WOMAN CHARGED WITH 2ND DEGREE MURDER
Twenty-eight year old Jessyca Laine Kimble has been charged with second-degree murder, after stabbing her husband, Edward Allen Kimble at their Broad Street residence in Midland. They had been involved in an argument, when Ms. Kimble allegedly stabbed him in the upper left chest area, with a steak knife. Mr. Kimble went to a neighbor's house, but collapsed on the porch. His body will be taken to the State Medical Examiner's Office for an autopsy. Ms. Kimble received an initial appearance before the District Court Commissioner, and the investigation is continuing.
LAWSUIT FILED AGAINST DOCTOR
A lawsuit has been filed against former MedExpress Doctor William Dando. In the suit, a Keyser woman is alleging Dando fondled her during an examination for a fall she suffered in September of last year. She contends MedExpress knew, or should have known, about Dando's 1987 conviction and incarceration for raping a woman at gunpoint in her home near Orlando, Florida. His license has been suspended and a trial for allegedly molesting another woman is set for September 3rd.
ACCIDENT VICTIM IDENTIFIED
A Virginia man has been identified as the person killed on Saturday evening in Oldtown. Fifty-three year old George Offerman suffered fatal injuries, when he fell from the tailgate of a pickup truck, operated by Peter Fred Hart of Sterling, Virginia. Two others, who were injured in the accident, were not identified. Hart was charged with driving under the influence, but no criminal charges were filed in connection with the death of Offerman.
MAN CHARGED WITH FELONY CHILD ABUSE
Thirty-five year old Andrew Christopher Conner is being charged with felony child abuse, resulting in injury, in connection with an incident where a one-year old child was impaled by scissors last week. The mother of the child and Conner were arguing at the Pine Wood apartments, when Conner became upset and hurled the scissors across the room, striking the child in the temple. The scissors lodged about two inches deep in the child's head. He underwent surgery in Morgantown. Conner is being held on $5,000 bond.
TWO HOMELESS AFTER FIRE
Two people were left homeless after a fire on Church Street in Deer Park late Monday. Homeowner Joseph Harper and a child were displaced by the fire. Nobody was home at the time. Damages are estimated at approximately $185,000, and the victims were assisted by the American Red Cross.
KEYSER HIRING NEW OFFICERS
The Keyser City Police Department is hiring two more officers to replace a pair who are departing. One officer recently left, to follow his wife to Petersburg, where she had been hired for a better paying job. The other officer went to the Mineral County Sheriff's Office. The city police force includes 11 sworn officers, but because of attrition, it is often undermanned.
DISTRICT ATTORNEY, SHERIFF WARN OF SCAMS
Both Bedford County District Attorney Bill Higgins and Sheriff Charwin Reichelderfer are warning against scams seeking the immediate payment of money. In the most recent scheme, a caller, with a Middle Eastern accent, identifies himself as a sheriff's deputy, calling from the Detention Center. The caller demands a sum of money to avoid arrest. In another, the caller claims to need bail money immediately, and banking information is given to the caller. Both incidents are scams, according to the District Attorney and Sheriff.
MARYLAND PSC APPROVES SURCHARGE
The Maryland Public Service Commission has approved a request by Columbia Gas of Maryland, to impose a $2.00 monthly surcharge on residential customers. The utility says this will help pay for nearly $50 million in gas supply-line improvements. The PSC has determined that the request meets the requirements of a state law that allows utility companies to institute a surcharge to help finance infrastructure improvements.
BEDFORD COUNTY ROAD CLOSURE
Beginning today, a portion of Route 31 near the intersection of Powell Road in Harrison Township (Bedford County) will be temporarily closed. The closure is necessary to replace a failing pipe. The roadway is expected to be closed through Friday afternoon. Traffic will be detoured, using Route 30, Route 160, and Route 31.
WOMAN SENTENCED TO STATE PRISON
Twenty-four year old Clear Spring resident Brittany Michelle Ice has been sentenced to four years in prison. Ms. Ice, who was pregnant at the time of her arrest, entered Alford pleas to charges of second-degree assault and transporting a handgun in a vehicle. She also entered a similar plea to possession of marijuana.
