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Route 51 Accident Closes Road

A 18-year old Cumberland woman was airlifted to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center, and later taken to Baltimore’s Shock Trauma Center,  after being hit by a car on Route 51 early yesterday morning. She was walking in the travel portion of the roadway, when she was struck by an SUV, driven by Joyce Levinson of Slanesville, West Virginia.  The Allegany County Sheriff’s Office, which investigated, says the accident happened in the area of the salt dome at Oldtown. Route 51 was closed for approximately two hours, while the scene was cleared. The call came into the Allegany County Office of Emergency Services at 6:10 a.m.


Senate Committee Approves Redistricting Plan

The Maryland State Senate has voted 33 to 12, to approve a plan to change the boundaries of the state’s eight Congressional Districts. The plan calls for the removal of part of Frederick and Baltimore, and all of Carroll Counties from the 6th Congressional District, now represented by Republican Roscoe Bartlett. It adds part of Montgomery County to that district, an effort many see as making it easier for a Democrat to win that Congressional seat. Opponents of the redistricting plan say they will file suit, if it is approved by the full General Assembly.  A new map must be in place in time for candidates to file to get on the ballot for the April 3rd Maryland Primary election.


Piedmont Teen Who Perished in Fire Identified

The seventeen-year old Piemont youth who died in an early Saturday morning house fire  has been identified as James Michael Miller, a student in the Mineral County School System. The fire was at 23 East Hampshire Street; two firefighters were injured, with one suffering smoke inhalation. The investigation by the West Virginia State Fire Marshal’s office is continuing.


Slots Commission To Hold Public Meeting

The Maryland Video Lottery Facilities Commission will hold a meeting at Rocky Gap State Park, to consider two proposals to bring slots to the area. The meeting has been set for 2 p.m. on November 8th, with a public hearing set for 5 p.m. There are two proposals for Rocky Gap, as a third was rejected by the commission. They are Lakes Entertainment, Incorporated of Minnesota and Evitts Resort, LLC.


Oakland Resident Faces Rape Charges

Forty-nine year old Oakland resident James Leroy House has been arrested and charged with various counts of rape and numerous other sex offense charges. Police forced their way into a Mayhew Inn Road residence, after receiving a call of a possible rape in progress. An adult female reported House had allegedly tied her up and sexually assaulted her. He is being held in the Garrett County Detention Center.


Father Charged in Accidental Shooting of Son

Police have charged Somerset County resident Robert Duda with involuntary manslaughter in the death of his son last month. Duda told police the shooting was an accident. Robert Duda took his son, Bryan, to Somerset County hospital, where he received treatment for his injuries, but the boy died a short time later. Bryan Duda was a student at the Somerset Area High School. Robert Duda now faces charges of recklessly endangering another person, as well as involuntary manslaughter.


Woman Pleads Guilty to Child Endangerment

Thirty-year old Kimberly Jean Dickman has pleaded guilty to child endangerment after her boyfriend was convicted last month on similar charges. The open plea agreement, signed by Ms. Dickman, means she will face a sentence, as the court sees fit. The charges stem from ongoing abuse of her 6-year old daughter by Jeffrey William Loshaw, while she was present. Her sentencing will take place on November 17th.


WVSBDC Offering Small Business Workshops

Two small business workshops are scheduled for Wednesday, October 26th in Parsons, West Virginia. The workshops, entitled, “Business Fundamentals,” and “Sustainable Growth,” are part of the West Virginia Small Business Development Center new training and business coaching program, “Three Step Jump Start,” to help small business owners receive the right information at the right time. Registration is required at least two days in advance. Call (304)-530-4964. Both workshops will be held in the City of Parsons Administrative Center, 341 Second Street.


Body of Young Boy Discovered

The body of a young boy was found in Montgomery County yesterday morning, and it is thought it is the body of 11-year old William McQuain, whose mother, Jane McQuain, was found dead last week. Her estranged husband, Curtis Maurice Lopez, was arrested and has been charged in connection with her death. He has waived extradition and is being transported back to Montgomery County. William McQuain is Lopez’ stepson. Lopez had served more than a dozen years in prison in Pennsylvania, before being paroled in 2000; Ms. McQuain had told an ex-boyfriend last week that she feared for her safety, and the Lopez might harm her.

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