TWO HOUSING AUTHORITY EMPLOYEES CHARGED
Two employees of the Cumberland Housing Authority have been charged with felony theft by the C3I unit. Fifty-eight year old Leroy Francis Bennett of Oldtown and 50-year old William Joseph Beechie of Frostburg are charged with stealing two large flat screen televisions, from a Klotz Mill apartment, after the tenant had passed away. Procedure requires that the next of kin be notified in order to make arrangements concerning property left behind. The two were charged and released pending their next scheduled court appearances.
DEAL REACHED WITH FIREFIGHTERS
Fire Fighters Local 1715 and the city of Cumberland have reached a tentative deal on a new contract. The agreement caps more than a year of negotiations, and was reached after the two parties met with a federal mediator over the past several months. While details were not made public, the union will meet on August 18th to discuss the potential new deal.
RAILROADS SUE M.D.E. OVER DISCLOSURES
Both CSX Transportation and Norfolk Southern Railway have filed suit against the Maryland Department of the Environment, over a May ruling which requires the disclosure of crude oil, being transported through the state. There have been several rail accidents involving the fuel, but the railroads maintain the release of that information would pose a security threat and compromise commercially sensitive information. For its part, the state will withhold the records until a ruling from the courts is made.
BOARD WANTS CRIMINAL CHECKS FOR DOCTORS
The Maryland Board of Physicians says it is seeking the authority to conduct criminal investigations for medical license applicants in the state of Maryland. The move comes after Dr. William Dando of Allegany County was convicted, and served time in prison for raping a woman at gunpoint in Florida in 1987. Details of his past came to light in May, when he was charged with molesting a patient at a walk-in clinic in LaVale.
AUTHORITY ADDRESSES AUTOCROSS AGAIN
The Potomac Highlands Airport Authority will send a letter to Maryland State Senator George Edwards, to clarify its position on the National Autocross Race. Interim Chairman Leon Hinkle presented a letter this week that stated, in part, that "after careful review, the decision was not to prohibit the event, but to not permit the event in the aircraft operational area of the airport." The Federal Aviation Administration has stated that hosting such an event may threaten funding for a new runway project at the facility.
NOTICE ISSUED FROM FOUNTAIN PUBLIC SERVICE DISTRICT
There was an 8-inch water line break in the area of Route 46 yesterday, disrupting service from Windy Hill Drive to the end of the line on Route 46. This includes all of the Fountainhead subdivision. A "Boil Water" notice has been issued for that area; the Fountain Public Service District is working to repair the break; residents will be notified when the advisory is lifted.
TWO ARRESTED FOR PROBATION VIOLATION
Two women were arrested in separate incidents, for probation violations. In the first, 31-year old Elizabeth Mae Price was taken into custody at Jane Frazier Village around 2 a.m. yesterday. She was held on $500 bond at the Allegany County Detention Center. In the second, 30-year old Taryn Denise Hartley was arrested, also for a probation violation. She was held in the Allegany County Detention Center on a $57.50 bond.
VANDALS OPEN HYDRANT IN BEDFORD
Vandals hit an area of the Bedford County Business Park, opening a fire hydrant, releasing about 200,000 gallons of water. The hydrant was opened for about three hours, before it was noticed by a person who lives near the park. Water levels in the tank had dropped about two-and-one-half feet, which jeopardized water pressure. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Pennsylvania State Police in Bedford.
LIBRARY RENOVATIONS PLANNED
Renovations at the South Cumberland Library could begin as soon as next year, thanks to a combination of state and county funding. Changes to make the library more computer friendly, along with making it compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act are two major renovations planned. The building's roof was recently replaced, and the work was finished last month.
FATAL VEHICLE COLLISION IN HAGERSTOWN
A 23-year old Warfordsburg, Pennsylvania man, Zachery Swope, was involved in a fatal collision with a pedestrian in westbound Route 40 early this morning. Swope had been driving along the road, when he hit 32-year old Robert Matthew Owen of Hagerstown, who was walking in the right turn lane of the road. Owen was taken to Meritus Medical Center and later pronounced dead. The initial investigation is being conducted by State Police. The road was closed for about three hours.