APPALCHIAN MOUNTAIN I.R.T. CONTINUES THROUGH TOMORROW
The Appalachian Regional Training exercise, or I.R.T., is continuing through tomorrow at the Allegany County Fairgrounds. Free services are being offered to area residents in the medical, dental, and optical fields, and spay/neutering and rabies shot for pets through the HRDC, Allegany County Health Department, Appalachian Regional Commission, and the Western Maryland Health System. The work is being done by the Navy and Army Reserve's 48th Combat Support Hospital. Lt. Col. Janice Baker, of Fayetteville, North Carolina-working in veterinary services-says one of the goals is to ensure the health of animals in the area.
FRACKING STUDY INCONCLUSIVE FOR TOURISM
A study of the impact of gas drilling in the westernmost part of the state has proven inconclusive. How fracturing would affect tourism in Garrett County was part of a discussion yesterday at Frostburg State University. To be included in a final report will be an admission on the committee's lack of information on the tourism impact, along with the lack of a cost analysis of a potential disaster, such as widespread contamination of drinking water.
BRIDGE WORK TO BE FINISHED NEXT YEAR
Work on the Crosstown bridge and other portions of Interstate 68 should be finished by the spring of next year. Workers are currently blast cleaning and painting the bridge in the vicinity of Centre Street. They are also repairing concrete in the area near Canal Place and the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad. There will be at least one more closure of Centre Street sometime next month.
WINIFRED ROAD REPAIRS CONTINUE THORUGH TOMORROW
Repairs to a sewer main in the Winifred Road right-of-way will be extended through tomorrow. The project will replace 80 feet of 10-inch sewer main. The repairs were to have been finished yesterday, but additional work was necessary to finish the repair. Winifred Road will be closed between Oldtown Road and Michigan Avenue.
ROUTE 219 BRIDGE OPENED
The Maryland State Highway Administration has re-opened the Route 219 (Garrett Highway) Bridge over Cherry Creek near Oakland. It has been closed since mid-June, and is re-opening earlier than expected. Crews removed the old bridge, and built a new one, in time for the start of the new school year. The original bridge was built in 1922.
WATER OFF IN PORTIONS OF WESTERNPORT
Water will be off for about four hours today, in certain areas of Westernport. The water will be shut off in the 300 and 400-block of Vine Street, Division Street, from Vine to Walnut and the 300-block of Rock Street.
PHONE OUTAGE FOR MINERAL COUNTY
Repairs will be taking place on the phone communication lines in Mineral County Thursday evening, beginning at about 10 p.m. The outage will last about 8 hours. Frontier Communications says residents in the Keyser, New Creek, and Fountain areas, who are on the "788" phone exchange will be affected by the work. For those customers, there will be no dial tone during the 8 hour time frame. The Mineral County "911" Center has been notified of the outage.
MAN HELD ON $50,000 BOND
Twenty-seven year old Demond Scott is being held on $50,000 bond, following a domestic assault incident in the 300-block of Springdale Street. Scott got into an argument with his live-in girlfriend, and as she tried to leave, he is accused of repeatedly kicking her, pushing her against a wall, and trying to strangle her. He also allegedly assaulted the victim's six-year old daughter. The victims did not require medical attention, but Scott was ordered held at the Allegany County Detention Center.
VIOLATION OF EX-PARTE ORDER
Cumberland resident Joseph Wolfe was held on $10,000 bond at the Allegany County Detention Center, following two alleged violations of ex-parte orders. Wolfe violated the order by arguing with two individuals at a Park Street business; each had previously filed separate protective orders against him. He fled the area, but was arrested on Sunday, and taken to the District Court Commissioners' office for a bond review. He has been charged with two counts each of failure to comply with a peace order and disturbing the peace. He was also charged with violation of an ex-parte order.
