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McKay Says Luke Mill Will Remain Operational

Allegany County Commission President Mike McKay says he is confident the Luke Mill will remain open, even if NewPage Corporation files for bankruptcy. He adds, for a number of reasons, the plant could  be purchased by another paper-making company. Allegany County paid about $700,000 in property taxes last year, and that figure doesn’t include income taxes and spending in the county by employees of NewPage.


Potomac State Reports Record Enrollment

Potomac State College of West Virginia University has announced a record-breaking, first time freshman class of 752 students, a 2.17 per cent increase from last year. Overall enrollment was 1,815 students, the second highest in the college’s history. As of the first day of classes, more than 40 per cent of the courses were filled.


Burglary, Theft, Related Charges Lodged Against Cumberland Man

Cumberland resident Frederick Walter Hamilton IV is being held on $700,000 bond, following his arrest Monday. Hamilton’s arrest was the result of a joint investigation by the C3I unit and Cumberland City Police, into a burglary and theft, which took place on August 5th at a Frederick Street residence. Checks, taken from the residence, were forged and passed at several local businesses, in an amount exceeding $6500. At the time of his arrest, Cumberland police were responding to a residence on Greene Street for a reported burglary. Jewelry, medication/credit and debit cards, a gift card and cash were taken. The total loss there was $4700. Hamilton was charged with that theft as well. He is being charged with numerous counts of burglary, theft, and related charges.


Man Tries to Jump Train, Arrested for Trespassing

An 18-year old Cumberland man was arrested Monday night, after Cumberland City Police responded to a report that a person had been struck by a train. Carrington Schmoyer, in fact, had tried to jump onto a slow-moving train, when he slipped and fell to the ground, receiving minor injuries. He was issued a criminal citation, charging him with trespassing on posted property. He was released from the scene.


Police Seeking Information on Sears Burglary

The Garrett County Sheriff’s Department is looking for information on the breaking, entering and theft from the Sears Store in Oakland, sometime Tuesday night or early yesterday morning. Appliances and other items were taken from the store on Pleasant Hills Drive, south of Oakland. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Sheriff’s office at (301)-334-1911.


Bedford County Considering Jail Closure

Because of operating costs and ongoing maintenance programs, the Bedford County commissioners are considering the possibility of closing the county jail. Bedford County could save anywhere from $500,000 top $1.5 million if they sent county-sentenced inmates to other facilities. There are several logistical problems to be worked out, including transporting inmates, work-release provisions and what to do with the jail, if it were closed.


Eight Attend “814” Area Code Meeting

Only eight residents were present at this week’s meeting to discuss the future of the “814” area code. The hearing was conducted by the Pennsylvania Utility Commission on affecting an area code relief plan, and what effect it would have on Bedford County. The Commission must decide before all the numbers are exhausted-probably in early 2015-whether to overlay a new code for new customers or to divide the “814” area code, which means everyone in a portion of the area could get a new area code.


Missing Woman Sought in Somerset County

An Addison Township woman, who may be suffering from dementia, is missing, and police are on the lookout for her. Seventy-two year old Suzanne Katherine Radosevich was last seen Tuesday morning at her cabin on Summit View Lane. She reportedly drives a 1994 Mazda Navajo, with a Pennsylvania registration of “DDP-5420.” Anyone with information is asked to contact the Someret barrack of the Pennsylvania State Police at (814)-445-4104.


Escaped Inmate Captured

An inmate from the Maryland Correctional Training Center who walked away from an “unsupervised location” this week has been captured. Christopher Randolph had been serving a 13-year sentence for robbery with a deadly weapon was due to be released in December, but will now serve additional time for escape. Randolph was the second inmate to escape this summer, and had been working at a downtown Hagerstown business in the food service industry.


West Virginia Eliminating Food Tax

Legislation was signed this week that will eventually eliminate a sales tax on food in West Virginia by July of 2013. Food tax will be lowered from 3-cents to 2-cents starting January 1st of next year. According to House Speaker Rick Thompson, the food tax is extremely high, but the drop will keep the state’s Rainy Day Fund at a healthy level.

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