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CHILDREN DIE IN EARLY MORNING FIRE

A five-year old and seven-year old girls, now identified as Emily Edwards and Halaina Smith,  died in an early morning fire on Grand Avenue. The call was initially received at 2:55 a.m., when the occupants of 402 and 404 Grand Avenue were awakened by the sound of smoke alarms. The fire originated in 402 Grand Avenue where two adults and four children were sleeping; those at 404 Grand Avenue escaped without injury. Nearly 45 firefighters brought the blaze under control in about a half-hour. The children's bodies were taken to the State Medical Examiner's Office in Baltimore for autopsy. The joint investigation is being conducted by the State Fire Marshal's Office, the C3I unit, the Cumberland Fire Marshal's Office and Cumberland City Police to determine the origin and cause of the fire.

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INVESTIGATION REVEALS HEROIN RING IN SOMERSET

Four people have been arrested in what police are calling a heroin trafficking ring between Somerset and Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. Drug deals were done in several Somerset locations, including the Arby's restaurant, the parking lot of a neighboring hotel, and even in front of the Somerset County courthouse. Arrested were Darrell Mar, Jr., Delron Stewart and Nakia Bostick. Mandy Klinkner, of Somerset County, had been in the company of the others, but, so far, is not facing any charges.  Ms. Klinkner admitted to stealing from a young cancer patient; she has since made full restitution.

 

KEYSER MAN ALLEGEDLY STABS FATHER

Thirty-two year old Keyser resident Gregory Kent Rotruck is in the Potomac Highlands Regional Jail on charges of attempted murder for allegedly stabbing his father Tuesday evening. Rotruck was arrested shortly after the incident, while his father underwent surgery at the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center. Gregory Rotruck allegedly became combative, and broke a door jamb, and used that to hit a police communications officer. The dispatcher was treated at Potomac Valley Hospital and released. Rotruck also allegedly assaulted a police officer at the station.

 

MAN ARRESTED IN SEPTEMBER INCIDENT

Thirty-two year old Christopher Douglas Balderson of Cumberland has been arrested in connection with an assault incident in the 200-block of Virginia Avenue. Balderson allegedly struck a person with a closed fist, knocking him to the ground; when another person intervened, Balderson sliced the second victim's arm; that person was taken to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center for treatment. Balderson posted $35,000 bond and was released, pending trial.

 

MAN CHARGED WITH VIOLATING PEACE ORDER

Twenty-year old James Raymnond Harry Searles was arrested and charged with violating a peace order, one hour after being issued the order. He was later taken to District Court for his initial appearance and released on personal recognizance by a District Court Commissioner.

 

PHAA CANCELS TONIGHT'S MEETING

The Potomac Highlands Airport Authority has cancelled its meeting for today, due to a lack of a quorum. Mineral County has suspended its representatives from attending the meetings for the time being; Allegany County also has one seat open. The items on the agenda would be moved to the next meeting for Thursday, December 4th.

 

BEAR HUNT  ENDS TODAY

Forty-eight bears had been harvested as of yesterday; the annual black bear hunt ends today in Allegany and Garrett counties. Nine of those had been taken in Allegany County, with 39 from Garrett. To reach the record number of bears taken last year, 49 will have to be taken and checked today.

 

COALITION REPORTS COMPLIANCE CHECKS

The Frostburg Community Coalition is reporting, during a check of Frostburg bars,  no violations of serving underage patrons alcohol were reported. A total of 103 checks were performed at the local establishments that had signed the FCC's Cooperating Alcohol Agreement. Seven violations were reported during the fall, 2013 semester.

 

WATER PROJECT MEETING SET

The Allegany County Department of Public Works has scheduled a public meeting regarding a potential water project for the Barrelville/Sunnyside area. The meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 5th at 7 p.m. at the Mount Savage Fire Hall. Residents of the area, and all interested citizens are invited and encouraged to attend.

 

EXCHANGE WEBSITE BEING TESTED

The state is testing its revamped health exchange website, utilizing technology from Connecticut, on how well it can handle thousands of users over different periods of time. Endurance tests will be run on the system to check how it operates under high loads, for long periods of time. The new website is set to open for people to browse on November 9th; enrollment begins on November 15th.

