“Possible Meteorite” Passes Through Area

A “possible meteorite” passing through the area prompted to calls to emergency operations centers in Maryland, West Virginia and Pennsylvania early yesterday morning. The state of Maryland could not confirm the meteorite, but footage from several video camera locations in Allegany County showed a flash of light that brightened the entire sky around 4:22 a.m. Locally, about a dozen calls were made regarding a possible explosion, following the flash of light. The Cumberland Times-News says no information on the incident has been made available from neither state nor federal agencies, including the Federal Aviation Administration, the Maryland Emergency Management Administration, nor the Maryland Institute of Emergency Medical Systems Services Statewide Communications Systems.


Search For Missing Plane Continues

More than 100 people are searching for a missing plane, concentrating on an area south of Moorefield, West Virginia along the south branch of the Shenandoah Mountains. Its last known position was about 12-miles southeast of the Grant County Airport, putting that in the Break area of Hardy County. It is believed that Charles Armitage, president of “Uncle Charley’s” Sausage was among those on board. While there was a low ceiling for aircraft, planes from West Virginia, Maryland, Virginia and North Carolina were on standby.


Couple Charged in Baby’s Death

A Somerset couple has been charged with homicide, nearly two months after a child was found dead in her crib. Twenty-six year old Cody Schartiger and 22-year old Amanda Svenungsen have been charged in connection with the death of 18-month old Baylee Svenungsen, and while the autopsy results are graphic, the infant’s death was the result of severe child abuse. The investigation is ongoing, but Schartiger is also facing abuse charges from an incident involving a three-year old child last October at the same Park Street home in Ursina, Somerset County. He is awaiting trial in that case.


Man Arrested on Warrant From Baltimore County

A Frostburg man was served an arrest warrant for failure to appear on an original charge of trespassing in Baltimore County. Twenty-one year old Gordon  J.W. Whitfield was taken to Police Headquarters, and then to Allegany County District Court for an initial appearance. He was later released on personal recognizance.


Gephart Drive Repairs Slated

The City of Cumberland Engineering Department will begin milling and overlay repairs to Gephart Drive, from Fayette Street to Thompson Street on Thursday. The work will run through Friday, and parking will be restricted as posted. If there any questions or concerns, please contact the City of Cumberland Engineering Department at (301)-759-6600.


Gas Drops to Below $3.50 Per Gallon

Gas prices have been on decline for the past week, according to Triple “A,” Mid-Atlantic. The average price for a gallon of regular grade gas dropped to $3.45 last Friday, down nine cents in the past week. The highest price for a gallon of gas, as of Sunday, was in Cumberland, slightly above the average price at $3.47. A week ago, Cumberland also had the distinction of having the highest-priced gas at $3.52 a gallon.


State Board to Meet Public on Next Superintendent

The Maryland State School Board will be holding meetings in different areas of the state, as well as provide an online survey for the public to provide input on what they want in a new superintendent. The selection of a new superintendent could take at least until next spring. Information on the time and location of the meetings has not been announced.


Voters Divided on Issues

Nearly half of likely Maryland voters say they support same-sex marriage, but almost the same oppose legal rights for same sex couples as heterosexual mates. Forty-seven per cent say they agree that children of immigrants not in the state legally should be given in-state tuition. The economy and jobs are the most important issues, according to 62 per cent of those polled by the Gonzales organization.


West Virginia Tax Collections up for September

West Virginia’s tax collection totals are three per cent above what they were this time last year. Corporate profits are strong in the national economy, and also in the Mountain State. Unemployment is still around nine per cent; employment is usually the last thing to rebound following a recession. However, tobacco tax collections are down, nearly $2 million, almost six per cent less than last year at this time.