Two Die In Pendleton County Murder-Suicide
What may have started as a domestic incident has resulted in the deaths of two men in Pendleton County Tuesday afternoon. Burlington resident Delmus Dye shot and killed Tony Sites of Riverton, then turned the gun on himself. Police believe Sites may have been an innocent bystander, and Dye was, in fact, trying to shoot his girlfriend in the parking lot of Hinkle Trucking. The investigation into the incident is continuing by the West Virginia State Police.
Board Establishing Gift Policy
The Allegany County Board of Education is adopting a gift policy, which is being considered because of financial tests that are performed on fixed assets by auditors. The Cumberland Times News states that there was no mention of two controversial George Washington portraits, donated by the Cumberland Historic Cemetery Organization. The group’s logo is on the portrait. It contained a cross, which was covered up by board staff.
Price Tag for Repair, Main Set at Over $100,000
The two water main breaks in the vicinity of Bedford Street and Henderson Avenue could cost the city upwards of $100,000. One valve alone cost $8,000; that valve was used to fix the most recent water main break on Monday. The exact cause of the ruptures remains under investigation.
Bill Has Senate Support in Two States
Pennsylvania United States Senator Pat Toomey is co-sponsoring a bill, which would repeal a ban on states using toll credits as matching funds for Appalachian Development Highway System projects. This brings Senatorial support for Senate Bill 950 to four, including fellow Pennsylvania Senator Robert Casey, as well as Maryland United States Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara Mikulski. A companion bill has been introduced in the House of Representatives, and it currently has ten sponsors.
Gas Station Garage Struck; No Injuries
A vehicle struck the garage of the Valero service station on East Main Street in Frostburg late yesterday morning; there were no injuries. Both hazmat and collapse teams were alerted to the collision, but were later cancelled. The Frostburg and Shaft fire departments responded to the scene, and a private contractor was called to secure the building.
Keyser Man Charged with Several Burglaries
Keyser resident Joshua Aaron Roy has been charged with several burglaries in the Short Gap area. Roy is charged with the theft of two, 42-inch flat screen televisions, a computer monitor, a Nintendo Wii, and a large assortment of jewelry. Roy is also alleged to have stolen a vehicle in Keyser. All of the stolen items were recovered from the car. He is being held in the Potomac Highlands Regional Jail. Burglary carries with it a possible sentence of one to fifteen years, while grand larceny carries a sentence of one to ten years. Roy faces not only three counts of burglary, but three counts of grand larceny.
Former Tourism Director Passes at 86
The former director of tourism for Allegany County, Josephine Beynon, passed away Tuesday at the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center. Ms. Beynon was instrumental in establishing Heritage Days, the official Allegany County festival. Friends are being received at the Scarpelli Funeral Home on Virginia Avenue tomorrow from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Services are set for Saturday at 1 p.m.
Governor Asked to Veto Redistricting Bill
West Virginia Delegate Gary Howell has asked Governor Earl Ray Tomblin to veto a bill that would split the town of Piedmont between Delegate Howell and Delegate Allen Evans. The town is presently included, in its entirety in Evans’ 48th District, according to the Mineral News-Tribune Review.
Cumberland Man Charged with Burglary
A twenty-seven year old Cumberland man faces various burglary charges, along with malicious destruction of property and theft. A man was seen leaving a residence in the 100-block of Decatur Street, carrying a television set. Officers followed a blood trail to a nearby apartment building and located the suspect with the stolen property. Taken into custody was Keith August Palmisano. The alleged theft occurred Tuesday evening, and Palmisano had been awaiting an initial appearance at Allegany County District Court.
Animal Abuse Case Investigated in Bedford County
The Bedford County Barrack of the Pennsylvania State Police is investigating what is being called an act of animal abuse. An 11-year old quarter horse, owned by Joni Allen, was allegedly shot with BB pellets several times. The incident happened between 7 a.m. and noon on Briar Valley Road in Bedford Township. Anyone with information is asked to contact the State Police at (814)-623-6133.
Direct Air Ending Hagerstown Service
Direct Air will be ending its service out of Hagerstown Regional Airport on August 21st, but may return next year. At this point, Cape Air will be the only regional carrier out of the Hub City. Hagerstown has been determined by Direct Air to be a good “seasonal market,” and the company hopes to return to service next spring. Direct Air had been flying twice a week from Hagerstown to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and Lakeland, Florida.