 

"FIVE PER CENT" CAN PROTECT KIDS FROM SEXUAL ABUSE

Thousands of Maryland residents are being trained to prevent child sexual abuse, in conjunction with local YMCA's as part of a goal to train five per cent of the country's adult population to provide a cushion of support for children of all ages. The Redwoods Group Foundation has been providing grants to cover the training costs. Michael Graves, of the Foundation, says one in ten children will be sexually abused before age 18; 90 per cent will be abused by someone they or the family knows and trusts.Graves says the training is not just for parents, teachers, coaches, and those with regular, direct contact with children; he wants everyone to consider it to provide neighborhood-level protection for all children.

 

SOCIAL SECURITY RECIPIENTS TO RECEIVE RAISE

For the third straight year, Social Security recipients will receive a slight cost-of-living increase. Sixty-million will receive a benefit increase, on the average of $20 per month. The cost-of-living adjustment, or "COLA," will also increase government benefits for millions of disabled veterans, federal retirees, and people drawing disability payments for the poor.

LOCAL NEWS


POTENTIAL TENANTS SHOWN FOOTER BUILDING

Potential tenants, mostly from out of the area, have toured the Footer Dye Works building, in an effort to attract them to the commercial building. The Canal Place Preservation and Development Authority received an update yesterday during its regular meeting. Developer Michael Joy has shown the property to a number of prospective tenants, and has also given them a package that outlines details about the city, county, and heritage areas.

 

BLACK BEAR HUNT RUNS THROUGH TOMORROW

The 2014 Western Maryland black bear hunt began Monday and runs through tomorrow, and there is no quota on the number to be taken. There have been 450 permits granted this year, 70 more than last year's totals. However some hunters have chosen not to take part, even after receiving permits. And, there is still a limit of one bear taken per permit.

 

POLICE TO UNDERGO ACCREDITATION PROCESS

A team of Assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies will be in Cumberland the week of November 10th, to examine all aspects of the Cumberland Police Department's policies and procedure, management, operations and support services. The visit is part of a voluntary process to gain accreditation, which is a highly prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence. There will also be a public meeting on November 11that 5:30 p.m., in which public comment will be being taken.

 

NO INJURIES IN POCAHONTAS ROAD FIRE

Seven fire companies responded to a fire in the 2200-block of Pocahontas Road  in Finzel yesterday morning. The flue fire at the residence extended into the wall of the home. Units cleared the scene by early afternoon. There were no injuries.

 

EARLY VOTING TO GET UNDERWAY

Early voting begins today in West Virginia and tomorrow in Maryland. Voting in the Free State will continue until October 30th, for the November 4th general election.

 

PARADE GETS UN DERWAY AT 7 P.M.

The annual South Cumberland Business and Civic Association's Halloween parade gets underway at 7 p.m., traveling from First Street, to Virginia Avenue, and disbanding in the Industrial Boulevard area. No parking is allowed along the parade route after 4 p.m., and the streets will be closed at 5:30 p.m. West Industrial Boulevard will be closed, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

 

KEYSER TO DISCUSS SEWER BONDS

The city of Keyser will discuss an ordinance for the issuance of sewer revenue bonds to help pay for improvement projects related to the city's sewer system. The city has begun two major system improvement projects, including new stormwater management systems and other upgrades in the Hawthorne Heights area, along with the construction of the new $30 million wastewater treatment plant.

 

WOMAN ARRESTED IN MEYERSDALE STABBING

Forty-five year old Kelly Sue Jarvis of Meyersdale is being held on $10,000 bond in the Somerset County jail, in connection with an incident in which victim, Clifford Lee Felker was stabbed on Monday. An argument between the two resulted in Felker being stabbed. He was taken to Conemaugh-Meyersdale Medic al Center, where he is listed in good condition.

 

POLICE INVESTIGATE BREAKING AND ENTERING

Cumberland City Police are investigating the breaking and entering of a Yale Street residence, in which several thousands of dollars and several pieces of jewelry were taken. Police say the home was ransacked. The crime occurred between 9 a.m. and noon on Monday. Anyone with information is asked to call Cumberland City Police at (301)-777-1600 or Crime Solvers at (301)-722-4300.

 

DOG STOLEN FROM RESIDENCE

A brindle-colored Pit Bull/Boxer mix dog was stolen from a home in the 300-block of Caroline Street Monday evening. The victim, who admitted she left the back door of her residence unlocked, told police the 8-month old puppy was kept in a kennel in the living room of her home. Anyone with information can call Cumberland City Police at (301)-777-1600; anonymous callers can get in touch with Crime Solvers at (301)-722-4300.

