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Two Ellerslie Residents Killed By Train

Two Ellerslie residents were killed by a CSX train early yesterday morning. Twenty-three year old Jonathan Michael Soult and 18-year old Amanda Nicole Smith were killed at approximately 4 a.m., as the train approached the Schellsburg Road crossing in Ellerslie. The crossing lights and gates were activated by the approaching train and were working properly. The crew sounded the train horn to warn them, but the victims did not respond, and both were struck. The bodies have been taken to the State Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy. A joint investigation by the Allegany County Sheriff’s Office, CSX, and the C3I unit is continuing.


Former Teacher Pleads Guilty

Former Mineral County teacher Denise Fitch has pleaded guilty to three counts of third-degree sexual assault at her pre-sentence hearing circuit court. She has since resigned from her position with the Mineral County School system. She was arrested after telling a counselor that she had inappropriate contact with three teenage boys at her home in June of 2010. A date for her sentencing will be set, following a pre-sentence investigation.


Man Arrested for Fraudulent Prescriptions

McMullen Highway resident Chad Carter faces three charges after he tried to use a fraudulent prescription to obtain narcotics at a LaVale pharmacy on Wednesday. He is jailed on $7,000 bond at the Allegany County Detention Center. Carder is also a suspect in an alleged purse snatching incident in LaVale last week. He had been wanted on a warrant on file with the Allegany County Sheriff’s Office as well.


Man Indicted in Second Robbery

Among the indictments handed down by the Mineral County grand jury was for Charles Edward Bruffey of Keyser, in connection with the February, 2010 robbery of the M & T Bank in Fort Ashby. He had previously been charged with the December, 2009 robbery of the same bank. His original bail amount was set at $100,000, and he has remained in the Potomac Highlands Regional Jail since then.


Bail Set at $1 Million for Murder Suspect


Bail has been set at one-million dollars for a North Carolina man who is accused of murdering his wife, a former Frostburg resident. Kenya Mangum is accused of killing Amanda Mangum about a block from their home in Durham, North Carolina on July 17th. Kenya Mangum, who was arrested several hours after his wife was killed, will appear in court again in October.



Grants Announced to Boost Employment, Expand Internet Access

The Appalachian Regional Commission has awarded grants, totaling $131,000 to three different projects in Western Maryland, designed to attract new jobs and businesses, aid job seekers and expand internet access. Two grants were awarded to Washington County; in Allegany County, the Board of Education has received $50,000 to help bring broadband Internet to the county.The county will also conduct a feasibility study, to determine how to leverage a new 37-mile fiber optic cable system, so that it can increase broadband availability throughout the county.


Keyser May Charge for Freedom of Information Requests

In an effort to avoid further controversy, and to make it easier for resident to obtain public information from City Hall, the Keyser Mayor and Council held a reading for a Freedom of Information Ordinance at this week’s meeting. In some instances, groups or individuals may have to pay for the information. Under the policy, the first five pages would be free, and any document with five or more pages would cost 10-cents per page.


ACM-Somerset Awarded Money for Addition


Allegany College of Maryland’s Somerset campus will be awarded $1.5 million in a state redevelopment grant to build an addition, housing a new work force development center. An  application was submitted in January to receive funding for the project, and the grant was announced by Pennsylvania State Senator Richard Kasunic.


DNR Announces CWD Regulations

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources has announced new regulations to help stop the spread of chronic wasting disease in deer. The regulations apply to only a small part of Allegany County, but bans the use of bait and limits the movement of deer carcasses. Affected will be sections of Green Ridge State Forest, near Flintstone and Oldtown. The transport of certain parts of deer carcasses out of the area is restricted, unless the carcass is being taken directly to an approved deer processor in Allegany County.

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