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Driver Severely Injured in Accident

Oak Hill, Florida resident John Everett Clinger is in Baltimore’s Shock Trauma Unit, following an accident yesterday, in which his tractor-trailer ran off Barrelville Road, through the barrier, and into Little Jennings Run. The truck was carrying a load of “Mike’s Hard Lemonade,” and some of the payload spilled into the creek. Clinger, 58 years old, was trapped in the crushed cab of the tractor. Barrelville Road was closed for about four hours. Clinger apparently fell asleep at the wheel. He was initially treated at the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center; because of heavy fog, the Trooper Five helicopter was unable to fly him to Shock Trauma, and was driven there by Valley Ambulance. Charges are pending.

 

Bankruptcy Hearing for NewPage Friday

There will be a Meeting of Creditors of the NewPage Corporation Friday at a federal courthouse in Wilmington, Delaware. This is a major step in the proceedings for the company; a representative of NewPage is required to be at the hearing as part of federal bankruptcy rules. The company website states that it will be selling its Canadian mill in Nova Scotia, but there are no plans to sell its domestic facilities.

 

Vehicles, Buildings Vandalized; Teens Charged

Several vehicles and buildings in Cumberland were vandalized early Sunday morning, and three juveniles have been charged. Vandalism reports were received from Gay Street, Miltenberger Place, and Park Street. The vehicles and buildings were spray painted. Several suspects were developed and three juveniles-two 17-year olds and a 13-year old-were taken into custody. Juvenile petitions were submitted to the Department of Juvenile Services for multiple counts of malicious destruction of property.

 

Oakland Man Hurt in Motorcycle Accident

Twenty-year old Oakland resident Jesse James Kovach was treated at Garrett Memorial Hospital, following an accident over the weekend on Hutton Road. The accident occurred as Emerson Walter Hamrich of Brooklyn Park, tried to turn onto Otterbein Street from Hutton Road. Kovach was found to be at fault, and charged with failure to yield the right-of-way.

 

Residents Overwhelmingly Oppose Corridor Alignment

The West Virginia Department of Highways held a meeting last week on a proposal, known as “Corridor ‘C,’” which would help connect Corridor “H” with Interstate 68. The proposal would run through Short Gap, and in fact, through the fire hall, as it connects to the Interstate. The overflow crowd at the meeting spoke out against the plan, which is the most expensive of the options to complete Corridor “H” in the Mountain State, costing more than $200 million more than other routes.

 

Gas Prices on the Decline; Highest Prices in Cumberland

While gas prices statewide are on the decline, the highest price for a gallon of regular can be found in Cumberland. The average price is now $3.32, compared to $3.36 a week ago. As of Sunday, the national average is $3.40, which is what the average price is, locally. The cheapest gas in the state can be found in Salisbury, which is reporting $3.24 per gallon.

 

Two Arrested in Pharmacy Armed Robbery

Two people are now in custody in connection with the Friday armed robbery of Reed’s Pharmacy in Capon Bridge, West Virginia. Twenty-three year old Kristal Dawn Swisher was arrested on Saturday, while 26-year old Cerferino Jose Delgado was arrested Sunday in Star Tannery, Virginia, near Winchester. The pair stole about 1200 Oxycodone tablets, with a street value of about $30,000. It was also reported the two had their two small children in the car, when the robbery was committed. Delgado is being held in a Frederick County, Virginia jail, awaiting extradition to West Virginia.

Man Fatally Shot by Bow in Somerset County

Forty-three year old Fort Hill, Pennsylvania resident Tony Bittinger was killed by an arrow, shot from a compound bow on Sunday. An unidentified, 38-year old Central City man was in an altercation with Bittinger, which turned extremely violent. The suspect retrieved a compound bow from inside his residence, in Stonycreek Township, and shot Bittinger in the chest. He died at the scene. At least one person saw the incident happen.

 

Parking Lot Fire Leads to Arrest

A car fire Saturday night, in the parking lot of Somerset Hospital’s emergency room, led to the arrest of a man by Somerset Borough Police. The man apparently wrapped a t-shirt around the exhaust pipe of his car, and lit it. Firefighters quickly extinguished the blaze, and the car was towed from the scene. The man, whose name was not released, was arrested at the scene. The investigation is continuing.

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