MEYERSDALE RESIDENT KILLED IN SUNDAY CRASH
Meyersdale resident Wayne Krause died in an accident Sunday evening, when he was ejected from an all-terrain vehicle on Sand Spring Road in Summit Township. Krause, who was taken to Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center, died when his Polaris Explorer ATV was being towed, after he had experienced mechanical problems. The brakes on the Krause vehicle failed, and struck the ATV that was towing him. He was thrown from the vehicle. The Pennsylvania State Police continue to investigate the incident.
SOMERSET MAN KILLED BY TRAIN
A Somerset County resident was struck and killed by a freight train in Westmoreland County. Twenty-two year old Christopher Reed of Windber was hit and died early Sunday morning in St. Clair Township. An autopsy was done yesterday. Authorities say Reed had been at a wedding a few hours prior to the incident.
TWO HURT IN OAKLAND WRECK
Two people were hurt late last week, when their vehicle went out of control, and into a culvert near the Garrett Highway and Pineview Drive. A car, driven by Sara Coddington of Oakland, with passenger Shawn Gittere went off the road. Both were taken to Garrett Memorial Hospital. Ms. Coddington was cited for driving while her license was suspended.
BUSINESS THEFT INVESTIGATED
The theft of cash from the "Wood and Worms" stand in Swanton is being investigated by the Garrett County Sheriff's Office. Approximately $150 were taken from a lock box at the business sometime between July 9th and 10th. Anyone with information should contact the Sheriff's Office at (301)-334-1911.
MAN ARRESTED FOR DISORDERLY CONDUCT
Thirty-four year old Cumberland resident James Welsh was arrested, following an early Sunday morning disturbance in the 200-block of Union Street. Welsh was allegedly acting in a belligerent manner towards family members and city police officers outside of the residence. He was repeatedly warned to stop, but failed to comply with the officer's request. He was arrested and taken to police headquarters for processing. He was cited and released, pending trial in Allegany County District Court. Welsh was charged with failure to obey and disturbing the peace.
TWO W. VA. SCHOOLS RECEIVE COMMENDATIONS
Two Mineral County Schools-Fountain and Burlington Primary-were recently audited by the West Virginia State Board of Education, and received commendations. However, there are several items to work toward improving during the coming year. At Fountain, some of the non-compliance issues included teachers not using state-mandated content standards and objectives; lowered teacher expectations; and, writing instruction in the classroom was not as frequent as required. At Burlington, the Board noted that the teacher work area and library/media center was too small; and, the counselor's office does not provide privacy.
BRIDGE PROJECT BEING COMPLETED
A project to reconstruct a pair of Interstate 70 bridges over Conococheague Creek, west of Hagerstown should be completed by the end of the month. The Maryland State Highway Administration says that, weather permitting, the project will be in its "final configuation" by then.
NATIONAL HARBOR CASINO UP FOR VOTE
Prince George's County is set to vote on the building plan for a $925 million MGM Casino at the National Harbor. The vote is considered the final hurdle before construction can begin. The proposal was approved by Maryland voters in a 2012 ballot question, and could open as soon as July, 2016, if the plan receives the necessary approval. It would house 3,600 slot machines and 140 table games.
HEALTH AGENCY REDUCES INSPECTIONS
The Maryland Office of Health Care Quality is reducing the number of medical facilities it inspects, due to a staffing shortage. The Office will turn over some of its oversight duties to accrediting organizations, while focusing on inspecting facilities with a history of serious problems. The Office of Health Care Quality oversees more than 14,000 facilities that handle some of the state's most vulnerable residents.
MARYLAND POISED TO CASH IN ON WIND
The water is waiting for wind power development, with a new report from the National Wildlife Federation showing that, while a handful of offshore wind projects are well on their way, there are still thousands of acres of Atlantic waters available. Report author Catherine Bowes is calling it a "golden opportunity" and points out that Maryland is ahead of many states. An auction next month of the state's Wind Energy Area will see bids from at least 16 companies. Bowes adds that all Atlantic Coast states need to set policies in order to push the turbines into the water, such as renewable energy standards.
MONEY RELEASED FOR W. VA. WATER PROJECTS
Watershed management projects for four West Virginia communities will receive just over $14 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service assistance program. Among the projects are one in the Potomac-New Creek-Whites Run area. The announcement was made by United States Senator Joe Manchin.
WVU PLAYER ARRESTED ON WARRANT
West Virginia University running back Wendell Smallwood is being charged with a felony count of "active intimidation to prevent a victim or witness from causing a complaint." He is accused of trying to intimidate a witness in the murder case of his friend, Zakee Lloyd, who is charged with the first-degree murder of 51-year old Manuel Oliveras of Wilmington, Delaware. Smallwood is free, after posting $40,000 secured bail. There's no word on his status with the WVU football team.