ARSON CAUSED MEYERSDALE FIRE
Arson is being blamed as the cause of a large fire Sunday night in Meyersdale. One firefighter was taken to the hospital, as the result of the fire at "Slammerz," on Center Street Sunday night. The building was completely destroyed, and the buildings on either side suffered smoke and water damage. The fire caused about $160,000 in damage. The property was owned by David Schrock of Cary, North Carolina and a former resident of Meyersdale. Crews were on the scene through early Monday, controlling hot spots.
STATE MAY BUY TERRAPIN RUN DEVELOPMENT
The state of Maryland wants to buy Terrapin Run, and negotiations are currently underway for the sale. The county has continued to defend the inclusion of Terrapin Run in the 2014 Comprehensive Plan, despite objections among many residents, and state officials. A court case was put on hold, pending negotiations between the state and Terrapin Run for possible sale of the property. The current agreement will expire in October; after that, litigation could continue.
LOCAL AMBULANCE SERVICE CLOSES
Allegany Ambulance Service has closed, and according to the owners, Roy and Dottie Troutman, it's because of a dramatic drop in the number of transports. The last calls were yesterday morning. Allegany Ambulance will put its ambulances and related medical equipment up for sale.
MAN HOSPITALIZED AFTER FALL FROM CLIFF
A man was taken to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center, after falling about 50 feet from a cliff at Maple Landing and Dovedale Lane in Hampshire County. The extent of his injuries is unknown. He landed 20 to 30 feet from the water and had to be placed in a boat, and taken down river, to get to an ambulance. Several agencies and the Hampshire County Sheriff's Office responded to the incident.
TWO ARRESTED FOR CDS USE
Twenty-five year old Jared Anderson of Bedford and 24-year old Daniel Markle of Keyser were arrested in the 300-block of Bedford Street, after police received a report of possible CDS use in a vehicle. Markle was charged was a count of possession of drug paraphernalia; he was released on a criminal citation pending trial in District Court, and Anderson was charged with a count of CDS possession (not marijuana) and possession of paraphernalia. He was released on personal recognizance, pending his next appearance.
STOLEN CAR FROM BALTIMORE RECOVERED IN CUMBERLAND
A red Chrysler 300, which had been stolen from Baltimore, was recovered in the area of Park and Emily Streets in Cumberland Sunday. Police utilized the License Plate Recognition Device to confirm the car had been stolen. It was unoccupied and no suspect were developed. Anyone with information is asked to contact Cumberland City Police at (301)-777-1600.
RECYCLING NOW IN EFFECT IN CUMBERLAND
The city begins its single-stream, curbside recycling service today from Burgmeier's Hauling Service. The bins will be emptied the first trash day of the week, and every other week after that. Directions were included with the initial distribution of the recycling cans. Trash collection days will remain the same, and the service is being provided at no extra charge to city residents.
GARRETT BOARD TO MEET JULY 15TH
The Garret County Board of Education will hold its regular meeting on Tuesday, July 15th, instead of the originally scheduled date of July 8th. The meeting will be held at the Central Office in the Board Room.
SOMERSET MAN HELD ON $50,000 BAIL
A Boswell man is being held on $50,000 bail, after allegedly assaulting two Pennsylvania State troopers during a traffic stop. Twenty-seven year old Jonathan Timulak was initially stopped for suspicion of driving under the influence; in the process, he is accused of kicking one of the troopers and biting another. He was found to have drugs and paraphernalia in his possession. Due to the amount, Timulak was charged with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance.
COUNTY SCHEDULES FIRE HYDRANT FLUSHING
Allegany County is flushing fire hydrants in the area during the month of July. Today through Thursday, work is being done in the Grahamtown, Lower Consol and Upper Consol roads, along with Wright's Crossing. Residents may experience some water discoloration during the flushing process. It is also recommended that residents run water for several minutes until it is clear, before using it.
GAS TAX INCREASE IN EFFECT
The state of Maryland phases in another portion of the gas tax, beginning today. Last year, the tax rose from 23.5 cents to 27-cents per gallon. Ragina Averella, of Triple "A"-Mid Atlantic says today's increase is known as the "C.P.I." tax, or the consumer price index tax, which allows for inflation. Gas will rise four-tenths of a cent, effective today. Maryland is seeing the highest gas prices since 2008, with an average of $3.70 per gallon. As far as having an impact on drivers, Ms. Averella says people are still traveling; the majority of residents need to drive. Along with the increased gas tax, she says the conflict in Iraq is raising gas prices.
WEST VIRGINIA CASINOS IN GOOD SHAPE
Despite revenue losses, the financial condition of West Virginia's casinos is sound. Total revenue dropped more than $140 million between the 2012 and 2013 fiscal years. An audit from an accounting firm cites competition from casinos in Maryland, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. Since the report was issued, the West Virginia Lottery Commission voted to reissue table games licenses to all five casinos.