Barricade Situation Ends Peacefully
A barricade situation, which began Monday evening, ended peacefully yesterday 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 Monday night, into yesterday morning. 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 near 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.
Study Recommends New Allegany High School
A study from Grimm and Parker Architects is recommending the construction of a new Allegany High School, and renovations for both Washington and Braddock Middle Schools. The cost for a new school would be anywhere from $9 to $16 million, while additions and renovations to the middle schools would cost from $5 to $10 million. As per a state funding formula, Maryland would pay 93 per cent of the costs,while the county would pay seven per cent.
Indictment Returned Against Accident Man
A Garrett County grand jury has returned an indictment against Accident resident Jeffrey Charles Minnick, who is charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Timothy Lax and Jessica Baker in June. Minnick is being held in the Garrett County Detention Center without bond. The bodies of Lax and Minnick werre found near a campsite, along the railroad tracks on the western edge of Oakland.
Route 220 Ramp Will Remain Open
The Fletcher Drive/Brown Avenue ramp that merges traffic from Route 220 onto Interstate 68 will not be closed, acccording to the State Highway Administration. Originally the SHA had recommended the ramp be closed, but it has now been decided there is not a significant safety issue, and that a small amount of motorists use the ramp.
AMC Theatres Closing Sunday
The AMC theatres in the Country Club Mall will close on Sunday, but another operator is taking immediate possession of the facility, according to Jan Beem, marketing director. The AMC lease expires at the end of the month, but manager Mark Nightingale says a new company is already under lease for the theatre space.
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. Portable toilets have been temporarily placed at the rest area. 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.