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Three Confirmed Dead in Plane Crash

It has been confirmed that all three on board a plane that crashed in Hardy County were killed in the crash. The wreckage was found last Thursday in an area of Hardy County, near the West Virginia/Virginia border. Killed in the crash were 52-year old Chas Armitage, Jr., the president of “Uncle Charley’s” sausage company, along with his girlfriend, 49-year old Laura Stettmier and the pilot, who was identified as 52-year old Michael Garrone. The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the cause of the crash.


Man Arrested on California Warrant

A 49-year old man, who had been wanted in California on numerous charges, was arrested in Cumberland, after he had applied for HUD assistance, while attempting to obtain housing in Cumberland. A warrant for Ron Dale Howell had been in effect since 2007; he had been charged with violation of probation, along with armed robbery, kidnapping, and assault with a dangerous and deadly weapon. He had been living in an apartment at the JFK homes. He was taken into custody, and is being held at the Allegany County Detention Center, pending his extradition and return to the state of California.


Man Arrested on Fugitive Warrant

Forty-three year old Eric Michael Warnick of Midland has been arrested by members of the C3I Warrant/Fugitive Unit, with assistance from the Allegany County Sheriff’s Office. Warnick is alleged to have had inappropriate sexual contact with a 10-year old girl. He was charged with various degrees of sexual offense and assault. He was taken to a District Court appearance and released on personal recognizance pending his next court appearance.


Student Arrested for Threat

Following Wednesday’s evacuation of Fort Hill High School due to a threatening messgage, another student-this time from Washington Middle School-has been arrested. The eighth grade student allegedly produced a threatening message. An evacuation of the school was not necessary, because it was immediately determined that the threat was not credible. The student has been disciplined in accordance with the Board of Education’s policy on student discipline.


Western Maryland AHEC Wins $20,000 in Funding

The Western Maryland Area Health Education Center will receive $20,000 in funding as a winner in Tom’s Of Maine’s “50 States for Good,” program. Thanks to public support online, the funding will help with the Mission of Mercy clinic, a two-day, free dental clinic that provides oral health services to over 700 people who would otherwise have no access to dental care. Upwards of 500 community volunteers, as well as 200 dentists, dental assistants, hygienists, oral surgeons, physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses and dental students make the program possible. The Cumberland community is being credited with voting online daily for the funding.


Chamber Business Awards to be Presented

The Allegany County Chamber of Commerce has announced its 2011 Outstanding Business Award winners. They include TWR Communications, business of the year. Other honorees are Life Fitness Management for Entrepreneurial Spirit and Kim and Marion Leonard for Community Service. The 24th Annual Outstanding Business Recognition Dinner will be held on Tuesday, October 25th at the Rocky Gap Lodge and Golf Resort. Cocktails will begin at 6 p.m., with dinner at 7 p.m. The 2011 Western Maryland Jaycees’ Outstanding Young Professional will also be recognized at the event.


Somerset County Firefighter Sentenced for Arsons

Nineteen year old Kenneth Roy Beeman, a Boswell, Pennsylvania junior firefighter has been sentenced to prison for setting fire to two houses, including one that burned while his grandmother slept upstairs. In the second incident, Beeman was accused of setting fire to a home where his girlfriend worked as a nanny. No injuries were reported in either fire, and Beeman faces at least 2-1/2 year in prison. His attorney had asked the judge to consider his client’s cooperation in the case.


City Performing Williams Street Repairs Next Week

The City of Cumberland Engineering Department is notifying residents of a lane closure on Williams Street, beginning Monday through Friday of next week. Williams Street will be reduced to one lane at Williams Street-the Park Street Intersection to allow Belt Paving to perform some needed inlet repairs. All traffic will use one lane from the traffic signal at Williams Street/Maryland Avenue intersection through the turn onto Park Street. Work will take place in the right lane of Williams Street in the vicinity of Miller’s Gym.


TGCC Presents Regional Broadband Update

The Greater Cumberland Committee members were presented with an overview of the region’s approach and priority as it relates to the broadband initiative entitled “Connecting Our Counties: The Future of Broadband.” Economic Development representatives from Allegany, Garrett, Mineral, and Bedford Counties held a panel discussion to discuss the value of broadband as an economic driver, its priority level in conjunction with their respective County’s Strategic Plan, and any funding made available at the state and federal level.


Berlin Man Sentenced in Charity Scam

Twenty-four year old Berlin resident Chad Flick was sentenced to a total of two to 23 months,but then paroled immediately,  in a case where he bilked area businesses and individuals out of money. Flick , alone, and in some cases with co-defendants, approached business owners and individuals at various times last year seeking funds for an event, which was to have benfitted Children’s hospital. He also is accused of altering some of the checks he collected. He was ordered to perform 100 hours of community service, and pay court costs, a supervisory fee, and more than $3700 in total restitution.


Pilot Killed As “Kit” Plane Hits Home

The pilot of a “kit” or experimental plane was killed as it struck a home in the Hedgesville, West Virginia area Wednesday night. The plane was registered to Harry Weber of Danville, Connecticut. It hit a home in the Northridge subdivision, next to Green Landings, a private airfield. The pilot was taken to INOVA Fairfax Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

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