HAGERSTOWN ADDS MORE FLIGHTS
Beginning in December, Allegiant Airlines in Hagerstown will be flying to Orlando more than ten times per month, more than the current twice a week schedule. Between December 15th and January 1st, Allegiant will fly to Orlando ten times alone. And, beginning in January, a spokesperson for the airport says there will be even more bigger and better changes.
"GREEN TIMES THREE" GENERATES MILLIONS IN GRANTS
"Greening the Streets" makes communities more attractive, and new plants and grasses along roads and waterways also help filter out contaminants that eventually end up in the Chesapeake Bay. Three-point-seven million dollars are on the way to local non-profits, towns and schools to carry out projects for the "Green Streets, Green Jobs, Green Towns" partnership. The Chesapeake Bay Trust, Maryland Department of Natural Resources and the EPA announced funding recently. EPA Administrator Shawn Garvin comments. Garvin says the projects carry value beyond each neighborhood.
BEDFORD TEEN FATALLY INJURED
Sixteen-year old Bedford resident Colton Warren Tew was killed in a single-vehicle crash yesterday morning in Cumberland Valley Township. He failed to negotiate a right-hand curve on White Church Lane, and hit a tree alongside the road. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
POTOMAC CENTER HEARING SET AUGUST 26TH
There will be a hearing in Hampshire County Circuit Court on August 26th, regarding alleged abuse against a Potomac Center resident. The suit has been filed on behalf of "R.M," a 17-year old former resident, and names the Potomac Center and 12 employees there. The case is not a single-action case, but rather a class action case with "R.M." serving as a representative of all the victims of the abuse and neglect that is alleged at the Potomac Center.
BALTIMORE DRUG DEALER SENTENCED
Baltimore resident Daniel McQueen has been sentenced on charges of possession with the intent to distribute cocaine and second-degree assault. Police were called to a Cumberland residence, where evidence of drug trafficking was seen; McQueen also assaulted a Cumberland City Police officer at the home. In total, he was sentenced to 15 years in prison-12 years on the drug charge; for the assault he was sentenced to three years, which will run consecutively to the other.
CORRIDOR "H" RESOLUTION SENT TO CONGRESS
The Robert C. Byrd Corridor "H" Authority has sent a resolution which will be sent to the House and Senate, urging them to get through their stalled negotiations on the transportation bill, so all states can plan their transportation infrastructure improvements. The Authority pointed out that as long as Congress continues to work on a year-to-year basis, there won't be enough federal funds available to complete the corridor by 2020.
FORT ASHBY RESIDENTS TO RECEIVE NEW ADDRESSES
Sometime within the next month, Fort Ashby residents will receive new addresses from the U.S. Postal Service. Postcards with the addresses where there are the least amount of homes will be sent out, and will finish in Keyser. The project will also allow emergency personnel to be able to identify residences.
CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT RECEIVES GRANT
The Cumberland City Police Department is receiving a $2700 grant to help purchase protective body armor. The Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention announced the grants, totaling just over $49,000 to eight local police departments in seven counties. Other departments receiving grants include Montgomery County, Prince George's, and Salisbury.
ASSAULT INCIDENT INVESTIGATED
Cumberland resident Antoinette Marie Washington is charged with fourth-degree burglary, assault and other counts, following an incident at a residence in the 600-block of Centre Street early Friday evening. She is accused of entering her ex-boyfriend's home, and assaulting him. She also damaged some items in the residence, and took his cell phone. She was taken into custody on Monday, charged, and released pending trial in District Court.
ROADS CLOSED FOR HILL CLIMB
Portions of Route 144 will be closed this Saturday and Sunday for the Polish Mountain Hill Climb. Road closures will take place between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m., and will affect State Route 144, from its intersection with Town Creek road to the intersection with National Pike; additionally, it will be closed from the intersection with Town Creek Road to the intersection with Gilpin Road. Signs will be in place during the events.
