Local Woman Drowns in Rafting Accident
Local resident Judy Brown died in a weekend rafting accident on the New River Gorge National River in West Virginia. She was among those who fell overboard from an Alpine Adventures raft. Her life vest came off at some point, and she had become entrapped at an area known as Detroit Rock, near the center of the river. The National Park Service and the West Virginia Department of Natural Resources are investigating the accident. The incident happened around 11:30 a.m. Saturday.
Girl Injured at Fair
A young girl was injured by one of the carnival rides at the Allegany County Fair and Ag Expo Saturday night. She was taken to the Western Maryland Medical Center following the incident. There were reports she had been electrocuted as she was reaching for her cell phone, which had fallen from the ride. An inspector from the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation inspected the ride yesterday, and determined it was safe. There was no word on the girl’s condition.
Pines Restaurant Arson Case Continued
The case against restaurant co-owner Kelly Bradley has been continued until September, to allow her defense to examine the findings of two separate investigators. She is charged with intentionally setting fire to the Pines Restaurant, which also destroyed the Wee Care Day Care Center and CitiFinancial on June 27, 2010. At issue in the case is whether the investigators worked too closely together, and whether each others’ investigations may have been contaminated. The next court date in the case is Wednesday, September 21st, at which time a trial date could be set.
WCI Guard Arrested on Contraband Charges
WCI Correctional Officer Brian Hawk of Cumberland was arrested late last week, accused of smuggling cell phones, tobacco and cash into the prison. Hawk was released on $25,000 bond, pending trial in District Court. He is facing termination in the case. The investigation by the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services is continuing.
Students Owe Board for Lunches
Allegany County students owe over $30,000 in lunch fees, according to a survey from the Allegany County Board of Education. School officials are in the process of drafting a tougher policy to collect the fees. There are several options available to those students who are in arrears, including serving them sandwiches, leftovers from the previous day, a meal without an entrée or some other substitute.
Police Called to “Large Fight” in South Cumberland
Cumberland City Police arrested two people Saturday night, as the result of a “large fight” in the 100-block of Arch Street. About 30 people had gathered at the scene, with 24-year old Shane Combs and 21-year old Ridgeley resident Jason Greene involved in a fight. Both were taken to District Court and held on $5,000 bond each at the Allegany County Detention Center.
Two Served with Warrants
Two Cumberland residents were served with warrants, in connection with an alleged assault, which took place on Byrd Avenue. Twenty-six year old Jesse Luke Vanmeter and 21-year old Seirra Michelle McManaway are accused of assaulting a woman at a home there. They were arrested on warrants and charged with second-degree assault.
Planned Service Interruption Planned
West Penn Power is planning a service interruption next Saturday, July 23rd for the Hyndman area. The outage will be from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The work, which is necessary to perform maintenance at the Corriganville substation, will affect 1500 customers in the area. Affected will be the area south of Stringtown to Hyndman, along Route 96; all of Hyndman borough; from Hyndman, along Gooseberry Road to the Somerset County line; and, West Penn customers in Kennell’s mill, including Comps Corner.
Moorefield Working to Purchase Mullen Hotel
The town of Moorefield is working to buy the historic Mullen hotel, currently owned by Pilgrim’s Pride. The building operated as a hotel for nearly 100 years, and was sold to Hester Industries in 1967. It served as offices for the company until recently. As part of a package deal, the town will also buy the former High’s Dairy Store, which is also owned by Pilgrim’s Pride.
Four Charged After Drug Sweep
The last of four Somerset County residents who were arrested in conjunction with illegal drug activities in Meyersdale last year are going to County Court. Thirty-nine year old Clifford Lee Felker and 22-year old Andrew Lee Sterner, of separate addresses along Jackson Street in Garrett, have waived their right to a preliminary hearing. Both Felker and Sterner face multiple counts of drug possession, possession with intent to deliver and conspiracy.
West Virginia Implementing New Licenses
West Virginia is implementing new driver’s licenses, which should be completed by July 28th. The new licenses will have a different look and have several new security features, including built-in micro-printing not visible to the naked eye, with a focus on safety and security for Mountain State residents.