STUDENT LOAN REFINANCING

 

Maryland's United States Senators Barbara Mikulski and Ben Cardin visited two universities in the state last week, to listen to concerns about the federal student loan program. Senator Mikulski says she is surprised how complicated the government makes the process for Pell grants, student loans and certain debt forgiveness programs. Senator Mikulski called for the reform of the Pell grant programs to enable the ability to refinance student loans they have with the government. She says she receives calls daily, from constituents, asking about college affordability. Senator Mikulski claims this will be one of the most significant issues of the upcoming election.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LOCAL NEWS


BALTIMORE MAN HELD ON DRUG CHARGES

Baltimore resident Dario Darnell Thornton is in the Allegany County Detention Center on $10,000 bond, following an incident on Gulf War Memorial Drive late Wednesday afternoon. Thornton had tried to maneuver around a parked police cruiser, and strruck it. He fled the scene, but was stopped. A clear plastic baggie, containing two individually wrapped baggies of heroin  and two, containing crack cocaine were found in the car. Also, Cumberland resident Megan Bone was found to be in possession of heroin and paraphernalia. Both were arrested. Ms. Bone, of Frostburg, was released on personal recognizance.


FIREFIGHTERS RATIFY CONTRACT

The International Association of Firefighters, Local 1715, ratified their contract this week, after nearly two years of negotiations. Two stipulations of the contract are that there may be possible use of part-time and volunteer help in the department; the fire chief will also decide how many employees will work each shift. All fire department workers will be retained, including those hired in 2010 through a grant. The department has an annual budget, totaling nearly $5 million annually.


STUDENT APPREHENDED IN BOMB THREAT

A threatening message on a bathroom wall at Fort Hill High School yesterday, led to the arrest of a 10th grade student there. The investigation concluded the message was not a credible threat, before evacuation procedures began. The student will be charged with making a bomb threat and related counts, and will also be disciplined in accordance with school board policy.


POSSIBLE WATER PROJECT TO BE DISCUSSED

The Allegany County Commissioners have scheduled a public meeting on a possible future water project for the Barrelville/Sunnyside area of the county. That meeting will be held Wednesday, September 24th at 7 p.m. at the Barrelville Presbyterian Church. Residents of the area, and all citizens, are encouraged to attend. The meeting will include Department of Public Works officials, who will be on hand to discuss details and answer questions about the project.


THREE REGIONAL EMPLOYERS MAKE LIST

WorkForce West Virginia has relased its llist of the 100 largest private employers in the state, and three regional companies are on it. Pilgrim's Pride ranked number 18 on the list. B.B. & T Bank is at 35, and Alliant TechSystems came in at 37. The number one private employer in  the Mountain State is WalMart, and has held that title since 1998. The list ranks companies by numbers of employees and contains businesses with both single and multiple locations.


WHEELS FOR HAPPINESS SHOW TOMORROW

The 2014 Wheels for Happiness Auto Show will be held tomorrow at Canal Place, and will honor Loudon Baker of Bowling Green as its "Rodder of the Year." Green has overcome a number of obstacles, while participating in his automotive hobby. The show begins at 10 a.m. on the festival grounds at Canal Place. The entry fee for participants and spectators is either $5.00, or a new, unwrapped toy or gift for a young boy or girl up to age 15.


BISHOP WALSH SEEKING ALUMNI MEMBERS

Bishop Walsh is seeking graduates from its school, as well as alumni from LaSalle, St. Peter's, St. Mary's, Ursuline Academy, and Girls' Central Catholic High Schools, who would be interested in participating in alumni activities. An organizational meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 30th at 5:30 p.m. in the Bishop Walsh school cafeteria. Any graduate who is interested in serving on a committee is invited to attend and share their thoughts. For more information, contact the BW Director of Development Wendy Herker at (301)-724-5360, extension 107.


FIRST ENERGY HELPING TO SPONSOR SLALOM CHAMPIONSHIPS

The First Energy Foundation has donated $10,000 to help sponsor the 2014 International Canoe Federation's Canoe Slalom World Championships, to be held next week on a unique, manmade whitewater course in McHenry, Maryland. The Championships will be held September 17th through the 21st, and is expected to draw up to 8,000 spectators and competitors from 45 countries. "Deep Creek 2014" anticipates the event will generate millions of dollars in economic impact for Garrett County and western Maryland. It is also expected to attract an international television audience of more than 21 million viewers.