 

BISHOP WALSH TO HOLD OPEN HOUSE

Bishop Walsh School will hold a Fall Open House on Tuesday, October 28th from 8:30 to 11 a.m. The event is for all members of the family, and will offer a brief assembly, followed by tours of the Pre-K through 12th grade school, including BW's new state-of-the-art biology and chemistry labs. For more information, contact the school at (301)-724-5360 or visit online at "www.bishopwalsh.org."

 

JUDY CENTER RECOGNITION

The Allegany County Judy Center, located at South Penn and Beall Elementary Schools, was recently recognized in the Maryland State Department of Education/Division of Early Childhood Development's 2014 Partners Newsletter, for successfully completing two, five-week summer camps for children, ages 3 to 5. These school readiness camps addressed the importance of routines and structure and learning school readiness skills. The Judy Center modeled appropriate behaviors and addressed separation issues. Children went fishing, to the movies, bowling, and participated in Frostburg State University's "Pirates Ahoy," sponsored by the FSU Child Literature Center.

 

BERLIN ROBBER THWARTED

 The potential robber at the CSI Coalfield Mini Market in Berlin was stopped over the weekend by a clerk...with a can of bug spray. A surveillance camera showed a woman putting a bag on the counter, ordering clerk Annabelle Miller to fill it with money. Ms. Miller quickly grabbed a can of bug spray, and gave the robbery suspect a chance to leave. She then sprayed her with Raid, and she quickly left the store. While she provided a description of the woman to police, authorities say confronting any robber may not be "the best move." The investigation is continuing.

 

GOVERNOR, DHMH SECRETARY DISCUSS EBOLA

While there have been no Ebola cases in Maryland, one woman from Texas arrived last week at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda for treatment. Governor Martin O'Malley says there are four keys in stopping the spread of Ebola: identify, isolate, treat, and contain. He says this is not the first time we've experienced something like this, and cited Sars, Mersa, and the swine flu. Governor O'Malley also cited the anthrax attacks experienced after 9-11.

HOGAN EARNS N.R.A. ENDORSEMENT

Republican gubernatorial candidate Larry Hogan has earned the endorsement of the National Rifle Association, based on his commitment to Second Amendment rights. They also cited Lt. Governor Anthony Brown's support for Maryland's sweeping gun-control law last year, in choosing Hogan. Brown has urged his opponent to release a questionnaire that earned Hogan an "A-" grade from the group; Brown got an "F" from the group.

 

GAS PRICES CONTINUE DECLINE

A gallon of regular gas in the state has dipped below $3.00 in some parts of Maryland, and the decline is predicted to continue. The state average is $3.08 per gallon, but-for example-in Salisbury, the average price is $2.96, and in some parts of Baltimore City, the price is $2.91.

LOCAL NEWS


FLINTSTONE MAN TAKEN TO JOHNS HOPKINS

A Flintstone man, suffering severe burns to his arms and face, was airlifted to Johns Hopkins Hospital by the Maryland State Police Medevac  helicopter early yesterday morning. A fire, fueled by kerosene, "flashed," and caused the burns. The incident is being investigated by the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office. A landing site for the helicopter was set up by the Flintstone Volunteer Fire Department; a county paramedic from Bowman's Addition also responded to the incident, about 12:30 a.m.

 

FOUR FSU STUDENTS TAKEN TO THE HOSPITAL

Four  Frostburg State University students were taken to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center earlier yesterday, after a carbon monoxide detector activated at 7 American Avenue. The Frostburg Volunteer Fire Department responded to the scene. Several area ambulance services and rescue squads took the students to the hospital.

 

WOMAN KILLED IN SOMERSET CRASH

A woman was killed in a single-vehicle crash in Somerset County Sunday evening. Police say Maryanne Larison was riding in a car, driven by her husband, James, when the car traveled off of Route 403near the Conemaugh Police Station. The car went into a wooded area of the road, and hit a tree head-on. James Larison was taken to the hospital. There is no word on what caused the crash.