COMMUNITY MEETING ON ALLEGANY SET
The Allegany County Public School System will hold a community meeting next Tuesday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Grace Memorial Community Church on Bishop Walsh Road. The meeting will be held to update the public on the progress of the Allegany High School Replacement Project, and specifically the demolition of the former Sacred Heart Hospital. The meeting will include an audio-visual presentation by Grimm & Parker Architects and Total Wrecking and Environmental. The public will have the opportunity to make comments and ask questions.
STATE POLICE WARN OF TELEPHONE SCAM
The McHenry Barrack of the Maryland State Police is warning residents about a new telephone scam. Callers ask residents for personal information; the number showing up on caller ID is similar to the person who is being contacted. The numbers are being "spoofed," and are false numbers. The State Police urge you to not provide any personal information. There are websites available, to keep you aware of current scams and complaints. They are "IC3.gov," and FCC.gov.
DOLLAR TREE BUYING FAMILY DOLLAR
Dollar Tree has announced it is buying Family Dollar, in an $8.5 billion deal. Family Dollar had attempted to increase sales by lowering prices on almost 1,000 items. As a result of the deal, Dollar Tree will have more than 13,000 stores in the United States and Canada, nearly three times as many stores as Walmart.
DELEGATE ADDRESSES IMMIGRATION ISSUE
Republican Baltimore County Delegate Pat McDonough is proposing what he calls "common sense" legislation that protects the citizens of Maryland, when dealing with housing illegal immigrant children coming into the state. McDonough says there should be a "full disclosure" website that states how many children are coming in, and how state funds are being used for programs and care. He also suggests building a "tent city" at the Mexican border. He points out that Catholic Charities has applied for a federal grant to house 50 children at the St. Vincent Villa in Timonium. McDonough says none of this is acceptable. He says that some of the children are not unaccompanied minors, and are coming across the border with adult relatives. Attorney General Doug Gansler says the Governor has the authority to exercise all aspects of McDonough's plan, but has not done so, to this point.
WOMAN TRANSFERRED TO ADULT PRISON
Eighteen year old Rachel Shoaf has been transferred to an adult prison, following her 18th birthday. She is now housed in the Lakin Correctional Facility in West Columbia. She was convicted of the second-degree murder of Star City teenager Skylar Neese. Her co-defendant in the case, Sheila Eddy, is serving her first-degree murder sentence at the same facility. Shoaf has a projected release date of April, 2028.
RESTORATION PROJECT ANNOUNCED
Allegany County officials are beginning a $60,000 restoration project, to repair damaged caused by recent flooding in the Braddock Run area, near the LaVale Lions Club field. Excavating Associates of Ellerslie will complete the project of repairing about 125 feet of the stream.
"DIRTY COAL" SENT ABROAD
President Barack Obama has initiated a strategy for reducing gases blamed for climate change, but the United States is shipping so-called "dirty coal" to other countries, thereby shifting the blame for cleaning up the environment on them. By doing that, it makes the United States appear to be making more progress than it is on the global warming issue. Locally, Western Maryland produced 2.2 tons of coal last year. There are 14 surface mines in Allegany County, and 13 in Garrett. The state's westernmost county also claims four deep mines, which produced over 933,000 tons in 2013.
RECYCLING POSSIBLE FOR HAMPSHIRE COUNTY
A Hampshire County group says they have enough signatures to put the recycling issue on the November ballot. The Hampshire County Recycling Co-Op says more than 560 signatures, well above the 395 required, have been turned into the Hampshire County Clerk's office. Ninety-per cent of the signatures on the petition are those of registered voters.
SUSPECT WAIVES PRELIMINARY HEARING
A Somerset County man, who is charged with killing his girlfriend and their infant child, has waived his right to a preliminary hearing. Denver Blough is charged with two counts of criminal homicide, aggravated assault and simple assault, along with one count of attempted homicide and reckless endangerment.
