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BEDFORD TEEN FATALLY INJURED

Sixteen-year old Bedford resident Colton Warren Tew was killed in a single-vehicle crash yesterday morning in Cumberland Valley Township. He failed to negotiate a right-hand curve on White Church Lane, and hit a tree alongside the road. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

POTOMAC CENTER HEARING SET AUGUST 26TH

There will be a hearing in Hampshire County Circuit Court on August 26th, regarding alleged abuse against a Potomac Center resident. The suit has been filed on behalf of "R.M," a 17-year old former resident, and names the Potomac Center and 12 employees there. The case is not a single-action case, but rather a class action case with "R.M." serving as a representative of all the victims of the abuse and neglect that is alleged at the Potomac Center.

 

BALTIMORE DRUG DEALER SENTENCED

Baltimore resident Daniel McQueen has been sentenced on charges of possession with the intent to distribute cocaine and second-degree assault. Police were called to a Cumberland residence, where evidence of drug trafficking was seen; McQueen also assaulted a Cumberland City Police officer at the home. In total, he was sentenced to 15 years in prison-12 years on the drug charge; for the assault he was sentenced to three years, which will run consecutively to the other.

 

CORRIDOR "H" RESOLUTION SENT TO CONGRESS

The Robert C. Byrd Corridor "H" Authority has sent a resolution which will be sent to the House and Senate, urging them to get through their stalled negotiations on the transportation bill, so all states can plan their transportation infrastructure improvements. The Authority pointed out that as long as Congress continues to work on a year-to-year basis, there won't be enough federal funds available to complete the corridor by 2020.

 

FORT ASHBY RESIDENTS TO RECEIVE NEW ADDRESSES

Sometime within the next month, Fort Ashby residents will receive new addresses from the U.S. Postal Service. Postcards with the addresses where there are the least amount of homes will be sent out, and will finish in Keyser. The project will also allow emergency personnel to be able to identify residences.

 

CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT RECEIVES GRANT

The Cumberland City Police Department is receiving a $2700 grant to help purchase protective body armor. The Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention announced the grants, totaling just over $49,000 to eight local police departments in seven counties. Other departments receiving grants include Montgomery County, Prince George's, and Salisbury.

 

ASSAULT INCIDENT INVESTIGATED

Cumberland resident Antoinette Marie Washington is charged with fourth-degree burglary, assault and other counts, following an incident at a residence in the 600-block of Centre Street early Friday evening.  She is accused of entering her ex-boyfriend's home, and assaulting him. She also damaged some items in the residence, and took his cell phone. She was taken into custody on Monday, charged, and released pending trial in District Court.

 

ROADS CLOSED FOR HILL CLIMB

Portions of Route 144 will be closed this Saturday and Sunday for the Polish Mountain Hill Climb. Road closures will take place between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m., and will affect State Route 144, from its intersection with Town Creek road to the intersection with National Pike; additionally, it will be closed from the intersection with Town Creek Road to the intersection with Gilpin Road. Signs will be in place during the events.

 

COMMUNITY MEETING ON ALLEGANY SET

The Allegany County Public School System will hold a community meeting next Tuesday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Grace Memorial Community Church on Bishop Walsh Road. The meeting will be held to update the public on the progress of the Allegany High School Replacement Project, and specifically the demolition of the former Sacred Heart Hospital. The meeting will include an audio-visual presentation by Grimm & Parker Architects and Total Wrecking and Environmental. The public will have the opportunity to make comments and ask questions.

 

STATE POLICE WARN OF TELEPHONE SCAM

The McHenry Barrack of the Maryland State Police is warning residents about a new telephone scam. Callers ask residents for personal information; the number showing up on caller ID is similar to the person who is being contacted. The numbers are being "spoofed," and are false numbers. The State Police urge you to not provide any personal information. There are websites available, to keep you aware of current scams and complaints. They are "IC3.gov," and FCC.gov.

 

DOLLAR TREE BUYING FAMILY DOLLAR

Dollar Tree has announced it is buying Family Dollar, in an $8.5 billion deal. Family Dollar had attempted to increase sales by lowering prices on almost 1,000 items. As a result of the deal, Dollar Tree will have more than 13,000 stores in the United States and Canada, nearly three times as many stores as Walmart.

 

DELEGATE ADDRESSES IMMIGRATION ISSUE

Republican Baltimore County Delegate Pat McDonough is proposing what he calls "common sense" legislation that protects the citizens of Maryland, when dealing with housing illegal immigrant children coming into the state. McDonough says there should be a "full disclosure" website that states how many children are coming in, and how state funds are being used for programs and care. He also suggests building a "tent city" at the Mexican border. He points out that Catholic Charities has applied for a federal grant to house 50 children at the St. Vincent Villa in Timonium. McDonough says none of this is acceptable. He says that some of the children are not unaccompanied minors, and are coming across the border with adult relatives. Attorney General Doug Gansler says the Governor has the authority to exercise all aspects of McDonough's plan, but has not done so, to this point.

 

WOMAN TRANSFERRED TO ADULT PRISON

Eighteen year old Rachel Shoaf has been transferred to an adult prison, following her 18th birthday. She is now housed in the Lakin Correctional Facility in West Columbia. She was convicted of the second-degree murder of Star City teenager Skylar Neese. Her co-defendant in the case, Sheila Eddy, is serving her first-degree murder sentence at the same facility. Shoaf has a projected release date of April, 2028.

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