 

WOMAN ARRESTED FOLLOWING ACCIDENT

Police say a woman who caused an accident in Garrett County early yesterday morning, had a blood alcohol level of .33, more than four times the legal limit. The Maryland State Police at McHenry say Lindsey Taylor Osborne of Deer Park struck another vehicle near Glendale Road. The victims followed the car for several miles, and were able to get a description and vehicle tag number. Officers arrived at her residence, to find her extremely intoxicated. She acknowledged that she was "very drunk" and was sorry for "hitting those people." She was arrested and charged with DUI and leaving the scene of an accident.

 

HOME INVASION CASE LEADS TO WEAPONS CACHE

A 15-year old has been charged as a juvenile, as the result of a search warrant stemming from last week's home invasion on North Water Street in Keyser. Police found numerous stolen items, including guns. Three male suspects, armed with handguns entered the home Wednesday, and forced a resident onto the floor, before stealing electronics and other weapons. Two properties were search over this past weekend, in connection with the home invasion and robbery.

 

"TOYS FOR HAPPINESS" CAMPAIGN KICKS OFF

The annual Toys for Happiness campaign officially kicked off last night, with the annual dinner at the Bedford Road Volunteer Fire Company. Chuck Koelker, chair of the event, says they have already received applications for this year, even though they were last year's forms. Koelker says the 2014 applications are on the way.

 

CORRIDOR "H" SEGMENT MAY BE OPEN SOON

A segment of Corridor "H" may be open by Thanksgiving. The one-and-one-half mile segment  is near the connector to West Virginia Routes 42 and 93 in the Mount Storm area. The speculation is that another four mile section could be open by the end of the year, but next spring is a more realistic goal. When completely finished, Corridor "H" will connect I-79 near Weston, West Virginia with the junction of Interstates 81 and 66 in Front Royal, Virginia.

 

CUMBERLAND MAN CHARGED WITH THEFT

Charges are pending against another person, but 40-year old Cumberland resident Byron Morrison was charged with theft, following an incident Sunday night in the 400-block of Maryland Avenue. Morrison told a cab driver he would get money to pay for his fare, but fled the area. He subsequently told police he didn't have any money, so he couldn't pay the fare. He was processed and issued a criminal citation. The other passenger has been identified by police.

 

LEAF COLLECTIONS TO BEGIN

The Cumberland Street Department is beginning leaf collection within the city limits next Monday, October 27th. The first area to have leaves collected will be the Seton Drive area; that will be next Monday through Friday. The Upper West Side will have leaves collected November 3rd through the 7th, followed by the Lower West Side and North End. Residents may also bag leaves and place them at the curb on their regular trash days. Burgmeier Hauling will collect up to eight bags of trash per pickup day, including leaves.

 

L.B.C. MEETING SET

The "Let's Beautify Cumberland" committee will hold a meeting on Monday, November 3rd at the City Hall Council Chambers. The meeting takes place at 7 p.m. The Christmas Luncheon will be held on December 10th.

 

SEAT BELT USE ON THE RISE IN WEST VIRGINIA

Seat belt use in West Virginia has risen from 52 per cent in 2001 to 82 per cent in 2013. That was the largest increase of any state in the country. The difference is, according to Bob Tipton, director of the West Virginia Highway Safety Program, the primary seat belt law that was passed a little over a year ago. In 2000, 411 people died in car wrecks in the Mountain State; in 2013, that number dropped to 332.

LOCAL NEWS


TWO MORE ARRESTED IN ASSAULT INCIDENT

 

Two more men have been arrested, in connection with an assault incident on October 9th on Maryland Avenue. Twenty-two year old Charles Ace Casey and 25-year old Garrett Michael Ketterman were arrested Friday evening and charged for their part in the incident in which Jonthan Edward Harriss was charged with attempted 2nd degree murder. Casey was charged with first-degree assault and related charges; Ketterman was charged with second-degree assault. Both are being held in the Allegany County Detention Center.

 

 

MAN ARRESTED IN ARMED ROBBERY

 

Forty-two year old Wayne Eugene King was arrested Friday evening, and charged with armed robbery in the area behind the main Post Office on Park Street. The man said the suspect demanded his money, and pointed a handgun at him. When he showed he had no money on him, the suspect fled. A person, matching the description given was apprehended and taken to police headquarters. King was also charged with assault, reckless endangerment and using a handgun in a crime of violence.