MAN SERVED WITH SUMMONS FOR DOMESTIC ASSAULT
Thirty-year old Jeremy Combs was served with a criminal summons, in connection with a domestic incident in Cumberland last week. A female victim claimed she had been assaulted by Combs, and suffered minor injuries. Combs was not located then, but was later served with the summons and released, pending trial in District Court.
MAN REMAINS IN CRITICAL CONDITION
Oakland resident John Tucker remains in critical condition at Ruby Memorial Hospital, after his motorcycle struck an SUV in Garrett County Saturday evening. A 2013 Mercedes SUV, driven by John Hanna of Greensburg, Pennsylvania, turned into the path of Tucker's motorcycle on Route 219, ejecting him from the bike. Hanna, who suffered minor injuries, was determined to be at fault, although no charges have been filed, pending consultation with the Garrett County State's Attorney's office.
MINOR INJURIES IN HAMPSHIRE COUNTY CRASH
An Augusta man suffered minor injuries when his car collided with a flagpole outside of the front entrance of the Augusta Bank of Romney entrance. Police say mechanical issues may have contributed to the crash. Some of the bank's shrubbery and the outside of the building suffered minor damage. The case remains under investigation by the West Virginia State Police.
WESTMAR STUDENTS HOLD FOOD DRIVE
Westmar Middle School once again exceeded its goal for the "Hunger is No Game" food drive. The project is part of Sheila Riggleman's Math Service Learning Project. The group's annual goal is 500 items, and collections took place twice a week, from April 15th through May 30th. Sharee Pensyl's homeroom won this year's drive, with students donating more than 600 items. In total, 1,198 items were donated to the George's Creek Food Bank in June of this year.
FRESH AIR FUND WELCOMES GROUP
The Fresh Air Fund is welcoming 14 children from New York City tomorrow. The children will arrive at the Hampton Inn in Frostburg, and will be spending one or two weeks with volunteer host families in Oakland, Cumberland, Ridgeley, La Vale, Swanton and other cities in the region. Arrival is expected at 3 p.m. The Fresh Air Fund has hosted more than 1.8 million New York City children from low-income communities since 1877.
FORMER CHIEF SENTENCED FOR EMBEZZLEMENT
The former chief of the Halfway Volunteer Fire Company has been sentenced for stealing money from the department. Fifty-four year old Jeffrey Ringer was sentenced to 18 months for one count of theft of less than $500, and 18 months for one count of theft scheme for less than $500. Six months were suspended from each sentence, meaning he will spend a year in the Washington County Detention Center.
O'MALLEY TO MEET WITH RELIGIOUS LEADERS
Governor Martin O'Malley met yesterday with religious leaders to discuss potential housing for thousands of children who have come to the U.S. illegally from Central America. Republican Baltimore County State Delegate Wade Kach says the administration is encouraging the situation, and is using the Archdiocese of Baltimore to further its agenda. Kach says the situation is unacceptable.
PARK SERVICE ASSESSES ECONOMIC IMPACT
The West Virginia National Park Service is assessing the number of visitors to the state's scenic attractions, in an effect to see how many dollars they drive to local communities. The report looked at 2013 attendance at three different attractions, with total attendance topping 1.2 million visitors. They spent more than $51 million and helped to support 673 jobs in the state. Overall, there were about 1.5 million visitors to national park sites, and they spent $63 million.
STATE MAY RESUBMIT FLOODING INFORMATION
Congressman John Delaney is encouraging Maryland to submit new information on the local flooding of June 12th, when requesting federal aid. The damage threshold is just over $8 million when filing for federal aid, but Delaney says there are additional factors that can be considered by FEMA for disaster assistance. Meanwhile, a study may be done on flooding in the Bowling Greene area, and the damage incurred throughout the Route 220 corridor last month.
MIDLOTHIAN POSTAL MEETING SET FOR TODAY
A decision on the future of the Midlothian Post Office is imminent, and a meeting on a consolidation plan is set for today at the Trinity Assembly of God Church. Several options have been suggested, including reducing the hours at the facility, to subcontracting of services, to closing the facility completely. That meeting is set for 3 p.m. today.
