MAN SENTENCED IN ARSON CASE
Cumberland resident James Flohr entered a guilty plea to a charge of second-degree arson, and was sentenced to a total of eight years in prison yesterday. Flohr had four years of a 12-year sentenced suspended. He was sentenced by Judge Diane Leasure. He will also be placed on five years of supervised probation following his release. Flohr set fire to a mattress in an apartment on Altamont Terrace, following an argument with his girlfriend. The Cumberland Fire Department responded and extinguished the fire, before it caused extensive damage. The Fire Marshal determined the blaze was intentionally set.
COUNCIL CANDIDATE DIES AT 53
Fifty-three year old Cumberland City Council candidate Mark Fisher died Wednesday. He was a graduate of Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh, and had been the owner/operator of Allegany Inspection Service. Fisher had also been a very active participant in Mayor and Council meetings, and had been a member of the Planning and Zoning Commission. He also took part in meetings of the Canal Place Preservation and Development Authority.
PORTION OF CENTRE STREET TO BE CLOSED
Centre Street and westbound Interstate 68's ramp access from northbound Route 51 will be closed, beginning today through Monday. Traffic will be detoured along Queen City Drive to Harrison Street to Centre Street and the westbound I-68 ramp. The temporary closure will allow crews to blast and paint structural steel girders on the I-68 bridge ramps over Centre Street.
ENGINE ARRIVES IN CUMBERLAND
Locomotive 1309, which had been transferred from the B & O Museum in Baltimore, arrived in Cumberland yesterday, and will be used by the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad and will be used when the "734" is taken in for repairs at the end of next season. The engine will be restored and placed in service. The Scenic Railroad arranged for the transfer from the museum.
GROUP AGAIN REQUESTS FUNDING
The Cumberland Historic Cemetery Organization is once again asking that a portion of marriage license fees be given to them, to help them with their work of preserving 11 cemeteries in the county. The request has the backing of Delegate LeRoy Myers and the Reverend Alfred Deas of the Metropolitan AME church. President of the CHCO, Ed Taylor, is asking that $5.00 of the marriage license fee be granted to his group.
THREE ARRESTED FOR DISTURBING THE PEACE
Three people were arrested for disturbing the peace, after having been warned by Cumberland City Police. Twenty-four year old Victoria Quick, Crystal Frame, and 41-year old Floyd Ferguson had been arguing on Boone Street, and were warned by police. When police had to return, they were taken into custody. All were released, pending trial in District Court.
MAN ARRESTED ON ASSAULT CHARGE
Cumberland resident Nathan Herrell has been charged with second degree assault and disorderly conduct, following a call from a concerned citizen. Herrell allegedly was yelling at a 12-year old juvenile, as they were walking in the 400-block of Park Street. Herrell also allegedly pushed the victim against a wall. Following a hearing in District Court, he was released, pending trial.
MINERAL ADDRESSES "DOCK" DAYS
The Mineral County Board of Education expects good attendance from its students, and they are hoping the teachers will follow suit. The issue of "dock days"-or unpaid absences, costs the county thousands of dollars, and the board is revising its policy. It will accept comments from its employees until Monday. Teachers do receive paid leave; the state provides $450,000 for "subs," but the county says it is spending upwards of a million dollars to cover the time off.
COMMUNITY EVENT PLANNED FOR FAIRGROUNDS
The United States Department of Defense, in partnership with the Allegany County Health Department and HRDC are conducting an Innovative Readiness Training August 13th through the 21st at the Allegany County Fairgrounds. It's a free medical, dental, and veterinary clinic for are residents and their pets. Courtney Thomas, executive director of the HRDC, says special units, comprised of highly-skilled doctors, nurses, dentists, and veterinarians will be here to provide needed services to area residents. She commented on the specific services offered. The free event is open to all Allegany and Garrett County, Maryland residents, as well as those in Mineral and Grant County, West Virginia, and Bedford and Somerset counties in Pennsylvania. The demand, Ms. Thomas predicts, will be great, and the best advice is to call, beginning today at get an appointment. The number to call is (301)-783-1775.
TEMPLE MEMBERS RETURNING TO B'ER CHAYIM
A rededication service will be held in early November, but members of Temple B'er Chayim will be returning to their temple on August 17th. The first Shabbat service will be held on August 22nd, and the re-dedication weekend will be November 7th through the 9th. Shabbat is the Hebrew word for Sabbath.
RESIDENTS ARRESTED IN DRUG BUST
Two Oakland residents were arrested and are now facing drug counts. A traffic stop resulted in the arrest of Oakland resident Vaughn Veryl Winters, who allegedly had cocaine and other drug paraphernalia in his vehicle. A search warrant of his residence at 113 North Eighth Street resulted in the arrest of 48-year old Sheila Gale Hyde. Winters also faces felony firearm possession charges. Winters remains jailed on $50,000 full cash bond; Ms. Hyde is jailed on $20,000 full cash bond.
TODDLER DROWNS AT RAYSTOWN LAKE
Thirteen-month old Jamari Malik Benjamin of Lancaster County is the third fatality at Raystown Lake this summer. The child fell off of a boat on Wednesday morning and drowned. Several crews responded to the James Creek Boat Launch; the investigation is being handled by the Huntingdon County Coroner's Office and the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission. Earlier this summer, on man from Duncansville and a woman from Carlisle drowned at the lake.
RIDERSHIP UP FOR ALLEGIANT
Ridership is on the upswing for Allegiant Air at the Hagerstown Regional Airport, since the beginning of the year. The carrier offers twice-weekly flights to Daytona Beach and Orlando, Florida. Nearly 18,000 people have come through the airport terminal as departing or arriving passengers.
STATE SCHOOL BOARD APPROVES DISCIPLINE GUIDELINES
The Maryland State School Board has voted to send out a set of discipline guidelines, intended to be a model for school systems as they move away from zero-tolerance policies of the past twenty years. The guidelines will provide advice to school systems on how to handle disciplinary issues. The guidelines help determine the severity of punishment in a variety of instances.