 

 

KEYSER POLICE INVESTIGATE BURGLARY, ROBBERY

 

Keyser City Police say they have developed "persons of interest," in connection with the burglary and robbery at a North Water Street home last week. Three armed men held the resident of the home at gunpoint, while they robbed his home of guns and electronics. A shot was fired during the incident, but no one was hurt. The investigation is ongoing, and Keyser City Police have developed some suspects, based on photographic surveillance.

 

 

SYSTEM RESPONDS TO BED BUGS, LICE IN SCHOOLS

 

There have been specific reports of bed bugs and head lice in the Allegany County Schools, and the system has responded to those concerns. All custodial personnel are aware of specific instances of the bugs and lice, and are working diligently to clean any contaminated areas to ensure that all staff and students are provided a safe and supportive learning environment. If a school needed to be chemically treated, professionals that specialize in pest control would apply those treatments. Parents are also receiving letters on detecting, treating and reporting issues.

 

 

ANNEXATAION PETITION DENIED

 

The Mineral County Commissioners have denied a request from the city of Keyser to annex the Airport and Bonnieview additions into the city's corporate limits. The commissioners took about ten minutes late last week, to issue their decision. The majority of those affected by the move were in opposition to it. Keyser Mayor Randy Amtower noted the annexation was "necessary for the financial stability of the city," but the commissioners said he failed to demonstrate that annexation would adequately change the city's financial situation.

 

 

TWO BEDFORD AREA PHARMACIES ROBBED OF PILLS

 

The Pennsylvania State Police at Bedford have been able to identify the car, but are now looking for a person who robbed two pharmacies, one in Claysburg and another at Chestnut Ridge. Police say the man asked for all the oxycodone they had, but was only able to get the drugs at the Chestnut Ridge Pharmacy. They do believe the suspect is local and familiar with the area. Anyone with information is asked to contact State Police at (814)-623-6133.

 

 

MUSEUM TO HOLD THURSDAY RECEPTION

 

The Allegany County Museum is embarking on an endowment campaign, and will hold a reception Thursday evening, to introduce it. Dr. Julianne Ferris, of the Museum's Advisory Board, says they are in the process of converting office space into museum space, and will be giving up their rental income. Thursday's event is to establish the endowment fund.

The museum will feature about 14 different displays, including a major display of the Kelly-Springfield Tire Company. Others encompass glassware, local breweries, and a "Sleeping Beauty Room" for children. The reception will be held from 6 to 9 p.m.

 

 

THREE ARRESTED ON METH CHARGES

 

Three people have been arrested in Preston County, in connection with a meth lab operation, allegedly run by Donald Stout. Tunnelton residents Tracy Sapp and Raymond Weaver, along with Kingwood resident James Moats have been charged with providing Stout with pseudoephedrine, a common ingredient in methamphetamine. People who purchase such materials are known as "smurfs." Another person, 29-year old Shawn Capocelli, is wanted in the investigation, and is believed to be living in the Morgantown area.

 

 

TRANSPORTATION PROPOSAL ON NOVEMBER BALLOT

 

Maryland voters will decide if the state transportation fund should be strictly used for transportation issues. This constitutional amendment would decide if the fund can only be spent on transportation issues, unless the governor declares a fiscal emergency. Both chambers of the General Assembly would have to approve the transfer with a three-fifths vote. The so-called "lockbox" proposal would prevent the state from dipping into the transportation fund to make up for shortfalls in the state budget.

 

 

O'MALLEY RAISES MORE THAN $700,000

 

Governor Martin O'Malley has raised just over $710,000 during the third quarter of this year. O'Malley's term will end in January, and he has traveled extensively on behalf of other Democrats, while laying the groundwork for a potential Presidential bid in 2016. Governor O'Malley is beginning to receive more donations from outside the state.

LOCAL NEWS


INFECTED NURSE TRANSFERRED TO N.I.H.

Nina Pham, one of two nurses infected with the Ebola virus while caring for a patient in Dallas, was flown into the Frederick Municipal Airport last night, and later transferred to the National Institute of Health in Bethesda. She was taken to a special biocontainment unit, only one of four in the United States. Pham came down with Ebola while treating Thomas Eric Duncan, who later died of the disease.

