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GRANDCHILDREN OF LOCAL COUPLE MURDERED

The grandchildren of David and Tammy Cowgill of Cumberland, Sara and Yishai Levy, were reportedly stabbed to death by their father on June 11th in Israel. The children's mother, Karen Cowgill-Levy, of Columbus, Ohio was divorced from the children's father, and according to an Israeli newspaper, custody of the children had been an issue between the parents. Ms. Cowgill-Levy and her children moved to the United States but courts ordered a twice-yearly visit with their father, Avi.

 

HOSPITAL DEMOLITION MAY EXTEND TO NEXT YEAR

Asbestos that is continually being discovered at the former Memorial Hospital, may extend the timetable for demolition into the spring of next year. A public meeting on the progress of the project will be held Monday at 7 p.m., at the Fort Hill High School auditorium. An additional $400,000 has been added to the project, after asbestos and other hazardous materials were discovered.

 

CONSULTANTS REPORT ON DEVELOPMENT PLAN

RKG Associates have updated an economic study of Cumberland; they were here yesterday, and shared a presentation on the status of the study. Among the goals in the study, according to the Cumberland Times-News, were the creation of jobs above the median income, reversing negative attitudes in the community, and creating a new image for Cumberland that can be marketed. One of the representatives of RKG noted that "Cumberland's story is being told by others, and it's not the right story. From an economic development standpoint, perception is reality."

 

SOMERSET VICTIMS IDENTIFIED

The two children who were killed when a tree hit a car in  which they were riding in Somerset County have been identified. Eight year old Ryleigh Friewald and 6-year old Macayla Friewald were killed, and their mother, Ashley Lichty and her boyfriend, 36-year old Jason Heinbaugh, along with two other children in the car, were taken to the hospital. After the tree hit the car, it ran into a telephone pole. The Conemaugh EMS group has scheduled a meeting for tonight, to discuss the accident.

 

SCHLOSNAGLE MML PRESIDENT-ELECT

Friendsville Mayor Spencer Schlosnagle is the president-elect of the Maryland Municipal League for the 2014-2015 year. He will serve a year as president elect, before becoming president in June of next year. In addition, Cumberland City Council Member Nicole Wagoner will serve as the MML's 2014-2015 district vice-president.

 

FORMER TEACHER OF THE YEAR PASSES AT 43

The 2012-2013 Allegany County Teacher of the Year, Lee Ann Zlomek, passed away Tuesday at the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center at the age of 43. She was an algebra teacher at Mountain Ridge High School and at Allegany College of Maryland.  Friends are being received at the Durst Funeral Home in Frostburg this evening from 7 to 9 p.m. and tomorrow from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral services are scheduled for Central Assembly of God Church on Saturday at 11 a.m.

 

THEFTS FROM LAVALE VEHICLES REPORTED

The Maryland State Police and the Allegany County Sheriff's Office are investigating a series of thefts from parked vehicles in the LaVale area. Items were taken from parked vehicles, along the roadway and in a few separate neighborhoods overnight Tuesday. Police are reminding residents to lock their vehicle doors, and if anyone has information, they are asked to contact the Maryland State Police at (301)-729-2101.

 

DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY, DISORDERLY CONDUCT CHARGES

Twenty-five year old Andrew Roman of Cumberland was issued two criminal citations following an incident on Tuesday. Roman was accused of spray painting and engraving concrete that had just been poured in the 1300-block of Virginia Avenue. He was charged with destruction of property and disorderly conduct. He was released, pending trial in District Court.

 

MC KAY COMMENTS ON COUNTY FINANCES

Allegany County Commission President Mike McKay says that, over the past 18 months, the county has been fortunate, because of its fiscally conservative policy. Standard & Poor's has upgraded the county's bond rating twice, which is almost unheard of, especially for smaller counties. Commissioner McKay says the county is not ready to borrow money yet.He says the better the bond rating, the lower the interest rate on money that is borrowed.

 

RIDGELEY GEARING UP FOR CELEBRATION

This year is the 100th anniversary of Ridgeley's incorporation, and the town council is looking to businesses and others who would like to participate. The actual incorporation date is November 28th, but the celebration itself is planned for September 5th through the 7th. Music, entertainment, and walking tours are planned. Any groups or individuals who would like to participate should call the town hall at (304)-738-9400, extension 106.

 

MERITUS TO MANAGE HOSPITAL CENTER

Meritus Health has agreed to assume the interim management role of the Western Maryland Hospital Center in Hagerstown. The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and Meritus entered into a temporary contract this week. The six month deal is estimated to be worth up to $806,000, and will provide day-to-day operational oversight through new, temporary leadership.

 

MYERS ADVANCES IN COMMISSIONERS' RACE

Delegate LeRoy Myers, who has announced his intention to step down from the position, advanced in Tuesday's county commissioners' race. Three of the five incumbent Republicans advanced to the general election. Commissioners Terry Baker, Jeffrey Cline and John Barr took three of the top four spots, with Myers joining them. The general election will be held November 4th, with all five seats on the Washington County Commission will be up for grabs.

 

COMMISSION RELICENSES CASINOS IN WEST VIRGINIA

The West Virginia Lottery Commission voted to relicense all five casinos, despite declining revenues due to increased out-of-state competition. Lottery Director John Musgrave expects all five license holders to also renew; some of the casinos pay an annual licensing fee of $2.5 million, while the Greenbrier's fee is $500,000.

 

WEST VIRGINIA JUVENILE JUSTICE SYSTEM STUDIED

West Virginia is embarking on a study of its juvenile justice system, and to look for ways to keep youthful offenders out of detention centers. The rate of youths being sent to juvenile facilities nearly doubled from 1997 to 2011. The review should be completed by December, and lawmakers will consider the suggestions during the January to March legislative session.

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