FATHER OF SLAIN CHILDREN TRIED TO GET CUSTODY

The father of two children, found murdered this week, had fought for visitation and custody of the children. Three year old Kayla Renee Thompson and one year old Ayden Jonathan Spoon are dead, and their mother, Sonya Spoon, has admitted to killing them. She is being held without bond, and the children's father has not been named. According to Spoon's mother, she told police her daughter had suicidal thoughts, and had said she wanted to kill her daughter. Police say since there was no abuse or neglect, and just a verbal comment, Ms. Spoon was allowed to return home to her children.


DEMOCRATS FILE COMPLAINT AGAINST HOGAN

The Maryland Democratic Party has filed a complaint against Republican gubernatorial candidate Larry Hogan, says Hogan improperly paid for his campaign bus, and tried to "go around" public financing rules. Democrats say Hogan cut himself a deal, when he bought a recreational vehicle with personal funds, and then leased it back to the campaign for less than $700 a month. They say it violates campaign finance laws, because Hogan charged the campaign less than fair market value for the bus, and that he did not report the purchase as a contribution to his campaign.


WHAT TEENS MAY NOT LEARN IN DRIVER'S ED CLASS

Auto accidents are the number one cause of teen deaths, and of 2.2 million total accidents each year among inexperienced drivers, 12 per cent can be attributed to low tire pressure and insufficient tread. Stephanie Tarbet, a spokesperson for Michelin tires, says that only 23 of 50 states actually require any classroom time for driver education. Ms. Tarbet says Maryland is one state that does not inlcude any instruction on tire pressure. Fifty-two per cent of teens do not check tire pressure, at least monthly; 27 per cent never check tire pressure. Checking tire pressure and tread wear are simple steps to saving lives; 38 per cent of parents consider themselves knowledgeable about tire maintenance.
For further information, visit Michelin's companion site, "Beyond the Driving Test-dot-com."

LOCAL NEWS


CAUSE OF GARRETT COUNTY FIRE DETERMINED
The cause of a 12:57 a.m. fire yesterday on Table Rock Road has been traced to an overheated dryer vent. The home, which is now uninhabitable, is owned by Zackariah and Jennifer Stemple. The fire caused an estimated $100,000 damage. Smoke detectors were present and activated at the time of the fire. The Stemple family is being assisted by the American Red Cross.

KEYSER MAN REMAINS JAILED
Keyser resident Gregory Denton remains in the Potomac Highlands Regional Jail, after he was accused of assaulting two city police officers there. Denton suffered facial injuries after being tazered by officers. City Police there say there were reports of an altercation among four men; as they tried to intervene, Denton assaulted both officers, striking one in the head, and pushing the second one back. He was initially taken to Potomac Valley Hospital, then to Ruby Memorial. Following his release, he was taken to the jail, and held on $2500 bond.

CUMBERLAND MAN ARRESTED IN HAGERSTOWN
Cumberland resident Ernest Mack, along with Lowell Tolliver of Washington, D.C.,were arrested early yesterday morning, and charged with having over 100 grams of marijuana in their vehicle. Tolliver's car was initially stopped in Washington County, for speeding on I-70, near Route 66. Both were taken before a Washington County District Court Commissioner.

MAN CHARGED WITH SECOND-DEGREE ASSAULT
A Cumberland man is being held on $20,000 bond at the Allegany County Detention Center, following an assault incident on West Oldtown Road Tuesday. Javon Murphy allegedly pinned his victim against a wall, and had choked her. A friend intervened to stop the attack. He was charged with second-degree assault. The victim didn't require medical attention.

STRATEGIC PLANNING MEETINGS SET
The Cumberland Mayor and City Council will participate in an economic development strategic planning meeting on Tuesday from 4 to 5 p.m. in the second-floor conference room at City Hall. The meeting will be held by consultant, RKG and Associates. That same evening, two separate public presentations will be provided by RKG and Associates, one beginning at 5:30 p.m. and one beginning at 7 p.m. at the Allegany County Museum on Pershing Street. Each presentation will detail the next steps in the strategic planning process.

CHAMBER ANNOUNCES BUSINESS WINNERS
The Allegany County Chamber of Commerce has announced the winners of the 27th annual Business Recognition Dinner, which will be held on October 2nd at Frostburg State University. The Business of the Year is Hunter-Douglas Fabrication; the Entrepreneurial Spirit Award winner is Barbara Buehl; and, the Community Service Award winners are Dr. Matthew and Kelli Allaway. The dinner will begin at 7 p.m.

