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Two Arrested in Daytime Burglary

Two Cumberland men were arrested in connection with a daytime burglary, which occurred on Monday around 4 p.m. at a Mason Road residence. Taken into custody were Antonio Robert Muir and 28-year old Brandon Horwath. The two are accused of stealing jewelry, electronics and a semi-automatic handgun, with a total loss valued at $4200. Muir remains in the Allegany County Detention Center on $35,000 bond, while Horwath’s bail was set at $50,000. They were arrested by the Allegany County Sheriff’s Department.


Chamber Favors Addition to School Construction Budget

The Allegany County Chamber of Commerce has written a letter to Commissioner Mike McKay and Board of Education President Michael Llewellyn, supporting the addition of new school construction to the Allegany County Capital Improvement Program. Part of the county’s economic development plan, as stated in the letter, must include education, in addition to site availability, infrastructure, transportation, incentive offerings and numerous other factors, in order to attract new business to the area. County staffers are recommending that three school projects-Allegany High School, along with Washington and Braddock Middle School-be added to the county’s capital improvements program. While not mentioning a new Allegany High School specifically, the letter, signed by Chairman Mark Widmyer and Executive Director Stu Czapski, notes the current 93/7 funding split is favorable to assist in new school construction, and something that cannot be ignored.


Luke Mill Not For Sale

The NewPage corporation facility at Luke is not for sale, and would remain open, even if the company files for bankruptcy. According to the Wall Street Journal, the company is seeking out special loan arrangements, giving the company enough cash to continue operations during bankruptcy proceedings. The company has closed a plant in Nova Scotia, laying off about 600 people, and 400 who were employed in related jobs.


Sheriff’s Office Investigates Single-Vehicle Crash

Officials were on the scene of a single vehicle crash on Route 51 at Collier Run Road for over three hours Monday night into Tuesday morning. A tractor-trailer, driven by Harlow Phillip Plew overturned onto the Jersey barrier. He was taken to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries. Route 51 was closed while the vehicle was removed from the scene. Plew was charged with traveling at a speed greater than reasonable.

Monday Fire Ruled Accidental

Monday afternoon’s fire on Bedford Street at the home of Dustin and Judy Davis was caused by “wire arcings” and shorted out wiring. A fire was discovered in the basement of the home in the 1900-block of Bedford Street. Damages totaled $60,000. The home was unoccupied at the time of the fire and the Davis’ had insurance. They are now staying with relatives. There were no injuries in the fire, reported around 3:43 p.m.


Woman Arrested for Brandishing Sword, Threatening Residents

Cumberland resident Tia Marie Jones was arrested Monday night, following an incident in the 600-block of Maryland Avenue. She is accused of arguing over rent money. During the argument, she allegedly picked up a sword, which was in a sheath, and threatened two other people. She was taken to Police Headquarters and held on $5,000 bond, following a hearing in Allegany County District Court.


Two Sentenced to Prison Terms

A Cumberland man and one from Bedford have been sentenced to prison, after being convicted on drug distribution charges in Bedford County. Twenty-five year old Devin James of Cumberland was sentenced to two to four years, while Bedford resident Aaron Mance Poole was sentenced to three to six years. The convictions stemmed from a five month investigation, begun in August of last year, involving three separate drug transactions. The last transaction took place on January 18th of this year.


FSU Presents “Eleven Days of September”

Frostburg State University, led by United Campus Ministry and Catholic Campus Ministries will hold an observance of the 10th anniversary of 9/11. Entitled, “Eleven Days of September” will be held from September 1st  through the 11th. The event is being highlighted by a Campus and Commuitywide 9/11 Remembrance Program, “The Wall,” where individuals can post their memories, prayers, pictures and other information, and a flag display for the 9/11 casualties.


No Trash Collection on Labor Day

There will be no trash collection in the City of Cumberland on Monday, September 5th, which is the Labor Day holiday. Residents of the areas affected by the change should put their trash out on the next regularly scheduled collection day. Anyone with questions should contact the public works department at (301)-759-6620.


Error In ACPS School Calendar

The 2011-2012 Allegany County Public Schools calendar handbook went to print with an error in the number of credits needed to graduate from high school. On the page which lists college information and graduation requirements, under the section on graduation requirements, parents and students should note that the correct number of minimum credits necessary for students entering grade nine should be 22.

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