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CANDIDATE ASKS FOR REVIEW OF CAMPAIGN RULES

Cumberland City Council candidate Mark Fisher is asking the Cumberland Mayor and City Council to take a look at the rules surrounding campaign contributions and expense reporting. Fisher says he is not alleging wrongdoing, but would like to have some clarification on the issue. He is running for one of the seats that are up for grabs in the November general election. Incumbent David Kauffman is running for re-election, while Councilman Nick Scarpelli is stepping down to run for the District 1-C seat in the Maryland House of Delegates.

 

MAN ARRESTED AFTER WEEKEND CHASE

Maysville, West Virginia resident Joshua Gartin remains in the Potomac Highlands Regional Jail on $9,000 bond, following a high-speed chase and brief foot pursuit in Mineral County. Police tried to stop Gartin in Keyser, but he refused with police giving chase. He was eventually arrested in the Knobley Road area. He faces numerous charges, including destruction of property, misdemeanor possession of marijuana, and reckless driving.

 

BEAR KILLED IN COLLISION WITH CAR

A vehicle struck and killed a 200-pound male bear on Interstate 68 yesterday morning, about a mile west of the truck weigh station. The incident happened around 9:30 a.m. According a Facebook post, Toshia Miller said she was the one driving the car, when it struck the bear.

 

CANADIAN COMPANY BUYS PBS COALS

Toronto, Canada-based Corsa Coal Company has purchased Somerset County's PBS Coals for a reported $60 million cash transaction. PBS has been owned by a Russian company, Severstal since 2008, and includes 13 developed mines and two coal preparation plants. Two of the 13 mines are currently active. The transaction should be completed by the middle of next month; there is no word on how the purchase will affect PBS employees.

 

BEDFORD JAIL VISITORS ARRESTED

Two people who came to visit inmates at the Bedford County Jail, were themselves arrested Tuesday. Forty-one year old Tammie Lynn Wylie and 51-year old Kenneth Lloyd Bowser were arrested, after authorities determined they had been drinking. They were charged with driving under the influence. Bowser was additionally charged with possessing drug paraphernalia.

 

CUMBERLAND MAN ARRESTED FOR DISTURBING THE PEACE

Cumberland resident Joseph Ansel has been arrested for disturbing the peace, following an incident in the 400-block of Park Street on Tuesday. He was acting in a disruptive manner on a public street, and, after being warned to stop, he refused and was arrested. He was cited and released pending trial in Allegany County District Court.

 

ACCIDENT SNARLS TRAFFIC ON ROUTE 220

The Allegany County Sheriff's Department was on the scene in the Bel Air area yesterday to investigate a three-vehicle accident. It was was reported to be a rear-end collision. Traffic was backed up in the Route 220 area, while the accident scene was cleared.

 

MAN CHARGED WITH MISDEMEANOR POSSESSION

Fifty-five year old Cumberland resident John Appold was arrested and charged with possessing less than 10 grams of marijuana. City Police saw a person walking in the 400-block of Maryland Avenue, with an open container of alcohol. They also saw that person hand what was later found to be a baggie of marijuana to another person. He was cited and released pending trial in Allegany County District Court.

 

STADIUM TO BE CLOSED FOR RENOVATIONS

Frankfort Falcon Stadium is undergoing some renovations, and will be closed until they are completed. The Mineral County Board of Education has approved bids for bleacher repair, asphalt prep work for the tract and work on the new bathrooms. But, volunteers are responsible for a number of projects, and will be painting the press box this evening. Volunteers are asked to bring their own paint brushes. The stadium will be ready in time for the Falcons' opener on Friday, August 29th.

 

BAND CHALLENGE THIS WEEKEND

This weekend's "Cumberland 3 Piece Blues Band Challenge" will have an international flavor to it, as one of the competing bands, The Alex Zayas Trio,  comes from Barcelona, Spain. Events are being held Friday evening at Uncle Jack's, My Place and the Underground at Geatz's Restaurant on Paca Street. The winners of those competitions will compete Saturday night at 9 p.m. at the New Embassy Theatre for the right to open for Phil Wiggins at the New Embassy on September 20th.

 

O'MALLEY RAISES CAMPAIGN MONEY

Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley is considering a run for the White House in 2016, and has raised about $796,000 in the second quarter of this year for his political action committee. He raised a little over $104,000 in the first three months of this year, but did not solicit money during the 2014 legislative session. He now has a total of nearly $895,000. O'Malley will leave office in January of next year.

 

RESOLUTION ON CAMPAIGN SPENDING

A resolution, introduced in the U.S. Senate  by Maryland's Ben Cardin and Barbara Mikulski would return campaign spending control to the states. Jonah Minkoff-Zern with the group Public Citizen, says the intention is to help reverse the effect that big money has had on elections following multiple U.S. Supreme Court rulings that have increased campaign spending limits. Minkoff-Zern says a Senate subcommittee approved Senate Joint Resolution 19 last month, there may be a full Senate vote later this summ er. The fact the Senate is considering a constitutional amendment is a win for the American people.

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