AREA NATIVE BEGINS DUTIES SEPTEMBER 15TH
A native of this area, Michael Martirano will begin his duties as the superintendent of West Virginia schools on September 15th. Martirano had been the superintendent of the St. Mary's public schools here in Maryland. He was contractually obligated there until September. He will earn an annual salary of $230,000. The State Board of Education had lobbied the legislature to remove the $175,000 salary cap for the position.
KEYSER POLICE LOOKING FOR BREAK-IN SUSPECT
The Keyser City Police are looking for 23-year old Thomas Wright, who is wanted on five outstanding warrants, charging him with two counts of concealing stolen property, once count of fleeing from an officer, and two counts of shoplifting. A recent traffic stop revealed various items, similar to property that had been stolen from parked vehicles. However, no report had been filed on the items found, so he was not arrested. Two days later a resident reported some stolen items; they were similar to what Wright had in his property, and police continue to search for him.
WINNING PA. LOTTERY TICKET SOLD IN SCHELLSBURG
A "Cash 5" Pennsylvania lottery ticket, worth $225,000, was sold at the Shawnee Country Market in Schellsburg. The store will receive a $500 bonus for selling the winning ticket, with the winner facing a 25 per cent federal withholding. The winner should contact lottery officials or visit one of the seven offices across the Commonwealth.
GAS PRICES DROP; CUMBERLAND STILL HIGHEST
Gas prices dropped four cents at the pump last week, to $3.44 for a gallon for regular, unleaded gas. Cumberland, however, still has the highest gas prices in the state at $3.53. Hagerstown reports $3.38, while Salisbury was quoted at $3.35. The national average is $3.47, which is three cents more than the state average.
HIGHWAY USER FUNDS DISCUSSED
One of the major topics during the MACo summer conference was the continuing loss of highway user funds. Allegany County Commission President Mike McKay says that both gubernatorial candidates-Larry Hogan and Anthony Brown-have pledged to return highway user funds to the counties. Allegany County has lost 4 to 5 million dollars each year, and that affects the local budget tremendously.
ONE KILLED IN SINGLE-VEHICLE ACCIDENT
One person was killed in a single-vehicle accident on Reckley Lane in the Oldtown area Saturday night. The accident happened as three passengers were on the tailgate of a pickup truck; they fell from the tailgate, with one passenger dying at the scene. The two others were taken to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center. The investigation is being handled by the Maryland State Police. Identities of the victims are not being released yet.
AURORA WOMAN KILLED IN CRASH
Aurora, West Virginia resident Saunya Regina Sines was killed in a two vehicle accident late last week on Route 7. She was pronounced dead after her car was struck by a Dodge Ram pickup truck. Terra Alta resident Jerold Lee Sisler was flown to Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown. The West Virginia State Police continue their investigation.
COMMISSION TO REVIEW SHALE ISSUE
The Marcellus Shale Safe Drilling Initiative Advisory Commission is meeting today at Frostburg State University, to examine how to best manage shale drilling, should it be permitted. The Commission will meet from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Dunkle Building, Room 218. The commission was created by Governor Martin O'Malley, through an executive order, issued in 2011.
CLINICS CONTINUE THROUGH THURSDAY
Free health clinics, from the Appalachian Mountain Innovative Readiness Training program are open to the public through Thursday. Appointment openings are available for vision care, eye glasses, medical assessment, dental cleanings and rabies vaccinations for pets. All services are offered free of charge, and are provided by trained medical, dental and veterinary professionals. For an appointment, or availability, call (301)-783-1775.
ONE INJURED IN BIKE ACCIDENT
One person was taken to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center, following a weekend accident on Fifteen Mile Creek Road. Fire and ambulance units from Flintstone and Orleans volunteer fire departments responded to the accident that reportedly involved a motorcycle. The crash occurred about a half-mile from Interstate 68.
CUMBERLAND MAN CHARGED IN STUDENT DEATH
Thirty-three year old Robert Hernandez, of Cumberland, is being held without bond in the North Central Regional Jail, after he allegedly stabbed a West Virginia University student to death late last week. Hernandez is accused of killing Devonte Waites at a Morgantown bar. Waites was later pronounced dead at Ruby Memorial Hospital. Video surveillance of the incident led to Hernandez' arrest, which was made during a traffic stop.
