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Man Suffers Arm Injury

Nineteen year old Oregon resident Jeffrey James Carr suffered severe arm injuries on Friday, when he fell under a train, while attempting to cross the tracks in the vicinity of Martin’s Market at Queen City Plaza. Carr was taken to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center for treatment. The incident occurred just after 11 p.m., when his backpack became entangled, and pulled him from the moving train. Carr is described as a transient; charges are pending against him for trespassing on CSX property.


Home Declared Total Loss in Fire

A home, at 216 East Main Street in Frostburg, was destroyed by fire early Friday morning, with estimated losses placed at $100,000. The Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office says the fire at the  home, owned by Cindy and David Zembower, originated on the back porch, and it remains under investigation. The house was being remodeled by the owner and was vacant at the time of the fire. The original call came in to the Allegany County Office of Emergency Services at 5:14 a.m., and Main Street in Frostburg was closed to traffic for several hours.


Billing Reminder for Wastewater Plant Users

While the state of Maryland paid for over two-thirds of the cost of the Georges Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant Project, the remaining portion will be paid by the users, individuals and entities served by the plant. The Allegany County Commissioners voted to include half of the remaining debt service as an ad valorem on the annual property real estate tax bill, and one half of the debt service as a surcharge on the quarterly water and sewer bill.


Romaine Elected President of Dental Association

Dr. Diane Romaine has been elected president of the Maryland State Dental Association. Dr. Romaine is only the second female president of the organization since its inception in 1886. She was induducted during the most recent Chesapeake Dental Conference, held late last month in Ocean City. She has practiced dentistry in Frostburg since 1995.


Accident Kills 19-Year old Bedford County Girl

A two car accident in Bedford County Saturday morning took the life of 19-year old Daisy Snowden. The two vehicle accident took place in the vicinity of South Breezewood Road, in the vicinity of Jackson Mill Road. She was a passenger in a car, driven by 55-year old Rodney Snowden, which collided with a vehicle, driven by 20-year old Kaleb Clark of Breezewood. Several others in the accident received injuries, and the crash remains under investigation.


Convicted Drug Dealer Seeks New Trial

Convicted drug dealer Gene Baker is seeking a new trial, due to alleged ineffective counsel. The 69-year old Baker was sentenced last month to 15 to 30 years for supplying heroin and crack cocaine in the Saxton-Broad Top-Hopewell areas. For a number of reasons, Baker says he was not effectively represented by his former defense attorney, Mark Zearfaus. Baker claims he didn’t know he had the right to refuse to testify, nor what the maximum sentence might be, when he turned down a five-year plea deal. A decision on a new trial will come at a later date.


Veteran’s Family Donates Items to Mountain Ridge Class

The Mountain Ridge High School Historical Research Methods class completed its first video documentary, entitled, “Our Freedom, Their Sacrifice,” at the end of the 2010-2011 school years. One of the local veterans interviewed in the video was George Holler, who passed away in March of this year. His family has now generously donated most of his wartime memorabilia to the class to preserve and display for future Historical Methods students.


New MVA Laws in Effect

Several new motor vehicle laws are taking effect October 1st, including one which prohibits reading a text message or electronic message while operating a motor vehicle in the travel portion of the roadway. Another bill permits a law enforcement agency to install cameras on school buses to record violations relating to overtaking and passing school vehicles. And, another bill would permit the director of a local department of social services, or his or her designee, to co-sign the driver’s license application of a minor committed to the custody or guardianship of social services.


Maryland Planning to Ban Crib Bumper Pads

The state is planning to ban crib bumper pads, beginning in January of 2013. The state health department believes crib bumper pads pose unnecessary health risks to infants. A four-member task force recommended the ban, saying they can suffocate or strangle babies. The ban, should it become effective, would exclude the sale of bumper pads for older children or for those who have special needs.

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