RESTAURANT CLOSING FOR JULY, AUGUST
An aging air conditioning system, which sometime drove the indoor temperatures to over 80 degrees, has forced the temporary closing of the Culinaire Cafe in downtown Cumberland. The cafe is an educational facility and restaurant opened by Allegany College of Maryland in 2002. According to program director of the hospitality management and culinary arts program, the facility was closed each August, but, because of the latest developments, it was decided to close it in July as well.
CUMBERLAND MAN FACES EX PARTE, DRUG CHARGES
Cumberland resident Timothy Winkler faces numerous charges, including failure to comply with a court order and CDS counts, following a Saturday incident in the 100-block of Seymour Street. Winkler allegedly entered a victim's home, assaulted the victim, and fled. There was a protective order in place, which prohibited him from being at the residence. He was later found and arrested, and found to be in possession of prescription drugs and paraphernalia. He was taken to District Court and remanded to the Allegany County Detention Center, pending a hearing.
MISSING BOY RETURNED HOME
A 15-year old boy, who had been reported missing since last Tuesday, was found Friday and returned home. Logan James Litton, of Prince Georges Street, left his parents a note, stating he was running away. He was found Friday around 5 p.m. in Cumberland by a family member. He was taken to Cumberland City Police Headquarters and later released to his father.
LEGION TOWN HALL MEETING SET
The Mountain District American Legion is having a Town Hall meeting next Monday from 6 to 9 p.m. at Allegany College of Maryland. The meeting is for all veterans to share their experiences, both good and bad, with the Maryland Veterans Affairs Health Care System and facilities. The event will be videotaped and sent to the American Legion National Headquarters. Representatives of the VA will not be present at the meeting. For more information, contact Mike Wade at (301)-876-3123.
APPOINTMENTS NOW BEING ACCEPTED FOR CLINIC
A free clinic, in partnership with the Department of Defense, The Appalachian Regional Commission, and the Allegany County HRDC is planned for August 13th through the 21st at the Allegany County Fairgrounds. Appointments are being scheduled by calling (301)-783-1775, Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. At the clinic, general health, dental, and vision screenings will be done. There are no residency or income restrictions. Veterinary clinic appointments for spaying and neutering have been filled, but the staff is maintaining a waiting list, if there are cancellations.
P.E. PLANS W.VA. SERVICE INTERRUPTION
Potomac Edison is planning a service outage in the Augusta area of Hampshire County next Monday, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Upgrade work will be done in the area, and the outage is expected to affect about 1330 customers in the area of Route 50,just east of East View Estates subdivision to Dillon's Run Road. In case of bad weather, the work will rescheduled for the next day. Customers with questions can call Potomac Edison's Customer Service line at 1-800-686-0011.
VEHICLE CRASH ON ROUTE 219
Greensburg, Pennsylvania resident John Hanna was determined to be at fault in a vehicle/motorcycle collision on Saturday evening in front of Archie's BBQ on Route 219 in McHenry. Hanna, driving a Mercedes SUV, pulled into the path of a motorcyclist, and he was ejected from the bike. The motorcycle operator, who has not been identified, was flown to Ruby Memorial Hospital for treatment of life-threatening injuries. No formal charges have been filed, but the Garrett County State's Attorney will determine if there will be charges filed against Hanna.
UPDATE ON ALLEGANY HIGH SCHOOL PROJECT
As had been announced, Total Wrecking and Environmental of Buffalo, New York has been selected to do the demolition work at the site of the new Allegany High School on Haystack Mountain. Mia Perlozzo-Cross, of the Allegany County Board of Education, says the cost of the project, taken from the 2012 Request for Proposals, was set at $36 million. At the time, three items were removed from the project, including an auditorium, a bay of classrooms and playing fields. The savings realized from the demolition work will help in adding the auditorium back into the building plan.