 

COMPLAINTS LEAD TO FIVE ARRESTS

Citizen complaints and police calls to several Maryland Avenue residences led to the arrest of five people on Wednesday evening.  A three month investigation into the sales and distribution of various narcotics, including heroin and crack cocaine being sold, led to the arrests of Thomas Shannon Stevens, Amanda Lynn Lewis,  Jon Pierre Lopez, Shannon Nicol Grapes, and Robert Wayne Burkett. The raid was conducted by units from the Cumberland Police Department, the Garrett County Special Response Team, and the Maryland State Police "STATE" team. The Allegany County Department of Social Services also assisted on the scene, with the placement of three children, all under the age of six. The investigation is continuing with additional arrests anticipated.

 

COMMISSIONERS SUSPEND AUTHORITY MEMBERS

The Mineral County Commissioners are notifying its representatives on the Potomac Highlands Airport Authority that they are officially suspended from service until the ongoing disagreement over state jurisdiction is settled. The PHAA oversees the Greater Cumberland Regional Airport, and has been involved in a controversy over which state's Open Meetings Law to observe. The members of the Authority-Bill Smith, Monroe Johnson, and Leon Hinkle-will not participate in the meetings until the issue is resolved.

 

INVESTIGATION INTO ACCIDENT CONTINUES

The McHenry Barrack of the Maryland State Police is investigating a Wednesday evening accident on Route 495 at Dry Run Road. A 2001 Subaru, driven by 45-year old Bruce G. Vanwagner of McHenry, traveled off the road and struck a mailbox, before coming to rest. Responding were the Bittinger Fire Department, Northern Garrett Rescue Squad, and Trooper Five; the investigation is continuing.

 

BOND SET AT $17,500 IN ARREST

Cumberland resident Tracy Rae is being held on a total of $17,500 bond following her arrest at the corner of South and Second Street on Wednesday. She was arrested on an outstanding warrant for theft and related charges; also found on her were a crack cocaine smoking device, a syringe, one baggie of suspected heroin and two baggies of suspected crack cocaine. She is being held at the Allegany County Detention Center.

 

KENNEL CLUB TO HOST SHOW

The Upper Potomac Valley Kennel Club is holding its 61st annual dog show, today through Sunday at the Allegany County Fairgrounds. Becky Rephan, with the kennel club, says the Cumberland show is a precursor to shows such as the nationally-known Westminster dog show. About 120 breeds will be represented, with about 600-700 dogs on hand for the show. There is a minimal $3.00 parking fee for the show, which will include performance groups. These include obedience training, and what is known as "Rally." During the weekend show, a service dog from the area will be honored. "Blue" Dieterle responded to a woman who came to participate in the show several years ago.

 

 

NINE CHARGED WITH DRUG TRAFFICKING

Nine members of a Baltimore-based drug trafficking enterprise have been indicted by a federal grand jury. The group has ties to Virginia, New York, and Texas, and prosecutors say they are linked to the 2012 murder of Baltimore resident John Moore in Baltimore. Police seized 30 kilos of cocaine from Moore, and his murder has been tied to the cocaine seizure.

 

"SUN" POLL SHOWS LITTLE SUPPORT FOR O'MALLEY PRESIDENTIAL RUN

The Baltimore Sun says support for a Martin O'Malley presidential run is "conspicuously low," and what little support he has, may be slipping. Nearly 6 in ten voters say they would not support O'Malley, if he decides to seek the Democratic Presidential nomination in 2016. Nine per cent of voters say they would like to see who else will run before committing to any one candidate. This most recent poll was conducted October 1st through the 8th, and is based on interviews with 800 likely Maryland voters.

 

WEST VIRGINIA S.A.T. SCORES SHOW IMPROVEMENT

West Virginia school students showed improvement in core subject areas of reading, writing and math on the S.A.T., when compared to the previous year's test results. More than 42 per cent of West Virginia's S.A.T. takers met benchmarks for college and career preps while the number was 39 per cent nationally.

LOCAL NEWS


DEVELOPMENT PLAN PRESENTED TO CITY

 

A new economic development strategic plan, from RKG Associates of Alexandria, Virginia was presented at City Hall yesterday. It is hoped the plan will become a more targeted economic development effort in the future. The over $54,000 plan was funded by the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development, and the Appalachian Regional Commission. Short, to long term goals, include the use of the former Memorial Hospital site, further development of Canal Place, Rolling Mill and the Willowbrook Road area, and the development of a Cumberland Shopping Plaza in South End.

