Barricade Situation Ends Peacefully
A barricade situation, which began Monday evening, ended peacefully Tuesday morning, and 36-year old Michael Wilhelm was arrested in connection with the incident. Wilhelm, who lives in the 14000-block of Spruce Street, was charged with four counts of first-degree assault and four counts of reckless endangerment. Several attempts were made to communicate with him since Monday night. Several agencies were involved in the incident, including the Maryland State Police, the C3I unit, and the Allegany County Sheriff's office. A motive for the shooting is not clear at this time, and the investigation is continuing.
Unattended Death Investigated in Hampshire County
The death of a 28-year old Springfield, West Virginia woman is being investigated by the West Virginia State Police. Twenty-eight year old Tiffany Cunningham was discovered Monday morning at a residence in the Lane Trailer court ner Springfield. Two officers from the Romney detachment of the West Virginia State Police responded, along with the Hampshire County Medical Examiner, Penny Trenton. The death is being termed "unattended," and the case remains under investigation.
Cumberland Man Charged in Single-Vehicle Accident
Cumberland resident Michael Delawter was charged with failure to drive right of center, following a single-vehicle accident Monday near Winchester and Stone Point Roads. Delawter, for an unknown reason, swerved his car. It left the roadway, struck a guardrail, and came to rest in a creek bed. Delawter was taken to the Western Maryland Health System for treatment of injuries.
Man Arrested on Active Warrants
A Cumberland man was arrested on three active warrants, after being stopped for a traffic violation on Queen City Drive on Monday. Thirty-year old Adam Lee Crites was also issued a citation for driving on a suspended license. He was held without bond at the Allegany County Detention Center.
Sideling Hill Restrooms Closed
The restrooms at Sideling Hill have been closed since last Friday, because water pressure is too low to operate the facilities. The low water pressure is a result of high levels of silt getting into the wells serving the facility. It may be up to three weeks for the problem to be resolved, as the State Highway Adnministration will have two new wells drilled in the area this week.
Pair Charged with Stealing Historical Documents
Two people are charged with stealing historical documents, reportedly worth millions of dollars from the Maryland Historical Society. Presidential historian and collector Barry Landau, along with 24-year old Jason Savedoff, are charged with taking artifacts, including documents signed by Abraham Lincoln, presidential inaugural ball invitations and programs, and a commemoration of both the Statue of Liberty and the Washington Monument.
Petition Signature County Continues to Grow
Although the DREAM Act proposal has attracted enough signatures to be put on the November, 2012 election ballot, the nunmber of signatures continues to grow. As of Monday afternoon, the number of signatures grew to 87,000, and counting continues this week. The ballot would decide whether the state could give in-state higher education rates to undocumented students.