STATE'S ATTORNEY TO INVESTIGATE DOG DEATHS
Allegany County State's Attorney Michael Twigg says his office is looking into the matter of the deaths of nine dogs, found inside a foreclosed home on McGill Drive in Bel Air late last week. Twelve dogs were found inside the home, which was owned by Christopher and Rachael Preston; the home entered into foreclosure in early December. A total of 12 dogs were found, with only three still alive. The three were taken to Mountainview Veterinary Services in Keyser, for care.
MAN HELD ON $8500 BOND
Cumberland resident David Kesler faces assault, resisting arrest, and disorderly conduct charges in connection with an incident that happened Friday in the 200-block of Baltimore Avenue. Kesler had been screaming and acting in a disorderly manner. He approached an officer with a clenched fist and tried to reach for the officer's gunbelt. He was placed in the cruiser, and head-butted the window and cracked the glass. He also allegedly punched through a glass door at a nearby apartment building. He was additionally charged with malicious destruction of property and held on $8500 bond.
MAN ARRESTED FOR ASSAULTING FEMALE
Twenty-nine year old Eric Plummer of Cumberland was arrested Saturday for assaulting a woman in the 300-block of Baltimore Avenue. Plummer allegedly pushed her against a wall, and elbowed her in the face. While the victim did not require medical attention, Plumer was taken to a bond review hearing at District Court, and released on personal recognizance, pending trial.
GROUNDBREAKING FOR WINCHESTER COURT IN THE FALL
Groundbreaking on the Winchester Court shopping mall, along Winchester Road, will take place this fall. The space, according to Ted Donald of PennTex Venutres in Greensburg, is 98 per cent committed, but the tenants have yet to be announced. The mall is scheduled to open next summer.
LETTER TO BE DELIVERED TO TOMBLIN
Delegate Gary Howell is personally delivering a letter from Piedmont officials to West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin, asking for assistance on the removal of almost an entire block of buildings that were destroyed by fire in early January. The correspondence was sent with six photos of the area, and includes a request for emergency funding to remove the remains of the buildings.
WATER TEMPORARILY OFF IN WESTERNPORT
Water will be off for about four hours today in a portion of Westernport. Service will be interrupted around 10 a.m., and will include Spruce Street from Johnson Street, to the end of Division Street.
BICYCLE LANE MEETING SET
A public meeting for the proposed Frederick Street Bicycle Lane Plan has been set for Thursday at 5 p.m. The meeting will take place at Cornerstone Baptist Church. The city of Cumberland is encouraging residents of the area to attend the public meeting, which will include city representatives, and those form the State Highway Administration.
GAMBLING REVENUES UP FROM A YEAR AGO
The Maryland Lottery and four casinos saw an increase of 2.4 per cent over last year. Stephen Martino, director of the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency , acknowledges a decrease in lottery sales is attributable to growth in the casino industry. Revenues from Powerball, for example, are down $12 million in the state. The Horseshoe Casino, scheduled to open this month in Baltimore, will also have an effect on lottery sales. Martino says that over a billion dollars in winnings were paid last year; players receive 60-cents on every dollar spent. One casino that is not showing good numbers is the Perryville, Maryland casino. Martino denied that the location was not "working out."
WEST VIRGINIA ANNOUNCES "EBT SHOPPER" APP
West Virginia's Department of Health and Human Resources Office of Nutrition Services has announced a mobile phone app to make shopping easier. The "E.B.T. Shopper" app will enable WIC participants to verify the eligibility of foot items while shopping. The goal of the app is to use technology and innovation to ensure WIC benefits are easy to use, and to promote health food choices during grocery shopping. More than 45,000 West Virginians receive WIC benefits each month.