FROSTBURG RECEIVES SAFE ROUTES GRANT
The city of Frostburg has received a grant of over $61,000, as part of a larger grant to the state for the Safe Routes to School Program. Frostburg will use its portion to complete ADA compliant sidewalks, ramps, and crossings. The Safe Routes to School Program is managed by the Maryland State Highway Administration, utilizing federal Transportation Alternatives Program funds.

PARK SERVICE WANTS TO EXPAND ANTIETAM
The National Park Service wants to expand the Antietam National Battlefield near Sharpsburg to include about 500 acres in nearby West Virginia, where the Battle of Shepherdstown was fought. A meeting will be held Tuesday to consider the proposal, which would require Congressional approval. The Battle of Sharpsburg was fought September 19th and 20th of 1862, resulting in more than 675 casualties.

STEWARDSHIP PROGRAM DEADLINE APPROACHING
Time is running out for some Maryland farmers who want to continue receiving federal assistance to improve soil, water, air, and habitat quality on their land. Sophia Kruszewski with the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition says the Conservation Stewardship Program is unique in that it isn't about  helping farmers avoid environmental harm, but rather enhancing and improving what conservation-minded farmers are already doing.
WORKFORCE W.VA. WARNS OF SCAM
WorkForce West Virginia is alerting employers in the Mountain State about a potential scam, where people claim to represent the agency and ask for financial information. An email sent to an employer, from a private email address, had asked for canceled checks for unemployment tax contributions. The agency notes that electronic correspondence is sent only from a "wv.gov" address. Employers who may be suspicious should contact WorkForce West Virginia.

LOCAL NEWS


CHARGES AGAINST OFFICER PLACED ON STET DOCKET

Charges against a former Frostburg State University police officer, Jarrett Warnick, have been placed on the stet docket, and no further action will be taken in the case. Warnick had been charged with various sex offenses with a then-18 year old student, but pleaded not guilty at a hearing this summer. The student has since graduated. Warnick has agreed to participate in a state police investigation of possible misconduct by another FSU officer. He resigned from the FSU police force yesterday afternoon.

 

CUMBERLAND MAN SENTENCED TO 15 YEARS

Cumberland resident David Sines has been sentenced to a total of 15 years in prison for two separate criminal acts, one involving the abduction of a child under 12, and a second degree sex offense. The mandatory sentence will be served without the possibility of parole. He will also be on five years supervised probation, with conditions that he register as a sex offender for life, complete a sexual offender treatment evaluation, and several other stipulations. Sines was accused of trying to abduct two small children from Oldtown Manor; during questioning, Sines also admitted that he had sexually assaulted an infant in the past.

 

WESTERNPORT WOMAN PLEADS GUILTY TO COCAINE CHARGE

Thirty-four year old Patrice Dominique Stephens of Westernport has pleaded guilty to federal drug charges in U.S. District Court in Martinsburg. She was indicted in March as part of what authorities called a large drug trafficking organization, operating out of Keyser. Several area residents were also implicated. The lead defendant in the case is Cedrick Malachi Jones of Palm Coast, Florida. He faces up to 20 years in prison.

 

MAN SENTENCED FOR HEROIN DISTRIBUTION

Twenty-eight year old Cumberland resident Erik Baker has been sentenced to a net total of seven years in prison, after pleading guilty to a charge of possession with intent to distribute heroin. Seven years of a 14-year sentence were suspended. Upon his release from prison, Baker will be on three years supervised probation.

 

TEN TICKETED FOR ILLEGALLY OPERATING ATV's

A total of ten people, from Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia,  were ticketed this past Saturday for illegally operating ATV's in the Youghiogheny Natural Resources Management area. The maximum fine for the violation is $500, and all of those ticketed are scheduled to appear in Garrett District Court on December 11th.

 

FORMER RESIDENT INDICTED ON MURDER CHARGES

Former Cumberland resident Charles Severance, who is in Loudon County, Virginia jail, awaiting trial on a gun possession charge, has been indicted for three high-profile murder cases in Alexandria, Virginia. Severance, who had resided on Browning Street, had several brushes with local law enforcement in 2003 and 2005, on various charges ranging from assault to a fourth degree sex offense, to indecent exposure and disorderly conduct. All of those cases were placed on the stet docket. Severance had been represented by local attorney G.V. McKinley. In the murder cases, the state does not intend to seek the death penalty. The maximum sentence, should he be convicted on any of the murder charges, is life in prison.

