Firefighter Injured in Little Orleans Blaze
A firefighter sustained first-degree burns in battling a blaze on Mann Road in Little Orleans early yesterday morning. The two-story, single family dwelling was owned by Kenneth Bowman, and losses were placed at $200,000. The fire remains under investigation, but is believed to have started in the basement of the home. The firefighter was held overnight at the hospital for observation.
Woman Escapes Serious Injury in Wreck
Cumberland resident Michelle Andrade escaped an accident yesterday, when her vehicle hit a utility pole and wrapped the SUV with live electrical wires. First-responders arrived on the scene and told her to remain in the vehicle, until Potomac Edison crews were able to shut off electrical power to the pole. She was taken to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center for treatment of non-life threatening injuries, and there were no charges filed.
Board of Public Works Approves Preservation
The Maryland Board of Public Works has approved 87 acres in the Bear Creek Rural Legacy Area in Garrett County. According to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, preservation of the property, owned by Delegate Wendell Beitzel and his wife, will permanently protect 87 acres of valuable agricultural and forest lands. The easement on the property will provide a permanent forest buffer of 2,990 feet of Bear Creek and its tributaries and extinguish 28 development rights.
DUI Checkpoint Set
The Allegany County Sheriff’s Office, with assistance from the Frostburg Police Department and the Maryland State Highway Administration, will be conducting a DUI checkpoint Friday from 9 p.m. to midnight in the area of Route 36 at Frostburg Plaza. Motorists are encouraged to use caution, when traveling through the area, and to remain alert.
Pizzeria Opening in Downtown Cumberland
A New York-style pizza shop is opening in downtown Cumberland on October 10th. “Uncle Jack’s Pizzeria and Pub” is opening at the former location of the Canal Pub. Owner Brian Dillon says one of the unique features of the restaurant will be two windows where passersby can watch chefs tossing the pies in the air. Dillon is the current owner of Pyzano’s Pizzeria and Italian Restaurant on Greene Street in Cumberland.
Update on Keyser Athletic Complex Fundraiser
Only about 10 per cent of the total payment for this year, has been made on the Keyser High School Athletic Complex. Principal Charles Wimer says that $27,900 has been raised. The school has failed to meet its payments the first two years on the complex; the Mineral County Board of Education has made the payments during the times they fell short. Through a series of fundraisers, the school is hoping to meet the total $279,000 payment, due in July.
Man Denies Stalking Elderly Pennsylvania Woman
A man who has been charged with murdering his second wife, after only three weeks of marriage, recently faced stalking charges in Somerset County. Seventy-six year old William McTonic allegedly sent the 76-year old woman flowers, drove by her house and called her repeatedly in July. Stalking charges were dropped, however, when a judge threw out a statement allegedly made to police by McTonic. The alleged stalking victim testified against McTonic at a hearing in connection to the murder case.
Meeting Held on Closing Post Office
About 50 people turned out for a meeting, regarding the possible closing of the Artemas, Pennsylvania post office. It is one of 3,660 facilities nationwide under consideration for closure. If Artemas does close, the post office that will handle deliveries for the area would be Warfordsburg in Fulton County. Comments made would be part of the record when the Postal Regulatory Commission decides which post offices will close.
O’Malley Considers Jobs Bill
Next month’s special session of the General Assembly was supposed to deal with legislative redistricting, but Governor Martin O’Malley may ask representatives to consider his jobs bill. The package could include an expansion of business tax credits for research and development and biotech investments, both of which have been popular. And, there is a third, yet-to-be-disclosed tax credit. O’Malley says ideas are still being developed.