MAN HELD WITHOUT BOND ON CHILD ABUSE CHARGES
Thirty-four year old Chad Custer has been charged with first and second-degree child abuse, along with first and second degree assault, and is being held without bond. Custer is accused of abusing an 11-month old child, which led to severe internal injuries to the head and brain. The child is now at Ruby Memorial Hospital's pediatric center in Morgantown. An investigation led to the conclusion the child's injuries were consistent with "shaken baby syndrome," the result of an intentional act. The case was presented to the Allegany County Grand Jury, and an indictment was returned.
MAN JAILED ON FIREARMS CHARGE
Thirty-one year old Nathaniel Hynson was jailed on $100,000 bond at the Allegany County Detention Center, after allegedly pointing a handgun at a woman during an argument at a West Second Street residence late Sunday evening. Hynson left the residence after the argument, but later turned himself in to Cumberland City Police.
FIRE DESTROYS OUTBUILDING
A Sunday evening fire destroyed a single-story outbuilding on Romsburg Lane in Flintstone. The building, owned by Roy Romsburg, sustained $40,000 in damage to the structure and its contents. A rekindling of the building early Monday morning completely destroyed it. The cause has been determined to be an electrical failure in the wiring.
ACCIDENT SENDS FOUR TO HOSPITAL
A two-vehicle accident on Route 220 yesterday afternoon, sent four people to the hospital. The Allegany County Sheriff's Department investigated the crash, at 4:43 p.m., in front of Shooter's on Route 220. Responding to the accident were Bowling Greene, Cresaptown, the State Highway Administration, and the Cumberland Fire Department.
CHURCH CLOSING ON JUNE 15TH
The Holy Cross-St. Philip's Episcopal Church is closing on June 15th. The church, at the corner of Brookfield and Greenway Avenues, was consecrated in 1961, and will hold its last service at 9:30 a.m., on that date, followed by a potluck meal. In recent years, attendance has been declining, and a final decision to close the church was made in April.
MAN ARRESTED FOR TRESPASSING
Grand Avenue resident Shane York was arrested at Jane Frazier Village Monday evening. York was located in an apartment there, and it was discovered he was served with a letter for no trespassing on Cumberland Housing Authority property. He was taken to police headquarters and ultimately released.
"CRUISING INTO SUMMER" DUI CHECKPOINT
The McHenry barrack of the Maryland State Police are conducting a DUI checkpoint tonight, with the primary purpose of educating the motoring public about the dangers of impaired driving. Troopers will be attempting to detect and apprehend violators of the Maryland impaired driving laws. A briefing, ahead of the checkpoint, will be held at the McHenry barrack at 7:00 p.m.
RECEPTION HELD FOR RETIREES, STUDENTS VISIT V.A. HOSPITAL
About 40 retirees were recognized, just prior to the May board meeting of the Allegany County Board of Education. Mia Perlozzo Cross, of the Board, says Superintendent Dr. David Cox spoke at the reception. And, about 60 students from Braddock Middle School visited the V.A. Hospital in Martinsburg; Ms. Cross says the students also visited Gettysburg Cemetery.
RACING ACCIDENT IN PRESTON COUNTY
Holiday weekend racing continued over the weekend in Preston County, despite an accident near the finish line at Marvin's Mountaintop Saturday evening. A "UTV," larger than an ATV ran into a crowd of people during a trail race at the Masontown site. Five people were injured, and the Preston County Sheriff's Department is investigating.
BARN FIRE REPORTED IN BEDFORD COUNTY
A large barn fire kept crews on the scene for several hours this past weekend in Bedford County. The fire was reported in the 200-block of Ickes Height Road in Imler, and nearly 10 fire companies responded. Fire crews ran into difficulty, due to propane tanks that were stored in the barn.
UPWARD BOUND ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS
The Upward Bound Program of Frostburg State University is now accepting applications, and is designed to assist 84 qualified Allegany County students in developing the skills and motivation necessary for success in high school and college. The program serves rising ninth graders through high school seniors, and is funded entirely by the U.S. Department of Education and is free to participants. For more information or an application, call the Upward Bound office at (301)-687-4994.
SESSION RESTORES SOCIAL SERVICES FUNDING
A special session of the West Virginia legislature restored more than a million dollars for social services programs. The money would be used for child abuse prevention, domestic violence services and early childhood assistance that were cut by the Governor's vetoes. Governor Earl Ray Tomblin restored about $260,000 earlier this month, and the special session last week restored the balance of the cuts.