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America’s 911 Ride Arrives at 8 a.m.

Today’s  911 Ride through Cumberland could include a 14-mile span of motorcycles, and the route is being changed to accommodate that. Riders are expected around 8 a.m. From the Narrows, they will travel on Mechanic Street; from there, they will turn left onto Frederick Street, to Nave’s Crossroads. Riders will continue on Route 144, entering Interstate 68 near Rocky Gap State Park. The route will be closed to through traffic; citizens who live and work in Cumberland should expect street closures and delays in traveling throughout parts of the city.

 

Cause of Rose Hill Avenue Fire Determined

The cause of a fire on Rose Hill Avenue Wednesday has been traced to improperly discarded smoking material. The fire damaged a three-unit apartment building, owned by Thomas Mattingly and occupied by James Whittington and Sherry Perkins. Damages were estimated at $5,000 to the building itself and $500 to the contents. The fire originated on a second-floor deck, and there was no damage to the interior of the building.

 

Scenic Byways Funding Includes Western Maryland

The United States Department of Transportation has awarded several grants to the Maryland Department of Transportation to help preserve and enhance historic scenic byways in the state under the National Scenic Byways program. Also included in the funding is just over $485,000 to help implement the National Road corridor management plan in Western Maryland. The gran will help finance the acquisition of a 277-acre conservation easement and implement additional resource protection along the corridor.

 

Commission Improves Terms for Slots License Bidders

The state slots commission has improved the terms for bidding for slots licenses in Baltimore and at Rocky Gap State Park. At Rocky Gap, the commission agreed to reduce the financial commitment for wastewater treatment upgrades for the proposed casino there. Instead of paying out $4 million, the developer would pay around $1.8 million, to cover the estimated impact of the operation on the existing system. Bids are due September 23rd for the last two of the five slots sites authorized by voters.

 

State Crime Rate Down; Local Rate Increases

Maryland’s crime rate decreased to 6.3 per cent last year, but Allegany County’s rate actually rose, with a 10.7 per cent increase. The violent crime rate is more than double the figures from 1975, and is the highest crime rate ever. Many smaller counties are seeing increases, but a criminology expert says it is NOT due to the economic downturn. The state had the highest rate of violent crimes in 2009, with 590 per 100,000 people, according to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting program.

 

Somerset County Man Dies in Explosion

A fifty-year old Hooversville resident has died in an explosion at a Somerset County facility. George Rininger died at UPMC Mercy hospital in Pittsburgh. Rininger, an 18-year employee of Kantner Iron and Steel, was cutting the lock from a large steel box, which contained between 50 and 100 pounds of black powder, which exploded. The box was not marked as containing explosives, and came from a farm near Meyersdale last week. Several agencies, including the Pennsylvania State Police, OSHA, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, are investigating.

 

Man Sentenced Second Time In Connection with Fatal Crash

Fairhope resident Jack Jarosz has been sentenced to anywhere from 48 months to 15 years in connection with a fatal accident in 2008. A new trial had been granted by the State Superior Court in 2009, because he said errors were made in the case. He was found guilty earlier this summer during a jury trial, in the death of 64-year old Burt Reany of Chambersburg. The crash occurred on Route 31, at the intersection with Route 96 in Harrison Township. Jarosz had been driving with a suspended license from a prior drunk driving conviction at the time of the accident.

 

Giordano Had Insurance Policy on Companion

Gary Giordano, the U.S. tourist being detained in Aruba in connection with the case of a missing Frederick woman, had taken out an insurance policy on her, and had tried to cash it in. Giordano had mentioned the policy while being questioned in connection to the disappearance of 35-year old Robyn Gardner by Aruban authorities. A judge has ruled there is sufficient evidence to hold Giordano for 16 more days in connection to Ms. Gardner’s disappearance.

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