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Man Allegedly Threatens Fort Cumberland Residents

Eighteen year old Patrick Thompson is being charged with several counts, including felony assault, following an incident Sunday at the Fort Cumberland Homes. Thompson allegedly threatened residents with what appeared to be a gun. He went into an apartment threatening people with a weapon; police described it as a “realistic-looking BB-gun.” He was being held on $70,000 bail at the Allegany County Detention Center.


Westernport Sets Public Hearing

The town of Westernport will conduct a public hearing at the Town Hall on Monday, August 1st, beginning at 7 p.m. The meeting will be held to receive citizen input on a Community Development Block Grant Program to repair slope failure directly above 268-280 Main Street. The continued failure of the slope has the potential to impact the town drainage system, the town sewer line, and is, in turn, a threat to all properties in the vicinity.


Pennsylvania Man to Court on Multiple Drug Charges

A Garrett, Pennsylvania man, who is accused of selling heroin to a confidential informant on several occasions will soon be in Somerset County court. Thirty-four year old Richard Keller is accused of selling a total of 31 packets of heroin to a confidential informant on at least five separate times, is being held on $85,000 bond. The packets were sold for a total of $595.00.


Meyersdale Nurse Charged

Twenty-eight year old Nicole Kerschensteiner has been charged with having sex with an inmate between late August and December of last year, while employed at the State Correctional Institution at Laurel Highlands. She has acknowledged having sex with inmate Terrance Dantzler of the Philadelphia area. Ms. Kerschensteiner was hired as a registered nurse in 2009, and was terminated on March 11th of this year. She will receive a preliminary hearing on Tuesday at 11 a.m. in Somerset County Court.


Cumberland Man Arrested for Burglary

Twenty-three year old Vincent Charles Murray has been charged in connection with a burglary incident in the 400-block of Franklin Street. The charges were the result of a private citizen, applying for charges against him. He allegedly entered the home, and removed property from it.


Avoid Health-Related Issues in the Heat

The Allegany County Health Department has issued some tips to help beat the oppressive heat. It is important to take precautions against heat-related illness and to be mindful of family members, friends, neighbors and pets that may need assistance in beating the heat. The Health Department is advising to drink plenty of fluids; wear loose-fitting, lightweight and light-colored clothing; avoid direct sunlight; and when possible, stay in air-conditioned areas. Also, never leave pets or young children in a car, even with the windows cracked.


Power Interruption Scheduled for West Virginia on Monday

Allegheny Power has announced a service interruption for today, from about 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The outage will occur along Owl Hollow Road in Slanesville, from the intersection of Pin Oak Road to Avalon, including part of Braddock School Road and Spring Gap Mountain Road and the surrounding areas. A rain date and time has yet to be announced.


Maryland Moves to Ban Dangerous “Bath Salts”

The state of Maryland is looking to ban “bath salts,” a so-called dangerous drug, after almost two dozen people have been poisoned by abusing them. The drug could cause serious cardiac and circulatory problems, as well as paranoia and psychosis. The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has called for the ban. Pennsylvania has already banned them; Maryland could have a law in place, as early as September 1st.

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