 

TRAILER FIRE UNDER INVESTIGATION

A trailer, on Marsh Manor Court in Westernport,  sustained $1500 worth of damage in an early Tuesday morning fire. The cause of the 3:10 a.m. fire is under investigation by the State Fire Marshal's Office. A neighbor awoke to notice the fire in the home, occupied by Steven Baker, who used a fire extinguisher to put out the fire. It was out by the time fire departments arrived. The blaze was confined to the exterior of the building. Smoke detectors were present and activated.

 

WARRANTS SERVED ON CUMBERLAND RESIDENTS

Two bench warrants were served on Cumberland residents on Monday. In the first case, Kerrie Bohrer was served a warrant for failure to appear in court for a previous theft arrest. In the second, 21-year old Demetrius Taylor was also served a warrant for failure to appear on a previous CDS charge. Both were released on personal recognizance, pending trial.

 

THEFT SUMMONS SERVED

Twenty-four year old Cody Feaster was served with a criminal summons Monday, as the result of a theft investigation that occurred at a Park Street business on August 15th. He allegedly stole some store-owned merchandise and left without paying. He was served and released pending trial in Allegany County District Court.

 

GREEN SPRING UNDER BOIL WATER ADVISORY

Residents of Green Spring have been under a boil water advisory since Monday, when a water leak was discovered in the Arnold Stickley Road and Route 28 areas. The general manager of the Central Hampshire Public Service District, Jim Hoffman, says water testing may take some time, but residents will be notified when the advisory is lifted.

 

SOMERSET AUTHORITIES SEARCH FOR MISSING MAN

Somerset County authorities are looking for a Holsopple man, who went into the woods Sunday night, but never returned. Dan Thomas was checking trail cams for hunting, but never came back. Both dogs and sheriff's deputies on horseback searched for Thomas in the area of Route 601, near Paint Township. About 75 volunteers on ATV's searched a three-mile radius in the area on Monday.

 

WVU BAND TO MAKE LOCAL STOP

"The Pride of West Virginia," the Mountaineer Marching Band, will make a stop Friday, on their way to College Park for Saturday's game against the Maryland Terrapins. The 375-member band will perform for students at Frankfort High School and Frankfort Middle School, as well as music students from Keyser Middle School and Hampshire High School. Four Frankfort graduates help make up the Mountaineer Band. The band will perform at Frankfort Stadium at 1 p.m., and the public is invited to attend.

 

CAMPAIGN MIXES WATER WITH WINE

A bi-coastal partnership is mixing water with fine wines to benefit projects to restore the Chesapeake Bay. B.V. Wine, from California's coastal region, is donating a portion of profits from sales in Maryland, Delaware and Washington, D.C. to the non-profit Chesapeake Bay Trust, which funds about five million dollars in projects and programs to improve the bay each year. Trust spokesperson Molly Mullins says everyone wins in this kind of partnership.

 

MORE STUDENTS TRANSFERRING TO MD. UNIVERSITIES

Four year colleges in Maryland are experiencing a surge in transfer students from community colleges. Three years ago, Frostburg State University, for example, began offering scholarships for graduates of any community college in the state who earns a GPA of 3.0. FSU officials say they enrolled their largest transfer class ever last fall. Maryland's four-year schools are working more closely with community colleges, and establishing pipelines to allow students to transfer more easily.

LOCAL NEWS


PRISON PLANNED FOR CRESAPTOWN

Maryland Secretary of Public Safety and Correctional Services, Gregg Hershberger, is asking for support from local legislators, in planning a 140-bed minimum security prison in Cresaptown, between the current NBCI and WCI facilities. Hershberger says the prison is expected to cost $15 million, and would eliminate a problem, he says, of minimum security inmates going in and out of the maximum security facility at WCI, when working on road and other public works projects. Such a proposal would need approval from the Maryland General Assembly.

 

BEDFORD WOMAN STRUCK, KILLED BY TRACTOR TRAILER

Bedford resident Tracy Bishop was struck and killed by a tractor-trailer, when she tried to cross Route 30 at Mile Level early yesterday morning. She was pronounced dead at UPMC Bedford Memorial Hospital. The driver of the truck was identified as 57-year old Russell Wayne Oldham of New Paris, Pennsylvania, according to State Police there.

 

SEARCH SUSPENDED FOR MAN

The search for a man who had been heard yelling in the woods near the Mineral County Health Department has been suspended. The man was heard cursing and yelling the word, "hey," but he wasn't located. The Mineral County Sheriff's Department determined he wasn't in great need, because he was mobile. A further search was conducted yesterday morning, before being suspended. The man reportedly had been yelling for three days. Law enforcement authorities advise that if he becomes stationary or sounds distressed, residents should call 911.

