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Companies Respond to Baltimore Avenue Fire

The Cumberland, Ridgeley, and Bowling Green Fire Departments responded to a fire early Saturday morning at 332 Baltimore Avenue in Cumberland. Property damage was set at $15,000 and content damage was placed at $1,000. There were no injuries. The structure is owned by Greg and Denise Stup, and was occupied by Christina Blowe, Gregory Lincoln and their four children. The cause has been traced to wires arcing in a void space in the back of the residence.


Three Arrested In Everett Area Drug Sting

Two Everett, Pennsylvania residents and one from Hopewell have been arrested on drug charges, stemming from an investigation that began in April of this year. Taken into custody were 27-year old Timothy Lee Hall and 31-year old Earl John Harding of Everett, along with 24-year old Travis Donaldson of Hopewell. They were arrested Friday, when they returned from Baltimore, presumably to purchase heroin for resale in Bedford County. All three are scheduled for a preliminary hearing on Wednesday at 9 a.m. in Bedford County Court.


Water Advisory Posted for Broadford Park

The Garrett County Health Department is warning of a concentration of a blue-green algae, alled Microcystitis have been reported at Broadford Park bathing beach. Swimmers and water skiers are being advised to avoid areas with the algae. It can cause skin irritation, nausea and other effects if swallowed or with prolonged contac t. The Garrett County Health Department is advising that if you come in contact with the algae, to wash it off with fresh water as soon as possible. Don’t drink the water, and if any skin irritation persists, see a physician or health care provider.


Keyser Man Charged With Auto Theft, DUI and Other Traffic Offenses

A Keyser, West Virginia man, Timothy Franklin Brooks, was arrested over the weekend in Garrett County. The traffic stop took place on Route 135, east of Route 560 in Oakland. A Maryland State Police trooper detected a strong odor of alcohol, and Brooks was placed under arrest for DUI. It was further discovered that the car-a 2005 Hyundai-had been stolen. He was further charged with auto theft and several other traffic offenses.


Meeting Set for South Penn Construction

Construction crews are working to keep South Penn School’s classroom addition project on schedule for the opening of the 2011-2012 school year. The school will become home to two new pre-kindergarten classrooms, as well as an expanded parking lot. There will be a public meeting on the progress of the project on Wednesday, August 17th at 5 p.m. in the gymnasium, in an effort to answer questions and address concerns that parents or community members may have regarding the project. A Cumberland City Police Officer will also be in attendance at the meeting.


Virginia Avenue Repairs Set for Wednesday

The Cumberland Street Department will perform a street repair on southbound Virginia Avenue at Queen Street Wednesday. Work will begin at 8:30 a.m., weather permitting. Virginia Avenue, from East Industrial Boulevard to Bowen Street, will be one-lane for approximately three hours. Traffic will be controlled by flaggers and directed through the northbound side of the Virginia Avenue underpass.


FBI Enters Case of Missing Frederick Woman

The FBI is entering the case of a missing Frederick woman in Aruba. The Bureau is working with Aruban authorities in the investigation. Her companion, Gary Giordano is being held for questioning there. He claims the woman went missing while the two were snorkeling.


Tax Free Week Underway

Maryland’s tax-free shopping week is underway, where the 6 per cent sales tax will be waived on most clothing and shoes, priced $100 or less. The week is designed to help retailers during the Back To School Shopping season. The annual week costs the state $19 million in tax revenue; Maryland also holds a tax free shopping weekend in February, during the President’s Day Weekend, exempting the sales tax on energy efficient appliances.


Maryland 511 Helps State Residents Navigate Daily Commutes, Road Trips, Special Events

The new Maryland 511 system will provide free, one-stop shopping for travel information on state maintained roadways, including travel times, incident or work zone lane closures, weather reports and connections to transit, airport and tourism information. By calling “511, commuters and visitors are offered more predictable travel in Maryland. Drivers can save time, fuel costs and the frustration that often breeds aggressive and unsafe driving. The website, which provides the same type of information, can be accessed at


West Virginia Special Session Begins Thursday

West Virginia’s Acting Governor Earl Ray Tomblin, is calling state lawmakers back into special session this Thursday at noon. He is vetoing the redistricting bill passed by members of the House earlier in the month. In that plan, some voting precincts ended up in two districts and one area didn’t have a delegate district. How long the special session will last is open to speculation.


Mistrial Declared in Somerset Drug Case

A mistrial has been declared  in the case of a 28-year old Somerset man, chargred with dealing drugs. The mistrial was declared just before closing arguments in the case against 28-year old Alon Whitehead,  Jr, who is accused of dealing crack cocaine from his car. The issues that lead to the mistrial are under investigation and the defense attorney was unavailable for comment.

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