COMMISSIONERS AWARD CONSTRUCTION BID
The Allegany County Commissioners have approved a bid by Belt Construction to build a 40,000-square foot industrial shell building at the Barton Business Park, at a cost of just over $3.5 million. In connection with the shell building, the state has agreed to grant the county just over 27-1/2 acres of land in the park, at a cost of just over $1.1 million. It is hoped that both decisions will help improve the marketability of the Barton Business Park.
TWO JUVENILES CHARGED IN SOUTH PENN INCIDENT
Two 17-year old juveniles were charged in connection with an incident at the South Penn School last night, around 11 p.m. Witnesses called police when they saw the two on the roof of the school. The Cumberland Fire Department also responded, so police could use the ladder to access the roof. Both a member of the Board of Education and an employee of the school were also on the scene to assess any problems, but found none. The two were charged with attempted fourth-degree burglary and trespassing on school property. They were released to family members, pending action in juvenile court.
STOLEN VEHICLE RECOVERED IN CUMBERLAND
With the help of Onstar, the Cumberland City Police recovered a car, stolen from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and two people are in jail. Cumberland resident Joseph Lamb and 20-year old Harrisburg resident Jasmin Urrutia were in the car, when it was located on Grand Avenue, near Fourth Street. Officers also found marijuana and a .38-caliber handgun in the car. Lamb is being held on a $175,000 bond, while Urrutia's bond was set at $30,000. Additional charges are pending in the state of Pennsylvania for the motor vehicle theft and burglary.
RAIL TRAIL EXPANSION ANNOUNCED
The Western Maryland Rail Trail will see an addition of 3-1/2 miles by the summer of 2016. The new section will extend the path of the trail, near Sideling Hill Creek To Little Orleans, and expand the overall mileage of the trail to 24. The project is expected to cost $4.5 million, and will be advertised this fall.
EARLY VOTING BEGINS THIS WEEK
Early voting in the 2014 Gubernatorial Primary Election begins this Thursday, and runs through Thursday, June 19th. Those who reside in Allegany County can vote at the early voting center, located at the Allegany County Office Complex on Kelly Road. On Election Day, various polling places will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 10 p.m.
ROCKY GAP WATER MEETING SET
A meeting on water facilities that was to have been done before the Rocky Gap casino opened, has been scheduled for later this month. Clean and plentiful water is needed for the resort, and even more so, now that the casino has been open for over a year. Among the topics of discussion for the meeting will be responsibility for funding the project.
MAN ARRESTED ON OUTSTANDING WARRANT
Cumberland resident Samuel Edward Crock was arrested early Saturday morning, following a disturbance on Linden Street. Crock, who had originally provided police with a false name, was told he could leave. However, it was discovered later he was wanted on an outstanding warrant. He was taken into custody and held at the Allegany County Detention Center on $6,000 bond.
BRIDGE REPLACEMENT IN GARRETT COUNTY
Construction starts on June 18th, to replace the U.S. Route 219 Bridge over Cherry Creek, about five miles south of Oakland. During construction, the bridge will be closed to traffic and a detour will direct motorists around the closure. The new, $2 million bridge will be open to traffic in late summer or early fall of this year.
COMMISSIONERS MEETING SET FOR OLDTOWN
The Allegany County Commissioners will hold their weekly public business meeting in Oldtown on Thursday, June 26th at 5:00 p.m., at the Oldtown Volunteer Fire Department. Since being elected, the Commissioners have held meetings in various communities in the county, including Barton, Flintstone, Frostburg, Lonaconing, Luke and Westernport.
BEDFORD ROAD WATER PROJECTS MEETING SET
The Allegany County Commissioners have scheduled a public meeting on upcoming water projects in the Bedford Road area. The meeting will be held on Thursday, June 26th at 7 p.m. at the Bedford Road Volunteer Fire Department. Residents of the area are encouraged to attend, as the county will be gauge interest in water projects and to set priorities of the multiple project areas.
POLICE SEARCH FOR ELDERLY MAN
Crews from Fayette and Somerset counties have been searching the area of the Ramcat parking area of Ohiopyle State Park, for an elderly man who was last seen walking on the Allegheny Passage Trail toward Connellsville. The man was last seen around 6:30 p.m. last Tuesday.
MAN SENTENCED FOR GIRLFRIEND'S MURDER
Preston County resident Denny Ervin will spend the rest of his life in prison for the murder of his girlfriend, Leslie Layman. Additionally, Ervin was sentenced to five additional years for the wanton endangerment of Ms. Layman's children the night of her death. Ervin has 30 days to file an appeal, and will ask either for acquittal or a new trial.
VERONA, PA. MAN DIES IN WASHINGTON COUNTY ACCIDENT
Verona, Pennsylvania resident Robert Donald Sadler died in a single-vehicle accident on Interstate 70, eastbound Saturday morning. Sadler's vehicle left the westbound lanes, hit the median, then continued across the center median, and then both eastbound lanes of I-70, before coming to rest among trees and a fens on the right shoulder of the road. He was pronounced dead at the scene, while passenger Elaine Marie Sadler was taken to Meritus Medical Center for observation. the slow lane of Interstate 70 eastbound was closed for about 3-1/2 hours, reopening at about 2:30 p.m.
COMPANIES CONSIDERING POWER RATE INCREASE
Both Potomac Edison and Monongahela Power are considering a base rate increase, which will change the average PE customer's bill from $92 per month to about $106 per month. Factors in the proposed increase are a $48 million vegetation management project and covering the costs of monthly meter readings. There will be no changes on any bills, until an increase is authorized by the West Virginia Public Service Commission.
WEST VIRGINIA EXAMINES NEW POLLUTION RULES
West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin says that not a single coal-fired power plant in his state would be legal under the proposed EPA rules announced last week. The Mountain State says it will fight the proposals, and West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrissey adds that removing a source of energy, such as coal, would have a destabilizing effect on the price of other energy sources. His office is examining the proposal closely, and he can foresee West Virginia and other state litigating the proposal, if the plan is put into effect. And, Morrissey adds it would be an aggressive fight to overturn the proposal, as it is written in its present form.