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Teenager Dies in Fire
 A 17-year old Piedmont boy died in a fire early Saturday morning, and
 two firefighters were injured. The fire, at 23 East Hampshire Street,
 was called in at 2:26 a.m. One of the two firefighters was treated for
 smoke inhalation at the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center. The
 name of the teenager was not released. The cause of the fire is not
 known, nor is an estimate of damages.

 Federal Authorities Charge 35 Gang Members
 A racketeering indictment has led to the arrest of 35 members of the
 “Bloods” gang members, charging them with murder, kidnapping, and other
 crimes from Western Maryland to the Eastern Shore. Authorities say cells
 of the South Side “Brims” coordinated gang activity across the state and
 the region, including at least one murder in Baltimore, a kidnapping in
 Frederick and a witness intimidation incident in Allegany County. The
 alleged leader of the gang was identified as Andre Ricardo Roach of
 Prince George’s County, who is accused of leading the gang since 2005
 from behind bars at the North Branch Correctional Institution in
 Cumberland, where he is serving a 50-year sentence for murder. Also
 indicted were Richard Demoan Hall of Frederick, who is accused of aiding
 in the escape of Garrett County inmate Deandre Kelly in January and
 Matthew Owen Collins of Cumberland, who was indicted for shooting a
 .380-calibre gun during a drug trafficking crime.

 Man Arrested For Alleged Distribution In North End
 Patrick Lionel Smith is being held on $20,000 bond, following an
 incident Thursday evening in North End. Smith is accused of dealing
 drugs in the 400-block of Columbia Street. Police located Smith in the
 300-block of Furnace Street and searched him. He allegedly had a
 quantity of suspected crack cocaine, along with prescription narcotic
 pills and a sum of money. He faces a number of charges, including CDS
 possession with intent to distribute, possession and omitting a label on
 prescription drugs.

 Mount Savage Man Charged\
 Twenty-six year old Jacob Nathan Landis was charged with felony
 assault, among other charges as the result of an incident early
 yesterday morning in the 700-block of Virginia Avenue. Landis allegedly
 assaulted another man, who was taken to the Western Maryland Regional
 Medical Center for treatment of his injuries. Landis reportedly tried to
 flee the scene, but was apprehended by Cumberland City Police officers.

 Emergency Sewer Repairs on Fayette Street
 Beginning on Monday, emergency sewer repairs will begin in the area of
 Fayette Street in the Dingle. The section of Fayette Street, between
 Greene Street and Gephart Drive will be closed to all traffic for about
 two weeks. All residents and people traveling in the area will have to
 use Thompson Avenue for access between Greene Street and Gephart Drive.
 The alley that is between, and runs parallel to Gephart Drive leading to
 Fayette Street will also be closed to Fayette Street for all traffic.

 Broadway Paving Slated
 The City of Cumberland Engineering Department will be paving Broadway
 Circle at its intersection with Williams Street this Wednesday. That
 area will be closed from Wednesday through Friday. The dates are subject
 to change due to weather conditions, and will allow for installation of
 a new entrance onto Broadway Circle. Any traffic needing to enter
 Broadway Circle should use an alternate route, for example, from Fort
 Hill Avenue.

 DNR To Open Chronic Wasting Station \
 The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is opening a Surveillance
 Station in Allegany County, where hunters may bring their white-tailed
 deer to test for Chronic Wasting Disease. There has been one confirmed
 case in Maryland, found in a deer from eastern Allegany County last
 year. The station will be located off of Interstate 68, at Exit 64 at
 the Green Ridge State Forest Headquarters, and will be open from 9 a.m.
 To 8 p.m.

 Board Receives Academic Performance Update
 The Allegany County Board of Education received an annual academic
 performance update at its October work session. The 2011 assessment
 results revealed continued success for Allegany County Public Schools;
 other highlights included the an increased graduation rate and a
 decreased dropout rate. There was also an increase in Advanced Placement
 courses; and, SAT and Early College/Dual Enrollment summaries.

 Keyser Passes Cell Tower Agreement
 The city of Keyser has approved a contractual arrangement with a Ripley
 firm, regarding the regulation of construction of cell phone towers in
 the city limits. The agreement with Fox Engineering was unanimously
 passed by the Mayor and Council; it won’t cost the city any money, but
 the fee to Fox will be paid from the application fees charged to the
 developers of future cell towers.

 MSEA Convention To Take Place in Ocean City
 The Maryland State Education Association will hold its annual
 convention next Friday and Saturday in Ocean City at the Roland Powell
 Convention Center. MSEA President Clara Floyd, the MSEA Board of
 Directors and over 600 delegates, comprised of educators from every
 county in the state, will gather for the convention. The main orders of
 business will be association policy and school funding, along with other
 issues impacting Maryland’s educators and students.

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