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Aftermath of Hurricane Irene

Hurricane Irene came and went over the weekend, with little wind damage to the state of Maryland. Ocean City was evacuated over the weekend, and the town is now preparing for the Labor Day weekend. More than 800,000 residents of the state are without power, and that could be the case for days to come. Locally, the only effect from the Category One storm was isolated heavy showers on Saturday. In other areas of the state, there was rain and winds of up to 73 miles-per-hour. No outages or injuries were reported locally.


Sheriff Says Crime Increase Due to Economy

Allegany County Sheriff Craig Robertson says an 11 per cent increase in Allegany County crime was due, in part, to a tough economy. Allegany County showed a 10.7 per cent increase in crime, according to the FBI Uniform Crime Report. An increase in robberies and thefts have contributed to the increase. Sheriff Robertson adds that with three prisons, an influx of people moving to the county from larger, metropolitan areas, has also contributed to an increase in the crime rate. On a more positive note, there was a 3.4 per cent decrease in violent crimes, according to the report.


Home Destroyed by Fire in Garrett County

A home along Swanton Road was destroyed yesterday afternoon, and there were no injuries. The blaze was reported to the Garrett County Office of Public Safety and Emergency Management around 4:30 yesterday afternoon. The investigation into the cause of the fire is continuing.


DUI Patrol Stops 27 Vehicles

A DUI saturation patrol by the Maryland State Police resulted in 27 stops on Friday and Saturday. No arrests were made, but troopers issued five citations, 29 warnings and two orders for equipment repairs at the checkpoint, on Route 40 near Frostburg.



Man Arrested for Assault

Twenty-three year old Cumberland resident Travis Cecil was charged with assault, following an incident early Thursday morning on South Waverly Terrace. Cecil allegedly assault another person, with the victim sustaining visible injuries to the facial area; Cumberland Fire Department was called to treat the victim. He was charged with second-degree assault and held on $10,000 bond at the Allegany County Detention Center.


Underaged Drinking Party Results in Arrest

A Grand Avenue resident was arrested, following a loud party in the 300-block of Grand Avenue. Colby Nestor is charged with supplying individuals under the age of 21 with alcoholic beverages while inside his residence. He also faces a number of other charges, including obstructing and hindering, possession of marijuana, and maintaining a disorderly house. He was taken to the Allegany County Detention Center and held on $3,000 bond.


Fort Hill Hall of Fame Planned

The “We Are Fort Hill” Committee is in the process of establishing a Fort Hill High School Hall of Fame. This hall will honor Fort Hill graduates who have made remarkable accomplishments in academics, athletics, or have achieved significant lifetime endeavors. The committee will honor the first group of inductees, prior to the start of the first home football game on Friday. The group of inductees will be the Class of 1937-Fort Hill’s first graduating class. For more information, visit the Fort Hill website at


Small Business Workshops Set in Keyser

Two small business workshops are set for Thursday, September 15th in Keyser. The workshops “Business Fundamentals” and “Sustainable Growth” are part of the West Virginia Small Business Development Center new training and business coaching program to help small business owners received the right information at the right time. To register, call (304)-530-4964.


Tomblin Leads Opponent by 14 Points

With less than six weeks until the special election for Governor, acting Governor Earl Ray Tomblin leads Republican challenger Bill Maloney by 14 points. The poll, from the Mellman Group, shows Tomblin with an overall 47 to 33 per cent lead, with a fifth of West Virginia voters undecided. Maloney overcame a 30-point deficit in the primary to become the Republican nominee; it has also been reported that Maloney has outspent Tomblin on TV campaign advertisements.

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