GAS PIPELINE PROJECT PUT ON HOLD
A natural gas pipeline, that would have spanned five states, including Western Maryland, has been put on hold for the moment. Spectra Energy says it is suspending development work on the $4 billion project, but will continue to evaluate opportunities in the region. The line would have begun in Bedford, crossing into Allegany County, just west of Flintstone, via Route 220. The terminus of the project would have been in North Carolina. Had the project gone forward, survey work would have begun this month.
FROSTBURG CINEMAS TO CLOSE SUNDAY
Eight employees will be affected by the closure of the Frostburg Cinemas 1-2-3 on Sunday. The decision was made by R/C Theatres of Reisterstown. A petition has been started to keep the theatres open. The facility underwent a renovation as recently as 2012. Frostburg City Administrator John Kirby says the city has not been provided with any information on the closure.
MAN CHARGED WITH CHILD ABUSE
Twenty-six year old Timothy Rayne Bohn has been charged with second-degree child abuse, among other counts, as the result of an incident earlier this month on Arch Street. Bohn and the mother of the child had been in an argument, and he handled the child aggressively, while putting the youngster in a car seat. He was not arrested then, but was taken to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center for an evaluation. Charges were later filed, and he was released pending trial in District Court.
SERVICE CENTER TO RELOCATE FOR ONE DAY
Although the state of Maryland announced it would operate an essential service center for seven days for those affected by the June 12th flooding, it will relocate for only one day-this Saturday. The Essential Service Center will be at the Calvary Christian Academy Gymnasium parking lot from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Essential Service Center will return to the Cresaptown Volunteer Fire Department on Sunday. All Allegany County residents impacted by the storm are strongly encouraged to visit the Essential Service Center.
GREENE STREET WORK ANNOUNCED
The city of Cumberland has announced that, beginning Monday, milling and patching work will take place on Greene Street, in the area between the Dingle and Lee Street. Work will last for about six days, and has been scheduled from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m., Monday through Thursday, weather permitting. Parking will be restricted nightly in the areas of the work. Signs will be posted in advance for the affected areas. Flaggers will be present, and drivers should expect delays during working hours.
FRANKLIN STREET CROSSING CLOSED
The Cumberland Engineering Department and CSX are participating in crossing improvements at Franklin Street. The crossing will be closed today through Tuesday, depending on the weather. The City Street Department will assist in road repairs so the work can be completed in a timely manner.
TWO INJURED IN SEPARATE ACCIDENTS
Two pedestrians were hurt in separate accidents, about a half-hour apart, in downtown Cumberland. In the first, at about 1:40 p.m., a pedestrian was injured at Baltimore Street and Queen City Drive. The second happened about 2:15 p.m. at South Mechanic Street, just past Pershing Street. One of those injured was taken to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center. The pedestrian in the Baltimore Street area accident refused to be taken to the hospital.
I.R.T. APPOINTMENTS STILL AVAILABLE
Appointments are still available for the Innovative Readiness Training Program, happening at the Allegany County Fairgrounds through next Thursday. The hotline number is (301)-783-1775, and there are still openings available. Courtney Thomas, of the HRDC says that, presently, general medical screening appointments are available, along with vision and pain management sessions. Dental services are full, but with a waiting list. Spaying/neutering for cats and dogs also has a waiting list. But, rabies vaccinations are still available with no appointment necessary.
MOVIE CREW FILMS "MOUNTAIN THUNDER"
A movie crew was in Cumberland yesterday, filming "Mountain Thunder" for scenes for a movie, starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan. The locomotive will be featured in the beginning of the World War II movie, "Ithaca." The movie is based on a 1943 novel," The Human Comedy," and reunites Ryan with her co-star in "Sleepless in Seattle." The movie is scheduled for release next year.
TWO INCIDENTS LEAD TO THREE ARRESTS
Two domestic incidents resulted in three Keyser arrests recently. In the first, 23-year old Ethan Barbe was charged with domestic battery involving his girlfriend. In the second, both Kevin Sassaman and Joletta Rebobich were charged with domestic battery and misdemeanor possession of marijuana. That incident happened in the 100-block of Argyle Street. Mineral County Sheriff's deputies responded to that incident.