SOME HEALTH INSURANCE REFUNDS DUE
Maryland United States Senator Ben Cardin and Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell have announce that over 200,000 consumers in the state will benefit from $17.2 million in refunds from insurance companies this summer, averaging about $140 per family, because of the Affordable Care Act. The "80/20 Rule, " also known as the Medical Loss Ration rule, requires health insurers to spend at least 80 per cent of premium dollars on patient care and quality improvement activities. If insurers spend more than 20 per cent on profits, marketing and salaries, they owe a refund to consumers.
COMPLAINT FILED AGAINST HOGAN
The Maryland Democratic Party has filed a complaint against Republican gubernatorial nominee Larry Hogan, but his campaign says the allegation is "groundless." The charge alleges the campaign violated election law through a grassroots group called "Change Maryland," that Hogan formed. Hogan later bought the group to use for his campaign. Change Maryland conducted a September poll for $10,000 but it was not mentioned on a list of assets purchased by the campaign.
MAN SENTENCED IN ARSON CASE
Cumberland resident James Flohr entered a guilty plea to a charge of second-degree arson, and was sentenced to a total of eight years in prison yesterday. Flohr had four years of a 12-year sentenced suspended. He was sentenced by Judge Diane Leasure. He will also be placed on five years of supervised probation following his release. Flohr set fire to a mattress in an apartment on Altamont Terrace, following an argument with his girlfriend. The Cumberland Fire Department responded and extinguished the fire, before it caused extensive damage. The Fire Marshal determined the blaze was intentionally set.
COUNCIL CANDIDATE DIES AT 53
Fifty-three year old Cumberland City Council candidate Mark Fisher died Wednesday. He was a graduate of Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh, and had been the owner/operator of Allegany Inspection Service. Fisher had also been a very active participant in Mayor and Council meetings, and had been a member of the Planning and Zoning Commission. He also took part in meetings of the Canal Place Preservation and Development Authority.
PORTION OF CENTRE STREET TO BE CLOSED
Centre Street and westbound Interstate 68's ramp access from northbound Route 51 will be closed, beginning today through Monday. Traffic will be detoured along Queen City Drive to Harrison Street to Centre Street and the westbound I-68 ramp. The temporary closure will allow crews to blast and paint structural steel girders on the I-68 bridge ramps over Centre Street.
ENGINE ARRIVES IN CUMBERLAND
Locomotive 1309, which had been transferred from the B & O Museum in Baltimore, arrived in Cumberland yesterday, and will be used by the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad and will be used when the "734" is taken in for repairs at the end of next season. The engine will be restored and placed in service. The Scenic Railroad arranged for the transfer from the museum.
GROUP AGAIN REQUESTS FUNDING
The Cumberland Historic Cemetery Organization is once again asking that a portion of marriage license fees be given to them, to help them with their work of preserving 11 cemeteries in the county. The request has the backing of Delegate LeRoy Myers and the Reverend Alfred Deas of the Metropolitan AME church. President of the CHCO, Ed Taylor, is asking that $5.00 of the marriage license fee be granted to his group.
THREE ARRESTED FOR DISTURBING THE PEACE
Three people were arrested for disturbing the peace, after having been warned by Cumberland City Police. Twenty-four year old Victoria Quick, Crystal Frame, and 41-year old Floyd Ferguson had been arguing on Boone Street, and were warned by police. When police had to return, they were taken into custody. All were released, pending trial in District Court.
MAN ARRESTED ON ASSAULT CHARGE
Cumberland resident Nathan Herrell has been charged with second degree assault and disorderly conduct, following a call from a concerned citizen. Herrell allegedly was yelling at a 12-year old juvenile, as they were walking in the 400-block of Park Street. Herrell also allegedly pushed the victim against a wall. Following a hearing in District Court, he was released, pending trial.
