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Woman Killed in Route 220 Accident Saturday

Twenty-three year old Jade Blizzard of LaVale was killed in a two-vehicle accident Saturday evening near Hannah Plaza along Route 220. The accident, which occurred around 9 p.m., occurred as Ms. Blizzard was driving north on Route 220, when her vehicle, for an unknown reason, crossed into the southbound lane, into the path of another vehicle, driven by Brook Atkinson of Cumberland. The accident remains under investigation. Route 220 was closed for about three hours.


Three Rocky Gap Bids Submitted

Three bids have been received to open a slots casino at Rocky Gap State Park. Those representatives include Paragon Project Resources , a real estate company owned by former state Democratic Party Chair Nathan Landow, and Potts Gaming LLC, a subsidiary of a St. Louis, Missouri company. Bids were due by 2 p.m. last Friday. The anticipated date for awarding the license is in December.


Inmate Killed at WCI in Cresaptown

 Maryland State Police are continuing their investigation into the murder of a state prison inmate Thursday night at the Western Correctional Institution. The cause of death for Saleem N. Abdullah was asphyxiation, but additional forensic tests are being conducted. A suspect in the murder is being held, but is not yet being identified. He, too, is an inmate at the prison. When the investigation is completed, the case will be presented to the Allegany County State’s Attorney’s Office for review and the determination of criminal charges.


`Tentative Date Set in Pines Arson Trial

A tentative date of April 23rd has been set for the trial of Kelly Bradley, co-owner of the Pines Restaurant in Keyser. She is accused of intentionally setting fire to the establishment, and the fire also destroyed the Wee Care Day Care Center and CitiFinancial. A status hearing on the case will be held on October 19th at 11:30 a.m. Rulings will be made on the admissibility of testimony questions and the motion for a change in venue.


ARC Funding Announced for Cresaptown Water Project

The Appalachian Regional Commission has awarded a $175,000 grant to the County Commissioners to increase water volume, reliability and fire protection for the Cresaptown business district, located two miles from the Barton Business Park. The project is expected to create 236 new jobs and retain 264 existing ones. Local sources will provide $175,000, bringing the total project funding to $350,000. The grant was praised by both of Maryland’s United States Senators, Barbara Mikulski and Ben Cardin.


Schroeder Expands at North Branch Industrial Park

Schroeder Industries, LLC, a manufacturer of specialized Advanced Liquid Filtration Solutions, is again expanding its current operation in Allegany County at the North Branch Industrial Park. The company will expand by an additional 12,000 square feet and occupy the entire multi-tenant building there. The expansion is planned to be completed by January 1st of next year. Schroeder now employs 70 people in Allegany County.


Woman Arrested on Five Bench Warrants

A Williams Street woman was recently served with five bench warrants. Kendra Plummer  was served at the Cumberland Police Department, charging her with two separate counts of disorderly conduct; failure to appear for violation of probation hearing on a charge of possession of paraphernalia; malicious destruction of property/disturbing the peach; and, failure to obey a lawful order/resisting arrest. She was taken for a bond review and held on $10,000 bond at the Allegany County Detention Center.


Hyndman Health Center Receives Grant

The Hyndman Area Health Center has received a $250,000 grant to relocate its Bedford operations into a larger facility by the end of this year. The Appalachian Regional Comnmission grant will assist with renovations to the former CompuTech building on South Thomas Street. Renovations at the new location represent a $1.4 million investment.


Maryland Revenue Projections Up for Budget Year

Maryland’s revenue estimates have increased by $195 million for the current budget year, due to better than expected income tax returns. During the Maryland Board of Public Works meeting, Comptroller Peter Franchot urged caution in spending the surplus, because the figures are masking soft sales tax returns. Earlier this year, Maryland budget writers announced a nearly one billion dollar surplus by at the end of Fiscal Year 2011.

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