MAN HELD ON $10,000 BOND
Twenty-three year old Dustin Edwards was arrested earlier this week, in connection with two separate cases. In the first, he violated an ex-parte order, when he was at a residence in the 100-block of West First Street. He was also arrested in connection with a breaking and entering incident on Hill Street earlier in the day. He is accused of entering the residence and stealing some miscellaneous household items. He was held on $10,000 bond at the Allegany County Detention Center.
WOMAN ARRESTED ON FORGERY CHARGES
Frostburg resident Angela Passman faces numerous forgery charges, after having forged a narcotics prescription at a medical office on Willowbrook Road. She was charged with forgery, possessing a forged prescription, and attempting to obtain CDS by altering a prescription. She was released, pending trial in District Court.
ROAD WORK SCHEDULED NEXT WEEK
Sewer main repairs are scheduled for next week on Winifred Road. Beginning Monday at 7 a.m., repair work will take place between Oldtown Road and Michigan Avenue. The repairs should only take a day. Questions or comments should be directed to the Department of Utilities at (301)-759-6644.
SERVICE OUTAGE SET FOR KEYSER
Potomac Edison has scheduled a service interruption for Keyser next Wednesday. The outage will occur between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., and will include much of the downtown Keyser area, Route 46, from Water Street to Knobley Mountain, and the Keyser Industrial Park. The work at three different locations will be done simultaneously, which will reduce the number of customers affected, as well as the duration of the outage. In case of bad weather, the outage will be scheduled for the next day.
RATE INCREASE HEARING SET
Columbia Gas has scheduled a hearing in the Cumberland area on a proposed rate adjustment. The increase will help fund an improved infrastructure. The hearing will be held on August 26th at 7 p.m. at the Ramada Inn in downtown Cumberland.
PARENTS ASKED TO PURCHASE MINIMAL SUPPLIES
The Allegany County Public School System is providing what they are terming "the most essential supplies" for students, when school opens on August 25th. Parents of elementary students are asked to buy items such as number-2 pencils, crayons, colored pencils, erasers, hard pencil cases, folders and book bags. Teachers will provide students with a list of required items during the first week of school. Parents of middle and high school students should purchase items such as pencils, loose-leaf paper, book covers, folders and book bags. Teachers will also provide a list of needed items during the first week of school.
AMERICA'S 9-1-1 RIDE TRAVELING THROUGH CUMBERLAND
"America's 9-1-1 ride will be coming through Cumberland tomorrow morning, between 8 and 9 a.m. Local coordinator Harlan Smith says the "America's 9-1-1 Foundation" is based in Leesburg, Virginia. In August of 2002, motorcycle riders began traveling to the three sites, raising money for a scholarship program for the children of first responders.
The riders will be traveling down South Mechanic Street on their way to Rocky Gap State Park, for a rest stop. Area residents can meet the riders there. The Bowling Green and Cresaptown Fire Departments will also be at Rocky Gap. In Cumberland, there will be a merchandise truck at the Cumberland Fire Station.Cumberland City Police say traffic will be temporarily stopped on the main route and all intersecting routes through the downtown area, while the riders pass through the area.
ASSAULT RIFLE BAN UPHELD
Maryland's new ban on assault rifles has been ruled constitutional by a federal judge. Assault rifles are defined as those having more than 10 rounds of ammunition. A collection of gun owners, stores and industry groups had sued the state, saying the ban violated their Second Amendment rights. Gun rights advocates say they plan to keep fighting.
WEST VIRGINIA PROSECUTOR WANTS TRIAL
A West Virginia prosecutor is asking to go on trial on charges of misdemeanor domestic violence charges, instead of participating in an intervention program. Mark Plants has been charged with domestic battery of his 11-year old son, with prosecutors saying he hit the boy more than 10 times with a leather belt in late February of this year. He is also charged with violating a domestic violence protection order, in which he must stay away from his ex-wife and their sons.
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