MINERAL ADDRESSES "DOCK" DAYS
The Mineral County Board of Education expects good attendance from its students, and they are hoping the teachers will follow suit. The issue of "dock days"-or unpaid absences, costs the county thousands of dollars, and the board is revising its policy. It will accept comments from its employees until Monday. Teachers do receive paid leave; the state provides $450,000 for "subs," but the county says it is spending upwards of a million dollars to cover the time off.
COMMUNITY EVENT PLANNED FOR FAIRGROUNDS
The United States Department of Defense, in partnership with the Allegany County Health Department and HRDC are conducting an Innovative Readiness Training August 13th through the 21st at the Allegany County Fairgrounds. It's a free medical, dental, and veterinary clinic for are residents and their pets. Courtney Thomas, executive director of the HRDC, says special units, comprised of highly-skilled doctors, nurses, dentists, and veterinarians will be here to provide needed services to area residents. She commented on the specific services offered. The free event is open to all Allegany and Garrett County, Maryland residents, as well as those in Mineral and Grant County, West Virginia, and Bedford and Somerset counties in Pennsylvania. The demand, Ms. Thomas predicts, will be great, and the best advice is to call, beginning today at get an appointment. The number to call is (301)-783-1775.
TEMPLE MEMBERS RETURNING TO B'ER CHAYIM
A rededication service will be held in early November, but members of Temple B'er Chayim will be returning to their temple on August 17th. The first Shabbat service will be held on August 22nd, and the re-dedication weekend will be November 7th through the 9th. Shabbat is the Hebrew word for Sabbath.
RESIDENTS ARRESTED IN DRUG BUST
Two Oakland residents were arrested and are now facing drug counts. A traffic stop resulted in the arrest of Oakland resident Vaughn Veryl Winters, who allegedly had cocaine and other drug paraphernalia in his vehicle. A search warrant of his residence at 113 North Eighth Street resulted in the arrest of 48-year old Sheila Gale Hyde. Winters also faces felony firearm possession charges. Winters remains jailed on $50,000 full cash bond; Ms. Hyde is jailed on $20,000 full cash bond.
TODDLER DROWNS AT RAYSTOWN LAKE
Thirteen-month old Jamari Malik Benjamin of Lancaster County is the third fatality at Raystown Lake this summer. The child fell off of a boat on Wednesday morning and drowned. Several crews responded to the James Creek Boat Launch; the investigation is being handled by the Huntingdon County Coroner's Office and the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission. Earlier this summer, on man from Duncansville and a woman from Carlisle drowned at the lake.
RIDERSHIP UP FOR ALLEGIANT
Ridership is on the upswing for Allegiant Air at the Hagerstown Regional Airport, since the beginning of the year. The carrier offers twice-weekly flights to Daytona Beach and Orlando, Florida. Nearly 18,000 people have come through the airport terminal as departing or arriving passengers.
STATE SCHOOL BOARD APPROVES DISCIPLINE GUIDELINES
The Maryland State School Board has voted to send out a set of discipline guidelines, intended to be a model for school systems as they move away from zero-tolerance policies of the past twenty years. The guidelines will provide advice to school systems on how to handle disciplinary issues. The guidelines help determine the severity of punishment in a variety of instances.
COUPLE FACE ADDITIONAL CHARGES
Joseph Christy and Summer McDaniel have had additional charges filed against them, in the case of the death of their 26-day old infant. Hardy County authorities have filed charges of child neglect resulting in death, concealment of a dead human body, and conspiracy to commit a felony. Both were arrested when they admitted to burying an infant child in the George Washington National Forest in the Wardensville, West Virginia area.
FIREFIGHTERS WANT TO INCLUDE PARAMEDICS
the International Association of Fire Fighters, Local 1715 is pushing for a plan to include paramedics and other emergency medical workers in the union. Allegany County currently has about 25 emergency medical workers, and with that addition, would expand the IAFF's presence in the area. Cumberland Fire Chief Don Dunn says he believes the inclusion will happen in September.
