Henderson Avenue Bridge to Close
The Henderson Avenue Bridge is closing for about a month, starting next Wednesday, October 19th. Repairs will be done during the month-long shutdown. Motorists will be required to follow the detoured route, using Valley Street to connect from Henderson Avenue to Centre and Mechanic Streets. Local residents in the North End will be permitted access to Pear Street and adjacent alleys from the east side of the bridge, via Henderson Avenue.
Two Arrested in Robbery, Thefts
Two men, one from Keyser and the other from the Bronx, New York have been arrested in connection with both the armed robbery of the 7-11 on Route 220, and the breaking and entering of the Tobacco Outlet in the Keyser Mall over the weekend. Brent Redman was identified in a surveillance video in connection with the Tobacco Outlet thefts; authorities also implicated Anthony Torres to the robbery at the 7-11. Bond for Redman was set at $7,500, while Torres was held on $1900 bond.
Legislation To Be Introduced On Redistricting
A Republican State Senator will introduce legislation in the upcoming special session of the General Assembly to preserve the 6th Congressional District from changes made under a draft plan. Senator Joseph Getty says his proposal would keep the Western Maryland District largely as it is. Representative Roscoe Bartlett has held that seat since 1993. The special session will begin next week, and many angry Republicans are saying Democrats are trying to make it harder for Bartlett to win re-election.
Fugitive Taken Into Custody
Twenty-four year old Shane Christopher Combs, who had been wanted for violation of probation, was arrested by Cumberland Police detectives working in the south end of Cumberland on Monday. They found Combs standing along the street; Combs was also found to be in possession of suspected narcotics and drug paraphernalia. He was taken before a District Court Commissioner for a hearing.
Man Jailed in Prescription Drug Incident
Nicholas County, West Virginia resident Roger Dale Proctor is being held in the Allegany County Detetntion Center on $10,000 bond, after being arrested Monday night. He was a passenger in a car that was stopped on Interstate 68 near Rocky Gap. After noticing an odor of marijuana, the car was searched, and packages containing 228 morphine pills and 26 suboxone pills were discovered. Proctor was charged with possession with intent to distribute both.
Fire Causes Damage to Greene Street Residence
A Dryer fire in the 800-block of Greene Street yesterday morning caused about $5,000 in damage to the home and its contents. Firefighters responded to a call at 834 Greene Street yesterday morning, and were able to control the fire in about 5 minutes. They returned to the station by 8 a.m.
Cumberland Has Fastest MVA Facility in the State
The Cumberland Motor Vehicle Administration holds the distinction of being the fastest location in the state. State records show Cumberland has an average wait time of under 12 minutes. However, at the Essex location, the wait is an average of more than 40 minutes.
Wings of Freedom at Cumberland Airport
The “Wings of Freedom” Tour of World War II vintage planes is coming to Cumberland’s Regional Airport on today through Friday. On display will be a B-17 Flying Fortress, a Consolidated B-24 Liberator and North American P-51 Mustang, through the Collings Foundation. The planes will arrive shortly before 2 p.m., and will be departing the Cumberland area around noon on Friday.
D.A. and Your Safe Haven To Offer Program on Communications
The Bedford County District Attorney’s Office and Your Safe Haven, Incorporated will host a free program for parents and students on staying safe in a constantly connected world. The program will held at the Bedford Elks Country Club at 7 p.m., October 20th. James Dill, the retired Deputy Chief of the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General and President of IT IS, LLC, will offer insights and precautions related to how teens communicate, using social networks and cell phones/smart phones.
Homicide Investigation Continues
Whether Sunday’s incident in Somerset County was self-defense or homicide remains under investigation by police. Forty-three year old Tony Bittinger was killed by an arrow, shot from a compound bow, following an argument with an unidentified 38-year old man, along the Lincoln Highway near Reels Corner. There was at least one witness to the incident, and the investigation is continuing by the Pennsylvania State Police.
Toddler Dies At Children’s Hospital
A two-year old boy, who suffered severe brain damage after police say he was beaten by his mother’s boyfriend, has died at Children’s Hospital in Washington, D.C. Logan Miller, of Washington County, died Monday. Brian Miller, the boyfriend, has been charged with child abuse and assault, and has admitted causing the youngster’s injuries. He is currently being held on a half-million dollars bond. The charges against Miler may be upgraded to homicide, in light of the two-year old’s death.