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New Developer Possible for Cumberland Chase

A transfer of ownership is possible for the Cumberland Chase Housing project, and there may be a new developer in the offing. Cumberland Chase, a planned community on Dan’s Mountain, has remained in limbo since one of the partners died in a plane crash. Rob Markwood, another partner, died in May of 2010. The Allegany County Commissioners have now authorized county staff to prepare a public works agreement to outline existing and future infrastructure necessary to support the development. A potential new developer is negotiating to buy the property.


Happy Hills Auction Slated for Tomorrow

Numerous items from the Happy Hills Farm, owned by the Hafer family, will be auctioned off, beginning tomorrow morning at 9 a.m. There will be two auctioneers on site, selling many items obtained by the family over the years. John Hafer is the director of a family mortuary business in Frostburg and LaVale. He served as a Maryland State Senator for 16 years, before stepping down four years ago.


Woman Arrested In Detention Center Fight

A Rawlings woman was arrested outside the Allegany County Detention Center, following a fight with three members of a family, who were visiting an inmate there. Twenty-three year old Nicole Renae White was charged with four counts of assault and one count of disorderly conduct. Ms. White is accused of biting one man and tearing the shirt off of another. She was placed in the Detention Center on $2500.


Breaking and Entering Reported

Another breaking and entering has occurred in Cumberland, this time on Pearre Avenue. The victim had returned home for lunch, when she noticed her home had been entered. Entry was made through the basement door and a total of $2500 in household items was taken. C3I investigators arrived on the scene to assist and continue with their investigation. No one has been arrested in connection with the crime, but police remind residents to remain vigilant in their neighborhoods, and to report any suspicious activity to the Police Department.


Man Arrested in Domestic Incident

A Lonaconing man was being held in the Allegany County Detention Center on $10,000 bond, following an incident Wednesday evening. Twenty-four year old Randall Ernest Mellotte was at his residence with a family member, landlord and several co-workers when he began to act uncontrollably; he assaulted a family member when she tried to walk outside. Co-workers tried to intervene and he assaulted them as well. The victims sustained minor injuries.


Hearing Delayed for Schellsburg Man

A hearing for Schellsburg resident Stephen Weaver was continued until late next month. Weaver is charged with having weapons of mass destruction. State police found an unknown amount of explosive devices that were contained in an attached garage to his home. The state police Hazardous Device and Explosives Section destroyed the devices in an adjacent field.


Hampshire County Man Arrested in Break-In

Twenty-two year old Jeremy Spaid was arrested in connection to the breaking and entering of a Capon Bridge home. Spaid is accused of stealing numerous firearms, and then trying to pawn them at a local shop. His father, Tom Spaid, was also a suspect in the breaking and entering, but he was found dead July 23rd in Winchester. Foul play is not suspected. For his part, Jeremy Spaid was released on $5,000 bond.


Adult Education Holds Graduation Recognition Ceremony

The Allegany County Public Schools Adult Education Program held its 28th Annual Graduation Recognition Ceremony in late June at Mountain Ridge High School. Students from both the GED and External Diploma Programs were honored for earning their Maryland High School Diploma during the 2010-2011 school year.

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