 

 

MISSING TEEN SOUGHT

 

Bruce Bickling, a 16-year old Fort Hill student, has been missing since September 11th, and police are seeking the public's help in locating him. He has short, blond hair, blue eyes, and a thin build. He was last seen at the school and was wearing a white tee shirt, faded denim shorts and white tennis shoes. Anyone with information is asked to contact Cumberland City Police.

 

 

PRIEST REMAINS JAILED IN SOMERSET COUNTY

 

Father Joseph Maurizio remains jailed in Somerset County, accused of sexually abusing young boys while on mission trips to Honduras. This week, his finances were discussed, with his bank accounts indicating he had hundreds of thousands of dollars the government says he could use to escape the country. The money came from what were called "smart investments," and some are tied to the church and do not technically belong to him. Bond, if any, will be determined within the next ten days or so.

 

 

TGCC HOSTS COALITION MEETING

 

The Greater Cumberland Committee recently hosted its fourth annual North/South Appalachian Highway Coalition meeting at the Bedford Springs resort. The goal of the group is to advance economic development efforts in the region, and includes business, civic organizations, elected officials and government entities. It was learned at the meeting that about eight miles remain in completing the section of Route 219, from Meyersdale, Pennsylvania to the I-68 interchange.

 

 

INTERSTATE 68 TRAFFIC UPDATE

 

There are several traffic changes to be aware of, on Interstate 68 eastbound over the next several weeks. Beginning next Monday, and lasting through Friday, October 24th, the eastbound right lane of I-68 will be closed. The Exit 43B ramp to Industrial Boulevard may be detoured as well. On Monday, October 27th through Friday, October 31st, the eastbound I-68 right lane will remain closed; the exit 43C ramp to Queen City Drive may be detoured; and, the eastbound ramp from downtown may be detoured. Motorists should be prepared for possible delays during peak hours.

 

 

FAIRHOPE BATTERY THEFTS INVESTIGATED

 

About $1600 worth of vehicle batteries were taken from the area along West Street in Fairhope earlier in the month. The person or persons also tried to enter one of the township sheds, causing about $200 in damage. The investigation is continuing.

 

 

SCHOOLS ON TWO-HOUR DELAY TODAY

 

A reminder that Allegany County Public Schools are operating on a two-hour delay for today. There will be no morning kindergarten classes. This time is being used for staff professional development.

 

 

STATE POLICE UNVEIL NEW HELICOPTER

 

About 140,000 patients have been flown on Maryland State Police Medevac helicopters since the program began in 1970. Yesterday, a new, "state of the art" aircraft, the 'AW-139" was unveiled at the Greater Cumberland Municipal airport. Lieutenant Walter Kerr commander of the Helicopter Medical Operations division noted that Allegany County is the 6th of 7 regions to receive the new chopper. The technology it contains is mandated by the both the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration.

 

 

COMMISSION TO MEET ON OCTOBER 27TH

 

The Cumberland Neighborhood Advisory Commission will meet on Monday, October 27th, beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers. Meetings are held on a monthly basis and are open to the public. For more information, contact City Hall at (301)-759-6424.

 

 

BISHOP WALSH TO HOST PROGRAM ON DYSLEXIA

 

Bishop Walsh School's Pratt Program will be hosting Paula Moraine, the president of the Maryland Branch of the International Dyslexia Association on Saturday, October 25th at 10 a.m. the program will be held in the school auditorium. The topic will be "Learning and the Impact of ADHD, Dyslexia, and Executive Function. This is a free event. For more information, contact Stephanie Pratt at (301)-724-5360, extension 218.

 

 

ATTORNEY WANTS CHARGES DROPPED

 

An attorney for Catherine Hoggle, the Montgomery County mother whose children remain missing, says he wants charges against her dropped, because he says detectives improperly interrogated her inside a state psychiatric hospital this month.  Detectives spoke with her for at least 12 hours, trying to find out where the children were, and what she might have done with them. Since the case began in early September, she has refused to cooperate with police.

 

 

GAS PRICES AT LOWEST POINT OF THE YEAR

 

The national average price for regular gas is $3.18 per gallon, which is down 20-cents from less than a month ago, and 15-cents from a year ago. Virginia has the least expensive gas, with an average of $3.00 per gallon; Maryland is at $3.17, Pennsylvania at $3.31, and West Virginia at $3.33. The highest national average is in California, where drivers there are paying upwards of $3.60 per gallon.

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