MOUNT SAVAGE FIRE CAUSE DETERMINED
A short, in an electrical outlet which ignited nearby combustibles, has been determined as the cause of a fire on Iron Rail Street in Mount Savage Tuesday afternoon. The house sustained a total of $30,000 in losses to the structure and its contents. The house was owned by Sandy Michaels and occupied by Susan and Kenneth Halcomb. It started in a second-floor bedroom, and took a total of 30 firefighters about 20 minutes to control. The occupants are being assisted by family.
ROADWAY UPGRADES IN FROSTBURG
Federal funding of $1.275 million has been granted to the city of Frostburg, to improve Braddock Road. The money, from an Appalachian Regional Commission grant, will be used to widen the road, and to add acceleration and deceleration lanes, and to make the required drainage adjustments. The project, which should create about 40 new jobs in the next four years, was jointly announced by Maryland United States Senators Barbara Mikulski and Ben Cardin.
POLICE SERVE BENCH WARRANT
Twenty-two year old Cumberland resident Nicholas Kneisley was served with a bench warrant, stemming from a probation violation. Kneisley was placed on probation on an original charge of malicious burning. He was held on $7500 bail, following an appearance in District Court, and taken to the Allegany County Detention Center, pending his next court appearance.
KELLY ROAD HIT AND RUN INVESTIGATED
Cumberland City Police are investigating a hit and run in the 600-block of Kelly Road on Tuesday. The victim told police that an unknown vehicle struck the driver's rear side of a 2013 Nissan truck. There are no suspects or witnesses; anyone with information is asked to contact Cumberland City Police at (301)-777-1600.
MAN CITED FOR MISDEMEANOR POSSESSION
Forty-four year old Cumberland resident Eric Leatherman was cited for possession of marijuana under ten grams, following a traffic stop Tuesday evening. Leatherman had allegedly been speeding, and the officer detected an odor of marijuana. A probable cause search was conducted, and a small amount of marijuana was found. He was later released, pending trial in District Court.
SPEED LIMIT ON TURNPIKE INCREASED
The speed limit on a section of the Pennsylvania Turnpike in the eastern and central portions of the state has been raised to 70 miles-per-hour. The increased limit is in effect from the Blue Mountain exit, near Shippensburg, to exit 298 at Morgantown, just south of Reading. The remainder of the Turnpike speed limit is still 65 miles-per-hour.
BERETTA MOVING FACILITY OUT OF MARYLAND
It may be too late, but lawyers for the state are asking a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit against a gun-control law; Beretta USA announced on Tuesday it was moving a production facility from Acoceek, Maryland to Gallatin, Tennessee. Governor Martin O'Malley says he wasn't worried about the announcement. The Governor says Beretta has been threatening to move, and when they did, they'd make a political point of it. Senate President Mike Miller says he wasn't bothered by the decision, even though the factory is in his district. Miller cited a Tennessee law involving handguns. Jeff Reh, a member of the Board of Directors for Beretta, USA says politics was the only consideration for the relocation. He said the company would have been thrilled to stay in Maryland, but cited the anti-gun political climate here. The executive, sales, and marketing and strategy offices are staying in Maryland; only the production facility itself is moving to Gallatin.
CHARGES FILED AGAINST WEST VIRGINIA COUPLE
Charges of felony child neglect, resulting in death, were filed against a West Virginia couple Monday. Police say 26-year old Carla Adkins of Ashton and 24 year old Jimmie Edwards of Milton took WIC money to buy infant formula; they then returned the formula for cash, and used the money to buy meth. The 20-month old child, Carson Adkins died in March of last year, after being fed whole milk, which he was too young to receive. He died of severe anemia, based on malnutrition. Both Adkins and Edwards are each being held on $500,000 bail.
PROSECUTOR WILL ATTEND INTERVENTION PROGRAM
A West Virginia prosecutor has agreed to attend a 32-week batterers intervention program, after being charged with domestic violence counts. Mark Plants is accused of hitting his 11-year old son more than 10 times with a leather belt in February. He is also accused of violating a domestic-violence protection order, which required him to stay away from his ex-wife and sons. For his part, Plants says he plans to remain as a prosecutor.
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