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Driver Severely Injured in Accident

A tractor-trailer driver was severely injured early this morning in an accident on Barrelville Road, and is being transported to the Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore. The accident occurred at 2:13 a.m., as the driver broke through the barrier on the road, spilling his load of “Mike’s Hard Lemonade” into the creek. The driver, who has not been identified, was driving for Werner’s Transport, and was trapped in the rig for over an hour, before being extricated. He had been coming from Pennsylvania. Barrelville Road was closed, but has since re-opened. A Hazmat unit was dispatched to clean up the alcohol from the creek. Heavy fog in the area prevented the transport of the driver, and Valley Ambulance was called to take him to Baltimore. The truck was demolished in the accident.


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.


Kroll Trial Set for Later This Month

The trial of 62-year old John Leroy Kroll will take place in Bedford County in the next two weeks. Kroll is accused of attempted homicide, aggravated assault, corruption of a minor and several other counts, in connection with the kidnapping and assault of a Flintstone girl in 1980, when she was just nine years old. Kroll’s original conviction, in Allegany County, was overturned because of a “lack of territorial jurisdiction,” since the crimes against Charity Shankle occurred in Bedford County. Kroll was scheduled to be released in March of next year, having served time for first-degree assault and kidnapping in connection with the incident.Charges were filed in Bedford County in August of last

year, for the crimes that actually occurred in Bedford County.


Frostburg Man Jailed on Drug Charges

Frostburg resident Stephen Fisher remains in the Allegany County Detention Center on $25,000 bond, after a traffic stop, during which drugs were found. Fisher was stopped on Cherry Lane in Frostburg, and subsequently charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance and drug paraphernalia. During a search at the Detention Center, several small bags of suspected cocaine were also found.


Man Charged Following Motorcycle Crash

Twenty-five year old Cumberland resident Aaron Northcraft was charged with negligent driving, following an accident over the weekend on Winchester Road. His motorcycle was traveling at a high rate of speed, near the Applebee’s entrance, when he began to brake heavily, causing the motorcycle to travel onto its front wheel and overturn. He was taken to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center for treatment following the accident.


Congressman Discuss State Redistricting with Governor O’Malley

Two Maryland Congressmen have asked Governor Martin O’Malley to make “substantial” changes in the state’s proposed new political map. The Governor met with Representative Christopher Van Hollen, a Democrat and Sixth District Congressman Roscoe Bartlett. Governor O’Malley says he will consider their suggestions before submitting a final proposal to the General Assembly next month.


Police Warn Against Smoke Detector Scam

Cumberland City Police are warning citizens, especially the elderly, to be aware of a scam in the area. Three men recently visited an elderly person’s house in the North End of Cumberland, claiming to represent AARP. They asked to be allowed to check the smoke detector in the home and then left the residence. The victim later discovered a substantial amount of money missing. A check with AARP revealed that they do not offer that particular service, and did not have anyone checking smoke detectors in the area.


Penn Mar Recycling to Expand Local Operation

Penn Mar Recycling, LLC, a multi-state recycling operator and subsidiary of miller’s Recycling of Bedford will be expanding its operation in Allegany County in Riverside Industrial Park. Penn Mar currently occupies 10,000 square feet in the county, and by November 1st, they will expand and lease approximately 75,000 square feet in Buildings 24 and 25 in Riverside Industrial Park in Cumberland. Increased demand for new recycled materials, an opportunity to tap new markets, and favorable partnerships with the local area all factored in to the company’s decision to expand in Allegany County.


Alcohol Tax To Pay for School Projects

The Maryland Board of Public Works has approved $18 million for school construction projects in Howard, Montgomery, and Anne Arundel counties. The BPW approved the money, which came from the first portion of revenue from the 50 per cent increase in the sales tax on alcohol that the General Assembly approved in April. The money will specifically be earmarked for athletic fields in Howard County, renovations to schools in Montgomery County and a new high school performing arts center in Anne Arundel County.


Six Mile Run Man Killed in Accident

Fifty-two year old Eddie Singer of Bedford County was killed in a two vehicle accident over the weekend. He was a passenger in a car, driven by 43 year old Diane Singer; the car was struck by a pickup truck, driven by 45-year old Joseph Beltz of Defiance. The two drivers were taken to Altoona Regional Hospital, while Eddie Singer was pronounced dead at the scene. The Pennsylvania State Police are continuing their investigation.

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