One Dead in Ridgeley Shooting
The investigation continues into an early Sunday morning shooting, which left a New Jersey area man dead, and another-possibly his brother-wounded. The shootings took place in the vicinity of a Ridgeley bar. Twenty-five year old Ryan Henry was killed; 23-year old Richard Henry was wounded. Both victims were initially taken to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center. Several shots were fired in the 1:44 a.m. incident, but it’s not known how many individuals may have fired weapons, or what type of weapons were involved. Police are still searching for suspects.
Water Treatment Plant Needs Replaced
State officials have told Delegate Kevin Kelly and State Senator George Edwards that if a slots facility comes to Rocky Gap State Park, a failing water treatment plant will need to be replaced. The Board of Public works will consider a request from the Maryland Environmental Service tomorrow, to provide nearly $250,000 in funding. As it stands now, the existing treatment process does not meet drinking water regulations, and the Maryland Environmental Service has to rent temporary treatment equipment to remain in compliance with drinking water standards.
Woman Arrested on Assault Charges
A 20-year old Cumberland woman faces first and second degree assault charges, following a Sunday evening incident in the 100-block of Park Street. Mikki Kondilas allegedly stabbed her ex-boyfriend twice in the back, with a pair of scissors. Also during the incident, officers observed drug paraphernalia. She was being held at the Allegany County Detention Center on $25,000 bond. She faces additional charges of reckless endangerment and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Red Cross Cuts Affecting Other Areas of the State
While Friday was the final day for the local chapter of the American Red Cross on Cumberland Street, other areas of the state are feeling the effects of the economy. A part-time, paid employee will be hired to oversee volunteer operations in Cumberland and LaPlata. Red Cross offices in Hagerstown and Frederick will remain open. Cuts made will total about $580,000 or about 25 per cent of the region’s budget. The Chesapeake Region of the American Red Cross includes not only Cumberland, but also Mineral County, West Virgina.
Overview to be Presented to TGCC
The Greater Cumberland Committee will be presented with an overview of the Power of 32 regional visioning initiative and its goals and strategies to transition this effort to the next level. The meeting will be held Thursday at 11:30 a.m. Members of TGCC will receive a better understanding that, in working towards a common good, the individual counties may join forces to alter the economic outlook for the benefit of all.
Insurance Administration Stopping in Cumberland
The Maryland Insurance Adminstration will be visiting the MVA on Winchester Road at the end of the month. The MIA offers a variety of consumer materials on all types of insurance products, from annuities to title insurance and health, auto, and homeowners’ insurance. They will be in Cumberland on Wednesday, September 28th from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Staff from the agency will be available to answer consumer questions.
Suspect’s Lawyer to Appeal Detention
The lawyer for a Maryland man linked to the disappearance of a Frederick woman in Aruba, will appeal the additional 60-day detention in the case. Fifty-year old Gary Giordano has not been charged with a crime, but is being held for another two months for questioning by Aruban authorities.