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Two Killed By Train in Ellserslie

Two Ellerslie residents were killed by a train this morning at the Schellsburg Road crossing. Twenty-three year old Jonathan Michael Soult and 18-year old Amanda Nicole Smith were struck by the train, despite the fact the crossing lights and gates had been activated by the approaching train, and were working properly. The bodies have been forwarded to the State Medical Examiners’ Office for an autopsy, to determine the cause of death. A joint investigation by the Allegany County Sheriff’s Office, CSX, and the C3I unit is continuing.

 

NewPage Corporation Files for Bankruptcy

The NewPage Corporation, which operates the Luke paper mill, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in both the United States and Canada. The company has released a statement, noting that the it feels the filing is in its best, long-term interest, and for that of the stakeholders. The Luke mill will stay open during the bankruptcy proceedings, as the company has asked the bankruptcy court to allow the company to continue regular operations.

 

Cumberland Man Fatally Injured in Swimming Accident

Cumberland resident Craig Allen Cross was fatally injured this past weekend, in a swimming accident in Hampshire County. He was pronounced dead at the Winchester Medical Center. The accident occurred around 4:43 p.m., as he was swinging from a rope over the river, when he struck his head on a rock or another hard object, according to the Hampshire County Sheriff’s Office. Cross’ death was ruled accidental.

 

Mineral Resident Among Those Indicted by Grand Jury

Among the indictments returned by the Mineral County Grand Jury was one for Stephen Wilson, a Keyser man, charged with embezzling almost $250,000 from the Short Gap Fire Department over a 14-year period of time. He was arrested last month, following a six-month investigation. Wilson is accused of transferring money from the fire department to his personal business, and paying bills with funds given to, or raised by, the fire department.

 

Slots Proposals Deadline Approaching

While the Maryland Board of Public Works has approved an upgrade of the water treatment plant at Rocky Gap State Park, the state has set a deadline of September 23rd for proposals to operate a slots parlor at the facility. The state gaming commission hopes to award a slots license in December. As for the water treatment facility, Watek Engineering Corporation of Silver Spring will oversee the quarter-million dollar design and construction of a new plant.

 

Fire At Maryland Avenue House

A fire, at an unattended house on Maryland Avenue sustained about $5,000 in damage Tuesday night. The two-story, wood-framed dwelling was located at 803 Maryland Avenue and was owned by Joyce Shavinsky. The preliminary cause of the fire is under investigation, but it is known it originated in the basement. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Cumberland City Fire Marshal at (301)-759-6484.

 

Complaint Results in Drug Arrests

A complaint of loud noise led to the arrest of two Cumberland men earlier this week. The Allegany County Sheriff’s Office reports that 28-year old Nathan Pusey and John Robert Twigg were later arrested for possession of marijuana. Twigg was also charged with disturbing the peace, drug paraphernalia possession and possession of another controlled dangerous substance. Pusey was additionally charged with obstructing and hindering and contributing to the delinquency of a minor for alcohol. Following a hearing in District Court, both were released pending trial.

 

Two Public Transportation Meetings Set

The U.S. Department of Transportation and the state of West Virginia have scheduled two public meetings on the U.S. Tier One Planning Study, I-68 to Corridor “H.” The meetings will be held next Tuesday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Keyser Primary/Middle School. Another meeting will be held on Wednesday at the Bel Air Elementary School from 6 to 8 p.m. The purpose of the project is to develop an improved U.S. Route 220 transportation corridor, connecting Interstate 68 and the Corridor “H” improvements, to provide an upgraded north-south transportation system.

 

Mission of Mercy Seeking Votes

The Western Maryland Mission of Mercy, the free dental clinic that served 810 people last year, is seeking your vote. Tom’s Maine’s “50 States for Good” program is looking to grant money to worthwhile programs. The local program goal is to be one of 20 non-profit organizations to be eligible for up to $50,000 in funding. You can vote for the local Mission of Mercy, by going to the website www.50statesforgood.com.Please vote by Tuesday, September 13th.

 

Questions Remain in Multiple Killings, Suicide

There are many questions remaining in this week’s multiple shootings, which left six people, including the shooter, dead. Twenty-two year old Shane Riggleman may have been motivated by jealousy over an ex-girlfriend who lived a few miles west of Morgantown. Police say all who were killed, were shot by a high-powered rifle, including one victim, who was six months pregnant. Riggleman took his own life, along a Kentucky road on Monday. He had had several run-ins with the law, over the course of the last three years.

 

Woman Killed in Bedford County Crash

A Bedford County woman was killed in a two car crash in East St. Clair township. Sixty-year old Dianna Mock, a backseat passenger in a car driven by 80-year old Roselia Bridges, was killed as Ms. Bridges went through a stop sign, striking an oncoming vehicle. The other driver, James Giselman was uninjured. None of the occupants was wearing a seatbelt.

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