 

DEPARTMENT CHECKS NATURAL GAS ODOR

There were no injuries Sunday night, when the Cumberland Fire Department responded to an odor of natural gas at 112 North Allegany Street. Two fire engines and an ambulance stood by as the situation was investigated. The call was received before 9 p.m. Sunday, and units remained on the scene until about 9:10 p.m.

 

GATTO FILES AS WRITE-IN CANDIDATE

Garrett County Commissioner Robert Gatto, who was defeated in the primary election this past June, has filed as a write-in candidate for the District 3 Commissioners' seat. Three other residents-Dave Beard, Dan Duggan and Paul McIntyre-have filed as write-in candidates for the Orphan's Court judicial position.

 

RALEY APPOINTED DIRECTOR

Garrett County Commissioner Jim Raley, who recently lost to Paul Edwards in the primary election, has been appointed the executive director of the Office of Consumer Advocates. The non-profit organization has locations in Hagerstown, Cumberland, and Oakland, and provides mental health and wellness programs, and has recently partnered with the Maryland Food Bank to provide food distribution services.

 

SCHELLSBURG MAN BEATEN, ROBBED

A Schellsburg man  says he was assaulted and robbed in late August, while walking along Route 30. Thirty-five year old Justin Suffecool says he was walking between the Schellsburg VFW and Route 96, when four men got out of a dark pickup truck, held him to the ground and kicked him in the head. He was robbed of $300. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Bedford barrack of the Pennsylvania State Police at (814)-623-6133.

 

CUMBERLAND 9TH BEST TO RAISE A FAMILY

Cumberland ranks 9 out of the Top Ten cities in Maryland, in which to raise a family, according to the website, "Credit Donkey.com." The survey took a number of factors into consideration, including education, commute time, household type, residency and housing costs. Cumberland has an 87.5 per cent or higher graduation rate, with an average commute time of 16.4 minutes. The comments noted that kids can soak up the local history at places like the Allegany Museum or get an up-close view of the birds at Rocky Gap State Park. And, one of the most eye-catching natural attractions is the Narrows. The top city in which to raise a family, according to the article is Bowie.

 

HUNDREDS VISIT FLIGHT 93 MEMORIAL

Hundreds of people have visited the Flight 93 Memorial this past weekend, in advance of the 13th anniversary of the terrorist attacks this Thursday. Crews are continuing to add to the site, as the Flight 93 Visitor and Learning Center and Wetland Bridge is slated to open next year.

 

WOMAN CITED FOR HARASSMENT

A criminal summons was served on 34-year old Tammy Lynn Porter, charging her with harassment, telephone misuse, and electronic mail harassment. The charges stemmed from an incident on Virginia Avenue that took place early in September. She was served with the criminal summons and released, pending trial.

 

GRIM COMMENTS ON CITY IMPROVEMENTS

A number of street improvements are being done in the city this week. Cumberland Mayor Brian Grim says there are additional infrastructure improvements planned for the city. On the subject of the 19 Frederick Street property, businessman Philip Walter Smith presented a proposal last week to buy the property. If accepted, the "Liberty Trail Inn" hopes to be open by next spring. Plans call for 18 rooms, and a two room suite. The Inn would pay approximately $57,000 annually, and provide 8 full time jobs. Discussions are in the preliminary stages at this point, according to Mayor Grim.

 

MARIJUANA-RELATED BILL IN EFFECT OCTOBER 1ST

A bill, decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana, will go into effect on October 1st. The bill would make the possession of less than 10 grams of the drug a civil offense, punishable by a fine of up to $100. For a second offense, the fine would be $250.00. Governor O'Malley signed the bill on April 7th.

 

TWO CHILDREN DEAD IN CHEVERLY

Two young children were killed in a home, just two blocks from the town's police headquarters, and their mother, 24-year old Sonya Spoon, has been identified as the suspect.   Police were called to the home on Forest Road, just after 2 a.m. Sunday. The children, ages 3 and one, were taken to Children's Hospital in Washington, where they died. The children were identified as Kayla Thompson and Ayden Spoon. Investigators are still investigating the motive for the murders.  

 

WVU SURPASSES FUNDRAISING GOAL BY $22 MILLION

West Virginia University's Foundation has announced their "A State of Minds" campaign, which goes toward student scholarships as well as upgrades to the facilities at the school, surpassed it original goal by $22 million. The largest chunk of the money has come from individuals looking to help and give back to the university.

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